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Travel agents travel all the time, checking out new resorts and destinations for their clients. To do their job, they depend on their favorite travel items.
"I always bring a simple scarf, said Denise Lorentzen, CTA, owner and travel consultant at Dreams Travel Consulting. "It helps when it's cold in the plane or even during winter when there are a lot of illnesses going around. You can use it to cover your face and you can use it to shield from outside elements too."
Chargers and adapters are a popular travel item. Erin Logsdon cannot live without her Anker 40W/8A 5-Port USB Charger.
"It allows me to charge my phone, iPad, headphones, and portable charger all at once," said Logsdon, an affiliate of Travel Experts, Luxury Travel Works in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
"Best of all, when traveling internationally, it means I only need to bring one adapter to charge all of my devices. The long cord allows me to keep my phone close to the bed, even when there is not a convenient outlet. Plus, you have plenty of ports to share if you are in a gate area or lounge with limited outlets."
Mario Scalzi of Parker Villas advises his clients to pack half-a-dozen electrical plug adapters for overseas travel. "Sooner or later you'll need a charge and USB ports are not always present," he said. "Order them on the internet from $1 to $2 apiece. Otherwise, in a fit of desperation, you'll be forced to buy some fancy doodad with mostly useless adapters for $20 or more."
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Mary Catherine Sinkule, an affiliate of Travel Experts, can't travel without her Lipault soft side carry-on luggage. "It is squishy so it can fit it in the tiniest of overhead bins without having to check my valuables, which should always go in your carry on," she said.
The one travel item that Greg Antonelle can't travel without is his personal first aid kit.
"I found out the hard way that wearing a new pair of shoes on vacation was not the smartest idea," said Antonelle of MickeyTravels, LLC. "While on a tour, I developed a blister on the back of my foot. With every step I took, the shoe rubbed the area. A simple bandage was nowhere to be found. Eventually, the blister caused so much discomfort that I was walking with a limp. Finally, I had to remove the shoe and walk barefooted."
That same vacation, Antonelle managed to get a splinter in his foot while taking a stroll on a boardwalk. "With every step, the splinter dug in and out of the sole of my foot," he said. "I had to walk 10 minutes to a local pharmacy to buy a set of tweezers to remove it. These two minor medical issues disrupted my vacation and put me in a bad mood. Since then, I've always carried a mini first aid kit with me. I haven't had the need to use the kit yet, but just knowing I have it with me, makes me feel comforted."
What's your favorite travel item that you can't live without?
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