I like to travel like Mary Poppins, with a bottomless bag producing anything I might need in an emergency or to make traveling more comfortable. If I have to, I can travel lightly — I can go away for a weekend with just a carry-on bag and a purse. But for longer trips, such as when I’m filming my syndicated show, Laura McKenzie’s Traveler, I choose not to. My second suitcase opens to a wondrous amount of comfort. Here’s what I include:
Eats. I bring a pot to heat water, coffee, hot chocolate and sweetener, snacks, salad dressing and protein bars.
Comforts. A down travel pillow is a must, along with an alarm clock that can generate white noise.
Extras. I pack a pharmacy of “just in case” over-the-counter and prescription medicines, and extra toiletries I call “The Store,” double-bagged in plastic. And don’t forget the extra belts, shoes and bags, plus wire hangers (because there are never enough).
Electronics. In this group, I include chargers for cameras, phone and laptop.