I don’t know about you, but after the winter we’ve had, I’m anxious to get away this summer.  Unfortunately, the three international trips we have planned are for later in the year, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not preparing now for our trips – from searching for the best hotels, to looking for the things to do, and of course, places to eat.  But, what’s a vacation without travel essentials?  For me, it’s a nightmare, which is why I’ve curated this list of travel essentials to get you through your next trip.
We know that the best travel essentials consist of things to keep up your hygiene so I will refrain from boring you with those things.  And if you’re looking for things to take with you on long flights, just check this post. Otherwise, keep reading.

For the most part, my family and I travel to warm places no matter the time of year, which means sun exposure; therefore, toting along sunscreen whether it’s for us or for our little one is important.

On our upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, I’m bringing along a fashionable, versatile wrap from Coolibar, and a wide brim hat that provides UPF 50 protection that will protect me from the harsh desert sun for which the UAE is known.  Both will come in handy on those long flights to hide my sleeping face, and keep me warm during the sometimes cold flights.
Speaking of Abu Dhabi, that’s a long a- – flight! Mini me is coming along, which means we have to keep her entertained. We’re bringing the ipad, and hopefully, by then, we will find some games that are suitable for in-flight activities.
Although most memories are best locked in your head, it’s sometimes nice to have a photo or two to reference back to that reminds you of the good times you had during your vacation. A camera, aside from my camera phone, is a must-have travel essential.
On our trips, my husband captures the most amazing photographs of scenery using our Sony Alpha camera.  These photos can easily be blown up on a canvas, and placed around our home, used as postcards, etc.
We know that during travel almost anything can happen whether you’re traveling with your kids or not. I find that a good travel essential is a plastic or Ziploc bag.  The bags can double as a laundry bag, wet clothes bag, muddy shoe bag, beach bag, shopping bag, snack bag, trash bag, etc.The uses are almost limitless.
Speaking of anything happening on trips, if you’re accident-prone or your overactive kids are traveling with you, or maybe your stomach can’t handle certain cuisines, it’s best to travel with a well-stocked first aid kit. The kit should include: gas-relief tablets, antacid, anti-diarrhea medicine, antihistamine for allergies or bug bites, bandages, mild laxative, non aspirin pain reliever, and a thermometer.


Lastly, any time we travel internationally, I not only register with the consulate/embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), let our relatives know our flight and info, but I always make several copies of our travel documents.  This includes itineraries, reservations, passports, and other identification.

Now that I’ve shared my travel essentials, I’d love to hear about your travel essentials. Please comment below with what are your must-have items to bring with you during travel.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • Lisa Marie Heath

    Great travel tips!

  • That’s a great idea to make copies of your travel docs. Id also call my credit card company to make sure they don’t think my international charges are fraudulent, and to make sure there aren’t any exchange fees.

  • Great travel tips! My only thing I always do is just make sure I’ve got lip balm. hahah

  • Take me with you to all the places! lol I love travelling and loved your list.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    First aid kit is a must.

  • Great tips! I just had an international trip in April and learned a lot for ou rnext one.

  • marciaf

    Wow on your international trips. You’ll never regret those. I think Ziploc loves when we travel.

  • Love traveling! Hubs and I are going to Dubai/Abu Dhabi for our anniversary later this year 🙂

  • Great tips! I carry multiple copies of all the documents as well, and throw each day’s set in the evenings and come back with a few grams less!

  • What’s a vacation? lol Great tips, tho.

  • Thanks for sharing these tips!

  • I love my wide brimmed hat!

  • BeautyJudy

    I definitely need to travel with extra Ziplock bags, and a little bubble wrap. Just in case I bring home a polish or two 🙂

  • Cameras + sunscreen are my must haves for sure!

  • I live in a big over sized hat heheh

  • Ziploc alllll the things! And bring extras! LOL Great tips!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Wow, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, how wonderful! Friends of ours were there last year for a business trip and a few days of fun and they really enjoyed it. Jealous!

  • Val

    I am so jelly you’re going! Have loads of fun! I love hats too! I just have to find ways to keep my puff contained under one lol

  • Kimberly Thomas

    The big floppy hat is a must! I don’t think I’ve ever thought to carry a first aid kit. I’m definitely adding this to my travel essentials list. I’ve also never heard about the STEP program. Can’t wait to share this with my family!

  • Great tips! I’m with you on the plastic bags – they make packing so much easier coming and going!

  • Kyle Langan

    Love hats! And I’ve been looking into getting a new camera, so I’ll check out the Alpha – thanks!