We all have our own idea of what constitutes a travel necessity. In fact, if you Google “Travel Necessities”, you’ll receive 26.6 million results… TWENTY-SIX MILLION, wow, that’s a little overwhelming. These results vary in the type of items deemed “necessary” for travel and include everyday items such as clothing, hygiene products, legal documents, and money as well as obscure items like luggage tracking devices, packing cubes, and travel scales (I’m sorry, what?).
Personally I find it a bit insulting that someone feels the need to remind me to pack my clothes, my hygiene products, my money, and my legal documents, those are all pretty common sense standard items… or at least I would think. What I deem necessary for travel actually depends on the type of travel being taken. There is a big difference between backpacking and a road trip, and a road trip and international travel.
Despite these differences, and except for backpacking trips, the kid and I do have one item that is an absolute must come everywhere with me item. Those that know me might assume this item is of the shoe variety, but it isn’t. Our absolute travel necessity is of the woobie (term popularized by the 1983 movie Mr. Mom referring to security blanket) variety.
My travel woobie is a pillow I bought as a pillow blanket set at least 10 years ago from Spencer’s, my “bitch”.
The kids travel woobie is a stuffed frog that my mom bought her and the girl (my sister from Three Girls and a Yellow VW Beetle who also travels with her frog) when they were just young girls.
Believing myself a practical traveler, our travel woobies do have multiple functions outside of just being woobies. Both can be used as pillows, whether on road trips…
… or on a plane, or during long flight layovers.
During road trips I always prop my left leg up on the seat and rest my knee on the door which is uncomfortable without a cushion. Both my “bitch” and the frog are great cushions!
Since we’ve acquired these items, they have traveled everywhere with us, again with the exception of my backpacking trips because I have a more weight accommodating pillow, and I’m afraid something might happen to it. Though well travelled, they are rarely photographed but are occasionally used specifically for photographic purposes!
I’d love to know what your absolute travel necessities include.