Travel Essentials: 10 Must-Have Accessories for Travelers
Whether you are traveling for the holidays, going on summer vacation or running away for spring break, be sure to gear up with the right accessories. Plan wisely with items that will make your travels a bit smoother, comfortable and convenient. You don’t need to pack the kitchen sink to travel with a complete suitcase, but you definitely want to invest in some practical essentials to make your travels a little more worry-free. Below are some of the most convenient travel essentials for domestic and abroad travels.
This Travel Bug Daypack from Eagle Creek is conveniently sized but equipped with plenty of storage space for your everyday travel essentials. Made from durable ballistic, rip-stop material, this little pack will endure tour after tour and store your items securely.
Tune out the humming sound of the flight, crying babies or chatty passengers and fall asleep to your favorite relaxing tunes with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint Headphones provide excellent noise silencing and produce quality sound for your music. Don’t forget your sleep mask! Keep bothersome cabin lights or even bright window lights out with Rick Steves’ Travel Sleep Mask. This mask will help you get right to sleep with its molded contours and soft material. When you wake up, you will feel rested and renewed!
Travel lightly and make the most of your luggage space with lightweight clothing. Select pieces that can keep you cool in warm weather or can be comfortably layered to keep you warm in cooler weather. Reversible garments are also a great choice for travel. A lightweight, reversible jacket such as Orvis’ Reversible Travel Jacket gives you two jackets in one and is great for mixing and matching with a variety of garments while maximizing your luggage space.
Packing a suitcase can sometimes turn out to be a disorganized mess. Keep your garments neat and tidy with Space Bag’s Travel Roll-Up Storage Pack; these reusable, airtight and watertight packing bags are easy to use and will allow you to pack twice as many clothes. Simply place folded garments inside one of these bags and roll to compress and protect your clothes. The pack comes with suitcase size and carry-on size bags to accommodate various garment sizes.
One of the most exciting parts of being on vacation is exploring new places. Stay comfortable and ready for the next tour with a good pair of walking shoes. Patagonia’s Cardon Loafer for men is a lightweight, multi-season walking shoe that is just as great for vacation nightlife fun as it is for daytime touring. Ladies can stay comfortable and stylish with Propet’s Opal Travel Walking Shoes; these mary jane style shoes have shock-absorbing insoles for additional comfort and Nylex lining to deter moisture.
Going on vacation means making new memories. Capture every moment of your trip with Kodak’s SLICE Touchscreen Camera. This compact, feature-packed digital camera allows you to tag images to your favorite social media sites right after capturing the moment and instantly uploads your images to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube or your email when you connect to your computer.
Although photos make great memories, we can’t help but pick up a few unique souvenirs along our travels. Maybe you just have to bring home a pair of wooden clogs, a couple of boxes of chocolate covered macadamia nuts, or a bag full of postcards and magnets, but you didn’t make enough room in your suitcase to bring back these travel treasures. You can easily solve this problem with Travelon’s Foldable Tote. This foldable travel bag stores compactly in your suitcase when not in use and looks great when unfolded and toted around. Bring on the souvenirs!
Keep the queue flowing with TSA approved toiletry bottles and bags for quick and efficient security checks. Pack your carry-on toiletries inside Japonesque’s Handi Travel Pack; TSA approved, this set includes 4 squeeze bottles, 1 spray bottle, 1 dropper bottle and 16 labels for easy identification. The mini clear vinyl pouch will make it easy for security officials to see the contents of the bag and pass you through the check point in a shorter amount of time.
One of the most common but practical travel accessories is the alarm clock. If you are visiting family cross country or camping out in the woods, you may want to bring with you a compact travel alarm clock for early-rise mornings. True, you can probably use your cell phone to wake you up in the morning, but if you are traveling abroad or any other place where a cell phone is not needed, a travel alarm clock is a must-have. Try Timex’s Portable Alarm Clock with Built-In Flash Light); this battery operated clock features gradual alarm volume, indigo night light for night time viewing and an integrated flashlight for late night bathroom trips down the hall if staying with family or in a hostel.
For overseas travel, an AC adapter is a must if you plan to bring non-battery operated electronics or small appliances. eBags’ Universal Plug Adapter Kit will adapt to a variety of foreign outlets with an easy to use design and includes a convenient storage bag available in a variety of colors.