I’ve seen a lot of folks posting about their ‘travel essentials’ lately. And, while I agree cologne, quality headphones and designer sunglasses are totally necessary, I can’t help but feel like some of these hashtag-ridden insta-pics seem a bit… minimal.

With that said, here are three of my favorite (in addition to completely and utterly frivolous) travel items I’ve been toting along my entire journey, apart from the obvious… (Sorry no detailed photos tonight; I need to pack – rest assured I’ll create one of those nicely curated #essentials #layout photos soon enough!):

Aveda ‘Shampure’ Shampoo & Conditioner. The ‘big-ass jugs’ (as a good college friend and I used to jokingly refer to them), no less. Yes, they do explode in my suitcase almost every flight. But I don’t care, because not only have these jugs lasted me over six months (and counting), my hair is HAPPY!

My Tempur-Pedic Pillow. One thing I’ve distinctly remembered from certain past travels is bad pillows. Sometimes I have a lot of trouble falling asleep in general, and a terrible pillow just makes it worse. So, I decided to drag my Tempur-Pedic around the world with me, even though it apparently weighs three kilos (have to attach it onto my carry-on whenever I fly!).

Why did I make this heavy commitment? Because now I can always look forward to a good night’s sleep, wherever I go. It’s fabulous.

A Sizeable Selection of Small Handbags, Jewelry & Other Fun Accessories. Note: I do plan to re-organize and ship home a few things I’ve realized I just won’t use during my adventure (plus my suitcase is overweight, ha!). But, for the most part, I’m so glad I brought plenty of styling options, because I find being fashionable while traveling so much fun! If it makes me happy, must be worth it, right?

That’s all for now… I could go on and on about the tons other specific products in my suitcase, but I’ll save it for another time.

… Just wait until I start raving about my travel wardrobe (that part gets me super excited)!