Traveling sure is one of the best ways one can learn about the world and themselves. As fun as the world of adventure and traveling may seem, it can go downhill pretty quickly if you are not prepared well enough to deal with all that life will throw at you throughout your journeys.
I learned this lesson the hard way, but you know what they say – “Better late than never!” By some trial and errors and constant learning, I now have figured out the tiny tips and tricks that can elevate your traveling experience tenfold.
When I first embarked on my traveling journey, I was about as unprepared as a person could be. But that changed gradually as I kept learning from my mistakes.
Benefits of being prepared while traveling
There are some travel must-haves that should be a permanent part of your travel bags. This article helps you understand what you must carry, and why, based on personal travel experiences. Sunscreen is an item which should be a permanent part of your bag. Be it the beach or the mountains, save yourself from the harsh rays of the sun and avoid dampening the spirit of your travels by getting painful sunburns. I had underestimated the mountains and thought that no way would I get a sunburn in a region where it snows all the time (which is a very common misconception), but boy was I wrong! What people don’t tell you enough is that snow reflects the sunlight, making you more prone to getting painful sunburns! So stock up on the sunscreen when you get the chance.
Make mistakes, but also learn from them for a seamless traveling experience
The first time I was hiking in the Himalayas, I forgot all about rain protection and did not carry a rain poncho, but just an umbrella, while I had my laptop with me. Big mistake, to say the least. At one of the hikes, it started pouring and I had no other option but to stay inside a little tea shop for 4 hours straight. That was when I got home and decided that not buying a rain poncho at this would be absolute stupidity.
You can never be too prepared while traveling
Life on the road also means uncertainty. Uncertainty in terms of power supply, clean water, and food. This is why power banks, a water purifier and energy bars are your best friends on your journeys. Having a power backup has never been easier with the aid of portable chargers, clean water is now never an issue, thanks to the amazing Lifestraw which has the capability of filtering the most polluted water. Energy bars will ensure that you are recharged instantly and never feel weak on your travel chronicles.
Keeping all my personal travel experiences in mind and after learning from my mistakes, I have curated a list of some must-have travel and adventure accessories which are sure to make any fellow travelers’ experience a positive one. These items have been segregated into 4 different categories –
Health and hygiene-related
Weather and adventure related
- Technology related
Health and hygiene-related –
This category of travel accessories pays attention to the most important aspect – your health! When you are on the road constantly, you cannot afford to keep falling sick all the time. This is why prevention is better than cure. With these items stocked up in your bag, you are safeguarding your health so that your travels can go ahead as planned without any hiccups.
High SPF Sunscreen
Never take sunscreen for granted! I am not one to push people to use cosmetics, but sunscreen is one exception. Your skin is the largest part of your body, and you must do all that you can to protect it. A high SPF sunscreen goes a long way, protecting you from the harsh sun by the beach or up in the mountains.
Keep your skin healthy and safe on your adventures
When hiking or traveling, your health should be of top priority, as if you end up messing it up, it could mean that your plans ahead could get jeopardized. Slather on sunscreen whenever you get that chance and protect yourself.
Keep sunburns at bay with a high SPF sunscreen
Sunburns can be painful, and definitely a mood dampener. Make sure you safeguard your precious skin against annoying sunburns.
The Banana Boat UltraMist Sunscreen and the Coppertone Sports Continuous Sunscreen Spray are my top two picks.
Unlike most sunscreens, this one isn’t clumpy and can be sprayed on, without making you feel sticky and gross. Spray on a layer, rub it in and enjoy!
- SPF 50
- Great for kids and adults
- Great for swimming, hiking, and daily wear
- Lightweight and safe
This sunscreen too can be sprayed on, leaving you feeling fresh and light. It is sweat resistant and gives you maximum protection from UVA and UVB rays.
- Spray on formula
- Protects you from 98% of UV rays
- SPF 50
- Contains Vitamin E
Emergency First-Aid Kit
I feel like I can’t emphasize on this enough – health is the priority! While there are some measures you can take to safeguard yourself from unfortunate situations, there are times when some things are just out of your control. This is when being organized and prepared for the worst pays off.
A first-aid kit will keep you and your friends safe on your adventures
Typically, a first aid kit comprises of basic healthcare items such as antiseptic wipes, bandages, gloves for hygiene, cotton, gauze, ice pack and so on. At any time you or your peers feel the need for any of these items, you are well prepared to tackle the situation.
Quick-relief on painful journeys
Recovery on the road is not fully possible, thanks to this amazing box of miracles!
My favorite first aid kits are the Swiss Safe 2 in 1 First Aid Kit and the Pac-Kit First Aid All Purpose Kit
This 120 piece kit has all that you need – from gloves to ice packs, this kit has got you covered. With a bonus of 32 additional items, you are good to travel without any concerns.
- All 120 items are medical grade and FDA approved
- Comes in a compact traveling case
- Can be used for traveling as well as domestic use
- Comes with a 100% money back guarantee
This 299 piece kit is well organized in a case and has all that one can possibly need in an emergency first aid situation.
- Comes complete with medicines, ointments, bandages and more
- All items are approved by medical standards
- Can be used for traveling as well as domestic use
A Microfiber towel has many advantages, but its compact size and fast drying property make it very popular among travelers. Its quick drying abilities make it the most hygienic towel option, as it reduces the number of microbes, thanks to the less amount of moisture trapped. One thing that users must keep in mind is that you must wash the towel right after you purchase it so that its absorption capacity increases.
