Must-have travel accessories and essentials that you can buy online

Tick these essentials off your shopping list before you fly off on your next holiday.

They're the little things that you should at least consider purchasing before a holiday.

From mandatory luggage, power adaptors and anti-theft gadgets to optional neck pillows, travel-sized toiletries and travel totes, check out this list to make sure you've got everything you need for a stress-free holiday.

Bon voyage!

Top travel accessories and essentials

1. Luggage and luggage straps

A good suitcase and travel straps can go a long way to protect your personal possessions while in transit and when on the move.

Search for durable bags with ample inside room. Cloth-based travel bags are good for non-fragile items and if you wish to come back home with a lot more than you left with while structured, hard-covered bags are optimal for fragile items. A good luggage strap will help ensure that your belongings stay safe when in transit. Also, look for a bag with wheels that are mainly housed within the bag's frame. It's not uncommon for wheels outside the frame to be knocked off in transit.

Here are some of our faves.

Travel Suitcases
David Jones
Trolleys and Travel Bags
Travel Daypacks
Wild Earth
Pacsafe Strapsafe 100 TSA Secure Luggage Strap
Wild Earth
Lonely Planet TSA Travel Luggage Strap
Wild Earth
Korjo - Luggage Strap Deluxe
David Jones

2. Travel bags

During the day you'll need a sturdy and comfortable travel day pack or duffle to carry your necessities in. Look for day packs that are waterproof or that have a cover that can keep it dry. If you're trekking, look for packs that allow you to attach accessories like a sleeping bag or drink bottle to them. Also keep an eye out for packs that can be locked for safety.

If you're planning a city escape, a simple backpack with enough room for your essentials is enough.

Here are some choice examples:

Carry-on travel bags
Backpacks and day bags
Wild Earth

3. Travel money belts

Money belts let you keep your personal belongings such as your passport, cash and credit cards close to your body and under your clothes. They are that added assurance that your important items will stay safe from possible theft.

Money belts come in various shapes and sizes. The most common are the waist belt and the money wallet that you hang around your neck. Both should be worn well-hidden underneath your clothes and should not be taken out when in public to reduce the chances of theft.

Sea to Summit Travel Light Money Belt
Wild Earth
Go Travel Passport Pouch
David Jones
Korji Money Belt with RFID Bloker

4. Travel anti-theft gadgets and locks

Maximise your safety while abroad by investing in some quality anti-theft gadgets. By locking your bags when they're exposed and keeping your money close to your with a money belt, you can reduce your changes of theft ruining your holiday.

Anti-Theft Bags and Waist-Pouches
Wild Earth
Travel Locks
Anti-Theft Laptop Bag
Wild Earth

5. Travel adaptors, powerboards, USB chargers and portable phone chargers

Research before you leave the kind of electrical socket your destination uses. It's a lot more difficult (and more expensive) to purchase an adaptor at the airport or at your destination than to buy it at home. You can between straight-out adaptors or, if you're travelling to multiple countries, you might like to invest in a multi-purpose adaptor. An Australian powerboard is also useful to charge multiple items (e.g. phone, camera, laptop etc) with a single travel adaptor.

Don't forget your USB ports either! Having a USB travel charger is imperative. As is having a fully charged phone charger for if you're low on battery while on-the-go.

Here are some options:

Portable Phone Charger
Urban Outfitters
mBeat Gorilla Power 34W 4 Port USB Travel Charger
Le Cord iPhone Lightning Cable
Urban Outfitters

6. Travel comforts and personal hygiene

Travel in luxury with these little comforts, dedicated to making the travelling experience that much more comfortable. Think sleeping pillows, hand creams, combs and personal care sets, portable hair dryer and straightener and comfortable wear for the plane.

Travel Neck Pillow
David Jones
Travel Size Skin and Hair Essentials
MOR Destination Paris Fold-Out Traveller
David Jones
Travel hair dryer
David Jones
Bed socks
Peter Alexander
Traveller's Public Toilet Survival Kit
Yellow Octopus
Dettol Hand Sanitiser
Colgate Travel Essentials Pack

7. Camera essentials

Happy snaps are a mandatory when you're on holiday. They're perfect for creating memories that you can look back on and share with friends and family while you're away or when you're back home. Take a good one and you might even like to print and frame it for your home. These nifty gadgets can help you get those picture-perfect shots.

GoPro and Accessories
Canon EOS M10
DWI (Digital World International)
Flexible Tripods
DWI (Digital World International)

8. Other handy gizmos and gadgets

Have a look, you never know what you might find could come in handy.

Rain Poncho Pouch - Transparent
Laundry Travel Kit Pouch

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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