When it comes to finding the best travel accessories for your trip, *ish get serious.
Us travelers know that every single thing you bring or don’t bring, can either make or break your trip. I’m not being dramatic here.
Sometimes you just NEED certain things to properly function abroad and then there are the things you WANT because you’re a human and all humans have their creature comforts. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Particularly for me, I live out a bag. I want and need travel accessories that make my life easier, would otherwise cost a fortune abroad, or literally, help me travel better.
If I didn’t have my hard drives, I wouldn’t have any pics for this blog. If I didn’t use my storage compression bag, I couldn’t fit winter and summer items in my backpack for my year-long jaunt before I go home to reorganize and repack. The list goes on and on…
While I don’t suggest you buy and travel with every item on this list, because that’s just crazy, I know many of the items on this list are very useful to most travelers out there and everything on this list can make your life better and easier when you travel.
So pick and choose which are the best travel accessories for you, because only you can answer that question!
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The Best Travel Accessories
1. Travel Storage Bags
Comes in three sizes: medium (ideal for carry-on), large (ideal for a checked bag), and jumbo.
Using roll-up compression, you won’t have to pack a bulky pump or vacuum, saving precious space in your travel bag.
2. Travel Sink Wash Packets
Created for washing on the go, these travel-size packets are just the right amount of detergent to wash a few clothes in the sink. If you’re a fan of quick-dry clothing, this is the best travel accessory for you.
It doesn’t take up any room in your luggage and you don’t have to worry about any spills. If you can’t make it to the laundromat, this will clean up great and leave your clothes smelling freshly washed without the hassle. Don’t be that stinky travel person.
3. Waterproof Phone Case
This is the quintessential protective phone case for all travelers. It has a built-in scratch protector that you can hardly tell is there, waterproof (fully submersible to 6.5 feet for up to an hour), snow proof, AND shockproof (can be dropped up to 6.5 feet high).
With all those great features, it makes for one of the best travel accessories.
4. Travel Safe
Made with weather resistant poly canvas and 1000mm PU coating, the conveniently portable Pacsafe can hold your iPad, Kindle, e-reader, or similar size laptop.
It has a drawstring closure made of high-tensile stainless-steel wire. The TSA-approved 3-dial combination lock easily secures your belongings and fits smoothly into your existing luggage.
5. TSA Approved Travel Combination Lock
Backed by a 100% lifetime warranty, the small and weatherproof locks can be used on a backpack, suitcase, or briefcase and are 100% TSA compliant.
The resettable 3-digit combination has a flexible metal cable to help thread through any luggage zipper. This lock can be opened by TSA agents without breaking it and relocked after they inspect your luggage.
6. Wallet Ninja
The world’s first flat multi-tool, the Wallet Ninja fits in your wallet next to your credit cards and cash.
It comes with a lifetime guarantee to never rust, bend, or dull. With the power of 18 everyday tools, this wallet-sized powerhouse is TSA compliant and handy enough to keep with you while you travel.
A fringeless, wrap-around fabric made of a comfortable, lightweight rayon material that is silky smooth and flexible.
It fits most body types and its versatility makes it a great travel accessory for women and yes, even for men! Use it as a beach cover-up, a shawl, scarf or even a light blanket. This sarong dries quickly and takes up hardly any space.
Men can use it as well, not for a coverup, although I’m sure you would look lovely, having a light blanket or using it as a towel or beach towel would come in handy. Even my boyfriend carries one.
I’m team sarong all the way as I don’t like those microfiber towels at all. They still take up more room than a sarong and they get stinky too. Not to mention they don’t have as many uses as a sarong does. (Can you tell I feel strongly about this?)
8. Travel Bottles
Buying this TSA-approved bundle contains everything you need for travel to contain your essential liquids (shampoo, conditioner, etc.), including a zippered bag to store them in.
The bottles are leak proof and come with a pipette, funnel, and a mini spatula to transfer any liquids or lotions into the bottles you purchased.
This is perfect for those who don’t want to be wasteful with too many plastics as well. These can be refilled very easily with the soaps from home and even some hotels without the need for a million extra plastic bottles.