Lightweight and perfect for camping trips
Microfiber towels are light and do not consume much space. They can fit easily with the rest of your luggage.
The hygienic and convenient way of toweling off on journeys
Quick drying and super absorbent, this towel is every traveler’s best friend.
My top choices for microfiber towels are theRainLeaf Microfiber Towel and the Spogears Microfiber towel.
This antibacterial microfiber towel is super absorbent, quick drying and dries without leaving behind any nasty odors. Perfect for camping trips or regular journeys as well.
- Comes with a travel pouch
- The pouch has mesh lining for ventilation
- Has a loop so that it can be hung anywhere
- Size and color options available
- Made of antibacterial materials
Made out of long-lasting microfiber material, this towel is ideal for traveling or gym use as well. Smooth and gentle on the skin, it has the ability to absorb a lot of moisture and drying off quickly as well.
- Comes in a pack of two
- Lightweight and compact
- Comes with a mesh traveling pouch
- Both towels together weigh only 10 ounces
Citronella Oil (natural bug repellant)
Citronella is a type of grass which is known to have a fresh citrusy fragrance. Over time, many benefits of citronella have been uncovered, and repelling bugs is one of the most common uses of this magic oil. Not only is it pleasant smelling, but it is also highly effective.
Ward off bugs while on forest walks
Pesky bugs can be annoying when you are taking peaceful walks through the forest and admiring nature. Carry a bottle of citronella oil, dab it on your wrists or your clothes and be bug-free!
Nature’s bug repellant
While there are a lot of options to repel bugs, citronella oil is the safest and most natural way to do so. This way you don’t have to deal with artificial chemicals, and only use all natural oils.
My favorite brands of citronella oils are NOW Solutions Citronella Oil and Beauty Aura Citronella Oil.
With a 50-year-old legacy, NOW Solutions Citronella Oil is known for its quality 100% pure essential oils, especially the citronella oil. Known to naturally ward off bugs and give a soothing and relaxing effect, this natural oil has many benefits.
- Promotes sustainability
- Known for its quality oil extraction
- The natural solution to bugs
- Calm and soothing effect
Beauty Aura Citronella Oil
This brand is the most trusted one in terms of aromatherapy, and I trust this brand immensely, thanks to its high grade and undiluted quality of essential oils. This little bottle of 100% pure undiluted oil is best known for its therapeutic properties, especially bug repelling.
- 100% natural cold pressed oil
- Not diluted
- Used for aromatherapy
- Amazing for bug repelling
Water is an inevitable part of any human’s life. Staying hydrated on hiking trails is of utmost importance, as dehydration can lead to many unwanted health situations like weakness, feeling faint and many. But sadly, finding potable water wherever you go can be a challenge. This is where the LifeStraw comes in. This unique water filtration device takes out almost all the bacteria from water, making it safe to drink.
Get clean water on the go
When you have no access to filtered water, simply look for a natural water source, use the lifestraw and get clean and safe drinking water at all times! This device removes 99.99% of all water bacteria, including the harmful E.Coli and Salmonella, which can really deteriorate one’s health.
Stay hydrated on all your adventures
Now you no longer have to choose between fun and hydration – why not do them both together and make up for better memories?
LifeStraw has many models, but my favorites are theLifeStraw Personal Water Filter and the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle
This water filter looks like a thick straw, and that’s how it is supposed to be used – exactly like a straw! Fill up a glass or a bottle with some water, and sip it out with the help of this LifeStraw! Capable of removing a majority of bacteria and parasites, this water filtration device is the easiest solution to get clean drinking water on the move.
- Removes 99.99% waterborne bacteria and parasites
- Removes all microplastics
- Can give 4000 liters of clean drinking water
- Use it to drink out of any water source
This is the bottle model of the LifeStraw, which makes storing and filtering water a breeze. This bottle is BPA free and has a replaceableLifeStraw filter which filters water with each sip you take.
- Has a carbon filter to reduce odors
- Removes 99.99% waterborne bacteria and parasites
- Leakproof and BPA free bottle
- Has a food-grade silicone mouthpiece
I often get hungry on hikes and walks through the wilderness, or even during a long bus ride. At times like these, you can never be sure about the food availability, or the hygiene situations, which is why I prefer carrying some knick knacks in my bag just for emergency purposes. Energy bars have topped my list so far when it comes to quick hunger management while keeping health in check.
A quick bite which fulfills your hunger on those difficult hikes and walks
This is one feature which I love about energy bars – they instantly make you feel full. Unlike a packet of chips, which you can devour in minutes but still find yourself craving for more, these calorie-packed bars give you all the nutrition you need and make you feel comfortably full.
Made with high grade
Most of the well known and loved energy bars clearly mention what ingredients are used in the making of the bars. Be it nuts, dried fruit or cereals, you will 100% be aware of what you consume and how it can affect your body functioning.
I often find myself stocking up on RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bars or Quest Nutrition Protein Bars.
What I personally adore about this brand of energy bars is that one quick glance at the packaging will let you know what you are going to consume. With a variety of flavors to choose from like blueberry, peanut butter, pumpkin spice, chocolate sea salt, mango pineapple and many more, these bars are delicious and super healthy.
