5 Travel Accessories That Will Make Your Life Easier

Whether you travel for business or travel for pleasure, there are aspects of traveling that can be a bit of a hassle. From dragging heavy luggage through the airport to getting stuck on the tarmac, travel has its downside. Thankfully, we live in an age where there’s a simple, convenient, and relatively affordable accessory to make things simpler and more comfortable when you’re traveling–be it on the road, in the air, or backpacking on foot.

Read on to learn about a few of these amazing travel products that are certain to make your life a little bit easier.


1. A Travel Pillow

If you’re a frequent flyer, you know how uncomfortable the seats are on most planes, and these days, with airlines cutting costs, fewer passengers are even being given the option of a basic pillow and a blanket. That’s why it’s crucial to bring a travel pillow on the plane, especially for long or overnight flights. Most travel pillows are specifically designed to help you relax and stay comfortable in an upright position, allowing you get some sleep. If you’re traveling abroad, getting some sleep on the plane can help you stave off jet lag–which could end up saving the entire trip!

2. A Packing Cube

You can think of a packing cube as a sort of “suitcase within a suitcase.” A packing cube is a great way to fit a lot of clothes in a small space, meaning you don’t have to arrive at the airport with a duffel and roller suitcase in one hand and another roller suitcase in the other. A packing cube can fit nicely into a single carry-on suitcase and it can also even protect your clothes from packing-induced wrinkles.

Packing cubes are usually affordable and can be easily found all over the internet and in many stores likely near you.

3. A Good Set of Headphones

If you’re the kind of person who likes to listen to music or podcasts while you travel, or simply want to be able to watch in-flight movies without having to spend the extra money to rent a pair of subpar headphones, you should consider investing in a good set of headphones, preferably some that are noise-cancelling so you can drown out the loud hum of the plane engine.

Consider investing in higher quality headphones, like those produced by Sony, Bose, or Beats By Dre, which both have earbud options as well as over-ear ones. Some even work wirelessly with your smartphone via Bluetooth!

4. A Good, Transparent Toiletry Bag

This is a must for anyone bringing more than just a stick of deodorant on their trip. A transparent compact toiletry bag is also great because you’ll be able to see everything you have and won’t have to go rooting through the jumble of items in a loose opaque bag. It’s also a good way to keep all of your liquids in order, making it less likely the TSA will search your bag. Like the packing cube, this also is a great way to compress your belongings.

5. An e-Reader

A lot of people love to read on planes and while the feeling of a good book is great, your trip might be long enough that it requires you to have more than one book. That, or you just may be a fast reader. The problem is that having a lot of traditional books can take up a lot of room in your luggage, making your life more difficult than it needs to be.

This is where e-readers like the Kindle or the Nook come in. You can load them up with as many books as you think you might be reading on this trip (literally hundreds). And even if you don’t finish the books you set out to read during your travels, you’ll still have them when you get back.

So those are five travel accessories that will make your life a whole lot easier the next time you’re traveling. Consider them when planning your next vacation!

Author Bio:

Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer who has been blogging about travel for nearly 10 years for several renowned travel blogs. She enjoys hiking, biking, and swimming in her free time.

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