14 Must-Have Travel Accessories And Essentials for 2021

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Global travel can seem like a far away dream, but you don’t have to put all adventuring on hold!

Whether you go 10 minutes out of your way or book an AirBnB in the most rural area you can find, new adventures aren’t so far away. 

So if you need some handy must-not-forget accessories for your upcoming travels, look no further:

1. Fleece Blanket

A good blanket is a travel accessory that most of us forget… until you need one. For road trips or quaint, COLD, AirBnB cottage, a blanket is a small piece of comfort when travelling out of your comfort zone. 

It has to be soft and big enough to envelope a human or two.

The more unassuming the better. 

2. First Aid Kit

Be prepared for all eventualities.

Having bought this for a road trip, I was happily surprised when I saw just how small this kit is… but just how many pieces of First-Aidery it holds! 

Bandages, tweezers, emergency blanket. Even a CPR respirator!

This is a Godsend for all the worriers out there who live by ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. 

3. Hand Sanitiser

If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it’s that we pick up A LOT of germs on a daily basis. I never used to wash my hands after touching doors, elevator buttons, or restaurant menus. 

Whilst we need some germs to keep our immune system fighting fit, it’s still worth keeping hand sanitiser in your bag. 

Global pandemic or not, no one wants to be stuck in a situation where you’ve unknowingly touched a sticky surface and you need to sanitise right away.

Save yourself the panic, and get some sanitiser for those just-in-case moments. 

4. Headphone Splitter

I remember the days of sharing an earbuds with a friend, listening to a song you both loved. You’d turn your head to look at something, and end up violently yanking your friend’s earbud out of their ear. 

Once re-adjusted, neck ache would kick in from trying to prevent ear damage from another violent yank. 

Thankfully, you can avoid an uncomfortable listening environment by picking up a headphone splitter.

Great for long journeys, quiet moments in your hotel or sun bathing in a park.

Earphone splitters keep you connected.

Without having to sit 30cm apart and wear a neck brace just to listen to a good song.  

5. Metal Water Bottle

Even in blistering temperatures, this water bottle will keep your water cool all day. So you can always rely on a refreshing drink rather than a luke-warm sip of hydration. 

Whilst the bottle we bought has been discontinued, I’ve found a sturdy alternative for you. 

You’ll be looking like a serial-hydrator walking around with this bad boy. 

6. Packing Luggage Cubes

Packing cubes make easy work of organising and storing your clothes (and potentially shoes).

You can finally fit everything you need in your luggage. 

Plus, you won’t have to sit your dirty trainers on your silk dress, knowing it’ll be stained by the time you unpack it again.  

7. Multi-Plug Travel Adapter

This is an easy one.

Rather than buying an overpriced travel adapter at the airport, only to get to your destination and realise it’s the wrong one – just get one with all of the socket types ahead of time. 

This adapter works for over 150+ countries with US/EU/UK/AU plugs, as well as the addition of USB Ports. 

Stick it in your hand luggage and relax in the knowledge you can charge your devices to 100% battery.

No stress.

8. Number Two Helpers 

Travel can throw your body out of whack. No matter who you are, no one is invincible to travel-induced stomach troubles.

Too much or two little of our usual bodily functions can completely ruin your travel experience.

Prepare in advance and buy the precautionary items to settle (or unsettle) your stomach. 

9. Toiletry Bag

Whether you’re embarking on a road trip or long haul flight, a toiletry bag is a must. 

This particular one can easily be stored in your luggage or kept separately for any camping or road trips. 

Compact and unassuming, the hanging toiletry bag is a brilliant way to keep your bottles and containers in one place for easy-access. 

10. Accessory Holder

I’ve lost count of the amount of ways I’ve tried to cleverly pack my accessories to no avail. 

After coming across this accessory holder, I’m kicking myself that I didn’t find it sooner! 

Rather than trying to stuff your earrings in a front pocket or sandwich bag, pop them in this holder.

No more tangled jewellery or broken necklaces upon arrival!

11. Portable Phone Charger

There’s nothing worse than being caught out by a depleted phone battery.

Anker is a reputable electronics brand and trusted by many. 

With three lights to indicate how much power the charger can provide, you can get a full charge or a top-up with this portable life-saver. 

It’s worth the money for both convenience and safety, knowing you’ll never be without charge in an unfamiliar place. 

12. Handheld Fan

Countries get hot. 

And with climate change, they’re about to get A LOT hotter. 

It’s also USB chargeable, so you can get more use out of your new Anker charger to keep yourself cool on the go. 

13. Cleansing Wet Wipes

Sometimes you’ve just gotta freshen up.

No Shower? No problem.

Whether you’re at an airport, on a camping trip or surviving a very hot day. You don’t need to carry on with your day feeling uncomfortable. 

These biodegradable wipes are the answer to your, help-i’ve-been-sweating-for-six-hours, prayers! Not only are they eco-friendly with no synthetic materials, they’re also suitable for vegans. 

With anti-bacterial properties and an infusion of Aloe and Vitamin E, these wipes will have you feeling fresh and clean in a matter of moments, so you can comfortably enjoy the rest of your day. 

14. You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

A good book always comes in handy on a trip. 

‘You Are A Badass’ by Jen Sincero is a breath of fresh air. 

This bible of personal development is written with such skill that you feel like Jen’s your mentor and closest friend who wants the best for you.

Actionable tips, great tools to change negative perceptions and a good kick up the butt:

It’s a self-help book with humour, honesty and love. 

The Roundup

Wherever you’re planning to go in the next year, the above items should make travelling a lot easier for you. 

Paloma x

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