See Clearly on the Water with Costa Reefton Pro Sunglasses

Costa Reefton Pro Sunglasses

I like my eyes, so I like to keep them protected. That’s why I wear sunglasses when I’m outside (I’ve got a pair in my bag, in my car, and on the entryway table). But not just any sunglasses. Because I’m on the water a lot, I prefer sunglasses with polarized lenses.

The classic Reefton frame isn’t a new one for sunglass brand, Costa, but it’s recently been upgraded to include Costa’s Pro-series features.

Sweat channels and eyewire drains are built into frame details, side shields and hooding details are designed to keep light and heat out, ventilated nose pads are adjustable for a customized fit, and improved Hydrolite adds comfort while keeping frames in front of your eyes and on your face.

One of the things I especially like about this frame is that it wraps just right and blocks light leakage from the sides. Often, with similar frames, that results in fogging, but not so with the Reefton Pro.

This frame is made of bio-based resin, from the seeds of the castor plant that have been processed into castor oil. The use of bio-resin vs. petroleum offers a reduction in emissions and overall carbon footprint. The premium polarized 580 lenses absorb 100% of UV light and filter reflective glare, providing essential light management and protection. The lenses also have C-Wall coating that provides extra scratch resistance and a barrier that repels water, oil, and sweat for easy cleaning.

The Reefton Pro model comes in matte gray, matte midnight blue, and matte black frames. Lens options include blue mirror polarized glass, copper silver mirror polarized glass, gray polarized glass, gray silver mirror polarized glass, green mirror polarized glass, and sunrise silver mirror polarized glass. 

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The Best Gear for Travel-Packing

Travel Packing Bag

Traveling well can be one of life’s great pleasures, whether you’re alone or with family and friends—and this is true now more than ever, after two years of sticking close to home. But what does it mean to travel well? Along with, of course, traveling safely, following CDC guidelines, and being mindful of what the pandemic situation is wherever you’ve been and may be going, we’d say it involves avoiding hassle, packing a single bag if possible, and bringing only the necessities.

Travel Packing Bag

A well-packed bag is one that contains less than you think you need but everything you actually need. If possible, fitting everything into one carry-on and personal item will give you more freedom compared to checking a bag or two. You’ll be glad you did if (and when) things don’t go according to plan. Consider this example from OneBag’s Doug Dyment: “I’ve been in situations where I’ve landed in Chicago on my way to New York and everything was snowed in, no flights were flying anywhere, but I was able to rent a car or take a train whereas everyone whose bags were being held hostage by the airlines were simply stuck.” While carry-on-only isn’t feasible (or advisable) for every trip—especially extended business trips or weddings where you need multiple outfits to maintain appearances—if in doubt, it’s better to cut.

Carry-on backpack (non-roller)

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L

A versatile small pack for a week or a weekend

The Allpa’s clamshell design makes organizing your things simple. The strap design lets you easily wear this durable bag on your back or carry it in your hand while you’re on the move.

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Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

An easily customizable large bag for long trips and expensive gear

This bag was built with photographers in mind, but most travelers will appreciate its easy accessibility and clever tuck-away straps, and the elegant way the bag expands and contracts depending on how much you’ve packed. The accessory cubes cost extra, though.

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Peak Design

We spent six months testing 22 bags, and in the end we chose two as our top picks for travelers determined to never check luggage again: the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L (for most trips) and the larger Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L. Both bags are exemplary carry-on travel backpacks that are designed for comfort, durability, and organization.

Travel Packing Bag-Cotopaxi Allpa 35L

The Cotopaxi Allpa 35L features an easy-to-pack clamshell design and highly adjustable straps that make it a great all-around bag for any traveler who’s dedicated to packing light, or for a smaller person who wants less to carry. Handles on all four sides of this bag make it easy to grab no matter where you’ve stowed it, and the Allpa’s straps are contoured to comfortably fit people who have large or small chests. It’s not a specifically gendered design, but our female tester noticed the improvement right away.

The bag is protected by a full lifetime warranty and has the build quality to back that up. Its front panel is made of a waterproof, TPU-coated 1,000-denier polyester (a strong fabric covered in a flexible plastic coating), which means you can lay it on its back in a wet field or in gravel without worrying about moisture soaking through or jagged edges ripping the fabric. The rest of the paneling is made with 1,680-denier ballistic nylon, which feels similar to a strong canvas but with a more prominent weave. After three years of testing, this single backpack (plus a personal item to store under the seat) has replaced nearly every travel bag or piece of luggage that Kit Dillon, Wirecutter’s senior staff writer who covers luggage, uses.

One caveat: The Allpa has a minimal amount of administrative organization—places to keep pens and papers, spaces to hold tickets, and so forth—which is where the personal item comes in handy. As the name suggests, “personal items” are very, well, personal, and no one bag will work for all travelers; we offer a range of recommendations in our full guide to them.

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The larger Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L is the Swiss Army knife of backpacks: adjustable, customizable, and (if you spring for the extra cubes and organizers) an almost perfect system for a photographer or gearhead on the move. Most bags’ expanding mechanisms aren’t worth the extra zipper they’re built on, and they look about as attractive as a boiled ham splitting out of its plastic packaging. Not so with the Peak Design: It looks just as good fully packed at 45 liters as it does compressed to a 30-liter daypack. You can access the bag through a back panel, which doubles as a computer and tablet pouch, as well as through a front one, if you unzip the pass-through divider. You can also get into the main compartment via two wing-like trapezoidal flaps that run along each side of the pack. In its natural shape, the Travel Backpack holds 35 liters, but an expansion zipper lets the bag swell to 45 liters.

If you want to use the bag as a daypack, you fold in the top corners and snap them down, reducing the bag’s volume to a slim 30 liters. It still feels larger than a normal daypack, but we think that’s a small compromise for the ability to use one backpack as both your travel bag and your daily explorer. The bag itself consists of 400D nylon and polyester fabrics—it feels tough, but not as tough as the Cotopaxi Allpa. As for flaws, it is expensive, especially if you commit to the entire system of packing cubes and camera cubes. The adjustable design and multiple zippers do add complexity, and complexity adds potential weaknesses, though Peak Design covers all of its bags with a lifetime warranty.

