Travel Essentials

Essentials for Your Next Trip

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do.  I love exploring new cities and what they have to offer.  Packing, on the other hand, is one of those tasks that I always wait until the last minute to do.  I have to pack my husband, myself, and my daughter (not how I envision a fun afternoon – laundry and mental checklists).  You would think I would have a system by now for packing – perhaps, I will create a visual checklist.Essentials for Trips

Any who, as a daughter of an airline pilot, I have been fortunate enough to visit multiple cities (not only as a moving spouse – but actually enjoy visiting).  I have learned the ins and outs of airline travel and want to bring some of my best tips that I use for my family to yours.

Travel Essentials

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Interested in any of these travel items?  Click on the images to purchase your own or a version similar to it that you personally love! Happy Traveling!

Personally, nothing is better than having a book in my hand.  However, I have come to enjoy having my Kindle Fire HD that I can store multiple books on while I am traveling (especially traveling to a beach).  Regardless, if you are a reader (or if you aren’t, you should), consider a device that stores all of your reading loot and games.

After taking several flights and trips to Disney World – I have fallen in love with my Swiss backpack.  It is technically a laptop bag (for my husband), but it created so much room when traveling for all the snacks, extra clothes, 7 – yes 7 bottles of water, a first aid kid, and mini-fan, and more.  Best of all – hands free!

At home, I am all for infuser bottles (especially when pregnant and your water intake doubles) because you can put in all the fruit that starts to get mushy in the fridge into the infuser.  However, when traveling, you need a water bottle that travels well.

Part of airline travel is the inability to control the air.  If you are traveling with a full car of people, you may realize that everyone wants the temperature set differently.  I suggest a simple light cardigan that can be slipped on or off and is lightweight.

I have been that person who tries to lay up against the window, using my daughter’s extra blanket, or sweater, or my arm when desperate, really anything to just get an hour of sleep.  Be sure to purchase a pillow that provides flexibility and support. Seriously, plane seats and car seats are not comfortable for hours at a time, spare yourself.

If you are taking a road trip or a long plane ride, be sure to click some of the links above to get your essentials before you go.

Have any essentials that you think other’s must not travel without? Leave them in the comments below! I love to learn about new things to throw in my bookbag.

Kelsey Ramirez

About the Author

Kelsey Ramirez is a Real Estate Broker in western Washington. She is also a veteran elementary school teacher, military wife, and mom to two daughters.  She is the founder of The Military Move, a military-based website to help families in the PCS process. Kelsey loves to travel, write, and create amazing content.  She has her Masters in Technology, which she uses to learn all new things digital.

With three decades of military support, Kelsey’s mission is to help new and existing military families in their unique adventures through all military topics including PCSing, budgeting, school choice and rights, housing, and especially just being a military spouse.

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New Orleans – Quick Guide

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In the Coast Guard world, orders are cut from winter until spring typically.  One of my friends, a fellow Coastie wife, had the unfortunate circumstance of her husband’s orders being pulled three, yes three, separate times.  Long story short, he ended up qualifying for Warrant Officer and was finally given official orders to New Orleans – I believe these will stick.

As a part of a new series, I will be highlighting a military city for those visiting or moving to the area.  Perhaps, it will even help those that currently live there discover their new “home” town.  I have heard such amazing things about this city and base all of my information off of reviews.

Travel Guide – New Orleans

New Orleans - Quick Guide

New Orleans is known best for their annual Mardi Gras festival in February.  To start planning for next year’s festival – visit here. However, the city has many exciting things to do all throughout the year including many other festivals, such as the Jazz and Heritage Festival, NOLA Music and Arts Festival, or one of the many inspired cajun events.  For a full calendar of events, check out this website.

To request your city or one you are interested in – contact me with the subject – City Quick Guide.

With a father that flys for a major airline, I am aware of travel necessities. Be sure to check my guide on travel essentials for the adults in the family.

Essentials for Trips

Also, check out the tips for airlines and airports that can help make your trip smoother.

Airport Travel Tips You Need

Check out the activities you want to do in New Orleans by booking below with CityDiscovery.

Find the Best tours, Excursions & Activities with City Discovery

If you have visited New Orleans and have a favorite hotel, restaurant, or thing to do not listed – leave it in the comments below.

Kelsey Ramirez

About the Author

Kelsey Ramirez is a Real Estate Broker in western Washington. She is also a veteran elementary school teacher, military wife, and mom to two daughters.  She is the founder of The Military Move, a military-based website to help families in the PCS process. Kelsey loves to travel, write, and create amazing content.  She has her Masters in Technology, which she uses to learn all new things digital.

With three decades of military support, Kelsey’s mission is to help new and existing military families in their unique adventures through all military topics including PCSing, budgeting, school choice and rights, housing, and especially just being a military spouse.

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