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Travel has somewhat seemed to be a thing of the past with COVID-19 still running rampant (with multiple variants…sheesh) but if you’re vaccinated you can travel almost as freely as pre-pandemic times.
There’s a lot more precautions to take and testing to be done so to make your travel time less stressful and hassle-free, check out these following items created just for your organized pleasure. Bon Voyage!
- Passport Cover W/ Slot for Vaccine Card
I never thought to invest in a passport cover until my passport started warping from being thrown in bags, moving to a new house, and just basically being unprotected from all of the hustle and bustle of life.
Now, not only are there regular ol’ passport covers available, but there’s passport covers that have a slot for your vaccine card as well (for my vaccinated readers, no judgment either way ).
These come in A LOT of colors (I chose the rose gold and looove it) so pick your favorite or two if you want options!
- Silk Masks (Eyes and Face)
Silk or satin eye masks and silk face masks are the perfect travel companions because the silk (and/or satin) materials are not harmful to your skin and girl, they just feel luxurious as f***!
If you have sensitive skin like me, you should already have silk masks in your arsenal but if you don’t…GET ONE (I see way less acne and dry skin in your future).
Also, I’m one of those people who like to zone out and not be bothered on the plane (like don’t touch me, don’t talk to meh, buh-bye haha).
So, a silk eye mask is perfect for those short and long flights where you just want to sleep until you arrive at your destination.
- Socks for the Airport
I’ve made this mistake one TOO many times (and continue to do so lol) but please, no matter if you’re wearing sandals, flip flops, shoes with no socks, whatever… Please pack a pair of socks in your purse or carry-on bag!
Trust me, walking barefoot through security is not fun and you’ll feel gross until your next shower (a little dramatic but I’m a clean freak so yes…yes, I feel gross).
- Travel-sized Bottle Packs
For a cute, little 4-day vacation I sometimes like to pack just a carry-on instead of checking a bag… Because I just want to get off the plane and start the party!
I hate waiting for my luggage in baggage claim because let’s be real, it takes FOR-EV-ER most of the time and who has that kind of time?
So, when you pack only a carry-on, be prepared to pack all of your liquids and toiletries in travel-sized bottles. It will be a HUGE mistake if you pack a 1.5L of shampoo and conditioner (don’t do itttttt).
TSA will search your bag and throw out any liquids that don’t fit the travel criteria. Avoid the headache of packing oversized items so you don’t end up heartbroken before your trip even begins.
Major Tip: Put them in a quart-sized bag so if anything opens up or explodes, it’ll ruin the Ziploc but not all of your clothes and precious valuables (I got you, girl).
Side note: Please keep in mind, this is only for short trips because I will always check a bag for longer trips… Ya girl needs options for 4+ days lol.
- Luggage Covers
Now, this is for when you check your luggage. Do I have to really say how badly TSA just tosses your luggage around like confetti at a party!
I’ve left from airports where my luggage looked like it had been through some stressful things and desperately needed a break lol (let’s not even mention some of the s*** that ends up on your bags from whatever it touches during its travel *shivers in disgust*).
If you have an old suitcase that you don’t really care about then skip the cover, but if you have a really nice bag (or a new one) then protect it and invest in luggage covers.
These are waterproof, come in plenty of sizes to fit your bag, easy to put on/remove, and don’t take much time or money to ensure your bag doesn’t get absolutely destroyed. #HassleFree
- Portable Phone Charger
A dead battery is boring, keeps you disconnected from others, and honestly it’s dangerous (anything can happen during your travel and you should be able to reach your loved ones in an emergency and vice versa)!
Pack a portable phone charger (make sure it’s charged itself haha) and never go without a charged phone every again.
This is just as big as some phones and is slim and sleek so you can easily slide it into your purse during excursions and other activities.
- Mini Antibacterial Spray
COVID-19 is still a thing (unfortunately) but traveling on a plane has always been a germ fest anyway.
Pack some sanitizing wipes and mini antibacterial spray so you can easily keep your hands and your whole area clean and bacteria-free. Enough said.
- Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are a life saver because:
- Everything has its place
- You know which cube has what
- You’re less likely to forget something when you’re repacking your bag at the end of your vacation!
- All of the Above
If you said ‘all of the above’, then kudos to you because obvi that’s the right answer!
