The world is opening back up and we’re starting to see a return to normalcy. After a year of being cooped up at home with nothing to do except binge The Office for the 10th time, everyone is ready to go out. What better way to make up for lost time than by planning a trip with friends and family? Whether you’re flying or driving, you’ll need a well thought out travel packing list. These are the travel essentials you’ll need for a smooth and adventurous vacation.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones
The long commute to your destination can get downright boring, so listening to your favorite music or true-crime podcast is crucial for an enjoyable trip. Bose is one of the biggest names in audio. Not only do its QuietComfort 35 II headphones sound amazing, but they are also incredibly comfy around your ears. The noise-canceling technology monitors outside noises and adjusts to the situation, so those loud jet engines won’t interfere with your crunchy beats.
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Your phone and tablet can die quickly during a long trip, so you may want to get a portable charger. The Mophie Powerstation can fully charge your phone in about an hour. It’s also very compact, so you can easily store it in most of your bags. Don’t let worrying about your battery life get in the way of beating your Candy Crush high score.
There’s nothing comfortable about lying your head against your plane seat, so a travel neck pillow should be on your shopping list. The memory foam in this Sealy neck pillow conforms to the way you lie on it, and then pops back to its original shape. It’s also easy to pack and machine washable. Don’t find yourself with severe neck pain while you’re trying to enjoy a trip with your loved ones.
Vera Bradley has always been known for its unique style and bag designs, and it now has a Disney-themed weekender bag with a trolley sleeve and multiple compartments to carry your stuff. If you look closely at the design, you can spot Disney characters throughout. Do you need to go to Disneyland to have this bag? Absolutely not. Will it make a trip to Disneyland that much better? Definitely!
It’s important to find the right suitcase — one that can hold everything you have while also fitting easily on a plane or in a car. This American Tourister suitcase is lightweight but durable, with a ton of space inside so nothing needs to be left behind. It may look bulky, but it can fit in most airlines’ overhead compartments. It also looks nice and offers many colors, so you can express yourself even with your luggage!
Photos are pretty much required to capture all the amazing moments on your trip. No matter where you go, it is imperative you get the perfect selfie. The Tzumi Halo Stick Pro can help you do just that, with its easy-to-use selfie stick, ring light and mirror. Selfies are its main draw, but the Halo Stick also has a tripod so you can take professional-looking photos on a timer.
Even if the world is starting to return to some form of normalcy, you’ll still want to take all precautions. If you’re going to a tourist-heavy location, you’ll likely be touching a lot of surfaces. Put your mind at ease with a traveler safety kit you can easily carry wherever you go. This one comes with a mask, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and facial tissues. Have fun, but stay safe out there!
Packing can become a giant puzzle, where one incorrect piece can mess up everything and force you to start over. If you have a ton of stuff to bring with you, then packing cubes are a necessity. This Samsonite set comes with three sizes, and all three can be easily packed in one suitcase. Packing cubes are also a great way to keep your stuff organized during your trip, so you won’t have to stress about packing right up to checkout time.
Even though you were stuck in the house for a year binge-watching TV shows, you can still watch more on your plane ride. Lenovo’s Tab M8 HD is an Android-powered tablet with an 18-hour battery life, and you can download your favorite streaming and music apps on it using the Google Store. Now go full circle and pair the tablet with other items on this list — connect it to some headphones, keep the battery up with a portable charger and listen to an audiobook!
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