- 16 flavors to choose from
- 100% natural ingredients
- No added preservatives, colors and flavoring
- Uses egg white protein
Choose from a variety of lip-smacking flavors like apple pie, birthday cake, cookies ‘n’ cream, mint chocolate chunk and many more, these energy bars supplement your body when it is exhausted with nutrients which keep you going. Each bar gives you 20 grams of protein and less than 7 grams of carbohydrates.
- 22 different flavors
- High fiber and protein count
- Uses milk and whey protein
- Delicious and healthy
Weather and adventure related –
Unpredictability is the biggest hurdle when you are traveling. While you can’t control the weather, you can take measures to protect yourself from the elements. Keep the following items with you and you are going to be safe no matter what mother nature decides to throw at you!
I had to learn this the tough way, but now that I have, I never leave for another adventure without my rain poncho. This lightweight and space saving item is versatile and will save you and all your electronic gadgets.
Safeguard yourself and your equipment during an adventurous hike
Since weather conditions are always unpredictable, carry this little accessory in your backpack and always be prepared. These ponchos are designed to fit even the bulkiest of bags and the wearer, so your baggage, as well as your safety, is never compromised.
Why choose a rain poncho but not a raincoat while traveling?
The answer is simple – a raincoat can only protect your body from the rain. But a rain poncho can easily accommodate you and your bags, double as a picnic blanket or even as a makeshift tent! If you have the imagination, the possibilities are endless! The side open design of the poncho makes it the ideal choice for travelers who love adventure but also care about their electronics.
My personal favorites are the Terra Hiker Rain Poncho and the JTENG Rain Poncho.
This versatile poncho and its brilliant design keep you and your backpack completely dry, as the side open design lets you accommodate even a huge backpack without any problem. Made with 210T high-density polyester, this poncho is available in a variety of colors like blue, orange and green.
- Comes with a travel case
- Choice of colors available
- Has a unique side open design
- Uses 210T high-density polyester
This camouflage printed poncho is every traveler’s best friend thanks to its multifunctionality. Use it to protect your body, use it as a picnic mat of a makeshift tent, you can do it all! The velcros on the side help you secure the poncho in place for stormy days. Made out of 100% PVC Polyester which is weather resistant, this poncho is made to withstand all types of climatic conditions.
- Has superior quality zipper design
- Made of PVC polyester
- Has velcro on the edges
- Metal rings for quick tent setup
Gone are the days of using bulky suitcases to travel. Backpacks are perfect as they can fit most of your travel needs in their specific compartments and are comfortable to carry as well. The trouble with suitcases is carrying them around on rocky terrain or on sandy paths. Simply wear your luggage on your back, strap on the supportive buckles and be on your way.
A waterproof backpack saves your clothes and other travel necessities
Waterproofing is a difficult feature to find in luggage bags but is most important in backpacks as these are designed to be used on the move. When you are constantly traveling, climatic conditions can be your biggest enemy, and a waterproof backpack is your best bet.
Made up of rough and tough materials to withstand your difficult adventure trails
It is important to purchase a backpack which is made up of durable materials so that you don’t have to deal with annoying wear and tear in the midst of your next adventure. Invest in a backpack made out of strong nylon with a waterproof lining.
I find the Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack and the Mountaintop Hiking Backpack the most effective for backpacking adventures.
This backpack is suitable for men and women and is perfect for hiking trips. It can easily accommodate all your belongings and makes it easy for carrying around and walking on rough terrain.
- 65-liter capacity
- Side pockets for camping equipment, yoga mat, etc
- Special compartment for sleeping bag
The quintessential hiking and camping companion which has zippers to easily access the main compartment, this backpack encompasses all your traveling needs well. It comes with an additional rain cover which helps secure your luggage from the rain.
- 80 liters capacity
- Made of high-grade nylon
- Has 8 compression straps
- Perfect for camping equipment
- Comes with rain cover
Tough Hiking Sneakers
Great shoes which can withstand wear and tear are key to any successful adventure-filled trip (except when you are on the beach, for obvious reasons). Shoes not only give you great grip while walking on rocky terrain and challenging hiking trails but also protect your ankles from twisting in painful ways and avoiding injuries. Hiking shoes are made for this purpose and to protect the wearer’s feet effectively.
Hiking sneakers give you the grip you need
Walking on rocky terrain with the wrong footwear is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Not only will you increase your chances of slipping, but you can also get some serious injuries which can dampen your traveling spirit and set a bad tone for your adventures.
Get the pair which suits you best
The best pair of hiking sneakers provide the wearer with the right grip and even offer the right ventilation so that your feet don’t get sweaty and uncomfortable.
I would personally suggest that you go with the Skechers 77055 Cankton Athletic Steel Toe Work Sneaker or the Oliver Steel Toe Sneakers.
Made with suede and mesh, this sneaker offers great support, and the mesh gives your feet ample ventilation. This sneaker has memory foam which adjusts according to your feet, and also gives a roomy fit without getting too tight.
- Suitable for men as well as women
- Different sizes and colors available
- Made with mesh and suede
- Uses memory foam
This leather boot offers the wearer with the structural support to make sure that they do not encounter any mishaps on their hiking trips. With mesh pieces along the sneaker, this shoe facilitates great ventilation. Give your feet the best, with this heavy duty hiking sneaker.
