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After two flights were delayed due to Covid, my friends and I finally cashed our airline balances and headed to Europe in a few weeks. We’ve already made lists of restaurants we want to try and museums we want to visit, but now the hard part comes in figuring out what to pack.
Fortunately, I already have a list of items I bring everywhere with me, but after two years of not traveling internationally, there are definitely a few things I need to stock up on before my vacation. Whether it’s items—like KN95 masks and Clorox wipes—that will keep me feeling safe during pandemic travel, travel necessities I need to replace (oof, like a misplaced plug adapter), or some wardrobe upgrades to help me find and feel At my best, I’ve narrowed down my shopping list to seven major products.
Perhaps best of all, every item on my international travel packing list is actually quite affordable. Prices start at only $5, nothing on my list exceeds $65 because I prefer saving that money for souvenirs and experiences at my destination. Keep reading for all my favorite picks, which might inspire you to invest in one or two for yourself before your next vacation.
A priority on my list is a new pair of white sneakers. I need shoes that are comfortable enough to walk around all day but still versatile enough to wear with the rest of my travel wardrobe. I love these classic Reebok kicks, in particular, because their simple design would look good with everything from jeans and skinny pants to skirts and dresses. They have a durable rubber sole for added stability, and shoppers say they are “incredibly comfortable” because it feels like you’re “walking on clouds.”
I only had to fill out travel documents and provide a picture of my vaccine card for my trip to Paris, and when I pulled my vaccine card out of my wallet it looked a little worse with wear and tear around the edges. Next on my list is getting a vaccine card holder to keep it safe, especially since I’ll most likely have to pull it out and show it to access some sites. I like this Kgx option because it’s waterproof, slim enough to fit in my purse, and cleans easily. Plus, you can’t beat the price at just $5. (But, you might want to check out this multitasking vaccination card for $7, if you also need a secure way to store your passport.)
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
I’ve always had a fear of germs, and have been disinfecting my seat on the plane before takeoff for years. Now, after the pandemic, I’m sure I’ll get fewer weird looks when I do, but rest assured I’ll have a foolproof bundle of Clorox wipes in my carry-on for this next trip. These travel packs don’t take up much space in my suitcase and contain enough wet wipes to use throughout my trip plus they give me a lot of peace of mind.
My toiletry bag has been long overdue for an upgrade, so I decided to pick this Away option to coordinate with my travel bag. The outer shell is made of water-resistant nylon, and the erasable coated lining makes it easy to clean up any unwanted spills. I like that it has two compartments – a clear pocket and a mesh pocket – so I can see where everything is, and it’s big enough to hold all of my toiletries. Even better, the bag’s design can fit in-home Covid-19 tests, which I need to pack to show evidence of a negative test result in order to return to the United States.
Evolve together KN95 mask
Although masks are no longer required on flights, I still plan to wear them. I wore this Evolve Together KN95 mask a few months ago on a trip to Miami (it was a few hours), and it was very comfortable and easy to breathe, so I’m planning to stock up on that long international trip. The six-layer mask has a dual filtration system, is hypoallergenic, and has an adjustable nose bridge for a comfortable and secure fit. Nice too: It has a fresher, more modern look compared to other KN95 masks on the market, which means it won’t make me look like a duck in transit.
SublimeWare International Plug Adapter
Since I haven’t left the country in a few years, it looks like I’ve lost the international plug adapter. After browsing Amazon for a highly rated selection that would ship quickly and not cut my budget too much, I settled on this one from SublimeWare. I like that it can accommodate multiple types of plug, including Japan, China, UK and EU, and I can use a regular wall plug or USB with it. I can even charge up to four devices simultaneously with the single adapter, and it comes in four different colors.
Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
While hilarious packs used to scream “tourist,” they’re now more fashionable and convenient than ever, so I’m buying the popular Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag for my trip. I like its lightweight and water-resistant design, and it’s roomy enough to hold all of my essentials on the go. I plan on wearing it as a crossbody, which will keep my belongings safe and secure, while also giving it a more updated feel than wearing it around my waist. The hardest part will be choosing the color you want to buy from among the 12 colors.