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Lea’s Travel Must-Haves

Wondering which travel must-haves are, well, a must? You’re in the right place!

For countless reasons, planning a trip (or hiring a trip planner!) can be exhilarating and rewarding. It acts as a mood booster, gives you something almost tangible to look forward to, and can even improve brain function and sleep quality.

At the same time, however, trip planning sometimes creeps over into overwhelming, especially when it comes to deciding what to pack. 

As a seasoned traveler and travel planner, lots of trial and error has taught me the importance of having the right gear. That doesn’t necessarily mean expensive or fancy, but it does mean functional and well-suited to a wide range of adventures. After all, if you’re here, there’s an excellent chance you’re the type just as likely to visit Montana as you are the beaches and islands of Croatia

Whether you're jet-setting across the globe or slipping away for a quick weekend getaway, I put together a list of my top travel must-haves to help make sure you're always prepared.

A purple portable device charger, one of the top travel must-haves

Say goodbye to both tangled cords and anxiety over a low battery! This all-in-one charger is a game-changer for any traveler, with built-in hideaway cables and an AC wall plug. Easily stay connected and power up your devices on the go, with a lightweight design and multiple options for recharging. 

A white travel adapter, an important travel must-have for international trips

Put this at the top of your travel must-haves list if you have any international trips planned. Incompatible outlets can put a damper on your trip, but this universal plug adapter ensures that you can safely charge your devices in any country (okay, technically not ANY country, but over 150!). 

A black spinner-style carry-on suitcase, one of the most practical travel must-haves

Packing efficiently is a huge key to stress-free travel, and this Samsonite Freeform spinner carry-on makes it easy. It’s one of my personal favorite travel must-haves, and I can typically pack for weeklong trips using just this. The roomy but streamlined design fits an almost shocking amount of stuff, and it’s a dream to maneuver through the airport. Plus, of course, you’ll save on checked baggage fees. 

An open black suitcase sitting on a bed, with packing cubes inside

There’s another piece to the packing puzzle: packing cubes. If you’ve never used these before, prepare to have your life changed—at least when it comes to travel! Packing cubes help you stay organized and compress everything so you can maximize space in your luggage. 

Pro tip: designate cubes for specific types of clothing to make things even easier. For example, you can keep beachwear in one and hiking clothes in another, or have separate cubes for clean and dirty clothes.

A Hawaiian-print waterproof tote bag with yellow handles

When you’re out and about on your travels (or even just at home!), it’s crucial to keep your belongings safe and dry. ALOHA’s line of stylish waterproof bags have you covered, whether you're navigating the airport on a layover, lounging on the beach, or exploring a city. As a bonus, each purchase supports this amazing woman-owned company that gives back. Win-win!

A woman wearing a hip pack posing on a beach with her arms out
You'll use a sling bag (a 'fanny pack') everywhere!

Sling or Hip Bags

Keep your valuables close (and your mind at ease!) with a sling or hip bag. Perfect for stashing your phone, wallet, passport, and a few other small essentials, these compact bags are the very definition of travel must-haves. Peace of mind without sacrificing style? We’ll take two!

Don't let unpredictable weather rain on your parade…literally! Prepare for any weather with a packable windbreaker. These lightweight, versatile jackets protect you from the elements without taking up precious space in your luggage. They even stash away in your bag and have interior pockets for keeping your most important small travel essentials close at hand.

Now that you have my list of personal these travel must-haves, you're ready to tackle your next adventure with confidence—and with style. 

At Sunny and Turquoise Travel, we specialize in handling the details so you can focus on making unforgettable memories. Figuring out what to pack is only one example, but we have many others, including custom itinerary planning. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with ANY travel-related questions. It’s easy to feel lost in this realm, especially if you don’t travel often. Happy trails!

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