A Pet Camera
Technically, you don't pack this so much as download it on your phone—but MyKayla, a flight attendant who blogs at Wanderlust + Pickup Trucks, recommends a pet camera all the time to fellow flight attendants and frequent fliers alike. "A pet camera has two-way audio and connects to an app to spy on your fur baby," she explains. Not only does it give her peace of mind, but you’re able to interact with your pet. "[My cat] knows the sound it makes when it powers on and runs to come stick her nose in the camera to say hi," she says. "This little gadget goes a long way to give you that little slice of home you might be missing on your trip."
You never know what ailments might pop up while you’re traveling, but those first aid kits at the drugstore aren’t really one-size-fits-all. Use a zip-top bag to put together a kit with the health and wellness items that make the most sense for you. "You’re always better safe than sorry," says Diego Leon, the fashion and lifestyle influencer behind Dandy in the Bronx, who counts Preparation-H Wipes as one of his go-to travel items. "They cool, soothe, and comfort, no matter where in the world you are. You want to be ready if bum irritations occur."
You could listen to the crying toddler eight rows up for your whole flight, or you can put on your noise-cancelling headphones and enjoy the sweet sounds of your go-to playlist. "For all trips, I never leave the house without my noise-canceling headphones," says Meghan, a travel and lifestyle blogger at Wit & Whimsy. "They help relax me on flights and ensure some shut-eye on red eyes." Once, someone stole her pair—and she bought a new pair at the airport because she couldn’t bear the thought of a seven hour-long flight without them.
Filtered Water Bottle
If you love to go off the beaten path, you can’t go wrong with a reusable water bottle with a filter built into it. "I’ve been very lucky to have gotten to travel to a lot of different places over the last few years across developing and developed countries, and this water bottle has saved me so many times," says Amit, a former consultant who traveled extensively as part of his MBA studies. "Whether on a hike in Oregon, a boat in Colombia, or safari in South Africa, it has always provided a reliable and safe water source," he explains. "I always throw this in my bag for any trip I know I’ll be away from the hotel for a substantial period of time."
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