Traveling can be fun and exciting, and filled with memories that will last a lifetime! What’s better than exploring new places, having new experiences, and meeting new people from all around the world? But it can also be frustrating and stressful if you’re not prepared for the unexpected. Thankfully, with the right travel accessories, you can minimize any potential inconveniences, and maximize the amount of time you’ll spend enjoying your trip.
To highlight some of the travel accessories that you might not have considered for your next trip, we put together this list of gear and gadgets that will help you stay organized, relaxed, comfortable, and ready to hit the ground running when you arrive at your destination.
Packing cubes like these Pack-It Cubes from Eagle Creek are a lifesaver when it comes to organizing and optimizing your travel bag. When you pack for a trip, they help compress clothing to make the most out of every inch of your bag, and the different colors and different sizes can help keep similar outfits together and organized so you can easily grab and go when you need to. Plus they come with a lifetime warranty so you’ll never have to worry about breaking a zipper when you’re trying to fit that one last item into your bag before the trip.
Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Frequent travelers swear by their Bose noise cancelling headphones, and for good reason! Being in a new place with new noises can make it hard to sleep, and loud environments can make it hard to hear your music, or an audio tour guide you downloaded to your smartphone. These Bose QuietControl Wireless Headphones won’t take up a lot of space in your bag, but they can quiet the noises around you (even without music playing!) and then quickly switch to “Aware Mode” if you need to hear something, like an announcement or a conversation. Since they connect with bluetooth they will work with any phone, including Apple and Android, and the lithium-ion battery lasts for 10 hours per charge, so you get plenty of audio in between stops.
While many modern smartphones can take impressive photos, if you really want to make sure you capture your travel memories in the best way possible, it’s hard to beat a compact camera like this Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX80. The large sensor allows it to capture amazing low-light photos when you’re out at night or touring the inside of a dark building, and the large image-stabilized 30x superzoom lens allows you to optically zoom in to a far away scene without sacrificing quality. In addition to stunning photos, it can also take amazing 1080p high definition videos when you want to capture the sights and sounds that are around you in full motion. Plus the large screen makes it easy to see what you’ve captured, and share your photos with the people around you.
If you’ve got a little extra room in your bag (one big advantage of traveling by motorcoach is that you don’t have to cram everything into a tiny carry-on!) then a bluetooth speaker is a great addition to your travel bag. You can use it in the hotel room when you’re getting ready to go out, or bring it to the beach with you and relax with some tunes. Many bluetooth speakers, like this Anker SoundCore 2, have durable water resistant designs, so you don’t have to worry about damaging them if you bring your speaker out to the pool with you or toss it in your day bag.
Leak-Proof Travel Bottles
It can be hard to find a good set of TSA-approved travel bottles, but this Vumos Leak Proof Travel Bottle Set is made of squeezable silicone so they’re easy to clean, and won’t explode all over your bag if they get sandwiched between two hard objects. Each bottle is a different color, and comes with an easy-to-adjust label that makes it easy to identify what’s inside.
When you’re in a new place, it can be stressful to carry around your important possessions and documentation while also trying to stay aware of your surroundings. This Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag is designed just for travelers, with a cross-body strap to keep it close to your body, adjustable cut-proof strap and slash-proof construction to prevent theft, an RFID-blocking pocket to keep credit cards and ID cards safe, and an easy to access pocket to keep a water bottle handy so you can easily stay hydrated when you’re walking around and exploring a new city.
It’s nice to have your smartphone with you when you travel, but constantly checking maps, consulting online travel guides, and taking photos and videos can quickly drain your battery. With a portable battery like this Anker PowerCore 10000, you can charger your gadgets on the go, so you’ll never have to worry about a dead battery when you need it most.
Many travelers carry a lot of gadgets with them, like smartphones, cameras, and tablets that all require special cables, charging bricks, memory cards, and other accessories. Instead of just throwing all those gadget accessories into a bag and arriving to your destination with a tangled mess, get an electronics organizer like this BUBM Travel Organizer and keep everything in a specific place. Mesh zippered pockets and elastic straps help hold small items in place, and the waterproof exterior provides an additional layer of protection from the elements.
Everyone hopes for a clear and sunny trip, but sometimes mother nature has other ideas. With this Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating, you can be ready for any adventure, rain or shine, thanks to a compact design that folds up into a tiny pouch, so you can toss it in your bag and have it ready when you need it.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
Another travel accessory that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without, this NeatPack Hanging Toiletry Bag is the best way to keep your toiletries organized and easy to access. You’ll be surprised by how much it can store, with padded compartments and pockets for everything from your makeup to your toothpaste, so you’ll never have to hunt around in your bag for a missing brush. Plus you can simply hang it up in the hotel bathroom when you get to your destination, to speed up your unpacking process and get on with your travels.