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.
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.
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Travel Guide Essentials
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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.
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.