Can we all agree that traveling can be pretty hectic? From planning the trip, to booking the rooms, to sitting on the plane, it can really start to wear you down. I’ve made a short list of five travel accessories that will make your travels just a little bit easier!
1. Packing Cubes
Have you heard of packing cubes? I only just recently found out about them and am kicking myself for not using them during our trip to Kauai. Packing Cubes are multiple, zippered compartments that help keep you organized! You can use each individual packing cube to neatly stow away your clothes, books, puppies, or beer! You know, the essentials.
There are plenty of companies that sell packing cubes, so you can’t go wrong with whichever set you decide to purchase. Some come in packs of 4, some have up to 7. One thing to look out for is a set that includes a laundry bag. That way, you can keep your dirty, hiking clothes separate from your essentials (coffee) and souvenirs you’re bringing home (also coffee).
2. Universal Charger Adapter
I’m not going to lie, I spent entirely too long deciding what to actually call this wall plug adapter (See? There’s another name). Regardless of the name, this is an accessory I would classify as a travel necessity. Simply put, it’s a set of adaptors that allow your standard chargers to be used with any wall outlet you might encounter.
The last thing you want on your trip abroad is to run out of battery on your phone and not have a way to charge it! How else are you going to post those photos of the Eiffel Tower or your glass of Cabernet Sauvignon? If you’re traveling to a different country, be sure to bring a Universal Power Charger Plug Adapter Thing. Your phone will thank you.
3. External Battery
For those times when you forget your Universal Charger Adapter (or just want charging on the go), the external battery is the most useful accessory on this list. It’s incredibly easy to use, you just charge it up like you would any battery / accessory and you have power for days!
One protip: it takes about 8-10 hours to recharge the external battery, so definitely account for that time. That being said, the particular model I bought (a RavPower 16750) can recharge my iPhone more than five times on a single charge! It’s super compact and can easily fit in your backpack (or fanny pack, no judgement here).
4. Waterproof Backpack
Speaking of backpacks, a solid waterproof backpack can really save your bacon (and electronics) if it starts raining on a hike. I know from experience from my hike through Kalalau Trail. It started pouring during our slog back and my camera stayed perfectly dry. I, on the other hand, was thoroughly soaked.
Instead of a zipper for the main compartment, there’s an opening with a clip. You simply roll the top of the bag down and secure the clip. That’s it! The backpack I use, the Earth Pak 35L, has worked beautifully in my travels. I’ve even partially submerged it in the ocean while wading ashore and it kept my stuff dry. A solid waterproof backpack can give you a sense of security you might not otherwise have on your more adventurous hikes!
An e-reader is one of the most convenient travel accessories you can bring with you on a long flight / road trip / train ride. How would you rather spend your flight, watching Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 or reading 1 of thousands of books at your fingertips? No offense to Kevin James, but I’ll choose the books any day.
If you’re a fan of reading actual books like I am, the Kindle Paperwhite’s screen has a texture that mimics the feel of a page! It’s a bit bizarre at first, but it really gives you a similar tactile response that’s oddly soothing. It also is completely glare-free, so you can read literally anywhere. The best part? The battery lasts for weeks. I’ll just leave it at that.
Bonus: Proof Eyewear
I don’t know about you, but I love sunglasses. I’m sure it comes from living in Florida, where the sun is consistently about 20 feet off the ground. Proof Eyewear makes eco-friendly, wooden sunglasses that come in a bunch of cool styles and are 100% polarized.
On top of making cool sunglasses, Proof donates time and resources to give back to those in need, both in the United States and abroad. In the Year In Review for their Do Good Project, they list how they’ve spent that time and money and it’s quite impressive: $57,385 given, 709 pairs of glasses donated, 232 cataract surgeries, and more. Proof is a company that I feel really good about supporting, plus, their shades are awesome. Check them out!
What’s your favorite Travel Accessory?
Do you have super useful travel accessories that aren’t listed here? Comment them below and let me know!