Let’s face it… relocating every 13 weeks can be a little daunting. As a travel therapist, you really have to learn how to pack light without skipping out on the essentials. If you travel frequently, you’ll probably live out of your suitcase. You may just need to switch out a few clothing items depending on the season or your next destination. However, no matter if you’re going to Hawaii or Alaska, there are some must-have items you should bring with you. Make the most out of your travel therapy journeys with these 10 great travel companions! Before you head off to your next destination, be sure to check out this travel therapy checklist.
Top 10 Must-Haves: The AlliedTravelCareers Travel Therapy Checklist
No trip will be the same without a good set of headphones. Escape the travel hustle and bustle and get lost in the therapeutic sounds of your favorite musical artists. Headphones are good to have with you not just to listen during your travel, but possibly during your commute to and from work and on your lunch breaks.
2. Durable Luggage
If you’re packing up every 13 weeks for a new assignment, you’ll want luggage that is going to endure the path it takes to follow you to your destination. It should be sturdy enough to withstand being dropped from at least three feet and protect valuables you are toting inside of it. There’s nothing worse than having your luggae rip or tear midtrip, so don’t be cheap. Make sure you have quality luggage to hold everything on your travel therapy checklist.
3. Pick-Me-Up Kit
After a long plane ride on a red-eye in coach class—crammed between strangers—you’re going to wish you had something to help make you look and feel fresh. Stock up on facial cleansers, energy-boosting mouth spray, eye cream, and dry shampoo. You’re going to look and feel as though your trip was a piece of cake.
4. Travel Journal
Whether it is on paper, in a word processor, or through personal snapshots—document your journey! These are memories in the making. It is so easy to get wrapped up in everyday life that in 10 years, you’re going to be happy you have this to look back on. Let’s not forget those at home and that you have met along the way. Connect with people no matter where you are by posting on your favorite social media site.
5. Germ Fighters
This may seem like an obvious must-have, but it’s really that important! Think about the number of people going in and out of the airport and rest stops — these places are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Let this serve as a friendly reminder to pack your Airborne®, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer. Start your new assignment on a healthy foot!
6. Laptop Privacy Shield
So, you’re in the air on your laptop typing a personal message to a friend back home and in your peripheral vision, notice your neighbor’s eyes are fixed on your screen. Keep your personal activity private in the air with a 3M Privacy Shield.
7. Reading Material
A book or magazine can really help to pass the time while en route to your new destination. With smartphones and e-readers, you can lighten your literary load. Pop on your headphones and feed your brain with words of wisdom. It’s also good to have things to read after a long shift. This can take your focus away from the stress of work and put it somewhere light.
8. Travel Pillow
If you’re flying to your destination, you want to have a travel pillow. If you’re driving, bring your pillow from home! Your pillow from home can add that little touch of comfort you need when you arrive at a strange place.
9. Sleep Mask
It’s tough to get some shuteye on a plane or even in a new place. Make it easier by adding a sleep mask to your travel therapy checklist. The goal is to make your travel experience as comfortable as possible. Drown out that obnoxious reading light next to you and rest easy.
10. Chewing Gum
You might be surprised to know that chewing gum has several useful benefits. Gum isn’t just for freshening your breath. Chew gum to help relieve stress, heartburn, and acid reflux. It also helps clean your mouth, reduce your appetite, pop your ears, and even increase memory retention!
What are some other must-have items on your travel therapy checklist? Share with us in the comments below!