11 Travel Essentials You Absolutely Can't Forget to Pack

11 Travel Essentials You Absolutely Can't Forget to Pack

There's nothing worse than stepping on a plane or sitting in the car and realizing you've left something behind. From wireless earbuds to slip-on sneakers, we've come up with a packing list of all the travel essentials you can't leave behind.

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Canon Powershot Digital Camera

Your phone's camera is great for snapping on-the-go, but the best Instagrams are made with a true digital point-and-shoot. Influencers agree: a camera like this Canon powershot will be your ticket to capturing all the highlights. It features easy-to-use navigation and framing assist (perfect for beginners) but also has 50x zoom power, built-in flash, and 16 megapixel resolution that's great for advanced photographers, too. Its small, lightweight construction easily fits in your backpack and comes with a battery, charger, power cable, and wrist strap so you can start taking photos right away.

Buy It! $379; walmart.com

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Aveeno Hydrating Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the one beauty product you won't want to leave behind, and this Aveeno SPF 70 is one of our faves. Its gentle formula not only protects your skin from the sun, but it also hydrates, leaving behind a nourished, refreshed complexion. It's resistant to water and sweat, making it great for anything from a tropical getaway to a ski trip in the mountains. Plus, the 3-oz. tube will meet TSA guidelines.

Buy It! $9; target.com

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Anker Slim Portable Charger

If you're an avid traveler, you have probably experienced your phone dying at least once or twice. Instead of searching for an outlet, have the Anker portable charger on hand. It features a slim silicone design that's easy to fit in your pocket or backpack and offers up to two smartphone charges. It comes complete with a travel pouch, micro-USB cable, and an 18-month warranty. Note: iPhone charging cables are sold separately.

Buy It! $30; amazon.com


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Travelon Waterproof Phone Case

Want to bring your camera on your kayaking trip but have some (justified) concerns about it getting soaked? Bring this waterproof case on your next vacation. Along with a watertight design, it features a foam insert on the back that makes it float so you don't have to worry about your device plummeting to the ocean floor. And the best part is you can still use your device even when it's sealed inside.

Buy It! $10 (usually $13); amazon.com

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Beats Wireless Earbuds

These Beats wireless earbuds are a must for any traveler — especially if you're a frequent flyer. Their over-the-ear construction is flexible and comfortable and keeps the earbuds firmly in place. A single charge will last up to 12 hours, and there's even a "fast fuel" charging option that gives you an extra hour of play time after only five minutes on the charger. All you need is a Bluetooth connection and you can listen to music and even take phone calls.

Buy It! $160 (usually $200); macys.com

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Kindle Paperwhite

Perfect for on-the-go entertainment, the Kindle Paperwhite gives you access to thousands of books at the touch of a button. During setup, you'll link an Amazon account to your device so you can purchase and download books wherever and whenever you like as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. It's available in black or white, has a built-in adjustable backlight, and glare-free screen. Charge it once and you'll be good to go for weeks.

Buy It! $120; amazon.com

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Away Daypack

Although the Away Daypack is fully equipped to take on your everyday commute, it makes for a great travel companion, too. It has a small, simple design that fits under the seat in front of you on a plane yet still has enough space to fit all your necessities like a laptop and a change of clothes. Slip your phone and wallet into the front side-access pocket to keep everything secure and easy to reach. It also features an open strap on the back that slides onto your suitcase handle, making it more convenient to navigate the airport.

Buy It! $145; away.com


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On-The-Go Deodorant Wipes

These Degree deodorant wipes are a total game changer when it comes to quick touch-ups. Keep them in your purse or in your carry-on so you can quickly wipe away sweat and odor anywhere you go. With just one swipe you'll be left feeling clean — ideal for those stepping off an overnight flight — and they come in a resealable package so you can use them more than once.

Buy It! $5; walmart.com

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Steve Madden Ecentrcq Sneakers

An essential rule of traveling is to always have a comfortable pair of sneakers with you. Thanks to their slip-on design, these Steve Madden sneakers make going through airport security a breeze. They are available in three neutral colors (black, white, and gray) that will go with any outfit you have packed. Pair them with anything from joggers and a hoodie to a day dress and a denim jacket.

Buy It! $60; zappos.com


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TP-Link Wireless Portable Hotspot

If your smartphone doesn't come with a mobile hotspot or you need something with a stronger connection, try the TP-Link portable travel router. It's small enough to fit in your pocket and can provide a lag-free wireless connection to multiple devices, even when streaming videos. Use it in the car or on an airplane to entertain kids, work on the go, or to sift through new books to read on your Kindle.

Buy It! $30; amazon.com

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Refreshing Facial Spray

Whether you're stressed or need a pick-me-up after early-morning travels, this Glossier face mist will be your go-to. Its formula is made with rosewater and aloe that hydrates and soothes your skin while also helping you feel more awake and ready for the day. It's easy to use: All you have to do is close your eyes, spritz your face, and you're done. The best part is you can use it as often as you need!

Buy It! $15; glossier.com


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