Have you ever suffered from dry skin, bloody noses, a dry throat, or nose irritation? If you are a human, the answer is most likely yes. Moisture is important to remaining healthy and comfortable – but sometimes living in a dry climate, through a dry season, or in an old building means that dry air is unavoidable. Fortunately, humidifiers can help way-lay some of the worst effects of dry air.
I grew up in Upstate NY. Despite the blanket of snow on the ground every winter, the air is actually really dry between November and March. My mother used to keep a humidifier in my room every night. They were giant, noisy machines that always sat on a towel so that they wouldn’t leak into the carpet. Whenever I would spend a night away from home, I would come home with a sore throat and cracked lips. Having a humidifier with me was key.
Fortunately, today our options for avoiding dryness aren’t as limited as they once were. Travel humidifiers have even hit the market – something I would have killed for in my tiny dorm as a freshman. So if you are prone to the effects of a dry climate, make sure you have got one of these in your bag.
Last year I went to southeast Asia. A lot of the hostels I stayed in were housed in older buildings with really dry, stale, air. I wish I had one of these to throw in my luggage! Given the prevalence of bottled water across the world, it would not have been difficult to set up and keep running. The next time you head somewhere that even has an inkling of being dry, throw this in your luggage to be safe.
Perfect for: Traveling with light luggage, Hotel Rooms, Hostels, Cars
Available in four pretty colors, it is also a great solution for children, or for anyone who enjoys some ambient light at night. It is small and quiet, so it won’t disrupt you while you are working or sleeping. Seeing as it is only slightly larger than an oversized mug, it will not get in your way either.
Perfect for: Home, Hotel Rooms
It comes in white or blue and is small enough to fit in your car’s cup holder. There are only four steps to use: Open tank, add water to the tank, twist cap close, and push button to start. You will be amazed at how such a simple machine will improve your quality of life in a dry climate.
Perfect for: Cars, Offices, Hotel Rooms
It is powered by a rechargeable battery and is charged by micro USB. The battery lasts longer or shorter, depending on whether the fan is on low or high. The fan can be collapsed down to the size of a coffee cup for portability and then props open to fan and mist. It is a great solution for anyone who wants to control mist direction.
Perfect for: Home, Hotel Rooms
The runtime is about two hours with an automatic shut off for safety. It charges through a USB port and has a dim, ambient light, which clues you in that the device is on.
Perfect for: Home, Hotel Rooms, Private Office
So whether you are looking for a humidifier for your car, your bedroom, your office, or a travel one that always lives in your backpack, there is a solution on the market for you. Just make sure that the noise, light, or scent will not bother anyone around you. You are all set to reap the benefits of increased humidity.