Finding the right bag is a personal choice, and no single bag will appeal to everyone. That’s why we have picks in our full review of carry-on travel bags that can double as traveling offices, bags that are easy to carry while you’re walking long distances, and budget options for travelers who want to give the one-bag strategy a try.

Carry-on bag (rolling)

Travelpro Platinum Elite 21" Expandable Spinner

Travelpro Platinum Elite 21″ Expandable Spinner

Great features, great value

This spinner carry-on offers the best balance of size, value, reliability, and durability, with high-end details. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Since 2015, we’ve researched several dozen suitcases and gone hands-on with the 47 most promising candidates in a variety of tests—including having active flight attendants test bags for us in a fake plane fuselage in their training facility. We determined that for most people the Travelpro Platinum Elite 21″ Expandable Spinner offers the best balance of features, durability, and price for most flyers who log less than 25,000 miles annually.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 21" Expandable Spinner

It’s relatively light—at 7.8 pounds empty, the Elite is about a half pound lighter than the previous model, the Magna 2—the wheels are built to last, and it’s big enough to easily fit five days’ worth of clothes. Though the Elite is similar to the Magna 2, it has a smaller stowed handle, an added second zippered exterior pocket, and a USB pass-through extension that lets you insert your own battery pack for charging your phone. Compared with other bags in this price range, you also get surprisingly high-end components and a warranty that covers anything (even airline damage) for the life of the bag.

Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner

Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner

For frequent flyers

If you fly more than 25,000 miles a year, invest in a bag with unique features, superior details, and plenty of expandable room. This manufacturer guarantees your satisfaction.

Briggs & Riley

If you fly more than 25,000 miles annually and you’re willing to invest in a higher-quality product, we recommend the Briggs & Riley Baseline 22-Inch Domestic. It can fit more clothing than any bag we tested, thanks to a cavernous interior and clever expansion and compression system that can adjust to variable levels beyond open and shut. Wirecutter’s founder, Brian Lam, has put more than 75,000 miles on his so far, and it’s held up great. His only complaint is that longer pants will need an extra fold, or to be rolled. In taller bags, pants will only need to be folded over once.

Checked luggage

If you need to pack more stuff than a carry-on and a personal item can hold, our first piece of advice would be to reconsider whether you need that extra outfit “just in case.” But you’ll have times when you need to travel with several pairs of shoes, formalwear, a winter coat, special equipment (like diving or camping gear), or all of the above. In these cases, there’s no way to avoid checking a bag.

REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack - Men's

REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack – Men’s

The best travel backpack for people with longer torsos

Thick padding and highly adjustable straps make this the most comfortable and easy-to-fit pack sized for people with longer torsos.

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REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack - Women's

REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack – Women’s

The best travel backpack for people with shorter torsos

Thick padding and highly adjustable straps make this the most comfortable and easy-to-fit pack sized for people with shorter torsos.

From REI

If you’re going someplace where you’ll need to walk a lot (or if there’s dirt or cobblestone roads), we recommend a travel backpack. Specifically, the REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack – Men’s for men (and tall women) and the REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack – Women’s for those with shorter torsos. The Ruckpack’s thickly padded, stowable straps are fully height-adjustable. The bag is made from rugged, recycled ripstop nylon and is guaranteed for up to a year. And it holds about 60 liters, which gives you noticeably more space than our other picks while still keeping the overall dimensions manageable. You can read all about why we like the Ruckpack in our review of the best travel backpacks.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter

Travelpro Platinum Elite 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter

The best checked bag for most travelers

The bag provides a luxury feel at a reasonable price, with a capacity, warranty, and reliability that should suit most travelers. The 25-inch model should offer plenty of room for most people without going over airline weight limits.

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If you don’t plan on walking around while carrying all your stuff, the 25-inch Travelpro Platinum Elite Expandable Spinner Suiter is our favorite piece of checked luggage for all of the same reasons we loved the carry-on size: It has excellent organizational features, it’s especially durable, and it has a better warranty than anything in its price range.

 

Luggage tags

Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag

Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag

Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag

Strong and easy to see

Rugged silicone and a metal cable mean this tag (which comes two to a pack) may well outlive your luggage. The brightly colored case displays its owner’s name but keeps other personal information out of sight.

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A good luggage tag should be durable, simple to use, and discreet. Ultimately, a tag should allow someone to get your luggage back to you quickly and easily, and it should withstand the wear and tear of being thrown onto conveyor belts time and again. After researching the top-rated and best-selling models, reading existing luggage-tag reviews, and comparing four tags, we recommend the Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag for most travelers because it’s the only one we’d trust to survive being smashed by other bags, jammed into walls, and generally abused by baggage handlers. It’s the most durable tag we tested, and it comes in a wide selection of colors to help any bag stand out from the rest.

The Ovener tag’s silicone body seems nearly indestructible and is available in four bright colors (you get two tags per pack). Whereas other tags also feature metal cables, this tag has a metal grommet to keep the cable from eventually wearing through the silicone case. Meanwhile, the Travelambo Genuine Leather Luggage Bag Tag broke when we pulled it, and the cheap hard plastic of the Travelon Luggage Tag easily snapped in two.

Should you lose your bag, the Ovener makes it easy for a Good Samaritan to find your contact information. To fully access the info card, you have to unscrew and remove the metal strap; this lets the card slide out of the case. Most luggage tags we tested secure their info card in this way. It isn’t a difficult or time-consuming process, but it is an extra step compared with using a tag that displays all of your information openly. Still, for anyone who wants to keep their contact information out of view, the extra step is worth it.

