Listicle: Best travel essentials

Kira McAuliffe, Student Life Editor

If you travel a lot currently or plan to travel a lot more, here are the best travel essentials to fit the most in your luggage while making sure you are organized and prepared.


A backpack is one of the most useful things to have when traveling. Whether you are flying, driving or just taking a weekend trip, a backpack can be used for it all. In an airport, it counts as your personal item so you can pack it with anything you don’t want in your suitcase. Getting one with lots of pockets and space can also be nice to fit all the essentials you are wanting to pack. 

Hard Cover Suitcase

We all know that airports are rough with luggage. Although these suitcases tend to crack a little easier when thrown around a lot, they help keep everything in the suitcase secured. Also, having one with four wheels instead of two will help with the hassle of lugging it around to your destination.


Having a portable, easily accessible way to listen to music and movies or to just block out noise is great for travel. Nobody wants to hear what someone else is listening to, so having wireless earbuds or headphones are a great option to listen to all the things you want while listening to whatever you choose. 

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a great way to keep everything you’re packing organized and confined. You can pack each cube with a different type of clothing or organize by outfit. Create the organization that works for you, but having these when packing and traveling are a lifesaver.

Passport Case

This is a great option when carrying around passports and important documents. Even if you aren’t traveling internationally, having a passport case can be really useful. Put all important documents in one spot so everytime you need something, you know exactly where it is.

Portable Charger

When traveling, you never know what could happen. You could get stranded somewhere for hours and it’s important to have a way of communication during that time. Carrying a portable charger almost anywhere you go can be useful when you’re in a pinch and need a little bit of juice in your battery.