Generally, traveling can go one of two ways. It can either be an exciting period filled with adventures, new experiences and encounters with many wonderful and interesting people. Or it can be a frustrating, dull and exhausting exercise full of awful waiting times and sleeping on those ridiculously uncomfortable airport chairs during layovers. A lot of the experiences we have are out of our control, but there is a certain amount you can do to make unexpected inconveniences more bearable. With the right equipment and just a little bit of foresight, you can improve your travel situation one hundredfold.
Aside from the basics of your packing list, there are a number of items you should consider packing when you decide to leave. These items don’t have to be expensive or luxurious, but they do go a long way to making your life easier. Below, we’ll look at some of the best accessories for improving your travel experience.
Laptop, mobile phone, iPod or Kindle – the number of accessories we have that require frequent charging is numerous. Yet you’re not always in reach of a power socket, especially when waiting for a bus in a small eastern European town or camping in the wilderness out in southern Italy. A power bank is therefore one of the most crucial aids to keep on your person wherever you travel. Small and lightweight, they come in varying energy capacities depending on your energy needs. Power banks are actually gaining a lot of popularity, and you can pick them up on Amazon in a number of different sizes for a fairly decent price. If you’re overwhelmed by the big selection of power banks out there, check out this list of the ten best portable chargers and power banks first.
(Sort-of) Accessory for Travel Writers
This is just a quick one I’ll throw in for any would-be bloggers, because while it isn’t a physical accessory as such, it is to some extent a digital accessory. I just found it interesting that there are now .vacation top-level domains, rather than the standard .com. These can help with SEO rankings, but this is what I’m talking about if there are any future bloggers needing help with their domain name (and it’s also hard to find available .com domains nowadays)
Whether it’s a crying baby in the seat behind you, a fellow traveler in your hostel room who sounds as though his snores could summon demons or you just want to dampen the noise at a concert slightly, earplugs are a traveler’s best friend. They’re light, ultra-portable and are relatively inexpensive. You can generally find really cheap all-purpose foam earplugs wherever you go, but if you’re on the road for a while, investing in a high quality pair will definitely make a difference. DUBS are a good compromise between quality and price, setting you back just $20 for limitless moments of peace and quiet. If you don’t like in-ear plugs, opt for some noise-canceling over-ear headphones instead – I love how they block out all the noise around me when I’m at a busy airport and just want to zone out, or if I happen to be seated close to a crying baby on a long flight (which has happened several times!).
Having somewhere to keep your things dry when you find yourself in a wet situation will save you being inconvenienced, but it’ll also save you money in the long run when you don’t have to replace your iPhone 7 that you dropped in the mud. It’s also the ideal accessory for transporting and storing wet clothes to ensure that everything else on your back remains dry. Travelon produce a decently priced bag that will ensure your goods remain dry and safe no matter what the conditions.