Another approach to increasing privacy is to hide information in a QR code, as the Dynotag Smart Deluxe Steel Luggage Tag does, or to provide a user ID number, as the Okoban UID Luggage Tags do. But these seem like overly complex solutions to a problem that doesn’t really exist. The Dynotag requires a scanner app that many phone owners don’t want to bother with, and the Okoban requires going online and entering a code, which might deter otherwise-willing Good Samaritans.

Compression sacks

Originally designed for reducing the bulk of lofty sleeping bags, compression sacks are stuff sacks modified with additional nylon end caps that can be pulled together by strings or straps to remove air and create a smaller, denser package that’s easier to pack. Most travelers use compression sacks to condense socks, underwear, and other stuff you don’t mind getting wrinkled into a package with half as much overall volume. For example, an 8- to 12-liter sack can compress a fleece jacket and a long-weekend’s worth of socks and underwear into something that fits in one hand. They also make a decent pillow in a pinch.

Osprey StraightJacket (8L)

Osprey StraightJacket (8L)

Easier access, less compression

It has a full-length zipper on its side that allows access to the bag’s entire contents. However, it doesn’t compress as tightly as traditional designs.

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From REI

Most compression sacks require you to empty out the stuff at the top to get to the stuff below it, but the side-zipper design on the Osprey StraightJacket allows access to the entire contents of the bag at once. The compression straps attach sideways, and are less likely to get tangled and twisted like on most compression sacks with lengthwise straps. It can also sit up on its own, and the handle design lets you break it out as a last minute carry-on to avoid an overweight-baggage fee. However, it doesn’t compress down as compactly as the traditional designs we tested so it’s not the best option if compression is your top priority.

GobiGear’s SegSac takes a different approach to solving the same access issue: It has four inner dividers that run the length of the sack in order to keep your socks separate from your underwear, winter accessories, towel, what have you. This means you don’t have to take out your T-shirts to get to your socks. Unlike the Osprey, it compresses just as much as a normal compression sack, but it loses points for versatility because the segmentation prevents it from handling large items like a down jacket or sleeping bag.

Packing cubes

Packing cubes could change your life. (Okay, maybe just your traveling life.) Packing cubes are basically bags to hold your clothes that you organize within your luggage. Though seemingly superfluous, they’re brilliant in action. If you imagine your suitcase as a dresser, you can think of these cubes as individual drawers: Put all your underwear and socks in one container, all your shirts in another, and your workout clothes in yet another. Then pull out only the cube you want. They make packing and repacking wonderfully simple.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set

Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set

Well built with easy access

Simple and solidly constructed, these packing cubes keep your bag organized while you’re traveling.

From The Container Store

 

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14 Practical Travel Items That Are Totally Worth Packing

14 Practical Travel Items That Are Totally Worth Packing

Traveling soon? Have globetrotting friends? All trips have their hassles, and all can be made easier and more fun with some packable helpers. Read on for our latest faves.

 

1. A cocktail kit to help you unwind in midair.

A cocktail kit to help you unwind in midair

Happy Hour is a terrible thing to waste. This compact tin contains everything you need to make tasty Moscow Mules wherever you may be at cocktail time. Just add mini-bottles of the hard stuff.

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2. A stylish way to organize your cords.

A stylish way to organize your cords

Seen an airport or hotel lost and found lately? They’re full of forgotten chargers, cords, and devices. Not yours, though. They’re all safely organized and accounted for in this clever roll.

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3. A water bottle that fits right in your coat pocket.

A water bottle that fits right in your coat pocket

This watertight silicone bottle folds down to homemade cookie size, so it can slip into a purse or pocket. You’ll never again have to pay for bottled water, agua, or eau.

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4. A backpack that keeps thieving fingers at bay.

A backpack that keeps thieving fingers at bay

Don’t let pickpockets ruin your day. Ruin theirs instead, by wearing this. Hidden zippers and cut-proof material protect your stuff. Smart design keeps you organized, comfortable, and looking good. 

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5. A wristlet that brings your phone way above 1%.

A wristlet that brings your phone way above 1%

Being weighed down by a big ol’ backpack or tote is not a good look when you’re painting the town red. A wristlet that keeps your phone filled with photo-taking, video-shooting, pal-texting power is what you need.

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6. A tool with the good stuff. You know, like a cheese grater.

A tool with the good stuff. You know, like a cheese grater

You might never be called upon to fix a three-course meal on the subway. But what if you are? Save the culinary day, any time, any place, with 10 sturdy steel tools in one, which you just happened to have in your pocket.

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7. A mask that’ll put you straight to sleep.

A mask that’ll put you straight to sleep

Pretty, soft, and floral, this eye mask is a fierce fighter against sleep-stealing light. Stray rays have no hope of reaching your slumbering eyes. Makes meditation easier, too. 

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8. A bag that gets big, then small, then big again.

A bag that gets big, then small, then big again

When you left for Mozambique, you only needed a carry-on. But now you’ve got to get all your new pottery and wood carvings home. This is the bag you need both to and fro: it instantly expands or contracts to three different sizes and 10 configurations.

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9. An inflatable scarf you can sleep on. (Yes, really.)

An inflatable scarf you can sleep on

Show up well-slept when you travel wearing this soft, comfy scarf with a secret: there’s an inflatable travel pillow inside. Black or gray.

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10. Sweet, strong coffee made to brew on the go.

Sweet, strong coffee made to brew on the go

When you travel, you never know if the coffee’s going to be sublime, or… instant! [scream emoji] Start your on-the-road mornings with delectable, aromatic Vietnamese coffee, anywhere, anytime. All you need is hot water, a mug, and a mouth.

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11. Socks built to keep your valuables safe.

Socks built to keep your valuables safe

Traveling with your passport is always a little nerve-wracking. If it’s lost or stolen, say a fond farewell to your fun. These sneaky bamboo socks comfort your feet and your mind: they’ve got a hidden pocket that holds passport, cash, and other valuables.

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12. A light for your handbag that can also charge your phone.

