These handy accessories have been a godsend on all my trips. After a long series of buying and tossing all kinds of travel "needs" - these are what have stood the test of time. The world of packing is cut throat and these 13 items are staples in my bag. After all, being organized means less stress and less stress = healthier travel.
Perhaps the most useful! Kyle got me this as a gift before our big ATW trip and I have to say it is the most used thing I own. Essentially, a Turkish towel is a very thin towel that gets softer and softer with every wash. But talk about multipurpose! It's use goes far beyond a simple towel. I use it as a blanket on planes, a barrier between my bare thighs and any bench or chair I sit on, a picnic blanket, a scarf, a shawl, a pillow, and (of course) a towel. It makes a great beach towel or even bath towel for those hostels that don't provide them. Turkish towels are so fun because they come in the most beautiful patterns and colors. Can't wait for my trip to Turkey in June so I can get more.
So essential. Not only my primary form of entertainment on long flights or relaxed park days but also a useful guide. I preload all types of travel guides and language books on my Kindle to help me get through cities. Knowing common phrases in other languages is beyond helpful. After they are preloaded no wi-fi is needed. These classic leather cases are the best because they keep your Kindle really safe and have the best colors!
I love this BOOM Swimmer speaker because you can use it at the beach or in the shower without worrying about it getting wet. It's light and great to have for yoga in all the crazy places you go.
I might buy these cuties in every color and given their cheap price its more than possible. They keep all my cords organized and headphones neatly packed. That way they don't get tangled in my bag and I can easily spot them.
These are an investment but such a good one I admit. Great for any type of transportation with the best sound quality unobstructed by screaming children.
These are great for traveling with a buddy. Kyle and I watch movies together and listen to music all the time. Not mention they cost about $3.
At first I didn't think I would really use this but it has been so nice to have. This Herschel's Supply Co backpack weighs next to nothing and fits easily in my suitcase. When opened it fits tons of stuff including my computer. Great as a carry on or a trekking backpack you don't necessarily use everyday.
This little adapter has worked everywhere I've been thus far. All you need is a USB... Forget the big charging pieces you normally use in the U.S. These are especially great because the bright colors are easy to find in the black hole that is your suit case.
I am obsessed with this mirror. Yes, it's a little bulky but too clutch not to have. I use it to tweeze my eyebrows and do my make up - you never know what dinky or nonexistent mirror your hotel will have so this is a safe bet!
11. Ear plugs
Grab a little pack of these ear plugs for sound sleep on planes and at noisy hostels. They expand comfortably in the ear and have been my savior in noisy areas where an open window is necessary to keep things cool.
12. Eye mask
You wont have luxurious black out shades everywhere you go. Not to mention the jerk next to you that wont turn his reading light off on your red eye flight. Don't get caught without one!
13. Packing cubes
Packing cubes are great for organizing your clothes. While I don't recommend solely using them, I do suggest taking a few to designate "t-shirts", "work out gear", etc... I feel so legit when my bag is neatly organized like this.
14. Jade yoga mat
I only use Jade yoga mats because my hands slip on every other kind. This newer travel version is so light I love it! There is never an excuse not to stretch and exercise as long as you have one. Get a little strap to carry it on your shoulder. I also have been known to lean on this bad boy on planes by wedging it into the corner between the window and seat.
This is quite bulky I admit but so worth it when you're on the road. It holds enough battery life to charge my laptop twice and my phone once. Great for hikes, laying on the beach, or long drives when you need to keep everything charged without an outlet. Not mention who doesn't love renewable energy?