Traveling to new, unseen destinations is always so exciting! 🙂
All we want to do when we get to our destination is to just throw our luggage in the hotel room and just get out and explore the new city/country we are in. At least that’s what I always want to do! 😀
But to get to that space, we must have some useful travel gear & accessories at our disposal that can minimize inconveniences and make our holiday hassle-free. You just need some advance preparation with the right equipment in your kitty and you’re good to go.
These are not essentials that you absolutely HAVE to have, but just items that can make your life and travel easier. I’ve been using these accessories for many years and I absolutely swear by them. These products are a major part of my travel routine and I cannot (and will not) travel without them.
I might not be able to link all of my products below, since some of them were bought many years ago. I will however link similar products in the title, so make sure you click and shop!
I’ve put this list together in the spirit of knowing that most of you might find these items super practical, regardless of budget or travel style. And if you’re like me and you like your stuff to be organized while traveling (or otherwise), you’ve come to the right place and this post is definitely for you! 😀
Let’s get on to it then…
I have been traveling with an RFID passport wallet for many years and it honestly makes life so much easier while traveling. We also underestimate how many times we have to take out our passports and tickets while traveling internationally. It’s definitely smart to keep your tickets, passports and visa documents in one secure wallet.
These RFID Passport wallets are designed keep identity theft at bay, which is a new kind of pick-pocketing in this day and age where people don’t have to reach into your bags or pockets to obtain passport and credit card information. They can scan details using a scanner by just walking past you. So always protect your passports and credit cards while traveling.
I recently switched out my old passport wallet and replaced it with the one below. It is the best one I have come across. It has 2 sections and can hold at least 5-6 passports (basically, your whole family’s passports) along with your keys, credit cards, a pen, your boarding pass and a zipper pocket for your foreign currency. It is honestly amazing and you should definitely get one if you travel overseas regularly.
Before I bought a dedicated tech accessory organizer, I used to carry them in a pouch so I would have everything in one place. But that got pretty messy and tedious. That’s when I decided to invest in a dedicated organizer. And you know what, it has definitely made a big difference and I cannot recommend this enough.
The one below is the medium size and is apt for someone who doesn’t have too many cords and gadgets to carry on vacation. I on the other hand have a gazillion things to charge and hence plan on getting myself the bigger version sometime in the near future. 😀 I have linked it in the header, click to shop!
I’m sure we all carry universal adaptors when we travel internationally. But that’s not always enough. I have had so many experiences where hotel rooms have had just 1-2 power sockets. Heck, our hotel room in Paris had just 1 power socket and we had a million things to charge.
That’s when I decided to start carrying my own multiport power strip & adaptor. It has made our lives so much easier and I honestly cannot recommend this enough!
P.S: I have been eyeing the below shown 10 outlet, 4 usb power strip tower for a while now. If you have that during your travels, there’s no need to carry anything else. Life sorted. 😀
Although we love our cameras, it is sometimes a lot more convenient to just take photos on our phones. But it’s often a bit of a hassle to take a couple photo or selfies on the phone by ourselves. Most strangers are kind enough to take pictures, but not everyone’s a photographer and sometimes those photos might not turn out the way we would want.
That’s when I decided to get myself a good, lightweight iPhone tripod for those easy, hassle-free photo sessions. Plus, the fact that you can convert this tripod into a selfie stick in a jiffy is absolutely amazing. You are welcome! 😛
One of the best things to have in your travel arsenal is a portable safe for your passports and cash. It is unsafe to always have it on you and I definitely do not feel comfortable leaving my passports back in my hotel room either. Ergo, a portable safe is the best option!
Most hotels have a safe these days but if there isn’t a safe in your room, you definitely should get a portable safe and tuck your important things away. Or if your hotel room does come with a safe, you can probably keep this tiny safe inside the hotel’s bigger safe for that extra layer of security and calm your paranoia! 😛
Ok, this has to be an absolute basic in this day and age! We use our phones so much these days that they often run out of juice by mid-day. I always have a portable battery bank (or two 😉 ) in my bag along with my usual apple charger and a chargeable phone case while traveling. Paranoid much? 😀
These portable chargers come with multiple ports and can charge two or more devices at once. Just make sure you buy one that is at least between 10000mAh – 20000mAh and can give you a couple of charges. Anything below that is plain useless.
We bought the below shown Pacsafe anti-theft backpack before we went to Europe the first time. We had heard so many stories of tourist backpacks getting slashed and cut open in subways and crowded areas around Europe that we decided to invest in a good one.
When you are in a foreign country, you often have important things in your personal backpack like your passports, visa documents and extra currency to name a few! So it’s better to be extra cautious and carry a bag or backpack that can provide you an extra layer of protection. Our backpack is over 2 years old and has traveled with us to multiple countries and is still in perfect condition.
Do yourself a favor and get a great backpack or bag that will protect your belongings and last you for years!
This is another great essential. Instead of spending $4 – $5 on a bottle of water at the airport, carry a reusable & foldable water bottle in your bag. It won’t take up that much space and you can refill these bottles in water fountains as much as you’d like.
As an added bonus, you are protecting our oceans and environment by not buying and disposing a million plastic bottles during your travels. It’s a win-win for all of us!
Can’t tell you how many times our luggage scale has saved us from unnecessary hassles at the airport. Everyone shops when they travel and none of us want to throw anything away at the last minute. Save yourself the trouble and invest in a great digital luggage scale for your future travels!
Bonus: Tangle free Earphone holder
This is may be not a travel necessity but it has definitely made my life a whole lot easier. I have been using this Budley earphone holder for more than 2 years now and honestly cannot recommend it enough. You won’t have to fish around your bag for messy, tangled earphones EVER again!
Ok, now that I’ve let you in on all my secrets, it’s your turn to comment below and enlighten me about your must-have accessories while traveling. 🙂 I would also love to know which of the above mentioned products you loved and which of them you would include in your travel arsenal.
I hope you enjoyed reading through the above list of my favorite travel accessories. There are many more products I love and use often while traveling, but that’s a post for another day! 😀
Until next time..
See you in the skies! 🙂