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Whether you’re traveling for six days or six months, every item you pack should serve a specific purpose. Take a look at these 25 random travel necessities and find out if they make sense for your next trip!
25 Random Travel Necessities
Written by: Nina Thomas
1. Packing cubes
Packing cubes are must-have travel necessities for every traveler. They keep your things neat and compact making your bag organized, more efficient, and light-weight. Find out how to choose the best packing organizer for your trip!
If you’ve never used packing cubes they’ll completely change the way you travel. Read this post to see how!
Jet lag, sleeping while sitting up, long delays, hours on a bus, and altitude changes are just some of the many ways in which you may get a headache. Always pack a couple of painkillers.
3. A pen
No one ever seems to have a pen while traveling! These are indeed travel necessities, especially when filling out custom forms, jotting down confirmation numbers, and making note of your hotel address. You can’t always rely on your electronics to have a full charge the moment you need to access important details.
4. Scented fabric sheets
If you wear skirts or dresses with tights, fabric sheets are ideal to avoid static cling between the two fabrics. Nothing is more embarrassing than a skirt clinging for dear life on your bottom!
Additionally, it keeps your suitcase smelling great especially since you’re wearing some of those items more than once! Add a couple of these travel necessities in between your clothes.
Find out how to turn any one of your dresses into versatile dresses!
5. Note pad
A small note pad is a handy place to write down a new travel companion’s contact info, to jot down an address or a phone number when you’re on the go, and to capture all your brilliant ideas!
6. Flash drive
Instead of printing out every confirmation you have “just in case”, consider adding them all to a flash drive. In an emergency, you can pop it in your laptop or hotel computer and get the document you need.
7. Room spray
Close sleeping quarters with a less than private bathroom? A travel size bottle of Febreze or any other room spray will greatly minimize odor and can be used on clothes, too.
Here are a few more tips on how to keep your clothes fresh on the go!
8. Wine bottle opener
If you’ve ever bought a bottle of wine at a local shop and headed to your hotel, you may have also realized you had no way to open it. Keep a travel-friendly bottle opener with you to avoid having to try your luck at sabrage.
No matter how many times you’ve worn those shoes, walking all day can cause some blisters. You’ll be so glad you have Band-Aids.
Tip: The moment you feel like you might be getting a blister, stop and put on a Band-Aid. That will prevent it from getting worse.
10. Inflatable neck pillow
Sure, the airline gives you a pillow to use while in flight. But if you’re stuck with a middle seat, you might not have anything to lean against. A neck pillow keeps you in your own space.
Here’s a full list of the most recommended neck pillow styles!
11. Face wipes
After sleeping on the plane, you can use face wipes (like the Yes to Cucumbers Face Towelettes) to wipe off your old make-up. It’s moisturizing, too. You can reapply your makeup and leave the plane feeling fresh.
Read a few more tips on how to stay fresh on a long flight!
12. Lip balm/hand salve combo
A lip and hand moisturizer combo like Rosebud Salve is a quick way to keep your hands, cuticles, lips, elbows, and parts of your face moisturized. It’s better than having to bring multiple products with you. It’s a two-for-one!
13. Safety pins
These travel necessities can be used to turn a regular scarf into an infinity scarf, secure a broken zipper on a bag, or keep a loose blouse on a hanger. Always carry a few safety pins; the possibilities are endless.
14. Bobby pins
Even if you aren’t planning on pinning your hair back, there are many other uses for bobby pins. You can pin paper or money together, keep your belt strap secure, or get the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube.
Take a look at these hair cute summer hair ideas!
15. Dry shampoo
Early flights, camping, long lines for the hostel shower…dry shampoo can freshen and extend your hair an extra day or two if you aren’t able to wash and style it.
Find out why female travelers swear by dry shampoo!
16. Large scarf
A large scarf has so many uses! It not only can stylishly keep your neck warm, but can be used as a blanket in chilly airports or on overly air conditioned buses.
Also consider a Turkish bath towel, which can be used as a cute wrap-around and as a towel in your hostel. These aren’t just travel necessities, they’re a fashionista must-have!
For ultra-compact options, check out these travel towels.
Tape is an unexpected travel necessity but is very useful. You can tear a section of pages out of a guidebook and tape the binding together. You can remove lint from clothing. Duct tape can repair small rips in your backpack. You’ve probably already thought of a number of ways you can use tape!
18. Small containers
Reusable containers like GoTubb can be used for your make-up, vitamins, face lotions, or anything in larger containers at home that you want to down-size.
Here are three more travel containers that will help you minimize your toiletries!
19. Plastic bags
From a place to put your dirty clothes and shoes, to extra security for a leaky bottle of shampoo, you’ll be glad you packed a few bags. You can also re-use the ones you obtain on the go.
20. Tote bag
You can use a packable tote bag to bring your belongings to a shared bathroom if you’re staying at a hostel or B&B, as a beach/laundry/grocery bag, or as a purse, too. These are compact and foldable and one of TFG’s top travel necessities.
For more ideas, take a look at our round-up of packable travel accessories!
21. Flat packs
You can roll out all the air when packing a coat or a bulky sweater by using a flat pack organizer, making these a great way to fit bulky items in your suitcase.
Here are more packing organizers to choose from!
22. Money belt
Keep your large bills, passports, and additional cards in your money belt and keep it hidden. Keep a day’s worth of money in an accessible place so if you do get pickpocketed, you won’t lose everything.
Read this post for other tips to keep your valuables safe while traveling.
23. Plastic utensils
Having some utensils in your hotel is a great idea, especially if you’re on the go. When you grab stuff to make your sack lunch for all-day sightseeing, you’ll be able to spread mustard on your bread or eat a cup of yogurt. (FYI: plastic silverware is allowed in your carry-on.)
Alternatively, buy a spork!
24. Flip flops
If you’ve ever traveled to a cold weather destination then stayed somewhere with a hot tub, you might not have had the right footwear. To avoid wearing your clunky boots down to the hotel pool, pack some flip flops!
These are some of our favorite women’s flip flops!
25. Cotton swabs
Not only can you use these travel necessities for cleaning your ears (although the back of any package will tell you it’s not recommended!), you can use cotton swabs as eye makeup applicators, saving space by not needing multiple brushes.
What are you travel necessities? Please comment below!
For more travel necessities, please read:
- Best Money Belts and Anti-theft Travel Accessories
- The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Shoes for Travel
- The Best Anti-theft Travel Bags for Women
- 10 Best Leggings for Women that Travel
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