9. RFID Travel Wallet
Built-in RFID blocking material safeguards your personal information against identity theft. Available in grey and pink, the travel wallet has plenty of space to fit your travel documents and your cards.
The wrist strap lets you stay hands free while you navigate the airports and the waterproof design ensures your accessories don’t get wet when dealing with inclement weather.
10. Graduated Compression Socks
If you’re on the move often, these socks can boost your blood circulation and encourage faster muscle recovery from long days of walking or hiking.
With breathable material that wicks away sweat, they’re also beneficial for flying long distances by providing maximum comfort and increasing oxygen flow.
11. Swiss Army Knife
Featuring 15 functions for any adventure, this knife is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, or fishing. From blades to a bottle opener, wire strippers to a wood saw, this is a multi-tool that you’ll use repeatedly.
With several different sizes and varieties to choose from, there’s a swiss army knife for even the pickiest traveler.
12. Travel Coffee Press
Designed for those travelers who love the taste of coffee when they’re on the go, the patented double micro-filter maintains the flavor you savor and keeps the grounds out of your travel mug.
The double-walled stainless steel keeps up to 15 ounces of liquid warm for hours with a lifetime guarantee to back it. It can make French Press, Pour-over, or loose-leaf tea and features a 360-degree lid that makes it easier to drink from.
I can’t function without my coffee, if you’re the same, here’s the only way to make sure you have GOOD coffee, always.
13. Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottle
With two sizes (32oz and 40oz), TempShield insulation, wide mouth straw lid, and a handy finger loop to clip to your bag, the Hydro Flask is a fast favorite. It keeps your beverage icy cold for up to 24 hours or piping hot up to 6 hours.
With the double wall, vacuum insulated exterior, you won’t have to worry about condensation or heat transfer. This model fits in vehicle cup holders and bike bottle racks, which truly makes it the go-to for any adventure.
14. Water Purification Bottle
If you’re traveling to a few more of beat countries where tap is not drinkable or perhaps you’re going on several hikes, this water bottle eliminates over 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, and heavy metals for safe drinking water.
Effective for up to 3 full bottles per day for three months, it’s great for backpacking trips across all countries.
15. Waterproof Dry Bag
The 100% waterproof dry bag comes with a fully adjustable shoulder strap that removes if you prefer to hand carry. It’s made of extra thick, durable, laminated PVC that provides protection from water, sand, dust, and dirt.
This bag will float away safely if you happen to drop it in water and comes in different sizes to fit your needs.
I’ve been carrying a dry bag for over seven years now, I would dare travel without it!
16. Neckband Headphones
These Bluetooth headphones have active noise cancelling that cancels noise from an airplane cabin, traffic, or a noisy hostel.
On a full charge (which only takes 2 hours), these headphones can last up to 16 hours without active noise cancelling and up to 8 hours with it enabled. The Nano coating makes the headphones splash proof, protecting them from sweat and light rain.
17. GripTight GorillaPod Stand
Another great option, this stand is compatible with smaller phones, with or without a case.
Rubber foot grips and flexible legs allow your phone to be mounted nearly anywhere and the adjustable locking screw lets you change the angle of your phone. It’s made of ABS plastic, TPE, and stainless steel for a rugged frame that can withstand everyday wear and tear.
18. Personal Water Filter
A compact alternative to the bottle, the LifeStraw removes microplastics, waterborne bacteria, and waterborne parasites. The filter provides 1,000 gallons of clean and safe drinking water if properly maintained.
Backpack and travel-friendly, the LifeStraw never expires and makes any water source your drinking water, just change the filter.
For the adventurers, this one if for you!
19. Travel ID Bag Tag
High-quality aluminum luggage tags that can withstand extensive travel conditions while appearing stylishly professional—because who actually thinks those paper ones at the airport are even going to last one trip?
Each tag is held in place by a sturdy steel cable and screw that can fasten to the handle of any type of luggage.
The personalized tags are the perfect size for a standard size business card or flip over and fill out the custom template with your information.
