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5 Travel Essentials That Make Trips Way Easier


Originally published for The Inspired Home

Between work trips and family vacations, I’ve logged a lot of miles in the air and on the road this summer.  While it’s sometimes (okay, always) a bit stressful to live out of a suitcase, all that travel has gently nudged me to focus on making efficiency and comfort a priority.

I’ve constantly got my eye out for travel products that make my trips less stressful and more streamlined, so today I’m sharing some of my favorite go-tos. I brought most of these with me on my recent trip to Berlin— unfortunately my bags never made it overseas and I didn’t get to use ANY of them on my trip! But they all USUALLY make things better while I’m away from home. From a genius suitcase to travel-friendly sleep aids, here are five travel essentials I always pack to help me stay sane and healthy on the go.

Biaggi Foldable Carry-On and Cubes

I’d like to say I pack light 100 percent of the time, but that’s not always the case. Biaggi’s genius rollable luggage actually folds down to a packable size, so you always have extra space when you need it – like when you go to weigh your luggage at check-in and find out it’s waaay past the limit (face palm). Instead of panicking at the check-in counter, pull out your Biaggi and boom: You have another rolling suitcase that you can check or carry on. The folding packing cubes are clutch, too.

Rowenta Travel Steamer

I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my travel wardrobe, but having to wear wrinkled clothes every day is enough to kill anyone’s free-spirited travel vibes. The Rowenta travel steamer is lightweight, compact, and outfitted to work as both a steamer and an iron, so I can work out the kinks wherever there’s a power outlet to plug into.

This steamer/iron combo is lightweight and makes easy work of running out to dinner right after you arrive— anything wrinkled will be smoothed out in minutes.

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Crane Personal Cool Mist Travel Humidifier

Plane travel in particular can totally dry out your sinuses and leave you wide open to catching whatever that lady who’s coughing across the aisle from you has. Run this little guy while you sleep and wake up to better breathing and re-hydrated skin. It also reduces air mold and bacteria up to 99.96% – in case that Airbnb is a little less pristine in person than you were expecting it to be.

I now request a humidifier in any hotel I’m sleeping in… or I bring mine along in case they don’t have one. This one is easy to pack and easy to use… and I swear having the extra moisture in the air keeps me from getting sick on the road.

Jet lag or not, sleeping in an unfamiliar space can be tricky, especially if you’re in a big city that never sleeps (I’m looking at you, NYC). That’s why I never leave home without my super light (1/4 lb.!) The Rohm portable sound machine, which masks any night noises with three different white noise sound options and can be charged via USB.

My ride-or-die companion wherever I travel. I literally can’t sleep without it.

Herbal Concepts Organic Eye Pillow

I’ve found that the best way to relieve travel stress is to immediately make your hotel room feel like a spa, even if it’s just for five minutes. This eye pillow feels like heaven after a long travel day: Filled with natural herbs and grains that mold to your face to alleviate pressure and block light, you can chill it in the fridge or freezer before use to maximize that “aaah” experience on the go.

What are some of your favorite travel must-haves? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. 

Thank you to Lightstim for furnishing product for us to test for this post. As always, all opinions are our own, and we’re only recommending products we love!

1 comment on “5 Travel Essentials That Make Trips Way Easier”

  1. Love these ideas – I travelled overseas 5 out of the last 8 weeks and discovered and loved packing cubes – particularly when one has to move every night or two. And, as always, Neutrogena facial cleansing towelettes. continue to love you column. Hope you and the family are well.

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