Below is a list of 5 items that I bring with me on all trips. Obviously, things like cell phones and passports are not included.
Portable Charger: From navigation to photos to communication, The smartphone is one of the most essential trip items. But without energy, it's a paperweight. What sucks is having to put your trip on pause because you need to charge a phone. So make sure your battery capacity is large enough (at least 10,000 mAh). My backup battery also doubles as a self-defense device if things get sketchy. Link*
Downy Wrinkle Releaser: Packing clothes causes wrinkles, and wrinkles ruin selfies. Anything that destroys selfies must be fixed ASAP. 'Nough said. Link*
Packing cubes: You already know how much I love packing cubes. Especially the double-sided ones. Packing cubes keep my luggage organized, and it keeps me fresh because my clean and dirty clothes are always separate. Link*
Multi-Port USB Charger: You can never have enough USB outlets. This one device can charge 5 devices at once. Very useful when traveling as a group too. We all have that friend that forgets to bring their charger... Link*
Sanitization Pack: A group of items with me that make sure I'm clean:
Wet wipes - Stay clean when you don't have access to a bathroom. Beneficial before or after eating a meal.
Hand sanitizer - No explanation needed
Toilet Seat Cover - Hate using a sketchy bathroom? Yeah, me too. I always carry at least two with me when traveling.