Must-Have Items to Make Travel Easy

by Megan Beauchamp ; Updated September 28, 2017

You've booked your flight, arranged your accommodations, and scoped out the best restaurants on Yelp. Now, the big question is, what do you pack? Of course, this depends on where you're going and how you're getting there. Whether you're taking a trip to a tropical island, jet setting to a metropolitan city, or hitting the road, we've got a few tips to help making the packing process simpler, no matter your destination.

For the Beach Goer

What's better than lounging on the beach with a great book? Whether you're heading to a local beach for a weekend getaway or splurging on a week-long tropical vacation, get back to basics to make the packing process headache free. Just add sun, water, and the cocktail of your choice.

1. Wide-brimmed hat 2. Tinted lip balm with SPF 3. Swimsuit 4. Great beach read (or this, if you're a techie) 5. Water bottle 6. Comfortable sandals 7. Sunscreen

For the City Explorer

If your itinerary includes museum hopping and sightseeing, pack clothing and accessories that will easily transition from day to night. A simple silk dress can be paired with comfortable sneakers during the day and dressed up with booties at night. Swipe on a little lipstick, throw on a denim jacket, and you're ready for a night on the town. As you travel from city to city, an ingenious HoodiePillow will make sleeping on the plane a breeze. And rather than lugging around your DSLR during your trip, opt for lenses you can easily clip to your phone.

1. Inflatable HoodiePillow 2. Denim jacket 3. Sneakers 4. Day-to-night dress 5. Cross body bag 6. Long-wear lipstick 7. Booties 8. Clip-on lens kit

For the Road Tripper

You can't go wrong with a cozy sweatshirt, slouchy jeans and comfy tennis shoes on a good, old-fashioned road trip. Keep a minty lip balm and a refreshing face mist on hand for quick pick-me-ups that don't require a pit stop, and have easy-to-fold maps within arm's reach so you know which fork to take when you're out of cell range. Now, all that's left to do is make a great playlist and hit the road!

1. Sweatshirt 2. Sneakers 3. Tote 4. Slouchy jeans 5. Sunglasses 6. Minted rose lip balm 7. Face mist 8. Crumpled city maps

About the Author

Megan Beauchamp is a lifestyle editor at eHow. Her writing has appeared on Bustle, The Kind, Brit+Co., and BUST, among others.