Packing for a vacation is often the least exciting part of the trip for many people. Technology is so advanced we can’t imagine going anywhere without our phone and its charger very closeby, and wearables are the new norm. Technological advances afford us amazing advantages in communication, organization, tracking and navigation. While many choose to unplug from their devices and reconnect with friends, family and self on vacations, there are a few key items that can make your next vacation run very smoothly and happily.

The basics: chargers and your favorite headphones or earbuds. Without charging cables for your phone or tablet, your navigation abilities around your destination and communication devices can be very short lived, especially if you’re traveling in an area with limited service and few stores to buy replacements. Whether packing charging cables, or including extra battery packs, these are an essential item for many travelers.

If you’ve got a long flight, or long periods of time when you can listen to an audio book or some podcasts, or heck, even your favorite music, having your best pair of earbuds and a fully charged device can make the difference from filling your mind with great information, or hearing the ambient sounds of kids crying and everyone sneezing and snoring on the plane for 6 hours. These can be lifesavers if you’re sensitive to noise, like many people are, and you can escape into another place, right in the middle of the gate’s waiting area in a busy airport. Do not worry if you forget yours at home, you can always grab a pair once you get through security, or at nearly any store at your destination.

The upgraded item you won’t regret: a bluetooth speaker system. There are plenty of portable speaker options that can fit right inside your pocket, or slightly larger ones that easily fit into your backpack or carry on, so are easy to toss into your packing list and suitcase for some musical vibes on your next vacation. Having music playing in the background while you watch a sunset from the balcony of your rented beach house, or while you cook breakfast in the mornings, just creates an ambiance and sense of comfort that most can relate to, and create memories around with a lovely soundtrack, thanks to your bluetooth speaker. No matter your destination, it can be made a bit more memorable, relaxed or excited, and enjoyable with a nice speaker to play your favorite tunes through. 

What are your must have items to bring with you on vacation? Whether you’re a simple traveler with just your phone and charger if you remember it, or a more sophisticated tech-loving traveler, you’re sure to be a favorite travel companion for trips to come if you show up with something as cool as a record player. Having something to play music on sets the tone for your stay, and can help make special memories you might not otherwise have the opportunity to create for you and your travel mates. 

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