Travel is one of our favorite things to do. I love any reason to travel, be it with just Andrew, all of us as a family, with friends, or even alone. Through the years I have had a lot of trial and error with travel items and that’s why this list of things you absolutely need for travel is my tried and true.
10 Things You Absolutely Need For Travel
Packing Cubes: I didn’t start using packing cubes until about 5 years ago and I don’t use them for every trip. If we are taking a longer trip or I am packing quite a bit more than normal I will use them. I find them really helpful as well for times I can’t fully unpack. We were in a hotel room last year where we didn’t have the room to unpack so it was great to be able to almost have “dressers” in my suitcase. I have underthings in one, pajamas in one, workout clothes, bottoms, and tops/dresses. So it was really easy to find what I needed.
Anker Plug/Chargers: I am a big fan of the Anker dual USB port charger for travel. I am able to charge my phone and Fitbit at the same time! I also love the Anker portable chargers. These last so many full charges. Perfect for travel.
Collagen packets: I put Collagen in my coffee every day. So when I travel I don’t want to miss out on the benefits. I was so excited to discover the Collagen packets a few years ago. I take them on every trip and I even keep some in my car!
Best Travel Bags: When I travel I always take a large tote on planes and bring a smaller crossbody for daytime/walking around. My favorite larger tote is this one and my favorite smaller crossbody for travel is this one. I also really love belt bags for travel. My favorites are all here.
Comfortable shoes: I feel like this is a no-brainer. I can’t pack uncomfortable shoes when I travel. For sandals, I always pack these. These are my favorite sneakers for travel (cute and functional). I also love these Vince slip-on shoes.
Makeup remover cloth: I have raved about this so many times. This is such a staple for me at home and for travel. What I love about it for travel is it’s gentle so you don’t have to worry about scrubbing your face with a hotel towel. It gets ALL your makeup off with just water and then you can cleanse as usual.
Small travel-sized perfume: I use this at home too but this smell is seriously so good! They have a really small size for travel which is great.
Silk hair ties: Another item I use all the time but I love for travel because they don’t crease so it’s easy to throw your hair up while walking around and take it down for a picture without it looking terrible. They are also just super cute.
Barefoot dreams cardigan/socks: I always take a Barefoot Dreams cardigan on flights. It’s like wearing a blanket and they are so soft and cute. I also love their socks and pack them in case I get cold in hotel rooms.
Cheap Sunglasses: The last thing you want to do is lose or break expensive sunglasses on a trip. So I love taking a less expensive pair with me when I travel. If they go missing no big loss.
What is one of your biggest travel essentials?
This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for 2022.