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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
8. Other handy gizmos and gadgets
Have a look, you never know what you might find could come in handy.