October 16th, 2020 | Updated on September 29th, 2021
While traveling may be limited for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean you need to abandon your dreams of going abroad! Besides saving up for upcoming trips, you can also shift your budget toward buying travel accessories you’ll need when it’s finally time to take on your next adventure.
1. A Functional Carry-On
Luggage is the foundational travel accessory needed for a great trip. Sure, your baggage transports your belongings from point A to point B, but there’s much more to a great bag than space.
When it comes to finding a suitable suitcase, specifically a carry-on, you’ll want to consider these elements:
- Organization: There’s nothing more frustrating than shuffling around your carry-on looking for your earplugs, book, or some other accessory that you’ll need in-flight. That’s why it’s so important to find a bag that keeps your organization intact. Separate compartments and zippered pouches are good things to keep an eye out for while you’re shopping.
- Weight and size: Most airlines have strict guidelines regarding checked and carry-on luggage, so you’ll want to take both size and weight into consideration as you shop for a bag. Bring a luggage scale along with you to help monitor the weight of your packed up piece and remember to check the siding restrictions with your airline ahead of time. Most airlines allow carry-ons that range between 21″ x 13″ x 9″ and 24″ x 17″ x 10″.
- Style: Style is the final element you should take into account as you look for luggage to suit your travel needs. Depending on your personal aesthetic and your travel plans, you can choose from models including, backpacks, duffels, and rolling bags as your carry-on companion. As you take a moment to think about style, remember to consider your itinerary — if you’ll be walking long distances between terminals and destinations with a heavy bag, a rolling carry-on may be better suited for you. Conversely, those that are packing light but moving around a lot may find that backpacks are a better fit.
2. Simple Yet Stylish Accessories
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you’ll want to have only the bare necessities on-hand. What does that mean for your packing plan? Keep it simple yet stylish.
Opting for versatile items like comfortable walking shoes, transparent sunglasses, and a flexible fanny pack for day trips and nights out will keep you looking and feeling your best.
Remember, shopping while you’re on a trip abroad or just outside of your hometown is one of the best ways to get a sense of the local culture, and maybe even score yourself a stunning souvenir.
With that said, make sure to leave a little room in your bag and your imagination for some one-of-a-kind shopping excursions once you touch-down at your destination.
3. First-Aid Kit
Between the jet lag, seasonal allergies, and minor spills, you really never know what’s in store when you travel.
That’s where a miniature first-aid kit comes in handy. A few basics like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers go a long way when you’re far from home.
Travel Tip: Feel free to customize your kit and add any extra items you might need, including allergy meds and asthma inhalers.
4. Portable Charging Port
It’s likely not news to you that phones are our most valuable travel resources at the moment. From checking in to flights and ordering Ubers to find uniquely local haunts, it’s always a good idea to keep your battery fully charged. Pack a portable charger in your carry-on so that you’re ready to hit the ground running by the time you arrive.
Travel Tip: On the topic of smartphones, if you’re heading to a destination where you might not have phone service or wifi at all times, look into getting a WiFi hotspot.
This can be a great safety net if you’re ever stuck and need to make alternative plans or just need to post a travel pic to keep your Instagram followers in the know.
Which of these four travel accessories will you be investing in next? Let us know in the comment section below!