Headphones- Ever look around on the plane and realize everyone else is asleep? When there’s nobody else to keep you entertained, music and movies are great ways to pass the time. There’s nothing worse than realizing that you forgot your headphones and have no way to watch or listen. Some airlines will have free headphones, but the quality is always hit or miss. Play it safe and invest in some high-quality noise cancelling headphones to make traveling much more fun.
Antibacterial hand sanitizer- The last thing you want to happen on your international trip is to get sick. Airports, hotels, and sports venues don’t always have the cleanest facilities, so it doesn’t hurt to pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer that you can use in the absence of soap and water.
Money conversion chart/app- You might see a price tag overseas and think you are about to get an amazing deal. It is important to know the conversion rate for local currency, because it might not be as great a bargain as you think. It’s easier to spot bad prices if you utilize a conversion chart or purchase an app for your phone. You will get plenty of use out of it anywhere with different currency.
Translation dictionary- Almost everywhere you go you can find people that speak English. However, in an emergency situation it might be useful to have a translation dictionary. This is another item that you can purchase a mobile app for. That might be a better alternative than flipping through a book to find the one sentence you need to use at a given time.
Neck pillow- On a long flight you’re bound to fall asleep. Waking up with a sore neck is not something you want to happen on your way to play an overseas event. Avoid the risk of neck pain by bringing a neck pillow in your carry-on luggage. It will come in handy on your flights and on any bus trips you might take.
Playing Cards- If you’re looking to pass time and have some old-school fun with your teammates there’s no better alternative than a deck of cards. You can bring them anywhere, play countless games with them, and entertain your team with a magic trick you looked up on YouTube. If a deck of cards is too old-school for your taste you can purchase The Card Table on the app store for a couple dollars. It allows you to play with a virtual deck of cards and eliminates the risk of playing 52 card pickup on the plane.
Hacky Sack- Another great item to keep the whole team entertained is a hacky sack. It hardly takes up any room in your luggage and can be used anywhere with a little bit of open space. Not only is it fun to use, but it encourages teamwork and coordination!
Duct tape- No matter where you go or what you’re doing, you will always find a use for duct tape. It won’t take up much space in your suitcase and it is almost guaranteed to come in handy.
Protein bars- It’s fun to experience the food of another culture when you’re abroad, but a protein bar is often the best snack when you have a practice/game, or find yourself walking around with nowhere nearby to eat. It’s essential to pack a healthy snack that you can eat anytime and anywhere.
Adapter converter- It is easy to forget that a lot of countries have different power outlets than the United States. Make sure you have an adapter so you can charge your phone and other electronics. You don’t want to waste space by bringing a bunch of chargers that won’t even work without the assistance of a small adapter.