My Favorite Travel Essentials

Travel Essentials for International Trips

Have you ever had one of those nights when you fell asleep on the couch at 7PM? Then, when you woke up at 10PM feeling like you were hit by a truck, you relocated to the bed and immediately passed out? And totally neglected all of the work you had to do?

That was last night for me. So that’s why this post is going up a little later in the day than usual.

This week is Spring Break finalization week. As I write this post, I am also creating a PowerPoint presentation to send to all interested parties (because I’m a super nerd like that). My goal is to have the flights for my trip finalized today and the hotels booked by Thursday, so definitely keep an eye out for the announcement as to where I’m headed in the coming days!

What I can tell you is that it requires a flight… and a long one at that. I’m no stranger to long travels, and, over the years, I’ve come up with quite the list of travel essentials. At all price points. So get excited and throw on your awkward neck pillow.

External Charger

This is my #1 on my list of travel essentials. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been out adventuring and my phone has died. The worst.

I like to throw my mophie charger in my bag whenever I go on a trip – it’ll charge my phone 1.5x (which should be enough to get me through a day, don’t you think?). Check out all of my external charger picks (even a few cute ones!) below and to the right!

mophie ($59.95)

Pig USB power bank ($29.99)

Bracelet with built-in phone charger ($125)

Adapters & Converters

While we’re on the subject of power, I thought I’d include a few of my favorite adapters and converters. These should appear on any travel essentials list. Because it is literally zero fun to get all of the way somewhere amazing, only to have all of your gadgets short circuit. The worst.

I actually own all three of the gadgets I included, so I can honestly vouch for their ability.

International Travel Power Converter ($37.99)

World Travel Adapter and Converter ($39.95)

Universal Travel Adapter ($11.99)


You don’t need to be an expert anymore to be able to take a pretty picture (I’m proof of that!). You don’t even need to invest a ton of money.

For the past two years, I’ve used a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR camera to take almost all of my pictures. To cut down on the amount that I’m schlepping, I actually only travel with my 50mm lens (the one I use for all of my outfit photos).

Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR ($388)

Clip-On Lens Kit ($15.99)

Professional Clip-On Lens Kit ($11.98)

Cashmere Set

As prissy as it sounds, I do not travel without my cashmere set. Especially not internationally. It’s one of my top travel essentials for a reason! My set includes an eye mask, socks, a wrap, and a pouch which can turn into a pillowcase. Every trip I take with friends, they always start out gently making fun of me for my cashmere set and then within hours are insanely envious.

Because it’s awesome.

Cashmere Blend Travel Set ($195.49)

100% Cashmere Jersey Travel Set ($296.25)

Travel Steamer

Finally, and I only have one option for this one because it is honestly the best steamer I’ve ever found, a travel steamer. I’m usually traveling with at least one item that wrinkles easily, so a travel steamer is a must-have if you don’t want to spend hours in the bathroom, using your flat-iron to iron your blouse (have definitely done that).

I love this one because it’s easy to use, compact, and it actually does its job with ease. Also, using my own steamer allows me to forgo the hotel iron, which is great since I somehow still have not learned how to iron clothes.

Fabric Steamer ($24.99)

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