I love investing in travel accessories: items that 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 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?”.
Power banks are always essential. I think most teenagers and twenty-somethings would be pretty screwed without the help of Google Maps while 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.
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 lifesaver 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 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.
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.
While 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
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.
While 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 to be 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 lifesaver, plus you can download them for free in the App Store. Win, win!
Price in the App Store: Free.
S’well Water Bottle
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 while 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
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 while 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.
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.