BATD ON Feb 04, 2014 AT 4:36 pm

by Valirie Morgan

Traveling is an incredible experience, but it can also be incredibly stressful. That’s why we’ve compiled our favorite items to make traveling easier, more enjoyable, and even glamorous. Whether you’ve got a serious case of wanderlust or you’re just catching the travel bug for the first time, take a look at our top ten must have accessories and gear up for your next trip!

Travel Essentials


1. A go-to handbag
Every girl needs a sophisticated handbag that can be versatile and is big enough to hold all those random, essential items we love. We love the Jet Set bag by Michael Kors (£220) because it’s elegant, spacious and structured. Another option is Longchamp’s Le Pliage tote (£68). It’s the ultimate travel-friendly bag because it weighs next to nothing and folds flat, so you can stick it in your suitcase and justify taking multiple bags!

2. Travel journal
Travel journals (£14.99) or diaries are a fantastic way to enjoy your time traveling, and they’re the perfect way to commemorate and remember all of your adventures once you return home. Even if you’ve never been one to keep a diary, give the travel journal a chance. You’ll be surprised how much there is to learn about yourself from writing a few thoughts down every once in a while.

3. Fabric hair ties
Traveling puts you in a lot of different situations and environments, and sometimes you’ve just got to throw your hair up into a ponytail while you trek to your destination. Fabric hair ties (around £4) are my new favorite hair accessory because they hold hair securely in place and they NEVER leave a crease when you take your hair out of a ponytail! Plus, they come in lots of patterns and colors and look super cute on your wrist.

4. Noise-reducing headphones
Crying babies and obnoxious, chatty seat mates can turn any airplane into the flight from hell, but you don’t have to suffer any longer! Noise-reducing headphones (£169.95) are a necessity; they’ll drown out the noise and actually help you relax (and who doesn’t want that?!). Or if you’re a music lover like I am, nice headphones will change your life and make listening to your favorite travel playlist so much more fun!

5. A good pair of flats
Smart shoes can make or break a journey. Flats are the best way to combine style and comfort, and having shoes that are easy to slip on and off will make going through airport security checkpoints a breeze. If you’re in need of more space in your suitcase, wear your bulky boots and pack the flats instead!

6. Dependable carry-on suitcase
For short trips, carry-on suitcases can save time and money since you don’t need to check a bunch of luggage. The right suitcase is crucial, though. It needs to be durable, lightweight and also spacious so that you can maximize your packing. Suitcases with four rolling wheels (£269) are an added bonus because you don’t have to work hard to drag them around!

7. Sunglasses
A pair of sunglasses (£117) is one of those items that always gets left behind, but they’re also a very important item that you’ll wish you hadn’t forgotten. Even if you’re not going somewhere sunny, use your upcoming trip as an excuse to shop for some cute frames! They’ll definitely come in handy.

8. Passport holder
There’s always an excuse for a new accessory, and a passport cover is the perfect opportunity to take your boring old passport from drab to fab! Passport holders (£45) also function like travel wallets, providing space and slots for you to easily keep track of your tickets/boarding passes and any other travel documents you might need.

9. Comfy clothes
No one wants to be uncomfortable while they travel, and unfortunately, it’s not socially acceptable to wear pyjamas in public just yet. Never fear, though, because leggings, soft t-shirts and knit jumpers are a godsend. If you’re worried leggings aren’t appropriate for when you reach your destination, keep an eye out for treggings (£25) — they’re combination trousers and leggings!

10. Travel pillow & eye mask
Sleeping while you travel may seem impossible, but having a comfy pillow and an eye mask to block out the light can make a world of difference. Your neck will thank you when you save it from sleeping in some uncomfortable position! Some travel pillows (around £7) now are inflatable, which is a serious space-saver and also allows you to adjust the level of firmness/softness for your pillow.

Quench your wanderlust with a pre-holiday spree with our top 10 must-haves.

Quench your wanderlust with a pre-holiday spree with our top 10 must-haves.

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