Traveling, for many in the U.S. at least, is very much back in swing. Seventy-eight percent of Americans indicated that they plan to take a trip in 2021 to relieve stress from 2020, according to American Express’ global travel trends report. And we’re already seeing that happening—airports saw a surge of flyers over Memorial Day weekend, and the summer is full of planned trips, as the CDC eases travel restrictions due to increased Covid-19 vaccination numbers.
But are you ready to hit the open road (or plane tarmac) again? Like many things in our lives, it’s time for a reset, which may include some new travel essentials. Here, some of the best things to get set for your upcoming travel plans.
Your new travel essentials packing list
It’s time to treat yourself to a carry-on that’s both dependable and sleek. This one by Paravel comes in five colors and is eco-friendly, as it’s carbon neutral—meaning that they offset all emissions coming from sourcing, assembly, shipping, and final delivery. Wheeling it around is a win for you, and a win for the environment.
When I tell you I’ve had my Lo & Sons bag for years and years and years, and it’s held up for many a flight, gym run, and office schlep—it’s true. This bag is well worth the price tag because it’s going to stick with you. Coming in a slew of different fabric colors paired with different hardware colors, this bag has it all—organization for everything (including shoes and a laptop), a pass-through sleeve that lets you slide it over your suitcase handle, and durable materials.
This jacket is the jack-of-all-trades: It is thin but with long-lasting insulation that’ll keep you cozy (even when wet), six pockets (!!!) for gloves, headphones, and anything else you might need, and it even folds up into an internal pocket that transforms it into a travel pillow. Keep it in your carry-on for easy access.
Chic shower caps exist, and they are the lifesaver you didn’t know you needed. Keep this in your bag at all times for those days when you don’t want (or need) to wash your hair while you’re on vacation. The best part is that it’s breathable, antibacterial, and machine washable with a grip that won’t slip.
A silk eye mask is a little luxury that’ll elevate any sleep time at a hotel, Airbnb, or your sister’s place on her uncomfortable pull-out sofa. Use it to block out light when you want to get some Zzzs, and your body will thank you for the REM cycles.
A utilitarian godsend, stuff it with your favorite travel-sized toiletries, place in bag, and never have to think about whether you’re flying TSA-compliant again. (Pro tip for the frequent traveler: Pack both, but leave one at home, and swap them out each time you travel. That way, you can keep cleaning and refilling with product as you run out.)
There is absolutely nothing more frustrating then when you’re supposed to sleep on a long flight and simply can’t, or when you land and need to sleep but your internal clock says “nah, not at this time.” Take one tablet of this—formulated with melatonin and B6—and in 20 minutes your body will say, “okay, sure, we can sleep,” without feeling super groggy.
This refillable little wonder is the perfect eco-friendly (and space-friendly) solution to taking your skin care on the go. Fill the little holders with all your lotions, serums, and creams and the bendable bottom of each lets you get out every last drop. This way, you can ditch the plastic mini bottles, stop buying travel-sized items, and still be able to use your favorite at-home, full-size products on the go. Easy peasy.