Packing well is an art form, but it begins with knowing what’s really necessary for your trip, and what you’re better off leaving at home. We’ve done a lot of research (and a lot of traveling) over the years, which has allowed us to fine-tune our list of essential products. The following are 16 of our best recommendations for clothes, bags, and beyond to take with you wherever you go.
Our 16 Travel Essentials You Don’t Want to Forget
1. YETI Reusable Water Bottle
YETI’s reusable water bottle can help you achieve your hydration goals with ease! While the chug spout design makes it super easy to drink from, the double-wall vacuum insulation guarantees your drink stays cool all day, every day. We love that it’s dishwasher safe, comes in a handful of cute colors, and is so much better for the planet than your typical plastic bottle.
2. Silicone reusable bags & reusable tote
While we’re on the topic of eco-friendly goodies, we have to mention our favorite bags and totes. These silicone bags from Stasher are endlessly reusable, and help to keep tons of single-use plastics out of our oceans and landfills. With the starter kit, you’ll have a plastic-free solution to all your travel storage needs, from packing a snack to protecting your phone.
And if you need a great bag for carrying your books, grabbing some groceries, or storing your beach gear, SiteSee’s oversized canvas tote is super functional for any kind of outing!
3. Versatile Jumpsuit from SiteSee
Jumpsuits are convenient, comfortable, and easy to wear, which makes them a beautiful option for all kinds of travel plans. SiteSee's jumpsuit is the perfect garment to effortlessly transition from daytime meetings to after-work exploration. With zippered pockets, an elastic waistband, and a removable sash to style things your own way, this jumpsuit is sure to be a staple part of your capsule closet.
4. Away The Bigger Carry-On
Away’s luggage has been thoughtfully-designed with a traveler’s every need in mind. Their Bigger Carry-On is incredibly light, and sized to fit in the overhead bin of most major airlines (a huge perk we love to see!). With its durable polycarbonate hard shell, interior compression system, 360° spinner wheels, and an ejectable battery to charge all your devices, there’s no doubt this chic and sturdy bag is a premium travel companion.
5. Outside Voices Core Legging
A comfy pair of leggings is a must-have while you’re traveling, especially for those days when you want some added stretch. The Core Legging from Outdoor Voices is lightweight and breathable, with a waistband that’s been engineered to stay in place no matter how much you move. We’re big fans of how these leggings hug and flatter every shape — and the back pocket is a pretty nice touch, too!
6. CalPak Packing Cubes
We’re all about staying organized on the go, which is why we always bring packing cubes on our travels. This five-piece set from CalPak makes packing and unpacking a breeze; not only will these cubes fit perfectly in your luggage, but they’ll separate your clean tops, pants, and socks from those items in need of a wash. Did we mention there’s also a water resistant envelope pouch? All your bases are covered at an unbeatable price!
7. Rainleaf Microfiber Towel
A compact, quick-drying towel makes a wonderful addition to any travel bag. This microfiber style from Rainleaf is ideal for beach days, camping adventures, backpacking excursions, and more. And besides being so multi-purpose, this towel is antibacterial and skin-friendly, meaning you won’t have to worry about dreaded germs or mildew taking hold after a few uses.
8. Hackwith Design Multi-Tie One Piece
There’s plenty of sustainable swimsuits available these days, but Hackwith Design’s simple aesthetic, quality fabrics, and attention to detail have made their suits a favorite among style-conscious women around the world. Their Multi-Tie One Piece has an adjustable strap in the back that can be tied at least three different ways, for a range of fun and function.
9. VETTA The Convertible Tee
Versatile pieces are the key to traveling light, and few tops come with more options than VETTA’s Convertible Tee — it can actually be worn five different ways! There's a hidden slit so you can tie a side knot, you can wear the U-neck in front or back, or you can let it casually hang off the shoulder. Style it loose during the day, and then tie it up for a night out on the town!
10. Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack
The Transit Backpack from Everlane is easily their most travel-friendly bag yet. While there’s almost too many incredible features to name, one of the main reasons it appears on our list is its use of recycled materials. This backpack is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, helping to divert waste from landfills and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Chic, sustainable, essential.
11. Lewis N. Clark Adapter Plug Kit
When you’re a globe-trotting gal, you’ll likely have a number of devices to help you stay in touch and stay on top of your work. But since other countries and continents have their own version of electrical outlets, a travel adapter is super necessary to ensure power connectivity wherever you’re traveling. This kit from Lewis N. Clark includes the four most common plugs (used in more than 175 countries), so they’ll be a great fit just about anywhere you go!
12. Trtl Travel Pillow
A travel pillow is awesome for achieving some quality shut eye on an international flight. Our top pick is this pillow from Trtl, which can wrap around the straps of your bag to help minimize space. What’s more, this model is made from super-soft fleece, has a machine washable cover, and weighs in at under half a pound — it really doesn’t get much more compact than that.
13. Travel Health Insurance
We couldn’t create a list about travel essentials without mentioning the importance of health insurance. While traveling as a digital nomad has countless perks, this lifestyle doesn’t make us exempt from falling sick or getting injured when we least expect it. That’s why you’re encouraged to invest in a solid health insurance plan like Safety Wing, so you can enjoy total peace of mind knowing someone has your back in a bad situation.
14. Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker
Ecco’s Soft 7 has received rave reviews for years now, and it’s not hard to see why. This shoe offers ample arch support and a high-quality feel in a classic, Scandinavian style. Plus, we’re big proponents of this sneaker’s low profile, comfort insole, and smooth leather upper that so easily pairs a classic aesthetic with innovative design.
15. Anker PowerCore Portable Charger
Few things are worse than having your phone die while you’re out exploring, leaving you without access to texts, maps, photos, and more. When you’re bopping around without access to an electrical outlet, you’ll be so grateful you packed a portable charger. This compact version from Anker gives a healthy boost to your iPhone, Android, or tablet, so you never have to worry about watching your battery die with so many hours left in the day.
16. Athleta Drip Drop Jacket
Although we can’t control the weather forecast during our travels, we can still be prepared for those afternoons when storm clouds suddenly roll in. This lightweight jacket from Athleta is made from recycled polyester, and is both water-repellent and wind-resistant to prevent the elements from ruining your day. Our favorite feature is its stowaway hood, which can tuck into the collar when you don’t need it, and easily be rolled out when you do!