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Travel Gear For 2020: What Every Traveller Should Have?

Traveling is quite exciting, but sometimes it can also be hectic and not up to your expectations if you are not well-prepared while packing, at the airport, and even at your destination. This is why it is crucial to have some travel accessories that will make the whole process easier and have you traveling in style and comfort. This travel gear is going to change your whole attitude towards the factors no one really likes about traveling such as packing, unpacking, and keeping track of all the important documents that you are going to need, just to name a few.

Document Organizer

This is going to be a lifesaver, especially if you are a forgetful person and need to keep track of all the important documents needed for traveling in one convenient place that you can easily navigate. Document organizers come in different sizes and shapes, but their purpose is the same. They can have different compartments to hold tickets, passport, ID, and more. A document organizer is extremely helpful if you are traveling with a large family or group of friends and need to keep track of all their documents.

A Travel Backpack

Usually, when traveling via an airplane, you are allowed a carry-on piece of luggage. However, most, if not all people find it easier and more logical to tote around a travel backpack that they can easily move around with as they travel and that they can use on outings and other activities when they reach their destination. When looking for the best backpack for travel, you need to take a couple of factors into consideration. These include how many pockets and compartments a backpack has if it is comfortable and lightweight, and whether it is sturdy and can handle the wear and tear of traveling.

Packing Cubes

This is another organizational item that can really save you time trying to squish your belongings together to fit into the luggage you have. Many different brands sell packing cubes so you can easily find them online. You can either use them to organize your clothes, to separate your clothing into outfits for each day you are away, or you can sort your clothes into tops and bottoms.

Travel Bottles

Traveling smart means that you need to do away with all the oversized bottles and packaging for different products that take up unnecessary space in your luggage or backpack. Instead of lugging around full-sized bottles, you can get a set of travel bottles that you can deposit some products into so that you can enjoy using your regular products without having to worry about excess weight or not having enough space.

Portable Charger

While you will surely have electricity at your accommodation, you might be spending many hours at a time outside wherever you are going. There is also the fact that your flight could be a long one. When that is the case, you will be thankful that you have a portable charger or a power bank that you can whip out and use anytime to charge your electronics. Try looking for one that has a high battery so that you can get as many charges as possible before it needs to be plugged in.

Travel Adapter

The need for a travel adapter will depend on where exactly you are traveling, but to be on the safe side you should have one with you no matter where you are going. It makes it easy to use different electronics that you might otherwise have trouble finding a place to plug them in.

Portable Water Purifier

If you are going to be traveling somewhere that has questionable water sources, then this is going to save you from the risk of contracting different diseases as well as being exposed to bacteria or other harmful organisms that might be in the water there. In fact, even if you are sure that you are getting clean water where you are going, this could be helpful if you plan on hiking or camping at some point on your trip.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

If you are the type of person who hates noise and gets irritable if there is too much of it, then these can be a lifesaver. Noise-canceling headphones allow you to listen to your favorite music without any disturbances from those around you while traveling. They are also going to be helpful if you plan on staying at hostels or you are traveling in a group and don't want to deal with a noisy roommate.

These eight items are going to make your traveling plans go as smoothly as you want them to be. You won't have to worry about losing your stuff, and not finding enough space in your luggage for your belongings. Most importantly, however, is that these items can be helpful throughout your entire trip and at home too.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.

-Sadsies

Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.



I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!



- The Armchair Psychologist

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