20. Bamboo Travel Utensils
Finished with food-safe wood oil, these travel utensils are lightweight, heat- and stain-resistant. The travel holder is made of recycled plastic bottles and includes, you guessed it, a carabiner.
It includes flatware and a pair of chopsticks that won’t absorb any flavors from your delicious destination food. A quick hand wash keeps them clean and ensures they’ll last longer.
Don’t be wasteful when you’re eating out a lot and bring your own utensils! The oceans will thank you…
21. Coversafe Neck Pouch
All sides of the neck pouch are lined with RFID blocking material and water resistant quality fabric.
The strap adjusts to be worn cross-body or around the neck in a high or low position. It easily fits a passport, credit cards, cash, a phone and airplane tickets.
I sometimes wear this as a purse even when I’m just running out for the day and don’t want to carry very much.
22. Cashsafe Travel Belt
Durable webbing material that fastens with a non-slip Duraflex buckle.
An expandable zip pocket fits your phone and passport and keeps them close while navigating airports or crowded areas. Don’t pack it too full; stick to a few items to keep the hidden pouch from becoming not-so-hidden.
23. Travel and Camping Sheet Sleeping Bag Liner
Stretch out in any bed or cot with this ultra-lightweight, silky smooth liner. It keeps your sleeping bag from picking up sweat and bacteria while only taking up a wallet-sized space in your bag.
You can choose between a full-length zipper and Velcro opening; the roomy, rectangular design is comfortable and extends past your head with a full-size pillow pocket.
This thing is perfect if you’re traveling on a budget and your guesthouse is a bit grimy, I’ve been there a few times and this thing came in handy!
24. Hooded Travel Pillow OR Neck Support Travel Pillow
The hooded travel pillow is ideal for light air travel, with a hooded shell covered with soft fleece, removable foam headrests, and adjustable drawstrings.
The neck support travel pillow keeps your head upright while you sleep with hidden internal support and soft cushioning, perfect for a long day of flying. It attaches to the handle of your backpack or luggage and is designed to look like a scarf, weighing only half a pound.
The Best Travel Accessories for Your Electronics
25. Universal Travel Adaptor
This grounded adaptor has a patented all-in-one country slider system to connect all 2 and 3 prong devices.
It doesn’t convert voltage but includes 4 ungrounded plugs that work in over 150 countries and an integrated USB charger. You’re sure to use this travel accessory if you travel with multiple devices.
26. Solar Charger Outdoor Portable Charger
With dual DC 5V and solar power inputs, you can recharge anywhere you go.
It’s waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, featuring an LED flashlight and the capacity to charge an iPhone 7 up to 4.2 times. It includes protections to keep the charger from any overcharges or short circuits.
27. Internet Privacy & Security Software
After installing ExpressVPN, just a few clicks are all it takes to secure your internet traffic. While you make not really see this as a great travel accessory as it’s not a tangible object, let me assure you, it’s quite necessary!
It uses top-ranked encryption technology to protect you from being hacked and monitored. Even your internet service provider won’t be able to see your browsing history, thereby preventing them from collecting and selling your data.
This is particularly useful for when you’re traveling as you often are “wifi network hopping” and even using open networks like at the airport. A VPN prevents anyone from hacking in and stealing your data.
28. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Wireless, waterproof, and portable bluetooth speaker with a carabiner that can clip to your clothes or your backpack.
29. Skyroam Solis Portable WiFi
Boasting 4G LTE mobile WiFi speeds, the Skyroam Solis is a fast, smart travel tool. It has a power bank with USB-C connection to charge your devices and 16+ hours of WiFi battery life. Connect up to five gadget at once and keep them all online for one affordable price.
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30. GoPro and Selfie Stick with Tripod
A two-inch touchscreen quickly switches between modes to help you frame the perfect shot and watch your footage.
With voice control and a Bluetooth compatible app, you can control your GoPro hands-free and remotely. Auto offload and auto cloud backup keeps everything connected for a worry-free experience.
And don’t forget your selfie stick!
A waterproof extendable monopod that’s resistant to rust and extends from 15” to 44” for close and wide angle shots.
