23 Travel Essentials to Pack for Your Next Trip
After all the flights I have been on, I have come across items that make life on the go much more pleasant. That’s why I put together this travel essentials list of the top things to bring for your next trip. Whether you are going on a holiday or are traveling for work. This travel packing list will be sure to have you covered!
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Table of Contents
- 2 Travel Essentials to Pack for Your Next Trip
- 2.1 1. Carry On Luggage
- 2.2 2. Travel Containers
- 2.3 3. Lo and Sons Catalina Travel Tote
- 2.4 4. Packing Cubes
- 2.5 5. Mophie Portable Charger
- 2.6 6. Noise Cancelling Headphones
- 2.7 7. Notebook & Pens
- 2.8 8. Hand Sanitizer
- 2.9 9. Sunscreen
- 2.10 10. Disinfectant Wipes
- 2.11 11. Swell Water Bottle
- 2.12 12. White And Warren Travel Wrap
- 2.13 13. Amazon Kindle
- 2.14 14. Adjustable Travel Pillow
- 2.15 15. Sleep Mask
- 2.16 16. Waterproof Phone Case
- 2.17 17. Hat Holder
- 2.18 18. Jewelry Organizer
- 2.19 19. Travel Adapter
- 2.20 20. Compression Socks
- 2.21 21. L’Occitane Hand Cream
- 2.22 22. Eye Drops
- 2.23 23. Point And Shoot Camera
Travel Essentials to Pack for Your Next Trip
The first item you will need when traveling is durable carry-on luggage. This Calpack luggage comes in 4 different shades and can expand up to 2 inches. This luggage is also TSA approved!
Do some of your favorite hair or beauty products not come in a travel TSA approved size? Plenty of mines do, and that’s why I rely on BPA free travel containers to de-pot my favorite items. I like this variety pack so you can include your serums, sprays, and liquids to go.
This Lo and Sons Catalina travel tote is the perfect eco-friendly weekender travel bag. This tote comes in two different sizes and had multiple compartments for maximum storage.
My favorite feature is the over the suitcase strap which makes walking with your suitcase a breeze.
If you never tried packing your suitcase with packing cubes, I urge you to try it the way you pack will never be the same. It will easily become one of your favorite travel essentials. It saves so much space and keeps all my clothes organized. This packing cube set from Amazon is highly rated and comes in over 12 colors and patterns. This set comes with 2 Large, 1 Medium, 2 Small, and a bonus shoe bag all for $24.99.
What I’ve learned about traveling: Never depend on the airplane to have a charging station.
That’s why having your own power bank is a must when traveling. This Mophie portable charger can charge your iPhone and Airpods so you will always be ready. This charger also uses a built-in 5,000mAh battery, and convenient USB-C input/output port.
It’s super lightweight, easy to pack in your bag for the day, and comes in handy when you need more power!
You can also get a Mophie 10,000mAh portable battery. It offers double the amount of charging. Just note: it will be a little bit larger.
I never was a believer in noise-canceling headphones, until I tried them once on a plane and now it is one of the most important travel essentials and I will never travel without the Jabra Headphones.
These headphones help immensely when flying. You won’t hear the engine of the plane, and you can actually hear whatever you are listening to without cranking up the volume. It’s always the first thing I put on when on the plane.
You can go for 2 types of noise-canceling headphones:
- Over the Ear: Provides cushion comfort, but take up more space when you are traveling.
- Earbuds: Smaller compact design, a great option for traveling.
I personally commit it to the large over the ear style to block out as much noise while retaining great audio. But either choice will help immensely.
Why are they so important to pack? First of all, there is nothing like brainstorming or jotting down some ideas or things to do while on the plane. There are usually no distractions and it’s a great way to get your mind ready for your trip.
Also keeping a travel journal is another great way to reflect and remember your vacation. so packing a durable notebook, like Moleskin and a few pens are essential to keep every idea in one place.
I like to pack a few pens in my bag because these items always seem to disappear especially when you need them, am I right!
If you are flying internationally, you’ll be thankful you have our own pen to fill out the customs form. Trust me you will see people anxiously looking around for a pen.
