6 Items I Pack For Every Trip (And You Should Too!)

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,

No matter where you are headed, or how long you are planning on travelling for, these must-pack items will make your next trip a lot more enjoyable! 

1. Used (and new) Dryer Sheets

I learned this trick from a fashion designer friend of mine: a used dryer sheet removes deodorant marks from any type of fabric! This is perfect to have on hand if you are planning on wearing the same clothing over and over.

New dryer sheets will keep your bag smelling fresh and are also great to tuck into smelly shoes that you've worn all day and have to throw into your bag or tuck under your bed in a hostel dorm room. 

2. A Physical Map

Yes, I know that everyone has a smartphone now, but not everyone has an international phone plan.

Not wanting to spend exorbitant amounts on roaming fees, or bother to get a new SIM card if I am only going to be in the country for a week, my phone becomes nothing more than a camera as soon as I step out of wifi when travelling.

Purchasing a physical map before you arrive is the best way to make sure you have a way to navigate a new city — especially if you are arriving really late or early. 

3. A Small Flashlight

Reading in bed or getting up early at your hostel, looking under the hood of your rental car when it breaks down on the side of the road, deciding to spend a night camping — you never know when you are going to need a light! (Click here for flashlight reviews).

4. Ziplock Bags

I always bring extra ziplock bags when I travel.

They are durable and the perfect way to store wet items, things that might leak, or smelly clothing. 

5. Laundry Detergent

Don't bother with the mini travel packs that you can get, you are better off bringing some detergent in a small travel shampoo bottle. That way you can control how much you use when you need to wash just one or two items in the sink.

6. A Water Bottle With A Wide Opening

Having a water bottle that you can refill to carry with you is important for long travel days, but the bottle can also double as the perfect place to pack small breakable items or jewellery.

I have put perfume bottles, glass souvenirs, and delicate earrings in mine that have stayed intact in both my carry on bag and my checked luggage.