There are two main ways of going about packing for a trip; while some are likely to have their bags packed a few nights in advance, others are only capable of doing it last minute. Either way, it’s common to lose sight of the necessities and opt for items that may be a bit more disposable.
Bearing in mind a few simple elements such as weather, location, culture, and surroundings is generally a good way to begin. Traveling these days is very different than say fifteen years ago, as connectivity is not an issue and generally speaking, anything you forget can pretty much be replaced locally.
When it comes to travel accessories, we’re faced with a plethora of options and are always overwhelmed with choice. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of some of the top travel accessories out there.
Your backpack is your main companion. Choosing the right backpack for you is very important as you’ll be spending a lot of time with that thing hugged closely to your back. Some of the big brands are the likes of Osprey, Deuter, and Berghaus, and you can’t really go wrong with any of these. Make sure to try it on and see if it’s the right fit for you. Pay attention to things like padding, straps, and compartments – all of which are discussed in detail here. This is the one accessory you can’t go without.
Although we all like to think traveling requires no timekeeping at all, that is unfortunately rarely the case – especially when things like trains, planes, and automobiles are involved. For this, you do of course need to keep track of time and what better way than with a classic watch? While some opt for smartphones, there are a few drawbacks to relying on solely a smartphone: failure in extreme temperatures, low battery, and possible theft. Depending on the budget, if you opt for either a basic watch or a designer option with lots of functions like a Cartier watch, you’ll have the perfect travel companion either way.
Quick Dry Towels
Often the largest and bulkiest thing in your bag is a towel and despite the bad rap that quick dry towels often get, a good one is well worth the money. Ensure they are compact, odorless, antibacterial and a nice texture. Not only does the towel take up no space but also, as the name suggests, it dries extremely quickly and will be ready to go in no time.
We have all grown very dependent on our electronic devices in recent years, and this especially applies to those who travel. Whether you use it for tickets, maps, apps, or communication, you’re probably constantly seeking your next charging station. Portable chargers are getting more and more advanced and now seem to be a great option for staying connected.