Traveling is a gift and one that should be used well. At least that’s what our family believes so making the most of our time when traveling is important to us. We have found a few small travel accessories that help us save time, get out the door more quickly and experience everything our destination has to offer. The best thing about these travel accessories is they pack up small meaning we can take them on all of our travels even when there is little room left in the luggage.
Packing for a family can be a big job especially when going on a longer vacation. Over a decade ago I purchased packing cubes; packing cubes come in different sizes and allow you to stay organized while traveling. They also help everything you pack take up a slightly smaller footprint. Each family member has a set of three packing cubes in their own color. The largest one is for clothes, the medium is for pajamas and extras, and the small if often used to keep little things together in our carry on. Everyone is organized as we depart for our travels and stays organized when we get there with packing cubes. They are a huge time saver when you are getting ready for a trip and throughout because everything stays in its place instead of getting tossed about in the luggage. They can be found in Traveling Mom’s Amazon store. .
Wrapadoo Hair Towel
My quest to pack lighter is a never ending battle but I am trying hard, which means I need to leave my regular hairdryer at home and use those provided by hotels. Unfortunately they take forever to dry my hair; enter the Wrapadoo Hair Towel. I take my Wrapadoo on all of my travels and simply
wrap my hair up while I am putting my make up on and getting other things ready. It’s the same as I would do with a regular bath towel except the Wrapadoo is designed to soak up the moisture saving me about five to seven minutes of drying time each time I use it. With travel adventures to be had, I appreciate the time savings of my Wrapadoo each and every time and always share it as a travel tip.
Our family has a fairly strong record of needing to shift luggage from one bag to another while checking in because one bag is somehow always over the fifty pound limit. We weigh our bags with our luggage scale at home and toss it in our luggage so we can weigh our bags at the hotel for the return trip home. A true sanity saver at the airport!
Getting good sleep is critical while traveling. Not only to make sure we have enough energy for the fun and exploration but also to help ensure we don’t get sick. We have used our Marpac Sound Machine for over a decade while traveling and it helps everyone in our family sleep better. It drowns out hallway noises, the weird random noises, and isn’t that annoying loud that many apps are on your cell phone. It is small and light so packs easily and with everyone getting a good night’s sleep, we don’t need to waste time on naps unless we want to.
Large Portable Charger
And by large I don’t mean large in size – I am talking large in mAh. I always pack a 10000mAh or larger portable charge with me when we travel because the last thing I want to do is sit at a restaurant, airport, or bus station for extra time so everyone in the family can recharge devices. My current favorite is the Ventev Powercell 10000+ because it charges multiple devices at a time and provides an extra 42 hours of talk time which is an added safety backup if we need it. This charger features built-in Micro USB and Apple Lightning cables so I don’t have to worry so much about extra cords and I can recharge the portable charger via the folding AC prongs with total ease.
These products are travel lifesavers and save us time no matter where our travels take us.