Whether you’re going away for a week or just for the weekend, there are some things your suitcase is not complete without. Items that help you pack more efficiently and survive hours spent in a car or plane are must-haves for smooth traveling. When we think of travel dilemmas, dying phones, leaking shampoo bottles, and overpacking are a few things that come to mind. We’ve rounded up gadgets, clothes, and travel cases that are both practical and stylish to make packing and traveling a breeze.
Travel flats will go a long way when you’re trying to pack light. The right pair, like these CitySlips (Neiman Marcus, $18), can be your go-to shoes for places where sneakers or sandals aren’t appropriate.
Few things are more frustrating than watching your phone’s battery life diminish when you have no place to charge your phone. This portable iPhone backup battery (GiveSimple.com, $35) gives your iPhone the power boost it needs to get through a day of traveling.
Limit the amount of toiletry bags you pack by using a bag that has the ultimate storage space. In the case of this Baggie All travel bag (GiveSimple.com, $10), the more zippers the better!
Those of you who wear contacts know that traveling can seriously dry out your eyes, so have your lens case on hand for when you change into glasses. A distinct case like this I See Whoo case (ModCloth, $6.99), will be easy to locate among everything else you’ve packed.
Somehow, when traveling, we always manage to bring home more than we left with. This pretty floral bag (Envirosax, $9.95) rolls up to fit in your palm; however, it also has a weight capacity of 44 pounds, so you’ll have extra space to haul back the extra stuff you collected on your trip.