7 Travel Accessories & Items I Use on the Regular

When it comes to travel accessories, I’m always looking for small purchases that make a big difference in comfort, organization, and security.

The ideal travel accessory is not very expensive (because you might lose it), easy to pack, and offers utility on a constant basis.

These travel accessories below have been well worth every penny and I’ll show you how and why I use them on the regular.

USB Multi-charger

Some hotels, including properties from respected brands, still haven’t gotten with the times and don’t provide USB ports near your bed.

Others may only provide a single USB port on one side of your bed. For these type of hotels, the perfect solution is the Anker 60W 6 Port USB Charging Station.

It plugs into a power outlet and then allows you to charge up to six devices at one time.

I’ve found the charge time to be quick and using it makes organization easy because you know where all of your devices are at once. It also just has a nice quality build and feel to it so it I expect it to last a long time.

Portable tea kettle

You may not be aware but the coffee makers in hotel rooms can be full of bacteria and other nastiness.

You never know the last time that those things have been washed and properly descaled and some hotel employees are on record saying that the machines never get cleaned.

So to ensure that we can properly enjoy tea on the road, we bring a portable tea kettle everywhere we go.

The one we use is collapsible and super easy to fit in our luggage. It uses a combination of BPA free silicone and food-grade stainless steel and boils water in 3 to 5 minutes depending on your elevation.

It also will reheat itself when the temperature falls below 75°. It’s simple to use with only one button and it’s easily one of my favorite travel accessories I’ve purchased over the last couple of years.

Related: Are Hotel Coffee Makers Safe & Clean? (YIKES!)

USB Data Blocker

A PortaPow USB Data Blocker is a simple way to protect your devices from getting hacked or affected by malware. These only allow for your USB cords to receive power in order to charge your device.

The pins that transmit data do not touch the USB port.

This means that you can plug in your charging cables into any USB you find whether that be in a hotel room, airport, train station, etc. and you don’t have to worry at all about your data getting stolen.

They can also be handy when trying to bypass auto connections with Bluetooth in your vehicle.

Some vehicles will automatically connect your phone to a media player when it’s plugged in but sometimes you may only want to charge your device and this little device comes in handy.

You can get two of these for under 10 bucks which makes them a no brainer in my opinion.

Related: Should You Use USB Ports In Hotel Rooms? (Stay Away!?)

Immune support

When traveling during pandemic times, I do my best to not worry too much about what could happen.

But unfortunately, as we all know, sometimes things still happen.

Even if you don’t end up catching coronavirus, you might end up feeling down or catching a cold or bug at some point during your travels.

Taking certain types of immune support like Zinc at the first sign of not feeling well may be able to reduce your recovery time so that you’re able to get back to traveling much quicker.

I always make sure I bring Viva Naturals 5-in-1 Support with us on our trips and try to be proactive about boosting my immune system especially towards the end of a big trip when exhaustion starts to set in.

White noise machine

A white noise machine is essential for getting good rest for us in hotels that have little to no background noise.

Sometimes it’s impossible to create any kind of background noise because the room does not have an AC unit or fan that is very loud.

Instead of leaving the TV on all night and dealing with all of that unwanted light, you can just bring the small white noise machine with you and let it play throughout the night.

We use the Yogasleep Rohm Portable White Noise Machine for Travel and I’ve been very happy with it.

It’s rechargeable and it has different settings so you can tailor the noise level to what you need at the moment. It also emits three different types of noises.

This is also a great device to have if you travel with your dog to hotels because it can help keep them quiet.

You can find apps that will emit white noise but I find noise machines more effective than when the sound is coming from my phone.

Related: Bringing a Dog to a Hotel: Essential Tips for a Good Stay

Noise canceling headphones

Having a pair of wireless noise canceling headphones makes life much easier. When flying, you can instantly drown out any unwanted noise like crying babies, snoring passengers, etc.

They can also come in handy in the hotel room when dealing with noises like construction.

And for me, I feel like it also enhances the entertainment experience when traveling because of the better sound quality.

You don’t have to spend too much money to get a decent pair of noise canceling headphones either. For example, we have used the Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH710N which are only $98.

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun this summer you want to protect your face from harmful UV rays. A lot of facial sunscreens can be thick and make it difficult to rub into your face while on the go.

And even after you do all of that work, the protection is not always that strong.

But EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen is super easy to absorb into your skin and it still comes with strong SPF 46 protection. What I really like about it is that it comes in such a small container I can easily bring it anywhere including through airport security.

Final word

These travel accessories will make your life on the road a little bit easier. Most of them are relatively inexpensive but in my experience they bring about a lot of peace of mind valued well beyond their purchase price.

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