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Relax for a moment while I tell you a short story. I once traveled across the country for a friend’s wedding. When I got to my hotel room, I unpacked and saw that despite my best efforts — i.e., folding and unfolding everything no less than 12 different times — the outfit I planned to wear was full of wrinkles. I took out the iron and ironing board from the hotel closet, set both up, and started to iron. Wouldn’t you know it? The iron had some kind of gross yellow sediment in the water reservoir, and it ruined my dress the moment I touched it.
Those are two things that I learned the hard way never to travel without, but there are several other travel essentials you should always remember to pack. Among them is a good lint roller like the Scotch-Brite Lint Roller, which is especially necessary if you have any pets. I can’t tell you how much dog hair I have to roll off my clothes even if they’re freshly washed.
Unless you sleep like a rock, it’s also always a good idea to pack earplugs like Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs. Hotel walls can sometimes be paper-thin and the last thing you want is for excessive noise to keep you awake all night when you’ve got a busy day planned that starts bright and early in the morning. And speaking of noise, pick up the awesome TaoTronics TT-BH047 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones while they’re on sale for just $25.99 (coupon code HDQX5Z9Y) to drown out all the noise on the airplane or the train.
There are a few more travel essentials you should never hit the road without, and you can see them all below.
A travel iron like the Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron so you don’t have any ironing mishaps… like me.
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A good travel steamer like the Masteam Steamer for Clothes so you can smooth out your garments without scorching them with the crummy iron in your hotel room.
A good lint roller, like Scotch-Brite Lint Roller you can get for $4.70 per 2-pack.
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Noise cancelling headphones, like the TaoTronics TT-BH047 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones that are on sale right now for just $26.
Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, because you never know when you’ll have noisy neighbors at the hotel.
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The Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger, so all your gear can charge while you travel.
And if you have an Apple watch, you definitely need the MQOUNY Portable Apple Watch Charger so you can charge on the go.
A Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush — I hate to be wasteful, but a toothbrush is something you put in your mouth and you never clean it as well as you should. Don’t travel with your main toothbrush, use an extra one and toss it in the trash when it’s time to go home.
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