Travel Amenities Worth Packing…
Most of us want to pack lighter and smarter when we travel. Of course everyone has their own comfort zone when it comes to how much to pack. But finding that sweet spot between having more options and toting less luggage often takes some trial and error.
Over time, I’ve become more selective about what goes into my suitcase. There are a lot of intriguing travel gadgets out there, but I’ve (mostly) learned to avoid too many “just in case” items that add unnecessary bulk and weight. Here are my top 6 travel amenities that provide convenience and comfort, and have earned a spot in my suitcase.
Lighted Magnifying Mirror
Even the nicest hotels often have terrible lighting in the bathroom. And when they do have a makeup mirror, it’s often in an awkward spot. This little lighted travel mirror was a lifesaver on our most recent trip! While I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup while traveling, I’m nearsighted and have come to rely a magnifying mirror for what I do apply. (Hello, eyebrows!) It runs for several days on a single charge (charger can plug into USB outlet).
Dual USB Adapter
If you’ve ever stayed in accommodations with limited electrical outlets, keeping multiple devices charged can require advance planning and complicated choreography. This was the only adapter we used on our recent trip to France and was more than up to the task. We could charge two smartphones and my laptop at the same time. (Also available for other regions/configurations.)
Hanging Toiletries Bag
I’ve been a huge fan of the EMME travel toiletries bag for a few years now. I even bought one for le Monsieur, and he loves it. I was delighted when Emily let me know that they’ve added some pretty floral print options, both in the regular and petite sizes. I use the regular size (shown above, gifted) for our longer trips and the petite for short getaways. You can pre-order the floral print bags and they’ll be shipping out at the end of this month. Be sure to use code UNEFEMME for 20% off! (These bags make great gifts too.)
Silk Sleep Mask
I’ve found a sleep mask invaluable for catching some zzz’s on a long flight, but it also comes in handy for blocking ambient light in your hotel room or rental. (Or if you’re rooming with someone who likes to sit up late to read or work.) This silk one is comfortable, lightweight and washable, and won’t crease your skin.
Listen to your favorite music or audio books in your accommodations with high quality audio. Runs for several hours on a charge. This speaker is about the size and weight of a tennis ball.
A large travel wrap comes in handy for chilly airplane cabins and provides another layering option in a travel wardrobe. This wool-free, soft and budget-friendly wrap (gifted) is offered in both black and plum, which I’m modeling here. (Don’t forget to use code UNEFEMME for 20% off.)
What travel amenities do you rely on?