As the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season can also be stressful for weary travelers rushing to be home in time for the holidays. Packing smart with the right items is key when getting prepared for any trip. Here, we’ve nailed down five common travel woes that we often find ourselves experiencing right before a trip, and have found easy solves with some helpful items so you don’t have to think twice and can just enjoy the journey ahead.
Travel woe #1: Wrinkled clothes
Nothing is worse than packing the perfect outfit only to discover that your clothes are wrinkled by the time you arrive to unpack. An affordable mini travel steam iron ($20.99) will remove even the most stubborn wrinkles in no time.
Travel woe #2: Fitting everything into your suitcase
If you’re going on a multi-day trip or just can’t simply narrow down outfit choices, packing cubes are necessary to divide and conquer so everything stays organized in your bag. From socks to shirts, Away’s set of six packing cubes ($65) organize everything inside your suitcase and are crafted from waterproof nylon that protects your clothes. Choose from 9 colors in mesh fabric that makes it easy to find what you need without unpacking your whole bag.
Travel woe #3: A dead phone battery
We’ve all been there – so close to your destination, but your phone is about to die right as you’re calling an Uber from the airport. Never fear running out of phone battery again by taking this handy lipstick-sized portable charger ($23.99) in your bag. Just make sure to charge it up before you leave.
Travel woe #4: Losing your bags
More than just a sturdy chic-looking luggage tag, Away’s luggage tag ($30) tracks your bag’s last known whereabouts. Connected to your phone, the handy little tag can also help you find your phone in case you have your luggage but not your phone.
Travel woe #5: Finding the perfect carry-on for souvenirs to take back home
This chic hardside carry-on suitcase from Herschel Supply Co. in a gorgeous ash rose color ($150) is lightweight yet roomy enough to contain items for a long weekend getaway or things you’ve bought during your trip but just can’t fit into your regular suitcase. It also comes with a TSA-approved combination lock to keep your belongings safe.