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Travel Must-Haves

Don't Forget to Include These Necessities On Your Next Excursion

The weather is warm; the flowers are in bloom. Time to hit the open road and do some exploring. We’ve rounded up some travel essentials that will help you pack lighter and smarter for your next adventure.

1.     The practical, timeless and dependable backpack. Backpacks are great for stashing a laptop or tablet, snacks, toiletries and even a change of clothes – all while keeping your hands free. The stylish Alem leather backpack combines form with function. Able, $275.

2.     The ever-efficient packing cubes. Make sure to get a set of packing cubes in various sizes to fit any bag. Packing cubes help keep clean clothes separate from dirty clothes and shoes. And they are great for packing multiple kids’ clothes in one bag. We especially love these from Amazon, $16.99.

3.     Road tripping with the kiddos? A seat-back organizer is a must-have. Tuck away toys, treats and even a tablet to show movies. We love this Helteko set of two from Amazon, $34.99.

4.     For the world travelers, don’t leave home without a universal adaptor. This world adapter by Ceptics can be used in multiple countries. Amazon, $17.99

5.     Long flight? Tune out noisy passengers with noise cancelling headphones. The Bose Noise Cancelling headphones offer multiple levels of active noise cancelling so you can enjoy music, podcasts and calls without distractions. Amazon, $379.

6.     A hanging toiletry bag keeps travelers organized and frees up bathroom counter space. We love this Vera Bradley travel organizer. Target, $80.

7.     Be sure to pack a steamer to refresh wrinkly clothes. This Black & Decker steamer is easy to use and works like a charm. Target, $51.99.

8.     Nap comfortably on long trips with a travel pillow. The Huzi Infinity Pillow is soft, versatile and machine washable. Amazon, $39.90.

9.     For fellow germaphobes who never leave home without hand sanitizer, make sure to include sanitizing wipes on the plane to clean hands, tray tables and arm rests. Our favorite: French Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes, Williams-Sonoma, $5.95.

10.  Sunscreen is a must. Not only is it important to wear outdoors, but car and plane windows can expose travelers to harmful UVA rays. Supergoop Glowscreen  Sunscreen SPF 40 is our go-to. It doubles as a tinted moisturizer too! Sephora, $36.00

11.  Keep your passport, money and phone safe as you go on tours and hikes with a neck wallet. The Pacsafe Coversafe X75 includes RFID-safe blocking material for even more protection. REI, $29.95.

12.  Don’t let rainy days deter the adventure. These Magellan lightweight packable rain jackets are available for men, women and youth and allow for easy storage and portability. Academy, $17.99-$19.99.