These 14 Travel Must Haves Will Save You Space, Time and Money
The Ultimate Packing List
Has anyone else heard the term revenge travel? It’s when people rush to book trips and vacations because they’re eager to jet off on their next getaway. With the pandemic mostly behind us, we’re all in that travel mindset and ready to book our revenge travel. Forbes says that revenge travelers can be more likely to spend more money on their trips. But with rising flight prices, gas prices, and everything-else prices, there are few things you need to know before you go…so that you can save some money, space, and time!
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Quick Carry On
If you’re a spontaneous trip-booker, you need a nice carryon suitcase to throw all of your must-haves in quickly and easily. I recently purchased this Beis carryon suitcase for our 2+ week trip to the Middle East and really loved it. It has SO many great features like 360 wheels (a must), a weight indicator, and TSA-approved locks. Plus, the beige color is so gorgeous!
The #1 thing you have to have is luggage! Kind of a no-brainer. But you might not have a decent set, or you may need a new set. I’ve talked about how much I love this Calpak luggage before but had to share it again. It comes in this pretty black marble and white marble (I have both). It’s high-quality luggage at a nice price…and it’s beautiful! Also, it’s SO easy to spot on the belt.
Is anyone else a heavy packer?? I often pack way too much. I have definitely been that crazy lady in the airport having to empty things out of my suitcase so it met the weight restriction. But not anymore with my handy dandy luggage scale! Use it after you finish packing to make sure you’re not over the weight limit. You can even throw it in a bag and take it with you to make sure that whatever new finds you’re bringing back don’t put your bag over that weight limit too. This is a must-have to save you time and money…
If you don’t have packing cubes…get some! I’m not kidding, they are HUGE space savers and so worth the $20! You can fit a lot of stuff in a small suitcase thanks in LARGE part to the power of the packing cube. I recommend buying a few different sizes. Per suitcase, I usually use 3 large and 2 medium-sized cubes. I bought different colors for everyone in the family, which is another way to make your travel life simpler.
If packing cubes aren’t your favorites, try this stow-n-go organizer. You can see from the photos that you pack your clothes and shoes neatly into this organizer, lay it in your suitcase, and then you just pull it out and hang it when you get to your destination! So nice!
Having a tote that’s big enough to fit everything you need on the plane can be a struggle, you have headphones, toiletries, gadgets, books, and so much more. So the bag has to be big and durable. I LOVE my Think Royln bag and have it in a few colors!
Where you’re going, and for how long, will determine the size of the jewelry organizer you'll need. This one is HUGE and can carry so much. If you’re an accessory lover and need that space, try this organizer. It zips up nice and compact too!
I’ve seen this cosmetic organizer all over Instagram and it gets amazing reviews, so I’m very interested in trying it. It has a lot of compartments to keep everything organized and visible. I always hate having to dig around a makeup bag to find what I’m looking for!
A lot of places you travel will have a hairdryer if you’re staying in a hotel. But if you’re an Airbnb or VRBO lover, sometimes they don’t have them! This T3 hairdryer is small and can fold up to save you precious suitcase room.
With all the tech we take on trips, the cords can clutter our bags. But this foldable portable charging station should help eliminate some of that! You can charge your phone, AirPods, and watch all at once!
Again, this is a more specific one. A waterproof pouch is a must-have if you’re going anywhere with water. Slip your phone into the pouch before heading to the beach to protect it from the water and sand!
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