Whether you’re traveling internationally or just taking a road trip to a local destination, what you’re packing is pretty much the same. My summers are always packed with vacations so I like to think of myself as a travel guru. I posted an Over Packers Guide to Packing before my Pennsylvania trip in May so definitely check that out if you’re like me and feel like you need your whole closet for a weekend trip. Here’s my list of travel essentials that I can’t live without while on vacay.
Traveling with headphones just makes travel so much better. Whether you’re trying to block out noise on a flight or listening to your favorite podcast on the beach, headphones make everything better.
2. Your Own Skin/Hair Care Products
You would be surprised at how many people I meet who say that they use hotel soap, shampoo, & conditioner. Of course there’s nothing wrong with them but being consistent with your products from home is key to getting the best results and looking your best while on vacation. So many brands have come out with travel size of their products or you can buy containers like these that you can put your products into.
3. A Jacket
Regardless of if you’re going on a tropical vacation or not, you should definitely bring a jacket with you. I know it might sound silly but often times places will get super cold at night or a restaurants AC will be unbearable. A simple jacket is a must have for comfort and will usually make any outfit super cute.
4. Rain Gear
I can’t tell you how many trips I’ve been on that I’ve left my rain jacket at home and it just rains for days. Being wet from the rain is the worst feeling and even if your rain jacket or umbrella takes up some space in your suitcase, you’d rather be safe and dry then wet and sorry on your vacation.
5. Laundry Bag
I might sound crazy but it is so annoying to have your dirty clothes with your nice clean clothes in your suitcase. Not to mention, it already makes the dreaded laundry day post vacation so much more difficult because you have to stand their and sort through what’s clean or not. I like to use a either half of my suitcase for dirty clothes or some sort of bag that can fit in my suitcase with the dirty clothes.
Make a sticky note or put a reminder on your phone but don’t forget to bring the chargers for your electronics!! I hate when I’ve left a phone charger at home and then have to go out a purchase a brand new one knowing I have a perfectly good one at home.
7. Bring Sneakers
Even if you don’t plan on taking a hike on your vacation, I always like to bring at least one pair of good, comfortable sneakers to wear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten blisters on my feet from the only cute sandals I packed with me on vacation. At least if you bring a pair of sneakers, you’ll be able to give your feet some relief.
These are just a few of my travel essentials. I love making sure that bring the comfort of home with me while I’m on vacation. I know how hard it is to want to make sure you don’t forget anything while worrying about being over packed. Let me know in the comments below if you have any travel essentials you can’t live without!