USA Today picked up a clip from a Cleveland news station about three things you can leave at home on your next trip. Their suggestions? A speaker pod, chargers, and toiletries. Really? Out of all of the options one can leave behind, those were their suggestions?
First off, a speaker pod. I can see how on vacation it might be nice to have speakers, but it’s hardly a requirement. For business travel, I can’t imagine when I would have time to need more sound than what I get from my iPhone. That being said, he is correct that most if not all hotels have some sort of speaker dock.
Next on the list: chargers. The guy’s thoughts are that you can just get a quad USB charger, which will save space and free you from tangled cords. Except that you still have to bring the cords to plug your devices into the charger, so you could still have tangled cords. And the charger itself takes up about the same amount of room as my Kindle and iPhone charger together. The biggest offender as far as bulk goes is my laptop charger, and a quad charger won’t fix that. A better choice would be a surge protector like the Belkin mini, which will give you three outlets instead of one plus two USB charging ports.
Finally, the last item that you can “leave at home” is…toiletries. I’m not kidding. The thinking is that hotels, especially the higher end ones, have so many items available for free that you can just leave your shampoo, toothbrush, and curling iron at home. This is probably true for a lot of people (probably mostly guys) who don’t have a preference about brands. But there is NO POSSIBLE WAY I will wash my face with a hotel bar of soap, then follow it up with a nice hotel brand of lotion. My skin is so dry—it took years to figure out which brand of cleanser works the best. Not to mention that a business trip is the last place I will want to use a random product brand for either my hair or face.
I can’t just disagree with the USA Today clip without offering my own. So here are three items you can leave at home during your next business trip:
- Hair dryer. Unless you are on an extended trip and blow dry your hair every day, the hotel hair dryer will likely work for the few times needed.
- Bulky books. Use an eReader or tablet to read your books—no need for several large volumes. I used to always bring something small to read during takeoff and landing, but now that you can have your electronic devices on throughout your flight they are especially unnecessary.
- Full size toiletries. No need to bring your giant 20 oz bottle of shampoo! Decant all of your normal brands into 3 oz or smaller containers. Even if your hair and skin care routines are extensive you should be able to fit everything you need into a bag small enough for the TSA.
Readers, do you agree with me? Are there any other items you think can be left at home during business travel?
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