A travel-sized hand sanitizer is a must when traveling. It fits in every bag and its essential to stay clean on the go. I particularly like Baby Bum sanitizer. It kills 99.9% of germs but its made without any harsh chemicals, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Sunscreen is so important to pack especially when traveling to a warmer climate. I like bringing a stick sunscreen formula because it’s small enough to fit in my purse and I won’t have to worry about any spills. Plus it’s TSA compliant.
These Wet Ones Travel Size disinfectant wipes kill 99.9% of germs and have so many uses. They are great to clean off any surfaces like your plane seat, hotel room, restaurants, etc. And are great for cleanup after you are done eating. Essential for clean traveling.
Don’t fall for the overpriced water at the airport! I always bring a reusable water bottle for my travels. Just enter security with the water bottle empty, and you can fill it up just before your flight.
I personally like to travel with an extra-large size 25oz Swell Water bottle so I don’t have to refill as much. The larger size also will last longer especially on longer flights and travel days.
You can also choose from a variety of colors and designs to fit your style.
Pro Tip: You can ask the flight attendants to fill the reusable water bottle up during the flight, instead of using a plastic cup.
You will not see me traveling without my White and Warren travel wrap. It’s been a best seller for over 20 years, and I can honestly say it’s essential for traveling. It’s made of 100% cashmere and comes in over 22 colors and patterns.
The travel wrap comes in two different sizes and can be worn as a scarf, blanket, or a wrap perfect for all types of travel. This is more of an investment piece, but believe me, you’ll want to take it on every trip.
13. Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle is a must for anyone who likes to read on a vacation! Long gone are the days where you had to pack bulky books on your limited travel space. The Kindle allows you to read multiple books, and you no longer have to worry about how much space they are taking up in your bag!
This best selling adjustable travel pillow on Amazon is worth the hype. It’s a memory foam pillow that can transform into multiple shapes. So you can support not just your neck, but also your shoulders, back, and spine. And it’s affordable at $24.99.
15. Sleep Mask
Sleep masks allow you to get that extra shut-eye that is so needed when traveling. This Mavogel cotton sleep mask has a new design that doesn’t allow any extra light to come in through the nose space. It’s one of Amazon’s top-selling eye masks and it’s only $9.99!
If your trip involves activities near water, this waterproof phone case is a must for you. Also comes with a strap to keep your phone and important belongings dry on the go.
17. Hat Holder
I love bringing hats along with me on tropical trips, but they are not the easiest to pack.
And yes, I have stacked hats on top of each other just to bring them with me on my trips. Trust me, It was not a cute look.
Now you can have a stylish hat holder that attaches to your bag to hold your hat! It’s genius and I will never forget my hat on the plane again!
This jewelry organizer is the best invention ever! Packing accessories always is a last-minute thing for me, and I never packed my jewelry in an organized way. This organizer comes 3 different sizes & 9 different colors. Plus it has separate compartments for earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces!
19. Travel Adapter
Having Travel Adapters are essential for international travel. Some key things to look out for is the voltage connection. You don’t want to fry your electronics as I did in Greece. RIP hair curler.
You will find on average converters with 100-240vac which is compatible with most US devices. Just be sure to double-check when plugging your electronics in.
If you travel internationally this Universal adapter will work in all countries and includes 2 USB charging ports.
These Compression socks work wonders when you are flying. They fit tight across your legs to promote more blood flow and circulation and reduces discomfort in your legs.
This best selling L’Occitane shea butter hand cream works wonders when traveling. It comes in a 1oz travel size and will keep your hands moisturized throughout the flight and on your trip.
22. Eye Drops
I get dry eyes when I travel and having some eye drops on hand saves the day. These lubricating Systane eye drops are TSA compliant and fit in your bag.
Last but not least is my go-to point and shoot camera from Canon. The Canon G7x Mark ii is included in my best cameras for travel bloggers, and I bring it along on every trip. The photo and video quality are impressive for its size, plus It works well in low-light and fits in your bag!
If you are looking for a camera, but don’t want to commit to a DSLR, this is a great option to include in your travel essentials.
Hope you enjoyed this travel essentials list for your next trip!
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