Smartphones are the most useful gear you take with you for travel. Why? Because years ago, we’d have to buy numerous devices and gadgets for things like a camera, watch, compass, calculator, and music player. But smartphones come with the features and functionality to replace those things all-in-one! Apart from being able to make calls, your smartphone doubles as a camera, so no need to take up space packing one of those unless you’re a professional photographer and such. And in some countries, you can use your smartphone in place of a wallet to pay for goods and services.
Smartphones’ many uses will save you tons of time, space, and money which is why it’s the most useful piece of gear for travelers.
2. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are another useful travel gadget. These kinds of headphones block out noise from the outside, and so this device is great to use during long flights. Additionally, noise-canceling headphones go over your ear instead of inside, so in that respect, they’re better for your ears than earbuds.
Most of the noise-canceling headphones on the market nowadays are wireless, therefore saving you the hassle of keeping up with wires and staying organized. Some also come with an extra wire just in case they run out of power.
3. Portable Power Bank
With all that technology, you’re going to want to make sure that everything stays charged, especially if you’re traveling somewhere with no access to power or electricity. That’s why portable power banks are a great option. These portable chargers can fully charge your devices for a handful of times and stay chuck full of power even for months without use. Portable power banks are small and compact so they’re easy to pack and carry around with you when you’re out and about while traveling. Some power banks also offer wireless charging for your devices. Make sure to snag one of these before departure to make sure you always stay connected.
4. Travel Backpack
Travel backpacks are different from the regular everyday backpacks that you use for school or work. They are designed with features like extra pockets and USB functionality that make them great for traveling. Most have a cube-like shape to give you extra space and keep all of your belongings compact. Some also have USB ports integrated into the straps of the backpack so that you can charge your devices and stay connected on the go. Travel backpacks are great for minimalist travelers who don’t like hauling big pieces of luggage during trips.
5. Passport Cover
Passport covers are great for travelers because not only do they protect your passport from the wear and tear of traveling, but they also make it easier to find in all of your stuff as passports are small and can easily get lost. They also protect your privacy while traveling abroad.
Most passport covers are made with extra sleeves inside that you can use to store things like your ID, a travel credit card, and your plane tickets for easier access.
6. Filtered Water Bottle
Filtered water bottles are a great way to keep yourself hydrated while you’re moving out and about during travel. They are made with a filter inside that filters the water as you drink it and works to remove micro bacteria and chemical impurities to make sure that the water is safe. Filtered water bottles are great to take with you while traveling anywhere but are especially useful for those going to places where water supply is sparse or where the water is not that safe to drink.
Masks are essential in the days of COVID-19. It has become extremely unsafe to risk going anywhere without wearing a mask, and wearing one has even become law in some countries. Masks work to help protect you and others from respiratory droplets caused by breathing, sneezing, and coughing. They also help to protect you in big cities where the air is of low quality. If you happen to be sick, masks work to protect the others around you.
There are many different types of masks including disposable ones, but your best bet is to get a cloth mask. Not only are these reusable and more durable, but they are also more effective at acting as a barrier between you and respiratory droplets from others.
8. Travel-sized Hand Sanitizer
This goes along with the face mask. Hand sanitizer is good for keeping your hands clean and free of germs. It’s especially good for traveling in planes that aren’t all that clean. Travel-sized hand sanitizers are small, and most are TSA approved to take on planes in your carry-on. They’re great for using out and about when there is no sink or handwashing station nearby, after using public transit, or before eating out.
9. Melatonin Tablets
Melatonin is a natural hormone found in the body that acts to regulate things like body temperature and dopamine levels so that you can fall asleep. Things like traveling, time differences, and stress can throw our bodies’ natural melatonin levels out of whack and make it harder for us to fall asleep. That’s why melatonin tablets are great for travelers. You can take these on the plane during long flights to help combat jetlag. Or you can take these abroad when you’re finding it hard to catch some Z’s.
10. Neck Pillow
Neck pillows are great in that they help to relieve tension in your neck and spine caused by prolonged periods of idle sitting in uncomfortable plane seats. Some travelers sleep on the plane to help avoid getting jetlag after arriving at their destination. Neck pillows help to make it more comfortable to fall asleep on the plane for this reason, and that’s why it’s one of the most practical pieces of travel gear.
11. Plastic Travel Bottles
Plastic travel bottles are tiny sized bottles that you can use to store liquids. Per TSA regulations, travelers are only allowed to bring up to certain sizes of different kinds of liquids in their carry-on and checked luggage. Plastic travel-sized bottles are there to make sure that you can bring any liquid you may need (like your favorite lotion or a certain brand of sunscreen) whose bottle does not fit under TSA regulations. They are also good because the bottle caps are more secure and good for traveling.
12. Luggage Tag
Luggage tags are little tags that you attach to your luggage easily identify them from everyone else’s. Many of us have luggage that comes in a common color like black, and when getting out luggage after arriving at our destination, it may be hard to identify ours from someone else’s. The last thing you’d want to do is have someone else mistake their luggage for yours and accidentally take it with them, or vice versa. Luggage tags ensure that you can easily be able to spot your luggage and know that it’s yours.
13. Luggage Scale
Luggage scales are small handheld scales that you can use to measure the weight of your luggage and bags. Most airlines have strict weight and height requirements when it comes to luggage sizes, and luggage scales are a great way to make sure you don’t overpack and are always in line with baggage requirements.
14. Rain Gear
Rain gear is important anywhere but the most practical pieces of rain gear you can get are a poncho and some waterproof rain covers for your shoes.
Ponchos are great because you can easily fold them to fit inside your carry on, your purse, or your pocket so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your umbrella at the hotel. Ponchos keep your clothes dry from the rain while you’re out and about.
You should also invest in some waterproof rain shoe covers. These are also great for when it rains as they cover your shoes to keep them dry. Nothing feels worse than having to walk around in wet socks, and waterproof rain shoe covers protect your feet from the rain without you having to worry about carrying big clunky rain boots. These are compact and fit right in your luggage and take up virtually no space.
15. Toiletry Bag
Toiletry bags are great for not only organizing all of your toiletries into one place but also ensuring that none of your liquids accidentally spill onto the rest of your belongings while in transit, which is why they are extremely useful for traveling anywhere.
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