A light for your handbag that can also charge your phone

Stop searching. Start finding. This sleek, ingenious square goes in your purse and lights up when it senses your hand nearby. No need to search for an outlet, either: its charger can give your phone a booster shot.

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13. A guitar that makes mobile serenading extra easy.

A guitar that makes mobile serenading extra easy

Delayed flight? Pull out your space-saving strummer, serenade everyone on Flight 8331 with “Hotel California” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and by take-off time, everyone’s singing along and you’re famous on YouTube.

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14. Drawstring bags to keep your must-haves organized.

Drawstring bags to keep your must-haves organized

The hip bone’s connected to the back bone, but the shoes shouldn’t connect to the lingerie, and dirty laundry shouldn’t connect to anything. Keep it all separate, even within the tight confines of a carry-on, with these pretty and modern ribbon-tie bags.

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Shop My Favorite Travel Gear

Welcome to my travel favorites! Below are some things that have really helped me step up my travel game, I hope they’ll help you too.

Bags

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - North Face Backpack

North Face Backpack

Plenty of pockets and room for a weekend trip. This bag is made to help you pack lighter and simpler.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Black Hole® Duffel Bag 55L

Black Hole® Duffel Bag 55L (right)

Out of stock currently on Patagonia’s website, but this similar duffle backpack is available now and can be found at this link.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Away Luggage

Away Luggage

Hard case luggage is the best option for a carry on bag. Durable, easy to clean, and bags like Away come with several different organization tools inside plus a lifetime warranty.

 

Packing

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Travel Compression Bags

Travel Compression Bags

Use these bags to save space in your bag when traveling.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Carry On Bag

Carry On Bag

This bag will fit under the seat while you’re traveling and hold everything you need for your trip.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Travel Vest

Travel Vest

Fit even more by wearing it in your vest!

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Foldable Backpack

Foldable Backpack

This day pack folds and travels easily inside a carry on. Lots of colors available.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Toiletry Bag

Toiletry Bag

Easy to pack and water-resistant, this is a great toiletry bag. Comes in several colors.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a great way to organize your bag and make the most of the space in a larger bag.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Reusable Water Bottle

Reusable Water Bottle

Good for the environment and means you stay hydrated at all times!

 

Travel Size

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Straightener Curler Combo

Straightener Curler Combo

Condense your hair tools into this single combo tool that comes with a heat protectant travel bag for easy packing.

Electronics

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Electronics

Portable Charger with Fast Charging Technology

Packing cubes are a great way to organize your bag and make the most of the space in a larger bag.

 

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Small Items that Make Travel Easier

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Microfiber Travel Towel 3 Sizes in 1 Pack

Microfiber Travel Towel 3 Sizes in 1 Pack

These towels are quick-drying, take up little space, and dry quickly. Making them perfect for travel!

 

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Blister Pads

Blister Pads

No matter how comfy your shoes are, after a day of walking, you could still get a blister. Pack a few of these for each trip!

 

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Scalp Sunscreen

Scalp Sunscreen

My scalp is always first to get a sunburn, but sunscreen on your scalp… greasy! This sunscreen is made for scalps and doesn’t make my hair greasy at all.

 

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Door Stop

Door Stop

Added safety and security so no matter where you are staying, you feel secure while you sleep and stay somewhere. No worrying and added security.

Shop My Favorite Travel Gear - Benadryl

Benadryl

You never know when an allergic reaction might happen or if allergies will act up. I always bring a few of these in my bag just in case.

 

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What to Pack for Vegas – 13 Things to Bring (beyond the obvious)

Here’s my list of what to pack for Vegas, since traveling to this city is different from anywhere else.

Packing for vacation can be tough, and if you’re anything like me, I always seem to overpack, yet feel like I forgot something.

Visiting Las Vegas is unlike any other destination in the United States. Between the desert climate, all the walking you’ll be doing, and the need for a goodnight’s sleep, there are definitely some key things you want to pack for a Vegas trip.

You won’t find things like bathing suits, flip flops, types of outfits to wear, little black dress, a light jacket, or a refillable water bottle in this list – I’m giving you real tips about what to pack for Vegas to make your trip as comfortable as possible. 

After dozens of trips to this lively city, here’s my essential packing list for Las Vegas, beyond what you normally might not think of.

This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase I may make a small commission. I only share information about things I know, love and trust!

 

Fanny Pack

Lately this has been my go-to bag for walking the Strip. It’s closer to my body so it’s more secure.

And I love how I can have my hands free for taking photos or holding my drink!

Or when you’re sitting down at a slot machine or table, no need to set your purse down anywhere.

It also came in handy when I went on day trips off the Strip, like horseback riding in the desert and hiking at Red Rock Canyon.

I love my Lululemon fanny pack (pictured in photo). 

But these fanny packs come in 18 different colors with a cute gold zipper (at about half the cost of my Lululemon bag). 


Chapstick with SPF

Not only is the desert air extremely dry, it’s very easy to get sunburn, even on your lips.

So many people don’t realize how easily it is to get cooked here. You can always buy Chapstick at the pharmacy, but by then it’s usually too late! 

And men, this goes for you too! Sun Bum or Salt & Stone are the highest quality chapsticks that both my husband and I use.

Smooth and buttery!


Nuun Electrolyte Tablets

These are a lifesaver in Vegas. The dry desert air actually dehydrates you much faster than anywhere else.

Combine this with all the walking and likely more extra alcohol consumption than normal, you’ll feel so much better getting some electrolytes in.

Add a tablet to water before bed or in the morning (or both) and you’ll be amazed how well they prevent your hangovers coming to full fruition.

There’s tons of flavors you can choose from (lemon-lime, tropical, tri-berry, strawberry lemonade, etc), or go with the variety pack.


Charcoal Pills

This is another underrated item to pack for Vegas. Activated charcoal can help remove toxins from your body more quickly and that includes liquor.

It can also help with digestion if you’ve been eating too much, especially rich foods.

I’ve always taken one before bed and another in the morning, and I’ve never had a slow morning in Vegas!

