Travel for work: My sanity kit

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
  • Smartphone
  • Snacks
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturiser 
  • 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. 

Do you travel a lot? Do you have any sanity tips to share?
 Degrades Street, Melbourne. It is my second home.

Degrades Street, Melbourne. It is my second home.

Mindset

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. 

 

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