Ever wonder how some people in the airport always look like they know exactly what they’re doing, even down to going through security? LC Emma is here to help! Here, you’ll find my comprehensive list of the travel accessories all good travelers should utilize in order to be as comfortable, professional, and organized as possible while on the road.
Scarf: You never know if the plane may be cold or even downright freezing, and a scarf is a surefire way to keep yourself warm while traveling. A scarf also doubles as a shoulder wrap if you’re going sleeveless from a warmer destination, and adds a pop of color to your outfit as well. Plus, adding a scarf creates a totally new outfit, an extra bonus when you live out of a suitcase.
Denim jacket: A denim jacket is a staple for the snappy casual wardrobe. Like a good pair of jeans, it goes with everything in your wardrobe, from a t-shirt to a dress. Moreover, a denim jacket is a step up from a regular jacket but not as formal as a blazer. You look put together but also ready to jump into a wide variety of situations, as LCs often do!
Kindle: Being an avid reader and living on the road are often at odds with each other, so having a Kindle really comes in clutch. I regularly find myself downloading recently released books that I know I want to read sooner than I could if I had the book shipped to me. Plus, my Kindle weighs less than one pound, saving me valuable space in my luggage for other items.
Bonus tip: Read the in flight magazine in the back seat pocket! The last few pages often show various airports, and you’ll be able to see how far the gate you’re landing in is from the gate your connecting flight departs from.
Reusable water bottle and coffee mug: I consume both of these beverages very regularly and will take every opportunity to do so, whether at a coffee shop or a chapter member’s apartment. Visiting so many different Sigma Kappa chapters and staying in so many different places, I never really know if there will be a coffee shop within walking distance, so I bring my own mug to ensure I can always fill it up myself. Plus, why not be sustainable? Inherit the Earth is real y’all!
Snacks: Like any busy person, an on-the-go lifestyle does not always lend itself to a three-meal-per-day guarantee. By packing snacks in my bag before every flight, I know I will at least have something to munch on until I arrive at my next destination. Some good options include dried apple chips or other fruit, granola or protein bars, and a juice or tea. All are on the healthier side, though not every airport has the same options, so prepare to be flexible!
Carry-on bag with trolley sleeve: As a traveling LC, my entire life is packed into three bags: a large suitcase, a roll on suitcase, and a carry-on bag that goes under the seat in front of me. As much as I would like to pack light, that really isn’t an option when I’m on the road, so my carry-on bag is much heavier than I would like. Fortunately, my carry on bag has a trolley sleeve on the back, meaning I never have to carry it on my shoulder, a huge plus when trying to make flight connections from one gate to another. 10/10, would recommend.
Four wheel suitcase: Suitcases can make or break your travel day. I have witnessed so many fellow travelers struggling to get from one gate to the next, weaving through airport traffic, and haphazardly dragging their suitcase behind them. Meanwhile, I’m able to breeze past them easily, making it to both the snack stand (see above) and my gate on time, because my suitcase has four wheels rather than 2. I encourage any frequent flyer to invest in a suitcase that can glide alongside you as you walk, rather than one you have to pull along as you go.
Lastly, registering for TSA PreCheck is a surefire way to guarantee your wait to go through security is much shorter than the regular line. At only $85 for a five year plan, it’s too good a deal to pass up so that you can pass everyone else waiting in the longer line. Plus, you’ll actually look like the well-seasoned traveler you are!