After traveling for the last three years, I have come up with some essential items I can’t travel without. I know some things do not work for everybody, but definitely there are many things you will be able to use and make part of your trips. Today, I decided to share some of them to make travel easier to many of you. I must confess that I am a very paranoid traveler, and most of the things you will see are definitely, considering my own safety. These are my essential travel accessories:
1. Duffel carry-on bag
I was lucky to find an H&M on my first trip that actually had a bag like this one. After three years is becoming a little ugly, but have come with me to so many places without leaving me alone. This will always go with me inside the plane with the things I tend to need the most.
Find a similar one here.
2. Solid Bar Shampoos and Conditioners
Since I discovered the bar shampoos and conditioners I am not going back. I used to carry so many liquids that I always ended up in arguing with airport security. Making sure I have a liquid or gel less in my bag and that it will actually do the same has become a relief. I also discovered recently the solid toothpaste and Im in love with it as well. So, my biggest tip is: the most liquids you can replace with solids, the better!
Find it here.
3. Pocket Scarf
This has become my favorite travel item. I discovered it a few years ago thanks to Buzzfeed and it was love at first sight. Luckily, Bethany at Speakeasy made this one tailor made for me (the one I actually wanted was sold out!) I can’t wait to get another one.
This has definitely saved my life in so many ways. In really big cities such as Rome, Paris or Barcelona, I would use this instead of carrying a purse. I totally believe that is one of the best mechanisms I have found to avoid getting robbed.
Find a similar one here.
4. Shower Gels and Splashes
As I mentioned before, I would avoid carrying many liquids. These are my essential liquids and gels (after water!) I prefer using shower gel than a bar, and I definitely need a mist and a body lotion. As you know, airport security ask you to have your liquids in a small bag, and that is the actual measure of liquid you can have. This is exactly the measure of that small bag.
Find a kit that includes shower gel, body lotion and mist here.
5. Hand Sanitizer
Because not everywhere you might find soap and just because, sometimes you need to smell good in some situations. I will most definitely use this in many airplanes for no particular reason. I just got used to use some hand sanitizer sometimes!
Find a hand sanitizer here.
6. Oil extract perfume
This one has a story of its own and it might be a shopping tip if you come to Puerto Rico. In almost every shopping center here in Puerto Rico you can find those little oils roll on in kiosks. Name the famous fragrance, and you’ll find it: Escada, Chanel, Juicy Couture, they’ll have it! These oils here in Puerto Rico costs $10 if you buy them individually and $25 if you buy three. The good thing about this is the size (they still fit in that little liquid bag!) and that they last the whole day! If you have any travel date during those days (LOL!) these are definitely for you!
Find an oil extract perfume here.
7. Make Up Basics
I definitely need to carry some make up while traveling. Make up has become an important part of my traveling routine, even though I actually don’t use that much back home. I try to keep it the most basic: some powder, blush, eye liner and change lipstick color the most I can. I have my loved items but definitely, I am sure that a basic pallete would make good for a daily basis.
Find a basic pallete that fit any bag here.
8. Make Up Removal Wipes
If you’re using make up, definitely these will make it! Most of the time, they also work on stains you get in your clothes as well, so there you have another use to keep them always with you.
Find make up removal wipes here.
9. More Zippers
As I said before, I am paranoid of getting robbed. I discovered that as long as I have my cellphone and my money the safest I can from pickpockets, the less anxious I feel. I will always go around airports with a zipper pocket hoodie, because over there I put my earrings, bracelets and other small valuables while Im going through the security checkpoint. Once I’m in the gate then I can put everything on. When I need to go around with my cellphone on countries that are not too safe, I definitely prefer underwear with zippers. There is when these zippered panties and the travel bra comes. I’ve used them both and definitely, are some of the smartest buys I have ever done.
If you are as anxious with your security like me, consider one (or all) of these.
Find a pocket zipper hoodie here. Need a zipper panty? Find them here. The Travel Bras can be found here.
Is it true that there is people who does not need at least some pages of a book in a plane? I surely need some. When I travel, I need at least three books or maybe a few more on my tablet. I have realized that books are a fundamental part of any trip. Sometimes I can even recall of places because of book lines or vice versa. Reading a book while traveling is almost an inception, because you’re traveling to another world while traveling.
Soon I will make some suggestions about books in another post dedicated to that. Which are your favorite books to travel?
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