These Are Our Editors' Must-Have Items for Traveling

Our travel experts recommend the best items to bring on a flight, backpacking trip or city excursion.

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April 18, 2019

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Anker Portable Charger

"It's bad, I know, but I constantly text, take photos and use Instagram and navigation when I travel, which drains my battery really fast. This charger is a must-have. It can fully charge my phone three times before it needs to be plugged in and charged." - Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

Buy It: Walmart, $39.99

Medical Masks

"Recycled air = recycled germs. 😷 I love to fly with a medical mask because I’m less likely to come down with a cold after a flight... Plus, no chatty seatmate!" - Laura Susong, Social Media Editor

Buy It: Amazon, $9.99 for 50


"I’m not about that checked bag life at all, so the Pack Gear backpack organizer allows me to only bring a carry-on wherever I travel. I can fit 15-20 items of clothing as well as my toiletries and underthings in this organizer, and it all fits securely in a 30L capacity backpack!" - Ashlyn Kittrell, Newsletter Editor

Buy It: Amazon, $44.99

Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle

"I first found out about collapsible water bottles when I was producing a video series about packing light. Who knew these things existed!? Once I saw this one, I was totally hooked: It's perfectly packable and saves me from purchasing bottled water on the go." - Liz Gray, Producer

Buy It: Amazon, $25.95

(re)zip Reusable Storage Bag

"I never leave home without packing my reusable storage bags, I especially love them for my makeup/skincare and travel snacks. The best part? They are eco-friendly!" - Danielle Boaz, Production Coordinator

Buy It: Target, $19.99 for five

Mesh Laundry Bag

"These laundry bags make pre-sorting your clothes a breeze, not to mention the smallest bag is the perfect size for dryer sheets - the secret to fresh-smelling laundry all trip long. Just throw the clothing-filled-bags in the wash upon your return, and the travel withdrawals you’re experiencing won’t seem nearly as bad." - Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

Buy It: Amazon, $7.99 for five

Mini USB Humidifier

"Okay, I’ll admit that whipping out a portable humidifier on a plane feels a little extra... but the benefits are worth a little side-eye from your seatmate. This pocket-sized humidifier helps you stay hydrated on planes and in hotel rooms, and all you need is a glass of water (or a water bottle!) and USB plug." - Marianne Canada, Executive Producer

Buy It: Amazon, $19.98


"I chose this item because it's different from most neck pillows; it provides way more support than the standard ones, and it's not too tight around the neck. Plus, the hood makes it easier to fall asleep!" - Gabriela Hardan, Production Assistant

Buy It: Amazon, $24.95

Scrubba Wash Bag

"I love this product because it allows me to pack light and do laundry as needed while traveling. It also doubles as a dry bag for days at the beach or on the water!" - Alisha Bube, Designer

Buy It: Amazon, $49.95

LaCie Rugged Portable Drive

"I always have this hard drive with me because I take a lot of videos and photos when I’m traveling. If my hard drive is ever dropped or splashed with water, I like to know that my photos and videos will be safe." - Brock Zych, Digital Video Producer

Buy It: Amazon, $159.94