Must Have Budget Travel ItemsWednesday, September 23, 2015
Have you ever been getting ready to go on vacation, packing your bags, and find yourself having to sit on your suitcase to be able to close it? How about when you're staying at a hotel and they want to charge you daily or hourly fees to use their internet? How abut having to stop strangers on the street to take your picture next to that cool landmark?
I know I've had my fair share of these things happening, so I put together a list of must have travel items that won't break the bank, but will make life so much easier.
Let's start with:
Space Saver Bags
I found these great ones on Amazon for a pack of 8 space saving bags. They come in different sizes and are great for bigger or heavier items that would normally take up a lot of space in your suitcase. Sweaters, jackets, pants, etc. The best part is there is no vacuum sealing involved, just put the clothes in the bag and roll out the air! These have helped me to still bring all of the clothes I want, without having to sit on my suitcase to try to cram everything in there!
These may be the best invention ever if you plan on taking a long flight with kids. Most parents remember to bring the portable dvd player or laptop for the kids to watch movies on, but you either get looks from all of the other passengers not wanting to hear the Bubble Guppies theme song for the 100th time, or you bring headphones and only one kid can watch (and listen) at a time. We all know how that will go over. Here, Belkin makes a great headphone splitter...that way more than one person can watch and listen at the same time....and you might be able to relax too! They come in a bunch of different colors too!
How many times have you been out of town and had your phone or tablet die? A portable charger is great to have whether you are traveling or not. I found this mini one on Amazon that I love!
This one has more power, an extra USB port (to charge more than one item at a time).
Your own WiFi hotspot
Some people may not consider this a "budget" option, but I think it depends on how much you travel. If you're used to traveling a couple times a year and may stay in hotels that charge for WiFi, I think this is totally worth it. Besides getting free internet, if you're traveling internationally this has the added benefit of free international calling over skype or another app such as that. Apple makes one called the Apple Airport Express.
You guys, I just bought this right before I went on my cruise and it was totally worth it. I thought I might look stupid walking around using a selfie stick- and maybe I did- but I'll tell you what: I didn't have to stop one stranger to ask them to take our picture and our pictures actually turned out really well. Not just those super close ups that never turn out good, but a selfie stick actually gets you a nice picture with the background that you want to capture. One word of caution: Before you buy one, make sure they work for your type of phone. I bought this one below.
What are your must have travel items?? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to add to the list!
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