- 1 Wallet and passport holder
- 2 Phone charger and adapter
- 3 Reusable water bottle
- 4 Hand sanitizer
- 5 Skincare products
- 6 Camera
- 7 Travel journal and pen
- 8 Walking shoes
- 9 Pajamas
- 10 Sunglasses
- 11 Headphones
- 12 Weather-dependent items
- 13 Travel pillow
- 14 Toiletry bag
- 15 First aid kit
- 16 Travel wrap or scarf
- 17 Book or e-reader
- 18 Lip balm
18 Essentials You Should NEVER Forget to Pack
Once your outfits have been planned and packed, it's time to focus on the things—particularly those items you absolutely can't forget. Consider this your go-to checklist for any trip.
Wallet and passport holder
You won’t get very far without your wallet, and same goes for your passport on international trips. If you’re prone to losing things, purchase a wallet-passport holder combo to keep them close. We like this affordable and travel-friendly pick from Amazon, which has slots for your cards, cash, passport, tickets, boarding pass, and more, plus a convenient wristlet strap.
Vacation is no excuse to forgo your skin care routine—in fact, you’ll want to keep it up even better to avoid breakouts and flare-ups caused by flights and new climates. If you’re committed to the products you already own, pack them in these leakproof silicone travel bottles from Amazon. Or, if you’re game to try something new, how about picking out a travel-sized set like Drunk Elephant’s The Littles?
Create long-lasting vacation memories by snapping better captures along the way (if you’re like us, your iPhone camera roll gets way too clogged up with screenshots and food pics). The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Compact Digital Camera‘s slim design and light weight make it just right for travel.
Travel journal and pen
Keep your travel itineraries, checklists, and journal entries in one place with I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded, which has plenty of space for all of your musings, plus colorful illustrations that pull together the pages. And don’t forget a pen!
If we’re talking airplane essentials, a travel pillow is at the top of our list (also great for train, bus, and car rides). With memory foam filling, a velour cover, and an ergonomic design, this one from Everlasting Comfort gets our pick. Plus, it comes with a sleeping mask and earplugs.
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