For those who follow me on Instagram or regularly read my byline, I'm sure you're already well acquainted with my penchant for travel. In the past year alone, I touched down in far-flung international destinations like Russia and Colombia and boarded domestic flights to Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Omaha. In other words, I've learned a thing or two about what makes a travel product worthy of coveted carry-on space.
After much trial and error, I've curated a packing list that's edited down to the true essentials. The items that I don't board a plane without—a travel pillow to make economy feel like first class, eucalyptus-scented towelettes to sanitize germ-ridden surfaces, and ingenious packing cubes that maximize precious suitcase space—and they're all conveniently from Amazon.
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I'll admit that I resisted purchasing a travel pillow for a long time, shirking comfort by assuming that hauling one around wouldn't be worth the hassle. Clearly, I was wrong. After being persuaded into buying this compact travel pillow by an impressive number of 5-star reviews on Amazon I haven't boarded a flight longer than 4 hours without it since.
In a study conducted by Travelmath, microbiologists found that seat-back tray tables host an average of 2155 colony-forming units per square inch. (Shudder.) Needless to say, I started packing these antibacterial eucalyptus towelettes after MyDomaine's editorial director Sacha Strebe wholeheartedly endorsed them.
Getting a few hours of sleep is essential on a long-haul flight, so I always pack a pair of earplugs. As a very light sleeper, I can personally attest that these affordable foam ones are perfect for reducing the roaring sounds of jet engines. They also just so happen to be Amazon's highest rated earplugs, boasting over 2000 5-star reviews.
While I always look forward to reading the most-anticipated novels of the moment, new books are almost exclusively released as heavy hardcovers (not paperbacks), which is not ideal for packing light. Enter Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite. All the latest titles are readily available in digital form so it's incredibly lightweight and easy for me to tote around the airport.
Notoriously dry cabin air and salty plane food often cause mid-flight dehydration. To counteract these effects, the Aerospace Medical Association recommends drinking an average of eight ounces of water for every hour that you're in the air to counteract these effects. To ensure that I stay hydrated, I always pack a Hydro Flask water bottle and fill it to the just brim before boarding.
I've raved about this humidifier before, but I'd be remiss if I didn't include it in this list. Though a humidifier may seem a tad too extravagant to be deemed a travel essential, trust me, it's a game changer for anyone whose skin suffers in dry climates. And with over 1200 glowing reviews on Amazon, I'm certainly not the only one singing this device's praises.
Between relying on my phone's camera to take photos, using on Google Maps to look up directions, and scrolling through Instagram for restaurant recommendations, I tend to drain my phone's battery at an alarming speed when I travel. With enough power to charge my iPhone 7 nearly seven times, this portable charger is a life saver.
In a word, these packing cubes are game-changing. Ranked #2 among Amazon's best-selling travel accessories, they've garnered something of a cult following for their ability to make packing more efficient and for keeping clothing organized and wrinkle-free. After they helped me successfully pack a carry-on for a two-week trip to Russia, I'm officially a convert.
Yet another product with rave reviews on Amazon, these travel bags solved the problem of packing my shoes while preventing their soles from coming into contact with the other contents of my carry-on. With over 1500 glowing 5-star reviews, I recommend stocking up on them while they're on sale.
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