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Travel Essentials You Don't Want To Leave Behind

Traveling is an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful if you don't have the right items ready. Whether you're just taking a weekend trip or jetting off to...

Traveling is an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful if you don't have the right items ready. Whether you're just taking a weekend trip or jetting off to a faraway destination, there are some essentials that you should never forget to bring with you. 

Here's a packing list of travel essentials that you absolutely don't want to leave behind:


Packing light is key when packing for a trip, but having the right type of luggage is just as important! Depending on where you're going and what kind of activities you plan on participating in, it could be beneficial to consider investing in rolling luggage, totes, or backpacks that are waterproof or durable enough for rough terrain activities such as hiking.


A good backpack is essential for any traveler, as it will hold all the important items you need and make it easier to get around. Look for one with plenty of compartments, adjustable straps, and sturdy material so your things stay safe and sound during your travels. 

Comfort Items

In the excitement of a new adventure, it's easy to forget the little things that make travel more comfortable. A travel pillow is essential for long-haul journeys (and road trips), while noise-canceling headphones are great for blocking out noise on planes and trains. It's also worth packing snacks to avoid buying overpriced airport food.

Pro Tip: Have a fear of flying? Can't quiet your mind? Is the stress of travel getting to you? Take a deep breath and try our Relax Patch — a plant-powered wellness patch infused with soothing ingredients to help you unwind, decompress, and feel good. 


Another essential item is proper clothing for the climate and activities you plan on experiencing during your trip. Consider bringing lightweight, washable layers like leggings and cardigans that are easy to wash and dry quickly if necessary. 

If you're going somewhere with cooler temperatures, it's smart to bring a hat, scarf, and gloves for when you leave the hotel room! And don't forget comfortable shoes — flats are especially important if you plan on doing a lot of walking around each day.

Important Documents

This one's obvious but very important nonetheless! Before heading out, remember to bring a valid passport, visas, driver's license, international ID cards, or any other necessary travel documents depending on where you're going and how long you plan to stay there. 

First Aid Kit

Accidents happen, especially while traveling abroad, so having a well-stocked first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers can be quite handy in case of emergencies. Also include over-the-counter medications like antihistamines for allergies or stomach upset remedies in case of food poisoning or intestinal bugs. 

Phone Charger

Mobile phones have become such an integral part of everyday life that most travelers would be lost without them! Make sure to always pack a portable charger that works domestically and internationally so you can stay connected during your long flights and easily book transportation or take photos along the way. 

Portable Speaker

Listening to music can make any vacation more enjoyable! Bring along a small portable speaker in your carry-on bag that connects via Bluetooth so everyone can share their favorite tunes. Prefer something a little more low-key? 

Catch up on some conversation while listening to soft sounds like waves crashing against rocks, rain falling from the sky, or birds chirping in nearby trees. 

Travel Insurance

This may not seem like an essential item when packing for a trip, but it can save you thousands if anything happens during your travels, such as getting injured or falling ill unexpectedly on the road. It's always best to be prepared, just in case! 

Tickets and Confirmation Numbers

Whether flying domestically or internationally, it's of the utmost importance that you have your flight tickets handy throughout your travels in case they're needed while checking into hotels or boarding planes.

Pro Tip: Not a fan of lugging around important papers? Don't worry — many airlines accept digital copies of tickets instead of physical copies. Just don't forget to save them to your phone ahead of time!


Boredom isn't fun when traveling long distances — even if it's just from one airport lounge to another! Bring books or magazines for reading material, or download some movies and TV shows onto your laptop ahead of time. And don’t forget your earbuds!

Audiobooks are also great for passing the time on airplanes and buses since they don't require screens or devices that consume power. 

Power Bank

A portable power bank can be invaluable when out exploring distant lands. They allow us to keep our devices charged when there isn't any electricity around, which is more often than not while traveling in rural areas or off-the-grid destinations — in other words, places without power.

Toiletries Bag

Don't forget basic toiletries such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, eye mask, face wash, and other skin care items. This will help ensure comfort during the journey by providing easy access to hygiene products whenever needed. 

And with your handy-dandy toiletry bag in your carry-on luggage, you'll have no excuse not to take your make-up off before bed. #SorryNotSorry. 

Sun Protection

If your destination is especially sunny, you'll definitely want to pack some sun protection items like sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats. They'll protect you from painful sunburns and keep your eyes safe from the sun. Plus, there's no denying how cool you'll look with some chic shades and a floppy hat!

Necessary Medications 

Don't forget to bring any daily medications and supplements that you may need throughout the duration of your trip. Just be sure to keep them in their original packaging supplied by a licensed pharmacy or doctor in case there are any issues at customs check-in points along the way.

Hand Sanitizer

Even if handwashing isn't accessible while exploring new sights and attractions — a pocket-sized hand sanitizer will help keep germs away during those times when soap just isn't an option! So don't leave home without this one. You’ll want it on your next trip. 

Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is key when traveling, especially if you'll be outdoors for hours at a time. Carry along a reusable water bottle so you can fill up on the go with filtered water from wherever you are. This helps cut down on single-use plastic waste too. #SaveTheTurtles


While most destinations now accept card payments (credit/debit) for purchases and services, it's always best practice to carry some cash around — just in case, there are situations where cards aren't accepted. Keep small notes (ones and fives) handy so that change isn't an issue, either.

Money Belt

You'll want to keep valuable items such as jewelry safe and secure while traveling — so get a money belt and wear it under your shirt when out exploring new places. It's also wise to split up your cash into different wallets or pouches so that if one gets lost or stolen, you still have some money left over as backup funds. 

Wellness Items

You also don't want to forget your wellness items. You know, the things that make you feel good from the inside out? Think nourishing skin care, massage tools, a yummy drink, soul-warming snacks, and sleep care essentials. 

In addition, pack plenty of wellness patches like B12 Awake, Hemp Queen, or Be Calm. Better yet, get your hands on the Daily Ritual Set, which includes all the favs. Whether you're hoping to dream big or find some calm, these plant-powered patches are sure to help. Simply peel, stick, and you're good to go!


Having the right gadgets for your trip is essential for staying connected, taking photos of your adventure, and having access to entertainment. Smartphones are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, navigating around a new location, and even taking amazing photos.

Make sure you bring multiple charging cables in your carry-on so you can juice up if you're away from a wall outlet or USB port. If you're a keen photographer, ensure you bring a camera, spare batteries, and other accessories.

The Final Word

When traveling, the more prepared you are, the smoother your journey will be. So, if you want your trip to be filled with fun and adventure as opposed to stress and headaches, make sure that you're well-stocked with all the travel essentials before you leave. 

Remember: stay organized, efficient, and most of all — don't forget your passport. 

Bon voyage!


Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses | FDA

First-aid kits: Stock supplies that can save lives | Mayo Clinic

Frequent Questions About Hand Hygiene | Handwashing | CDC

Summer Science: Clothes Keep You Cool, More Or Less | NPR


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