Transcontinental jetsetting: reader’s edition. Plus güs giveaway winner!

There were so many creative replies to our güs passport folio giveaway that I just have to share a few of them with you here:

  1. Our head-phone splitter so my wife and I can watch the same movie/tv show/DVD du jour together. I keep it in my travel bag and is great for passing the time together.
  2. I like to make sure each kid has a new little toy and a few books to keep them happyish in the car. Plus, snacks. Snacks really help.
  3. Strangely enough – a thermometer! During the Avian Flu (2007) and H1N1 Swine Flu (2009) pandemics, every airport in Asia set up temperature monitoring check points at immigration and they were very strict for even a slight elevation in temperature. After one (thankfully short!) experience with “quarantine” in China I started to carry a thermometer to manually check my temperature before heading to the airport. If I had any sign of a temp, it was easier and faster to just delay by a day to get healthy than get stuck in lock down for an undetermined amount of time.
  4. I can’t travel without a pen and money for postage! I love to write postcards, so not only do I dispatch a few to friends on every trip; but I also send 1 or 2 home to myself. My grandfather used to do this on his frequent wanderings and compiled a colorful record of his travels that saved him the space of a journal in his suitcase (…errr, vegetable crate, since that’s what he actually used most of the time). Plus, it’s nice to have a souvenir arrive in the mail once you get home!
  5. Mini Evian mist is essential for flying and a quick refresh during jaunts around town. Especially with pollution…. this is a lifesaver to give the skin a quick pick me up!
  6. I can’t travel without my Patagonia Synchilla fleece jacket, it adjusts to every temperature setting–keeps me warm when I’m cold, snug when I’m warm, and never sweaty or freezing. And it’s so light it’ll cram into any carry on that you already swear is too full!
  7. I don’t travel without my cashmere blanket, my Apple Converter Kit with whichever relevant plugs I need for my trip or my stash of magazines I’ve been reading to read for months.
  8. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in natural mint. Wrap or extra jacket. And Reed’s ginger chews are awesome for long car rides (and hangovers… and especially long car rides with hangovers).
  9. I wouldn’t go anywhere without apple cider vinegar tablets. With different foods, water, jetlag etc. it is easy for my stomach to feel less than pleasant. These are my quick, gentle fix for most stomach maladies.

Thank you so much readers for all of your fabulous replies… we may not all be winners, but we’ll all be traveling a little more comfortably thanks to your wonderful tips! To find more things you can’t travel without, check out my first and second editions on transcontinental jetsetting.

And without further ado, the winner of the güs passport folio giveaway generated by is Phyllis. Her reply to what she couldn’t travel without:

“I can’t travel without a book, although I always seem to get more interested in what my husband is reading as the trip goes on. So guess I can’t travel without my husband and his book!”

Congratulations Phyllis and a big thank you to güs style for this FABULOUS giveaway… if you haven’t found anything yet for your Mr. for Valentine’s day hop on over there for some great ideas. The just launched a cool notepad wallet that I think would be great for a conferencing Mr.

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