My Top 5 Must Have Travel Accessories

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When you travel in a carry on for your almost two week honeymoon to Europe, you become very picky about what makes the cut in the carry on luggage.  These are my top five must have travel accessories.  These are tried and true and I wanted to share them with you.

Must Have Travel Accessories

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A Colorful Scarf

must have travel acessoires

I tend to pack within a natural color palette that way things can be interchanged and you can maximize your travel space.  If you are trying to coordinate too many crazy outfits, that is when overpacking happens.  Have a good solid base of blacks, white, stripes and then add the colorful accessories to jazz up your outfits.  I always pack one colorful scarf.  It doesn’t take up a lot of room and can be used for just about everything.  Dress up your black dress at dinner, add it to your purse to liven up an outfit or add it to a scenery shot to give a pop of color.  Here are a few of my current favorites.

A Good Pair of Foldable Ballet Flats

I get asked just about every time I wear my Tieks if they are worth it and my answer every single time, is yes.  They are pretty much the most sturdy and walkable ballet flats I’ve ever owned.  You can walk miles in them.  I will tell you two things about them that I wish I would have noted.  I have ruined two pairs by one, getting caught in a rainstorm with them.  The second pair, from not wearing footie socks with them.  Since the inside of them are a solid insole construction, if you get them wet……that smell just won’t come out.  I’ve tried dryer sheets and every pinterest hack and I’ve had to resuscitate my first pair.  The second pair I have gone through was being lazy about not always wearing a footie sock.  Paired with another rain incident (hello FL rainstorms….).  Leather ballet flats and water do not mix.  I just ordered this pair and I’m being a lot more mindful with them.  I bought these socks (seriously why are they so expensive?!?!?) and I’m making sure to check the weather before wearing them to work or travel.

An Umbrella

I’ve had to buy at least 4 umbrellas on various vacations.  So now, I just keep one of those travel umbrellas always in my suitcase so I don’t run into that problem again.  Plus, I never realized how expensive an umbrella is until you have to buy one from a CVS during a downpour.  How adorable is the print of this one?

A Non Wrinkle Black Maxi Skirt

Black Maxi Skirt

I mean have you read this post yet?  A black maxi skirt should be on every single persons travel packing list.  It just works for everything. I also bring one long back cardigan as well.  It just goes with everything.  This maxi skirt is on sale and under $30.  This one from Tart is over 50% off.


A Mini Bag for Sightseeing

Cafe Du Monde

Dress Rebecca Taylor old similar HERE ||| Heels vintage YSL similar HERE ||| Necklace HERE

I like to have my hands free when sightseeing and not having to lug around one of my 20lbs purses.  I usually use my camera strap as a purse and therefore don’t have to worry about a big purse to keep it in.  Also, I tend to find when my camera is in my purse, I don’t reach for it as much.  When it is on my shoulder, I have direct access to it.  I love this total Chloe dupe for under $50 here.


Here are a few other trending pieces I have on my radar for Summer Travels!

I need these colorful earrings especially at that price point.  I am so in love with this dress, just need some place to where it.


Also don’t forget your packing cubes, remember from this post.  If you like this travel post, make sure to check out my travel section here.  What are your must have travel accessories?


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40 responses to “My Top 5 Must Have Travel Accessories”

  1. Jesica says:

    One of my must haves is some cozy socks for the plane! I also never travel without a scarf & a little crossbody bag… loving all your essentials! <3

    xx Jesica

  2. So many pretty things! Loving that Young Broke and Fabulous maxi skirt, so perfect for travel! And those Asos fringe sandals are so cute! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. The umbrella is absolutely a must – we have two travel ones that we take just in case it rains…which it did for most of the time we were in London! The flats is another must for me as well…I need to be comfy walking a ton! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  4. Gentry says:

    Great advice my friend! I’ve been packing in a carry on more often and these tips are great! Also, after getting caught in a massive downpour in NY last month- the umbrella is a MUST!

  5. Love the first photo, so beautiful! Definitely agree a colorful scarf is a necessity. Great tips!

  6. yep i agree to all of these! and i am in love with my tieks. i have four pairs for a reason! i need to remember to pack my black maxi for my next trip – and of course the bag!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  7. I wish my camera was small enough to fit in a little crossbody! I hate lugging around a huge bag. Great list!

  8. Lindsay says:

    I have never thought to pack an umbrella, which is basically the worst thing to forget ever! A great scarf and mini cross body are always my necessities for a trip!! Great tips as always :)

  9. Jaelan says:

    YES YES YES! You are the queen of carry-on packing.

  10. Rebecca Jo says:

    An umbrella is a great idea. Something you dont ever think about.