- Uses suede leather material
- Strong and sturdy anti-slip sole
- Mesh ventilation units
- Lightweight with color and size options
Let your feet breathe a bit with flip-flops. Sure, they can’t be worn while hiking, but they are the footwear of choice for leisure. If you like spending time by the beach and just lounging after a long day of hikes, then you definitely must get a pair of flip-flops. Not only are these comfortable, but they are also lightweight and barely take up any space in your backpack.
Get a strong and durable pair for the entirety of your travels
Usually, flip flops are made of high-grade rubber which makes them very sturdy and strong, and easy on the feet. These are the ideal footwear of choice especially if you are around a water body and want to go in for a quick swim. No need to worry about soaking wet shoes anymore!
Let your feet breathe in between tiring hikes
After wearing sneakers all the time, the feeling of wearing flip-flops is unreal! Unwind with a great pair and make most of all the lounging time you have on your hands.
Gold Pigeon High Bounce Comfort flip flops and OofosOoriginal Unisex Thong flip-flops are both attractive and comfortable.
This flip flop features a rubber sole and a removable toe protector, which makes cleaning your flip-flop easy. The patterned sole (bottom and top) makes it slip-resistant and also provides the wearer with great grip.
- Anti-slip, good grip
- Great for outdoors, especially the beach
- Upper sole has tiny holes for ventilation
- Available in a variety of colors
This renowned brand of flip-flops is the choice of most travelers, as it has a textured upper sole for grip and anti-slippage and the comfortable thong design which does not hurt the toes. This flip-flop also comes in many vibrant colors.
- Oofoam sole
- Great grip for feet, even when wet
- Ideal for men as well as women
- Provides relief to stressed feet and heels
This multipurpose pocket tool can help you in a variety of situations, without taking up a whole lot of space. This pocket-sized powerhouse can be slipped into your pocket, added to your keychain, worn around the neck or even added to your belt – it is versatile in every way! This is a tool which can be used for everyday home purposes as well as in dire situations when the going gets tough.
Use it for personal care while on the move
Every pocket knife comes with a pair of tweezers (for annoying splinters), a toothpick (in case you get broccoli stuck in your teeth). Depending on the model you purchase, you can get one with a nail clipper as well.
A savior in sticky situations during an adventure in remote areas
Have canned food but not a can opener? Use the blade to tear the can open in no time. Use the big and small blades to chop up fruits and veggies on the go, use the corkscrew to uncork a bottle of wine at a campfire, or make holes in canvas or leather, you can do it all!
The Victorinox Camper Ii and the Victorinox Classic SD American Flag Swiss Army Pocket Knife are my top two choices.
This Swiss made pocket knife is made for the traveler who loves to explore and be prepared at all times. With 13 different functions like a corkscrew, bottle opener, blades, and screwdrivers, this pocket knife got you covered!
- 45-inch long blade
- Perfect for camping, hiking, and fishing
- Ideal for domestic use as well
- Lightweight and super compact
This pocket knife features an attractive American flag design which is pleasing to the eye. Made with stainless steel, this pocket equipment is made to last even in tough situations. Never again will you leave your home without this little accessory.
- Hook for adding to a keychain
- Features different sizes of blades
- Has a small scissor, screwdriver, and nail file
- Tweezers and toothpick
Sleeping bags are key if you are a camping enthusiast. Having a sleeping bag ensures that you have a clean and safe bed to sleep on, no matter where you are. One feature which is best loved about these is the portability. Open it up, sleep peacefully and just roll it up, pack it up and you’re off to your net adventure! There are different sizes available, so you can see which size will suit your body type best.
Be assured to get a comfortable night’s sleep, anytime, anywhere!
Sleeping bags are designed to provide a comfortable portable bed to campers. The fact that you can fold it up, pack it in your backpack and be off is one of its biggest advantages.
This portable bed is every camper’s dream
Just because you are camping, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your comfort. Having a good sleeping bag will ensure that you wake up fresh and recharged the next morning, setting a great tone for the entire day.
Abco Tech Sleeping bag and Coleman Adult Sleeping bag are great options to choose from.
Available in red and blue, choose a color which best suits your style! Made for extreme climatic conditions, this is your ultimate camping partner. Made with a 100% polyester lining, the material does not irritate your skin and is best for all types of seasons.
- Waterproof and gentle on the skin
- Great zipper quality
- Can be washed in a washing machine
- Has a 100% risk-free satisfaction guarantee
- Lightweight and portable
Available in red, blue and navy, the Coleman sleeping bag is great for outdoor activities like camping and hiking. Suitable for all types of temperatures, this bag can accommodate people of 5’11” without any issue.
- 100% polyester make with filling
- Suitable for machine wash
- Weather resistant
- Unique fiberlock construction
- Quick cord assembly
You never know when you might need some fixing, especially when you are constantly on the road! A mini travel size toolkit is just what every seasoned traveler must have so that you are not stuck in sticky situations from time to time. Having a toolkit also makes you self-sufficient. You don’t have to rely on anybody but yourself to fix the situation.
Be your own handyman!
With all the basic tools one might need on their travels, from camping to basic home fixing needs, do it all with this mini toolkit. One of the most useful investments you will ever make!
