Are you planning to travel more this year and wondering what travel products are really worth it? I’m right there with you. I’m a minimalist and my travel products are no different. I believe in spending more money on actual travel than the stuff I travel with. I know, that might be bad advice. But we are practical people over here, remember!
When it comes to travel products, I think many people tend to overcomplicate it. Sure, if you’re going backpacking through Europe or hiking the Appalachian Trail, you’re going to need a lot more stuff. But, for everyday travel you don’t need much. Whether you’re planning a road trip or flying somewhere, these are the basic essentials you don’t want to leave without.
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My Favorite Travel Products
A good suitcase is a must whether you are road tripping or flying. I personally like to use suitcases for any kind of travel because they are easy to pack and maneuver. It is convenient to roll them through an airport or around a resort. They also stack nicely in your car.
Packing cubes are also great for any kind of travel. They help keep your items organized in your suitcase and are great if you are packing for multiple locations. I personally really like to use these because I can pack both kids in the same suitcase. Another helpful tip, use them to store your dirty clothes while traveling. It will help to keep your clean clothes smelling fresh.
Hanging toiletry bags are also great for packing. They keep all your bathroom items in one place and prevent spills and leaks. You can hang them up in the bathroom or in a closet to save counter space if you’re staying in a hotel. I like to get reusable travel-sized beauty bottles to store things like shampoo, condition, body wash, lotion, etc. They are the perfect size for air travel.
Water Bottles & Snack Containers
I literally never travel without my own water bottle and snack containers. It is convenient and can save you money on your trip. Especially if you are traveling by air. Buying water bottles in the airport is SO expensive. Most airports have water fountains specifically for filling up your own water bottles.
Snack containers are really great for road trips. I like to pack variety of healthy and filling snacks. It helps me to cut back on the amount of gas station snacks and fast food stops I make. They are definitely a must if you are traveling with kids!
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to air travel. I’ve seen people who have a full skincare routine just for travel days. Listen, I’m not that girl. I prefer to carry as little as possible and keep it simple. I like a good travel bag that could be used as a purse for my personal items or that I can use as a carry on for a short weekend trip. Versatile items are my favorite!
Never travel without some kind of entertainment. Personally, I always travel with my ipad and a good book. I need both, just in case my ipad dies or we get stuck somewhere for a long time and I get bored of one or the other. But, don’t forget about a good pair of noise canceling headphones. They come in handy when watching movies or just drowning out noise so you can sleep.
If you’re prone to leg pain or swelling during a flight, invest in a good pair of compression socks.
Like I said, I’m pretty basic when it comes to my travel essentials. I don’t need a lot to travel. These are things that I use every trip, no matter how I travel. Kids are a different story. You basically need an entire truck to transport all the stuff they need. I have a whole blogpost on road trip must haves for kids. Check it out if your family is planning a road trip this year!
We are in week two of the 31 day blog challenge and I am loving it. Are you? I’m so excited to share some travel tips with you all the next couple of days. Stay tuned! Subscribe to our blog to get our latest posts right in your inbox.