One of the most common questions that I get about travel and traveling? “What do you pack and what can’t you live without?” Therefore, today, I’m excited to share 15 top travel essentials.
My Top Travel Essentials
Since the pandemic began, my list has certainly evolved and changed. While Bob and I haven’t travelled since early March, once we get vaccinated, we will always be packing:
- A face mask and
- Lysol and hand sanitizer
- These door opener tools
Whenever I pack for a work or personal trip, fashion is always the hardest decisions. After all, my outfits are always changing on a trip depending on what we’re during.
Best Travel Items
At the same time, there are other travel staple items that I simply can never live without. Therefore, beyond the health and sanitary items listed above, I wanted to share 15 items that have completely transformed my travels.
After all, I travel a ton (just see my United posts). Plus, I love researching new items that will make things easier!
Kicking off the list of my top travel essentials? My go-to shoe for flights are Allbirds wool runner sneakers. Where have they been all my life? I was introduced to the brand thanks to their Pop-In at Nordstrom, and I’ve worn them on nearly all my flights ever since. They are easily the most comfortable shoes I own.
Noise Cancellation Headphones
I never leave home without these headphones! MY FAVE TRAVEL ITEM. Brands have sent me countless headphone options over the years, but I am loyal to this brand and this brand alone. If you’re looking to invest in a pair, this particular set is the best. I’ve traveled to the Maldives, Dubai and Europe with them, and I’ve never had an issue. Extra tip: always keep a hair tie, extra set of ear plugs, and also a sleep mask in the case (trust me, they’ll all fit). You never know when you’ll need them!
Travel Essential- Travel Pillow
I’ve tried numerous travel pillows over the years, but this version is my fave (in gray). Beyond being comfy, the snap closure makes it so much easier to secure on your luggage. After all, you want the pillow to be easy to walk with through the airport.
This navy carry-on and duffel bag have been my go-to luggage styles for travel. For the past few years, I used this version of AWAY, but upgraded to this style with a front pocket.
As someone who travels with two laptops on every trip (one personal, one for work), I need as much storage space possible. The duffel bag is also the perfect compliment to the carry-on, especially thanks to the sleeve that slips over your luggage for a secure ride. Genius! We also invested in these interior organizers (a great investment).
Here’s the catch – I really wasn’t thrilled with reading about the workplace culture at AWAY. I know they’re making changes, but it’s time for me to explore new luggage options. I’m sad, but it’s time.
Silk Sleep Mask
A sleep mask is one of those things you don’t realize you need until you really need it. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve ben in a hotel room with shades that don’t close all the way.
Plus, if you’re caught next to a chatty Cathy on a plan, nothing says you need some quiet time like a colorful sleep mask!
I use a Beautyblender every morning to apply my foundation. In the past, I never knew how to pack and store the blender in my luggage. Thankfully, the brand just came out with this set. The carry case is so helpful, and I never have to worry about the sponge.
Sturdy No-Rip Hair Ties
These colorful hair ties by Teleties are my absolute favorite. They’re waterproof, gentle on your hair, and (best of all) they work as a stackable bracelets when you’re not using them. Plus, they don’t leave any kinks or dents in your hair – genius!
Cuddl Duds Tops + Wraps
It is rare, if not impossible, to find me on a flight not wearing one of their pieces. I adore all things Cuddl Duds. They’re so comfy, versatile and also a great price. I’ve been thankful to work with them on the blog for several years, and we’re currently dreaming up our next collab. Stay tuned! My personal favorites are this top and this wrap. I swear by them on long-haul flights!
Summer Fridays Face Mask
Airplanes dry out your skin and make your face look dehydrated. Recently, I started using Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask, and I love the consistency and immediate hydration that the product provides. It’s a hefty price tag ($42), but it’s totally worth it. I’m also planning to try their new Overtime Mask. For my hands, I swear by BeautyCounter’s Baby Balm.
If I’m feeling a bit “extra” on a vacation or trip, I travel with one of my sets of Steamline Luggage. These vintage-inspired bags are BEAUTIFUL, and I also love using them for photo shoots for the blog. That said, I don’t always love bringing them on trips for fear they’ll get ruined. However, I think every woman should own at least one set from them!
As a fashion blogger, steamers are EVERYTHING. They make clothes look perfect for photo shoots, meetings and everything in between. I’ve used this version for the past three years and LOVE it. The travel version is amazing, but I also own the big version at home. Without question, travel steamers are definitely a part of my top travel essentials list.
Yep, good ol’ Advil. I carry Advil with me wherever I go, but especially my duffel bag and toiletries case. Due to constant headaches and migraines, I’m always terrified of having issues! Advil has been my go-to for years, and I love they have the travel size option.
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks
After long flights, I love using these gold eye masks to hydrate. Beyond being metallic and pretty, these masks really work! They feel amazing too.
There’s nothing worse than coming off a plane with dry lips. I love Aquaphor Lip Repair, but for some added color I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Lustre Lip Gloss.
If I’m planning to capture photos and videos (especially if Bob isn’t with me), my go-to camera is Canon G7X. I’ve recommended it to a bunch of people, and I really can’t say enough great things! The quality of the videos is amazing, and it’s especially fantastic in low light situations.
What are your top travel essentials?
What are some of your top travel essentials? I’d love to hear about the brands, products, and items that make your flights and hotel stays even easier!