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Traveling Light: The Top Three Essential Items for Your Next Trip

April 3, 2023

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Traveling Light: The Top Three Essential Items for Your Next Trip

We are less than three weeks away from the next High Point Market – the perfect time to ensure you have everything for your travels, and this guide can help you whether you travel a few hours to your destination or are traveling for a week abroad.

Today, I’m here with my best tips and items for smooth travel, whether you’re traveling solo or with little ones in tow. Ready? Let’s go!

I’m sharing all my favorites for traveling light, and the top three essential items for your next trip!

Packing Essentials:

I cannot emphasize the use of packing cubes enough. They are the first item I reach for whenever I travel and would only travel with them. I can easily break down each type of clothing and see at a glance what I have packed and what is still needed. Not to mention, once I arrive at my destination, I can stay organized, and everything has its place, even if I’m living out of a suitcase. It makes traveling light a breeze, and the kids can even help too! Do you know someone who likes to pack? By making it easy, it makes it effortless, and that’s essential for creating a habit we continue to use. 

When packing for my kids, all the little shirts and pants are packed together, with pajamas and underclothes packed separately for convenience. This method makes it easy to pack a spare outfit for your packable backpack when you’re planning to be out and about all day, away from your home base. 

Our favorite packing cubes are these, which are available on Amazon:



Health & Beauty Essential Items:

I scoured the internet in search of the most cost-effective and easily-packed items. While my husband and son don’t have to do much with their hair, that is not the case for my daughter and me. While they make adorable containers that pack beautifully, I am not trying to go out of my way to make my luggage look beautiful. 

In my search, I found these perfectly packable and stashable shampoo and conditioner pods that users can customize. They also include a return shipping bag to recycle the materials – I’m in! Able to coordinate shampoo and conditioner for several sweaty days in a tropical climate makes getting ready a breeze, and we left space in our luggage for coffee and trinkets! As an added bonus, they have a helpful quiz to help you find the best formulas for your needs. 

Feel free to grab those little delights here.

Favorite Travel Clothing:

Traveling at 2 am is not a laughing matter, and it requires quite a bit of grace, along with lots of snacks and a sizeable amount of coffee. Reaching for my best travel pants, I packed an extra set of clothes in the backpack of my suitcase and opted to deal with whatever may spill on my pants – since they would dry quickly and easily. I purchased them in 2020, and they still look brand new. Simple and elevated jogger pants with snazzy gold zippers at the hem make them a classic option if I need to dress up quickly while maintaining comfort on a long plane ride and wait in the airport. Washing and drying them in a tropical climate? Not a problem. 

You can grab the pants here.

What are your go-to items for travel? Sound off in the comments!

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