There’s so many great things I can say about packing cubes because they just make me feel so put-together. Also, you guys know I love some good organization.
This is THEE definition of an organized mess because you never see the mess…only when you open each cube (haha out of sight, out of mind is what they say).
- Jewelry Organizer
I absolutely hate when my necklaces get all tangled or lost in my bag from being loose in my bag. I’ve broken a couple of necklaces trying to untangle them #Savage!
Don’t break your jewelry and keep your expensive jewelry safe and packed away in a nice, compact jewelry bag.
I love this jewelry organizer because I open up and close it like a wallet, it has zipper pockets for rings and earrings, and I can tack down my necklaces, so they never get interact with each other and get tangled!
That’s a win-win in my book!
Most hotels and Air BNBs already have some version of pain relief medications available to guests but just in case they don’t, pack some Tylenol or Advil (especially for plan travel because flight attendants definitely do not have pain relief meds for you).
Whether you’re partying hard, have your period, or just don’t feel good during your trip you can be rest assured that you have your backup plan ready to go.
- Luggage Set W/ Carry-On Bags (or Duffels)
Investing in a really good luggage set is ideal for any vacation because you want something sturdy, stylish, and functional. As much function as possible to make your travel easier.
You don’t have to have a carry-on suitcase, if you prefer duffel bags, but for me I end up just tossing everything in the duffel bag and can’t find anything later on lol. So, if you want organization, choose the carry-on suitcase.
You can get a 3-pc, 4-pc, or 5-pc luggage set but truly all that matters is that you have a carry-on suitcase, a larger suitcase, and a boarding tote or toiletry bag (either of them can be used for toiletries, in my opinion). Even if you’re not using the other bags on the trip, you’ll have a larger or smaller bag to choose from for your next trip depending on your needs! (Talk about a cost-saver 🙂 )
- Silk Pillowcase
Just like the previously mentioned silk masks, a silk or satin pillowcase has many benefits including: less chances of your hair and face rubbing up against cotton (it’s so drying and damaging to your face and skin). Also, it’s cleaner in general.
Pack it in your suitcase and switch out your hotel’s standard pillowcase when you arrive!
I’ve been sleeping with a satin pillowcase since I was a child so trust me and ditch that dusty, cotton pillowcase (thanks mom for being ahead of the trend lol).
- Travel Pillow
A travel pillow is not really what I use often but it is definitely a travel essential for a long flight.
Yes, you can just lean your head on the headrest (or splurge and get business or first class tickets) but having a comfy pillow supporting your neck will be 10x more relaxing and you won’t have a knot in your neck from sleeping in weird positions.
If you forget one, it’s not a big deal so don’t worry about it (just please don’t buy one from the airport, they’re 2-3x the normal price!).
- Universal Headphones
Your preferred airline will probably offer you headphones to buy on the flight to experience all of the complimentary amenities, such as plugging into your personal TV and watching any of your favorite TV shows or movies.
Skip the purchase and just bring your own (beware that iPhone headphones are NOT compatible with most airlines).
- Waterproof Phone Pouch
I cannot rave about waterproof phone pouches enough! Especially if you’re going on a trip to the Caribbean or any island because your phone is bound to touch water at some point in your trip (and no one has tip to put that baby in rice tuh).
Boat ride? You need a waterproof pouch.
Snorkeling? You need a waterproof pouch.
Riding jet skis? You need a waterproof pouch.
Sunbathing at the beach? You need a waterproof pouch (trust me, you’ll at least dip your toes in or record the beach scene, so you’ll want your phone protected).
No matter what, get yourself a waterproof phone pouch. Even more so if you’re going to be near water at any point in your trip.
- Toiletry Bag
It is key to have a toiletry bag to keep all of your toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, creams, etc., separate from everything else. Including your clothes and other valuable items you don’t want to get ruined if any of those containers explode during travel.
If your luggage set doesn’t come with a toiletry bag, then you must buy one (you absolutely must)!
9 times out of 10, SOMETHING in my toiletry bag always explodes *smacks forehead* so to limit the chances of a total meltdown, pack a toiletry and just deal with whatever mess is in there (instead of a whole mess in your entire suitcase that you can’t come back from)!!
What’s something that you absolutely have to pack and cannot live without when you travel? Comment below and let me know!
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