25 Best Travel Accessories I Can’t Get Enough of After Five Years of Travel

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Looking for a list of best travel accessories? We’ve been traveling around the world for the past five years with some of the top travel accessories you can find. 

It took a lot of trial and error to finally put together a complete list of our favorites, but we definitely wanted to try each and every one of this cool travel stuff out before we wrote this post. 

Every single one of these travel items mentioned we have been using to get around the world and I’m sure you will find them as useful as we have!


25 Travel Accessories I Love (and you will too)


Travel Adaptor

One of the first travel accessories you need is a universal adaptor – always. I would recommend getting a good one on Amazon before arriving at your destination. It’s a travel essential that I never board an international flight without. I typically find it hard to find a decent one that isn’t overpriced in the destinations I arrive in as stores know they are mainly for tourists.

Also, I never want to be searching for an adaptor when I have just come off a long travel day and need to plug in my computer. I want to have it with me and ready to go at all times. 

Universal Travel Adapter


Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier

I never ever travel without a travel water bottle and this Grayl is my favorite. A water bottle is a travel must have to save money and cut down on plastic. Like my other favorite, the Lifestraw Go this bottle also features a filter. However, the filter design is entirely different than the Lifestraw. Most important is that this water bottle system purifies water vs. filters which removes viruses and virtually removes all threat of waterborne illnesses.

The design is sleek and innovative. The futuristic bottle filters water similar to a french press. It’s a genius bottle. It allows for sediment to sit at the bottom and filters the water in one go. The result is a water bottle that has a wide mouth top and can filter our bacteria and heavy metals. It beats the Lifestraw Go in every category for us, but it is higher in price.

It’s the perfect water bottle for those spending a significant amount of time in developing nations with questionable water supplies. We love filtered water bottles because they save space in our daypacks when we’re on a hike.

Take note, this is an expensive water bottle and it may make consumers think twice about purchasing. However, as avid travelers who’ve spent more than our fair share of time in developing nations the Grayl Filtration Cup is a travel essential item for us every time.

AmazonREI


Travel Towel

Best Travel Towel - Packtowl

We always recommend bringing a travel towel when you’re on the road. It’s one of the best travel accessories for international travel you can buy. They pack up small, are antimicrobial, and are lightweight so they will save you from always needing a new towel or from constantly washing yours.

The biggest complaint about travel towels is that they often feel nothing like the plush cotton towels we are accustomed to at home and in hotels. However, with the PackTowl you can forget about all of that because they set out to create a towel that mimics its cotton counterparts with the technical features of a travel towel.

Best Towels For Travel


GoCup

I love having the GoCup when I travel as it’s one of those cool travel accessories that saves the oceans. It’s so tiny and saves so.much.plastic. I never ever pick up a plastic cup again with the GoCup. This thing is so perfect for traveling, hiking, and on a long haul flight. It’s compact, made from FDA food grade silicone, and a fitted lid with an integrated pill container should you need medication.

GoCup


Final Straw

This is straw alternative that easily fits in your purse or pocket while traveling. It’s not just a useful travel accessory, but a useful life accessory too. The Final Straw is an essential thing to pack for traveling if you want to cut down on your waste.

Essentially this straw is collapsible and has a small carrying case. You can travel with it everywhere and then never have to take a plastic straw with your iced coffee. The Final Straw is so awesome Time even ranked it as one of the ’10 Smartest Sustainable Products of 2018.’

This is not only a good eco friendly product for travel, but also a perfect eco friendly products for the home.

Final Straw


Buff Headband

On every travel packing checklist of mine, there is a Buff. I travel everywhere with a Buff because it pulls my hair back when it looks like crap (which is often), keeps the sweat out of my face, and also protects from the sun. They are one of the best travel accessories for women and men.

All the BUFFS!


Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are great for any backpack or suitcase and I firmly believe every traveler should have them. They are one of those luggage accessories that should be in every bag as they keep all of your clothes and toiletries organized.

I’ve had these Eagle Creek cubes for three years now and think they were worth the small investment to stay organized and create space in my luggage.

See our Best Packing Cubes For Travel


Kindle Paperwhite

A Kindle is an essential travel gadget for those travelers that love to read. As much as I love a real book, they are too heavy and take up too much room in my suitcase. 

I’ve recently upgraded to the Kindle Paperwhite and absolutely love it. It’s small, has touch screen functions, and a backlight so that I can read at night without a harsh glare.

