9 Chic Travel Essentials to Bring on Your Next Vacation

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Going on vacation is always a welcome opportunity to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s also a great time to show off your great sense of style! To ensure that you look fantastic in your travel photos and while you’re sightseeing, here are some fashion-forward must-haves to pack for your next trip:

Leggings or Tights

It can be difficult to find clothing that will still look pristine and ready to wear once you unpack them from your luggage. A good solution is to invest in pieces that require little to no ironing such as leggings, tights, and cashmere tops. Typically, these clothing items are made of wrinkle-free fabrics, so they’re perfect for staying stylish wherever you go. Just make sure to follow the care instructions for these clothes to help them last longer.

Smiley woman traveling
Smiley woman traveling

A Washbag or Hygiene Kit

A waterproof washbag or hygiene kit is a must-have when traveling. With a well-stocked washbag, you won’t have to rely on the hotel to provide you with shampoo, soap, conditioner, toothpaste, and other essential hygiene products. Having your own hygiene kit is also a lifesaver in case it turns out your hotel doesn’t provide any toiletries at all!

Most of all, you’ll be less likely to forget to bring any hygiene product with you to the bathroom. Having all your toiletries in one place means you’ll always have everything you need before you step into the shower or stand by the bathroom sink. In short, you’ll never have to awkwardly step out of the shower while wrapped up in a towel just to dig through your luggage in search of a specific hygiene product.

Luggage Covers or ID Tags

Avoid the predicament of accidentally picking up someone else’s luggage by placing some form of visual identification on your luggage. Most people go for unique ID tags that have their details printed on them, but personalized luggage covers have also been gaining popularity. Not only do these stylish covers add more character to your luggage, but it also makes spotting your stuff quite easy even from a distance.

So, make sure to get some personalized ID tags or luggage covers so that you never have to go hunting for your belongings at the airport. Having these attached to your luggage will also make it less likely that other people will pick up your belongings by mistake!

Luggage Clothing Organizers

Arranging all your clothes in your luggage can be challenging. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with messy piles or stacks if you invest in luggage organizers. These products are usually clearly labeled on the outside with the type of items that should go into them. Other luggage organizers are made of sheer material so that the contents are always visible, meaning you won’t have to open the organizers just to figure out what’s inside of them.

You can even go one step further by sorting your outfits into bundles and placing each one into its own bag or organizer for convenience. That way, you’ll just need to pull out each ensemble in one go instead of digging through your luggage for each individual piece of your outfit. Travel fashion doesn’t get any easier than that!

Jewelry Organizers

In addition to clothing organizers, consider getting a portable organizer specifically for your jewelry. Some small pouch organizers can hold rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces all at once without turning them into a tangled mess. Keeping your jewelry organized also means you can easily pick the most appropriate ones for your outfit of the day.

A Passport Holder

Add a dash of style to your overseas trips by investing in a stylish holder for your passport. Placing your passport in a visually distinct holder also makes it easier for you to find it among your other belongings.

There are different types and sizes available to buy, so just pick one depending on your preferences. Some passport holders look like small wallets and feature slots you can store your cards in. If you prefer, though, you can buy a longer holder if you want to safely store your plane tickets along with your passport.

A Tech or Gadget Folio

If you’re one of many busy individuals who bring lots of gadgets with them during their travels, investing in a chic tech or gadget folio will be more than worth it. They’re a practical but fashionable way to keep your gadgets and wires organized. Additionally, having all your tech-related items in one place makes it much easier to pull them out from your luggage. It also makes changing travel bags or suitcases easier, as you can just grab the whole folio and drop it into whatever luggage you’ll be using for your trip.

Wireless Headphones or Earphones

Traveling to your dream destination can take several hours, and you’ll want a way to pass the time while you’re in transit. With wireless headphones or earphones, you can make the most of that downtime by watching a movie or two on your phone or tablet. They’re also perfect if you like to wind down each day by listening to podcasts, audiobooks, or relaxing music.

A Reusable Water Bottle

Moving around from place to place can make you sweat a lot. And if your destination has hot or warm weather, you may find yourself feeling thirsty more often. That’s why having a trusty water bottle on hand can help you stay hydrated during your vacation. It can also be a lifesaver if you’re in an area where you can’t buy a cold drink or have easy access to drinking water. Just refill your bottle wherever you can—such as at the hotel or at restaurants that provide free water—and you’ll always be good to go.

After reading our checklist of essentials for your next trip, we hope we’ve inspired you to revisit your packing list and make some changes, if necessary. That said, all the above-mentioned items are just suggestions, so feel free to tailor your list to suit your needs. With these stylish products in your travel bags, you’re sure to have a hassle-free vacation, and you’ll always keep your fashion game on point. Bon voyage!

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Meghan Waters Mbaye

Meghan is a contributor for Backpacker Travel. She is an avid traveler who is always up for a new adventure. Meghan loves exploring new parts of the world, especially in Africa and Latin America.

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