How to Pack for International Travel Like a Jet-Setter

Updated 05/16/19
How to Pack for International Travel
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Jet-setting to far-flung destinations and experiencing new cultures is undeniably rewarding, but the journey from your desk to an exotic beach can sometimes be long and frustrating. Between scoring a cheap flight to navigating the TSA line at the airport to beating jet lag, getting that stamp in your passport can be a turbulent process—but as always, we've got you covered.

When it comes to packing your bags, international travel poses its own set of difficulties that domestic flights just don't prepare you for. After all, you'll need to be prepared to keep track of your passport at all times, spend hours cramped on a plane, and navigate the menu in a foreign language once you to your destination. From smart luggage that allows you to charge your phone to in-flight essentials that make any long journey bearable, ahead are 15 international travel essentials for a stress-free trip abroad.

Away The Bigger Carry-On
Away The Bigger Carry-On $245
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This carry-on has a genius built-in battery so you can charge up your phone before boarding your flight.

Bright Elodie luggage tag from Anthropologie
Anthropologie Elodie Luggage Tag $26
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A bright luggage tag makes it easy to find your suitcase on the baggage-claim carousel—especially if you're bleary-eyed after a long-haul flight.

Quip Metal Electric Toothbrush
Quip Metal Electric Toothbrush $40
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Upgrade your toiletries bag with this sleek electric toothbrush. The travel cover even has a suction strip so that you can adhere it to the bathroom mirror and free up precious counter space.

Aesop Jet Set Kit
Aesop Aesop Jet Set Kit $37
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This comprehensive kit of travel-size essentials will keep you looking and smelling fresh.

Cuyana Travel Case Set in Pearl Grey
Cuyana Travel Case Set in Pearl Grey $110
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Keep all your toiletries organized in a set of convenient travel kits.

Kindle Voyage
Kindle Voyage $220
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Free up space in your carry-on bag by swapping your heavy hardcover books with a lightweight e-reader.

Kikkerland Phone Lens Kit
Kikkerland Phone Lens Kit $10
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Rather than making space in your suitcase for your bulky camera, toss this phone lens kit in your bag to enhance your phone's built-in camera.

Parachute Merino Travel Kit $169
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Settle in for a long flight with this travel kit that includes a blanket, an eye mask, and an ingenious carrying case that doubles as a pillow cover.

Cuyana Slim Leather Passport Case in Red Pebbled
Cuyana Slim Leather Passport Case in Red Pebbled $75
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The minimalist traveler will appreciate this passport case that doubles as a wallet. Since it features slots for credit cards, this case is easy to stock with the essentials so you can grab it and go.

J.Crew Vintage Pajama Set in Blue
J.Crew Vintage Pajama Set in Hydrangea $95
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Nothing eases jet lag like a comfortable pajama set to lounge around in.

Joy Mangano My Little Steamer
Joy Mangano My Little Steamer $24
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Always be prepared to look presentable in wrinkle-free clothing with every jet-setter's essential.

Go-Travel Z Zone Ear Plugs $15
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These are ideal for red-eye flights. Getting some shut-eye is essential when warding off jet lag.

Jackery Bar Pocket-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Battery Charger
Jackery Bar Pocket-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Battery Charger $20
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For all the Netflix bingers, this portable battery charger ensures your tablet has enough power to get you through your flight without dying mid-episode.

Rifle Paper Co. Bon Voyage Smyth Sewn Journal $24
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Keep track of your adventures in this sleek journal for travel sophisticates.

Herb Lester How to Read the Menu
Herb Lester How to Read the Menu $11
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Make ordering at a restaurant in a foreign country foolproof with these tiny translation guides. They're even small enough to fit in your wallet.

Packing for a trip abroad just got a little easier. Trust us—these additions to your luggage will be lifesavers.

This story was originally published on September 13, 2017, and has since been updated.

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