Practical Items to Enhance the Travel Experience
Many travel accessories have been invented by travelers seeking solutions. Some are not worth the money, but others are very helpful. Here are five of my favorites that involve technology but are not electronic. My article about electronic travel accessories is here.
Those tightly sealed plastic bags that allow you to remove excess air from your clothing are a great boon to travelers. If you are packing up a college student for a semester abroad, you can compress a mountain of clothing into a reasonably sized rolling duffle bag. It will be dense, but compact.
Once you have a dense mass of clothing loaded into your suitcase or duffle bag, you can use our next recommended travel accessory for overseas flights-a portable luggage scale.
I bought my space bags at Costco and they are also sold at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
Portable luggage scale
Although it may seem ironic to use up valuable space and weight allowance on a scale, you should take this item with you on a trip that involves international flights. Baggage weight limits are serious business nowadays and the financial penalty for an overweight bag can be $50 or more. I bought my luggage scale on line from Travelsmith.
Rolling carry-on luggage that cradle laptop computers
The latest carry-on bags are actually roll-aboard bags designed to safely cushion a laptop computer in one compartment, while providing another generous compartment for shirts, sweaters, or shoes. The bag I use accommodates up to a 15.6 inch laptop, with the long side stowed vertically. There is plenty of room for cords, disks, mouse, adapter, flash drive, external hard drive, etc. The best roll-on bags will be narrow enough to fit in an airplane aisle so they can truly be rolled and not carried.
Roll-on bags also have outside pockets handy for tickets, passport, cell phone, newspaper, pens, stamps, travel paperwork and even your pair of inline skates from https://www.skates.com/collections/mens-inline-skates, etc. Your roll-aboard bag will fit nicely into the overhead compartment on a plane. If your trip is an overnighter or just a couple of days, the roll-on bag may be all the luggage you need, eliminating the need to deal with checked luggage and checked luggage fees.
I bought my rolling carry-on from ebags.com on line.
Knit clothing that resists wrinkles
Travel oriented retailers such as Travelsmith (a catalog) carry clothing that looks smart, is versatile, rolls up into a tiny space, and is almost impossible to wrinkle. These high tech knits are fantastic for travelers. A simple knit dress or skirt can be paired with the right accessories to become casual or dressy as the occasion dictates.
Healthy Back Bags
The healthy back bag is designed to shift the weight of the purse/tote behind the shoulder, where it feels much lighter. This sounds gimmicky, but I have used these bags at home and on the road for years and can attest to their value. They hold a lot, but do not look huge, and, most importantly, are much easier on the back and shoulders than other types of bags.
Healthy back bags are made in several sizes and in a number of different materials. Leather looks attractive but is distinctly heavier. Nylon and canvas are other options. Color choice is vast.
I bought my healthy bag back from the American Automobile Association travel shop.