Overcome packing-induced stress with this checklist of travel accessories essential to any trip.
To help you overcome packing-induced stress (and make a better forecast into your future on the road), we’ve compiled a list of travel accessories that are essential to any trip, no matter what the conditions. This universal checklist will help you pack—sans panic—and ensure you have everything you need for a perfect trip, from take-off to touchdown in your hometown airport.
If you’re buying for someone that carries their life in a bag, make that load a little lighter and organized. The Pack-It Specter Cube Set by Eagle Creek is lightweight, durable, and will organize all their stuff for even the most intense adventures. Whether they are toting gear through the mountains or carrying three months worth of clothes on a European adventure, you’ll have their back with this ultimate travel gift (MSRP $38).
You should never travel without a sturdy pair of flip-flops. We suggest the Peter Tosh Reef Sandals (named for the famous reggae musician) because they’re so supportive that if you do decide to wear them out for the day, your feet won’t be killing you come nightfall. Plus, these Reefs have a secret stash pocket built into them to hide your cash and cards and they include a recycled aluminum pen with refillable ink cartridge. (MSRP $80)
Travel requires you to leave your bed behind—but it doesn’t have to give you a sore neck en route to your destination or after you arrive. This 2-in-1 pillow converts into two shapes: one that contours around your neck on the airplane and one is rectangular like a traditional pillow. Use it for a little extra comfort in those not-so-comfortable places along the way. (MSRP $24)
The Sony Alpha NEX cameras are ideal for travel because they are compact digital cameras that perform like SLR cameras. You get high quality photos, allowing you to remember your travels exactly how they happened (without requiring you to lug around a heavy traditional camera that you barely know how to use). (MSRP $450)
Nothing can ruin a trip faster than getting sick, and one of the easiest ways to get sick on the road (particularly in developing nations) is by drinking unpurified water straight from the tap. Constantly buying new water bottles can be costly—not to mention detrimental to the environment—it just makes good sense to make a small investment in a Steripen. Stick this small magic wand in your water to transform your at-risk beverage into a drinkable one. (MSRP $50)
Getting tired of schlepping around a ton of electronics (and all the chargers and wires required). Streamline your gadget life by packing a Kindle Fire which functions as a laptop, tablet, e-reader and camera. It even has Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers so you can jam out to tunes as you’re in transit. (MSRP $139-169)
Few travel annoyances are more frustrating (or common) than arriving in a destination only to realize that you’ve brought wrong adapter—or you have no adapter at all. Avoid that mistake by investing in a universal world travel adapter: This small piece of equipment will keep you plugged in and powered up in more than 150 countries. (MSRP $30)
Whether you want to drown out your fellow passengers or listen to your favorite playlist as you wander through a new city, every traveler needs a trusty pair of headphones. These traveler-approved headphones are comfy, durable, and provide state of the art noise cancellation, qualities that make them perfect for flights with crying babies or adventures through the wilderness. Plus they fold up tightly to fit in your carry-on or daypack without taking up too much room. (MSRP $56)
Don’t let a lack of sleep compromise your trip. This eye mask blocks out light and has a curved shaping for blink-ability and maximum eye comfort. With this all-natural sleep aid, you’ll get the rest you need so you’re alert and energized for your adventure the next day. (MSRP $10)
Now that you know what to pack, you need the perfect piece of luggage to pack it all in. The Morphus 22 is an ideal choice for the traveler who’s constantly changing how and where they’re traveling or needs double the room on the return trip home. The front gear bag can be zipped-off and use the “morphing” technology to create a second full-size bag (a backpack with comfortable straps). It’s also designed to integrate with Eagle Creek’s Pack-It™ System and gear organizers, so you can keep all of you travel essentials in order—no matter what you end up tossing in your bag. (MSRP $395)
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