Space Travel: Essentials To Bring With You On A Spaceship

Space travel is the not-so-unforeseeably-distant future of humankind. But what to pack with you when you are on a spaceship? Here are top picks on what to take to your grand voyage into the unknown.

Space Travel: Essentials To Bring With You On A Spaceship

Elon Musk’s recent endeavors have raised some questions and possibilities regarding space travel. Will humans populate Mars? Does the future hold for us possible honeymoons on a space station, redefining “a romantic night under the stars?” Perhaps.

Space tourism companies have been aspiring to open the season for suborbital flights for years now. We don’t know when they will be ready, but many terrestrial stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry and Stephen Hawking have already signed up for an extraterrestrial journey. So, it seems only reasonable to start planning a trip of your own. It’s also a fun activity to do with your kids. After all, who wouldn’t want to play “let’s pack for space”?


How to pack for a space journey?

There are some factors you need to take into account. The most important thing is volume. NASA allows only 1 cubic meter of personal items on a spaceship. The good news is that weight doesn’t matter, because there is no gravity in space. So, you have to pack economically and think very carefully about what you need and what you can do without.

Another thing to consider is the absence of gravity. In 1965, Astronaut John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard the Gemini 3. However, that didn’t go very well since the sandwich didn’t stay together in a non-gravity environment. So, unless you’re into corned beef floating around in your spacecraft, try a Milky Way.

Music: Life On Mars?

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David Bowie has written history with his song “Life on Mars?”, which launched the hit to stay in the orbit of UK charts for weeks in 1973. Over 30 years after its release, it found its way back into the UK charts, and in 2013 it somehow even sneaked into the top 10 charts in France. It is simply a classic.

So, no surprise that Elon Musk chose this song as the soundtrack of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket as it launched into deep space. A space travel without this timeless hit has thus become unimaginable.

An MP3 Player Fit For Space

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Music is essential for space travel. Many psychologists have argued that music helps you maintain a connection with the Mother Planet. It can get a bit lonely out there, since you will literally be in the middle of nothing, and your fellow crew members will be your only company. Listening to something familiar and loved increases psychological well-being.

Of course, you also need a device to play songs on. Here’s the catch: There is no electricity in space, which means you need something that is powered by batteries, and you’ll also have to have enough batteries that will last you throughout your journey.

This neat MP3 player by SanDisk is perfect for space: It has 2 GB memory - which is fairly decent - and is powered by a single AAA battery that can last you for up to 19 hours. Not bad, huh? The fact that it runs by smaller batteries is also an advantage so that your spare batteries won’t take up much space. It also does voice recording, in case you want to keep a travel log.

Travel Towel

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As Douglas Adams wisely pointed out, a towel is “the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” If you happen to have forgotten your toothbrush, razor, slippers, tea kettle, tablet PC, spare batteries, or any other convenience item on your travel, you can always claim to have “lost” them and borrow them from a fellow space traveler. The towel gives you the credibility that will make the lender believe you will return the item, even though you probably never will. To learn about more elaborate uses of a towel in space: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

If you want to make the best impression in space, our recommendation is to have a fancy microfiber travel towel. Not only are they super absorbent, but they are also immensely compact, which won’t strain your 1 cubic meter limit. Considering the advantages possessing a towel brings with it, 0,004 cubic meters is a small price to pay.

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Chewbacca Slippers

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You don’t need shoes in space. The spacecraft is clean, there isn’t really much dust in space considering the lack of organic matter, and the non-gravity environment turns wearing a shoe simply into a health hazard. If you must wear something on your feet to feel warm, cozy and at home, try something that won’t hurt anybody if it ends up in a fellow space traveler’s face. 

These Chewbacca slippers are comfy, cute and space-worthy. Yes, the Wookie roar it makes while walking can be annoying after a while. But then again, you can’t really walk in space.

Sea-Band Adult Wristband

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We know space travel seems glamorous from afar, but the simple truth is that a rocket launch can be quite nauseating. If you are prone to motion sickness, you can imagine being shot out of the Earth’s atmosphere makes sea travel feel like being gently rocked to sleep in comparison. The Sea-Band wristband can help relieve you from feelings of motion sickness without side effects.

Fimei X20 Mini Video Camera

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You’ll have plenty of free time on your hands out there, so it’s best to think about how to do something useful with your time. How about a camera? This tiny camera won’t take up much space and can shoot 1080P Full-HD videos. You can expand its memory capacity with a MicroSD. Its battery life of 3,5 hours might not seem like much, but you can pack a power bank or two to expand that. 

Making videos on a spaceship is not only fun but can also be your way to fame. Follow in the footsteps of Commander Chris Hadfield, who has posted several videos on life in space during his stay on the International Space Station. The most popular video was his cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity (in space!) with nearly 40 million views.

Hohner “Little Lady”

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The “Little Lady” by Hohner is not only the tiniest playable harmonica in the world, but it is also the same model of the harmonica smuggled into space by astronaut Wally Schirra in 1965. Schirra performed “Jingle Bells”on board of the Gemini 6 for the spacecraft Gemini 7, during what was the first manned rendezvous in space.

Plus, with all the free time you got on your hands, it might not be such a bad idea to learn how to play a new instrument, if you don’t know how to already.

A Keepsake From Home!

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Let’s be honest: Space travel is awesome, but one might still experience homesickness being out there. It can be a good idea to have some keepsake with you that will remind you of our Pale Blue Dot.

This particular specimen is tiny, pretty, and carries a once living being that has breathed the same air you have. Since space is probably the only place where you might feel nostalgic about mosquitos, it’s a nice keepsake. It is also the perfect gift to any aliens you might come across.