Traveling can be stressful. You have to pack all your things, find a way to get there, and then deal with everything once you’re on the other side. But if you’re prepared, it doesn’t have to be such a hassle. Check out these seven things that will make your next trip easier:

A battery pack for your phone

You’ll want to bring a battery pack for your phone or other devices. Make sure it’s fully charged before you go, because there’s nothing worse than running out of power at the airport or on the plane.

There are two types of battery packs: external and internal. External batteries are usually larger and can be charged independently from your laptop or other device using a USB cable. Internal batteries fit into your device just like an extra battery would, but they only work with that specific product—so if you have an iPhone 7 Plus, don’t expect any luck with a Samsung Galaxy S9+’s internal battery pack.

Before buying one, think about what kind of trip you’re going on and how much time you’ll spend away from outlets while traveling.

A kit of toiletries

Concept of men's hygiene tools on light gray background
Concept of men’s hygiene tools on light gray background

A kit of toiletries is essential for any trip. If you’re staying at a hotel, this will be provided for you, so it’s not a big deal if you forget to pack anything. But if you are staying at a friend’s house or in an Airbnb and have to do your own laundry, it would be really helpful if you had the things necessary to keep up appearances in both physical appearance and scent (ahem). Toiletries items that can fit easily into a small container include:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash/gargle solution
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Body Wash / Face Wash / Face Cream (for men) / Shaving Cream (for men) / Razor Blades (for men) * Deodorant * Body Lotion * Face Lotion * Feminine Hygiene Products

Comfy clothing and shoes

Most people have a certain set of clothes they wear when they’re traveling. You know, that cute button-down shirt, those jeans you’ve had forever, and those boots that are always comfortable. But if you’re like me and don’t want to pack all your clothes in case there’s a chance something could happen during the trip (like getting wet), it’s best to bring pieces that can be layered or easily washed. I like having at least three different outfits so I don’t have to wash anything every night—and since laundry services aren’t always available while traveling, this will keep me from having any worries about where my next outfit will come from!

A bag to carry it all in

You’ll need a bag to carry all your stuff in, so choose one that’s big enough. You don’t want to be carrying around an unnecessarily large suitcase when you’re trying to get through security and board your flight, but also make sure that what you do pack isn’t too heavy for you. A backpack with padded straps will make sure you can carry it comfortably while still having room to spare. It should have plenty of pockets, so that you can stay organized and have easy access to everything as well as quick-access items such as passports and other documents when necessary. Some bags even come with wheels if you prefer not having sore shoulders after a long day of walking around!

You’ll want something easy on the eyes, too—a bright color or fun print will help cheer up any situation! Try not to forget about looking stylish when packing!

An eye mask and earplugs

  • An eye mask. A good night’s sleep is essential for a smooth trip, so you’ll want to invest in an eye mask that blocks out light and helps you sleep through snoring.
  • Earplugs. If you’re traveling on public transportation or staying at a noisy hotel, earplugs can help you get some peace and quiet—and they’re even more helpful if the people around you snore! If this sounds like your situation, we recommend buying some reusable earplugs from Amazon (they come with replacement filters) so that you don’t have to constantly replace disposable ones every time they become dirty or worn out (which would happen pretty quickly). These also come in handy for other situations where hearing protection might be necessary: music festivals; concerts; open-air sporting events; construction sites…

A travel pillow

Girl is waiting for the train. Girl with a backpack and with green neck pillow
Girl is waiting for the train. Girl with a backpack and with green neck pillow

A travel pillow is a must-have for any trip, whether it’s an overnight stay or a weekend road trip. If you’re going to be in your car for several hours at a time (or even just one), it’s important that you have something to rest your head on. You can’t just lie down in the backseat—it isn’t safe and could cause injury—so the best thing to do is get yourself a travel pillow with straps so that you can attach it securely to your bag or suitcase so that it doesn’t move around too much during travel time.

It should be soft and comfortable enough that you’ll actually want to use it rather than leave it untouched in its case until after the trip has ended, but not so soft that lying on top of it makes more sense than leaning against its sides/backrests (if there are any). It also needs to be small enough so as not to take up too much space, which means taking into account how much extra room there might be between seats when someone else is sitting beside yours; this way, even if they have their legs spread apart uncomfortably wide (which happens often enough), there won’t necessarily be room for two people without them getting squeezed together uncomfortably close together!

Finally: easy cleanup! For some reason most companies who make these devices don’t seem quite think through this last step very well…but thankfully some models like those made by Therm-A-Rest do come with removable covers which are machine washable 🙂

Your own snacks

You can’t count on the hotel food. You can’t count on the airline food. You can’t count on the food in the car (or train, or bus). You’ll be hungry, and while you may be tempted to buy some chips or a muffin at one of these places, you’ll feel better if you bring your own snacks with you.

Being prepared will make your trip easier.

Being prepared will make your trip easier.

  • Know what to expect. Before you leave, learn as much about where you’re going as possible. Find out whether it’s a safe place to travel and how much money you should bring (you don’t want to be stuck at the airport because of an unexpected currency exchange issue).
  • Be prepared for anything! If something does go wrong, what will be your first steps? Think through worst-case scenarios so that even if they happen, they won’t ruin the rest of your time away from home!
  • Make the most of your trip! Don’t waste any time feeling sorry for yourself—enjoy every second

We hope that this list has given you some ideas for what to pack for your next trip away from home. Remember, the most important thing is to be prepared. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you need something and don’t have it on hand!