Between work, family, and the cost of life, it can be hard to carve out the time and money to travel. Yet, travel is one of the most common passions and dreams, making it more disappointing when you must work through another calendar year without a chance to get away. So, when you do get out of the house and onto those planes, trains, and automobiles, you’ll want to make sure you have everything that you’ll need to make it the best trip it can be. Today, we talked with Josiane Peluso about her top travelling essentials.

Josiane Peluso

 

On the Plane

There are few things that can improve a long flight. But we’ve selected a couple items that can make your flight, if not comfortable, at least a bit more bearable.

Noise cancelling headphones: They’re recommended on almost every travel item checklist, and with good reason. Spending hours on a plane or bus is generally bad enough already without loud neighbors or crying babies. So, save yourself the trouble and just tune them all out.

Travel Pillow: Another classic. Taking a long flight, bus ride, or train ride, without one of these is just setting yourself up for disaster. Josiane Peluso suggests getting comfy and take a nice long nap, you’ll just be more energized and ready to explore when you land!

Pens and a notebook: You can only watch so many movie’s in a row. Take a pen and notebook and sketch out some doodles or spend some time writing. As an extra bonus, journaling over the course of your trip can be a great way to give yourself something to look back on. There’s nothing quite like looking back at journal entries a few years later!

 

When You Get There

When you land at your destination, be it Europe, Asia, or just the opposite end of America, you’ll want to have some items that will help you spend more time adventuring and less time stopping.

A water bottle: Josiane Peluso states that spending the day wandering the streets of Copenhagen or Madrid can be exciting and adventurous, but if you take your trip during the summer the heat and beating sun can quickly dehydrate. A water bottle is simple, but it can save you a lot of hassle, and more importantly, keep you from becoming dehydrated.

Sunscreen: We all hate to face it, but we’re not tougher than the sun. No matter where you’re travelling you should always be bringing along a good supply of sunscreen. The last thing you want to deal with when you’re exploring a new city is a painful sunburn.

Rain gear: On the flipside of sunscreen; you don’t want to be stuck inside, missing out on the land you paid to come and see, just because it starts raining. Josiane Peluso notes that a travel umbrella and a rain jacket are simple, compact additions to any traveler’s kit. Remember, the weather doesn’t care about how much you spent or how long it took you to get there.

 

On top of these there may be items that, while not essential, vastly improve your personal travel experience. If you love to read perhaps a kindle or kobo with some books pre-loaded. Or if you’re planning on going someplace more rural maybe a hammock to kick back and look up at the stars. Regardless of where you go or what you add, Josiane Peluso knows

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