Are you “that guy” who brings a backpack to a theme park, so you’re properly prepared? Do you regularly answer “yes” when someone asks “does anyone happen to have a bandaid?” If so, this post is for you and your inner traveler! These tried-and-true products have no less than 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. (N.B. None of these products include affiliate links.)
1. Miquelrius Colored-Edge Notebook
If you’re like me, you can’t travel without a decent notebook, so it’s important to find one that’s compact, lightweight, and multi-purpose.
2. 6-Pack of Staedtler Pens
I picked these up on an impulse buy, and they’re one of my favorite pens now! I don’t mind Sharpie pens, but these seem to last longer and write crisper.
3. Pen Case(s)
I’m not going to lie… I have a Grid-It in my backpack, two pen cases, a pill case (see below), AND a small make-up bag. Are you organization obsessed, like me? I use my Grid-It to keep one of my open compartments organized, then I sort pretty much anything that would otherwise get lost at the bottom of my bag into my other two pen cases.
4. Vera Bradley Travel Case
This pill case, without the plastic pill container, doubles as an excellent first-aid kit. Bandaids, Neosporin, nail clippers, chapstick, bobby pins, and even some pills (although I put them into one of those mini Altoids tins) fit with plenty of room to spare.
5. Hydro Flask
Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours on end, all without sweating.
6. Bamboo Charcoal
OK, maybe this one isn’t a day-to-day go-to… but these guys can eliminate all odors! They’ve have gotten me through some pretty smelly situations on weekend trips, most notably reviving my pillow after an overnight stint in a smoking room at the Budget Inn.
7. Bluetooth Headphones
This is one I don’t own yet! I’m not a Beats girl, but I sure do love Bose. I usually stick with my lightweight Apple-issued earbuds, but if you’re bound for a lot of public transit, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones will serve multiple purposes.