How to Pack: Everything But Your Clothes

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Gearing up for a big end-of-summer trip? Your summer wear may be the bulk of your suitcase, but SN is here to remind you of the essentials that you can’t forget to throw in your bag - everything but clothes! From beauty to tech, these are items that you cannot forget. Keep scrolling to see our picks.


Let's start with the suitcase. It's going around the globe with you so it better be a good companion! Our pick for the best suitcase is the Carry-On by Monos. With its sleek look, durable shell, and personalization option, this suitcase is built to last and is super cute! 

In order to keep everything organized and easy to find, we recommend compartmentalization. The Paravel Nylon Shoe Cubes are sure to keep your shoes separated from your clothes and secure. We also have been loving clear cosmetic bags—they're perfect for going through airport security! The Paravel Mini See-All Cosmetics Case fits all of your travel beauty essentials with ease. Pair it with the Stoney Clover Lane Clear Flat Travel Pouch and you’re more than ready to hop on that plane!

Calling all traveling moms! You must make sure you grab the Dagne Dover Joey Changing Kit. It is perfect to fit in your suitcase and can save you from those overwhelming moments on the go. With all of these organization essentials, you’re destined to have your easiest travel experience yet. 


We all wish we could bring our entire beauty routine on every trip, but unfortunately, no one’s suitcase can fit that much... so how do you choose what to pack and what to leave at home? Here’s our list of versatile and packable beauty essentials that must make the cut. 

Let’s start with skincare. We have been loving The Rice Polish: Classic by Tatcha as a foaming cleanser—and its travel size! With its durable packaging and tightly secured top, it’s sure to make it wherever you are traveling without any spills or damage.

For makeup, we’ve been loving the idea of versatility. The Ilia Multi-Stick Cream Blush + Highlighter + Lip Tint is exactly the type of all-around product we have been searching for. Perfect to pack for a vacation this product is 3 in 1! On your way somewhere warm? Make sure you pack the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, so you look tan before you even see the sun! These drops act as a makeup base mixed with any moisturizer and also wash off easily at night leaving your skin fresh and clean. But certainly most importantly, sunscreen! We’ve been loving the Supergoop Glow Screen, especially in the travel-safe sizes.

Need an easy hairstyle while on your trip? Don’t forget to bring your Bed Head Hair Stick for any slicked-back looks. This versatile and trending look can be achieved with very few products and is the perfect go-to if you haven’t packed any heated hair tools.


Whether you're tech-savvy or not - there are a few tech must-haves for any traveler! Some of our favorite technology picks for your trip are listed below.

No matter where you are, having your phone die is a nightmare. Make sure this never happens on your trip by packing your portable charger! We love the Clutch Portable Charger because it’s thin, compact, and comes in fun color options.

Want to document your trip but don’t know where to start? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. The Sony ZV-E10 is the perfect portable camera for aspiring bloggers or beginner photographers. Traveling alone? This camera paired with the Atumtek Selfie Stick Tripod will get you the most perfect solo shots. With these two items, you are sure to document any trip perfectly and have the best pictures to look back on. 

Whether you are a plane sleeper or a movie watcher - a good pair of headphones is a must for whatever trip you take. The new Apple Airpods Max are the ultimate noise canceling and wireless headphones. With these, you won’t even have to worry about sitting next to that cute (but crying) baby. And, don’t forget your Sunnylife Checkerboard Travel Speaker so you can have your favorite playlist on the go!


Think you got everything you need? Here are some super important miscellaneous items that you may have forgotten!

Hate loose items lying around in your bag? You need the Anya Hindmarch Loose Pocket Things Pouch. Organization is key, trust us! Also, check out the Royce Leather RFID Blocking Four Zip Travel Organizer. It houses your cards, passport, valuables, and anything else important you need to have in your bag throughout your travel day.

And, just as organization is key, so is comfort! The Slip Sleep Mask is the epitome of transportation comfort and a must-have for plane sleeping. And so is Cushion Lab's Ergonomic Travel Neck Pillow. Designed by travel specialists, you won’t have to worry about head-nodding—you'll easily sleep through your next flight!

In order to be prepared for absolutely anything your trip may throw at you, you need to grab Welly's Quick Fix Kit. Small enough to fit in your purse, but jam-packed with all of your first aid essentials, this bundle is definitely a travel must (especially with your little ones).