Please note that this is not intended to be medical advice, just anecdotal tips from a seasoned traveler. You should always speak to your healthcare professional before taking anything supplements.


Travel White Noise Machine

Another item I always pack for Vegas is my travel white noise machine.

It helps me sleep so much better, which is important on vacation!

This would be especially useful to bring with you if you’re traveling to Vegas with kids. 

Small Coffee Machine

If you need your morning coffee before you can function and you can fit it in your luggage, I highly recommend bringing a small coffee machine with you to Vegas.

None of the hotel rooms have coffee machines as they want you to buy coffee from the shops in the hotels. 

Not only is the hotel coffee expensive (even drip coffee is going to run at least $6), the lineups are always long. 

Bring your own coffee machine and pods, and avoid having to get dressed, go wait in line for 25 minutes and pay almost $20 for two cups of coffee.

Add this up over the few days you’re there – not only does it get expensive, it wastes valuable Vegas time!

This Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker is small enough to fit in your carry-on and is a fan favorite among Las Vegas regular visitors. 

Another option is bringing a collapsible kettle, which takes up even less space in your luggage (and works for tea drinkers).

Then you can either bring instant coffee (the Starbucks ones are pretty good in a pinch), or I like to bring single-serve pour over coffee packets.


Vicks VapoInhaler

Vicks VapoInhaler for your nose is a must have product for Las Vegas!

The weather not only dries out your skin, but your nose too.

At the very least, I find it’s super handy for airplane travel, as my nose always gets dry and uncomfortable after a few hours in the air.

Or better yet, it masks the smells on the plane from other air passengers. 


Comfortable Walking Shoes

This is the number one tip given to people traveling to Las Vegas for the first time.

And while I’m sure you’ve heard this over and over again, I can’t leave a pair of comfy shoes off this list!

I walk upwards of 20,000 steps per day in Vegas, so shoes that don’t hurt my feet are the most important item to pack. 

I recommend the following shoes:

  • Comfy daytime shoes/sneakers – these are the shoes I wore on my last trip picture in the photos. 
  • Sandals you can walk in for hours
  • A pair or two of shoes for evening & dinners
  • Foldable flats – these are essential to carry along in your purse for when your heels inevitably fail you! You can also find vending machines that sell these flats.

I’ve seen them at Planet Hollywood and the Venetian. But I recommend packing them with you to avoid unnecessary walking when your feet are killing you. 


Reusable Tumbler

One of the best ways to save money in Vegas (click for all the tips) is to make your own drinks and carry them around in a reusable cup.

This tumbler is super insulated and stands up to the Las Vegas heat, even when the temps hit triple digits.

It comes with both a flip lid and a straw lid and comes in 41 colors!


BucketEpsom Salt and Marbles

This might sound weird, but if you have the space, you’ll thank me later. At the end of the day when your feet are tired, try this remedy. 

Soak your feet in a bucket of warm water and epsom salt (while you enjoy a beverage).

Then, roll them over the marbles for a massage – your feet will feel so much better. 

Check out this collapsible bucket.

It’s soft-sided so you can easily store it in your luggage, and it folds flat to take up no space.

It’s so versatile you can use it to soak your feet, do laundry when you travel, wash you feet after the beach, wash dishes and more. 


Collapsible Cooler Bag

One of the best ways to save money here is to buy your own drinks at CVS or Walgreens instead of paying high prices at the casino shops or at the bar.

Most hotel rooms in Las Vegas don’t have a fridge, so bringing a foldable cooler and filling it full of ice is the best way to keep your drinks cold.

And it’s not just for drinks either – you can store your leftover food from the large portion sizes too!

This is a highly rated collapsible cooler. If you search ‘Vegas’ in the reviews, you’ll see that tons of people have used this one. 


Anti-Chafe Products

There will be so much walking on this trip which also means so much rubbing!

Prevent chafing before it happens and you will be so much more comfortable. 

The Gold Bond Friction Stick is the most used product out there. It’s non-greasy, not chalky and barely noticeable. 

Some people prefer a rub-on balm, others prefer a powder. 

I like powder if you tend to sweat a lot, and this Anti Monkey Butt has added calamine in it to help soothe.

Use it for the thighs, under the bra, undersides of the arms, down below in the special areas and on your heels. 

And men, this product is for you!


Slippers

After a long day of walking the strip, I like taking my shoes off in the hotel room.

But there’s so much turnover in Las Vegas hotel rooms, I never trust how clean the carpets are.

So I always pack slippers to wear!

These slippers have memory foam, so they’re ultra comfy when you put them on if your feet are sore from walking.

And they come in 10 colors!


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The 5 Best Carry-On Travel Backpacks for Easy, Breezy Packing

For all the amazing things that can be said about the virtues of traveling, there’s also the undeniable truth that it can also be an absolute hassle. A pain. A headache. At its worst, a nightmare. There are so many factors that you can’t control. The weather, the plane mechanics, the guy in the seat next to you, the list goes on. But among the things you can control is your own preparedness. Indeed, there are certain things you can do to minimize your airport stress levels.

While packing can be a chore that stresses you out days before you leave and throughout your trip, it doesn’t have to be. It comes down to a practical carry-on bag and luggage. We believe that everyone is, at heart, a good packer. You just need the right tools. Whether it’s business travel, a long weekend getaway, or even your honeymoon, an amazing carry-on backpack might just be your new favorite travel companion.

That being said, every traveler hastheir own personal preferences and travel requirements. There are a lot of things to consider in a carry-on backpack, such as style, size, and features. Something you might be on the market for, like a bag with just a laptop sleeve, might not be as important for someone who is looking for an everyday bag with safety features. The material is another factor you need to take into account. Choosing a carry-on backpack with the proper fabric will ensure your bag goes the distance, literally and figuratively.

The options online can be overwhelming, but fret not, there’s a knapsack for all. Here, find some of the best carry-on travel backpacks to make your next trip a little better and a lot more organized.

