If I had an unlimited amount of money, I think I’d use it all to travel.

From the time when I was a young girl, I’ve always enjoyed exploring new places and going on family trips. My craving for discovery clearly stuck around because I’ve been on some amazing vacations in the last few years!

Here’s a photo of me, my mom and the kids when we went to London.

We tried the best fish and chips from a place called the Laughing Halibut. I honestly think I’d buy a plane ticket just for that!

There was also our trip to Puerto Rico. The blue water still calls my name, and the best part about the trip is that we were always out and about!

But not all of my trips required an over-the-sea itinerary. Some of my favorite travel experiences have been here in the states!

You all know I’m a California girl at heart. I grew up in the southern part of the state, and while I’m an east coast gal now, part of CA will forever be in my heart.

Here’s me on the beach at Half Moon Bay.

It was a tad chilly, hence my jeans and pullover, but when the beach demands a visit, there’s no holding me back.

No matter where I’m going, traveling makes me feel alive. There are so many places to explore and so many memories to be made.

I don’t want to say that I’m a travel “expert”… I’ve had my fair share of traveling hiccups, believe me! But I have discovered a few things that make my travel experiences SO much easier. I’m talking about packing cubes, snacks and even compression socks!

So in honor of National Tourism Day, I wanted to share a few with you for your next trip.

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Tech Travel Essentials

Find the headphones HERE.

Between the crying on airplanes and the deep hum of the engine, it can be hard to get some peace and quiet when traveling. That’s why I rely on my Bose QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling Headphones which have honestly been a lifesaver.

Find the wrap HERE.

While I’m an iPod girl, I just love the convenience of this little Silicone Earphone Wrap. It comes in so many pretty colors and it helps you avoid those frustrating, tangled wires.

Find the tech case HERE.

But if you have a few tech accessories on you, you’ll love this Tech Carrying Case. When I travel, I often bring my phone, laptop, earbuds and more… carrying everything is a hassle! This compact case has a place for all those chargers.

Bags and More

Find the backpack HERE.

My MZ Wallace Metro Backpack is one of my favorite travel accessories to date. I’m telling you, beyond it’s beauty, it has a bunch of compartments to help you keep everything organized, and it even has a convenient side pocket for a water bottle.

Here’s a photo of me using it!

This is a trip my family took to Seattle. That backpack held everything from my wallet, to my umbrella, to my favorite snacks!

Find the cosmetic case HERE.

This Lug Lay Flat Cosmetic Case is another one of my helpful travel essentials. It comes in some adorable colors and it features two zip pouches on the inside. Great for cosmetics or tech items!

Find the case HERE.

Speaking of cosmetics, I adore this Vera Bradley Cosmetic Case. My mom has always been a fan of Vera Bradley and the vibrant patterns always cheer me up. This one has lots of internal pockets including a flap to keep your brushes in good shape.

Find the travel kit HERE.

And here’s an option for the man in your life! The Ben Sherman Travel Kit has a place for all the travel essentials he’ll need on his trip. Plus, it makes a great Father’s Day gift.

Find the packing cubes HERE.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it’s difficult to fit everything in your bag. That’s why I rely on these G.I.L.I. Packing Cubes which offer a compact way to sort and organize your things, while compressing them.

Find the shoe bags HERE.

Also from G.I.L.I. are these Water-Repellent Shoe Bags. I like to take them to and from the beach. It’s nice to know I have a place to put my muddy shoes so they don’t make the car all dirty!

Beauty Travel Essentials

Find the lighted mirror HERE.

Finding a well-lit area to do your makeup isn’t always easy. That’s where this Pop Sonic Lighted Mirror comes in handy. It has two mirrors (with 1x and 5x magnification) and a ring of LED lights to make sure you’re getting good lighting wherever you are.

Find the brush set HERE.

This Sigma Essential Travel Brush Set also caught my attention. I have a bunch of brushes at home, but I love that this one comes with a convenient carrying case for easy on-the-go use!

Find the face wipes HERE.

After a long day, the last thing I want to do is struggle with washing my makeup off! But with these Beekman 1802 Face Wipes, cleansing my face is super simple. They’re also made with nourishing goat’s milk!

Find the fresh cream set HERE.

I’m a Philosophy lover no doubt. And the Fresh Cream scent is my favorite! That’s why I was excited to see this Philosophy Mini Bath and Body Set which includes a compact shampoo bottle and a small body souffle.

Find the packettes HERE.

An amazing cleanser and powerful deep conditioning treatment, Six Thirteen has one of the best hair treatments on the market. With these Six Thirteen Travel Packettes, you can take your hair nourishment with you!

Find the travel bottles HERE.

But if you have your own favorite shampoo, you can make use of these bestselling Valourgo Travel Bottles. They’re made with silicone so they won’t break, and I like that they’re colored so you can separate your body wash, conditioner and shampoo.

Snacks and Foodie Finds

Find the bars HERE.

These are my newest discovery and I can’t stop raving about them! They’re called Salted Caramel Built Bars and they’re a super convenient snack to take on the road. Filled with a fluffy inside and covered in REAL chocolate, these bars are low in sugar and calories, but high in protein!

Did I mention that they taste like a candy bar? Yum!

Find the travel mug HERE.

When I’m on the road, the last thing I want to do is make a ton of stops before my destination. Luckily, this Typhoon Travel Mug means that there will be one less coffee break!

Find the snack bars HERE.

Soft-baked and delicious, Zee Zee’s Snack Bars are a great to-go type of snack. They come in lots of fun flavors like blueberry lemon, strawberry, s’mores, oatmeal cocoa, and birthday cake, and they’re individually wrapped for convenience!

Find the granola HERE.

I’ve always loved granola. It’s great on yogurt, in milk or even as a finger food! These Bear Naked Snack Bites are even better because they have the tastiness of any other granola, but they come in convenient bites that won’t make for a messy trip.

Extras for Your Travels

Find the throw HERE.

Does anyone else get super chilly on flights? That’s why I always bring a blanket with me as one of my travel essentials. This Peace Love World Travel Throw is the perfect companion because it comes in a little bag for easy transport. And it always reminds you to have a “good mood”!

Find the socks HERE.

The Tommie Copper Calf Socks will keep your legs warm and ache-free. The four included pairs are designed to combat muscle soreness while the copper-infused fabric fights off odor.

Find the safety kit HERE.

Let’s remember that we’re JUST now getting back into the habit of traveling. So if you want to be extra safe on your trip, you can take along this Refreshed Traveler Safety Kit. It’s filled with a mask, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer and reusable tissues.


As I said, I’m no travel expert but I hope some of these travel essentials are helpful! Who doesn’t want a stress-free trip?

From my home to yours,

Jill

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