Best Travel Accessories for Any Trip
When you’re running around the airport terminal looking for a free outlet before a long flight, stuck in an uncomfortable middle seat on a road trip, or on a romantic getaway without a bathroom in sight, vacation can feel anything but relaxing. That’s why strategically packing your weekender is so crucial—a little forethought can help you avoid pesky annoyances. But before you stuff your suitcase with everything in sight, consider this list of the best travel accessories. From cute packing cubes, to a digital luggage scale, a water resistant fanny pack for storing your boarding pass and credit cards, essentials for car travel with kids, neck pillows, and even a waterproof Kindle for all your beach reads—everything is designed to make your time away safer, smoother, and more enjoyable. Oh, and don’t forget the snacks!
Universal Travel Adapter
There’s no need to stock a full suite of power adaptors—even if your travels take you all over the globe. A universal adaptor is a must, says Delia Monk, a tour director for group travel company EF Ultimate Break. This single device can be used to charge all of your electronics no matter where you are.
Reusable Slim Water Bottle
The lack of humidity in a plane’s recirculated air can leave you parched, or worse, dehydrated. And that small cup of water? It’s not going to cut it. This slim water bottle fits neatly in the seat-back compartment. “It’s so much more practical,” says Anne Scott, founder of Girl Gone International, the world’s largest community of women who live, travel, and move overseas. Plus, for every bottle sold, the company provides one person in need with clean drinking water for one month.
Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
An e-reader not only provides entertainment en route, and a chance to catch up on buzzy books, but also helps you actually pause and relax while on vacation. “With my Kindle—or any eReader, for that matter—it’s easy to unwind anywhere,” says travel blogger Lisa Stentvedt.
7 Pack Lightweight Luggage Cubes
If you tend to throw everything into a bag when you’re traveling, let these cute pink leopard print packing cubes help you organize and save space in your luggage. It even comes with three matching laundry pouches and a shoe bag.
Selfie Stick Tripod With Bluetooth
You may roll your eyes, but the selfie has become a routine part of any vacation. And there’s no denying that a selfie stick helps you get a better shot. This one has an integrated tripod option, a wireless remote shutter, and is compatible with a wide range of devices, says travel blogger Maria Potehina.
When you’re using your phone’s map app all day, you’ll zap the power in a flash. A portable power bank can save you from having a dead device. This one can charge seven times before needing to be charged itself. In fact, it’s so reliable that husband and wife travel bloggers Katie and Ben Zweber carried theirs with them to Everest’s base camp.
Beauty Shower Sheets Body Wipes
Took the red-eye and have no time to shower before a big meeting? Or maybe that walking tour has you sweating bullets. Either way, body wipes can save the day. They’ll keep you feeling and smelling fresh, despite the fact that they’re non-toxic, plant-based, biodegradable, compostable, and free of harmful ingredients, says Scott.
Inverted Windproof Umbrella
Unfortunately, rain happens—even when you’re on vacation. Be prepared when the weather turns with this clever umbrella. It’s a traveler favorite (it has over 1,500 five-star reviews!), because the lightweight frame folds inside out to keep drips contained.
Calm 5-Pack Face Coverings
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are a wise choice to take on your travels. Instead of the surgical looking masks, upgrade to this set of 5 pretty face coverings that the whole family can wear.
When you’re logging a few miles a day, you need shoes that can keep up. These flexible fabric shoes are easy to pack. Plus, they’re machine-washable.
SurgePlus USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger
It’s hard enough to find one available outlet in a busy airport terminal, so what are you supposed to do when you need a charger for your phone, your laptop, and your e-reader?! Carry a simple old-fashioned power strip, says Samantha Brown, host of the Emmy-nominated PBS show “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love.” Any basic power strip will do, but this one, with three three-prong receptacles and two USB ports, is a step above the rest.
Super Pinky Ball Massage Ball
When your feet are sore from logging dozens of miles touring a new city or your back is in knots from a cramped plane seat, this simple pink ball can help. “I put two balls on the floor, lay my back on them, push up with my knees, and roll them down my back, quads, and back of legs,” says Brown. “They work out all the kinks, knots, and sore muscles.”
