The High Maintenance Traveler’s #1 travel accessory. Wipe down all the nasty surfaces you encounter through your travels. Don’t forget the hotel remote!
Ever get off a long haul flight feeling less than fresh? These are what I like to call the “Traveler’s Ho Bath”. One towel is large enough to wipe down your entire body, so you can start your adventure a little less stanky.
When I try to nap on a plane, one of my air pods inevitably falls out and bounces 3 rows back. I like using the silicon strap in this set to keep the air pods attached to one another. When one falls out of your ear, it just hangs from the strap instead of taking a journey to the galley.
FOR THE OVER PACKER
Know someone who is always transferring items from their checked luggage into their carryon because it’s over the weight limit? That friend needs the luggage scale.
I bought this for my HYPER organized husband last year and he LOVES it. Just remove the pre-packed shelves from your suitcase and hang them in the hotel closet. Unpacking done.
I have always been, and will always be, a notorious over packer. Packing cubes have been a game changer. Not only do they help fit more in your suitcase, but by compartmentalizing your belongings, your suitcase remains organized and easy to repack.
Get the most space for your money with this back pack. I’m always amazed by how much I can fit inside. My favorite feature is the suitcase style opening. You don’t have to pull everything out to retrieve your AirPods at the bottom of the bag. I use this as my personal item, and bring a roller bag as my carryon.
FOR THE PROFESSIONAL NAPPER
This is the best travel pillow on the planet. I found this on kickstarter 3 years ago, and paid a whopping $90 so I could have a shot at sleeping on a 13 hour flight to Beijing. Today it’s available on Amazon for a fraction of the price.
Despite looking like a toilet seat, it’s one of the few travel pillows I have tried that isn’t a piece of shit. There are an endless number of configurations, but I prefer mode number 3 pictured on the right. The pillow closes entirely like a regular neck pillow, and has several notches at varying degrees so you can find the perfect sleeping position.
I love this pillow so much I bought one for all my immediate family and my in-laws last Christmas. I can’t sing its praises enough!
The Trtl Pillow Plus is the latest version from the travel pillow company. Although, it’s not so much a pillow as it is a head and neck brace. It keeps you upright while you doze off so your friends can’t take those dreaded head-back, mouth-wide-open pics.
Talk about a GAME CHANGER. Especially for us vertically challenged folks. This foot rest is more like a foot hammock that hangs from your tray table.
Since I’m extra obnoxious, I actually use two of these. One for each foot. Otherwise your feet get squished together which can get uncomfortable.
No plane nap is complete without a Xanax. This case is a slick and personalized way to carry your happy pills.
FOR THE BLINGY BITCHES IN YOUR LIFE
My mom bought me this charm and matching necklace for Christmas last year, and it’s now my favorite way to show home town pride while still looking chic AF.
This is a unique way to represent your travels, and keep track of where you’ve been. They offer necklaces and key chains as the base, and then with every country you visit, you can buy another ring to add on to the collection.
APPAREL FOR THE SEASONED TRAVELER
Part Sneaker, Part Slipper. These are the perfect travel shoes, especially for long haul flights. You can easily slide them off, but the real magic is in the collapsible heel. No more contorting your body to put your shoes back on in your tiny plane seat. Just slip your tootsies right in with no fuss.
I also keep these by our front door for quick trash bag drop offs and uber eats pick ups.
Not only are these pants stylish and comfortable, but the deep pockets are big enough to hold your phone and passport so you have both hands free to eat your Cinnabon.
Extra points for the elastic waist line.
If I forget compression socks on a long haul flight, I end up looking like Professor Klump by the time I reach my destination.
Problem with most compression socks is they look like they serve a medical purpose (which they do), but that’s not my vibe. Comrad socks has solved this problem with their cute and funky designs.
These are also a great gift for your pregger friends!
This aptly named t-shirt is perfect for lounging and travel days! It’s made of super soft material, and is longer in the back so it covers your butt. My favorite errand running outfit is this t-shirt and leggings.
FOR THE FRIEND WHO’S ALWAYS LOSING HER PASSPORT
This wallet fits all your travel essentials, and also comes with a shoulder strap for a hands free day of adventure. I’m a big fan of Dagne Dover products, so check out their website to see if anything else tickles your fancy!
FOR THE HISTORY AND CULTURE NERDS
My favorite way to pass time during long commutes is by listening to books on tape. Or “Audible”, as the kids call it these days. Membership includes 1 credit per month.
Rick Steves travel guides are the best in the game. His reviews are honest, and when it comes to restaurant recommendations, he has never steered me wrong. All of his books include maps that are very helpful when you’re not getting cell service.
I will be adding more gift ideas throughout the holiday season, so check back for my travel gift inspiration!
ADDITIONS SINCE ORIGINAL POST
If you’re familiar with the Oribe hair care line, you know that their dry shampoo smells like heaven. I loved the scent so much, I would spray it in my hair instead of wearing perfume. When they released their signature scent in perfume form, I couldn’t resist. I love having it in a roller ball so I can throw it in my purse or toiletry bag without taking up too much space or worry about it spilling.
I love having a map somewhere in the house because I’m so geographically challenged. Plus, if you haven’t bragged about where you’ve been, did you even travel?