I know the feeling. You’ve already left the house and you’re on your way to the airport, and you get that sudden feeling that you’ve forgotten something. Most of the time, it’s just your mind playing tricks with you.
However, if you want to ensure yourself a stress-free trip, then below are 10 of the most essential travel accessories that you shouldn’t forget.
Refreshing Facial Wipes
You may be surprised at how useful a pack (or several) of good quality facial wipes are. A pack from a good brand are non-drying, long lasting and good for sensitive skin.
They come in handy in so many situations such as clearing make-up, cleaning dirt and filth off your skin, treating minor scratches and cuts, cool you down in sweltering heat, a refreshing replacement (albeit a more expensive one) of cheap and rough toilet paper and I’m sure you can think of more uses.
An Effective Mosquito Repellent
Mosquitos are little devils that serve no positive purpose in this world. They can pass on diseases and if they don’t, you end up looking like you have a disease after getting bitten 100 times. Not to mention they’re extremely annoying.
To combat this nuisance (but not completely eradicate it unfortunately) you need an effective mosquito repellent.
They come in the form of body sprays and lotions, and even wristbands to deter these suckers.
An Efficient Portable Battery Charger
Many smart phones these days only lasts 24 hours before it goes to sleep. You need to may a phone call, access the Internet or perhaps you need to use the GPS, and you pull out your phone only to find 10% battery remaining.
That’s not going to last long. Darn it. If only you had a portable battery charger. One that you can easily fit in your pocket and use it to give your phone much needed energy in times of need.
A Well-Made Travel Wallet or Pouch
If you’re going to be travelling to a sketchy area of the world, then considerable measures must be taken to ensure your safety, such as not having your money bag on display.
This is when a good quality travel wallet or pouch comes into play.
It needs to be slim and hidden but big enough to store some cash, cards and your passport. A neck or waist pouch is ideal for this. Not only are they easily concealable and easy to access, it just makes travelling much easier.
Secure Luggage Locks
A determined thief will be able to break into your luggage if they really wanted to, but having well-made and secure locks will certainly decrease the chances of it happening. They will act as a good deterrence for lesser thieves. Some suitcases have integrated locks on them but if yours don’t, then be sure to get some.
A Comfortable Travel Pillow
Unless you’re travelling First or Business Class, then you’re pretty much guaranteed an uncomfortable sleep especially on a packed flight, train or coach.
Those flimsy, partially cushioned pillows you get doesn’t help much especially when you get neck or back pains.
What you need is a well-designed soft and plush travel pillow that provides great support for your neck in various positions.
A Small & Cheap Backup Mobile Phone
Let’s hope that you never lose or break your phone during your travels, but if you already have, then you’d know just how handy a backup mobile phone is. It doesn’t have to be expensive. All it needs to be is compact, in working order and unlocked to take any Sim card.
The great thing is there are plenty of models to choose from, from big name brands including Nokia and Samsung. They are often durable and have much better battery life than your modern Smart Phones.
A Convenient Toiletry Bag
To keep all of your toiletries organised you need a quality toiletry bag, especially if you’re to get one that can hang.
If you need to store a lot of things, then it’s a good idea to get a bag with lots of compartments.
The main elements you need quality assurance over are the zips, hanging hook (preferably metal), stitching and how it’s able to keep its overall shape when hanging.
The last thing you want is your toiletry bag falling apart and all your toiletries are sprawled over the bathroom floor.
A Functional Travel Adapter
There are different travel adapters manufactured for different parts of the world, but I always recommend getting a worldwide travel adapter simply because they’re more versatile.
You can use it anywhere in the world and they usually have USB ports too, which you can use (in conjunction with a USB cable) to charge your phone or tablet without having to bring any additional wall plugs.
A Comfortable Pair of Sandals
If you know that you’re going to be doing a lot of walking in a hot country, you better make sure that you have a comfortable pair of walking sandals otherwise you can expect blisters on a pair of very sore feet.
Good breathability and comfort, easy to take on and off, lightweight with good grip are all features you should be looking out for. It’s also a good idea to have a separate shoe bag to conceal the odour from a pair of smelly footwear inside.