There is an endless number of travel “must-haves” out there, and the process of amassing a few good travel essentials is more and more difficult as result. As baggage fees continue to climb and because precious luggage space is always at a premium, it’s imperative you leave the things that will weigh you down at home. We’ve simplified the process by pulling together a list of eight travel accessories you’re sure to find in our bags.
In an airplane, staying hydrated is absolutely crucial but that alos continues to be true once you’re on the ground. With all the eating and drinking we all tend to do while traveling, water intake may fall by the wayside. While traveling with a reusable water bottle is absolutely essential, we love S’well bottles in particular for their ability to keep water cool for up to 24 hours (yes, really!). This makes it a perfect accessory on trips where you’ll be outdoors but also for city trips where you’ll be walking around a lot. The bottles are durable, leak-proof, and come in a variety of different colors and patterns.
If you travel even a few times per year, it might be time to invest in a TSA approved bag to hold all of your carry-on liquids. While a regular plastic bag will work in a pinch, we love the Flight 001 Aeronaut for a more permanent, durable, and aesthetically pleasing solution. Toss your grimy plastic bag and load up your liquids into this chic little case. It’s clear and TSA approved so you won’t have to worry about getting through security.
Traveling with makeup is always a bit of a challenge. You’ve probably found yourself wondering what you will really need, be it makeup for a special event or dinner and how to avoid packing your entire vanity. Enter: Stowaway Cosmetics. These cosmetics are specifically designed to be compact and space-saving so you can pack your essentials without worrying about taking up precious space. These cosmetics come in small sizes so you can use the product entirely before it expires. Great for travel and great for your skin all at the same time!
Sometimes it feels like chargers and cords take over our entire bag, and the feeling only gets worse when traveling internationally. To wrangle all of your never-ending cords, we love the Cordito Cord Rollup. You’ve probably seen the similar cord taco before but the cordito takes it a step further by organizing all plugs and electronic accessories (like memory cards) in one place. And the entire thing rolls up neatly—making it easy to stash in just about any bag.
These are a bit of an investment piece but if you fair bit of travel, they’re definitely worth the splurge. These foldable flats save on precious luggage space—they’re a lifesaver while traveling. Pop them in your day bag each day, and you’ve got yourself a comfy change of shoes (when the ones you’re wearing inevitably start giving you blisters after a long day of walking). On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re wearing a pair of comfy but decidedly unstylish sneakers while exploring a city, it’s nice to slip these before a nice meal to look instantly more put together.
Less and less of us seem to turn to physical journals and diaries now that just about everything is digital, but while traveling there’s something really special about keeping a travel journal. Axel & Ash make beautiful hard cover journals, the perfect companion on an extended trip. The journal is full of prompts that help you record your days, beautiful photos, and inspiring quotes. The journal works perfectly for longer vacations (it would be great while studying abroad!) or for recording multiple trips.
Good quality headphones can transform an otherwise terrible plane or train journey into a completely transcendent experience. For your next trip, we recommend treating your ears by upgrading your old worn out headphones for a quality set. Urban Ears are a wonderful option whether you’re looking for basic ear buds or a set that fully covers your ears. They come in several colors and there are many different options depending on your budget and preferences. The Plattan model is our favorite!
If you’re upcoming vacation involves a trip to the ocean, pool or just about any body of water, one of these cases is a must! At under $10, it’s budget friendly and allows you to take underwater photos. There’s something so fun about beach and water photos and this case will keep your phone protected while you snap away. You might be a little nervous about your beloved iPhone getting wet (I definitely was), but this case is well built and completely sealed. It has over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon to prove it!