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A 17-item travel essentials checklist

Get down to brass tacks and pack what’s really necessary on your next adventure with our travel essentials checklist

Written by
Jasmine Dilmanian

Does your old packing list need an overhaul? We’re happy to help. When packing for a holiday whether big or small, it’s hard to know where to begin. Between taking care of yourself and your belongings, the checklist items might seem endless. Passport, travel pillow, pint-sized toiletries, sunnies… Keep the confusion at bay with our top tips: we’ve rounded up a list of 17 absolutely essential and really awesome items that will help you stay organized, on the grid, clean, safe and entertained on your travels. From luggage to laundry bags, we’ve searched high and low to find the travel mainstays that will make your voyage all the more pleasant year after year. So all you have to decide, is where to?

Stylish travel essentials for your next getaway


The Trtl neck “pillow” is one of those rare travel finds that won’t leave your carry-on. Part-scarf, part-neck rest, this is the sleek and lightweight answer to bulky neck pillows.

$29.99 on

Wash ‘n go

All of your hair and skin must-haves are taken care of in this pretty rainbow Essential Kit from Malin + Goetz. From cleanser to moisturizer, this one has got you covered.

$32 on

About face

Whether you’re hitting the slopes or headed for the sand, your face should be shielded from the sun. This TSA-friendly SPF 50 stick from Bare Republic will do the trick.

$9.99 at

Making waves

Bose is the name in sound. Skip the clunky larger over-ear versions and take on these lightweight lifesavers for some awesome sounds to get you through any long journey, or a day at the beach.

$249 at

Over the shoulder

Pragmatism meets style in this duffel bag with a chambray accent pocket from Herschel Supply Co. This one is made from sturdy canvas and will serve you well from a camp site to a five-star hotel.

$65 on


Lebon French toothpaste is compact, organic, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and has a tube that’s easy on the eyes. Add it to your packing list, stat!

$12 on


Jao makes the best-smelling and softest-feeling hand sanitizer on the market. This multitasking spray is made with lavender and essential oils – a far cry from the rubbing alcohol scent you’re used to.

$10 on

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