Be well prepared on all your travels
Being prepared for all types of situations is what will ensure that your traveling experience is stress-free and positive. Having a toolkit handy will not only help you but also the people around you who might need assistance. A great way to make new friendships!
My favorite mini toolkits are the Cartman Orange 39-Piece Tool Set and the Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set.
This 39 piece tool kit has all the tools you might need to fix any complex situation, on your travels or even at home. And guess what? All the tools ANSI certified!
- Resistant to corrosion
- Heat treated and chrome plated
- Contains basic tools like scissors, pliers, screwdriver, hammer and many more
- Comes in a plastic traveling case
A great toolkit for domestic as well as traveling use. Use it to fix leaky pipes, loose screws or your camping equipment. This 39 piece kit also makes for a great gifting item.
- Small tools for easy traveling
- Has a lifetime guarantee
- Has all the basic tools one might need
- Comes in a plastic traveling case
Lighting a fire has never been easier, thanks to you carrying a lighter along! This little gadget is capable of turning a pile of dried leaves and twigs into a campfire in just a matter of minutes. Investing in a good light which is reliable is a necessity for all travelers.
A refillable lighter is a way to go!
In these technologically advanced days, you no longer have to throw a lighter away when the fuel gets spent. All you have to do it either fill it up with more lighter fuel or charge it electronically.
Turn any boring camp night alive!
What fun is a camp without a campfire? With the help of a good fighter, you will be able to set up a bonfire in just a matter of minutes.
My favorite lighters are the Tesla Coil Lighters™ USB Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter and the Zippo Chrome Lighter.
This lighter is one of the future – it runs electrically and uses no butane, no flame, just electricity. You can charge the lighter with the help of a USB port.
- Small and compact
- Charge with a USB port
- Easy to use, with just a click of a button
- One charge can last up to 100-300 uses
This classic Zippo lighter not only is a collectible item but is very handy too. With a classy chrome body, this lighter is refillable once the fluid finishes.
- Sleek and classic design
- Comes in a variety of designs
- Has the signature Zippo click
Yoga mats can be used for the obvious, but also have this awesome multi-functionality to it which makes it a must-have for all travelers. This mat can be rolled and placed comfortably in one of the external compartments of your backpack or can be fixed on with the help of the adjustable buckles. Use it for your daily yoga sessions, simple floor exercises or just for a comfortable sitting space. Yoga mats are truly versatile.
Make resting on long hikes easy
Hiking paths can be rocky and be taking a break when you have a yoga mat handy is super simple. Just unroll it, spread it and enjoy a quick rest (or nap). Fold it back up, strap it on the bag and you’re all set to be on your way again!
Stay fit while you are on the road
Traveling is no excuse to put your health and fitness on the backseat. With a yoga mat handy, you can squeeze in a quick workout wherever you are. You don’t have to limit yourself to just yoga, you can also perform a variety of floor exercises, push-ups or just simply sit cross-legged and meditate!
My favorite yoga mats are the Gaiam Print Yoga Mat and the AmazonBasics Yoga Towel.
This yoga mat is not only functional, but the printed design on top of it makes it more attractive and encourages you to use it more often! Available in a variety of vibrant and attractive colors and prints, you can choose a mat which fits your personality best.
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Anti-slip design for added support and grip
- Made with PVC and includes 0% of toxic substances like DEHP, DBP, and BBP
- Comes with a free yoga class download
This Yoga Towel is best used on top of a yoga mat for added grip and moisture control. It can be used as it is as well, but its best use is when placed on a mat, or used to wipe off excess sweat after an invigorating workout.
- Standard yoga mat size
- Uses polyester and nylon
- Long lasting
- Protects your yoga mat from germs and dirt
- Comes with a year-long warranty period
If exploring uncharted territory is what feeds your adventurous soul, then this is the first item you must put inside your backpack. With this adventure accessory, you don’t have to worry about carrying an extra item in your hands – you can strap this on your head and follow the lit path.
Comfortable and convenient solution to darkness on adventurous trails
It can get slightly intimidating to walk on a dark or dimly lit erroneous path, especially if you are not familiar with it. This headlamp is supposed to be worn on your head, and thanks to its positioning, you will always have a steady stream of light ahead of you.
This headlamp can be used for a variety of purposes when on the move
Not only just for hiking, you can use this at the beach, fishing, walking your dogs at night or even in the privacy of your room, when you don’t want to wake your roommate up.
I would personally suggest you go for either the Lighting Ever LED Headlamp or the MsForce LED Headlamp.
This headlamp comes with 4 light modes, which gives the user the ability to adjust the power of lighting depending on their needs. The broad elastic bands which are fastened snugly around the head of the user give them the privilege of having both arms free and navigating the path comfortably.
- Splash resistant
- 3 modes of white light (2 LEDs, 10 LEDs, and 18 LEDs) and one red light setting
- Comes with 3 AAA alkaline batteries
- Small and lightweight, perfect for traveling
This is one of the most advanced and futuristic headlamps I have ever used! With 3 strong and effective LED bulbs, you can expect nothing short of perfection from this item. This headlamp offers a strong yet comfortable fit, suitable for a variety of purposes.
