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Traveling the world doesn’t have to mean emptying your savings account. Curious about how to explore on a budget while not skimping on essentials?

I’ve been there!

That’s why I’ve put together this list of 7 travel essentials that I’ve personally bought and loved, all without breaking the bank. These items have seriously upped my travel game, and I bet they’ll do the same for you.

1. Travel Backpack

I bought this travel backpack (size large in peacock blue) last year and it was one of my favorite buys of the entire year! It’s the perfect size for my carry-on personal item. I’ve even used this backpack exclusively for a long-weekend trip.

The best part? It won’t break the bank!

2. Toiletry Travel Bag

One of my best friends influenced me to buy this toiletry travel bag about 4 years ago and I still love it! It holds all my products and is cute, too!

I personally have the large size in baby pink.

3. Travel Pill Organizer

I LOVE these simple travel pill organizers. I use one for my medicine and another to keep my jewelry all in one place. They come in a pack of 3. Keep one in your purse, another in your car, and set aside one for travel!

4. Compression Packing Cubes

I bought these exact compression packing cubes 6 months ago. They are the secret to me being able to travel to Hawaii for two weeks in a carry-on! I’m honestly wondering how I went without these packing cubes for so long. They are a MUST for anyone who wants to only bring a carry-on.

5. Travel Size Bottles

I have naturally curly hair which can only mean one thing – I have hair products galore! Seriously, I’m a little embarrassed to admit how many different gels, creams, and products I use for my curly hair.

This means that traveling with liquids can be a hassle…which is why I got these TSA approved containers. I love them, end of story.

6. Portable Charger

Between camping with our family and attending busy conferences, I need a portable charger bank for my phone and devices. This two pack is budget-friendly and is small enough to slide into your purse or small backpack pocket. I always bring this exact charger with me when I travel.

7. Liquid IV

I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget to drink water or stay hydrated when I travel. When I’m out of my normal routine, my healthy habits (like getting enough water in) fall away.

I love tossing in a few of these Liquid IV packs in my carry-on. They help me stay hydrated while I’m out and about.

The Bottom Line

And there you have it – my top 7 travel essentials that have made my trips smoother, more organized, and let’s be real, a whole lot more fun without spending a ton of money..

Whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend getaway or embarking on a longer journey, remember that smart packing and a few key essentials can make all the difference.