The mount has an anti-slip rubber grip to prevent your GoPro from falling and many other accessories including a remote clip, phone holder, mount adapter, adjustable hand strap, carabiner loop, and carrying pouch.
It’s perfect for my solo travelers as well! You can prop your GoPro up on the stick and tripod and get photos of yourself anywhere.
31. Compact Cube Smart Power Strip
The Rubik cube design keeps this tech staple compact and portable. Each of the three outlets has sliding safety covers and LED indicators.
The current for each port is determined by each individual device’s output demand. For those frequent travelers with multiple devices, you won’t have to prioritize one device’s battery over the others anymore.
Also, if you’re traveling with friends, you’ll be the lifesaver with “the juice” for everyone’s phones and cameras.
32. Wireless Travel Router
Converts your wired network to wireless quickly and easily, able to make any network your own and share the connection across your devices. It’s lightweight and small and boasts seamless streaming and backup storage.
The storage option is perfect for those who are perpetually trying to free up space on their phone. If you’re a photographer though, you’ll need a proper hard drive as it doesn’t offer too much space.
33. Travel Cable Organizer
Designed for the organized traveler, it has multiple pockets of varying sizes to accommodate all of your technology needs. The lightweight, water repellant and durable case protects against accidental drops and scratches.
Use it to store charging cords, SD cards, portable hard drives, and multiple USBs.
OCD and clumsy people, this is the organizer for you.
34. Fire Tablet with Alexa
A rich 7” IPS display, 8 GB (or 16) of internal storage, and almost twice the durability of the iPad Mini 4 makes the Fire Tablet a fun and affordable travel accessory.
You can choose from countless e-books or watch your favorite movies and shows on your TV using Second Screen.
Alexa provides voice control for your favorite apps and simple tasks like checking your calendar or setting an alarm. Download Sling TV to watch your favorite cable television shows while galavanting the globe at the same time.
Book nerds, put down the paperbacks, they are SO cumbersome to carry when you travel.
Trust the person who traveled before Kindles even existed! And no, you don’t look cool or trendy for using “old school” books, you look like you could have used that space in your bag more wisely.
36. Anti-Theft Camera Strap
Not to be confused with the camera bag, this camera strap is thicker and bulkier with a non-slip adjustable neck pad. It’s thick, slashproof, and comfortable. The turn and lock security hook works great to prevent theft.
If you have a DSLR, this is the best anti-theft strap you can get.
37. Cell Phone Tripod
Small enough to fit in your bag, you can take it wherever you go. The flexible tripod bends and wraps around objects so that you can capture any footage in any environment.
It comes with a Bluetooth remote shutter to take pictures or video up to 30 feet away. Its universal compatibility fits any size phone, camera, or GoPro and carries a full 2-year warranty.
38. Hard Drive
Taking tons of pictures? Maybe even video? There’s no other choice but to carry along a hard drive. Better yet, you’ll need two.
I always back up everything on two hard drives, one stays with my in my electronics bag and the other gets thrown around a bit in my other bag. I keep them separate in case a bag goes missing.
While a cloud option would be great, internet abroad isn’t fast enough and it usually can take days to back up a large sum of data.
The Best Travel Accessories for Women
39. Portable Makeup Travel Bag
At 30% larger than other makeup bags, its multiple pockets can fit anything you have and keep it all organized. The thick cotton lining and water-resistant outer layer keeps your valuable stash safe from impact and protects from moisture.
Makeup breaking while traveling is a nightmare as we all know, even cheap makeup ain’t that cheap!
40. Faux Leather Travel Jewelry Box or Jewelry Roll Bag
The first has a simple and compact design made for carrying small jewelry, such as earrings, rings, and necklaces while you travel.
With three different sections and two removable dividers, your favorite jewelry can go with you on all of your adventures. The zippered closure will keep everything secure and is surely a useful women’s travel accessory.
The second has three large zippered pockets for necklaces and bracelets and three small zippered pockets for rings and earrings. It has a hook that allows it to hang for easy storage. It doesn’t look as fancy as the first choice, but it definitely has more storage space.