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Recommend a variety of portable power banks with strong battery life

With the development of the times and the continuous advancement of technology, most of the people around us have used electronic products. The so-called electronic products, as the name suggests, need electricity. Without electricity, these electronic products will not work. So away from home, we sometimes have nowhere to recharge. At this time, we need a power bank to power your electronic products. So charging treasure is very important.
Power banks are used in many places in life or design, such as:
1. Equipped with an LED sound light, it can be used as a bedside lamp at night, or as an auxiliary light source for a computer desk, which is very convenient;

2. The power bank comes in handy when the student party turns off the lights at night, charging the mobile phone, etc. The most important thing is that the power is off at night and there is no network. This is to use the power bank to supply power to the router;

3. It is also a good choice to put a small fan on the desk. The small fan is directly connected to the computer interface, and the air volume is very small. It is better to connect it to the charging treasure with a large air volume;

4. The demo board carried by visiting customers or small partners during a meeting and discussion is directly powered by the power bank, and there is no need to worry about finding a power source anytime, anywhere;

5. When traveling, camping, exploring, etc., if the mobile phone is out of power, you can directly use the power bank to supply power, and there will be no worries about running out of power.
To sum up, I think you still need a large-capacity power bank, and you don’t need to charge it frequently. However, large-capacity power banks are heavy and inconvenient to carry. So I have selected several power banks with large capacity and easy to carry for you.

 

Anker PowerCore 26800  #1

This model has a truly amazing storage capacity, and is able to totally recharge a phone six times. This allows you to continue using your phone for about a week without having any access to the electric grid. This applies to many other devices – smaller ones can be charged more than ten times, while larger ones, like a tablet, can be recharged 2-3 times.

The charger has 3 USB ports. This design feature allows up to three devices to be charged at the same time.

The recharging process of the powerbank itself is very quick and efficient, about twice as fast as that of other models on the market. Thanks to the two high-speed input USB ports, the powerbank needs only six hours to get back to its full power.

This model has a sleek profile and is pretty pocketable and compact. It can be taken and used literally anywhere – you can even take it on camping trips, as it comes with a convenient pouch that protects it from the elements and simplifies transportation.

Pros:

  • Large capacity
  • Efficient, can charge three devices simultaneously
  • Compact

Portable Charger RAVPower #2

This charger is surprisingly powerful for its size and weight. That is because it contains a high-quality efficient battery pack that is capable of containing 20000 mAh of power. To put that into perspective, it is enough to totally recharge a laptop, charge a phone five times, or charge a tablet twice. This allows you to work in environments that do not have access to electricity for prolonged periods of time. At the same time the powerbank weighs less than a pound and is only 5.9 inches long, and therefore is extremely portable.

When the powerbank‘s energy is depleted, it can be recharged to full power in only three hours.

The charger has two outlet USB ports that allow it to power two devices simultaneously, saving time and effort.

This model is very safe, as it is equipped with special technologies and guards that prevent overheating and overcurrent damage.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Very safe, efficient and powerful
  • Low price

GETIHU Portable Charger  #3

This large charger will supply all of your electronic devices with power for 2-3 weeks. That is because it stores 50000 mAh of power, an amount that is several times larger than what you would expect from an ordinary powerbank. At the same time it is not too large and has a decent weight of 4 pounds, so it can be placed in a carrying bag or backpack and be taken almost anywhere.

Thanks to the multiple ports, the powerbank has the ability to quickly and efficiently charge multiple devices at the same time – it even has the capability to chare three laptops simultaneously!

The charger will work great for campers and hikers because of its efficiency and great capacity that lets it charge a phone about 10 times. This will allow you to constantly stay in contact with friends and family.

The powerbank needs only 6 hours to fully recharge.

Pros:

  • Very powerful 
  • Relatively quick recharging time
  • Effecient
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5 Best Packable Sun Hat For Women That Are Ideal For Travel

At the time of buying a hat, we need to keep some important points in our mind as they will make our selection of hats very easy.

  • Choose a hat with a wide brim for maximum protection.
  • Make sure your hat covers the back of your neck as well as your face.
  • If you have a long face, a flatter crown is beneficial, but it can also make you appear shorter.
  • A high crown makes a shorter face (such as a round or square face) appear taller.
  • If you’re petite, a huge hat will be too much for you, but I think it’s preferable to go for a larger brim and gain more shade than to stress about it!
  • Choose a colour that will match a variety of items – a natural straw is an excellent choice because it complements everything.

Here are my picks for packable sun hats for women who love to travel

1.Lanzom Sun Hats for Women Wide Brim Straw Hat Summer Beach Hat Foldable Packable Cap for Travel Outdoor

Straw fedora style hat is made from excellent quality Papler Straw. Breathable, lightweight, and durable wool material offers great comfort for all day wear.You can wearing while gardening, beach, pool, park, camping, hiking, fishing,church functions, race day events or any out door activities.

2.Somaler Womens Cotton Wide Brim Sun Hats UPF50+ UV Packable Beach Hat Summer Bucket Cap for Travel

1.Packable Beach Sun Hat For Travel -No Need Worry About Any Crease

2.Wide Brim Cotton Sun Hats- Fashion And Chic Look

3.UPF50 UV Sun Protection – Full Protect Your Face And Neck

I was diagnosed with ocular migraines, and had a terrible time with the sunlight. so got this hat and kept it with me. i could roll it up, stick it in my purse, leave it in the car. then just a few adjustments, and it was ready to wear. looked nice, and helped to block that really strong sunlight. and it was cooler. so a double bonus. would recommend buying this for ease of use. it does take a bit of adjusting after you roll it up or cram it into a bag. but the wire in the hat makes that easy to do.

3. Ponytail Bucket Hat By Funky Junque

On vacation, a traditional bucket hat is an ideal item to pair with jean shorts or your favourite sundress. This one from Funky Junque offers UPF 50+ sun protection, a convenient opening for ponytails and buns, and a choice of colours so you never have to choose between a cute updo and some much-needed shade.