- Delivers 6000 lumens strong light beam
- Light bulbs can pivot, making it highly adjustable up to 90 degrees
- Has a 7 year warranty period
- Uses 2 lithium ion batteries
Storage related –
Traveling light and smart is something a traveler learns with time, but it’s never too soon to start learning! These few storage hacks will keep you organized while saving a whole lot of space while keeping you prepared for the worst.
Reusable Water Bottle
One of the first lessons I learned while traveling on a budget was that most of my money initially was spent on buying 5-6 packaged bottles of water every single day. Getting a reusable bottle of water saves on that expense tremendously and helps you save up for other aspects of your travel.
Reduce your traveling expenditure
Buying multiple bottles of water means spending a few dollars every single day. Dollars which can be saved for something better! Get a reusable bottle, fill it up whenever you get the chance and get sipping!
Reduce plastic usage, become an eco-friendly traveler
More than spending money, what bothered me more was the plastic consumption I was adding to by buying multiple bottles of water. The Earth is drowning in a sea of plastic anyway, and adding more plastic to it is just a shame. Save the planet and invest in a reusable bottle of water today!
CamelBak Chute water bottles and Simply Modern Bolt water bottles are strong and durable, perfect for your travels.
Made out of strong and durable Eastman Tritan copolyester, this bottle is made for the quintessential traveler, and also offers a variety of choices in colors like grey, white, blue, green, pink and purple. A specially designed cap and spout prevents accidental spillage and makes it easy to fill and drink
- The Chute cap opens easily with a half-twist
- High flow spout for smooth water flow
- Easy to carry loop
- Color options available
With a plethora of color options available, this bottle has a special vacuum insulation which maintains the temperature of liquid poured into it, be it hot or cold. It can keep liquids cold for 24 hours, and hot for 8 hours. Made out of stainless steel with an attractive powder finish, this is a strong bottle resistant to damage and breaking.
- Vacuum insulation technology
- Copper insulation
- BPA free
- Approved by the FDA
- Leak-proof and powder coated
This is definitely a must-have if you want to keep all your important documents safe and organized well in one place. If you are a seasoned traveler, you would be well aware of this accessory which simplifies life to no bounds! Keep your passport, your credit and debit cards, driving license and other important documents in one place without the worry of losing anything out on your journey.
Make your adventure trips more fun and manageable
While you are on your travels, keeping all your documents is of utmost importance. Not only will this make sure that your documents are safe, but it will also give you peace of mind so that you can enjoy to your fullest. Being organized is the way to go.
Keep all your documents in one place
Be it your passport, driving license, identity cards, debit or credit cards, you can keep them all in one organized folder so that finding them, again and again, becomes super easy.
My personal favorites are the Pascacoo Passport and Wallet Holder and the Zero Grid Passport Holder and Wallet.
Available in a variety of colors, you can keep your passport in this little case safely, along with all your cash. This passport holder doubles as a wallet as well, making reaching all your documents very simple and easy.
- This organizer has a 3 year warranty period
- Available in a variety of colors and designs
- Has an RFID blocking shield to protect important information
- Keep all documents and cash in one place
This organizer has zippers and different compartments to store your passport, credit and debit cards, licenses and so on. You can also keep your money in here and b assured of the safety of all your important documents. Traveling safely has never been easier!
- Has RFID blocking shield to hide important sensitive information
- A must-have for international travelers
- 100% lifetime money back guarantee
- Water resistant
One of the most underrated yet important accessories a traveler can have, a fanny pack can also be referred to as a waist bag. One of the biggest advantages of using this is having your hands free and not worrying about the strap of your bag sliding off again and again. It is also one of the safest ways to store your money as the bad can stay with you at all times, even while sitting or during long bus rides.
Convenience is key when your travel
Having a shoulder bag can get cumbersome at times, which the strap falling off they also tend to be bulkier than others. A waist bag is just enough to keep your money and important travel documents, along with some knick-knacks you might need.
Secure all your belongings by keeping them on you at all times
Strap this on and be assured of the safety of your belongings while you are on a long bus or train ride, while hiking or rock climbing. Have your hands free and be safe and secure.
TheWaterfly Slim Soft waist bag and the Everest Signature waist pack sure will provide you with comfort and peace of mind.
This waterproof beauty can easily accommodate your phone, wallet, important documents like passport, licenses, your keys and any other knick-knacks that you wish to carry. Made out of nylon, this has one main compartment with any other hidden compartment for you to store your valuables.
- Adjustable waist belt (up to 43 inches)
- Choice of colors available
- Ultra Sleek
- Hidden zipper compartment
This free size waist pack comes in a variety of vibrant colors like turquoise, orange, hot pink, green and so on. Apart from being used for hiking and other adventure sports, it is also suitable for everyday use, making it a great investment.
- Made up of 600D polyester
- Has 3 zippered pockets for storage
- Adjustable waistband (up to 46 inches)
- Variety of colors available
Portable Laundry System
Laundry time can be worrisome when you are always on the road, but thanks to technology and evolution in the way people travel these days, we have found a way to do laundry efficiently. This invention has helped travelers around the world, including me. If you love camping for long durations, then this is one accessory you must possess.
Make laundry days simpler while camping
If you love camping in the wilderness, doing laundry can be quite a task. For this purpose, a portable laundry system is just what you need to have fresh clean clothes at all times. Make this a part of your camping equipment, carry some detergent and you’re good to go!
