If you’re lucky enough to fly business or first class, one of the many benefits is the travel bag you’re offered shortly after you board the plane. The pack contains everything you need to see you through the flight, freshen up before deplaning, plus a few essentials that may see you through a short trip. Although economy and premium economy customers almost never receive an airline travel essentials bag, there’s no reason why you can’t create your own. Best of all, create your own and you have the products you selected, rather than a brand the airline has chosen for you.
With a few well-selected products, there’s no reason why your bag should be expensive to put together, either. Find a TSA-friendly clear bag and you’ll be able to take this through security, then find some refillable clear bottles and top them up with product from your bathroom, then use the same bag on your long weekend away.
Create your own travel bag and you have the products you selected, rather than a brand the airline has chosen for you
The Short Motivation recommended travel essentials bag is designed to get you through your flight, freshen you up at the end of the journey, plus offer you the key products you’ll need whilst you away. The aim is a small bag of products to carry you through a long weekend, say 3 to 5 days away from home. We limit the bag to 5 days as you’re allowed a single clear bag which can contain as many 100ml (3.4oz) products as you can fit within the bag. In the UK, the rules are even tighter as your clear bag cannot be any bigger than 20 x 20 cm, limiting the amount of product (even if they are all under 100ml) you can store in the sealable bag.
If you’re heading away from longer, we’re not advising you against placing larger items in the hold. You could easily store a larger shampoo bottle within your hold baggage. The same applies to toothpaste for the family. However, our bag is designed to compliment anything you too choose to to place in your hold baggage and offer an alternative: do you really need to take huge bottles, which can easily split and leak, in your hold bag? It’s happened to us on numerous occasions.
We’ll cover our gadget travel essentials in a separate article. Here are the Short Motivation recommended grooming products for improving your journey and for seeing you through a long weekend away from home.
What do you think of our travel essentials? What would you bring on your travels and do you have any travel essentials tips of other Short Motivation users? We’d love your feedback. Let us know in the comments below.