Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy already know the first two rules of travel are (1) don’t panic, and (2) always carry a towel. Those two points out of the way, you might want to start thinking about a few other things that can make your life on the move much easier. Before you plot your next adventure using Inspirock’s trip planner, consider the following list of the best travel accessories to keep your trip running smoothly.
1. Space Bags
Few things create as much stress as that nagging fear that you might not have enough space for everything you need—or think you need—for, say, your trip to Bucharest. The secret of packing like a pro is knowing just what to leave behind and how to create enough space for what you do end up carrying. Waterproof, airtight, and reusable, space bags can keep all your clothes neat and wrinkle-free. They also work well for separating wet or dirty laundry from your clean clothing, accessories, and important documents. Pack a few empty space bags and use them for dirty socks, sweaty T-shirts, or anything else you need to keep neatly folded and separated from the rest of your stuff.
2. Portable Battery Charger
Imagine the horror of starting your Tirana vacation with the realization that your favorite electronic device is beginning to flash the dreaded “low battery” warning. Avoid the accusing looks and those unspoken but palpable criticisms from your companions—”I can’t believe you forgot to charge the camera!”—by packing a portable battery charger wherever and whenever you travel. Look for something that works for your needs and budget. Compact chargers that pack a good deal of power travel well, especially for outdoor adventures and sightseeing tours of places where you may not have a wall outlet around every corner.
3. Travel Underwear
Students of Latin know that the phrase “Semper ubi sub ubi” doesn’t really mean “Always wear underwear”—but the mistranslation still stands as decent travel advice. Regardless of whether you’re planning to take a nature hike or tour around town on a Bologna vacation, breathable and lightweight travel underwear can keep you comfortable by wicking away moisture and preventing unpleasant odor. You may find this a bit off-putting, but basically, you can wear it for a couple of days before having to wash it. Not a bad thing if you don’t have ready access to hotel laundry services or your own washer and dryer.
4. Sturdy Hydration Vessel
Yep, it’s just a fancy way of saying you really need to think about bringing a dependable water bottle, especially if you plan to pack your Colorado itinerary with outdoorsy things to do. If you’d rather bring a bottle of wine, don’t worry, you can do that too. Many online sellers offer inflatable wine bags, ideal for transporting drinkable gifts. Wine, however, doesn’t really work well in fighting jet lag or keeping your muscles elastic enough to prevent injuries. Drink enough water while traveling to boost your energy, battle fatigue, and keep your skin healthy.
5. Good Walking Shoes
Let’s face it: you can bring the best travel accessories available on the market, but if you pack an uncomfortable pair of shoes for your tour of Prague, your entire experience may be irreparably spoiled by a grumpy mood. Comfortable, travel-friendly shoes made for walking could be the only thing standing between you and a great vacation. Strutting in comfort doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. While your favorite flats probably don’t make the most practical choice for pounding the pavement of a new city, lightweight sneakers are easy to wear and work well for urban and rural walking tours. And don’t forget tougher hiking boots if you’re planning some more serious treks.
The Right Stuff for the Right Trip
If you feel you’re at risk of packing everything but the fridge, try to visualize the kind of trip you want to experience. The best travel accessories can lower your stress, prevent arguments with disgruntled family members, and improve your chances of sightseeing without running into major issues. Before you head out, use Inspirock’s free trip planner to find inspiration and some great ideas for your next trip.