25 Best Travel Products Used by Travel Bloggers

Dave and I focus on outdoor landscape and wildlife photography when we travel. There is essential travel gear, hiking gear and camera equipment we use for our trips. 

But what about products for the many other ways people travel? We asked other travel bloggers to help us compile a list of the best travel products to help you prepare for your next vacation.

25 Best Travel Products

Sun Protection

Mary Kay CC Cream with SunscreenMary Kay Sunscreen spf 50       Mary Kay Sun Care Lip Protector Sunscreen

Wearing makeup is not something I can do when outdoors getting sweaty and dirty. I love this Mary Kay CC Cream with sunscreen. It gives me a bit of color like foundation AND protects my face from the sun!

Sunscreen is a MUST, but we can’t have strong scents when out photographing wildlife. The sunscreen by Mary Kay provides spf 50 protection without the typical strong smell you get with other products.

We use Mary Kay lip protector sunscreen to keep our lips hydrated and protected while outdoors.

Facial Cleansing Cloths

Mary Kay Facial Cleansing Cloths

After a day of adventure outdoors, it’s important to wash the daily grime (and makeup or sunscreen) off my face. The Mary Kay facial cleansing cloths are wonderful for travelers. They are dry cloths that are easy to pack and use. Simply wet the cloth with water, rub together to lather, cleanse face, rinse and dispose. That’s it!

Buff Headband

Dave and I use buff headwear – it’s versatile, dries quickly, wicks away moisture, resists wind and odor, and can be worn 12 different ways. I use it as a headband to keep my hair out of my face. I also wear it over my ears and around my neck when it’s cold or to protect those areas from annoying biting bugs. Dave wears his as a cap on his head and around his neck to protect those areas from the sun and bugs as well.

Rosalie from Rosalie Goes shares:

Mini Tangle Teezer

Tangle Teezer Compact pink

If you haven’t tried these out yet, they’re magic. I pack a mini Tangle Teezer on every trip I go on, regardless of whether it’s a short city break or month long trek through the wilderness. I love that I can use it on both wet and dry hair, and that it’s very easily cleaned. The miniature version is also great to throw in your purse or backpack for days when you don’t want to waste precious travel time going home to put yourself together again.

Metal Water Bottle

S'well metal water bottle blue

For me, having a reusable water bottle is absolutely essential, especially on any trips involving air travel. Besides keeping you hydrated, they can also act as a thermos for tea or soups on long hikes. I personally like the S’well metal water bottles for their size, durability, and temperature regulation.

Collapsible Travel Bag

Collapsible Travel Tote Bag

I always travel with an extra collapsible travel bag. Make sure to choose one that’s lightweight and fold able, but also durable enough to tote act as a backup luggage. My bag of choice is the Longchamp Le Pilage in black- which was durable enough to get me through high school and university without showing any wear and tear! Besides being just stylish enough to wear to nicer venues or events, it’s also water resistant, so anything you pack inside will be protected from rain or spills. It’s also discreet looking, so won’t bring any extra attention to yourself as a tourist like a rucksack.

Liza from Tripsget shares:

Makeup

Mary Kay compact make up kit

When it comes to travelling, I can travel on the light, but there are some specific products that I always take with me. I’m obsessed with photos and videos, so I always take my small travel-size make-up palette  to look good in the photos.

Selfie Stick

Selfie stick

I also use a selfie stick, which can act like a monopod, for the photos and videos I take as I travel.

Earplugs

earplugs

I can’t go anywhere without my earplugs. I kept forgetting them for a while and that resulted in countless sleepless nights, so I’m trying not to make the same mistake again and again.

Rain Jacket

Yellow Rain Jacket

Finally, the third favorite travel product is my waterproof yellow rain coat, which saved me during my trips to Ireland, Balkans, the Isle of Skye and even Russia. No need to carry a bulky umbrella with me (and forget it everywhere).

Tania from Azure Sky Follows shares:

Mosquito Repellent

Natural bug spray mosquito repellent

I generally travel in tropical regions. Monsoon happens to be the best time to enjoy the tropical greenery. Since I love hiking, I often find myself walking on trails under heavy monsoon downpour. The most disgusting part about travelling in this way is the mosquitoes that I need to handle. So, I whip myself up with mosquito repellent cream. I can’t imagine going outside without wearing it.

