travel: my 6 travel essentials

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6 things that I think are SUPER important to bring with me while traveling. Click over to see what they are >>

travel essentials

In case you’re just finding my blog (and haven’t seen me mentioning it a BUNCH in my last few posts, hello) I’m traveling to Paris later this week. I’m super excited, but I’ve also been obsessively making lists of things I need to not forget.

Unlike when you travel with someone else and get to borrow things if you forget something, being on your own means you’re literally… on your own. I know I can buy stuff at my destination, but I’d rather arrive prepared than frantically scramble on arrival! Here’s a list I’ve put together of 6 things that feel are super important to pack:


1. MAPS.ME app

This is one of the most handy apps I’ve discovered recently. Basically, it’s a map app for you to use when you’re stuck with your phone offline (to save yourself from those crazy roaming fees). When you’re in wifi, you can download the map for whatever place you’re traveling to. Once you’re no longer in your hotel/hostel/cafe and away from wifi, it’ll still be there! It shows everything down to individual stores, so there’s a lot of detail.

2. Sheet face masks:

The dry, recycled air on a plane tends to leave your skin feeling tight and gross on long flights. Sheet masks will help put some moisture back in your face, and you’ll look kinda like Hannibal, so no creeps will bother you. Win/win.

3. Dry shampoo:

Don’t even lie to yourself, you know you don’t want to waste your time every day on your trip styling your hair. Keeping a travel sized bottle of dry shampoo on you will help you look refreshed and also help with some volume, to keep you looking top notch even though you probably didn’t just shower (I won’t tell).

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4. Door stopper:

It’s not often that something crappy happens while you’re traveling, but better to be safe than end up in a real life version of Taken. Once you’re in your room for the night, you just wedge the stopper under the door to keep any unwanted visitors away. It’s such a simple addition to your travel essentials, but definitely worth having.

5. Probiotics:

This might seem like an odd addition, but hear me out. Traveling introduces you to so many different foods, and those foods can totally disrupt your gut health if it’s something you’re not used to. Taking a probiotic while traveling will help keep you ~regular~ if you know what I mean, and provide you with good gut bacteria just incase you ingest some bad ones.

6. Activated charcoal:

This is super multi-use. Not only can activated charcoal be used as a mask or with your face scrub to help keep you skin looking its best, but it can also be used to help you out in case you ingest something real crappy on your travels. Because the charcoal is porous and binds to toxins, it’ll help you heal faster if you get food poisoning!! Just keep a few of the capsules in a mint container just in case!

travel essentials

I know a lot of people will likely be traveling in the next few weeks to see family or to just get away for the holidays, so I hope this list comes in handy for some of you! You might not need a door stopper when you’re home, but you never know when you need to keep that pesky family member out of your room! (I also have a post from my trip to Kenya highlighting 5 Things I Wish I’d Packed worth checking out!)

Did I miss anything?
What must haves do you include while traveling?


  1. Rochelle December 6, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Awesome tips that I’m totally going to use! My skin also gets super, super dry from the plane and hotel and the mask is a great idea. I’ve never tried charcoal or brought a door stop but those are awesome ideas. I would add eye drops to this list, because just like my skin, my eyes get very dry and red from hotel rooms.

      December 9, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      yes! I wish I’d brought eye drops because my eyes were sooo dry heavy when I got off that plane today. x

  2. Nicole @ Simply Nicole December 6, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Oo wow, I never thought about the doorstopper thing!

    When I travel, I always bring face masks. Last year when I was flying to Vegas for work, I brought my Aztec Secret clay mask. It ended up having to be super scanned in security haha. They had NO idea wtf it was.

    xo, Nicole @

      December 9, 2016 / 4:55 pm

      right?!? I the door stopper thing mentioned online and it blew my mind. I wanted to bring my clay but I figured I’d get trouble for it so I left it at home. 🙁

  3. Crystal December 6, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    These are super awesome tips. I’ve never even thought of most of these.

  4. Marie December 6, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    Never thought of a doorstopper, but kinda obsessed with that idea.

  5. Alice December 7, 2016 / 6:24 am

    Have a good trip! I’m sure you will though because: Paris!
    I’d never thought of a doorstopper either, I’m really going to keep that one in mind. I use google maps cause I use that at home anyway and you can save maps offline there too, so useful and also it’s nice to check a map without having to unfold a giant paper map that immediately marks you as a lost tourist.

  6. Bekah December 7, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Wow what a great list! I definitely want to try some of these! The masks are such a good idea!

  7. Connie December 7, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Great tips! I love how you combined essentials and safety! I don’t think people think about the little things that can make a world of a difference when traveling!

  8. Leah December 7, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Oh love these! never heard of a sheet mask and the door stopper! Great tips!

      December 9, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      the door stopper tip blew my mind when I first read it! definitely worth doing if you’re a female traveling solo and want that extra peace of mind. x

  9. Brooke December 7, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Dry shampoo…yes!

      December 9, 2016 / 3:55 pm


  10. Chasa Fulkerson December 8, 2016 / 11:50 am

    That app would have so helped back in 2013! We mostly used paper maps while in the city, but sometimes we had to resort to Wifi. A lot of the times we took screenshots! This app would have helped so much! I also like the door stopper idea too!

    • Chasa Fulkerson December 8, 2016 / 11:51 am

      Oh and how exciting you will be going to Paris soon!

  11. Atim I EffiFit December 8, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Great tips! Really loved them and the probiotics!

      December 9, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      thank you! the first thing I did is eat something outside my dietary restrictions, so I’m definitely gonna need to use probiotics while here in Paris. oops x

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