Earlier this month I travelled to Rio de Janeiro with family and friends, and thought it’s well-fitting to share some of my absolute travel essentials on here.
I think I was born with the travel bug – seeing that I was only 2 months old when I took my very first flight across the world. It’s calming while at the same time stimulating to explore new places, peoples, foods, and cultures. And as I explore the world, I end up discovering new parts of my own being and somehow the world opens up even more inside of me.
On this journey, I feel we evolve more as we travel – and not just in our experiences but also on how we travel. There are some tips and tricks that can help you to make the most of your trip without being stressed about the displacement of your possessions. Because being away from home and living out of your suitcase for a couple weeks can get messy and bite off pieces of your attention from the actual enjoyment of the travel.
So here are 5 travel essentials I’ve come to embrace that have eased my travel experiences and helped me to enjoy my time away from home:
1. Toiletries Bag with a Shower Hook
Most of us do carry a specific bag for our toiletries and personal items to use at our destination, but to have one with a hook is incredibly helpful. In the past I owned one of these where the hook is attached to the entire bag but the one I have currently has a removable section where the hook is attached. These are so helpful for carrying your shower needs such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
I found this to be so time-saving because you don’t need to “unpack” your toiletries and “repack” them every single time. It turns out to be really handy if you’re sharing the bathroom with multiple people or when you’re out camping.
2. TSA-Approved Quart Size Bag
For years I have used either plastic ziplock bags or the plastic bags given at the airport to store all my carry-on liquids. It was efficient and no hassle, but after the travel I would thrash the bag and use another one for the next trip. Such a waste of a whole lot of plastic…
So, in trying to be more sustainable and eliminate single-use plastics while at the same time complying to the TSA or airline regulations of carrying all liquids and gels in a clear quart size bag, I purchased this reusable one from Amazon. It’s the right dimensions according to the regulations and easy to clean and reuse for every trip. I also like that it is structured because it prevents the liquids and gels from bursting or just moving around too much compared to the ziplock baggies.
3. Silicone Tubes
Toiletries. This is probably the one thing that has evolved the most in my personal travel journey. I used to purchase travel-sized shampoos, facial cleansers, toothpaste – basically everything travel-sized. And even though they are inexpensive, to purchase all of them for every trip can add up to good amount of money, and not to mention can be such a pain to buy every time.
So then I tried using travel-sized reusable plastic bottles that can usually can be found at the dollar store. You can add in your own products into the bottles rather than carrying the full-size. But I learned through experience that they are not very easy to squeeze out the gels or even to clean them.
Finally, I found a set of silicone tubes that are travel-sized (2 oz) and user-friendly! The silicone material helps to squeeze out the gels very easily. And the lid can be unscrewed completely to clean the inside. The tubes are good quality that can last many years and are leak-proof. The different colours help to remember which product is in which tube.
4. Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are all the rage these days! I found them to be very helpful when I was moving countries because they tend to carry a large quantity of clothes while minimizing the space in your luggage. But to be honest, I don’t use all of them all the time. For vacations and regular travels, I tend to carry only one packing cube for delicate clothing items or swim-ware. The rest, I will roll up and put directly in my luggage. But I have to say, they are very helpful for longer travels.
Packing cubes can be pricy but I purchased mine at the dollar store in Canada for about $2 each. It’s not “high-quality” but it’s fairly good and gets the job done. No complains. The mesh netting allows the clothes to breathe.
5. Neck Pillow with a Snap Closure
If you’re going on a long-haul flight or road trip, it’s good to have a neck pillow handy. Traveling can be uncomfortable and can determine your mood upon arrival, so it’s good to do the little things that can make you feel as comfortable as possible on your journey. A neck pillow with a snap closure is very helpful because you can fasten it onto your carry-on, back pack, or purse. Keeps you hands-free and saves space in your actual carry-on bag.
Hope this post benefits you in some way and makes your next travel experience even more relaxing while keeping your packing efficient! Keep exploring and wandering!
Peace & Love ❤