Dog Seat Belt
Bringing your furry friend along on your family road trip this summer? Don’t forget to get them their own seat belt to make sure they’re safely and securely strapped in.
Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow
Anyone who’s dozed off while sitting up knows the subsequent neck pain is real. “This travel pillow gives you better ergonometric head and neck support than a regular U-shaped neck pillow and adapts to fit anyone,” says travel blogger Sveva Marcangeli. Need proof? “I slept for 10 hours straight on a 16-hour flight from New York to Hong Kong.” Plus, unlike U-shaped travel pillows, this one is compact and only weighs half a pound to conserve space.
Polaroid Now Instant Camera
Capture all those precious moments on summer vacation with an instantly-rewarding polaroid camera. This one comes with autofocus, a self-timer and flash to help you get the most out of your pics.
Hand Sanitizer – Set Of 50
Sometimes it can be bulky to carry around a bottle of hand sanitizer when traveling—and that’s when these small individual sized packets come in handy. Slip a couple into your toiletry bag every day, and you’ll thank yourself come lunch time.
Roku Streaming Stick
You no longer have to choose between splurging on expensive on-demand movies or settling for basic cable. Travelers say this small USB-powered device is a game-changer for evenings in hotel rooms. It plugs into any USB-enabled TV to give you access to all your favorite streaming services, even when your own couch is thousands of miles away.
Portable Air Cooler
On days when the humidity is reaching unbearable levels, cool yourself down with this sleek, portable device that has a rechargeable built-in battery. “This little machine packs a punch,” notes one reviewer.
Mini First Aid Kit
Especially when you’re traveling, it’s better to be safe than sorry! This mini kit includes nearly 100 hospital-grade supplies, including band-aids, antiseptic, blister pads, and more.
Soak and Save Bags
Spilled a drop of red wine on your favorite blouse on the first night of your trip? These bags come pre-packed with a pod of chemical-free, all natural soaking solution to start pretreating stains no matter where you are. They really work, too: One reviewer was able to get a bright red slushie out of her son’s polo shirt, saving it from a premature demise.
Mini Travel Iron
Traveling for business or to attend a special event? Or just want to look cute for a date night on vacation? This adorable mini iron will help get all those wrinkles out of your clothes and help you look polished anywhere you go.
Inflatable Travel Wine Bag
Not just for wine, travelers depend on these inflatable bags to carefully cradle and protect all their most precious souvenirs, including beverages, breakable keepsakes, camera lenses, cosmetics, and more. The TSA-approved bags go the distance, too—one reviewer has been using theirs religiously for three years.
Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs
When you’re trying to sleep on a crowded train or the guests in the hotel room are being a little too rowdy, something as simple as a pair of soft earplugs can do wonders to help you get your beauty rest while on the go.
Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
Highly rated on Amazon, with over 8,000 five-star reviews, this cheap portable digital luggage scale will help make sure you never have to pay overweight fees again.
Travel Bean Bag Toss Game
If you’re taking a family road trip this summer, or spending a long weekend at the shore, bring along a portable game that’ll keep the kids entertained.
Out of Office Silk Sleep Mask
It can be hard to fall asleep when you’re not in your own bed, so make sure to take a sleep mask with you on your travels to encourage all those sweet dreams.
Trip Wipes Travel Wipe Set
Bringing these individually packaged wipes will remind you to periodically clean your phone and other surfaces you touch frequently, especially when you travel. Highly reviewed, one person writes: “They smell amazing, and I can easily toss in my purse, leave in car without worrying it’ll dry out.”
Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Need something to fill the nights after a day of exploring, or an activity to do indoors when it’s raining outside? This portable karaoke microphone with LED lights will ensure hours of instant fun for the whole crew. It easily connects to your smartphone via bluetooth, and it comes with a rechargeable built-in lithium battery so you can keep the fun going for longer.
Water Resistant Fanny Pack
Stay hands-free as you’re traveling with this cute flamingo striped belt bag. It’s small enough to not be bulky, but large enough to carry around all your essentials, like your phone, credit cards, boarding pass, and a favorite pair of sunnies.