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I swear by using these Packing cubes to stay super-organized while traveling. You can divvy your stuff up by item type or group outfits together, and there’s a few different sizes perfect for undergarments or shoes. I have a set in this pretty light neutral and Brett uses a set of blue packing cubes in his luggage.
Our Herschel Dopp Kit is a must. have. I gave it to Brett as a gift a few years ago, and he likes to keep it in his gym bag, but I sometimes steal it to pack for a trip. It’s great because it fits a ton, sits upright on the counter by the sink, and can be tossed in the washing machine if anything spills. This Hanging Toiletry kit is another really good option when you travel with more beauty goods – it has room for upright containers, and small compartments for hair elastics, makeup brushes, etc.
I love this sleek Travel Wallet that comes in dozens of colors. It holds all of my cards and cash with a slim profile. Brett got one, too, and it comes in handy when traveling abroad where pick pocketing is common – it’s so slim that you can carry it in a front pocket with unfortunate jean bulge.
Our Carry on Luggage is SUCH a steal. They are the perfect size for international travel, come in nice neutral colors, have smooth spinner wheels, and are crazy lightweight. We used them all over Italy’s narrow, cobblestone streets and they proved to be very durable and high quality. Plus, there’s a built in tsa-approved combination lock on the side for added security.
IN FLIGHT COMFORT
We flew a ride-eye into Italy, so I searched high and low for the best travel pillow to get some sleep on the trip. I chose the Turtle Neck Pillow because it’s really slim, not a bulky stuffed blob like other travel pillows. It’s supportive and comfortable and keeps you securely in place, then can be tucked into your luggage when not in use. I also carried along my favorite Blanket scarf on the plane. It’s big and cozy enough to act as a light blanket, but doesn’t take up much space.
These $13 Sunglasses always get me tons of compliments and block out a lot of light. Great for plane sleep or getting people to not talk to you (I kid). I also love taking a Magnesium supplement with me on trips. Magnesium is great for relaxation, sleep, and relieving muscle aches. Hand sanitizer spray makes me feel better about the insane amount of germs on planes and this one smells incredible. All of these combined are must-haves that will be used at home and abroad.
A Tripod with a bluetooth remote feels a lot less shameful than a selfie-stick while still accomplishing the same aim.
I’ve had this trusty Ipad case for years and it’s great for travel. I’m not tech-y enough to require AirPods, but I do love My bluetooth headphones. The sound quality is great, they are seamless to use and come in a tiny little carrying case perfect for travel.
A Battery Pack is essential for when you’ll be outdoors and walking around a lot. This one provides over two full charges for an iPhone while still being compact. I just charged it at our AirBnB overnight, then tucked it in my bag during the day if I need to charge my phone while we are at museums or out to lunch.
I found this set of two European outlet Adapters online after mistakenly buying the wrong ones. Please learn from me: always buy the two-prong adapters for Italy. Some outlets there will have three prongs, but a two-prong will fit, too. This will easily adapt to charge your iPhone, iPad, power bank, and other USB plugs. If you’re willing to spend a little more for the sake of sleekness, I’m obsessed with the Skross World Adapter Pro – one of our Airbnbs had it, and I was tempted to swipe it from our room (But I didn’t!) It’s tiny and easy to pack, plus it mounts almost flush to the outlet and is super secure. This would make a great gift for a travel-obsessed friend.
One problem that people often face when traveling overseas is not remembering to pack a converter and an adapter, but I found that it’s actually more economic to buy a new flat iron that’s compatible with my adapter. Check your tools to see if they are dual voltage, and if they are, you’ll be set with just an adapter. I’m packing this curling iron and flat iron that won’t require a converter and will work with just the adapter.
INTERNATIONAL PACKING: TOILETRY CASE
I love packing make up wipes and bar soap for travel because they won’t leak and don’t contribute to the 3 oz. liquid carry on count. This drunk elephant set is a great value and leaves skin glowy and fresh. I also bring a small jar of moisturizer – Kiehl’s is always a winner. And my favorite Kopari deodorant.
This new Charlotte Tilbury foundation is incredible – super light and blendable, beautiful coverage, and a natural finish. I use a damp makeup sponge to smooth out my foundation – just be sure to store it in a ziploc bag or separate container when dry. I save space elsewhere by combining blush and bronzer into one mini duo from Nars.
EcoTools makes some of my most-loved brushes, and their travel set is great. I only bring the powder brush for bronzer and blush, and a small fluffy brush for using bronzer in the crease as eye shadow. The small angled brush is really great for smoothing out eyeliner, too.
When in Rome, you don’t have time to shampoo. I brought a mini dry shampoo for days when we want to rush out the door without washing and blowdrying.
For hair tools, I brought one of my favorite mini wet brushes which takes up little space and works on wet and dry hair. My trusty $7 curling iron and this tiny travel straightener are dual voltage and work in Italy with just an adapter.
If you haven’t got on the Wrinkle Release train, what are you doing? I live and die by my steamer for getting wrinkles out of clothes, but I don’t lug that to Europe with me – even travel steamers take up more space than this tiny spray. To use wrinkle release spray, just mist on clothes, smooth out creases, and hang to dry. So quick and easy! I also swear by these Shout wipes in case of spills and stains – probably of chocolate gelato.
What are your favorite travel must-haves? I’m always so interested in seeing what people pack for a trip & love hearing from you. Tell me which of these must-haves are your favorite!