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 so you can easily see what's inside (T-shirts? underwear?).
Snorkel skins to protect you from stingy things? Swimsuits for ladies that tuck in your tummy? Check out some of our essential travel clothes:
This baby-soft travel wrap from Mer Sea & Co. features long sleeves and is made of 70% merino wool and 30% cashmere. It's perfect for keeping the shawl in place around your shoulders (it won't slip off when you move). Get it in black for drama or this pretty pink color.
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.
Sometimes a portable USB 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.
We like the thin leather cover which fits our Kindle Paperwhite perfectly. It opens up like a book and is comfortable to hold. Closing the cover puts your Kindle to sleep. And the magnetic attachment keeps the cover securely closed when tossing our Kindle in our backpack.
A fully unlocked phone is great for using local SIM cards and saving a ton of money on roaming charges. The Google Pixel 3 is our pick as the best unlocked smartphone for traveling. It’s a photography champ too, producing beautiful photos through its camera.
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.
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, and the titanium plates on this one heat up quickly. The dual voltage is built in, meaning you can use it in Europe, the U.S. or anywhere, without carrying a converter. (But you’ll have to plug it into an adapter plug to use in Europe and other foreign destinations.)
Uh oh, don’t you hate it when you’re traveling and it’s time to get your hair done again? This L'Oreal touch-up spray hides those grey roots, tiding you over until you get back. Just spray it on your roots (about 6 inches away). It lasts until you next wash your hair. You can get the root spray in Blonde, Medium and other colors, but we’ve used all, and they all do the job.
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 pour some Skin So Soft into a smaller travel bottle, which we pack when traveling to tropical places.
Sometimes you just can’t thoroughly cleanse. Enter these Burt's Bees wipes. Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, the gentle 3-in-1 cleansing towelettes wipe away pore-clogging makeup, dirt and oil. Made from 99.5% natural ingredients, they're infused with coconut and lotus water. The pack can be resealed easily.
We like the award-winning La Roche-Posay sunscreen because it's hypoallergenic and doesn’t clog pores. With an SPF of 60, this non-greasy, ultra-light sunscreen lotion spray provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It’s water resistant so it protects you even when working up a sweat kayaking or hiking. It even works upside-down.
For those times when you can’t wash your hair, dry shampoo can save the day. The 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 a600). We switched from a Canon SLR, as we were tired of lugging the bigger camera. The Sony camera is much smaller and lighter – but still takes awesome pictures.
Our newest camera is the waterproof GoPro HERO 8. It takes amazing video and photos! 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 (extra), we’re not worried about it getting banged about.
Only microSD cards can be used with the GoPro HERO 8. This card is officially recommended by GoPro for their latest models (like the GoPro HERO 8). It’s specifically designed for action cameras, delivers full 4K ultra HD video recording and has ultra-fast read and write speeds.
This lightweight but strong GoPole extension stick attaches directly to your GoPro. It extends from 7 to 21 inches and collapses down to a travel-ready size.
See our reviews of travel stuff
Summer footwear for women:
Oooh! These are the best beach sandals! Find cute flip-flops, comfy water shoes and other great beach footwear. All for ladies.
Summer footwear for men:
Check out the most comfortable and best flip-flops for men! Choose from lots of great brands, from Nike to Under Armour to Reef.
When traveling, you want the best travel sandals that are both stylish and comfortable. We’ve sussed out a whole collection of stylish and comfy travel sandals for both women and men.
Best earplugs for sleeping when traveling:
A light sleeper?
Does the slightest unfamiliar hotel noise wake you up or prevent you from falling asleep? Check out these great earplugs for sleeping when traveling (and at home).
You’ll want to take these carry-on travel essentials on the plane with you! From a collapsible water bottle to the best travel neck pillow to disposable toothbrushes (that don’t need water), we’ve got you covered.