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I’m always looking for ways to streamline how I pack for a trip. Despite thinking I’m already a pretty good packer, I still think I can be better. Maybe you feel the same way.
Some of the best tips I’ve adopted into my travel routine are recommendations from friends and coworkers. So to help inspire you, I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share the things they always bring when they travel, and I got some interesting responses.
Some are seemingly random (an audio splitter), some are convenient (a pair of noise-cancelling headphones), and some you probably didn’t realise you needed (a bottle of melatonin).
Check out our favourite travel picks below.
The sense of security a big portable battery gives you is invaluable. If I forget to charge my phone/tablet before leaving the hotel -- and I always do -- it's nice to know I'll still be safe to watch a movie on the flight, or have enough juice to call an Uber once I get off the bus. -- Jeff Dunn
These Bose headphones have a huge battery life -- perfect for long hauls. They're so comfortable do you can even fall asleep despite their size, and since they're noise-cancelling headphones, they help combat aircraft noise. All of that, and the sound quality is excellent for all types of music. -- Roddy Salazar
Netflix's new download feature was essential on a recent LONG trip. You can download movies on Amazon Prime Video, too. -- Antonio Villas-Boas
A Bluetooth speaker might seem like a superfluous thing to bring on a trip, but it was actually one of the most versatile gadgets I packed for my most recent vacation. I used it to help me sleep (see the next slide for more on that), liven up my showers (because it's also waterproof!), and for some entertainment when I was relaxing in my Airbnb at night. -- Ellen Hoffman
I've been using Noisli every night for about two years now, and I wouldn't go anywhere without it. Right before I'm ready to go to bed, I pair Noisli via Bluetooth to my portable Anker speaker when I'm away.
It proved particularly helpful during the London leg of my last trip; my first-floor Airbnb was located on a busy street and Noisli helped drown out the traffic outside. -- Ellen Hoffman
This neck pillow is expensive, heinously ugly, kinda smells, and makes you feel like a post-op dog in a cone, but I haven't been awake for more than a few minutes on a plane since buying it. -- Sophie-Claire Hoeller
I always bring my Vinyasa scarf from Lululemon when I travel. If you unbutton it, it turns into a wrap that makes a nice blanket while flying. You can also turn it into an infinity scarf or fold it up for a pillow. -- Ashley Lutz
A good pair of earplugs! I sleep in hostels a lot when travelling to save money and meet people. If you know anything about hostels, there are people partying to all hours of the night and you are usually sharing a room with a few people. Earplugs make sure I can get a good night of sleep no matter what's going on around me. For my money, Mack's Originals are the best I've tried. They're comfortable to sleep with and very powerful. -- Harrison Jacobs
These all-in-one travel adapters with USB ports are lifesavers. Charge two phones at the same time and have your laptop powered on too. Never have to worry about voltages. -- Thomas Zoltner
I love using this bag as a carry-on! It doesn't really have a shape so you can mould it into any space -- in an overhead bin or under your seat. It comes in a variety of colours, too. -- Lia Sur
I take my reusable water bottle with me everywhere I go! If I'm flying, I empty it before security and fill it up at a drinking fountain inside. I absolutely REFUSE to pay $US5 for bottled water. Not to mention, it's better for the environment as well.
I've been using the classic Nalgene bottle for over a decade and have never found another water bottle that I like better (and I've tried all the trendy ones). -- Emmie Martin
I always travel with a hanging toiletry bag to store my jewellery. A tip my mum gave me and it works like a charm.
The small zippered compartments are perfect. Little compartments are great to divide delicate pieces that would potentially tangle with other pieces of jewellery. Store your jewellery in this, hang it on a door when you get to your destination, and viola! -- Marri Milcarek
To avoid getting sick when I fly, I buy individual packages of cleaning wipes. I wipe down the seat, the tray table, and the remote for the seat screen if there is one. I read an article many years ago about how disgusting your airline tray table is as well as the surroundings, and to avoid getting sick, this is one thing you can do to protect yourself. -- Cindy Pabst
I'm a nervous flyer, so I pack my carry-on with products that will keep me comfortable and calm. As soon as I find my seat, I rub Tata Harper's aromatic stress oils onto my pulse points and take a few deep breaths. It is a splurge, but this little bottle will last you years. And if you're terrified of flying like me, having some peace of mind is priceless. -- Kelsey Mulvey
My new favourite thing is Texture -- it's like Netflix for magazines. I love reading magazines on the plane, so it's great to have access to almost every single one all on my iPad! -- Chelsey Hoffman
Lemsip. Which in the US is called TheraFlu. It's a powder and you stir it up in hot water. It cures everything. Cough, cold, flu, sore throat, hangover, morning or night. -- Jim Edwards
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