Sunglasses

Ray Bay polarized sunglasses

I can’t stand those direct sun rays on my eyes. When venturing on snow, I can’t imagine going outdoors without putting my sunglasses on. The whiteness all around and the reflecting sun rays blind me. I use Ray Ban sunglasses.

Amazon Kindle or Fire Tablet

Amazon Fire Tablet

I am a compulsive reader and my Kindle e-reader is a lifesaver so I don’t get bored. All those monotonous moments in airports and airplanes are made bearable and interesting when I read my kindle. I use the travelling time to read up guides of the places I will be visiting. *This is Jamie – if you want to enjoy movies, TV shows, songs, apps and games in addition to Kindle eBooks, then try the Fire Tablet.

Matilda from The Travel Sisters shares:

Insulated Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen water bottle

One of my favorite travel products I never leave home without is my Klean Kanteen insulated water bottle. Packing a reusable water bottle saves me from having to constantly buy bottles of water while traveling and it keeps my water cold all day.

Packing Cubes

Travel Packing Cubes teal

Travel packing cubes are a must-have travel item for me because they keep me organized.  It’s so much easier to pull out a packing cube and grab an item than dig through everything in my luggage. *Jamie chiming in here – this is one of our favorite travel gear items as well!

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer travel size

I always bring hand sanitizer with me when I travel –useful on dirty planes when there is no soap or water.  

Matilda shares 51 Best Gifts for Travelers for even more ideas!

Priya from Glorious Sunrise shares:

The top must-have items I definitely take on all my travels are my trusted backpack, passport holder and wet wipes.

Travel Laptop Backpack

Travel Laptop Backpack

My backpack has a laptop partition along with the regular pockets. It is really convenient for packing my must-haves on any trip. I pack two days’ worth of clothes, toiletry kit, a book and my laptop in my backpack.

Passport Holder

Passport holder

A passport holder helps me keep my travel documents safe and in one place. I always carry it on myself.

Wet Wipes

Wet Ones antibacterial wipes

Wet wipes are a must for me as I keep wiping any surfaces I might touch for a long time in my travels.

This is Jamie – we reference the importance to Fight Germs on an airplane by sanitizing surfaces. Read 6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling.

Georgina from Georgina Does shares:

Multi Plug Adapter

Multi Plug Travel Adapter

Since arriving in Asia, there are two specific things that I have found super useful. The first thing is a double plug adapter. You only need one socket to plug it in, but it has two USB outlets so I can charge a couple of things at once which is great.

Local Sim Card

Sim cards for travel

The second thing is a local sim! Whilst everyone else was scrambling for wifi in Kuala Lumpur, I had spent £4 on a local sim card which gave me almost twice as much data as I got from my £60 package back home!

Candy and Crystal from Travel Pockets share:

Cell Phone Purse

Bandolier case for iPhone    cross body cell phone purse wallet

I’ve had this Bandolier iPhone accessory for over two years now and I can’t live without it. I never drop or lose my phone anymore. It’s also stylish and holds several credit cards. *This is Jamie – we also recommend these cross body cell phone bags if you have other brands of cell phones.

Skyroam

Skjyroam mobile hotspot

For all of my international trips, I now take my handy personal Skyroam wifi hotspot. This year I have already used it in Costa Rica, Bali, and Thailand. It worked like a charm even in remote areas! Having reliable connection is a must for me on my travels.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil for travel

I love traveling, but I am not a big fan of flying. To help calm my nerves, I always roll on some lavender oil as I’m boarding my flight. Lavender oil is useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.

TRAVEL TIPS:

Having the right gear can make or break your trip. Our TRAVEL GEAR Pinterest board includes travel tear guides, comparisons of travel gear, hiking gear, backpacking gear, camping gear, packing gear, the best suitcases, packing checklists, and much more to help your trip go smoothly. Save this to your travel planning boards and share with your friends!

Are you looking for essential travel items for your next trip? Check out this list of 25 travel products recommended by frequent travelers. It includes everything from beauty products, to adapters, to bags, and much more. You’ll be sure to find travel gear that will make your future travels so much easier. Don’t forget to save these awesome travel products to your travel board so you can find them later.

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Nice list! I need to get a lavender roll-on too. It smells so good when my friend was using it during our road-trip!

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The roll-on was new to me as well. I’m getting one for myself!

