How much of this is applicable to you will depend on where you are planning on travelling to, but there is no doubt that we all could do with some carefully designed tools and gadgets to make our travel that little bit easier. Whether you’re venturing out to some super rural out-in-the-sticks kind of locations, or a well-developed city destination, you should find some useful tips and advice in this list of our top travel gadgets…
Separate Zip Bag Compartments – Using these for your luggage means that you don’t have to mess up your packing genius to find that one fluffy pair of socks at the bottom of your case. You can take each section out and load them back in without undoing all your hard packing work!
Travel Scales – A must have so that you can weigh how much extra luggage you will be taking home with you before getting to the airport for your flight home. This will save you paying any extra for additional weight and allows you that extra chance to redistribute your things across your hand luggage and hold luggage before check-in.
Travel Wash – You can pick this up cheaply in £1 shops or in most supermarkets and it can be life changing. If you don’t have much time to take your clothes to a local launderette or you just need to wash one pair of socks or underwear, this little tube of travel wash will come in very handy!
Power Bank – This can truly be a life saver. Just imagine that you’re trying to find your way by using a map on your mobile and your phone is on 1% battery… or you desperately need to send just one more email and your laptop battery dies. Carrying a power bank ensures that you have that back up energy reserve when you need it most. Just don’t forget to charge it before you leave!
Swiss Army Knife – You will never know how useful these things are until you need one, then you will be so glad that you came prepared. Whether it’s preparing food for that spontaneous beach barbecue or opening a much needed bottle of beer in your hotel room after a hectic conference, it’s always worth packing this useful tool. It’s be best to go by the old adage of “it’s better to have one and not need it, then to need it and not have one.” Don’t forget to put this in your checked luggage and not your hand luggage though!
All-In-One Travel Knife/Fork/Spoon – Continuing on the cutlery theme, being ready to sample that ever so tempting street food is an absolute must! And what better way to ensure that you are always prepared than to carry your own cutlery! You can find a knife, fork and spoon all in one handy utensil (available from most outdoor retailers) so you can always eat easy!
Ear Plugs – These can be picked up in a multitude of random shops and you will never know how valuable they can be until you are on that one flight with a rowdy stag party or find yourself in some super rural accommodation where the local rooster just won’t quit at 4am!
Contractible Water Bottle – These handy designs mean that you can pack extra (empty) water bottles so that you can fill up spares for extra-long journeys or if you aren’t sure when you will next be able to refill. They are also super handy because once you have finished your water, you can just condense your bottle down and bury it back in your bag. You’re also helping the planet by not buying lots of plastic water bottles – it’s win – win all round!
Spare USB Pens/ SD Cards – These are more of an everyday item than a travel specific item, however, you won’t be sorry when the moment takes you and you want to create an extra vlog or take extra photos and you have a spare memory card or pen to back everything up on to!
Travel Pillow – There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination feeling less than 100% or with neck ache from your journey. And this will never happen again if you invest in a decent travel pillow. It really does give you that extra bit of comfort on your journey and they are super affordable!
Wind-Up Torch or Head Torch – The likelihood of power cuts in some places may be a lot more common than you think. Or perhaps you might find yourself down that little shortcut street, except that now it’s dark and there are no street lights. But you need not worry if you’ve packed a torch! Wind-up torches are great as you don’t need to faff around with batteries; and head torches are super handy as you can use both hands whilst being able to see – what a magical creation!
Sleeping Bag Liner – If you are travelling on a budget or can be skeptical of hygiene in hotels, a sleeping bag liner is the answer to all your sleepless problems! You can buy slightly cheaper poly-cotton ones or 100% cotton ones (much more breathable and comfortable) and they are great for marking out your own space/ bed whilst on the move. You can use these on their own in hot countries or as an extra layer of warmth if you’re headed to somewhere a bit chillier! They are small and easy to pack and they are pretty light so won’t add much of a burden to your luggage weight! Sleep tight (don’t let the bed bugs bite… in your very own super comfy liner!)
Solar Power Charger – Although these have mixed reviews (the cheaper ones seem to be less effective), we still reckon it’s worth packing if you think you might find yourself in a situation where there isn’t a reliable source of electricity. That way you can always re-charge your phone and stay in touch with the rest of the world.
First Aid Kit – Even if it’s just some antibacterial spray/cream and some plasters, if a situation ever arises where you or someone else needs some first aid attention, you will be pleased with yourself at how organised and helpful you can be!
Travel Towel – If you are tight on space or are likely to be moving location every day or so, a travel towel will become your best friend. They are super light-weight, dry within a matter of minutes (okay, maybe a little longer than a few minutes … but that’s still much quicker than your average terry cloth towel!), and they take up next-to-no space at all! You can thank us later 🙂
Personal Safety Alarm – These are super affordable (or free in some communities if you ask your local Police Station nicely) and so worthwhile for that extra peace of mind! They weigh next-to-nothing and take up barely any space! We would say these are a must have for any super savvy (and safe) traveler.
Plug Adapter – Needless to say (but so easily forgotten so perhaps there is a need there!), it is always useful to double check what type of plug socket you will need for your destination. You can easily pick up an all-singing/all-dancing adapter that adapts to multiple types of plugs; but there are some countries that are particularly difficult to track adapters down for, and so it’s always good to give yourself plenty of time to source the type that you need. Most airports sell these too, but it’s never good to leave things that last minute!
So there you have it – our list of travel saviors! We hope it helps!
If you want to become even more of a savvy traveler, why don’t you check out our blogs on how to beat jet-lag, preparing for trips like a pro and how to avoid getting sick on your next flight.
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