Save space and have clean clothes on the go
This can easily fit in your rucksack as it barely takes any space. Open it up, wash your clothes, dry the bag and pop it back again with your luggage. It’s as simple as that.
I would suggest you go for the Scrubba Wash Bag or the Laundreez Portable Clothes Washer.
Get washing machine quality washed clothes with this portable washing machine! All you have to do is find a water source (tap or any natural source), throw your clothes in, fill it with water and some detergent and get scrubbing!
- Super durable
- Made out of microbial and hydrolysis resistant polyether TPU
- Can be used as a drying bag too
- Super compact, can fit in a pocket
If you love multifunctionality, then this portable clothes washer is just the one for you. Use it to wash clothes on the go, simply store clothes and even water, you can use this bag according to your convenience.
- Clear and sleek design
- Water saving mechanism
- Very efficient
- Convenient screw cap for easy water filling
These plastic sealable bags are a lifesaver! They are compact and can be used to store practically anything! Use it to keep your toiletries, wet clothes, food items, or even your charging adapters, these bags are super versatile and handy while traveling. And you know what the best part is? They are 100% reusable, so you don’t even have to feel guilty about using plastic!
Make travel packing easier and compact
Not only are these bags extremely handy, but they are also ridiculously cheap. They can be pressed to remove excess air from within the bag and used to pack things in a very flat and space-saving manner.
Wipe and reuse for different purposes!
Use it to store medication, food, dirty laundry, whatever you wish! Once it has been used for one purpose, simply wipe it or wash it and reuse for another purpose! These bags are tough and leakproof as well.
My choice of Ziploc bags are the Gallon Slider Storage bags or the Gallon, Quart, Sandwich and Snack Storage bags.
This size of bags is mostly used for larger storage needs, like articles of clothing or safeguarding electronic items from rain or moisture. The slider makes it easy to open and close the bags.
- Temperature resistant – can be used in refrigerators and freezers
- Has a foldable and expandable bottom
- Can be used for storing stationery, open packages of flour and snacks, or all your toilet necessities.
- Safe to use in the microwave
This specific package of Ziploc bags features bags of different sizes, from extra small to gallon sized. Use it to keep pills, pins and clips, pen drives, or food items as well.
- Made up of strong and durable plastic
- Sealable bags
- Different sizes for different utilities
Technology related –
Documenting your journey is a great way of making memories last longer. If you are a photographer, videographer or a budding travel vlogger, then make sure to purchase these items so that your passions don’t get interrupted at any point.
This is a very reliable device which every traveler must have to keep in contact with the rest of the world. You can never be sure about power supply when you are hiking or going off to far away islands for another adventure, but as long as you charge one of these for dire situations, you are safe.
Always have a power backup while exploring new places
An experience in the mountains where I had plugged my phone in the socket and a thunderstorm completely fried the phone, as well as the charger, taught me a thing or two about always having alternate charging options available.
The portable choice makes it every traveler’s best friend
Most power banks or portable chargers can fit in your pocket, or even in the smallest compartment of your rucksack. Charge your phone on the go!
The Anker PowerCore 20100 and RAVPower portable chargers have stood out in terms of performance and affordability.
This sleek black beauty performs extremely well and has charged my Android phone 6 times in one go. It is also known to charge an iPhone 7 times, which goes to show its long-lasting charging capacity. You can also charge two devices at once, thanks to its dual output feature.
- Ultra lightweight
- 18 month long warranty period
- Dual USB output
- Long lasting charge capacity (lasts 7 days)
- Comes with micro USB cable and travel pouch.
This portable charger takes just about 9 to 10 hours to charge completely and can last you a whopping 7 to 8 days. This number obviously varies depending on your power usage. The dual USB output lets you charge 2 devices at once, and its pocket-friendly size makes it more attractive.
- Has a built-in flashlight for emergencies
- 2 micro USB cables free
- 18-month warranty
- Traveling pouch free
This comes in especially handy when you are a traveler but also a photographer/blogger/writer/social media manager. This means that apart from simply just having a phone, you have to travel with a lot of equipment like laptops, hard drives, cameras and so on. To fulfill the power needs of all these electronics, a power strip becomes essential. This is because you can never really trust the power supply of remote villages that you’re off exploring. So rather than being disappointed, it is better to be prepared!
Charge all your travel equipment at once
This power strip is a lifesaver for when you decide to travel to places where power sockets are few but you have a lot of equipment to charge. Get one of these and charge all of your electronics in one go.
Portable and easy to use – just what a traveler needs!
This accessory can easily fit inside any backpack compartment and is easy to use and put away once done using.
Hitrends Surge Protector Power Strip andAmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip are my top two choices.
With 6 power outlets and 6 USB outlets, this is the perfect power strip if you travel with a lot of electronic items all the time, or travel with friends. This power strip can easily handle the power supply needs of 2-3 people.
- Built-in surge protector to safeguard your devices against any electrical damage
- Each outlet is short-circuited
- FCC certified
- Made out of fire-resistant PC shell and 100% copper wires
- Can be used for laptops, tablets, mobiles, USB devices, etc
This power strip has 6 power outlets which can be used to charge laptops, tablets, phones and more. With a 790-joule surge suppression capacity, you can be well assured of the safety of your electronic devices when it is plugged in.
