Traveling is so much more relaxing and convenient when you have awesome products that make your life easier! I never thought that these items were necessary to invest my money in until I started backpacking to different countries like Thailand and Guatemala. When I only had a backpack, I had to rethink what I should and should not bring with me. These travel must haves that I’ve included in my list are compact, practical, and will save you a lot of headaches. I hope you find this list helpful!
Make Life Simple With These Travel Must Haves
1. Travel Neck Pouch Passport Holder ($10)
This item is one of the best things I’ve bought. First of all, I’m an extremely forgetful person, and I’ve LOST my passport 3 times at the airport! I hate myself! But thanks to this neck pouch, I no longer have to worry about losing my most important documents. Also, it makes it so much more convenient when going through TSA and the Customs. Because you don’t have to frantically look for your passport and boarding pass since it’s already on you.
2. Packing Cubes ($25/6-set)
I used to never believe in packing cubes until my friend gifted me one. Needless to say, my life has changed ever since. I use packing cubes for literally everything now. They save so much space, and they make you look more professional and sophisticated too haha!
3. JBL Portable Waterproof Speaker ($45)
Portable Speakers are a MUST if you love listening to music on the go (without an earphone). I like to use mine when I go hiking or to the beach. In my opinion, JBL has one of the best quality speakers, and the tone of the bass is awesome.
4. Korean Skin Care Face Masks of 12 ($10)
Traveling by plane really dries my skin out, especially my face. If you’re trying to look your best 24/7, even after getting off a 15-hour plane ride. Then get yourself some Korean face masks! They’re super moisturizing, which works great with my naturally-dry skin. Also, I’ve realized that when my face is moisturized, my pores are SO MUCH smaller.
5. Comfortable 3D Sleeping Eye Mask ($10)
I don’t know about you, but personally, I need my room to be pitch black when I’m sleeping. Sometimes on the plane, people sitting in front of me would be watching movies, and that definitely affects the quality of my sleep. So for me, eye mask are one of the travel must haves that I can’t forget. Also, since this eye mask is 3D, it takes the pressure off my eyeballs and makes it more comfortable to wear than traditional eye masks.
6. Anker PowerCore Portable Power Bank ($20)
POWER BANK! I need my Anker power bank literally everywhere I go because the battery of my phone sucks! I remember traveling to New York this winter and having to constantly use my phone to look up metro connections. Thanks to this power bank, my phone battery was able to last an entire day. Usually, my phone alone would die in two hours lol.
7. Hanging Toiletry Bag ($17)
This hanging toiletry bag is especially useful if you’re staying at a hostel. Hostels tend to have really tiny showers, and nowhere to put your shower essentials. With this toiletry bag, you don’t have to worry about carrying a bunch of stuff to the shower and potentially forgetting things. It definitely makes hostel life much easier!
8. Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow ($22)
God forbid that you get the middle seat on a 10-hour flight to Japan! That’s happened to me before and let me tell you. I didn’t have a neck pillow at the time, and it was torture. I would fall asleep one second, and then wake up out of fear because my head was almost touching my neighbor’s shoulder. This inflatable doesn’t take up space which I love, and makes my middle-seat experience much more bearable.
9. Kindle Paperwhite w/ 32 GB Storage ($120)
If you don’t like audiobooks, I would recommend getting a Kindle if you’re going on a trip. Books are so heavy especially when you’re backpacking. And for book-lovers that need to read at least one book a week, Kindle saves so much space. Also, the paperwhite display puts less strain on your eyes than the blue lights on Ipads.
10. 16-Pack Travel Bottle Set ($10)
The current TSA liquid rule for carry-ons is: travelers are only allowed to bring liquids in containers less than 100ml, and all these containers must fit in a quart-size bag. When I was backpacking, this travel bottle set became a must have for me. Since I didn’t want to spend money on travel-size skincare and body lotions. I decided to invest a bit of money in this bottle set to save me money in the long run.