Traveling can be very exciting and a whole lot of fun, but packing can be a pain. You want to pack as light as possible but still ensure you have all your necessities covered. Packing multi-purpose items that you’ll be able to recycle and re-use all throughout is key. Here are 9 necessary travel essentials that’ll help you be more prepared and ready for a smooth trip.
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1. Portable Phone Charger
Your phone is everything in this day and age and I’m sure you’ll agree with me! From using battery sucking apps for directions to checking your emails, taking photos, and posting on all of your favorite social media outlets, you’re going to need a long lasting battery if you’re going to be out and about for most of the day.
A portable phone charger is one of my number one travel essentials that I always remember to bring. It’s the worst when you need your phone the most but the battery’s dead, so be prepared.
I like the Morphie Juice Pack for my iPhone because it fits right onto my phone and I don’t need to carry anything extra. If you have an Android, a great charger is the Mogix Portable Phone Charger. It’s super lightweight!
Try to find a portable phone charger that’s lightweight because you probably don’t want to lug around a huge purse when you’re running around. Despite it being lighter, it should still also have a decently fast battery charge.
2. Sunscreen, Sunglasses & Hat
If you’re traveling to a sunny destination or you’re just going to be out exploring for most of the day, wear a wide-brim hat and use a good sunscreen to protect your skin from premature aging and skin cancer. I always bring my favorite Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 to protect my face (it doubles as a daytime primer and moisturizer) and a separate sunscreen for my body. Make sure to also protect your eyes from the sun’s glare with a pair of sunglasses!
3. Earbuds & Ear Plugs
If you’re traveling by plane, train, or bus, earbuds will really come in handy when you want to listen to music or audiobooks (click here if you’re interested in trying Audible and you’ll get 2 free audiobooks!). It’s also really convenient to have earbuds when you just don’t want to socialize or ear plugs when you’re trying to drown out the sound of a crying baby.
4. Travel-Sized Bottles
Do you ever carry your full sized skincare and toiletry items when you travel? If you do, you’re wasting valuable space! I rarely bring full-sized bottles of my skincare routine on trips anymore because they’re heavy and take up unnecessary space in my suitcase. All that space could fit another pair of shoes or a whole new outfit!
I always prepare by bringing mini bottles or travel sizes of everything possible including mini toothpaste tubes, a mini toothbrush, shampoo, body wash…the list could go on and on. As you can see, mini travel-sized bottles are your friend! Before your trip, empty out the amount of product you think you’ll need into smaller travel-sized bottles. If you’re traveling by plane, don’t forget to comply with your specific airline’s rules about carrying liquids and aerosol cans.
5. Water Bottle
A water bottle is one of my must-have travel essentials to stay hydrated all day long. One thing I always like to do in the mornings before I leave my hotel is to fill up my bottle with clean water before heading out for the day. You’ll be able to save money while ensuring that you’re intaking enough water. Constipation during a trip is no fun!
Try sticking with a BPA-free water bottle or stainless steel bottle because they’re lighter in weight. I love Nalgene bottles (I have the bottle shown here) but they have so many designs to choose from if you’re not into pink.
6. Multi-Purpose Purse
To save room, try bringing a multi-purpose purse that you can carry from day to night. You don’t want to have to bring multiple purses for every occasion because they take up valuable space in your travel bag.
If you normally carry a large wallet at home, you can also bring a small, light wristlet for night time which will conveniently fit your hotel card key, credit cards, cash, and phone. Coach usually have affordable wristlets that are perfect for traveling and they’re also often on sale.
7. Flip Flops or Slippers
If you’re OCD like me about dirty hotel carpets and floors, you’re going to want to bring your own pair of flip flops or slippers so you don’t have to walk around barefoot in your room. Sometimes hotels provide you with slippers but a lot of times they don’t so it’s better to be prepared.
8. Dressy Shoes That Can Be Worn From Day To Night
A multi-functional pair of shoes that can easily be transitioned from day to night is always on my list of travel essentials. I like to bring a pair of wedges so that I can throw on when I feel like dressing up more during the day rather than just wearing flats, sandals, or sneakers.
9. A Scarf
For those chilly nights when it’s not quite cold enough to wear a full blown jacket, a scarf comes in handy when you need some warmth but still want to look fashionable! I’m always cold especially at night when it becomes a lot cooler so a scarf is always nice to have on hand. It can also double as a thin blanket when you’re on the go.
What are some of your top travel essentials? Feel free to share!