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What are your must-have travel items
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There are some things you just can’t leave behind when you travel. Whether it’s a fifteen-hour flight from San Francisco to Sydney or a quick car ride out to your favorite camping site, there are travel necessities that always find a way into your suitcase or backpack. So what are your must-have travel items? We asked around and came up with a list of the essentials.

Packing Cubes

You’re one of those people who tends to overpack. You think of everything, and unfortunately for you, that means everything has to fit in your bag. Placing your gear in these small separate cubes maximizes space and makes it easy to find what you’re looking for in seconds.

Hang Up Toiletry Bag

Toiletries are essentials, so treat them as such. A hang-up bag keeps all your bathroom necessities organized. The hang-up feature makes it easy to access in a hotel room bathroom and keeps your stuff clean and off the ground when you hang the bag outside your tent while camping.

Noise Canceling Headphones

This is universal. No matter how you travel or where, there will always be something that you don’t want to listen to — people, the bus driver’s music choice, you name it. Solid headphones can be life-savers.

Small Notebook

Good travelers write stuff down. Whether it’s your hotel address, a few Spanish phrases, or general notes about day-to-day events and observations, notebooks can keep you organized and allow you to capture your travel experiences. Looking through an old travel notebook can bring back travel memories down the road.

Travel Size Contact Solution

This is specific to glasses/contact lens people, but there is nothing worse than sleeping through a flight with your contacts in, waking up upon arrival and being blind for the rest of the day. Have contact solution and a case at the ready.

Travel Bottles

Whether it’s shampoo, conditioner or any other liquid that has to make the trip, save yourself from bringing the full bottle and opt for smaller plastic travel bottles. You’ll save space and you’ll keep your hair in good shape. What a combo.

Travel Lock

How do you keep all these necessities safe? Use a coded (or key) travel lock to make sure not just anyone can go sifting through your bag.

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