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The way we travel says a lot about us. For some, traveling is nearly always preceded by a sleepless night. Should anything hamper them arriving any less than four hours before boarding, this journey will bring on a full-blown panic attack. These travelers will always queue standing up at the gate for what could be an infinite amount of time just so that they can get on the plane first and secure themselves a big enough space in the overhead locker for all the unnecessary extras they’ve brought with them.

Then, there are the aforementioned travelers’ archenemy — the traveler who is too calm. They are so relaxed that they have actually missed a fair share of flights over time, but have always managed to charm their way onto the next one at no extra cost. This is that friend of yours who has never paid for checked luggage in their life, having mastered the art of fitting two week’s worth of essentials into a carry-on. They can doze off in an economy seat as if it were a memory foam mattress.

Whatever type of traveler you are, these items are sure to make your trip easier. From a passport case to travel-size toiletries, here’s our list of travel essentials.

Scroll on for a guide to stress-free travel.

Off-White™ Passport Case

Reflective Leather Passport Case

$275

Off-White™

Buy at Harvey Nichols

A damaged passport is invalid, meaning you won’t be getting on that plane if it’s sporting any rips or has had an entire mug of coffee spilled over it. Avoiding this is perhaps the most important step to a stress-free trip. Keep that passport spotless with this reflective leather passport case from Off-White™.

Off-White™ Luggage Tag

Reflective Leather Luggage Tag

Reflective Leather Luggage Tag

$170

Off-White™

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Virgil steps up for step two of your stress-free trip. No one wants to start their vacation in the lost luggage department. Make your case stand out with this luxury luggage tag.

The North Face Carry-On Suitcase

Stratoliner 20-Inch Medium Wheeled Carry-On

Stratoliner 20-Inch Medium Wheeled Carry-On

$289

The North Face

Free Domestic Shipping & Return

Free Domestic Shipping & Return

Buy at Nordstrom

This clamshell suitcase is made of a durable 900-denier tech fabric with a TPE coating to ensure you won’t need a replacement any time soon. No lost valuables, or the embarrassment of something private rolling across the terminal.

Rimowa Cabin Suitcase

Essential Cabin Lite 22-Inch Packing Case

Essential Cabin Lite 22-Inch Packing Case

$520

RIMOWA

Free Domestic Shipping & Return

Free Domestic Shipping & Return

Buy at Nordstrom

Yep, another suitcase. But a strong holiday clothing and sneaker rotation is the next most important thing to get there after yourself. This all-black premium carry-on from a master of extra-strong luggage, Rimowa, is part of the brand’s Essential Lite series. It weighs 30 percent less than their other cases, which means 30 percent more clothes.

MALIN+GOETZ Essentials Travel Kit

Essentials Travel Kit

from $29

MALIN+GOETZ

(Available at 3 Merchants)
(Available at 3 Merchants)

Going away is not an excuse to let your skincare routine fall by the wayside. A trip often entails a nice dinner or two, and the last thing you need at said dinner is a spot. This travel set from Malin + Goetz includes all the essentials and each product is under 100ml, meaning you can slip it into your carry-on without having to decant it.

Dr Bonner’s 18-in-1 Liquid Soap

Hemp Almond Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

Hemp Almond Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

$18

Dr. Bronner’s

Buy at Dr. Bronner’s

This soap has 18 uses, meaning you needn’t have to worry about bringing 100s of minis. It serves as toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap, washing up liquid, and yeah, for 14 other soap-needing situations.

Jason Markk Travel Kit

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

from $29

Jason Markk

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

And just like your skin, your sneakers don’t deserve to be neglected just because you decided to seek sunnier climes. All the essentials for fresh footwear are here.

Zero Waste Club Bamboo Toothbrush

Zero Waste Bamboo Toothbrush

Zero Waste Bamboo Toothbrush

$6

Zero Waste Club

Buy at Selfridges & Co.

An upcoming trip is always a good excuse to get a new toothbrush, especially if you’re traveling with someone else. No one wants to have to share the toothbrush holder with a toothbrush with bristles screaming for replacement. With plastic canceled, this is a good alternative.

COMME des GARÇONS x côte&ciel Laptop Pouch

Polka Dot Laptop Pouch

Polka Dot Laptop Pouch

$72

COMME des GARÇONS x côte&ciel

Buy at Farfetch

Now the last, and preferably least step. Usually, we’d say to leave the laptop at home, however, if you can’t keep your mind off that worrying email you spotted on your phone, then best to get it sorted asap. You’ll feel better taking your laptop out of a CDG pouch at least.

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  • Words by: Eloise Edgington
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