9 Must-Pack Essentials for Any Destination

Wherever you're planning to spend your all-too-scarce PTO, this list will have you covered. Make sure these picks always make it into your suitcase and you'll never stand over it at 6am stressing about what to pack again.

Whether you plan to exercise while traveling or not, a pair of fashionable sneakers is the perfect travel shoe. Think lightweight, comfortable, and breathable. Plus, these days sneakers can more or less be worn anything.

Pictured: adidas NMD R1 PK "Japan Boost"

$350, flightclub.com

Swim Trunks

Even if this list was restricted to just three items, a classic pair of swim trunks would still make the cut. Remember, you never really know where you'll end up while on the road, and you don't want to get caught unprepared poolside—or hot tub-side. Plus they can double as shorts in a pinch.

Pictured: Everest Isles Jacktar Short

$180, everestisles.com

Packable Pillow

Travel is unpredictable. You never know when you might get stranded in an airport overnight or rebooked on a redeye without notice. Having a lightweight, highly packable portable pillow can be a real life saver. And even if you have great luck, save your back and use it as lumbar support on long drives or flights.

Pictured: Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow

$30, cascadedesigns.com

Classic Oxford Cloth Shirt

No matter where you're headed having a button-down shirt on hand is a good idea. Surprise dinner plans? No problem. Airplane AC on full blast? You're covered. Need something to block the sun or bugs? Here you go. We suggest a classic oxford cloth shirt—it's naturally wrinkle resistant and again, pairs well almost anything.

Pictured: Drake's Slim-Fit Cotton Oxford Shirt

$275, mrporter.com

White Tee

This goes on pretty much every "essentials" list we write, because, well, duh. It's an American staple and looks great on everyone, and goes with everything. Pocket-less is obviously a more classic look, but a pocket can carry things—bonus.

Pictured: Everlane Pocket Tee

$15, everlane.com

Crew Neck Sweater

Even in arid environments evenings get cold, so pack a clean, minimalist sweater like this Champion x Todd Snyder collaboration. It's sporty enough to be worn with a T-shirt and shorts, yet timeless enough that it could work with khakis over a button-down, too.

Pictured: Todd Snyder x Champion Classic Pocket Sweater

$98, toddsnyder.com