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I travel a lot — 5 travel essentials I always remember to pack

After two weeks of living out of a suitcase, here are fives things I'm glad I packed.

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I'm a shopping editor — five travel items I used and loved this month (Photos via Kayla Kuefler).

As I've previously mentioned, I travel a lot. My family lives on the other side of the country, so I try to visit whenever I can find a decent flight deal or when homesickness gets the better of me.

Quick overview

Because I travel a lot, I consider myself something of a packing expert. I have my list of carry-on bag essentials and am always eager to try new products to streamline my packing.

As someone very familiar with living out of a suitcase, I decided to share my five favourite travel items I used this month. To find out why each has earned my (very picky) seal of approval, scroll below.

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I am 50 shades obsessed with Everlane's The Renew Transit Catch-All Case (Photos via Kayla Kuefler)

Everlane The Renew Transit Catch-All Case

  • Perfect for short trips and long-haul vacations

  • Water-resistant and easily washable

  • Fits a shocking amount of products

I will go on record and declare Everlane's The Renew Transit Catch-All Case the best travel toiletry kit I have ever used — seriously! The water-resistant case features five interior drop-in pockets and one exterior zip pocket, which makes it perfect for organizing toiletries (and other small things).

But you don't have to take my word for how great it is. With an average rating of 4.8 stars on Everlane, shoppers agree the versatile dopp kit "fits everything" and is the "perfect little travel bag."

The Renew Transit Catch-All Case in Warm Quartz is the "absolute best" travel organizer.
$55 at Everlane
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Away's The Insider Packing Cubes help keep me organized when I'm living out of a suitcase (Photos via Kayla Kuefler).

Away Travel The Insider Packing Cubes

  • This set of four packing cubes is water-resistant and features a mesh top for visibility

  • They've earned a 4.9-star average rating on Away Travel

  • According to one reviewer, they're the "best packing cubes ever."

I grew up in a meticulous home, and therefore, as a product of my environment, I, too, am an organization freak. If, like me, clutter and chaos are not your jam, I recommend checking out Away's best-selling packing cubes.

Made from water-resistant nylon, the packing cubes compress and organize everything inside your suitcase. Plus, they feature a mesh panel to make it easy to find what you need without fully unpacking.

The Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 4) in Coast.
$65 at Away Travel
My Monos Metro Backpack and I (in very poor lighting).
My Monos Metro Backpack and I (in very poor lighting).

Monos Metro Backpack

  • A multi-purpose companion for travel and work

  • Available in nine colours in nylon and vegan leather

  • 4.9-star average rating

Ok, hear me out. Yes, this is an expensive backpack. However, if you use a backpack almost every day as I do, I think it's worth it — here's why.

The Monos Metro Backpack is water and scratch-resistant and made from vegan materials. It has a dedicated 15-inch laptop compartment and a hidden back pocket with a quick-access magnetic closure, perfect for your passport, wallet and more. A stretchable, waterproof privacy compartment in the bag can store things like shoes and a bagged lunch. The bag has a removable Metro Classic Kit and a trolley sleeve to secure it to a suitcase handle while travelling.

In the photos, it looks brand new, right? It's not. The backpack has been my carry-on bag, grocery store companion, and a daily accessory when I trek to my office — all without any indication of wear and tear. My colleague asked me in our mini photoshoot for the bag: "Did you just get this? It looks brand new." That's how fresh and pristine it looks. The bag has earned me several compliments from strangers and inspired a close friend to buy her own Monos backpack. If the light purple isn't for you, shoppers can choose from classic colours, including black, ivory and mahogany.

Monos Metro Backpack in Purple Icing.

$239 at Monos
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The carry-on bag of my dreams! (Photos via Kayla Kuefler & Away Travel)

Away Travel The Carry-On Flex

  • A dream come true for interior organization

  • The carry-on bag has earned a 4.9-star rating on Away Travel

  • It's the "perfect suitcase," according to reviewers

A marker of adulthood for me is investing in nice luggage. While owning Away's entire suitcase line is on my vision board, I'm starting with the brand's Carry-On Flex suitcase.

The hardside suitcase boasts immaculate interior organization, 360-degree wheels, and an additional 2.25 inches (six cm) of expandable space. Plus, the limited edition Sky colour is even prettier in real life and will earn you dozens of compliments at the airport.

The Carry-On Flex in Sky.
$395 at Away Travel
My very well-loved Sade Baron Beauty Balm (Photos via Kayla Kuefler & The Detox Market).
My very well-loved Sade Baron Beauty Balm (Photos via Kayla Kuefler & The Detox Market).

Sade Baron All Moi Beauty Balm

  • Canadian-made all-purpose beauty balm

  • Formulated with superfats apricot kernel oil, cocoa butter and vitamins A, C and E

  • 4.9-star average rating

Guys, this beauty balm is the s**t. There's no other way to say it! Sade Baron's multi-purpose beauty body balm can be used any and everywhere you need a hit of moisture. It can soothe chapped lips, comfort peeling or itching skin, moisturize dry cuticles, eczema spots and more.

The nourishing formula contains apricot kernel oil, cocoa butter and vitamins A, C and E to protect the skin and improve its texture. Plus, the balm is from a Canadian mother-daughter duo, so you're supporting home-grown talent with every purchase.

The Detox Market
Sade Baron All Moi Beauty Balm.
$17 at The Detox Market

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