25 Best Travel Products to Pack for Your Next Trip

One of the best travel packing tips is to only take with you the essential gear for the destination you will visit.

This list of best travel products will help you decide which items are best for you to pack for your next vacation.

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We asked travel bloggers to share their must-have travel gear. Here’s a list of travel products they recommend.

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Seasoned travelers share the products they use and recommend to help you know what to pack for your next vacation.

Sun Protection for Travel

Neutrogena sunscreen

Sunscreen is a MUST PACK travel item. We recommend Neutrogena spf 45 protection because it doesn’t have the typical strong smell you get with other products.

Lip balm with sunscreen is also an essential travel product to keep lips hydrated and protected while outdoors.

Facial Cleansing Cloths

facial cleansing wipes

After a day of adventure outdoors, it’s important to wash the daily grime (and makeup or sunscreen) off my face. Facial cleansing towelettes gently cleanse and tone your skin while removing pore-clogging dirt, oil, and make up.

Buff Headband

buff headwear

→ Our must-have travel accessory is buff headwear to protect us from the weather and insects. The headbands are versatile, dry quickly, wick away moisture, resist 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.

Mini Tangle Teezer

Tangle Teezer Compact pink

Rosalie from Rosalie Goes shares: 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 a useful travel product 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, the best item is a reusable water bottle. It’s 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.


Mary Kay compact make up kit

Liza from Tripsget shares her 3 favorite products: 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

selfie stick is an important travel gadget for me. It can act like a monopod for the photos and videos I take as I travel.



I can’t go anywhere without my earplugs. Don’t forget to pack this must-have travel product. 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).

Mosquito Repellent

Natural bug spray mosquito repellent

Tania from Azure Sky Follows shares her recommended products: 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. Packing mosquito repellent is an essential travel item for me. I can’t imagine going outside without wearing it.


Ray Bay polarized sunglasses

Sunglasses are an important travel accessory because I can’t stand 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.

Amazon Tablets

Amazon Fire Tablet

I am a compulsive reader and my Amazon tablet 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 or tablet. I use the travelling time to read up guides of the places I will be visiting. A tablet is a great travel gadget if you want to enjoy movies, TV shows, songs, apps and games in addition to Kindle eBooks.

Insulated Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen water bottle

Matilda from The Travel Sisters shares the travel items she likes: 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!

Travel Laptop Backpack

Travel Laptop Backpack

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. 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.

Multi Plug Adapter

Multi Plug Travel Adapter

Georgina from Georgina Does shares: Since arriving in Asia, there are two specific travel products that I have found super useful. The first item 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 item 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!

Cell Phone Purse

Bandolier case for iPhone

Candy and Crystal from Travel Pockets share: I’ve had a 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.

 Cross body cell phone bags are also good travel products if you have other brands of cell phones.


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.

Personal Item Bag

pac safe personal item travel bag

Allison from Eternal Arrival shares: Did you know the best way to avoid carry-on baggage restrictions is to use a personal item bag? You’ll need to find the perfect personal item bag that will hold everything you need during the flight, and it must also fit under the seat.

To be practical, the best personal item bag will be used on and off the plane. I use my bag as a travel daypack each day so it must be secure, comfortable and look good.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

    1. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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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