5 Travel Essentials for Keeping That Suitcase Under 50 Pounds

When I travel I strive to pack light. Whether you’re backpacking through the Bavarian Alps, or taking a girls trip to Sydney, it’s always a good idea to pack less when you can. Lugging around heavy travel gear can get old, and trying to shove that bulging suitcase into the overhead bin on the airplane is just…embarrassing. So how do you pack light while making sure you’ve got all of the essentials? After four backpacking trips through Europe (both warm and cold months) I have picked up a trick or two on what is worth packing. 

10 day road trip through the Scottish Highlands with just a backpack (and our handy Baggus).

10 day road trip through the Scottish Highlands with just a backpack (and our handy Baggus).

USB Multi-Outlet Charger

This product is a game-changer, especially when traveling. I use this handy tool at home and abroad when outlets are lacking (which seems to be very often). This one fits five, but you can find other sizes as well. Trust me, it is so much better than having everyone’s phone chargers getting twisted together and lost in the shuffle of packing up when it’s time to go.


J.Crew introduced me to these multi-purpose bags back in 2012. I have used them for groceries, dirty clothes, and general shopping ever sense. I can’t tell you how many times I am packing up to move to the next town, and there’s suddenly all this extra stuff lying around. Where did it come from? Who knows, but it’s times like these when it’s great to have a Baggu handy. It is the perfect travel bag because of its size, weight, and ability to wick water, plus they come in fun colors and patterns! 

 First Aid Kit

This is a MUST have on any trip. I usually keep bandaids, antibiotic cream, ibuprofen, alcohol wipes, antacids, Dramamine, and other common medicines I find myself needing while away. You are going to have issues – big or small – while you’re traveling. Why not be prepared? I am a big fan of RuMe products. Awesome quality, super lightweight, and perfect for keeping my first-aid kit organized. 

 Travel Journal

If you have read this post about travel journaling, you know how much I love to journal. Writing down experiences is so important to me, and I cannot tell you how fun it is to read back through my travel journals and reminisce. If I’m buying before I travel I always go Moleskine. It is great quality, and it has a pocket in the back for ticket stubs, letters, postcards, etc (I’m also a fan of finding unique journals during your trip). This is the perfect souvenir that will not weigh down your suitcase. 

Poloroid Camera

Ok–this might not be a must have, but it is so much fun to travel with. I love the idea of having one shot to capture a moment, no deletes or re-dos. What you take is what you get. I was gifted with this camera back in February and have been loving it ever sense. Film is not too expensive and can be purchased on AmazonTIP: The photos do not develop in temperatures under ~35 degree Fahrenheit (I’m looking at you Iceland). 

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