What are common items that savvy travelers bring with them that less savvy ones don't? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Business travelers who are constantly on the move can benefit from packing:
- A universal power plug adapter. I keep one in my luggage at all times. If you don't bring one with you, it will be pretty hard to find a place immediately to buy one. Hotels will oftentimes have one, but sometimes they run out.
- Don't bring physical books. For frequent travelers, carrying as few physical things as possible is necessary. I have a collection of dozens of books stored on my laptop and smartphone.
- Perfume or cologne. This is just in case you've been traveling on a long flight and need to head straight to a meeting afterwards.
- Wear a waterproof watch and keep it set to your home time. Make sure you know the time difference between your travel destination and your home. Sometimes my phone doesn't adjust the time properly and I'll catch the error by looking at my watch and knowing what the time difference should be. Wearing a watch is also good just in case your phone runs out of batteries.
- Yoga pants or long comfortable pants. They're great to wear on long flights (which get cold) and to double as your pajama pants.
- A pack of tissues. These have come in handy so many times.
- Swimsuit. I always keep one in my suitcase. It takes up very little room in your suitcase and encourages you to take a nice relaxing swim or trip to the jacuzzi at your hotel.
- An outfit that can double as a "going out" outfit. Even when I wasn't planning on going out or attending any cocktail parties while traveling for a business meeting, I'm so glad I brought one because last-minute fun events always happen. You don't want to miss out just because you don't have the right outfit.
- Keep floss in your purse/bag at all times. You'll probably be going out a lot to eat with people while out traveling and the worst is having food stuck in your teeth.
- A pair of cheap but effective sunglasses.
- Nailclippers. They can also double as scissors.
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