  11. Yes to bringing an umbrella and flats! It’s such a bummer to get caught in the rain without one. It rained the big night of my destination bachelorette and I ended up scrambling to buy one off the street for a bajillion dollars – after getting soaked in the process!

  12. Carly says:

    I definitely need an umbrella upgrade! I have such bad luck with shoes getting ruined so I feel your pain about getting stuck unexpectedly in rain in shoes you never want to get wet!

  13. i cannot stress an umbrella enough! omg the times i’ve been stuck in rainy europe without one!!

  14. Chesson @ Magnolia & Main says:

    That black maxi skirt looks like something that I need to invest in soon before our next trip! I bet it comes in hand all the time on trips.

  15. Nadine says:

    Such a good list of must haves for travel! Most people forget the umbrella but you just never know!!!

  16. I’m getting ready to buy my first Tieks for our trip to Europe this fall, so it’s great to know that they tend to smell if you don’t wear socks with them. I tried clicking on the link for the ones that you use and it just took me to google. Could you send me the link? Also, I’ve been looking for a cute maxi skirt for our trip as well! Now I’m going to have a hard time picking from the ones you provided!

  17. Jenn says:

    I am always the one to pop an umbrella in our suitcases and MG is always like “why?” haha

  18. Ashley says:

    Such a great + handy list! I think I need to invest in a black maxi skirt right nowwww. ;)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  19. I need to get a new black maxi, I just put mine in a bag for a clothing swap as it is way too big, I’ll check the ones you listed out. I have so many CVS umbrellas that I have bought on a whim and now are missing, I hate that! Socks link is broken :(

  20. yep! i agree with all of these things! except I’d also add tennis shoes. if you’re walking a lot, you gotta have them! love all your picks!

  21. Karly says:

    Such a great post! A crossbody bag is a must for me when we’re traveling – I’m with you, I like to have my hands free. Scarves also are the ultimate accessory, they work for everything.

  22. An umbrella is a must, and wrinkle free pieces of course! Still loving that black maxi <3
    Green Fashionista

  23. Shannon says:

    Cute comfy shoes are always a must! Love all of those pretty maxis!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  24. Great advice! I’ve never seen those packing cubes before. Very interesting. I’ve packed in tissue paper before to prevent wrinkles but it is so tedious.

  25. Ashley says:

    yes yes yes to all of the above! A colorful scarf is a must and cross body bag is SO much easier to tote around town!

  26. Nikki says:

    Totally agree with the colorful scarf and black maxi, perfect travel stuff. I love those packing cubes, they have been so great for traveling!!

  27. Totally agree, dear ;)
    Mónica Sors

  28. Bring ALL those umbrellas when you visit me in London, k? Love the black maxi idea, I’ve never thought about that!

  29. Yes yes yes to a crossbody bag and black maxi skirt… and just all of them! I still need to jump on the Tiek bandwagon – so good to know about the socks!

  30. Caroline says:

    Those glitter flats are SO cute and I love all of the scarves that you picked. These are all great things to pack too. Thanks for sharing and I hope that you have a fab day!!

  31. Marie says:

    Great list. I always travel with an umbrella. I also throw in a little envirosax in case I need an extra bag. It has come in handy when we wanted to grab some snacks for the hotel room.

  32. Could not agree more about the mini bag and umbrella! I really need to get a pair of fold-able flats though. They’ve been on “the list” for quite some time now!

  33. Alisas says:

    I am actually getting ready to travel tomorrow so these tips are so, so timely! AND RIGHT!

    The Adored Life

  34. Jaclyn says:

    Agree with the black maxi, perfect for warm weather trips when you want to pack light…which is something I honestly don’t even attempt to do. Maybe one day I will learn!

  35. Tiffany says:

    Okay I read this at the perfect time. I just asked my girls about Tieks yesterday! I really want to get a pair for all our travels.
    If you ever come to Seattle don’t bring an umbrella; bring a raincoat. People will laugh at you for your umbrella and it will get blown away. :)

  36. Rachel says:

    Great list! Totally agree about needing a small bag and having some foldable flats!

  37. Julie Joy says:

    These are great items! I never would have thought about the scarf but it’s so perfect!

  38. Danielle says:

    Ballet flats aren’t really my personal style, but I see the logic in saving space with a foldable pair. I’m all about little tennis shoes for easy walking shoes. As someone who traveled around California for two weeks in a carry-on, I can TOTALLY feel you on this post. & black maxi skirt is lifeeee,

    Afloat On A Full Sea

  39. kristen says:

    i love a good scarf when i travel. and i love flats, though i have yet to try tieks! i have had to buy umbrellas while travelling before but i never think to pack one. silly me! perhaps next time i will remember.

  40. I never think about an umbrella! And I take my black maxi anytime we are traveling, especially out of the country!

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