11 Necessities For A Stress-Free Getaway

Whether it’s a quick road trip or a five-hour plane ride, being prepared is key. Make the journey even easier with these essentials that are designed to help take the stress out of of traveling.

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There’s no doubt about it: Traveling is fun. At least the arriving part is. On the other hand, the process of getting to your destination can take a toll on your mind and body. No matter how you’re traveling—by plane, train, or automobile—make your next trip a little easier with some of our favorite travel accessories. These pretty picks will soon become your new essentials for any trip.

This multi-tasking kit will make you feel right at home.

If you travel a lot, you’ve probably had trouble falling asleep in a hotel bed that, while fluffy, is nothing like your own. For those times, this amenity kit from Jet&Bo is a lifesaver, packed with all of the essentials you’ll need to get comfy, fall asleep, and stay asleep. With a silk eye mask, cashmere socks, and a relaxing face mist from Dermalogica—all packed in a cute leather pouch—you’ll have no trouble catching some shuteye, whether it’s on your flight or in your hotel.

This is our pick for a travel wallet you can trust.

Part of the hassle of traveling is making sure you have everything you need exactly where you need it. Whether you’re catching a connecting flight or roaming around a new city, having all of your essentials—passport, credit cards, cash, and ID—close is not just easier for you, it’s also safer. This rose gold wallet is on trend, compact, and functional. Plus, the RFID-blocking material inside protects your credit cards from anyone who might try to have a shopping spree on your dime.

For lovers of essential oils, here’s how to take them on the road.

Love aromatherapy, but hate taking a clunky diffuser and an arsenal of essential oils when you’re on the go? With this kit, you’ll never have to leave your favorites behind. The mini diffuser is the perfect size for packing in your luggage, and the pouch makes it easy to store both the diffuser and your favorite essential oils all in one place. The kit comes with bottles of lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint oils, but you can easily swap them out when they’re empty or when you want to bring different blends along.

Go minimalist with your makeup routine.

If you’re a beauty junkie, you know it can take a few different products to get a full face of makeup off at the end of the day. This becomes an especially difficult process while traveling when you either can’t or don’t want to bring along an entire vanity’s worth of products. Enter the MakeUp Eraser cloth. You just need this microfiber cloth and warm water to remove any type of makeup, all without tugging at your skin. It’ll even remove stubborn mascaras and theatrical makeup. It’s the perfect tool to have when you need to travel light, and we bet you’ll reach for it even when you’re taking your makeup off at home.

Because it’s not just what’s inside your bag that counts.

One of the most difficult parts of travel is deciding what to pack—and then following through. Add on the stress of making sure your bag makes it to your final destination and we understand why more people are opting for carry-on luggage. For longer trips though, you’ll still have the stress of wondering if your bag (and everything in it) will make it intact. This hard-side bag is not only ultra-durable to keep whatever’s inside safe, but it also comes with a TSA-approved combination lock to ensure the only person getting inside is you. With eight easy-glide wheels and a telescopic handle, it’s the ultimate piece of luggage for both you and your stuff.

Become a packing master with these simple cubes.

Arranging your suitcase can be quite the challenge: Everything in it needs to fit for travel but it also needs to be organized so you can get dressed at your destination. Sure, your luggage probably has lots of pockets and pouches to help you store everything, but they don’t always help to keep things organized in your bag. Packing cubes allow you to keep everything where you can see it so you can avoid tearing apart your whole bag to find just one thing.

It’s the list every absent-minded traveler will reach for.

Do you always seem to forget something when packing a bag, no matter how early you start planning? Don’t waste time creating your own list—this one has a space for everything you could ever need to take on a trip. All you have to do is check things off once they’re in your bag. Before you leave, stash your completed checklist in your bag to make packing everything back up at the end of your trip a little easier too.

The key to healthy travel is staying hydrated.

Hydration is always important, and it’s even more crucial when you’re flying on a plane. But it’s not always a cheap task when you consider that a $1 bottle of water can go for $10 once you get through security. Save yourself some money (and help save the environment too) by bringing along a reusable water bottle. We love S’well bottles: They’re sleek so they don’t take up too much space in your carry-on, and their triple-walled, stainless steel construction will keep your water cold down to the last drop.

It’s easier than ever to multitask with this infinity scarf.

No one likes taking a red-eye flight, but sometimes they’re a necessary evil when you have last-minute travel plans. Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on the airline to provide you with a pillow so you can get a few hours of shuteye—and what they might give you isn’t likely to make much of a difference anyway. You can take your comfort and coziness into your own hands, however, with this infinity scarf that doubles as a neck pillow. Keep yourself warm and comfy in the airport, then blow up the neck pillow inside the scarf when you need to lean back and relax.

Stash your stuff and keep your phone charged with this double-duty tote.

Bringing the right bag on a trip is crucial, especially when you’re making your way through the airport: You want something that’s big enough to hold all of your essentials and that makes it easy to find what you need at a moment’s notice. This tote is the right size for travel—and it even comes with a built-in phone charger to make plugging in convenient. The tote itself can also be reversed for a different color option and comes with card slots to make your essentials secure but accessible.

Keep a power backup so you’re always connected. 

If a tote isn’t your bag of choice while traveling, you can still make sure that your devices are properly charged no matter where you are. The Anker PowerCore portable charger is the perfect device for charging your phone, camera, or tablet on the go, and it takes up only the smallest space in your bag. Charging the device itself just one time will give you the ability to charge your phone up to seven times before you need to think about plugging it back in. Now you can put your whole trip on Instagram without batting an eye.

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