The Benja team travels a lot. Throughout our travels we've come across some things that we refuse to travel without. Check out some of our must-haves below.
Perhaps the most important, you need a good suitcase to travel with. First requirement, it has to be a carry-on (who has time to check bags every trip?!). Second, is has to have 4 wheels so it rolls flat. If you think those are ridiculous or always break or something else, you have got to try one! Third, it has to have a color offering other than black because we're cool like that. Lastly, it needs some kind of warranty because sh*t happens. After plenty of trial and error we landed on Away luggage.
If you're headed on a work trip or even a "working vacation" you need headphones to make your new workspace(s) tolerable. We're into wireless and earbuds vs. headphones mostly to save packing space. We love these over the ear bluetooth buds and although there's technically still a wire, it reduces our chance of losing them every trip by about 75%.
Admittedly, some of us on the team can be snobs about hair, body and skin care products we have at home but that don't come in travel size. Hotel products can be lackluster and some Airbnb's don't have anything at all! Take the time, fill em' up with your favorites and breeze through security with these leak proof travel bottles.
Depending on where you're going, this next item can be crucial. You may think it's a joke or wondering if we're actually serious, but we are. We typically toss in this TSA approved corkscrew/bottle opener. Think back to a time you were stranded with an ice cold corona and no bottle opener. Or worse, a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc and you find yourself you-tubing "how to open a wine bottle with a dress shoe". It's small and you won't get stopped at security so just toss it in!
We know some of you are judging us for the corkscrew above, so rest assured we find good ole' hydration just as important. You don't want to buy $6 water bottles for a week or trust that the tap is fine, so we always pack this collapsible water bottle. If you're not into the top of this one there are dozens of variations out there.