After a 48 hour vacation, I’ve come to realize the essentials of travel for me:
Experiencing any city on foot gives you a perspective unlike any other, and running through any city in the morning gives you space unlike any other time of day. Running gear requires a lot of room and is the reason you pack a giant bag versus a backpack for a 48 hour trip.
Tie your running shoes to the outside of your bag and no one will make you shove them into your bag if you’re flying.
Most establishments don’t care if you’re carrying a water bottle, in fact most outdoor venues (concerts, ball parks, etc.) allow you to bring in an empty water bottle to refill at drinking fountains. Target Field in Minneapolis had Gatorade containers of free filtered water to dispense into water bottles all over the ball park for the All Star Game a few weeks ago.
Backpacks or cross body purses will hold water bottles, even those tie string backpacks free up your hands for wandering with hot dog in hand.
Gallon jugs of water:
Buy gallon jugs of water at the local drug store for $1.50 and stock up your water bottle every time you’re at your hotel room. Or shove one into your backpack and be hydrated the whole day.
Bonus points if you carry an empty gallon jug into ball park and fill it up for free. (I have not done this, but it just occurred to me how awesome this would be for families!)
Staying hydrated only goes so far, you also need nourishment if you’re walking all over. Las Vegas is the perfect example, throw some healthy snacks in a ziploc bag and stash in your day bag and have a bite every hour. Not only do you save money from eating over prices food, but you save time on waiting for a table and stay healthier by choosing a healthy option. I always carry dried cherries, some sort of nuts, and a protein bar. I have dietary allergies, so 1/3 of my luggage is always food and I’m not wasting time buying it or looking for it.
Walking around for hours can be brutal, save your feet (and possibly your shins) by wearing comfortable walking shoes and compression socks. I sleep in knee high compression socks after each day I’m in Vegas and after each race day regardless of location.
As long as it’s not liquid or a gel, you can carry food on to an airline. Stock up on other snacks at the local drug store if you’re sharing or will staying for long enough to buy in larger quantities.
What are some travel tips you have, or necessities you have to have along?