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Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-Haves

Hilary’s favorite must-have travel products…


We all have products we never go on vacation without. I’ve tried a lot of products over the years. And I mean a lot. And these are the ones that make it into my travel bag each time.

Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-Haves

Relaxing by the pool at The Breakers in Palm Beach (swimsuit by Shan)


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-HavesI absolutely love Dr. Hauschka’s makeup line. Not only do their products blend super well and look very natural, but the line is completely free of toxins. My essentials are their eye shadows, bronzer and blush.


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-HavesI love just about anything ombre, and Dessy pashminas are no exception. They look gorgeous around your neck and are perfect for breezy nights.


My favorite bikini is a Brazilian cut suit by Vix. I also love the cutout one-pieces from ASOS. Both brands suits are well made and ohhh so sexy!


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-HavesI never forget my Toms ballet flats. They take up almost no space, are super comfy, and give back to the world.


I had an iPad, but I gave it away in favor of my Chromebook, which does everything a big laptop can do, but is super light. It’s like a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop, and I like having a proper keyboard.


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-HavesI never go far without my Beauty by Earth Argan Oil. Argan oil basically works as a Ten-in-One. I use it to nourish and moisturize my face and body, fight wrinkles, remove eye makeup, condition my hair… it’s also great for adding a subtle sheen to arms and legs. Beauty by Earth cold-presses the oil and packages it in dark glass in order to preserve the nutrients and prevent toxins from entering the product, and it’s USDA and Eco-Cert certified organic. Coconut oil is another great oil, which smells amazing, has anti-bacterial properties, and can be used as a makeup remover (it won’t sting your eyes), sexual lube, moisturizer – you name it.


I throw everything in my little weekender bag by Vania & David. I love all the pockets. Gone are the days of fumbling around in the bottom of my bag for my phone or passport.


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-Haves

I bring Badger lavender sunscreen with me everywhere I go. It’s a bit thick because it uses zinc oxide (the only safe sunscreen), but it rubs in well and is truly 100% chemical-free. I also love red raspberry seed oil for it’s natural SPF properties and how light and absorbent it is. It gives my face a natural non-oily glow.


I love Marlyn Schiff jewelry because the items give you a great high-end look without being expensive, so if you forget them at the pool, you can just buy another pair.


These shades by Velvet are so glamorous, and my husband loves them on me, so I wear them all the time. They come in a bunch of different colors, and I have them all.

Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-Haves

Marlyn Schiff earrings

Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-Haves

Velvet brand cat-eye sunglasses


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-HavesI love my silk Manito eye mask. It’s super soft and cushy. I can’t sleep when it’s bright out, so this really helps on airplanes and for jet-lagged naps.


I love my travel ProPur Scout water filter. It’s made of stainless steel and filters out all the chemicals and bacteria from tap water. It also saves me a ton of $ because I don’t have to buy the $8 bottles of water in my hotel room.


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-HavesI stick all my skin and body care products, jewelry, and any other little things I need in my PurseN ‘timeless quilted’ travel bags. They’ve got a ton of waterproof pockets and compartments on the inside so it’s easy to stay organized and I know my shampoo won’t leak mid-flight.


Hilary’s Picks: Travel Must-HavesI almost always just take a carry-on, but when I’m forced to gate-check, I feel very safe handing over my Ricardo suitcase. It actually uses nanotechnology to protect against the elements (and the baggage handlers!) and, since it’s hard on the outside, I don’t worry about my stuff getting crushed.


I keep my TrakDot Luggage Tracker in my suitcase in case the airline loses it – which has happened a couple of times! It helped me figure out when it was arriving at the Dominican Republic airport so I could pick it up before it got ‘lost’ – permanently.


Now you know what I can’t travel without, but what can’t you go without?

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 84 Comments

  1. Sara Williams

    I just looked up Dr Hauschka — their makeup is super clean and natural. Going to buy a number of their products. They’re the first truly organic/natural beauty company I’ve seen that sells contouring powder and bronzer. #stoked!

  2. Lela House

    Those are great tips! You thought of everything!
    What’s in my bag? Tissues and Wet Wipes so i can use it for a quick clean.

  3. Hazel Collins

    Love your tips! You absolutely come with wonderful posts. Thank you for revealing your blog.

  4. Cornelia Green

    I absolutely agree with your must haves. I bought a maroon pashmina before and I’ve been using it since then, not just as a scarf but also a blankie. What’s great about them is that i can use them when I need to nap while being on the road. I’ve never heard of ProPur Scout water filter, must buy one. Happy travel everyone!

  5. Louise Stone

    I have to agree with your items! You simply can’t travel without them. I love to bring dry lite towels with me at my trips because they dry so quickly. I’ve learned several good stuff here. It’s so so so great. I’ll stay tuned for more. 🙂

  6. Merry Robinson

    This was the type of information that i was looking for. i have also bookmarked this post . Thank you! 🙂

  7. Heather Strobel

    Zip lock bags in different sizes, They are good for everything! 😀

  8. Esther Earl Harris

    Thanks for sharing with us your travel must-haves. I agree with the comfortable walking shoes. When i’m travelling with my son, I make photo copies of our cards, id’s and passport. I also bring with me band-aids and cold medicine, in case we need them in the middle of the night. I’m also bringing with me a handy and pocket-size dictionary.

  9. Jenny Garett

    I like your list. Love the sunglasses and the earrings. As for me… I never go anywhere (across the street OR around the world) without an extra bag/plastic(foldable). I just got a toms ballet flats(grey) for my birthday and I can’t wait to use it for travel. Good advise for travelers!

  10. Ashley Moore

    Great list, I’m adding these to my travel bag. Thanks! 🙂

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