Ultimate Guide to Travel Accessories 2019
If you’re not already using packing cubes, you should be! Packing cubes are a traveller’s best friend. They help organise and fit everything into your suitcase. For instance, you can fold tops into one packing cube, shorts in another, and pack an empty one for dirty clothes. Of course, your undergarments can have their own little pouch too. Packing cubes are there to keep everything neat and tidy within the small space of your suitcase – no rummaging required.
Electronic accessory organiser
Just as packing cubes help organise clothes, a cable organiser keeps all of your travel gadgets in one safe place. Travelling with electronics can be a bit worrisome. What if you leave something behind in the hotel room? This electronic accessory organiser from Amazon is a zip-up storage bag with different pouches and compartments for chargers, cables, earphones, power banks, or SD cards. That way when you leave the hotel room, you can simply check the organiser and know that your charger is with you. Bonus points if it’s a water-resistant case (you never know when a liquid might explode in your bag).
Silk pillowcase + sleep mask
Bringing a silk pillowcase with you on your holiday will not only provide the comfort of home but also help you get a good night’s sleep. Silk fabric is hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, and good for your hair. Plus, it’s a natural fibre that breathes with your skin. Simply place your soft silk pillowcase on your hotel room (or your own) pillow, then slip on an eye mask and beat that jet lag. Oh, and don't forget the earplugs.
You probably own a toiletry bag, but it is made for travel? Amazon sells an excellent cosmetics bag holds enough room for all of your toiletries, makeup, and grooming accessories while being lightweight and compact enough to carry. For optimal convenience, choose a cosmetics bag that’s water-resistant and comes with a metal hook to hang on towel racks or doorknobs.
Noise-cancelling headphones will totally upgrade your travel experience. It’s not an absolutely necessary travel accessory, but it will make your holiday a little more comfortable. The Bose QuietComfort over-ear headphones are an excellent option for blocking out that crying baby on long flights. Alternatively, the Bose QuietComfort earbuds include an “aware mode” that lets you hear what's around you when you need to, such as in-flight announcements. Noise-cancelling headphones are also advantageous if you’re staying in a noisy hostel dorm or sharing a room with a snorer.
Collapsible water bottle
It’s handy to pack your own eco-friendly travel bottle in order to avoid using plastic water bottles. But admittedly, something as bulky and heavy as a Swell is difficult to travel with. A collapsible water bottle is a great solution! And frankly, it’s an essential travel accessory. It simply rolls up into a compact package and attaches to the outside of your bag. A win for the environment and for you!
Anti-theft purse or backpack
When you’re travelling with valuables such as a passport, phone, or credit cards, it’s important to keep them safe. Pacsafe is a brand that makes anti-theft bags and accessories to give you a little peace of mind when you’re exploring a foreign city. For instance, this anti-theft travel handbag includes RFID safe pockets so that thieves can’t scan your passport and credit card information as you explore a foreign city. The straps are also made with material that keeps the bag safe from cut-and-run thieves. Pacsafe makes a variety of anti-theft briefcases, money belts, travel wallets, and backpacks.
Rain jacket or windbreaker
A decent rain jacket is hard to come by, but it’s a necessary travel accessory. You need something that’s lightweight but also keeps you warm and dry when bad weather strikes. This Kathmandu rain jacket for women and for men packs into its own pocket! It’s convenient when it comes to saving space but also protects you against bad weather.
A portable charger is a must when you travel. Save the hassle and worry of your lifeline — err, we mean phone— dying when you’re about to take an epic picture of Machu Picchu. This portable charger on Amazon is compact and lightweight, but powerful and fast when it comes to charging your gadgets. If you can find one with multiple USB ports, even better.
Vacuum pack pillow
Travel can be uncomfortable when you’re squished in the middle seat of a plane or sleeping in an unfamiliar bed. Bring your travel pillow from home to upgrade your comfort level during your holiday. Ecosa’s memory foam pillow can be compressed into a reusable vacuum seal bag or rolled into its case. This makes it super convenient to pack into suitcases or carry-on backpacks of all shapes and sizes – far more supportive than an awkwardly shaped neck pillow.
Sleeping on your own memory foam pillow will help you avoid ‘hotel neck’ that you may experience from unfamiliar lumpy pillows. A vacuum pack pillow is an essential travel accessory.
Shop the Ecosa pillow here and say goodbye to hotel neck.