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Travel Essentials to Pack in Your Luggage

These handy things will save you from worry.
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Peek into a reliable travel agent’s gear and you’ll likely find a modern survival kit: spools of cords, pouches of various sizes, bandages, and motion sickness medication. Lucky if you have someone else to lug around things you may have forgotten to pack. But if you're traveling sans a tour guide, these technology and hygiene essentials will prove useful to have on hand.

Adapter kit




Having a variety of plugs is always useful, as electrical outlets tend to vary in different parts of the world. While your hotel might be able to provide you with the necessary electrical accessories, it's best to have your own set so you don’t waste precious travel time looking for electrical accessories.

Luggage scale





After packing all the things you bought on your trip, you may want to weigh your luggage before heading to the airport.

Dry shampoo

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No one wants to admit it, but bathing in the winter can be a drag. On days that it might be far too cold to wash your hair, or whenever you want to preserve a blowout, use dry shampoo instead. To mattify your scalp and keep your hair smelling fresh, spray on your roots and tousle the hair for volume. As this typically comes in an aerosol spray, make sure to pack the bottle in your check-in baggage.

Woven cords


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Avoid having a snake pit in your bag by bringing woven or braided charging cords, which don’t get tangled up into a messy ball of knots.

Power bank 



A power bank that requires constant charging defeats its purpose, so shop for one with a battery that will last for more than a day. Romoss weighs slightly heavier than others but will prove a reliable power source for charging mobile phones and other gadgets.

Lint roller


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Use a lint roller to free your coat of wool fibers and fur strands before having your photo taken. 

Waterproof pouch



Keep your gadgets in waterproof pouches while on a boat transfer, as water can sometimes get in the boat when waves are strong.

Pacsafe bag


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If you’re venturing into a city that has a reputation for theft, bring a Pacsafe bag with you. Its outer material is durable enough not to be slashed by expert pickpockets. It also has RFID-safe technology, which blocks attempts to wire personal information from credit cards packed in your bag.


Earphones



Having a pair of earphones plugged in will keep a talkative seatmate from engaging you in conversation during a flight. Do this when you are exhausted from work travel. If not, be open to some friendly chat. Sometimes, talking to a stranger on a plane can be better than in-flight entertainment.

Emergency card
Don’t rely on your mobile phone for everything. When traveling, always keep a card with emergency numbers at your destination as well as contact details of people to call in case anything untoward happens. 

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