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Travel must haves and tips

Updated on September 19, 2008

Don't Leave Home Without It

I'm writing this in response to Jason's HUB request for travel must-haves for your travel or toiletry kit.

This year, my good friend Joe at The Dude Abides blog and his lady took a trip to Mexico. Among the several disasters they survived, was the theft of their passports. They were able to get replacements after a couple weeks of delay, but out of this mishap comes a great travel tip:

Always bring COPIES with you of your passport, DL, tickets, reservations, and other documents and identifications you have. Keep them in your shaving kit or someplace other than where your actual passport is. Joe said he could have gotten home had he kept passport copies. Joe and his girl wound up stuck in Mexico for 2 or 3 extra weeks. Fortunately, he was able to keep his hotel room, and he was able to afford this. For many people, a 3 week delay in another country would have been much worse. And apparently he's lucky it was only for that long.

I also recommend that you make a set of copies of identification for your travel companion and keep a set of their documents with yours. If you were ever separated from each other or if there was ever an emergency, you'd have the proper documentation and photos to bring to authorities. I'd also add to that the names and numbers of anyone they would want contacted during an emergency.

While you've got your hands in your documents and paperwork, make sure you have with you any information you need regarding your cell phone usage at your point of destination, what your credit cards will and won't cover, and the contact info for your bank and for your medical insurance. It's also a good idea to have the contact information for your airline, car rental company, hotel, and travel arranger like Travelocity or Orbitz.

Murphy's Law applies, people.

As for the little oddities I keep in my toiletries when I travel, I go no where without a little bottle of Febreeze. Sometimes you can't control the odors around you, like other people smoking, which can get in your clothes.

I also keep a few dryer sheets with me: they can control static cling, they deter flies, and they smell nice.

I always seem to need a scissor for one reason or another when I travel, so I keep a little one in my bag. Don't try to carry one onto a plane, but you're safe with one in your checked luggage.

I keep a few clean ziplock baggies and a tote bag packed flat in my suitcase. I've needed them for all kinds of stupid unplanned things. In Vegas one year, my pearl necklace broke. I found all the pearls and had the baggie with which to keep them until I got home. I've used the tote when my purse strap broke in Ireland, when I received a surprise gift I wanted to carry with me onto the plane, and when I went shopping at a street market in Paris. Also you can pack a still-damp bathing suit in a ziplock bag and the rest of your laundry won't get all funky.

Something always goes wrong with one of my fingernails or toenails whenever I travel. I always have my little manicure set with me. Mine has a couple of safety pins and a spare earring back.

Here's some more obvious ideas:

Keeping a pen and paper handy is always a good idea.

Have any necessary medical prescriptions with you, and contact information for your pharmacy and doctor.

Whenever you're flying, something to read and a pack of gum or mints are essential.

If you wear glasses or contacts, a spare set of eyes is smart to have with you.

Some people carry a sewing kit.

Bring whatever extra batteries, converters, or chargers you need for you gadgets like your digital camera, cell phone, hair dryer or portable music.

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All text is original content by Veronica.

All photos are used with permission.

All videos are used courtesy of Youtube.


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    11 years ago

    Thanks Veronica, that's pretty much what I thought. My wife left on her flight this morning; I guess I'll find out pretty soon what happened to her luggage. I appreciate your help.

  • Veronica profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from NY


    Yes, there are restrictions. They are more strict with what you carry on than they are with what you can check. But there are still limits. Each airport sets that limit for themselves and may change it if the alert level elevates. To avoid any problems you should call the airport you will be departing from prior to your trip, and let them know exactly what you want to check in your luggage and how much of it there is. Find out ahead of time if you need to make any special arrangements.

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    11 years ago

    are there restrictions on the size of liquid container you can check in your luggage?

  • Robin profile image

    Robin Edmondson 

    11 years ago from San Francisco

    Great advice, y'all. I'll have to look up this hub before my next big trip to not forget anything! ;

  • Veronica profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from NY

    Excellent tip Goodwitch, you're totally right.

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    11 years ago

    Another point on passports...if it's possible to leave copies of a passport / travel documents with someone who is NOT traveling with you, it's a good idea.  This way, if you have an emergency and nothing with you, your friend / family member can fax you what you need (or possibly make phone calls on your behalf).

  • Veronica profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from NY

    Aqua, excellent suggestions. Thank you~!

  • Aqua profile image


    11 years ago from California

    Very thorough hub!

    I always take a....drumroll please, clothespin!  It seems like the curtains never close all the way and that early morning light can be a killer.  Also, a small pack of clorox wipes can come in handy.

  • Jason Menayan profile image

    Jason Menayan 

    11 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you, Veronica, for such a thorough response. Fantastic advice! I especially like the advice about the baggies & scissors. Hadn't thought of those.

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    11 years ago

    great hub!


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