Travel Checklist For The Southern California Jetsetter

December 2, 2014 9:46 AM

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(credit: Shutterstock)


Traveling can be tough these days. With the delays, long lines, annoying kids kicking your chair on your flight and lack of legroom, it helps to have things to keep you distracted and occupied. Plus, making sure you have other things can be a gift in and of itself to help you push through those long hauls. We put together a list of a few items that might just help you keep sane when traveling.

 

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(credit: shutterstock)


Mophie

If you have an iPhone and are on a long flight to New York or Hawaii, having your battery drain is just the worst. You can’t listen to music or even log onto the Wi-Fi. That said, imagine if you didn’t need to worry since you had an extra battery that served as your device’s protective shell. That’s exactly what a Mophie is. Thus, a Mophie battery pack isn’t just a prudent decision, it’s the only one.
 


 
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(credit: Pixabay/Noelsch)


Tablet Device

Whether it’s an iPad, Kindle or whatever, having this wherever you travel will make time go quickly. The beauty of having this device is that you can use it for just about anything. You can show your kids a movie on the plane, read a book on the beach or play a mindless game to pass time, but no matter what you do, having a tablet with you is perhaps the most essential of technological devices needed to travel.
 


 
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(credit: shutterstock)


Magazines

Though it seems retro now, wouldn’t you rather have some reading material of your own choosing rather than being stuck with the SkyMall or the airline’s branded magazine? We seem to think so. It seems very, very basic, however, having reading material that you like on a topic you enjoy can make a long flight move that much faster.
 


 
PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP / Getty Images

PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP / Getty Images


Snacks

As profit margins for airlines have increased, so has their proverbial belt tightening of free items served to the passengers. A little known fact is that people are allowed to bring their own snacks on-board, and through security. That said, why wouldn’t you bring an extra bag of chips to hold you over until you reach your next destination or layover? The tiny bag that the airline provides just isn’t going to cut it anymore, so its best to pack without forgetting about your stomach.

 


 
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(credit: shutterstock)


Neck Pillow

Though made fun of by the George Clooney character in Up in the Air, this small device will provide some much needed comfort if you’re not sitting in first class. Yes, you will look ridiculous with it around your neck, but hey, wouldn’t you rather be comfortable than not?


 
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(Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)


Cell Phone

You’d be surprised to learn how many people forget to pack their cell phones. There are plenty of reasons why this happens, but to be safe, put your phone either in your pocket, or carry-on bag. This will save a big headache later.
 


 
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(credit: Pixabay) bohed)


Earbuds

It used to be that airlines provided these free of charge, but things have changed (surprise). And, even when you are able to purchase them, the quality is pretty poor. If you have noise-canceling headphones, then it’s a no-brainer. Besides, wouldn’t you rather rock out to your music than listen to the person in the middle seat snore? Exactly.
 


 
by Daniel Kohn

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