You need three things for successful travel: The right companions, the right destination, and the right gear. Those first two are your call, but when it comes to the actual stuff you pack (and pack into), much is universal. From the right suitcase to the best vacation-worthy pen, here’s the gear you shouldn’t leave home without.
Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer living in Iowa City. Her work has appeared in The Believer and Popular Mechanics, among other publications.