Choosing the Best Travel Accessories for your next trip
What are the top travel gadgets that you need to pack?
We all love a holiday but I am not sure anyone likes packing... There are the rare travellers that can survive with a day pack and 3 changes of underpants but for most of us what we should put in our luggage causes us no end of procrastination. After several long overseas holidays and almost as many "discussions" with my travel companion I have come up with this list of things that are worth their weight when travelling.
I hope you find the list useful.. please feel free to add your tips at the end and let me know if you think I have missed the mark with any of these.
10 things I always pack when I travel
- Digital Camera and spare memory sticks
- Microfibre towel
- Travel Umbrella
- Zip lock bags in various sizes
- Smart phone or i-pod - no more visits to internet cafes - just find the free wi-fi zone
- Travel adapter
- Hand wash gel
- Flight socks
- Good headphones - noise cancelling
Grid it organizer - You will wish you bought 2.
My cocoon has saved me a fortune in damaged iPhone chargers and bent pins on my camera cord. I am not sure if it is just me but almost every apple charger cord I have ever owned had to be replaced before I started to be more careful about how I pack them. The money you spend on this will save you on replacement cords and the frustration of have to pull everything out of your bag to get your hands on the cord you need when you need it.
It might look like a toiletries bag this nifty organizer will change your life if are anything like me. Little pockets hold all those things you need to get your hands on in a hurry. Headphones, spare batteries, chargers, pens, painkillers, memory cards or usb's all within reach instead on floating in the bottom of your bag. Great for your carry on luggage too.
See all the grid it organizers
Stay safe on the plane - These socks can help avoid thrombosis
Ever since I had a suspected thrombosis after a long trip years I have worn flight socks. They are pretty comfortable and can even keep you warm on the plane. Once after arriving in Rome in the very early after a 23 hour journey I left them on while I walked around the city till check in. My legs felt great and I think they tired less easily. Who knows, not sure of the science on that but it felt good.
Take a USB - this USB has built in security
These days I back EVERYTHING up to a cloud site but I also like to have a secure copy of really important documents on me for when internet access is difficult.
This is not just an ordinary USB... it has fingerprint technology to keep your documents super safe... great for when you leave it in an internet cafe or hotel PC by mistake (yes i did that!) Also make sure you keep a backup of photos, handy PDF's of guidebooks.. You can just plug it in to a pc in your hotel or hostel and you have everything at your fingertips - with or without an internet connection.
More portable file storage ideas
A great backpack for serious photographers - Make it easy to carry your camera so you use it
How many times have you taken your digital SLR on holidays to find yourself leaving it in your room because its a hassle to carry around? If you are anything like me you end up using your pocket camera. Well this bag will change that. It is comfortable to carry, has nine compartments to separate your lenses, filters and other items and keeps everything safe with great padding.
See all the backpacks for photographers
Travel Umbrella - A small umbrella is a must for most holidays
This umbrella is feather weight and sturdy to survive a few months on the road. I was given an ultra light umbrella before my last trip... it's so light it was often in my raincoat pocket when I was in Paris and I would walk around the apartment trying to find it before we left each morning... (yes it was April)
Lots more travel umbrellas at Amazon
Roll your clothes to fit more in your bag
A travel towel - You will love these micro-fibre towels
Microfibre is the travellers friend, it weighs nothing and dries in no time. These used to only be available in specialist hiking stores and cost a fortune but are much easier and more affordable these days. Best of all cause they dry so quickly they don't end up having that sort of musty smell that regular towels can take on when you have to pack them back in your bag half damp.
A microfibre travel towel is so handy, dries in no time at all and takes up hardly any room in your bag.
Alternate styles of travel towels
Rick Steve - packing like an expert
More great travel products from Rick Steves - What does the travel guru take on the road?
Rick seems to polarize travelers but love him or hate him he travels more than most of us and has some great products that make life on the road easier. The items he sells are also well made and affordable.
These cubes help you keep similar things together in your bag and keep your bag tidy, particularly on long trips when you are changing hotels frequently.
I have a neck wallet to hold my passport when I am at the airport, sure it looks a bit lame hanging round my neck but it means I have it at easy reach for the countless times you need to show it these days and there is no danger of leaving it behind anywhere. Once I arrive at my destination I tend to only use it for money in less safe areas.
After taking several overseas trips in the last few years I have decided this is the only way to go.
A smart phone is the number one travel accessory of 2012
iPhone and iPad or iPod - Any of these will complement your trip
I am so glad I got an iphone before I left on my 2 month trip to Europe. I used it more than any other tech tool. Downloaded maps, itineraries, language apps, currency tools it really is all you need to survive on the road these days.
I always travel with my iPad loaded with all the shows I have missed on TV so I can watch what I want on the plane. Perfect for travelling on low cost airlines that have terrible entertainment choices.
I want one of these so badly but with an iphone and an ipad it's a bit hard to justify. If you don't already have an ipad this is a much better travel option.
This is my travel lifesaver... There are so many travel apps and so much free wi =-fi these days I can not imagine heading away without mine.
Spare memory sticks - You will take more photos than you think
I got caught out on my last trip having to buy memory cards in Germany and Italy for a lot more than they cost at home. Expect the unexpected and have a spare or two with you
Take several so you don't get caught out. I change them for each city then if my camera is stolen I still have all the other cards with the rest of my holiday.
Retractable cable Kit
Cables can get messed up at home but when you are traveling there is nothing worse than sifting through your bag for the right cable only to find then in a knotted mess. This completely eliminates that problem.
Noise cancelling headphones - you will wonder how you ever travelled without them
Crying baby on the plane? really? I did not hear a thing!
$100 you will not regret spending - I promise. This was my favourite travel accessory on my last trip to Europe. I am not sure how I ever travelled without them. Granted they do take up a little space in your luggage but for the extra hours sleep they gave me on the plane it was well worth it.
Lots more noise cancelling headphones
Limit your footwear - 2 pairs of comfortable shoes should be all you need
A good quality travel adapter
Unless you are a true luddite you are going to need to take one of these and if you are going to a couple of different countries a multi zone adapter is a must. You may find you need two if you love your technology. Consider a small double adapter too often I wanted to charge my camera and my i-phone at the same time and waiting for them was a real pain.
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Packing list resources
Learn how to pack like a pro
- Universal Packing List
This is a good tool.. it lets you enter in variables like how long you will be away, the season, the type of luggage you want to take... highly recommended.
- Packing list
Nice simple straight forward checklist
- Kids carry on luggage checklist
Great list for those travelling with kids.
- Rick Steve's packing list
Love him or hate him he has certainly packed his bag more times than most of us. Worth a look.