The Best Travel Accessories and Gear for Any Trip

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Top Travel Accessories and Supplies for Men and Women

Nothing sucks more than being ill prepared for travel. If you’re new to traveling, or just looking to expand your current kit, there are a few essential travel accessories you should consider purchasing:

  • Travel Pillow
  • Earplugs
  • Eye Mask
  • Filtered Water Bottle
  • Headlamp
  • TSA Locks
  • Outlet Converter
  • Fast Phone Chargers
  • Portable Charger
  • Sewing Kit
  • Clothesline

Not only will packing the above items make your life easier when traveling, you will be the envy of other travelers. Seriously though, all expert travelers carry these because they have learned the hard way that not carrying these travel accessories is a detriment to their travels. Do yourself a favor and pick a few of these up! 

If you are looking for packing lists for various countries you can find Europe by clicking here, Thailand by clicking here, South America by clicking here, and the USA by clicking here.

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Tracking down some of these items can be difficult because they are not stored at many stores. Luckily the internet can provide you with the means to grab everything you need in one shipment! We use Amazon for the majority of our travel purchases. They offer 2 day shipping on prime ($3 to try it for the first 30 days) and provide user reviews so you know if the gear you are buying is high quality. They also have a great return policy if you don’t like what you got.

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Flight Accessories

A lot of travelers take overnight trains or buses in order to cut down on travel time and have a place to sleep at night. It’s a great tactic and we are a big fan of it. This is where a travel pillow, eye mask, and earplugs come in. Packing these three travel accessories can be the difference between a comfortable good nights rest, or horrible neck pain and lack of sleep.  No one wants to take an overnight bus to Paris only to be too tired to explore the city that day!

Travel Pillow
This kit is great for traveling because it includes a pillow, mask, and earplugs.  It feels great around your neck and will allow you to sleep on even the noisiest of buses. Ensure your valuables are secured before sleeping on a bus because thieves tend to strike while you sleep.

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Water Bottles

Buying bottled water while traveling can add up quick and is a drag on the environment. Plus, plastic bottled water is full of weird chemicals that are not good for you in the long term. We recommend bringing a water bottle that is either self filter or that can have water purifying tabs easily dropped into it. If you are unfamiliar with water purifying tabs, they are tablets that you drop into your water and purify it. They are cheap and can be bought at sites like Amazon or at outdoor stores. If you don’t want to go this route consider the self filtered bottle below:

Brita Water Bottle
Brita is synonymous with water purification. They offer a variety of great purifying technologies, and their water bottle is one of the best. SImply fill it up and drink, the filter at the top will do the rest. The filter should be changed every month, so if you aren’t planning to travel for an extended period of time this bottle will work great for traveling. Out of all the travel accesories on this list this one is essential to your health.

Headlamp

Why would you need a headlamp? The real question is, why don’t you already own one? Headlamps are ultra diverse tools that extend outside of the realm of travel, but while traveling they are a must. If you’ve ever stayed in a hostel, you know it’s generally lights out after 10pm. This can make rummaging through your bag troublesome because of the pitch dark nature of the rooms. Also, you make much more noise banging into things and waking up your fellow travelers, not cool. They’re also great for nighttime or early morning hiking or trekking. If you are planning to hike Machu Picchu, the gates open at 5am and it’s a harsh climb in the dark.

Rechargeable Headlamp
This is one of the best headlamps for the money and will serve you well for years. It fits easily in a pack and has multiple light settings. This one recharges so no need for extra batteries!

Locks

Unfortunately, theft is common when you travel, and it usually comes from your fellow travelers and not the locals. Many hostels and hotels have lockers to store your bags, but a lot do not. We recommend bringing at least two locks that can easily be threaded through your zippers, and possibly a locking cable to secure the bag to something. It won’t stop determined thieves, but it could be the difference between a thief stealing from you or someone who doesn’t have their gear locked up.

TSA Lock
TSA Locks allow easy access to your packs by the annoying American Transit Police that you have to deal with when going to the airport. They are also great for threading together zippers using the zipper holes. Carry one for your day pack and one for your main pack.

Outlet Converters and Chargers

If you are traveling to another country, or multiple countries, you will need a converter for their plugs. Instead of buying individual converters for each country, buy an easy to pack kit that holds all of them. These converters will be the key to charging your electronics.

Speaking of charging, nothing sucks more than having to wait around an hour or two for a phone to charge. This is time you could be hanging out with other travelers or sightseeing. Even worse, that phone you charged is close to dying while you are out and you are not sure how to get back to your hostel or hotel. Luckily for us there are fast charging cords for most brands of phones and portable chargers that allow us to get a few full chargers on the go. These are great travel accessories if you don’t want to have a lot of downtime charging your stuff.

Universal Outlet
This affordable and easy to pack outlet set is perfect for travel. It has a converter for every country and isn’t heavy. There are a lot of options out there, but know that the big, all in one, chargers are heavy and fall out of outlets.

Fast Charging Cables
Made for most smartphones, these cables not only charge your phone fast, but they are super long and allow you use your electronics comfortably without being forced to sit next to the outlet. You need another charger anyway, so pick one up!

 

Anker Portable Charger
These are literal life savers when traveling. Phones tend to die at the worst times when you are out for the day, leaving you stranded or unable to contact people. They also provide you extra hours of entertainment on long flights or bus rides. A fully charged charger should charge your phone to 100% a few times. Ironically, the only way the portable charger works is if you also charge it. Does your brain hurt yet?

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Clothes get wet and ripped, it’s a fact, especially when traveling. Don’t be caught unprepared when your shirt starts to unravel or all your clothes get soaked from a monsoon, packing a sewing kit and a clothesline.

Travel Sewing Kit
It happened to me in my first travels, my pants split at the seam while I was out sightseeing and I didn’t have a sewing kit to fix them. I had only packed two pairs of pants and was down one, it was really frustrating because it was an easy fix. I learned from this and next time was prepared, but this time it wasn’t my pants but the stitching on my backpack. To avoid situations like this pack a travel sewing kit, you’ll be glad you did.

Travel Items Summary

These are the best travel accessories for any destination you plan to visit. They are often overlooked or discarded because people won’t think they need them, and you don’t, until you do! Prepare for the worst and expect the best, that’s our motto, so invest in solid travel accessories.