We’ve all heard the saying “it’s not about the destination but the journey” and through all my years of traveling, I have to agree with that statement.  But who says you can’t make that journey comfortable.  I put together a list of the best travel accessories that every traveler needs. 

From a quick weekend getaway to a month long honey moon, these travel accessories are perfect for any length of trip.  Not only do these travel gadgets make the actual act of traveling easier but they make great gifts for the travel lover in your life.

In no particular order, here are the top 20 travel accessories that every travel should have.

20 Travel Accessories for the Modern Day Traveler

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Nomatic Travel Pack

The Nomatic travel pack is a recent purchase of mine and I couldn’t be happier with it.  Everything about it was designed with the traveler on the go in mind.  It has so many versatile pockets which keeps me organized and holds all of the travel accessories that are in this list.

It’s the perfect bag to take with you when you are doing the actual act of traveling, like spending all night on an airplane or 2 days on a slow boat through Laos.  It’s that versatile and keeps all of my electronics safe, organized plus an extra outfit and a sweatshirt because we all know how cold it gets in airports and on planes.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a game changer.  If you don’t pack with packing cubes then you’re packing wrong.  Compression packing cubes are a packing essential for travelers.  These handy dandy travel essentials keep your clothes organized and makes it easier to pack bulkier items like jackets.  They also make it easier to separate your clean and dirty clothes.  Packing has never been easier.

Power Bank Charger

Having an extra, portable power bank charger is a travel accessory I never leave home without.  It’s a safety issue with me, I would never want to find myself in a situation where I needed to call a cab or find an important email but couldn’t because my phone was dead.  This power bank has lots of battery life, being able to charge multiple phones at once, twice before it would run out of battery life.  And its only the size of an iPhone.

Digital Luggage Scale

Checking a bag is expensive, paying even more because your bag is a couple pounds over is an annoying and frustrating cost.  Reduce stress by traveling with a digital hand luggage scale to weigh your bags before you get to the airport.  All you do is hook it on the handle of your luggage and lift up to see the weight.

This is a great travel accessory for flying budget airlines. The budget airlines are very strict about the weight of your bags especially if you’re trying to carry on your luggage like I always do.  Avoid the stress of an overweight bag fee.

Travel Electronics Organizing Case

I’m sure you’re all to familiar with having a gazillion charging cords, I mean you need them for everything now a day’s.  I need a separate  charging cord for my phone, MacBook, watch, earbuds, GoPro, drone, aresanl… the list could continue but you get the hint.  This travel electronics organizing case is waterproof and can hold all your chargers, an external hard drive and possibly a travel speaker!  

Keep your cords untangled and organized in a nifty zip up pouch.  No more wasting time trying to find the right cord for the right device.  These are my favorite type of travel accessories, efficient and organized.   

Universal Adapter

This universal adapter is compatible with over 150 countries including all of Europe and Asian countries.  Plus it has 4 USB ports making it possible to charge up to 6 devices at once.  It even comes in rose gold.

Bose Headphones

These Bose headphones are definitely an investment but worth every penny.  They completely cancel out all the noise around you and are comfortable around your ears.  If you’re anything like me and have sensitive ears, this will be one of the best purchases you make all year.

They come in several different colors and have a built in Alexa to easily change music on voice command.  Plus they are easy to travel with as when you’re not using them you just keep them around your neck.

Toiletry Bag

For the longest time I was using a small packing cube as my toiletry bag which wasn’t that bad to be honest and then I got a toiletry bag for Christmas and I couldn’t believe I didn’t have a proper one before.

The toiletry bag folds up and hangs on the wall.  There are three large clear zippered compartments, and one detachable pouch which is perfect for makeup.  It packs well in your suitcase and comes in several cute floral patterns.

Leakproof Toiletry Bottles

The leakproof travel bottles are designed to prevent liquid leaks or spills.  You won’t have to worry about your conditioner exploding due to altitude. The bottles are 2 ounces TSA Carry on approved.

They are perfect for shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand sanitizer and or body wash.  The wide mouth makes the bottles easy to fill and you can buy a 17 pack to have options for all of your toiletries.

Sleep Mask

A sleep mask is perfect on sleeping on the plane or hotel.  The sleep mask is made of memory foam, it’s soft and has wide eyes making possible to blink freely.  It’s lightweight and easy to bring with you in your carryon.  Sleeping just got easier.

Collapsible Water Bottle

The Nomader collapsible water bottle is the perfect travel companion.  It is sturdy and comfortable to drink from, rolls up for compact travel and can easily attach to your bag for easy access.  It has a sealing twist cap the eliminates leaks and spills.

