Top 10 Trending Travel Items for 2024

Traveling has always been a thrilling adventure, and as we step into 2024, it’s time to level up our travel game with the latest and most innovative travel items.

Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or planning your first big trip, these top 10 travel items for 2024 are must-haves to make your journeys more comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable. From smart luggage to eco-friendly accessories, Girls Gone Abroad has you covered.

Let’s dive (or fly) into the future of travel!

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1. Smart Riding Suitcases: Travel in Style and Tech

Smart luggage is a game-changer for travelers. These suitcases come equipped with built-in chargers for your devices, TSA approved locks and the fun part, you can ride them. Stay connected and organized while looking stylish on the go especially as you travel to your next gate.

Also, if you’re traveling with young kids, you can transport them through the airport with ease.

20 Inch Smart Carry on Luggage Travel Suitcase with USB Port

Most smart suitcases are designed to meet airline regulations.

However, it’s always a good idea to check with your specific airline for any additional guidelines or restrictions.

2. Portable Electric Kettles: Boil Water Anytime

Portable water purifiers are great but if you are looking for an alternative way to have water that is safe for consumption, electric portable kettles are awesome! You can find options with auto-shut off and boil-dry protection features for safety.

Portable electric kettle.
Cute electric portable kettles only $13.65

Some models also offer different temperature settings depending on your beverage of choice. 

3. Noise-Canceling Earbuds: Silence the World

Whether you’re on a noisy flight or trying to relax in a bustling city, noise-canceling earbuds are your sanctuary especially for those who are noise sensitive.

Drown out noise, but not your friend.

Immerse yourself in your own world of music, podcasts, audio book or silence and find your inner peace. 

4. Foldable Solar Panels: Capture the Sun’s Power

For eco-conscious travelers, foldable solar panels are a game-changer. Charge your devices using clean, renewable energy wherever you go. It’s a small step towards reducing your carbon footprint.

Lightweight, Foldable Solar Panels

5. Collapsible Travel Pillow: Comfort on the Go

Long journeys can be tiring, but a collapsible travel pillow with ergonomic support can make all the difference. Not sure about you but I have tried the small “u-shaped” pillows and I find them to be uncomfortable but these larger pillows are a game changer.

Enjoy a comfortable nap during your flight and it easily fits in your bag when not in use.

Game changer.

6. Digital Language Translator: Break Down Language Barriers

Exploring new cultures is fantastic, but language barriers can be a challenge. A digital language translator helps bridge the gap, making communication smoother and more enjoyable.

Check your app store as there many apps available on your smart device.

7. Laundry Detergent Sheets: Because Clean Clothes Smell Good

It’s just a sheet! No need to pack a bulky bottle of detergent because even the small ones take up precious luggage space. Of course, you can buy some at your destination but if you are like me and like to pre-pack the essentials, these are perfect.

Oh sheet!

p.s. No plastic which also makes this eco-friendly.

8. Mini-Multi Plug Outlet: Never Run Out of Charging Ports

With all the gadgets we carry today, a mini-multi plug is a lifesaver. It allows you to charge multiple devices simultaneously, ensuring you are always powered up. Don’t forget your adapters!

Mini-Multi Plug Outlets that lie flat against the wall.

9. Packing Cubes: Organized Packing Made Easy

These are my favorite!

Perfect gift for a friend who is compulsive about organization.

Keep your suitcase neat and tidy with packing cubes. They help maximize space and keep your clothes wrinkle-free. No more digging through a messy suitcase to find what you need.

10. Travel Insurance with COVID-19 Coverage: Peace of Mind

In these uncertain times, having travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is a must. It provides peace of mind, ensuring you’re financially protected in case of unexpected disruptions.

Compare quotes to find the best option for your budget and needs. 

Now that you’re up to date on the top 10 travel items for 2024, it’s time to get out and see the world! These innovative and practical items will enhance your travel experience, making it more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Happy and safe travels!

xoxo, CaSandra

Video Review: Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, Papeete

  1. Room Review of Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort. Papeete, French Polynesia – September 2019

We decided to stay a couple of nights in Papeete, capitol city of Tahiti before taking a ferry to Moorea where we had our destination wedding. Yes, this is something I need to write about!! Coming soon!

    Quick notes:

– About 20 minutes from airport
– 20-30 minutes from ferry
– Bring mosquito spray
– Book excursions as there are no beach activities
– Great for adults – honeymooners, newly weds
– Skip the breakfast buffet
– They do not have overwater bungalows

Top 7 Teeth Tips for When You Travel

Traveling with Your Teeth

While working on another blog post about what to pack in your carry-on bag for a long flight, I got sucked into reading a few things about teeth and general dental care while traveling and felt it was important enough to write about.

Sure, this is an odd subject and not too many people consider the care of their teeth when traveling.

