My Five Travel Essentials

While we’re all on the topic of travel, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things that help calm this frazzled mind when journeying to new places. See, while I love packing my suitcase or weekender for a trip, I also get super anxious. I constantly leave the house thinking, “Did I forget something?” and check my belongings twice, sometimes thrice. Though definitely not necessary, here are five of my travel essentials that make me a little happier (and more sane):

1. A Classic, Simple Suitcase

I absolutely love my Rockland carry-on. It looks tiny but fits so much. I took it on a six day trip to Seattle last year and had plenty of room to spare! Since I don’t typically like to check bags in and wanted something that I could use for a weekend trip sans flying, it took me a while to find the right size and style. This one holds all I need while still qualifying as a carry-on and makes me feel incredibly chic while strolling through TSA. Plus, it spins!

{ Steal: Rockland | Splurge: Herschel Supply Co. & Ted Baker London }

2. Packing Cubes

If you haven’t heard of packing cubes do yourself a favor and Google/YouTube them. The reviews are sincere when they exclaim these are “life changing.” Though definitely a first world item, they make packing so organized, simple, and easy. I own a set of three plus one extra half cube, and I’m confident I can pack for anything from a short weekend trip to a week long adventure.

Eagle Creek

{ I have this set, but you can also purchase them here }

3. Pouches

If you are a neat-freak like myself, you’ll know how important pouches are when it comes to organization. When I travel, I like to keep all my important items in one place so they’re easily accessible. I’ll separate everything from electronics to personal hygiene products in their own perspective places. I find designating a particular spot for my belongings makes me less likely to lose something.

{ Steal: Baggu & Forever 21 | Splurge: Lo & Sons & Cuyana }

4. Beauty Organizer

Before buying my Sonia Kashuk beauty organizer I used to keep all my toiletries in one opaque pouch. It was chaos. All my items got jumbled together and I could never find anything. This product sections off my stuff perfectly. I can store liquids in one of the two detachable pouches. There’s a specific place that stores my makeup brushes. I can see everything I’m bringing since all the dividers are clear. And it all zips shut into one compact case.

{ This season’s designs here }

5. A Tote Bag

Since most airlines allow two carry-on items, I bring a tote as my second. Mine is a catch-all and big enough to store a crossbody handbag, a book, and even my 15″ laptop. Because this bag is such a workhorse, I don’t suggest splurging on it. The last thing you want ruining your trip is a scratch on your precious leather bag while you were rushing to catch your flight.

{ Steal: Old Navy | Splurge: Madewell }

So there you have it. My five first world travel essentials. Are there any items you can’t live without when traveling? I’d love to know!

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8 thoughts on “My Five Travel Essentials

  1. dangchristine says:

    I think I’m gonna invest in one of those Sonia Kashuk beauty organizers!

    The last sentence in your tote bag section reminds of Paula…because she scratched her Madewell going to Mexico…smh.

  2. PP says:

    I finally invested in packing cubes for my trip to Central America. SO CRUCIAL. SO NECESSARY. SO HELPFUL.

    I bought some travel sized containers for my toiletries on Amazon so I don’t have to worry anymore about getting anything confiscated by TSA.

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