Road trip this weekend!
I’m getting ready to pack my suitcase. There is never enough room for everything I want to bring.
There are two essentials things that I will not travel without: my Sound Spa Sound Machine by Homedics and my Melitta Coffee Filters. They are essential for my comfort and they are small and lightweight for packing.
My Sound Spa Sound Machine by Homedics creates a variety of white music at a variety of sound levels. My husband snores like a boar hog. Even though I wear earplugs, I can still hear his snoring. Sometimes he shakes the bed with his snoring. At home, I run a wind tunnel fan year round. It’s too big to take on trips. My sound machine makes a steady comforting noise that masks other sounds like snoring, traffic, thin hotel walls, etcetera. I use it at home too on really loud snoring nights.
The Sound Spa Sound Machine is small and lightweight. It is inexpensive. I paid less than $20 for my last one which I purchased at Walmart. It runs on both an AC adapter cord or 4 AA batteries. The AC adapter cord is fragile so I usually keep batteries in it when I travel and take a spare set.
It comes with 6 calming nature sounds: Thunder, ocean, brook, summer night, rain, and white noise. My favorite is the white noise setting. It has volume control. It has an automatic timer for 15, 30, 60 minutes or it can run continuously if you prefer. It also has a small green light that glows when the machine is turned on. It comes with a one year warranty.
I prefer the Sound Spa because it is lightweight and easy to pack. I usually wrap it up in a couple of t-shirts to protect it in my suitcase. It is inexpensive so I can easily afford to replace it if it does become damaged during travel or if I accidentally forget to repack it. There is a lot of stuff to remember when you are traveling. The battery power source means I don’t have to find an electric plug close to the bed. I think hotels are getting better but many of them still do not have enough plugs for all our electronics. It’s very convenient that I don’t need to remember the power cord on these trips. I am on my second machine. I absolutely love it. I looked at more expensive ones at Bed,Bath, & Beyond and they are very nice too.
Melitta coffee pods are my second necessity. Hotels typically provide one cup of coffee per guest. Some will have complimentary coffee in the lobby. You can always ask for more coffee making supplies which may or may not be available. It can be a waste of time trying to get more free coffee. The Melitta coffee pods fit in most hotel coffeemakers except the Keurig. Each pod is just under 3 inches in diameter and makes 1 cup of coffee. Use two pods if you like stronger coffee.
Melitta coffee pods are made for Senseo and Hamilton Beach Pod Coffeemakers. They can be a little tricky to find. I order them from Amazon.com. They are also available at WalMart.com and are available for in-store pickup at some stores. We like the dark roast. Melitta is a German based coffee company which sells paper coffee pods, plastic coffee pods, paper coffee filters, and coffee makers. Melitta has a one cup pour over coffee maker which uses paper filters and ground coffee. Senseo is a Dutch coffee company which produces coffee pods and single cup coffeemaker.
Both companies carry a huge variety of very delicious coffees.
I always pack some Melitta coffee pods, sweetener packets, and a small plastic bottle of flavored creamer in a small ziplock bag.
Other essentials we pack are dependent on how much room is available for packing and what I think I will need. I can do without these things if I don’t have room. These essentials are: a couple of large (yard waste) size garbage bags, scented dryer sheets, disinfectant wipes, Tide Pen or stain removal wipes, first aid kit, travel mugs, foldable hamper, portable clothes line, surge protector, and my own pillows.
You can always fit a couple of folded garbage bags and loose dryer sheets in your suitcase. Cover your suitcase after you unpack to protect it from dirt, mold, and insect infestation. I also use garbage bags to separate the dirty clothes from the clean if I am traveling to multiple locations. Sometimes you just need a garbage bag for garbage or to hold stuff. They make a good rain poncho too. Scented dryer sheets come in handy if you are stuck in a smelly or musty room. Spread them out in all the drawers and closets for a fresh smell. I have also brought small candles. Rooms in the Caribbean usually do not smell very good.
Disinfectant wipes come in flat packages now and are very good for wiping out a tub that hasn’t been cleaned properly. It’s also a really good idea to wipe down the door handles and remote control when you first check in. There are lots of germs on those things.
Shout Wipe & Go Wipes and Tide Pens are handy to have if you suddenly need to remove a stain. Also, it is better to remove a stain as soon as you can. Once a stain get set in, it can be impossible to remove. Wipes and/or the pen are convenient and you can fit them in your purse too.
If you have a first aid kit, add a few packets of Benadryl, Imodium, and Tylenol, you will be prepared for most medical problems.
I like having my own mug so I take my travel one if I have room. It’s also convenient when we go to an all inclusive resort. The staff will usually give you tiny cups of soda, cocktails, and beer. You can ask them to fill your travel mug instead. You get more liquid and it stays cold longer. You don’t have to keep getting up and going to the bar as much. Win! Win!
A foldable clothes hamper and clothesline is great if you are staying a long time and will need to do laundry or wash some things out in the sink. Also, if you are staying in a damp climate, it is better to put damp sweaty clothes in a mesh hamper so they can dry out a little instead of molding in your suitcase.
A surge protector will protect your electronic devices and give you more places to plus stuff in. They can increase the weight of your bag.
I love to take my own pillows when driving but I can’t fit them in my suitcase so I have to leave them at home when we fly. Flying really limits what you can take with you. It’s always a problem for us. My husband likes to take a lot of clothes. We’re getting better and better at packing but those weight limits are really annoying.
A good night’s sleep and my morning coffee can make or break a vacation day for me.