While Instagram can certainly make it look like fashion girls’ suitcases are full of fun, fancy pieces, anyone who travels often knows that while your cool outfits are the ones that make the photos, the bulk of your luggage tends actually to be made up of “boring” essentials. At least that’s the case with our editors, and personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As someone who travels pretty regularly, I’ve found that it’s definitely worth it to stock up on basics rather than fill your suitcase with excessive options you likely won’t end up using. Think lounge leggings over your fourth back-up top, dust bags to protect your prized possessions, and more. Just what else are those critical items we can’t travel without? Keep scrolling to see, read about, and shop each of our editors’ picks.