There are always going to be certain items that you just need to have with you when you travel. But just as there are personal items that you always want with you, there are also a variety of more practical items that you should consider bringing with you as well.
I’ve compiled a list of the best travel gadgets and accessories that you should definitely not leave home without.
10 Best Travel Gadgets You Should Not Travel Without
1) Noise-canceling headphones
These are incredibly useful even just in everyday life but can be something of a necessity when traveling. They are especially valuable for when you’re taking long flights since they’ll allow you to listen to music without being disturbed by ambient noise in the airplane cabin. Considering ambient noise on a long flight can sometimes include screaming children, loud chatter, and other sorts of frustrating noise, noise cancellation is definitely a plus. The quieting headphones can also be useful for falling to sleep at night if you’re staying in a noisy hotel or travel lodge; just connect your headphones to your music player and queue up some relaxing tunes and you’re all set to go.
2) Portable phone charger:
These are especially handy for those inevitable times when your phone battery is about to run out but you either are nowhere near an outlet or don’t have your main plug-in phone charger with you.
Even more, if you buy a charger that is compatible with other electronic devices such as an MP3 player or a digital camera, it will be even more useful and worth the cost.
3) Travel adapter/Universal adapter
If you’re traveling through different countries, one of these adapters is going to be very useful. Different countries have different types of electrical outlets and different voltages in those outlets, so a universal adapter that can be used in any country is a must-have if you don’t want to short-circuit any of your electronics.
4) Weatherproof phone case
While these protective cases can seem clunky and awkward depending on the brand you use, they are very important if you plan to travel to any place where inclement weather might occur (which is, let’s face it, pretty much everywhere!)
5) Kindle/E-Reader tablet
Many people like to read while traveling, either when flying, resting in their rooms, or when relaxing on the beach or by the pool, but lugging around lots of books can be tiresome. As a result, it’s a good idea to invest in an electronic reading tablet of some sort, like a Kindle or Nook; not only are they lightweight and easy to pack and carry, but they can also hold hundreds of books with ease.
While sometimes an app on your phone can do the trick if you need to speak to someone in a foreign language while traveling, more often than not you’re going to need either an actual person to help you or a more effective translator. Luckily, there are quite a few global translators currently available; most of them come with thousands of pre-programmed phrases in a variety of different languages, which can be very helpful when you’re traveling in a place where you’re not familiar or comfortable with the native tongue.
7) Digital camera
There’s no denying that many of us rely a lot on our phones for taking pictures these days. But there’s also no arguing with the unfortunate fact that our phones have limited memory space for holding pictures. As a result, it’s a good idea to bring a real camera with you; they have much more space for saving pictures and you won’t need to stress over deleting things off of your phone to make room for your photos.
8) Travel wallet: These specially designed wallets are very useful for helping to keep all your important cards and documents (like passports and visas) in one place.
9) Travel door alarm
While not necessarily a must-have, a small portable alarm that hooks onto the door of your hotel room can help to bring you peace of mind when traveling, especially if you end up staying somewhere that feels a little unsafe.
10) Wireless travel router/personal Wi-Fi hot-spot
These are also very useful even if you’re not traveling, but it’s definitely a good idea to bring one with you if you’re planning to go abroad. Internet service is not freely or readily available in all places, so having your own hot-spot can come in handy if you need to look something up quickly.