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8 Travel Essentials to Pack for Vacation

No matter the destination, these items should be in your suitcase
What to Pack When Traveling
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The plane tickets are booked and hotel reservations confirmed. There's just one last hurdle before heading to the airport: the always-daunting task of making sure you've packed everything you actually need.

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Whether you're traveling 500 miles or 5,000, there are some things you can't get by without when it comes to hitting the road. After you've packed the sunscreen (less than 3.4 ounces, of course), make room in your carry-on for these eight other travel essentials—boarding pass not included.

  • Bose QuietControl Noise Canceling Earphones

    Sometimes you get upgraded to first class, and sometimes you're stuck in the back for 12 hours next to an infant. No matter your situation, these earphones ensure you'll fly in undisturbed musical bliss.

    nordstrom.com, $300

  • Herschel Supply Co. Duffel Bag

    Ideal for weekend road trips, this tidy duffel bag can also squeeze under an airplane seat in a pinch for travelers staunchly against the idea of checking a bag.

    bloomingdales.com, $85

  • RFID-Protected Leather Passport Holder

    Carry all your identification essentials in leather-bound style (and not in a plastic pouch around your neck).

    bedbathandbeyond.com, $45

  • Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

    Almost-pro-level image quality and swappable lenses makes this sleek, compact camera the perfect compromise for aspiring photographers who don't want to lug a tripod around the globe.

    bhphotovideo.com, $379

  • Tzumi PocketJuice Portable Charger

    Because nothing kills a vacation faster than getting stranded on the side of the road with a low-battery warning.

    bestbuy.com, $50

  • Hardcover Linen Journal

    For the solo traveler, this classic, sustainably made journal will hold all your thoughts minus the cheesy "Not all who wander are lost" cover.  

    nordstrom.com, $24

  • Samsonite Worldwide Travel Adapter  

    Aside from keeping electronics charged no matter where you are in the world, this adapter conveniently comes with two extra USB ports. (Because there's always that person in the group who forgets a charger.)

    bedbathandbeyond.com, $30

  • Lightweight Foldable Travel Backpack

    Fanny packs may not have made their comeback yet, so we'll settle for the next best thing: a lightweight day pack that collapses into a pint-sized carrying case.

    amazon.com, $15

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