Travel Essentials You Didn't Know You Needed
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Travel Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

26 Dec Travel Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

Travel Essentials You Didn't Know You Needed

It is a new year. Maybe you have decided to travel more this year. Travelling has never been easier. With useful products like packing cubes, laundry bags and mobile hotspots make travelling a lot more comfortable.

Essentials for Safe Travels


#000000 This tiny portable purse makes it possible to lock your expensive valuables to items such as to a pole or the bed at the hostel. This is very handy if you want to be able to swim at a crowded beach without worrying about your phone and money being stolen.

This is the perfect laptop-backpack for travellers. It is water resistant and anti-theft with anti stabbing effect and multiple pockets inside for phone and money. This is an essential if you are travelling in crowded places with your laptop or camera to protect your valuables without drawing attention to you because you are holding on to your bag.

This padlock is connected to Bluetooth and you don’t have to worry about lost keys or forgotten combinations. Master Lock 4401EURDLH is connected to your smartphone and can be easily shared with other users.

Gotenna is an essential travel item and will make you feel a lot safer. It gives you the opportunity to use GPS and text when it matters the most. It is like a walkie-talkie where you can even send private 1-to-1 & group chats or broadcast to all users nearby. It includes a free goTenna app includes free, detailed offline maps for any region in the world.

This fashionable zippered scarf is perfect for travellers who don’t want to carry a Neck Stash around your neck for your valuables like passport and credit cards.

These boots are so handy if you are afraid of your credit cards and other valuables getting stolen, or if you simply don’t want to carry a purse.  Daily Shoes offers many different types of shoes with those pockets. Click this link for more.

Capturing The Travel Memories

This is the hottest of the hottest you can give to your travel-loving friend this Christmas. Nothing is cooler than having an instant Polaroid camera this small in 2017!

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer w/ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology  Is amazing for Instagrammers that want a hard copy of your travel photos! Photos from this is a perfect gift to give your Couchsurfing hosts as well!

Almost everyone is having a drone nowadays. This super cheap selfie drone is perfect for travellers and as a first drone. Rabind drone is the best and cheapest selfie drone on Amazon. It is small and can fit in your pocket. It links to wifi and it is easy to use.It is very affordable and definitely worth the price.

This is a must-have for travel photographers who want professional looking photos. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a 30.4 MP full-frame sensor and can shoot up to 7 frames per second. The ISO range is at 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion. The camera can also film 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera.

The Go Pro 6 is the newest GoPro. It is also the best of all of the GoPros.  The photos automatically upload to the QuikStory app.  You can film and take photos as deep as 30 meters underwater and this one you can go down 10 meters without housing! The Go Pro 6 has an updated UI, the 2-inch display makes it easy to frame shots, change settings and playback footage.

This weather resistant camera is perfect for trips around the world. It is smaller than a DSLR camera and so handy for travelling without carrying a heavy camera bag, this camera is a lifesaver!

Travel Tech Essentials

Don’t do the mistake by not bringing an adapter. Not every country in the world uses the same plugs as your home country. This world travel adapter is all in one where you have plugs for the UK, Australia and The US. The adapter comes with a dual USB charger.

If you have lived in a place with cold weather, you would wish you had something like this. If you are camping in Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights you don’t want to go inside to warm your hands. That is why it is so handy to have a portable hand-warmer.

As a traveller this is exactly what you need. To be able to charge many things at the same time. In four ports, Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies provide the fastest possible charge for any phone or tablet, up to 2.4A per port.* That means even if your device doesn’t have USB-C, you can still give it a high-speed charge without worrying about overheating.

One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Banks. If you don’t need to charge your laptop and other devices at the same time this is handy for backpackers because of the size. It has High-speed-Charging Technology: Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to deliver the fastest possible charge for any device. Click the link to see what devices it works on.

A Skyroam is a MUST for travellers. The Skyroam is a personal WiFi hotspot to get fast, secure mobile data around the world at top destinations in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. It is possible to connect up to 5 devices and you pay as you go. A SIM is not needed. you simply just press start and you are free to surf the internet. You can buy packages as little as $8 for 24-hour global day passes with unlimited data.

If you are a music lover and a travel lover, this is what you need. This funky Bluetooth speaker can give you up to 12 hours of battery life with a single charge. It has a size-defying sound with 10 Watts of digital amplification, Single speaker w/dual passive radiators for big sound, Speaker Add function (Stereo or Double Modes), Bluetooth audio streaming with SBC support.

Comfortable Travels Essentials

This travel pillow is a lifesaver on long-haul flights. The blow-up travel pillows are hard to rest your neck on unless you have a window seat. Switch to chin support and you will never go back.

Don’t you think it is annoying when you are trying to sleep on the plane and it is always someone having the reading light on next to you or when someone watches videos? The Luxury Patented Sleep Mask, Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask has a contoured shape and adjustable head strap. This is so much better than the ones you get handed out and the light is not really blocked on the sides.

These compression socks are essential for long-haul flights. Sitting for a long time can make your legs swell. That is scary and very uncomfortable. The Sockwell compression socks are incredibly comfortable and promote circulation to your legs. The socks have arch support and non-abrasive seamless toe closure with reinforced toe and heel box that helps keeping the sock in place throughout the day.

