When it comes to travelling, we all know that packing can be a bit of a chore and is a skill that takes time to perfect. There are so many questions running around in our minds and we often become so consumed with which clothes (still very important, ahem) to pack that we forget about all the other essentials.
Whether it’s for a short weekend getaway or a long-haul flight to the Maldives, there are always some products that find their way into our suitcases no matter what.
From a snazzy suitcase with a portable charger and a collapsible water bottle to a travel pouch and an all-important noise cancellation headphones that ensure you have the best possible in-flight experience, these are the best travel essentials that have either received the best reviews online or are our Yahoo UK team can’t-travel-without.
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Away The Carry On With Pocket Suitcase | £225 | Shop now
Why choose: One impressed Away customer said: “Honestly this carry-on was WAY better than I could have imagined. It is so intuitive with my travel needs, so smooth to roll around and fits WAY more clothes than I thought. I can’t even get through an airport without someone commenting on how cool the external battery is when I am charging my phone. Truly the best travel carry-on I have ever owned. I am hooked. Looking at how I can get someone to gift me the whole collection, as I am a fan!”
Why choose: One Yahoo UK staffer said: “Finding an SPF cream that's not too big and not too small is always a challenge, which is why I swear by Superdrug's 100ml version. It doesn't irritate my skin, is really affordable and I've never burnt while using it. One tube will easily last me a week-long holiday.”
Superdrug Solait Moisturising Sun Lotion Mini SPF 30 | £3.49 | Shop now
Why choose: One Yahoo UK staffer said: “These are really good for when you’re travelling and want to drown the whole world out. They completely cancel out the noise and are perfect for when you’re in-flight and want to relax. The sound quality is great, too.”
Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Headphones | £120.97 | Shop now
Why choose: One impressed Amazon customer and avid hiker wrote: “I love hiking and *hate* carrying heavy bottles of water! This bottle is light and folds perfectly into a tiny space. I can take it with me without having to carry a bulky bottle and the volume is large enough for a couple of hours of hiking. Love it!”
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle | £17.95 | Shop now
Why choose: One Elizabeth Arden fan wrote: “One of my favourite skin products of all time. It's a great multitasking product. I use it as a lip salve as well as an eye cream at night. On chapped lips, cuts and bruises. It really works for everything. If I was ever stranded on a desert island and could only bring one product, it would be this. And I live the scent.”
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream | £17.99 for 30ml | Shop now
Why choose: One Yahoo staffer said: “Lush's solid shampoo does away with the liquid limit dilemmas, making it ideal for travel. It's also fairly flat and light, so can be packed away in your toiletry bag easily. One bar usually lasts me at least 20 washes, so it's fairly economical, too. It leaves my hair feeling cared for, soft and, most importantly, clean.”
Lush Shampoo Bar | £8 | Shop now
Why choose: One happy traveller on Amazon said: “This wallet rules. It holds all of my usual wallet junk PLUS my phone, keys, small notebook and pen. Almost like a small clutch type bag. Even though it's larger than any other wallet I've owned, it's quite narrow, so it doesn't take up too much room in my pack, and the material is lightweight.”
Fjällräven Kånken Travel Wallet | £52.50 | Shop now
Physix Gear Unisex Compression Socks | £13.95 | Shop now
Why choose: One John Lewis customer said: “So far used mainly for landscape and building pictures in various outdoor light conditions. The autofocus is accurate and fast, as is auto-exposure. A bit larger than most compacts but still small enough for a coat pocket. Great results.”
Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera | £179 | Shop now
Why choose: “I have tried several lip balms for sun protection, the Ultrasun lip protection is the best. Even in the intense heat my lips were in good condition. It is also a perfect base for lipstick. I would recommend this lip protection to everybody, even the men,” said one John Lewis shopper.
Ultrasun SPF 30 Ultralip Balm | £6 | Shop now
Why choose: One Yahoo staffer said: “I do not leave the house without hand sanitiser so this is vital for any holiday or excursion. This six-pack is really great value and these are the same ones used in hospitals, so you know it will fight off bacteria and unwanted diseases. These are so handy to pop in your bag, plus having six of them means you can put one in each bag.”
6-Pack Purell Hand Sanitiser Gel | £7.49 | Shop now
Why choose: “As a seasoned traveller I have the constant battle of squeezing all my toiletries into the airport plastic bag but this means you can get around 15% more in as long as you are still under the max 100ml guidelines - and use as a smart toiletry bag - whats not to like, definitely recommend,” said one pleased traveller on Amazon.
2-PC Toiletry Bag | £8.11 | Shop now
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