Travel Like a Pro: 10 Surprising Travel Items

During my backpacking trip last year, I definitely missed out on some things that would’ve made my travels easier. There are for sure some things that everyone that travels know about, but I’ve put together a list of 10 items that I didn’t know about at first!

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1. Carabiners

Carabiners were so helpful to me during my backpacking trip in Mexico and Guatemala. I attached them to my backpack and was able to bring more stuff thanks to it! For example, I often attached my walking shoes or my bikini if it wasn’t dry by the time I had to pack up.

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2. MakeUp Eraser Towel

I have used these for YEARS and I will literally never go back to “normal” liquid makeup remover. I first got them as a gift from my host mom during my exchange year in Michigan, and it changed everything. You just soak it in warm water and use it on your face and your makeup comes off! It’s perfect to bring on your travels as it doesn’t take up any space, and can be used so many times.

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3. Laundry Detergent Strips

These travel laundry detergent strips are eco-friendly and an item I wish I would’ve known about before! Instead of bringing heavy detergent or leaking liquid, you can bring this lightweight strips that you can use for both machine and hand wash!

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4. Mini Travel Perfume Bottle

I love these bottles since it gives me an option to bringing the whole perfume bottle! These are the size of a lipstick and are easily refillable, therefore perfect to bring in your luggage.

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5. RFID Wallet

Whether you’re traveling in your own country or international, this is something everyone should have. An RFID Blocking Wallet protects your cards to keep your identity and information safe – a travel-must-have in other words.

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6. Foldable waterbottle

Do I even have to say anything about this foldable waterbottle? It’s a neccessity for traveling since it doesn’t take up any space, and keeps you from having to buy new plastic water bottles from the store all the time!

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7. Shampoo Bar

During my 5 month backpacking trip I appreciated a shampoo bar so much since it’s so small. That meant I didn’t have to bring a big bottle of shampoo which gave me more space in my luggage for other things! This one bar is equivalent to three bottles – amazing for both you and the planet!

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8. Universal Travel Adapter

It’s so easy to forget an adapter when traveling. This universal travel adapter will save you a lot of money, because you will find the outlet you need no matter where you are!

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9. Memory Foam Neck Pillow

I will always recommend this neck pillow for traveling! Why is it surprising, you might wonder. Well, the memory foam is removable as there is a zipper on the back of the pillow, and this is my secret travel hack: take it out and put socks and underwear in it. Putting stuff in it is a lifesaver for when you’re lacking space in your luggage, and still makes the neck pillow comfy!

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10. Hanging toiletry bag

This might not seem like the most surprising travel item – however, the jewelry organizer compartment is the cherry on top! It surprised me that I no longer have to put all my jewelry in a small bag inside one of the compartments on the inside, instead I can keep them organized in their separate compartment! A must-have when traveling.

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I hope this list helped you because some of my favorite travel items are on it and has definitely made my travels easier. Comment below if you know of other surprising travel items!

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