My Must-Have Travel Essentials

To quote Mr. Worldwide himself (aka. Pitbull), “It feels good to see the world getting loose!” The adventure bug is sweeping the globe and travel is back en vogue. I’m looking forward to a summer full of experiencing new cultures and customs. My time as Miss Kansas USA called for traveling entirely prepared for any situation or occasion, and its been a process to pair down what I packed during my pageant days. I’ve since moved into a new chapter of my travel journey where I’m sticking to the essentials when it comes to skincare & makeup and planning outfits with more than one purpose. However, there are some items that will always make the cut to ensure wanderlusting to the fullest. I hope you find these travel must-haves helpful for wherever summer 2022 takes you!

My Must-Have Travel Essentials

Black Tumi Four Wheel Roller Luggage – Rolling through the airport is easy with this amazing suitcase. It has plenty of room for all of my things!

Think Rolyn Wander Bag – I love bringing this duffle bag as my carry-on!

Tumi Crossbody Bag – Keep your essentials close with a crossbody bag.

Salu water bottle– Staying hydrated is so important even when you’re traveling! I like to add the Crystal Lite packets below to my water.

Fashionable black windbreaker—rain resistant (my favorite is Moncler) – Don’t let rain and wind stop you from exploring your latest destination.

Tide sticks + Shout wipes – Keep stains at bay with these two tools!

Advocare Aloe Ease & Advocate Sleep Works – These are two of my favorite supplements that ensure my digestive system and sleep stay in top shape no matter where I am in the world.

Advocare Oasis Vitamin Packets – Another one of my favorites that helps your body cope with stress and boost your immune health.

RX Bars – I still like to watch what I am putting into my body even when I am traveling, so I always keep some of my favorite healthy snacks on hand.

Turkey Jerky – Another one of my favorite protein packed snacks that you can always find in my bag!

Vital Proteins Collagen Packets – Adding this packets to your drink can help improve the health of your hair, skin, nails, joints and ligaments, and tendons.

Strawberry Crystal Lite individual packets – I am not a huge fan of plain water, so these help me make sure I am getting enough hydration!

Slip Sleeping Mask – Sleeping on a plane or in a car has never been easier with this silk sleeping mask!

Earplugs – These paired with the above sleeping mask make for the perfect airplane nap combination.

Patchology Lip Service – Nourish, condition, and protect your lips on the go.

Patchology Eye Patches – Travel can be exhausting. Get rid of dark circles and puffiness under your eyes with these amazing patches!

Drunk Elephant Minis Travel set – Some of my favorite skincare products in a convenient travel sized kit!

Compression socks (for long/international flights) – One of my favorite travel hacks is putting on a pair of compression socks before a long flight to help prevent any swelling!

Blister bandaids – Keep these handy so painful blisters don’t impede touring your destination!

Seabands – If you are going on a cruise or struggle with motion sickness, try wearing these on your wrists.

Neutrogena Blue Makeup Wipes – I always keep some of these individual makeup removing wipes in my bag. They are perfect for international flights, camping trips, etc.

Witch Hazel Wipes – These are a must! They are great for cooling your face off on a hot day or cleansing your face when you feel icky!

Purell Wipes Packet – Keep germs at bay with these individual hand santizer wipes!

Pure Active Body Wipes – These are essentially a shower in a wipe form.

Bromelian and Turmeric Pills – Travel causes extra stress on the body. Bromelian helps with swelling and Turmeric helps with inflammation.

Savvy Travelers Speakeasy teeth, lip, and mouth cleansing wipes – No water? No problem. Clean your teeth and mouth with these wipes!

Journal – I love to write about my travel experiences in a journal so that I can look back on them!

Coola Sunscreen – Protect your skin no matter where you are headed with one of my favorite sunscreens.

Neutral or Black Sunglasses – Obviously a travel must! These are a great affordable pair if you are worried about misplacing your nice ones on your travels.

Makeup/Product Organizers – Keep your bag and hotel room organized with this hanging makeup organizer.

Laura Mercier pressed powder compact – One of my favorite make-up products especially for a day full of travel. This pressed powder absorbs extra oil and keeps me from becoming too shiny!

Rush Charge Portable Charger – Keep your phone fully charged with this rechargeable portable cell phone charger.

Rikki Mini Portable Makeup Mirror – This portable makeup mirror is compact, rechargeable, and has built in LED lighting for perfect makeup application on the go.

Bala Resistance Bands – These resistance bands fit beautifully in a suitcase or carry on and help me work out no matter where I am traveling to!

No Rope Jump Rope – These are another great option for working out while you are traveling!

Looking for more travel tips?

Don’t miss this post on how to look your best in a bikini and this post with my favorite healthy tips and snacks for traveling!

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Hi! I'm Gracie.

I’m the former Miss Kansas USA! I’m an avid sports fan and fitness enthusiast. I hope this blog inspires your everyday and encourages you to go Live Gracefully!

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