Pick Up A Kindle


Roku Express

Bet this useful travel accessory is one you haven’t thought about. Just because we are traveling doesn’t mean we like to fall behind on our shows and movies.

We have traveled for three years now with a Google Chromecast and Roku Express and it seriously makes Airbnb’s and hotel rooms so.much.better. We just plug in the streaming device to any TV when we travel and Voila – Netflix!

Roku Express


Hammock

One of the top travel accessories for adventure on this list is a hammock. There are so many places around the world that are easy places to lounge around and do absolutely nothing. If you are wondering what to pack for an outdoor adventure consider a travel hammock that you can string up between trees. It’s perfect for those times when you want to relax in nature.

The ENO hammock was the original producer and the first travel hammocks we bought. Now, you can find a multitude of cheap ones online as they’re easy to manufacture in China and people love to buy and sell them on Amazon. Personally, I’d still stick with the original.

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The Scrubba

Washing your clothes while traveling is never fun. That’s why we were super pumped to get the Scrubba. Which is a tiny and lightweight mobile laundry machine. This is one of those funky travel accessories you don’t really think about until you need to do your laundry, but it is so fricken awesome to have on you when you travel.

Just put your dirty clothes in the bag, add water and soap, seal and scrub away. Now you can literally wash your clothes anywhere there is water.

Although, the Scrubba retails for just around $50, think about how much money washing your clothes can cost in a hostel, hotel, or laundromat. We usually pay about $5 per load. So you will easily make your money back after just 10 loads of wash. Most importantly this eco-friendly product uses less water than a commercial washing machine and no energy. I also found that this is another fantastic eco-friendly gift idea for travelers and hikers.

The Scrubba


Travel Laundry Soap Packs

I hate doing laundry when I travel! It’s always a pain to find a washer when you’re on the road and it’s expensive to pay for hotel laundry. But when I do find a laundry machine to use I always seize the opportunity to do a load of laundry.

Of course, you don’t want to go buy a whole bottle of laundry soap when you’re traveling and that’s where travel laundry soap packs come in handy.

They are also a fabulous add on to the Scrubba!

Travel Laundry Sheets


Reusable Coffee Cup Cover

We have a few of these because we absolutely love coffee and tea. And they are an incredibly useful travel accessory to have if you love takeaway coffee and being sustainable as much as we do. 

This escalates when we travel and we usually have at least a cup of coffee a day. I hate those plastic lids given out and this is the best alternative to a wasteful plastic lid. Plus I love drinking off the silicone top.

Coffee Cup Cover


Sunglasses

Beach Packing List Sunglasses

Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun since you’ll likely spend a lot of time outside. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.

We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses; however, we love ours and will never buy cheap ones again.

Smith Lowdown 2.0


Moleskin Classic Journal

This is one of the best travel accessories to have for long haul flights. Think about it, you’re bored on the plane and you don’t want to watch movies, so you start writing!

Keeping a journal of your travels is timeless. It helps one digest the information they receive each day, and has proven mental health benefits. Moleskin’s line of journals is classic, well made, and stylish.

We both carry a moleskin journal and love them for long plane rides, sitting in the back of the bus, or laying on the beach. If there is one travel accessory to carry out of the whole bunch it’s a good journal.

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Yoga Mat

I love to travel everywhere with my yoga mat. If you happen to be a bit of a yogi to know that often when traveling yoga studios can be found. We’ve found places to practice in like Costa Rica, Bali, and Hawaii. I love traveling with my Manduka travel mat when I just want to do a couple of quick stretches.

The Manduka travel mat is super light and thin. It can fold up into a square and easily be packed away in luggage. I bring this in my carry on so when I’m enduring a long layover I can stretch at the airport. At $42 it won’t break the bank and has super grip technology for those sweaty times.

See more yoga mats here


Vetelli Leather Men’s Toiletry Bag

One of the best travel accesories for men is this Vetelli toiletry bag. For the money this bag is great quality and meets all your needs. It’s also very stylish and has the appearance of an expensive leather bag without the price.

The company uses PU leather which keeps the price down but doesn’t expect it to last as long as the more expensive leather counterparts. The Vetelli has a tremendous design with two separate compartments, waterproof material, mesh inner pockets, and it includes two travel bottles.

Herschel — Strand Tote


Herschel Strand Tote

Hershal makes some fantastic overnight bags and cute travel accessories. It would be hard to write a list of the best travel totes and not include an option from Herschel, given both their popularity and the durability of their products. Their Strand Tote is a perfect example of a bag with all the elements you need as a seasoned traveler. It’s even large enough for those overnight trips – whether you’re an hour’s drive from home or taking a train ride halfway across a European country.

