Travel season is upon us, with millions of Americans hitting the road to visit friends, family, and new destinations. And while we love exploring beautiful places near and far, leaving home can come with some uncomfortable compromises.
Subpar hotels or Airbnbs can have scarce counter space, faulty mirrors, shoddy curtains, and plenty of street noise. Fortunately, we’ve done the dirty work of figuring out which must-have travel products should make it into your bag on vacation.
For everyone who pines for the creature comforts of home, here are our favorite travel accessories that help you feel cozy, no matter how far you go.
Keep things organized and tidy with these helpful packing items, below.
This nifty product takes something simple—the soap bar case—and upgrades it into something beautiful. The welded Cordura fabric is lightweight and allows the soap bar to magically dry while keeping liquid water inside. It’s leak proof, easy to clean, and can clip onto anything.
This well-reviewed packing cube set keeps everything organized in ultralight cubes. It’s the key to keeping your hotel room tidy and fitting more in your suitcase.
This water resistant ripstop dry bag keeps wet items separate from the dry ones, so you can always jump into the ocean one more time before take off.
Hygiene and cosmetics
Little things can go a long way, like a simple toothbrush stand, mirror, or the right soap bar to remove stains.
Instead of lugging around a bulky toothbrush, opt for this sleek, lightweight, and waterproof electric toothbrush. Sensitive sonic vibrations make for optimal brushing, and a built-in two-minute timer ensures a proper cleaning.
This simple mirror folds up small, closes cleanly, and is durable enough to handle travel.
You’re probably not doing loads of laundry very often on vacation—and you shouldn’t—but stains can still happen. We like the Laundress wash and stain bar because it isn’t a liquid, is great for spot cleaning, and has a pleasant scent with nontoxic formulas.
On the go
The best vacations have the right balance of relaxation and activity, and these products keep you charged up and on the move.
This tiny packable blanket is the smallest we’ve ever seen, fitting in the size of your palm. It’s made from ripstop nylon with a water repellent backside and puncture resistant fabric. The integrated loop makes it easy to clip onto pack and it spreads to 44 inches by 28 inches when unfolded, big enough for two.
Bright, Bauhaus-inspired colors compliment this plug’s easy practicality; the modular adapter has plugs for 150 countries and the colors map the handy companion map.
Take your yoga practice on the road with this 1/16 thin yoga mat that folds up easily, comes with a convenient carrying bag, and is anti-slip.
The hardest part about leaving home is foregoing your favorite sleeping comforts. The right sleep mask, humidifier, and noise machine can help.
This well-reviewed mask blocks out 100 percent of light and gives you more eye space so there’s no pressure on the eyes. It’s the perfect solution to pesky hotel curtains that let too much light in.
Tired of chapped lips and cracking hands? This handy, compact humidifier is cordless and works great in small Airbnbs or hotel rooms, you only need a water bottle and two AA batteries.
We started using this sound machine when we were traveling with young babies, and now we don’t leave home without. Different sounds offer options—although we always choose ocean—and the compact size makes it easy to throw in the bag when you need to block out street noise.
Add a bit of that homey feeling with aromatic products that combat even the gnarliest of travel odors.
This pack of four different fragrances includes Lemongrass & Bergamot, SeaSalt & Sage, French Lavender & Vanilla and Mediterranean Amber, all in a helpful travel tin. Bad room smells, banished.
The easiest way to capture some of that spa magic at home is with aromas. With this 8-ounce bottle of eucalyptus spray, one or two sprays into the steam in the shower and Mom is transported to a refreshing, dreamy oasis.