Most of us know we should pack efficiently. But with an empty suitcase and vaguely outlined checklist, what’s the best way? Perhaps you thoughtfully (and a bit impatiently) fold and unfold a couple of sweaters, trying to stuff them all into your luggage. Maybe you’re the type to sift through your first aid kit because you surely don’t need the whole thing? Every time it’s the same hassle of balancing quantity-to-quality value.
Whether you’re the kind to plan ahead or pack your things last minute, a travel kit is a time-saver. It won’t finish an entire trip’s worth of packing for you, but having one ready will ease the load for that eventual business trip or vacation. Though you may know the obvious of what to bring (shampoo, soap, etc.), our experts at InMotion have listed some trendy products that may inspire you to create an inventive travel kit.
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Dry shampoo typically comes in either powder or spray form. Batiste Dry Shampoo is one of the easier products to use and it prevents your hair from becoming too oily with a couple of sprays. If you need a quick fix before a last-minute meeting or during an overnight camping trip to keep your hair looking fresh, try applying some to your roots and rubbing it into your hair. Though dry shampoo doesn’t replace the need to wash your hair, it could last you a couple days. Your mileage may vary.
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Solid colognes are more portable than your average fragrance bottle. No frills, no spills. With cologne balms, you could directly control how much scent to use and precisely apply it where you want. Without accidental spritzes or overpowering puffs, you’ll have a sure-fire way to smell just right. Made with organic ingredients, Duke Cannon Solid Cologne offers natural scents such as fresh, water-inspired Naval Supremacy.
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Even the most compact headphones are bulkier than earphones, so earphones are an ideal choice for convenient travel. Earphones are particularly compact because of the little space it takes to store the buds and chord--or you could have wireless ones such as the B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 True Wireless EarBuds. A high-quality pair of earphones will guarantee an immersive listening experience to both relax and entertain you as you pass the time.
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Sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh sunlight as well as add pop to your everyday outfit. So shade your eyes in style, whether it be to your next business meeting or on a sightseeing tour. Many designer brands boast a selection of trendy lenses, but DIFF Eyewear offers the same quality and luxury aesthetic while donating to charity. For each pair the company sells, they donate another pair of glasses to those in need. DIFF Eyewear promotes their products on social media with the help of celebrities and influencers such as the Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
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While bringing an entire kit of creams and ointments may be useful, it’s not the most space-conscious solution for temporary travel. An old-fashioned remedy for chapped lips, C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve is a versatile choice for skin irritations. Mostly used to alleviate dryness, it could be spread over chapped elbows, knees and other places prone to drying. However, it can also be used on cuts and rashes to help skin soothe and heal.
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Even though Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap advertises 18 uses, some say this holy grail of soaps has even more than that. With this handy all-in-one liquid soap, you have everything you need to stay squeaky clean while travelling-- from shampoo to laundry detergent-- without taking up too much room in your suitcase.
Keep in mind that directions sometimes suggest different levels of dilution depending on the use. For example, Lisa Bronner’s Liquid Soaps Dilution Cheat Sheet suggests a 1:10 ratio of soap to water if you want to use it for dishwashing. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap comes in several different scents like lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus, all of which don’t particularly affect its usage.
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Depending on your situation, a clunky case may be overkill. If you’re looking for minimalism, a stylish, protective case like the TUMI Leather Co-Mold Case for iPhoneX will keep your phone from breaking while on the go. The TUMI Leather Co-Mold Case minimizes the bulk of your phone while giving it a sleek, polished look.
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Unlike a typical plastic water bottle, the Vapur Element Water Bottle’s three-ply polyethylene-nylon construction can be folded and frozen without damage. Perfect for backpackers, the water bottle comes with a plastic carabiner to clip onto your bag. But you don’t need to be a hiker to appreciate the flexible body and flip-top that allows for easy, controlled sipping. By the way, it’s dishwasher safe!
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No need to buy travel size pain relievers for your suitcase. Rather than stop by the pharmacy, might as well bring your own medicines and vitamins home. The Bidear Pill Case’s various sized compartments also allow the storage of other items like coins or small valuables. A pill case will also help decrease the number of loose items in your luggage that may get lost in the clutter.
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Speakers are perfect for groups of travelling friends who want music on-the-go. The Braven Stryde 360 Degree Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Power Bank will even let you take it to the beach without water worries. Lightweight and portable, this powerful speaker could last up to 12 hours of entertainment wherever, whenever.
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A stack of your favorites likely won’t fit in your carry-on, but a Kindle could hold an entire digital library of books. Browsing through a book--maybe plowing through a couple, if you’re an avid reader--could be an enjoyable way to spend your travel time. Whether you’re reading to catch up on the juiciest new drama in your favorite series or keeping educated with the latest trends in your field of study, a book could be both an educational and entertaining work.
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Dentists say you should brush at least twice a day, which means that you should actually be brushing more. But it could be a hassle to carry around a soggy toothbrush along with a mini tube of toothpaste and a pack of floss picks wherever you go to brush between meals. Fortunately, Brushee Disposable Toothbrushes have everything you need to properly clean your teeth for the minty breath and shiny teeth you need to impress.
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Spending your groggy mornings in a strange place is hard enough, so make your life easier by having an organized toiletry bag. Depending on how many of items you add to your kit, you could use a something as small as an accessory bag like the Incase City Accessory Pouch. Despite its compact size, this pouch has two compartment dividers inside and a small exterior pocket for smaller items.
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On your trip, you might visit questionable porta potties or participate in other hands-on activities that would warrant some hand-washing. With hand sanitizers and wipes, you could clean off the dirt and germs even when you’re miles from either sink or soap. Even lightly sanitizing your hands after a messy meal is more comfortable with either of these on hand. Kleenex Wet Wipes gently cleanse your hands and wipe your face without irritating your skin.
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With To-Go Ware Bamboo Travel Utensils, there’ll be no need for plastic ones during your trip. Bamboo makes for an eco-friendly and dishwasher safe set, but it’s also easy to hand wash or clean on-the-go for multiple meals. The set includes a fork, spoon, knife, and even chopsticks. You have the option of clipping the case to your bag with the carabiner or tucking it into one of the pockets.
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Don’t forget to add a luggage tag to your suitcase! If your luggage happens to be misplaced somehow, a tag will be able to tell transport workers how to contact you. To make sure the paper on your tag is safe and unlikely to be ripped off, you should consider a proper casing like the Incase Luggage Tag.
With your ultimate travel kit, you're now ready to travel at the drop of a hat. So get going! Print that boarding pass, go through security, and head to the tarmac. If you're looking to make any last minute additions to your travel kit, stop by InMotion before you board to stock up on the hottest tech gadgets and accessories. We’re happy to help you find your perfect travel kit accessories or some of our other favorites to make your next trip your best yet.
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