4. Beachwear Sun Hat, Striped Straw Hat, Floppy Big Brim Hat By Itopfox

 Wear a wide-brimmed summer hat to express your inner fashionista, which will go with just about any outfit.

A large packable straw hat for women looks wonderful with a maxi dress or white trousers and a denim shirt when you’re out and about, and it’s equally elegant by the pool or beach.

Wide-brimmed hats are also great for keeping your face cool. Itopfox offers this folding hat in black, white, and black and white stripes. It is one of the best sun protection hats.

5.Super Wide Brim Women Sun Hat Floppy Packable Reversible Bucket Hat UV Protection Summer Beach Travel Garden Fishing Hiking

Because it’s made of good quality cotton blend, this foldable sun hat provides excellent sun protection. It also rolls up for easy packing, taking up very little suitcase space.

Beat the heat in elegance and comfort! These stylish beach hats are available in a variety of vibrant colours. Make a strong fashion statement with your outfit. Pick your favourite or get them all to match your appearance!

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Best Backpacking Tents of 2022

From PCT hikers spending 6 months on the trail to the nascent hiker spending 6 days on their first solo backpacking trip, a good tent is the cornerstone of outdoor preparedness. The right tent can be a shelter from the elements and critters. In the wild, it’s a home away from home.

Our team of testers has spent hundreds of nights in tents in weather conditions that run the gamut from excruciating desert heat to frigid winter nights at high elevations to bring you our selection of the best backpacking tents for this year. When it comes to picking a tent, one truth stands out: no single tent will work well for every situation.

Sometimes you want a superlight bivy that just keeps the bugs away on a long hike. Other times, you want a burly winter abode capable of standing up to gale-force winds and heavy snow. Maybe you want that tent that can do a little of everything.

In general, picking a tent largely comes down to how you plan to use it. If you need help deciding, check out our buyer’s guide. And if you’re looking for something roomier for car camping or family camping, we have a separate review of the best camping tents.

We considered six factors while evaluating the best backpacking tents: ease of setting up, durability and materials, weight and packed size, interior space, weather resistance, and value.

Floor space and packed weight were the most important factors to our panel, while extra features such as pouches and pockets weighed less heavily in our evaluation.

Each tent excels in one or more of these aspects, and we have awarded outstanding models “Best of Rating” corresponding to their outstanding qualities. So whether you are pinching pennies, ready to splurge on the tent of your dreams, or just wanting to replace your tattered gear, we have found a tent that can fit your budget and needs.

 

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17 Essential Travel Items That Are a Complete Game Changer

Packing sucks. You always feel like you’re forgetting something. Or you over-pack and end up using only half of what you brought. Guess what! Packing for your next trip doesn’t have to be this way.

Whether you’re packing for an international trip, a long flight or want to know what you should put in your carry on, there are some things you should never travel without.

Being prepared also means I save money when I travel, since I know I have everything I need and don’t have to worry about buying things on the road.

And to be clear, there are a million websites that will share their must have travel items, but these are always the obvious things like packing cubes or phone chargers.

Or things that seem like a good idea but are actually terrible when you try it for the first time.

I’m still waiting to find a travel pillow that doesn’t suck. You won’t find travel stuff like that in this post.

This list shares my unique items that every traveler should have that aren’t so obvious but make your life so much better and easier when you’re on the move.

TRAVEL PRO TIP: Packing last minute? A lot of the travel items on this list can be found on Amazon. And if you have Amazon prime, most items will arrive the next day.

Let’s get to my list of 17 essential travel items that will make your life way easier.


1. A SCARF WITH HIDDEN POCKETS 

This super sneaky scarf is one of my most recommended travel must haves.

There’s a hidden zippered pocket inside the scarf where you can store cash, keys, sunglasses, a passport and even your phone if you want to.

It’s perfect if you’re traveling solo and want to have your valuable items hidden but easily accessible.

Or if you’re worried about pickpockets, this scarf is a stealthy way to hide your things.

It’s probably one of the best travel accessories for women out there.

If you’re browsing a busy farmer’s market or at a crowded festival, it’s perfect for keeping your hands free and not showing off a flashy purse when you want to buy something.

Plus, it’s also the perfect air travel accessory, since it doubles as a small purse which won’t count as a personal item and it will keep you warm and cozy.

2. SOOTHING TEA BAGS FOR THE PLANE

Speaking of air travel accessories that you might not have thought about…I always pack my own tea bags with me when I travel, especially on flights.

Just ask the flight attendant for hot water and brew your own.

My favorite is Eucalyptus tea – it opens up your airways and helps prevent your nose from getting all stuffed up.

It helps soothe your throat too.

My throat always gets scratchy from all the stuffy, recycled air on the plane.

A soothing tea is also one of the most useful things for traveling if you’re prone to getting sick when you travel.

TRAVEL PRO TIP – If you’re an anxious flyer or have trouble sleeping on the plane, you HAVE to try the Valerian Nights tea from Davids Tea. This stuff will put even the most high strung traveler to sleep.

The main ingredient is Valerian root, which is also known as nature’s Valium.

And with some chamomile for calming, your slumber party is only minutes away.

If you can’t find tea bags, you can build your own or just pack loose leaf tea into a travel mug.

This is my favorite travel tea mug which comes with its own diffuser.

So yeah, sleepy time tea is one of the most underrated but essential travel items in my opinion!

3. SOLID LOTION STICK/BODY BUTTER

Another one of my favorite items for travel is a lotion stick (instead of liquid lotion).

It’s one of the best products for travel because it’s not considered a ‘liquid’ when you put it in your carry on.

Plus, there’s no risk of it spilling or exploding in your bag.

Having lotion on you when you travel is always important, because your skin gets so dry from airplane travel or if you’re traveling in a lot of buses with the air conditioning blasting.

As this means one less liquid to pack in your carry on bag, it’s definitely an essential travel item for any trip I take.

4. WHITE NOISE MACHINE

 

No matter how comfy it is, sleepy in a different bed in a different location is never the same as sleeping in your own bed.

