In a previous post, I discussed my favorite smartphone apps that make my travel so much easier. And after 40 years of travel, most of it as a solo traveler, I’ve had my share of “crap I forgot that!” or “crap this is useless!” So here’s a list of six travel accessories that I try never to leave home without.
Worldwide Travel Adapter: I have yet to be in a country where this adapter did not work. And with 4 USB charging ports, it’s all good. I purchased two adapters, just in case a friend might need one.
Portable Charger Powerbank: I can charge my iPhone, iPad, an Android phone, and a Mac laptop at the same time if I need to… even when the charger is plugged into a wall outlet or my travel adapter.
Selfie Stick Phone Tripod: in this day and age of the selfie, I had to swallow my pride and purchase a selfie stick. And with the tripod legs and the remote shutter, my picture-taking abilities have improved tremendously.
Stash7 Waterproof Phone Pouch: I prefer the pouch that has an IPX-8 waterproof certification because firefighters and divers use them and I don’t worry about my phone while I’m in the water. I can also put my driver’s license, hotel room card key, and money into the pouch. Plus it allows me to take pretty good pictures and videos too.
Sure Lock Luggage Locks: my eyes are getting old and keys get lost, so I purchase the locks with number combinations and the flexible. The red logo is for TSA agents with a special key for airport inspection. This lock has a little pop-up indicator that lets me know that TSA inspected my bag so I can make sure everything is there before I leave the airport.
Beats Noise Canceling Headphones: because babies are going to cry and sometimes your seatmates can get a bit chatty or has their movie or music on sonic boom level.
I also bring a second smartphone as a backup. Hey, I’m not wealthy so my previous iPhone 6S will do in a pinch in case my current phone gets lost, stolen or severely damaged.
What must-have travel accessories are on your vacation list? Reply in the comments section below if you have some suggestions.