Monday, 23rd January 2017

10 Travel Must-Haves for 2017

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My Top 10 Travel Must-Haves for 2017 which will make travelling just that lil’ bit easier and a lil’ less stressful. Click through to read more...
My Top 10 Travel Must-Haves for 2017 which will make travelling just that lil’ bit easier and a lil’ less stressful. Click through to read more...

I love investing in travel accessories: items which make travelling just that lil’ bit easier and a lil’ less stressful. ‘Cause despite what Instagram leads us to believe, travel can actually be a source of stress. Yes, it’s a very privileged stress, but stress nonetheless. When it comes to travel must-haves I’d much prefer to invest in things that will actually last a long time, rather than throwaway pieces. So without further ado, here are my top travel must-haves that will have you questioning “Why the hell didn’t I know of these earlier?”.

 

Solar Charger

 

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Power banks are always an essential. I think most teenagers and twenty-somethings would be pretty screwed without the help of Google Maps whilst travelling. Plus it’s always important to have charge in the case of an emergency; you never know when you might need to call emergency services. However, these power banks are even better. They don’t need a power socket to charge (but can still be charged using a wall charger) AND are good for the environment. This makes them perfect for hiking, camping and festival trips. A wise investment if I do say so myself…

 

Price on Amazon: £14.99.

 

Travel Wallet

 

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I spoke about this travel wallet in my recent Favourites post so I won’t ramble on about it for too long, but it is b-e-a-utiful. It’s practical and handy, keeping everything in one place, making it is a life saver when travelling. Inside this travel wallet you will find designated space for cards, cash, passports, documents and a pen.

 

Price on Not on the High Street: £32.

 

Packing Cubes

 

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Packing cubes will revolutionise the way you pack for your next trip. They help you save space in your luggage, fit more in and keep you organised. No more scrambling around for ages in your suitcase trying to find that one t-shirt.

 

Price on Amazon: £10.99.

 

WiFi Hotspot

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Like the portable charger, you never know when you’ll be in need of Wi-Fi, especially if you are a digital nomad and need to do work on the go. Whilst I’d love to tell you that you don’t need Wi-Fi to travel and you can rely on the bare essentials and be the most free-spirited Gap Yah-er ever, that’s not realistic. It’s 2017 people, and most travellers need their Insta fix. Plus if you’re travelling to far distant lands, Wi-Fi is not going to be handed to you on a plate. Portable hotspots allow you to stay connected, without having to worry about roaming charges or buying/switching multiple SIM cards.

 

Price on Amazon: £27.64.

 

Clear Refillable Bottles

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Buying mini-versions of your favourite shampoo can get pretty expensive, and you can only buy a few select products (from the big name brands) travel sized. Refillable bottles are perfect because you can just fill them with whatever you want, whenever you want.

 

Price on Amazon: £15.44 for a pack of three 89ml bottles. Cheaper for smaller bottles.

 

Real-time Translation App

 

 

We’ve all been there. Sat in a cafe abroad wondering what on earth any of the items on the menu are. Whilst we could be better travellers and try to learn a bit of the language, or (dare I say it) actually ask the waiter what it means, a real-time translation app will save all of this kerfuffle. All you have to do is open the app, point your camera at the text you want translated and the app will work its magic to give you a quick translation. Real-time translation apps (I personally use the classic Google Translate) are an absolute life saver, plus you can download them for free in the App Store. Win, win!

 

Price in the App Store: Free.

 

S’well Water Bottle

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This water bottle sure is swell. Ha ha ha. Stop it, Lucy. You’re probably wondering why a water bottle is on the list, but it isn’t just any old water bottle. S’well was launched in 2010 with the mission to rid the world of plastic bottles. These beautifully crafted bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours, and are composed of non-leaching and non-toxic stainless steel. This makes them perfect for travel, especially if you’re embarking on a long day trip. Water is also one of those unexpected costs that really adds up when you’re abroad. By having a reusable bottle (that looks fabulous, making you actually want to use it), you can take advantage of any time there’s drinkable tap water!

 

Price on Amazon: £37.99.