Using a white noise machine can help put you to sleep.

It covers up potentially weird sounds from your hotel room, and the variety of soothing sounds helps keep you asleep.

I like this compact white noise machine, which can also be hung.

I also like this one that changes color and doubles as a night light.

5. A TASSEL USB CHARGER

Ok, this is a cool travel accessory that you will absolutely love. The USB cable and cord is cleverly hidden within the leather tassel.

Just clip it to your purse or your overnight bag and it’s conveniently available whenever you need it.

No messy cords to untangle, this is one of my newest favorite items for travel.

6. MICROFIBER TRAVEL TOWEL 

This is another one of those essential travel items that have a dual purpose.

First, being microfiber, this towel will be fast drying, which is important when you’re on the move.

The one I have is barely even damp by the time I’m done drying myself off.

Plus, if you’re traveling on a budget, I find that cheap hotel rooms have the worst towels that don’t really absorb.

And since they’re so compact, they make the perfect air travel accessory since it can double as a blanket when you need it.

7. COMPRESSION BAGS

Wondering how to pack your clothes for travel? Compression bags are the way to go.

Everyone loves travel cubes these days, but compression bags are so much better.

All you do is lay your folded clothes inside, then roll up the bag to push all the air out.

You are then left with super flat clothes that take up 50% less space.

They’re great for saving space and staying organized.

Plus, they’re clear -making your airport security experience go much more smoothly than the cubes which are usually opaque.

Honestly, they’re one of the most useful things for travelling I’ve come across in a long time.

8. LUGGAGE TRACKER

Worried about lost bags? It’s an unfortunate reality that this happens, and when it happens to you it sucks. Especially when you’re starting your vacation.

Attach these smart luggage tags to your bags, and if they get lost, just activate the code on the website to start tracking.

Most bags are recovered within 24 hours.

Plus, you’ve got added security because you don’t have to write your phone number and address on your luggage tags, which is a dead giveaway that you’re not home to potential thieves.

If you’re a bit of an anxious traveler, these are definitely a must have travel item for peace of mind.

9. A LEGIT CARRY ON BAG

Another traveller essential is a high quality and trusty carry on bag.

There are tons of carry on bags out there to choose from, but I have to include the one I use on this list.

I try to fly with only a carry on when possible, and this bag has held up great.

I’ve taken it on several different airlines and have never had a problem.

It’s small enough that I use it for a weekend getaway, and big enough for packing two weeks worth of clothes. 

10. TOWEL CLIPS

Towel clips are such a travel hack!

I use these at the beach, at the all-inclusive resort and on cruises!

You can even use them at the local pool or when you’re at the pool in Vegas.

They’re perfect for saving your towel on your lounge chair, so that you don’t have to leave items like sunglasses, books or sunscreen to save your spot.

I like these fun towel clips because they come in all kinds of fun themes – flip flops, pineapples, flamingos, etc!

11. A HANGING TOILETRY BAG

This is one of those travel products that everyone needs, but no one likes to spend the money on a good one.

Well, my life changed forever when I found this bag on Amazon that hangs from a hook or a towel rack.

It’s roomy enough to carry everything you need without being bulky.

It’s perfect for when you check into your hotel and realize there’s zero counter space for your stuff.

Just hang it from a towel rack or even the shower rod and you’re good to go.

12. A MULTI-TOOL THAT’S SAFE TO FLY WITH

Pack one of these Leathermans (note – it must be PS style) into your travel bag and keep it there!

This one is TSA compliant as it doesn’t have a blade. But it does have tweezers, pliers, a nail file, etc.

It’s perfect for those small, inconvenient travel moments where a little tool would come in handy.

Fixing jewelry, removing clothing tags or when you need to get rid of a splinter.

13.INSULATED TUMBLER

For road trips, camping, the beach, a cruise, an all-inclusive resort or any kind of travel, an insulated tumbler is a must-have travel accessory.

This tumbler has an insanely high amount of 5-star ratings on Amazon and comes in 41 colors!

It also comes with 2 lids: a flip close lid and a lid with a straw. How genius is that?

These are perfect at the all inclusive resort or when you’re walking around in the Las Vegas heat – this cup keeps your drinks ICE COLD (but can also be used for hot beverages)!

14. FANNY PACK

Fanny packs are in and I am SO okay with this trend.

They’re the perfect size for carrying your essentials without being too bulky.

I also love that it stays close to my body for feeling more secure and keeps my hands free to take photos or hold a drink.

You can go hiking with them, or when you sit down at a restaurant you don’t need to set it down anywhere.

A good fanny pack has been one of my most useful items for traveling.

I love my black lululemon fanny pack. I wear it for all my Las Vegas trips (perfect for pool parties, too).

But this fanny pack comes in 18 different colors and is the perfect bag for a music festival this summer!

15. VICKS VAPOINHALER

This is so handy to have on road trips or on the airplane for instant relief from the dry air.

It’s small and super stealth to use so no one will notice.

Check out Vicks VapoInhaler here.

16. CHUB RUB ANTI-CHAFING

If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, cycling or hiking on vacation, you need this chub rub to prevent chafing!

Wear your beautiful dresses and skirts without having to worry about any thigh chafing.

Once you try it, this is the summer travel accessory you won’t ever leave home without.

Try the all natural anti chafing stick here.

17. SLIPPERS

If you’re coming back to your hotel room after a long day of walking and adventures, it’s so nice to take your shoes off.

But I never trust how clean the floors are in hotel rooms, which is why I won’t ever go bare foot and not even in my socks.

So I pack a pair of slippers to wear in the hotel room and problem solved!

These slippers have memory foam, so they’re ultra comfy for sore feet (and they come in 10 colors)!


I hope you found this list of traveler essentials to be helpful. I have to say, these are my tried and true best items for travel and they’ve never let me down.

Packing is always a pain in the you-know-what no matter how many times you do it, so I find that list like these are super helpful to make sure you’ve pack all the essential travel items you need.