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Getting out of town for the holidays? According to AAA, an estimated 113 million people are expected to travel to their vacation destination and 102 million of them will be on the road.
Meanwhile, in a friendly atmosphere, TSA expects 2022 holiday travel numbers to reach “pre-pandemic levels.”
With fuel prices still high and seasonal stress levels rising, the holidays can be overwhelming, but there are things that can help ease some of the anxiety, like making sure you have everything you need for your next trip. To make traveling a little easier, we’ve put together a list of travel essentials to tote on your road trip or excursion.
Hard shell bag
Zimtown bag of 3 interlocking pieces
First on the list: Luggage! When it comes to the best travel bag, price doesn’t always equal better quality. Although top brands like Samsonite, CalPak, and Rimowa are worth the investment, you can find moderately priced hard-shell travel bags and duffle bags at nearly every major retailer, including Walmart where this component set is sold. 3-pack for $114.99. ($299.99 regular). Hard-shell bags are great for flying but a soft-shell bag may be more suitable for other flights. Traveling by car? Be sure to keep snacks, travel essentials, and other essentials close at hand, so they are easily accessible.
Airline passengers are allowed to bring one carry-on and small personal items, including a handbag, carry-on bag, or travel bag like the Troubadour Momentum Backpack ($275). We see More travel bag options here.
Not sure what you can f I can not Bring the plane? Be sure to check TSA travel advice.
Woven Cariuma sneakers
Sneakers, UGGs or slides? No matter your preferred style, comfortable shoes are essential for traveling. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, try Cariuma woven sneakers. Comfortable, affordable and low maintenance, the sustainable shoe is made with recycled plastic, woven bamboo, a sugarcane outsole, and a cork sole. The Cariuma knit sneakers are available in low- and high-top designs in over a dozen different colours. Click here to see our list of the best travel shoes.
tablet broadcasting device
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet, 7 Inch, 16 GB
Whether you are traveling by car, bus, plane or train, you probably need a streaming device. You can stream mostly anything from a smartphone nowadays, but it doesn’t hurt to get an Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface Pro, or Amazon Fire 7, priced at just $59.99 at Amazon. If you’re traveling by plane, most streaming platforms allow subscribers to download content that you can catch while the device is in airplane mode.
Delta and other airlines provide inflight entertainment on domestic flights, while American Airlines passengers have to stream from their own devices. If you plan to fly AA, make sure you have a smartphone, laptop or tablet handy, and a charging cable and travel adapter, if you’re traveling internationally.
Headphones or earbuds
Beats Studio Buds – True Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds
You’ll need headphones to immerse yourself in all your favorite content, jam to music playlists, listen to podcasts and more, without disturbing those around you. If you prefer earbuds, you really can’t go wrong with the Beats Studio Buds, AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or Sony LinkBuds. Click here for the best over-ear headphones.
Surrender: 40 songs, 1 story
A long flight may be the only time you get to relax and read a good book! The Kindle, Nook Glow, and other gadgets have made reading digitally easy, but for those of you who still enjoy reading physical books, the New York Times Best-Sellers List is a great guide. The Light We Carry: Overcoming Uncertain Times Written by Michelle Obama tops the latest list followed by Jennette McCurdy I am happy that my mother is dead. Give up:40 songs, one story from Bono landed at #4 on the list.
Travel blanket and pillow
EverSnug Travel Blanket and Pillow – Deluxe Soft 2-in-1 Airplane Blanket with Soft Pillow Case
Bring a warm, cozy travel blanket and matching pillow, or you can opt for a traditional neck pillow.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Bleach-Free Cleaning Wipes
The pandemic has made us more aware of spreading germs. Planes and hotels get professional cleaning services, but it’s a good idea to have disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, or antibacterial spray on hand. Face masks are no longer required for travel, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing them due to rising cases of influenza, COVID-19, and RSV.