The older I get, the more I realize that if we don’t lay out our travel plans carefully and cover all our bases when it comes to “what if” scenarios, then stress likely ensues. It’s almost a shame how many times I’ve uttered the words “travel stresses me out.” Especially with kids in the mix, managing itineraries, personalities, and the actual travel itself, it seems like prepping for vacation is a second (or third, or fourth) job in and of itself.

While that’s all largely unavoidable, finding my moment of zen ASAP once we get to our vacation destination is top priority for me. Over the years I’ve learned that having a few key items on hand can mean the difference between a restless vacay and a truly relaxing one. The next time you’re prepping for a big trip, skip the stress: these are the best travel products for relaxing on vacation that you need to be packing in your carry-on. Check them out in the slideshow.