Psssst-What’s In Your Travel Bag?

17 Mar

I was chatting with a friend this weekend about travel bags and what I carry in mine.  I get this question a lot as a frequent flyer, and there are things you’d have to take from my cold, dead hand before I’d leave them on a trip.

I was a Girl Scout from age 7 to 17, and I took that motto — Be Prepared — very seriously.  I am the girl you want to travel with, because I’m ready for almost every emergency.  I usually carry a SwissGear Laptop Backpack I scored at Sam’s Club for $40.  Here’s what I carry in it:

  • Laptop computer (or sometimes my Netbook, depending on the trip)
  • computer cord and mini mouse
  • Passport
  • FujiFilm S800 FinePix camera with 2 sets of 4 Kodak rechargeable AA batteries
  • Allegiant Air mouse pad
  • 1 4-pack each of AA and AAA batteries
  • Battery-operated iPhone/iPod charger (also has USB, cigarette lighter ports)
  • Olympic digital audio recorder with hand mike, USB mike and lapel mike
  • Bag of plug adapters that cover the world
  • Ethernet cord
  • Victorinox SwissCard (thanks Bombardier) with nail file, ruler, scissors, toothpick, tweezers and screwdriver (the size of a business card)
  • Medicine bag (ibuprofen, lotion, hand sanitizer, Neopsorin, cortizone cream, BandAids, Sudafed, Benadryl, Ricola cough drops and Claratin)
  • 4 ink pens (1 with 1GB thumb drive) and 4 reporter notebooks
  • 2 1GB thumb drives
  • Baby wipes (great as face wipe, tray table/lav clean-up)
  • Business cards (work and personal)
  • Mini Totes Umbrella
  • Belkin 3-outlet, 2 USB port mini surge protector (I’m very popular in airports)
  • iPhone 4
  • iPod Classic (as a back-up)
  • Sharper Image noise-canceling headphones (for flights and editing podcasts)
  • Apple iPod recordable headphones (for recording on the run and Skype calls)
  • Universal iGo charger for Blackberry and iPods (one unit, different charging tips)
  • Flip Video Camera
  • Mini camera tripod (scored it for $1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Blow-up travel pillow with sleep mask (thanks SITA)
  • Chap Stick
  • Breath mints
  • Bijoux Terner pashima scarf (can be used as wrap, pillow, clothing accessory)
  • Sewing Kit
  • 4 different sized safety pins
  • Snacks (granola bars, nuts, jelly beans and chewy Lemon Heads)

All of this fits comfortably into the back pack, with room to spare.  The back pack has venting, so your back doesn’t sweat, and the shoulder straps are wide and comfy, so you don’t feel a strain as you carry it.  I’ve had many friends and acquaintances mock me for my bag — until they need something. So — what are the things you must have in your travel bag?

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11 Responses to “Psssst-What’s In Your Travel Bag?”

  1. AirBoss March 17, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Is the Allegiant mouse pad pay-per-use?

  2. Rob Riggen March 17, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    OMG! I’m having trouble visualizing this. Can we have a photo or 2, maybe one all packed up and one all laid out? Obviously this remains at or below the standard size to fit under an airline seat, right?

    • Aviation Queen March 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

      I can do that. Of course the backpack can fit under an airline seat if needed. Remember my motto-be prepared!

  3. eolesen March 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Your bag is almost as chaotic as mine is… I don’t have nearly as many things, and could only find two things which I carry that you don’t:

    1) LED flashlight
    2) USB snake light

    I take lots of night flights, so those items get quite a bit of use.

    • Aviation Queen March 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      I don’t have the snake light, but I forgot-I do have a pink cammo mini LED light that is pretty powerful for such a little thing. My sister the cop swears by it!

  4. Emma C March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I agree that photos of this are definitely needed!! Once again, I’m thoroughly impressed, Benét!

  5. Patrick Francis July 6, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    I also agree that photos of this are needed!! Twice again, I’m also thoroughly impressed, Benét!

    • Aviation Queen July 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      I agree about the photos. But it was busy yesterday, so i didn’t have the time. Lesson learned! And thank you!

  6. Dave July 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    How would you ever get that on a plane?


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