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While we love the promise of travel items that will make our lives easier, the best travel hacks are those that are already tried and true. The last thing we need is an item that sounds helpful in theory but ends up causing a ruckus at TSA. So, we’ve put our editors to the test and quizzed them about their favorite things that help make traveling as smooth as possible. Go ahead and make your getaway less stressful with the editor tested picks ahead.


Alyssa Clough, Associate Social Media Editor

“I try to avoid just throwing everything in a bag—and after untangling one too many chargers in public, I finally invested in this little organizer. In addition to keeping your cords untangled, it’s also good for keeping track of them and making sure you don’t leave one (or more) behind.”

Smart Carbon Stripe Tech Case, Nordstrom, $69


Kristin Limoges

“Susanne Kaufmann’s Moisturizing Travel Kit is a no-brainer and ready to go at a moment’s notice for MDW. It’s a whole regime (including the very necessary and incredible Moisturizing Mask) and everything is in these perfectly sized bottles that will clear TSA (Goldilocks of products – not too big and not too small). And all of Susanne’s products are impeccably and naturally sourced.”

Moisturizing Travel Kit, Susanne Kaufmann, $133.14


Jessica Dailey, Digital Editorial Director

“Last year, I decided it was time to downsize from my Mary Poppins bag and travel a little lighter. I opted for the Pearl, a small cross-body by Lo & Sons. It has more pockets than most large purses, which means everything stays organized, and I can still fit all of the essentials, plus maps and guidebooks when traveling. But what I like best is the textured Saffiano leather—it does not scratch or stain and generally stays maimed-free, even if you are less than delicate.”

The Pearl, Lo & Sons, $248


Alex Redgrave, Executive Editor

“Oldie but goodie: a lightweight, oversize textile that doubles as beach blanket, towel, or wrap. I took this one on a recent trip to Mexico and used/wore it almost everyday—including as a pillow on the flight home.”

Luisa Lightweight Beach Towel, Maeree, $45


Elaina Sullivan, Style Editor

“For summer weekend trips, I’m a big fan of traveling light. This tote from Parker Thatch holds the necessities for an impromptu getaway.”

The Jack Bag Large Stencil Font Navy, Parker Thatch, $168


Rachel Besser, Market Editor

“Before you judge, hear me out. Fanny packs are having a renaissance period. Instead of wearing them around your waist, wear it around your shoulder like a crossbody bag. It makes for a secure, easy to access, on-trend bag for traveling.”

Double Zip Belt Bag, Le Sport Sac, $54