It’s flexible, shatter proof, has a wide mouth easy for cleaning and has a durable carry strap.  It’s dishwasher safe, freezable and can hold hot or cold drinks.  Fill up the water bottle once you get pass security.

Passport Cover

Keep your passport safe while you travel in style.  There’s a half-size inside pocket slot that can hold important documents such as plane tickets and VISA’s.  A passport cover keeps your documents crisp and you organized.

Pashmina

The uses of a pashmina are endless.  I always carry one with me when I travel, whether its on a plane, a bus, a boat, a train…well you get the idea.  You never know when you will need to use it as a blanket.  I always get so cold on airplanes and it also doubles as a pillow.

I will never forget one of the worst bus rides overnight through Myanmar, I was so cold my whole entire body was sore from shivering all night.  It was from this day forward that I vowed to never travel without a pashmina again.

Inflatable Neck Pillow

Trying to fall asleep on an airplane can be uncomfortable and not being able to sleep can make for a terrible flight.  This inflatable neck pillow is ergonomically designed, perfect for both long hauls and shorter flights.  The pillow is meant to reduce neck stiffness, fatigue and promote proper spine alignment.

It’s compact and easy to travel with.  There is an air release valve that you push down until you get desired stiffness so no mouth blowing necessary.  This item is suitable for both children and adults.  Get ready to have a peaceful nights sleep on an airplane!

Travel Footrest

Ever get off a long haul flight and your ankles are the size of your calves, creating the infamous cankle?  This portable airplane footrest is the solution to your problem.  These travel accessories are easy to use, just unroll and snap it around the seat in front of you or over your tray table.  This can also be used on a train, bus or table.

The travel footrest relieves fatigue and can reduce lower back pain, stiffness and leg swelling that occurs during long flights.  The lightweight and compact design folds up easily and to fit into your carry-on luggage.  This travel product makes a wonderful gift for the whole family especially the travel lovers in your life.

Portable Door Alarm

Safety is always a priority especially if you’re a solo female traveler.  Put your mind at ease while you sleep with an extra precision and travel with a portable door alarm.  The travel door alarm is easy to use and set up.  Slide the piece with the two blades by holding them together and place them into the crack between the door and doorframe.  The other part connected by the cord loops around the door handle.  Once you are done, set the alarm and voila!

This alarm is compact and portable and weighs less than 2 ounces.  It can be used on a front door in an airbnb, a bedroom, hotel room and even in windows.  The alarm when triggered sounds of a loud and attention grabbing high pitched sound that is loud enough to alert your neighbors, wake you from your sleep and/or deter thieves.  This travel item also has a built in LED flashlight which provides an additional security feature perfect when traveling, when you’re in an unfamiliar environment and when it’s dark.

This is one of the best travel accessories out there for safety, size and portability.

Portable Speaker Bose

I always travel with a portable Bose speaker, you never know when it’s gonna come in handy.  I am always listening to music and use it everyday when I travel.  This speaker produces a deep, loud sound and has a wireless range of about 30 feet.  Battery lasts up to 12 hours, perfect for getting ready in your hotel room or for extra added surround sound as you watch Netflix on your computer.

This is a splurge but a travel gadget that will last for years.

E-Reader

Travel can be tedious and at times very time consuming.  A Kindle E-Reader are perfect travel accessories to help pass the time and makes it possible to travel with multiple different books and magazines.

This Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader comes with up to 32 GB of storage and is waterproof.  This makes it easy to read while you’re lets say on the beach in Maui or laying by the pool.  There is a built in light so you can read day or night, indoors or out.  The best part is the battery life as lasts for weeks off of only one charge.

There are multiple different colors to choose from including black, blue, plum and sage making it possible to match your travel gear.  Bonus buy some sleeve covers to have more stylish options.  These make great stocking stuffers.

Compression Socks

Compression socks are an effective way to promote better circulation and to eliminate stress and fatigue.  Compression socks provide more pressure to your legs which enhance blood flow thus reducing pain and swelling.  Not only do compression socks provide support they also keep your feet warm on an airplane where I always seem to freeze.

I always keep a pair in my carry-on bag.  These compression socks come in a value pack and have several different stylish patterns to choose from.

Hands Free Phone Mount

This is a great travel accessory if you want to watch movies on an airplane or bus but don’t want to hold your phone the entire time.  It’s compact and light weight making it easy to take with you anywhere.  It comes with a strong clamp being able to mount to the tray table, the arm of a chair or stationary on a desk or table.

This device is compatible with multiple phone styles including the iPhone and Samsung Note.  This is the perfect stocking stuffer for the on-the-go traveler.

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Travel Accessories every Traveler Needs with I'm Jess Traveling
Travel Accessories every Traveler Needs with I'm Jess Traveling