Whether it streamlines packing, makes for a more pleasant flight, or keeps you comfortable while sightseeing, the right accessory can make all the difference when traveling abroad.
Here are ten of the best travel accessories available right now.
The best travel jacket is designed to handle whatever you encounter. Look for: Double-lined pockets to keep your hands warm. Gloves built into the sleeves. Secure phone, passport, tablet, and sunglasses pockets. And don't forget to find one with a water-resistant finish.
Pack everything you need for the day and protect yourself against pickpockets with an anti-theft purse, backpack, or tote bag. RFID-blocking pockets are built to protect your credit cards and passport, while cut-proof straps and body panels keep your personal items secure.
Shoe & Laundry Bags
Give your suitcase a break by storing your shoes and used laundry in nifty organizer bags or packing boxes. You’ll be happy to pack your shoes without making a mess, especially if you’re hiking or walking through rural areas.
Leak-Proof Toiletry Bags
Take the creature comforts of home wherever you go with a set of leak-proof, TSA-approved travel bottles. It beats having to toss out your favorite products at the airport or clean up a spilled sunscreen bottle in your suitcase.
You encounter a lot of noise when traveling—airplane engines, rattling trains, and buses. Whether you want to listen to music, watch movies, or just take a nap, a pair of noise-canceling headphones can make for a more peaceful, restful journey.
Say goodbye to a sore neck after long red-eye flights and overnight train travel. Go with a traditional travel pillow, or try a fleece one that supports your neck, an inflatable one, or whatever you fancy. If it folds up easily for packing and supports your head and neck - you can't go wrong.
Collapsible Water Bottle
Need to stay hydrated, but don’t want to lug around a big water bottle? Choose eco-friendly, BPA-free bottles that collapse down to just over an inch, so they fit easily in your pocket or bag. When you’re ready for a refill, simply pop it open, fill it up, and quench your thirst.
The scarf - perhaps one of the most undervalued and essential travel items. This versatile piece can save the day. Wear it as a scarf, yes, but then unfurl it into a blanket when you need one. Or wear it as a shawl. Tip: some historic and religious sites require visitors to cover their shoulders or legs, and a big scarf can keep you covered.
At just 5 inches in length when closed—and a 33-inch diameter when open—try a lightweight or small umbrella to slip into your jacket pocket or bag without taking up too much space. You’ll be glad to have it anytime there’s a sudden rainstorm.
Get more out of your journey by capturing your favorite stories and memories in a daily journal. A travel journal can immerse you in your destination, help you absorb all the experiences, and give you a memento to look back and remember your journey. You can also create a travel stub scrapbook when you get home to fill with tickets, maps, photos, wine labels, menus, and other keepsakes from your trip.