Choose from one of eight different colors or patterns, each one offering the typical elements you’ll need to store your essential items: an interior zippered pocket and an external sleeve.

The bag has a little extra security when it comes to closure; not only does it zip all the way closed, but snap buttons on either end keep things extra secure and thief-repellant. Plus, Herschel, in general, is stylin’ enough that it’s no problem rocking this once you’re back home from your trip!

Herschel — Strand Tote


Headphones

Almost all international flights have entertainment systems on board, but the headphones are often lackluster. That’s why I think headphones are an air travel accessory you need.  It’s best to travel with a decent pair of noise canceling headphones to save your ears.

They’re also great for entertainment with long layovers. These headphones by Sennheiser may not be the best in the pack, but they’re affordable and will sound great to the average ear.

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Laptop

We travel with our MacBook Pros to keep up with this website and YouTube when we are traveling; however, a MacBook is probably not necessary for most travelers!

We just got our hands on the Google Pixelbook which is an ideal computer for most travelers who don’t have to work all the time on the road. It’s super slim, lightweight, and does everything your computer at home can do. We love the way it flips around too so that we can stand it up and watch movies on the plane with it.

Some other fantastic features of the PixelBook is that it houses all apps, like a phone – except it’s a computer! An all-day battery delivers up to ten hours of power from just one single charge. If you don’t have the time to charge it I love that you still get 2 hours of battery life from only 15 minutes of charging. It also has automatic security, software, and features from Chrome OS.

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Space Savers

One of the best cheap travel accessories you can get your hands on to help you pack is a space saver! Ziploc space savers are so helpful for saving space in your suitcase. We really only utilize these for winter travel as they are handy for making your bulky sweaters and jackets compact, but it’s also good if you want to travel with a plethora of shirts, shorts, or anything!

Although they recommend a vacuum we personally don’t bring the vacuum with us traveling and instead suck the air out with our mouths. 😝

Ziploc Space Savers


Joby Gorillapod

We travel with a few different tripods, but the Joby Gorillapod is really perfect for any traveler who likes to take a lot of photos. It’s small and easy fits on the side of a backpack or in your carry on luggage.

While it’s not the tallest tripod the Joby Gorillapod is amazing at wrapping around objects for height and stability.

Joby Gorillapod


GoPro Hero 7

This is the perfect camera to bring around the world and you’ll see them everywhere. If you’re embarking on any adventures from surfing to hiking to snowboarding a GoPro is the travel item you need.

Don’t risk bringing a fancy camera to the beach and getting sand in it. Or even worse, water. We just picked up the GoPro Hero 7 and love it so far. The Hypersmooth motion capture is a total game changer. Just make sure to attach it to a wrist strap so it doesn’t get lost!

Note: If you don’t want to invest in a GoPro, consider a GoPro alternative. 

GoPro Hero 7


Headphone Jack Splitter

This may be one of those other funky travel accessories you have never heard of, but if you are a pair then trust me a headphone splitter is worth it.

We’ve been traveling with a headphone jack splitter for years since we are a couple. This handy little tool essentially allows us to plug both of our headphones in so we can watch the same movie on our laptop or phone together.

It’s really nice on travel days when we want to watch something together on the plane, train, or bus.

Headphone Splitter


Travel Sheets

Travel sheets are really great travel comfort accessories to have if you’re sleeping in hostels or shared accommodation where you don’t trust if the sheets are super clean or not.

We’ve definitely been in situations (and two cases of bed bugs) where we weren’t sure how clean the bedding was and these things give us great peace of mind.

Travel Sheets

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3 Comments on “25 Best Travel Accessories I Can’t Get Enough of After Five Years of Travel”

  1. The ziplock space saver bags are also great for dirty clothes. I always keep a folded, unused one in the luggage pocket for later use on the trip.

  2. We hadn’t thought of the cloth detergent sheets, what a great idea. I like a lot of the products that you guys listed because not only are they useful but help you reduce your waste abroad! Thanks for the extra ideas.

  3. OMG that Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier is a must-buy for people who love to travel. The stuff in your list are not only essentials but are great products too! I’m sure each of it can make a trip way better and convenient. Especially if you’re going to travel to a remote place, these products should really be included in your bag. There are a ton of things in your list that I haven’t known before, so I’m super glad to read about this. Thank you! You made any traveler’s life easier with this list.

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