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Great list. I did a check and I could see I only miss two items. Rain jacket is definitely on my list to buy. Instead of kindle, I prefer a book always. Organized packing helps to enjoy the trip all the more.

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There is never an electrical issue with a real book right!?

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So many products! Some of these I definitely have to pack but some I don’t even think about, so thank you for sharing!

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Super informative – its given me and idea of a few packing essentials that I don’t own, like a headband! Totally agree about lavender oil, it’s just sooo calming. Great post.

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Great tips here! I never travel without a scarf that can double up as a blanket on the plane, something to keep me warm on chilly evenings and a cover up on the beach!

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I love this list! There are some products that I definitely can’t do without and others I’ll definitely give a try.

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There are some products in here (like sunglasses, earplugs, sun protection, wipes and an insulated water bottle) that I definitely can’t travel without either but you’ve also introduced me to some great new things! That Buff headband looks awesome – I love products which are practical, versatile and look good when I’m travelling.

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I love the buff headband. I was excited to team up with other travel bloggers who travel different ways and places. I’ve added new things to my list now too!

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Ooh this s a great list! I’m actually prepping for a long trip coming up in December and I’ve looked at some of these – Skyroam in particular is something I’m super interested in. Did you find you had any problems with connection at all?

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It’s a great list! As full time travellers ourselves, many of these are already on our packing list! Earplugs are pretty near the top!

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What an informative write up! Lovely gears and very helpful. Cannot do without my Travel essentials 🙂

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Love this list! pinned it for my next international trip bc i want to rememebr that wifi and sim card… i need to get a selfie stick. I think its finally time!

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I love my Joby Gorillapod – it’s a tripod and I use it as a monopod/selfie stick too.

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I can’t live without packing cubes! They help to keep my clothes organized. I will need to check out Skyroam as I will be traveling to Costa Rica soon!

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Packing cubes are the best for my OCD keeping us organized while we travel.

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I love the buff headwear too, it works well in the heat and cold weather. I’m going to travel with packing cubes for the first time this fall, I’ve heard good things about them. Wonderful products.

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Buffs are the best! We LOVE our packing cubes – so versatile and keeps us organized. Hope you like them!

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It’s been 10 years that I have been traveling extensively. Being a guy, I don’t need some of the things listed here. Though water bottle, multi plug adapter are a must for me. Off late I have been thinking of carrying packing cubes as well. Looks like an innovative and useful product.

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The list is a bit geared toward the female traveler. I HIGHLY recommend packing cubes!!

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I have to say Packing cubes are by far my favorite travel item. It has been a life changer for me and something I also recommend to everyone. I really like the idea of lavender oils. That is something I will incorporate on longer flights I think it will help relax me so I can sleep better. Also the ear plugs that way I can ignore my children – just kidding. Great suggestions.

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Earplugs to ignore the kids… love it. I want to start trying the lavender oils too.

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List of these 25 travel essentials is very useful to fully enjoy traveling. I was not knowing about Lavendar oil that it soothes the nerves and now I will include this too in my travel case. Headband is also useful during dusty and windy weather. Will save your post for future reference.

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I love the Buff headband – it’s so versatile!

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All 25 items are really very useful for enjoy traveling. Lavendar oil to soothe nerves is new for me and I would love to include it in my travel case. Headband is also very useful sometimes during dusty and windy weather. Will save your post for future reference.

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This is a great and comprehensive list! I can’t travel anywhere without a pair of bright sunglasses. It’s like they’re attached to my head! I think along with the earplugs, I’d add an eye mask. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used mine on road trips or while staying in hostels. Amazing!

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Yes, eye masks are wonderful in many situations. Thanks for adding that tip!

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That’s an impressive and very useful collection of products.
Collapsible travel bag, that tiny travel makeup palette, hand sanitizer etc are very very useful in travel. Wet wipes are multi functional that can be used as makeup removers to toilet seat cleaners!!!
One more indispensable item for me is the FUD – Female Urination Device!

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I agree about the FUD – I use pee pockets and take them everywhere!

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I’d actually love to get a cellphone purse, they look so handy! I agree with everything you’ve put on this list, and it reminds me, I need to get a good rain jacket for Ireland! I’ve not heard of Mary Kay products before, but will certainly look it up now!

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Ireland, how exciting! And yes, you’ll need a good rain jacket for that trip!

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