When I was nine years old, I took a train from Kingston, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec by myself. I went to visit my grandparents for my birthday and to attend my first NHL hockey game. Nothing bad happened. So, why was I shocked this week when my parents sent me a last-minute email wondering if my son would like to go and visit them next week on a flight by himself?
Along the way, Travelzoo's Deal Experts have racked up our favourite travel essentials: that one thing that we wouldn't leave home without. The type of necessity we buy doubles of so we can keep them in our carry-ons and never have to worry about while away. With checked bag fees in the $25-$35 range, here's a list of some of our must-haves using up precious carry-on space. What's your travel essential?