These travel plugs are made specifically for in-flight pressure. It will help against the pain and the noise of the plane. A must-have for people that travel by plane and struggle with the ear pain.

There are many places around the world where it rains a lot and being windy at the same time. Most of us have experienced breaking a cheap umbrella because of the wind. Repel umbrella is windproof and is super light and compact. Perfect for travelling.

Trtl Pillow is a scientifically proven super soft neck support travel pillow and it is so much more travel-friendly than other travel pillows that are big and you need to carry around with your hand luggage. The Trtl pillow is easily foldable and so comfortable to use.

Travel Essentials for Camping and Hiking

Scrubba portable laundry system is a must have for long-term travellers and backpackers staying in hostels or in a tent. This washing bag makes it easier to wash your clothes and there is no washing machine or sink available.

How many times have you got your stuff wet because of rain? This bag is incredibly comfy, lightweight and best for all waterproof! Perfect for a day trip or a city walk.

I strongly recommend this reusable water bottle. It will save you money and the environment where you would not need to buy tons of plastic bottles that you will not use again.

These hammocks are my favourite, you can choose from so many colours. The hammocks are top rated best quality gear for the outdoors backpacking survival. The hammocks from Wise Owl Outfitters are made of high-quality heavy-duty 210T parachute nylon (the same kind skydivers use!) 

If you are doing the Inca trail or climbing Kilimanjaro you would regret not having a hydration pack. When you constantly need to take off your bag to find your water bottle is just annoying. This hydration backpack makes it so easy to drink using a hydration reservoirs.

This natural insect repellent is perfect for campers and travellers in general. It is a great option if you also care about the environment and want to avoid spraying toxins around you.

This is essential if you are going on long-term hiking and camping or in an area of a natural disaster. It is also a great gift for people living in a disaster area such as Syria or an area with no proper clean water. There are no batteries to replace and no moving parts to wear out. Also perfect for a vehicle or home emergency kit.

This towel is ideal for campers and travellers in general. It dries quickly where you don’t have to go to a laundry to dry it when you are travelling.

Kari Traa Rose Half-Zip  Women’s Top is made by a Norwegian skier. It is essential if you are going skiing in cold weather or generally going to be active in cold weather. It is made of merino wool which will keep you warm but not cold because of sweating.

Packing Essentials

This smart locker allows you to make your luggage identifiable to all airlines with our unique partnerships with Lost and Found services.

Packing cubes are essential. You want to separate your wet clothes and the dirty. Packing cubes also make it easier to find your clothes instead of taking everything out of the suitcase.

These compressed towel pills are perfect for travelling. They are made of cotton fibre compressed pills and decompress with water and expand to a dish towel size rag for convenient personal care when you don’t have the conveniences of home.

  • Sarah Kim
    Posted at 13:46h, 27 December Reply

    This is such a great list. I have packing cubes and they’re really great. What I don’t have is one of those drones! I didn’t know you could put your phone on it. Totally looking into that now. Thank you!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:46h, 28 December Reply

      Packing cubes are so useful 🙂 Yes, there are so many types of drones 🙂

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 07:36h, 28 December Reply

    This is a pretty good refresher on travel essentials as we are poised on the threshold of 2018. Yes, some of these we tend to ignore. I remember a couple of years ago, landing up in a foreign country and struggling with the electrical sockets as I had not packed in a universal adapter. Of course, learnt a lesson then and never looked back. I would love to make a drone one of my travel essentials in 2018.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:42h, 28 December Reply

      An adapter is a must, can always get one in the country you are travelling. But better to bring a universal one if you are travelling to more:) A drone is a very cool thing to have 🙂

  • Ketki
    Posted at 00:37h, 29 December Reply

    Such a handy list and i agree to all of them you have mentioned. Have you personally tried the scarf which holds the passport? Is it worth it? I would love to try it.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 17:11h, 29 December Reply

      Yes, definitely worth it, especially if you travel to countries where pickpocketing happens.

  • Rahul Khurana
    Posted at 03:23h, 29 December Reply

    It is so important to have products that can be really useful while travelling and make it comfortable. All of these products are really essential. Though I don’t have some of them, I will surely purchase it in future. Want a hammock a go pro cam for sure firstly.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 17:11h, 29 December Reply

      True 🙂 gopro is so useful especially if you are active, same as the hammock 🙂

  • Aisha Sylvester
    Posted at 05:29h, 29 December Reply

    This is the most comprehensive travel essentials list I’ve ever seen! Love love love it! The most epic thing on it though (for me at least) is the adapter with USB charger! Definitely have to get it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ian
    Posted at 08:58h, 29 December Reply

    I like the Gotenna GPS text dongles. That seems like such a great safety product. I think that would be useful; for really remote places like the outback of Australia.

  • Chris DePauw
    Posted at 16:18h, 29 December Reply

    We are gearing up for a major trip and this post actually picked out a couple crucial things we forgot. And we’re pretty experienced travelers! Really helpful post, thank you!

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