Travelling requires you carry more than just a suitcase — whether you’re a travel junkie or digital nomad, you know this to be true. Since you pack up and ship out so regularly, you probably have a few gadgets and accessories that make the task more comfortable and more efficient. And, every year, travel experts like you add even more helpful pieces to their collections.
If you’re in the market for some new travel accessories — or if you’re just looking to make your next trip simpler — then read on. We’ve gathered ten of the year’s best travel accessories, all of which will make your on-the-go lifestyle even better.
Travelon Bag Bungee
Experienced travelers often pack a carry-on in place of a checked bag — it’s not only easier to transport, but it won’t get lost or delayed if you take it with you from point A to point B. On top of that, most airlines allow you to bring a small bag, such as a purse or laptop case, along with your carry-on luggage. And, like the smart traveller you are, you like to stack these items on top of each other and roll them through the airport.
Unfortunately, the small bag on top of the rolling luggage will often shift and fall from its perch. That’s where the Travelon Bag Bungee comes in — you can connect the bungee to the rolling bag’s extendable handle, then wrap it around your small bag so that it doesn’t fall. On top of that, you can slip other loose items, such as travel pillows or sweatshirts, into the bungee, too.
Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery
You probably already have a label on your luggage so that, if it’s lost, it can be returned to you. Still, traditional bag tags — or, worse yet, the paper labels provided by your airline of choice — can rip and fall off, leaving your bag unidentified. Plus, you’ll have no idea where your bag is until you get to your destination and find it on the baggage claim belt… or not.
A Tile Pro digitally tracks your luggage’s location so you can figure out where it is at all times. To that end, if you find yourself regularly losing your keys, wallet or other easy-to-misplace items, you can pop a Tile onto them, too.
GDTK Passport Holder
Did you know that someone could swipe your personal information from credit cards and other personal documents, even if they’re stored securely in your wallet? The GDTK Passport Holder works to prevent that by encompassing your booklet, as well as your most essential cards, in an RFID blocker that wards off such an intrusion. Plus, it comes in a slew of different colours and leather durable enough to pop into your purse or carry-on and go.
USB Solar Charger
A journey into the wilderness will have you far away from the plugs you’d normally use to charge your phone. This is certainly a good thing — you go into nature to unwind and refresh far from the technology of today. However, you might also want to keep phone and other electronics on hand for your safety should you lose your way, need to call for help, etc.
That’s where the USB Solar Charger comes in. This device uses the sun’s rays to pump up a battery pack, to which you can then connect with a USB cord. That way, you can charge your devices no matter where you are, so long as there’s a bit of sun.
The Flat Water Bottle
Any experienced traveller knows that plane travel quickly dehydrates us, and it doesn’t help that airlines only serve small cups of water along the way. So, pack up The Flat Water Bottle, which you can easily slip into the seat-back pocket. Fill it with H2O pre-flight, so you have plenty to drink on your journey — you can do the same once you reach your destination, too. And, as the name implies, it won’t take up too much space in your luggage or day bag, so no need to worry about adding it to an ever-growing packing list.
Samsonite Electric Luggage Scale
We’ve all done it — we’ve weighed ourselves, then stepped off the scale, held our luggage, stepped back onto the scale, remembered the new number and then subtracted our initial weight from it. This method shows us if our bags are overweight, but it can be a hassle, to say the least. Plus, it’s not always accurate.
That’s where the Samsonite Electric Luggage Scale comes in. This handy device accurately counts how much your bag weighs so that you can arrive at the airport with confidence — no more overweight baggage fees. Plus, it’s small and lightweight enough to bring along for the trip so that you can re-weigh your luggage once you stuff it with souvenirs.
TRTL Travel Pillow
Need some neck support while you nod off? The TRTL travel pillow has you covered. It has a unique construction that supports your noggin while you sleep on the plane. Wrapped around the base is a soft fleece that acts as a hammock, gently cradling your head and neck, too. And, unlike U-shaped travel pillows, this one folds up and takes up half the space. It also weighs very little, so you can toss it into your carry-on, board and doze.
8Surge Plus USB Surge Protector and Charger
There’s nothing worse than an airport terminal with only a handful of plugs, especially when you have multiple devices to charge pre-flight. So, pick up the Surge Plus USB Surge Protector and Charger before your next trip so that you can make the most of your one airport outlet. Not only does it include three three-pronged plugs, but you can also charge two USB devices through it. In other words, you can top up all of your electronics before taking your seat and taking off.
Ebags Ultralight Packing Cubes
Even if you travel often, you might not be able to make the most of your luggage space with smart folding and packing tricks. So, invest in some packing cubes to help you organise the space you have. Neatly tuck your clothes, accessories, shoes, etc., into cubes that stack and fit into your luggage. Once you reach your destination, you can unload your cubes and easily get dressed and ready — no digging through a disorganised bag ever again.
Bose QuietComfort 20 Noise-Canceling Earbuds
Finally, you’ve probably been on a loud enough flight to know the value of a pair of headphones. Even better are the ones designed to block any ambient noise so that you only hear your music, audiobooks or downloaded Netflix series. These Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds have been air-tested and approved for their ability to do as intended. Plug them in, relax and get ready to travel the world.
This article about the best travel accessories for 2019 was written by Kacey Bradley. She is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.
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