In the spirit of being ready for anything, whether it’s a trek in the Alps or a weekend in Los Angeles, we created the Essential Travel Kit: a collection of functional and fashionable must–haves that stays packed and ready to pop into your bag for any journey, big or small.
The case This sleek, yet sturdy, two–compartment zip case (US$125, Truffle) is equipped with clear panels so you can see what’s inside.
Cleansing wipes Freshen up on the go with this slim 10–pack of pre–moistened, vitamin–enriched cloths ($10, Kaia Naturals), which also happen to be fully biodegradable and compostable. (We recently spotted them in guest rooms at Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn.)
Travel adapter This adapter ($26, Amazon) can charge six devices at once. With four USB ports and plug compatibility in 150–plus countries, it’s the only one you’ll ever need.
Keychain cable Instead of digging around for your power cord, or discovering it tangled in your bag, bring along this keychain–size charger ($40, Native Union) with a durable knotted design. Pair it with the universal adapter to stay powered–up wherever you go.
Toothbrush and toothpaste If you’re an electric toothbrush user, it can be a pain to pack up your home set–up. That’s why we chose this sleek, affordable electric brush (US$25, Quip) with a cover that doubles as a stand – plus Marvis’ travel–size toothpaste ($5, Well.ca), which comes in flavours like licorice and ginger.
Reusable bag You can never have too many. We love stowing these Baggu packable totes ($15, Indigo) to fill with everything from laundry to local grocery–store hauls.
Cutlery set Whether for a food truck or an impromptu picnic, having your own sturdy utensils ($14, Anthropologie) is a major travel upgrade. The clever design of this set sees the fork, knife and spoon (made from recycled thermoplastic) click together, no case required.
Sea salt What food doesn’t benefit from a pinch of flaky salt? From fresh tomatoes on toast to caramel gelato, enhance everything on the go with this travel–size tin of Pacific sea salt ($5, Vancouver Island Sea Salt).