 

RhinoShield Phone Case

 

Hello, my name’s Lucy and I’m a massive clutz. I was like you once… I smashed my phone on one too many occasions, and then BAM, RhinoShield came along and changed my life forever. I’ve had my Rhinoshield case for a year now and I haven’t smashed my phone or got the tiniest scratch on it since. Think about how much #dollah I’ve saved. Believe me when I say it’s a lot. Phone cases especially come in handy when you’re travelling because you are far more likely to break your phone whilst gallivanting about the place than in normal everyday situations. They have loads of really cool designs on their website if plain colours are too boring for you.

 

Price on Amazon: £22.95.

 

Travel Jacket Gripper/Backpack

 

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We’ve all been there. Carrying way too many things than is humanly possible. To give your hands a break this year, why not try a travel gripper, which hangs your jacket, umbrella or whatever the heck you want on your luggage. You can try and juggle a million and one items in your hands, but let’s be honest, I think we all need some help every now and again. However, what use is a travel gripper if you haven’t got a good backpack to grip onto? A good backpack, for backpacking, hiking or just for everyday use whilst travelling, should be water-resistant, have a large capacity (without it being too much of a pain to wear all the time!) and be very durable.

 

Price on Amazon: £9.99.

 

Universal Adaptor

 

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How could I write a piece on travel must-haves and not include an adaptor? Adaptors are a necessity when travelling if you want to charge your electrical items (which I’m guessing you do). Instead of building up a collection of various different adaptors around the house, try buying one universal adaptor that will fit any plug in the world. Plus, if you are travelling to more than one destination on your trip (where there are different plug sockets), bringing just one adaptor will save luggage space!

 

Price on Amazon: £14.99.

 

 

So what are some of your travel must-haves for 2017? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new gadgets to try out.

This is a collaborative post with Skate Hut and contains affiliate links but as always all opinions are my own.

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    • Hannah
    • Monday, 23rd January 2017
    Reply

    i didnt even know you could buy your own wifi hotspot?? that is amazing! such an informative post lucy, thank you for this

    Hannah at Hannah Venables / A CREATIVE LIFESTYLE BLOG

    1. Reply

      Hahah thanks so much Hannah, glad you learnt something new today! 🙂

      • Ds
      • Wednesday, 29th March 2017
      Reply

      I hope you are being sarcastic…. Or were you really born under a rock?

  1. Reply

    I really love this post; I’m always hesitant to click on posts like this because they’re usually full of gadgets that only extreme travelers need, but this post is actually really informative and helpful. I didn’t even know it was possible to buy a portable wifi hotspot! And I second the reuseable water bottle idea – bottled water is always so expensive to purchase and ultimately a wasteful habit.

    Kate | girlinthebluejacket.blogspot.com

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Kate – that means a lot 🙂 I’ve never actually owned a portable WiFi hotspot (as I’ve never travelled for long periods of time), but if I did I’d be sure to buy one. Ugh one of my biggest pet peeves is seeing people buying water in the UK – it’s literally free hahah!

    • Erica Coffman
    • Tuesday, 24th January 2017
    Reply

    I’m obsessed with my travel wallet (the same one you have pictured here!) and my packing cubes. Love the hotspot and jacket clipper thing and will definitely check them out. Another to add would be a little Bluetooth speaker. So great to have at all times!

    1. Reply

      Ooh you have a very good taste in travel wallets hahah – I’m obsessed with it too! You should definitely check them out.
      What a fab recommendation – you never know when you may want to blast some music hahah 🙂

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    • Gen
    • Thursday, 16th March 2017
    Reply

    I wish I knew about these things before I studied abroad! Seemingly insignificant items that would have made a huge difference. Great post!

    Gen | gracefullygen.com

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much for your comment Gen 🙂 I agree!

  3. Reply

    I’m always fascinated with the advancements in travel technology and the solar chargers and wifi-hotspots are the most popular. And the real time translation app, I think there have been a few recently and with mixed reviews but something is better than nothing I guess. Thanks for the list and I found the jacket gripper pretty cool too.

    1. Reply

      So glad you enjoyed this list, Mike 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

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    • Lindsey Zimmerman
    • Monday, 2nd October 2017
    Reply

    Hi! Something I would recommend adding is a GoPro! I personally have one and I use it for traveling to capture memories! While it is pricey, it’s worth having it because it’s really portable and easy to use, especially the newer ones!

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