Travel for work: My sanity kit
I am in the privileged position to get the opportunity to travel quite a lot for work. I love to travel for leisure but travelling for work is a different kettle of fish. I admire those who are able to transverse international timelines with little or no effect on their wellbeing. But I find that it really knocks me around and hours spent in planes with bugs and recycled air, inevitably means I get a cold. But I am still grateful for the opportunity.
Travel kit or sanity kit
To stay sane during the trip I always carry the following:
- Noise cancelling headphones - essential
- Tablet with stylus - a library of ebooks
- Hand wipes
- Notebook and pen
- Lip balm
- Long haul flights add toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush
- Scarf/sarong - something to keep shoulders warm
- Travel pillow
- Bottle to fill with water
- Craft project
I create an exclusion zone. It is rare that I chat with fellow passengers. But I still make an effort to be friendly and polite. I also get up and move around when the mood takes me, therefore I always sit in the aisle.
Airports are not fun places if you don't have lounge access (I don't). I try to stay optimistic and enjoy the down time. My sanity kit helps me to fill in time whilst waiting around. Before flights I try to move around as much as I can if it is at a reasonable hour. I window shop and only buy duty free when I am coming back home. I am better at packing light and usually check my luggage for longer flights. But my ultimate goal is to only travel with carry-on.
Less Travel in 2018
The last two years since moving to Aotearoa (New Zealand) I have travelled a lot for both work and pleasure. I have decided this year that I am going to travel less (besides I have used up all my leave for this year and some). Yet, even as I say that my heart is pining for places I have been and places I have yet to see.