8 Travel Essentials for Your Next Trip

If you’re looking forward to an upcoming trip but dislike the packing and preparing part of travelling, don’t worry! Before you start packing, be sure to read this list of travel necessities to pack for a trip to help you plan ahead and pack everything you will need for an approaching vacation. One of the most efficient ways to pack is to keep a travel packing list of travel essentials—things that will be needed for any kind of trip. 

Whether you’re heading to New York City for an exciting adventure or going to visit Orlando for a relaxing beach weekend getaway, we’ve put together a list of travel essentials that will help your trip go smoothly so you can enjoy yourself! 

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Here are the top 8 travel essentials for your next trip: 

  • Travel Bags, and Suitcases 
    • Before even embarking on a vacation, you will need reliable luggage to keep your travel essentials safe and all in one place. When it comes to checked suitcases, always choose function over style. Suitcases are the one thing that keeps everything else on your trip together so choose wisely. Luggage is bound to get run down and worn out, so don’t get suitcases based on how they look. Choosing one that is easy to push or pull and designed to hold heavy contents.  
    • It’s a great idea to pack a smaller bag in your luggage for times when you don’t need your entire suitcase. A day bag is a great option for an outing where you will still need some of your daily travel essentials.
  • Wallet and Passport Holder
    • Travelling can be chaotic and it’s easy for important things, such as your wallet and passport, to get mixed up and possibly lost. Carrying cash, credit cards, travel documents, and passports is necessary and having them easily accessible is a must. Keep these travel essentials organized and safeguarded by having them in one place close to you. An RFID-blocking holder can also be a great addition to keep your important belongings safe and secure. 
  • Headphones and Phone Charger
    • Headphones and a portable charger are both travel essentials for any type of travel. 
    • When travelling, it can be tricky to find a moment's peace when so much is going on around you. Headphones allow you to have the privacy and entertainment you need while you are out in public. 
    • Pack a portable charger to make sure your devices don’t run out of battery. If you listen to music or watch videos while you are traveling, you can drain your battery much more quickly than you might realize. Keep this in your carry on bag and never worry about your phone dying on the flight or while you are out on adventures again.
  • Reusable Water Bottle
    • Hydration is an essential part of any trip, especially when you’re traveling! It’s obviously important to stay hydrated during a flight or while out adventuring however, it can be challenging and expensive if you don’t bring your own water bottle. Save yourself the time, money and hassle by bringing along your favorite water bottle as a travel essential. 
    • Don’t forget it is essential to regularly clean your travel water bottles, especially when they are in heavy use in a new environment.  Make sure the water bottle is easy to clean and bring any special equipment you might need to keep it clean. 
  • Hand Sanitizer
    • You never know when you’ll want to wash your hands while you are travelling and sometimes that is just not a possibility. By bringing hand sanitizer along, you will be able to have clean hands no matter where your travels take you. Travel size hand sanitizer options are easy to find and are a great way to make sure you have some with you whenever you might need to cleanse and freshen up your hands. 
  • Clothing Overview
    • Here is a comprehensive clothing checklist to help you keep track of what you will need to pack for your vacation. Take into consideration what you will be doing on your vacation to help you determine what will be a travel essential for you and your trip. 
    • Clothing: 
      • Tops
      • Shorts
      • Pants
      • Dresses
      • Sweaters
      • Jackets
      • Swimsuit
      • Workout Clothes
      • Pajamas
      • Underwear
      • Socks
    • Accessories
    • Similarly to the clothes list, this accessories list can help you pack according to your planned activities:
      • Hats
      • Sunglasses
      • Belts
      • Purses/Bags
    • Shoes
    • Depending on what you will be doing while you are on vacation, it is a good idea to pack a couple of different types of shoes to be prepared for the unexpected. 
      • Flip Flops
      • Sandals
      • Flats
      • Heels
      • Sneakers
  • Toiletries
    • Particularly for nights out on the town when you are spending your evenings at bars or restaurants, you will want to look your best and feel great. Don’t forget these personal travel essentials to help you enjoy your vacation outings. 
      • Comb / Brush
      • Deodorant
      • Shampoo / Conditioner
      • Hairstyling products
      • Soap / Facewash
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Floss
      • Makeup
      • Razors
      • Shaving cream
      • Lotion
      • Glasses / Contact lens supplies
      • Personal hygiene supplies
      • Sunscreen
      • Nail clippers
      • Lipbalm 
      • Medication
  • First aid kit
    • You never know what might happen while you are away from what you are familiar with. A travel-size first aid kit is always a great addition to your travel essentials list to help with minor accidental events while you are on vacation. 

Hopefully, this list is helpful for the times you find yourself asking: ‘What essentials do I need for travelling?’ In short, there are many things you might include on your travel essentials packing list. 

A key to having a great trip is being well prepared and when you have everything on the ultimate packing list, you will be prepared with all the travel essentials that will make your travelling experience even better. From shoes to headphones and personal care items, these travel essentials will help you prepare and travel like you never have before. Happy Travels! 



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