No more rummaging through your whole suitcase to find what you’re looking for! Packing cubes help keep you organized. These have mesh panels for ventilation. And you can easily see what’s inside – underwear? T-shirts?
Travel clothes + accessories
When you travel, you need comfy clothes that wear well.
And depending on the adventures you get up to, you also need specific things. A comfy wrap. A snorkel skin to protect you from stingy things. A swimsuit (for ladies) that tucks in your tummy.
Check out some of our essential travel clothes below.
This baby-soft oversize shawl from Fishers Finery is made from 100% cashmere. And it doesn’t pill! It’s perfect for keeping you warm on the plane, as well at your destination. Get it in light grey, stone, navy and other classic neutral colors.
Going swimming or snorkeling where little things in the water could bite? Want all-over protection from the sun? This full-body sports skin can help. We used full-length skins in Bocas del Toro, Panama, to protect against stinging sea lice.
There’s nothing more frustrating than going snorkeling and having the mask that you’ve rented leak or fog up. To ensure your snorkel mask fits well (and works!), you may want to bring your own – especially if you’ll be doing a lot of snorkeling on your beach vacay.
This wide-view mask by Cressi (a top Italian maker) gets great reviews.
Don’t forget to take a universal travel adapter so you can plug in and recharge your electronics, no matter whether you’re visiting the U.K., Germany or Thailand. The Newvanga Travel Adapter accepts plugs from 150+ countries. And it’s so compact, it can easily be tucked away in your luggage.
Sometimes a portable charger is essential! Like when you’re constantly using your phone to navigate while driving, and you don’t know when the next place will be to charge up. Or when you’re out in the bush camping or glamping.
The Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 PD (18W) product is a simple slimline portable charger that does the trick – and at the right price too.
We don’t need to say much about these wireless buds – they fit and sound great! They offer up to 4.5 hours of time listening to music, three ear-tip options and active noise cancellation. And they come with their own portable charging case too.
Now you need a case to fit your new Kindle Paperwhite perfectly.
This one opens up like a book and it’s comfortable to hold. Closing the cover puts your Kindle to sleep. And the magnetic attachment will keep the cover securely closed when tossing your Kindle in your backpack or purse.
Beauty + sun products
Of course, you want to look your best and protect your skin when traveling!
But you don’t need to lug a whole arsenal of products to do so. It’s all about packing smart.
Here are some of the beauty and sun-protection essentials we use when traveling.
A mini hair-straightening iron is essential to control the frizzies. It won’t take up much space in your luggage.
The BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium flat iron has received almost 7,000 top reviews on Amazon (4.3 out 5). The titanium plates heat up quickly, and the dual voltage is built in, meaning you can use it in Europe, the U.S. and most other destinations, without carrying a converter.
Sometimes you just can’t cleanse your face thoroughly. Enter these Burt’s Bees facial wipes with aloe vera.
Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, the gentle 3-in-1 cleansing towelettes wipe away pore-clogging makeup, dirt and oil. Specially formulated for sensitive skin, they’re made from 99.1% natural ingredients.
The 3-pack of 30 wipes (10 per pack) is budget-friendly, and each pack can be resealed easily.
Even if you’re not trying to get a tan, it’s important to protect your skin from sun damage, especially your face. We like the award-winning La Roche-Posay sunscreen because it’s lightweight and hypoallergenic, and it doesn’t clog pores. Of course, it provides SPF 50 protection (UVA/UVB).
This tinted mineral face sunscreen is our choice for ladies, as it’s like wearing a touch of sheer make-up. (You don’t have to add make-up on top.)
After showering and getting ready to go out in the evening, we really don’t like putting on strong bug spray. We learned years ago that AVON Skin So Soft body oil works well as a light insect repellent. And it smells nice too :-).
We bought a large size of Skin So Soft and pour some into a smaller travel bottle to pack when traveling to tropical places. Or you can get a smaller 5 oz. bath oil spray with a pump.
For those times when you can’t wash your hair, dry shampoo can save the day.
This organic dry shampoo from Beauty by Earth uses only natural organic ingredients. It preserves your hair’s natural oils, adds volume at the roots, makes your hair feel soft (not sticky) and smells lovely too.
Get it in either “light” or “dark,” depending on the color of your hair.
This is the camera equipment we use for our photography.
We love our trusty Sony mirrorless camera (we have the Sony a6000). We switched from a Canon SLR, as we were tired of lugging the bigger camera. The Sony camera is much smaller and lighter – and takes awesome pictures.
For amazing action video and photos, you’ll want the waterproof GoPro HERO 10! (We have the older GoPro 8.)
We use this small and handy camera for taking pictures when generally mucking about (kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, etc.). And with an added silicone sleeve protective case, we’re not worried about it getting banged about.
Only microSD cards can be used with the GoPro HERO 10. This Sandisk Extreme card is officially recommended by GoPro for their latest models. It meets the HERO 10 minimum requirements of a “microSD card with v30 or UHS-3 rating.” It’s specifically designed for action cameras, delivers full 4K ultra HD video recording and has ultra-fast read and write speeds.
From a collapsible water bottle to the best travel neck pillow to disposable toothbrushes (that don’t need water), we’ve got you covered.
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