When was the last time you managed to fly hand luggage only and not feel totally naked?
Let’s be honest, no one travels these days with a light bag, filled with just a few dresses and essential makeup. Every time I travel I feel like I pack more accessories than actual clothes! Being a travel blogger only makes packing trickier – we do need to create a beautiful selection of Instagram snaps, after all!
All of this makes packing space a premium. Here are the 10 travel accessories I couldn’t go travelling without. How many are on your must-have list, too?
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This piece of camera kit is heavy but it’s amazing! I remember when I first had the chance to play with this camera a few years ago – I knew right then that I needed it in my life! It’s on the expensive side and took me a while to save up for, it but it has proven itself to be well worth the investment. This camera puts you in perfect control of the photographs you’re trying to take.
That being said, it’s super handy to carry a smaller camera too! This one fits perfectly into a small bag, so it’s my go-to for evenings out or long days of walking. You’ll still capture really good photos and I would highly recommend it as a travel camera. It also connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth, so you can share your photos right away – a big bonus for a travel blogger!
4. iPhone 7
This is a great phone. It takes good quality photos too, making it a handy alternative when I don’t want to take any of my other cameras out. I know everyone has different preferences about phones, but, for me, the easy interface of the iPhone is unbeatable.
Travelling with a tripod takes up a lot of space in your suitcase, so I never used to pack one. Then, when I went to Dubai last year, I saw this amazing skyline at night and I was so frustrated I didn’t have a tripod with me! You can’t take a perfect photograph like this, no matter how stable your hands are, without one. I did a little research after the trip and purchased a pretty good travel tripod. It doesn’t weigh as much as my regular one and I am pretty satisfied with the results I get.
This is something I definitely couldn’t leave the house without! Out of all my travel accessories, this one has saved my life so many times when my phone has died. I now have three portable charger batteries – just in case!
This is a cheap and small gadget that can save you from repacking your suitcase in front of everyone while you check in! Stow it in your suitcase and you can weigh your luggage at any point during the trip – great if you’ve done some souvenir shopping and need to make sure you won’t face a surprise extra-luggage bill at the airport!
These travel accessories come in the form of an international plug to which you can connect and charge four devices via USB at the same time. It’s very helpful when you travel with your partner or family so you don’t have to fight over which phone gets charged first! Life (and your trip!) is far too short to spend doing that…
What are your favourite travel accessories? Have you found any hidden gems?