The items that will go farthest toward making your trip easy are going to vary based on your destination and style, but here are a few more things we've found most useful on our journeys:
: We're not suggesting flip-flops as a fashion statement, but rather as a hygiene measure if you're headed to any spas, pools, shared bathrooms, or other moist and warm environments where a bit of extra foot protection might matter.
: Last year, editor Caroline Costello reviewed the Tide to Go Stain Eraser
and found that it saved her from walking around all day with a giant coffee stain on her shirt. Stain-erasing wipes and pens take up little space and offer quick fixes for messes—a big plus for travelers with limited wardrobes.
: Whether you're visiting old friends, meeting business associates, or will be invited into a home during your travels, it's always nice to come prepared with a small gift. Gift-giving practices vary by country, so before you choose a gift to pack, do a bit of research to make sure it's an appropriate item.
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