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The Best Travel Accessories to Bring With You on Your Next Trip

When traveling for a week or more, figuring out exactly what to pack can be a daunting challenge. We’ve already written about what clothing to pack (for both men and women) and now we’re helping you out with the accessories you should consider bringing along.

1.      Power Cord
It seems like no matter how many outlets your guest room has, with today’s technology it never seems like it’s enough. Solve the problem by traveling with a small power cord. It will let you plug in and charge multiple devices from one outlet. If you’re at an airport, you’ll be considered a hero if you pull one of these out and share with others.

2.      Ear plugs
Even if you’re not planning on sleeping on the plane, ear plugs are a must when flying. Not only will they help to drown out noisy neighbors and crying babies, it also cuts out the tiring sounds of the airplanes jets. You’ll be amazed at how much more refreshed you feel when landing when wearing these.

3.      Eye Mask
Being on the road for days at a time can be exhausting and you need to catch up on sleep when and where you can. Eye masks are helpful when trying to get some sleep on planes, and they can also cut out sunlight if you take a quick afternoon nap in your room.

4.      Duct tape
Duct tape is a savvy traveler’s best friend. It has a myriad of uses from acting as a lint brush to being a luggage identifier, to patching up a hole in a shoe. Buy a small roll of duct tape and bring it with you whenever and wherever you travel.

5.      Luggage Scale
Nowadays it seems like airlines are weighing all your luggage, including carry-on suitcases. If you have a heavy hand when packing, pick-up a travel sized luggage scale, so you’re sure you are below the weight limit, avoiding any overweight luggage fees!

6.      Ziploc Bags
Much like duct tape, Ziploc bags are a godsend to travelers. They will hold all of your liquids, so in case of any spills, the liquid won’t end up all over your clothes. If you don’t get a chance to do laundry while traveling, you can also use the bags to separate your dirty clothes from your clean clothes. If your second pair of shoes got dirty, stick them in there.

7.      Antibacterial Wipes
Being sick is never fun, but being sick when traveling is extra awful. While you can’t completely protect yourself from catching a bug, minimize your risk by wiping down your rental vehicle, seats and table trays on planes and anything else you will be frequently touching that is also touched by lots of other hands. These also come in handy if you can’t find can’t find a restroom to wash your hands in before grabbing a bite to eat.

8.      Tide to Go
Headed to a meeting and spill a little coffee on your shirt? A quick dab from a Tide to Go pen, and it will look like nothing ever happened.

9.      Soft-sided cooler
If you’ll be on the road a lot, bring a soft-sided cooler with you. You can store healthy sandwiches, fruits and veggies, and drinks in here. Packing your own meals will keep you healthier, save you money, and save you time when on the road.

10.   A Good Book
Even the busiest person also has some downtime when traveling. Waiting in airports, waiting for meetings, etc. Pass the time by bringing along a good book. Paperbacks, EBooks, Audiobooks, it doesn’t matter the format!

What is your must-have travel accessory?

One Pan Meals Ready in Less than 30 Minutes


Frying Pan

Our one pot meal ideas blog post was so popular, we decided to do a part two and give you a few complete meal recipes that can be made using one frying pan, in your InTown Suites kitchen! With these meals, you’ll be eating dinner in less than 30 minutes from the time you start cooking, and clean-up and dishes will be a breeze. These recipes serve one, but can easily be doubled.

Peanut Stir-Fry
Stir-fry’s are always delicious and so easy to make at home! Using a bag of broccoli slaw cuts down on the prep time, so this stir-fry can be made in less time than it takes for delivery to arrive!

Olive oil
2 oz. rice noodles
4 oz. protein (your choice of chicken, pork, beef or tofu)
1 clove garlic
½ package of broccoli slaw
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 green onion

1. Heat a frying-pan on the stove over high heat.
2. In a small bowl, soak rice noodles in hot water according to the directions on the package.
3. Mince the garlic, and slice up the green onion.
4. When the pan is nice and hot, place a small amount of olive oil in the pan and add the minced garlic.
5. When the garlic is fragrant, add your protein, stirring frequently.
6. While the protein is cooking, mix together the lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and peanut butter, adding a little water if you need to, to thin it out.
7. When the protein is close to being cooked through, add in the half bag of broccoli slaw and continue to cook until the protein is fully cooked and the slaw has wilted slightly.
8. Drain the rice noodles and add to the frying pan. Pour the sauce on top and mix through.
9. When the sauce has cooked down slightly and is mostly absorbed, remove from the stove, garnish with green onion and serve in a bowl.

Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes and Zucchini
This low carb meal is a snap to make and requires minimal ingredients, perfect for a night when you don’t feel like cooking, but still want to eat healthy.

2 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 clove garlic
1 zucchini
5-6 cherry tomatoes
1 green onion
Salt and pepper

1. On the stove, heat frying pan over medium-high heat
2. While the frying pan is heating, mince the garlic clove, slice the green onion, and slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise and then slice into bite-sized pieces.
3. Lay the chicken thighs in the pan, skin side down. The great part about this recipes is that the skin provides the fat, so you don’t have to add any extra oil! Let the thighs rest, undisturbed for 15 minutes.
4. Flip the chicken thighs over. Add garlic to the pan, let cook for 30 seconds and then add the cherry tomatoes and zucchini to the pan.
5. Let the chicken and vegetables cook for about 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Because the vegetables cook in the chicken fat, they are wonderfully flavorful.
6. Place the chicken and vegetables on a plate, season with salt and pepper and garnish with the green onion.

Leave a comment letting us know what you think about these recipes!


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