- Presence of red light for power indication
- 6 feet long power cord
- Each power outlet has surge protection
- Can manage power fluctuations
Life on the road can get tough and sometimes, all you need is some entertainment to pep you up and get in the mood. Music has inherent properties which help lift your spirits and make you feel happier, so I could not think of any better entertainment system than some speakers. Connect it to your phone or laptop, play your favorite playlist and let all the stress melt away!
Portable entertainment wherever you go
These speakers can turn any place into a party! Any time you are feeling low, blast your favorite tunes and feel re-energized again.
Hiking trails have never been more fun
Now turn every hiking trip into an unforgettable musical journey – simply connect your phone to the speaker and get ready to have a good time!
My favorite speakers are the DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker and the Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker.
The finger touch sensitive control makes handling this speaker very easy. Its intuitive design and wireless Bluetooth setting let you play music from any Bluetooth device. If fully recharges in just about 3 to 4 hours.
- Capacitive fingertip touch control
- Bluetooth and aux setting available
- 12 W full-bodied sound
- Recharge time – 3-4 hours
- Comes with USB cable
This compact speaker has an impressive playability of 24 hours with a super loud bass. With no distortion and a crystal clear sound quality, this is the speaker you must get for the ultimate sound experience.
- 24-hour playtime
- Bluetooth connectivity up to 66 feet radius
- High-quality bass
If you are a photography and videography freak, then investing in a GoPro is one of the biggest favors you can do yourself. Not only are these easy to use, but they help you capture some amazing video footage of your travels while keeping you comfortable. The biggest advantage of using a GoPro is that you can strap it on your head and voila! You have both your hands-free and capture some amazing footage.
Capture the intricacies of your hiking trails
The biggest advantage of having a GoPro is the fact that you can hold it in your hands, but also strap it on your head for a hands-free experience.
Easy to operate and compact for traveling
GoPros are notorious for their amazing video quality while maintaining the ease of operation. You are sure to get some kickass travel vlogging style videos by the end of your journey.
GoPro HERO5 and AKASO EK7000 4K WIFI Sports Action Camera are the best choices.
This original GoPro camera is capable of taking breathtaking videos and pictures, with ease. Being waterproof, this makes it the ideal travel vlogging companion.
- 4K videos, 12MP photo quality
- Can take 90-minute long video recordings
- Waterproof to 10m
- 2-inch touch display
- Voice control
- Video stabilization
Get professional-grade videos and pictures with just a click of a button. Rugged and made to withstand all types of climates, this camera has WiFi and makes it very easy to share your files.
- 4K videos, 12MP photo quality
- Long lasting battery life
- Hands-free control
- Comes with a waterproof case
- USB cable included
- Made for rough and tough use
OUR TOP PICKS FOR ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL ACCESSORIES (CATEGORY-WISE)
All the 25 items have been segregated into 4 broad categories –
Health and hygiene-related
Weather and adventure related
Within these categories, we have picked out 3 must-have items which every traveler must have on their shopping lists for their future adventures. These items are picked by keeping their cost, utility, and portability in mind.
|Health and hygiene||Weather and adventure||Storage||Technology|
|Banana Boat UltraMist Sunscreen||JTENG Rain Poncho||Waterfly Slim Soft waist bag
|Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger|
|Pac-Kit All Purpose First Aid Kit||Mountaintop Hiking Backpack||Scrubba Wash Bag||GoPro Hero5|
|LifeStraw Personal Water Filter||Abco Tech Sleeping Bag||Simply Modern Bolt Water Bottle||Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker|
CLASSIFICATION OF ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL ACCESSORIES BASED ON UTILITY
While all these items have been found to tremendously help out travelers in their pursuit of constant adventure, there are few items on this list which may be too specific for certain needs, deeming not very important for the general population. This in no way disregards the utility of the product, but merely puts it in a hierarchy of utility.
|LOW UTILITY||MEDIUM UTILITY||HIGH UTILITY|
|DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker||RainLeaf Microfiber Towel||Banana Boat UltraMist Sunscreen|
|Zero Grid Passport Holder and Wallet||GoPro HERO5||Anker PowerCore 20100|
|Beauty Aura Citronella Oil
|Ziploc Gallon Slider Storage bags
|MsForce LED Headlamp|
|RXBAR Whole Foods Protein Bar||Laundreez Portable Clothes Washer||Pac-Kit First Aid All Purpose Kit|
|Zippo Chrome Lighter
|Everest Signature waist pack||LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle|
Low Utility –
These are a few items which a basic traveler can do without, but adding these products to your repertoire will only benefit you. But in case you are running short of space in your baggage, feel free to skip these products until your next adventure.
Medium Utility –
These products definitely add value to your travels, but they tend to be interest-specific, which does not suit everybody. You need to do your research and invest in these items only when you feel the need to.
High Utility –
These items are definitely a must have for any traveler as they take care of your health, storage, technology, and adventure needs perfectly. Be sure that you go nowhere without these items locked up safely in your bags!
Traveling is one of the most fun activities a human can indulge in. But with traveling, there are a bunch of situations you have to keep in mind and be prepared for at all times. Most of this knowledge comes from trial and error, but doing your research prior to any trip can help tremendously in your pursuit of the best traveling and adventure experience of your life. By having these 25 items stocked up, you can be sure that you will be prepared for the worst at all times, improving your experiences tenfold!