I can’t imagine having to deal with some sort of tooth emergency while traveling and I am pretty obsessed with my teeth. I was one of those kids who had some mangled looking teefers and have spent close to $10,000 ensuring they are straight, healthy, pearly and I don’t suffer from yuck mouth. The thought of something happening to my teeth while traveling gives me a tooth ache. See what I did there?

This is me. Age 9. The beginnings of mangled teeth. Certain family members still have pics of me with a horrible smile and use them for blackmail purposes from time to time.

I should inform you that I am not a dentist and these Top 7 Teeth Tips (geez – say that 3 times really fast) for when you travel are based on a compilation of other sites which I have referenced for you!

1.Get your dental work done a couple of weeks before you travel.

Go get your teeth cleaned and inspected before your trip. If you find out you need a filling, tooth extraction or a root canal, you’ll have to take care of it as long as your flight is a few weeks after the procedure. The air pressure in a flight cabin can do weird things to our bodies and while it may or may not affect you, it’s better to make sure that you are fully healed and all is well after a major dental procedure.

2. Make sure you have your dentist’s phone number with you.

We don’t normally keep our dentist’s number handy but you never know when you might need to contact your dentist, so just in case, be sure you have their phone number. In the event you find yourself needing dental care, you can always call your dentist to also get a second opinion.

See: Sick on the Road

3. Check your dental insurance coverage.
Are you covered while hanging out with the Sherpas?

What about while running with the bulls? Random break-dancing battle or boxing match?

Hector Camacho, Jr. I don’t believe he has ever lost a tooth. Photo Credit: me!

You may want to call and check your dental coverage and if you’re not covered, consider getting some coverage if you plan on doing anything a tad bit risky.

If you do find yourself needing dental work, be sure to keep copies of receipts and records so you can share them with your insurance company for possible reimbursement and of course, records for your dentist.

Don’t have insurance? Google and do some research before you leave!

See: Does Travel Insurance Cover Dental

4. Know what to do if you knock out a tooth.

I’ve never been in a bar fight although came super close one time in Greece when I was accosted by “flannel girl”. I’d like to think that if I was ever in a bar fight I would either lose a tooth or knock someone’s tooth out.

In either situation, this is what you (or they) should do according to the American Dental Association.

Gently hold it by the crown also known as the white part and gently rinse off your tooth, but don’t scrub it.

Then put it back in your socket. (UGH!!!)
If you can’t put it back in your socket, then keep it between your cheek and gums or a cup of milk. You know…in case you happen to have a cup of it sitting around.

Next, get to a dentist quickly! Some hospitals can also provide emergency dental care.
If you happen to be prone to getting teeth knocked out on occasion, then maybe you need an emergency tooth preservation kit. Who knew these things existed?

5. If you lose a filling which is far more common than losing a tooth. 

Common sense reminds us that biting down on something super hard or sticky could cause you to lose a filling but for those of you who like to open beer bottles with their teeth or love that sticky or hard type of candy, losing a filling could be a common occurrence.

Photo Credit:

In your moment of primal behavior or satisfying your sweet tooth, be sure to know what to do if this happens to you. It’s not usually an emergency, but if you don’t get it taken care of right away, it could cause you to need a root canal. For a temporary solution, use over-the-counter dental cement like Dentemp Repair Kit with Dental Cement – until you can visit a dentist.

I would recommend keeping some of this in your travel kit as this may be hard to find while traveling and I can’t imagine having to translate this!

If you’re reading this while abroad, then you might have a better chance of finding clove oil which can help reduce the sensitivity and pain. Go look in a drug store, grocery store or spice market and use a cotton swab or something else soft to gently apply it to the sensitive area.

Clove oil can also act as an instant breath freshener which you might need right before a random break-dancing battle.

*Just be careful when using too much clove oil as it can irritate your gums.

Hm. I wonder if you could make a spray out of clove oil and use it as pepper spray AND breath freshener!? Dual purpose? I’m going to have to do some more research on this.

Has it been sterilized?

6. Finding a Dentist overseas

Do some prep work before you travel.

Depending on where you are traveling to, dental care may not be easily accessible and you also need to be aware of their cleanliness standards. I do my research in case I decide to get a tattoo in the country I am visiting. Same due diligence applies when researching dentists.

I bet you one of these is an ancient tooth extractor. Photo Credit:

Search for dentists and check Yelp reviews, if available. If you find yourself in the dentist’s office/tent/cave, check the cleanliness of the environment and equipment.

Is the equipment sealed? Is there an autoclave? Are they actually using it? *An inspection of this sorts applies in your home country as well!

Here’s a great CNN article with great information about cross-infection in a dental office.

Remember. You want to return to your home country with memories and souvenir magnets, not diseases (of any kind).

7. Pack Dental Floss.

I floss every day. Once, I forgot my dental floss and had to buy some in Paris and it costs me almost $7.00. NOT kidding. Maybe this isn’t a typical price, but I had to have it.

Don’t forget a) to floss every day and b) pack it with you.

Last but not least, smile and “SAY CHEESE!”

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