At The Loftus Guides, we believe the best trips don’t require a lot of frills to be meaningful and memorable– but we also know that the right tools make travel a lot easier. So we’ve compiled a list of 8 travel must-haves: essentials for your next trip that will preserve your sanity and help you to get ready for your adventure– without breaking the bank. You may also want to read up on 7 travel journal styles to match your personality, and on why Kindle e-readers are, in our opinion, the very best for travel. 

1. Leakproof Silicone Travel Containers

If you want to travel light, one of the easiest things you can eliminate is bulky packaging and heavy liquids like shampoo and conditioner. These silicone travel containers make decanting your products easy, and they won’t leak all over your suitcase!

2. Travalo Excel Refillable Fragrance Atomizer

Even if you’re a perfume addict, you probably don’t want to bring a heavy bottle of perfume with you. This travel atomizer has a clever mechanism that allows you to take a sample amount of your perfume with you on your trip, perfect for freshening up before a night out or eliminating the odor from that hairy guy who stood too close to you on the metro.

3. Portable Charger

If you don’t have a portable charger, you are missing out! It’s so irritating to hunt through an airport for the handful of outlets available to charge your phone with only to find one occupied by some jerk who brought his entire media arsenal with him. Portable chargers make travel less stressful and keep your phone handy for photos and navigation during the trip, and these are so useful outside of traveling as well.

4. Neck Pillow

These are fantastic to have on an airplane for sleeping, but they’re also terrific for lower back support on long train or airplane rides. In a pinch, they can also be used as regular pillows if your accommodations don’t provide them.

5. Compression socks

Unless you like deep vein thrombosis, compression socks are a must-have for any long haul flight.

6. Gear Ties

These handy cords organize loose cables, preventing damage and maintaining order in your technology while you travel. These things are basically glorified twist-ties, but they’re super durable and easy to use.

7. Packing Cubes

If there’s one thing that can save you hassle and time, it’s packing cubes. These things can save you a ton of room in your suitcase, contain dirty clothes from the clean ones, reduce the overall bulk of your items, and help maintain your sanity as you pack and unpack.

8. Travel Adapter

This list wouldn’t be complete without this classic and essential item! International adapters can save your devices from getting electrically fried, and you never have to buy a new device or charger to use once you get there.

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