If you throw your jewelry in a bag, it’s going to get tangled, broken, lost and be one annoying mess. Grab an organizer so you don’t waste 30 minutes of your day looking for your other earring!
41. Storm Alert Whistle
At 130dB, this may be the loudest whistle in the world.
Used by US Armed Forces and a variety of government agencies, you won’t have to worry about not being heard. On any adventure in, on, or under the water, you can feel safe when you have this safety whistle.
42. Travel Door Alarm
At 91 dB, this travel door alarm is loud enough for your neighbors to hear from any part of your apartment, bedroom, or hotel room. It’s easy to set up and compact, weighing less than 2 ounces and fitting anywhere in your luggage.
This is a must-have for those looking for added security while away from home.
In terms of women travel accessories, this is certainly not necessary but sometimes having that added level of security is nice or if you simply want to have it just in case your hotel isn’t what you thought it would be… It could be useful and allow you to have a better night’s sleep.
43. Menstrual Cup
A reusable menstrual cup that collects rather than absorbs, it offers up to 12 hours of leak-free protection and odor-free affordability. With the menstrual cup, you can swim, workout, and travel worry-free.
Get rid of your monthly stash of tampons or pads for the flexibility of a menstrual cup.
44. THINX Period Panties
Able to hold as much as 2 tampons, these period panties have wide, comfort fit leg holes and a soft, breathable cotton interior. For a heavier flow, you’ll definitely need more than one pair, and with six different styles to choose from, you’ll be glad you did.
45. Dry Shampoo
A must-have travel accessory for women on-the-go to instantly refresh your hair, no water necessary.
This vegan-friendly formula absorbs dirt and grease while adding body and texture to keep your hair looking refreshed in those more remote locations.
46. Folding Handle Hair Dryer
Stores neatly in small spaces with a folding handle and equipped with dual voltage – a necessary feature as a traveler. The lightweight design has dual heat and speed settings for any hair type.
Keep a coin or screwdriver handy to turn the screw that changes the voltage of this small but powerful travel accessory.
47. Collapsible Diffuser
Where are all my curly haired girls at? I’ve searched high and low for a diffuser that didn’t take up a quarter of my bag and wasn’t bound to break with one little bang against another suitcase.
This one is made of silicone and is collapsible. It does cave in here and there but overall works great, just make sure your dryer has the right nose to fit in it!
48. Strong Black Hair Ties
These metal-free hair ties are ouch-free and tangle-proof with a unique, slip-proof design to hold hair securely. A small carabiner is included to keep them accessible while you travel.
Is there anything worse than running out of hair ties when you travel!? Maybe it’s because my hair is crazy but it’s a legit nightmare for me.
49. Actually Nourishing Lip Balm
An organic lip balm that is safe to use if you have sensitive skin or don’t want weird chemicals on your lips, these are my new go-to. It’s made out of 40% post-consumer recycled materials which means you can recycle it when you’re done (love this).
It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and GMO-free (also love!). Use it as a lip primer or base coat before applying your favorite lipstick, it’s a tad bit glossy without being mega glossy as well.
50. Microfiber Hair Turban Wrap
This turban is soft, absorbent, simple to put on, and stays in place while you’re free to relax or drink your coffee.
The quick-drying fabric reduces drying time for most hair types and gentle enough to prevent frizz and breakage, which is especially important for curly-haired travelers.
51. Infinity Scarf With a Hidden Pocket
Featuring a discreetly hidden zipper pocket that can hold a phone, a passport, cash and ID card this is probably my absolute favorite women’s travel accessory on the list.
The material comes in different colors and patterns that drape nicely and can be worn all year. Wear this scarf while you’re out and about without the hassle of lugging a purse around or simply to access your important items without digging through your purse.
This scarf is what I wear on my travel days so I can have easy access to my cash, passport, and ticket without rummaging.
Phew! That was quite the list of travel accessories but hopefully you found a few items here that will become your most used items on your travels.
Which of these travel accessories are a must bring on your trips? Let us know in the comments!
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