5 Travel Accessories That Will Improve Your Long-Term Travel Experience


We are always trying to make our travel life easier so we can spend more time experiencing the places we visit.

There are lots of travel accessories we think we need, but what is essential for your long-term travel plans?

With so many choices, what are the best travel products you can bring along to improve your long term traveling?

You don’t want to bring too much along with you because you’ll be carrying these items around with you in your suitcase for a long time.

But with a little planning and whittling down the essentials you will be sure to have everything you need.

Below are a few examples of some of the best travel accessories that will make your life easier on the road.

5 Travel Accessories
1. Organise Your Luggage with Travel Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are one of the best travel accessories Image credit: Amazon

Keeping your bag in some kind of organised state can be difficult when travelling long term. One way to keep your bag organised is to use packing cubes.

These cubes are a great way to keep your clothes and other items separate. Pack your different items in cubes, tops in one, trousers in the other.

Also use them for laundry to keep dirty and clean clothes separated. You can even use them as a travelling wardrobe, only taking out which cubes you need at each time.

If you can’t decide which ones to choose, then take a look at these best packing cubes review and find the best ones to suit you.

As well as packing cubes, other luggage accessories to consider bringing are travel bottles. Some mini bottles come in handy when you don’t want to carry around large bottles of toiletries.

Decanting your favorite items into smaller containers means you can bring along everything you need without the bulk and weight. Larger ones are also great to use and fill up water or other beverages!

2. Useful Mobile Phone Apps

You never go anywhere without your mobile phone nowadays and they can be a useful tool for travel.

There are so many apps out there that are beneficial for both long and short-term travel.

There are the well-known apps for reviews such as TripAdvisor which will give you traveler information about restaurants, locations and hotels. It’s best practice to check out reviews before you book to avoid disappointment.

Also, really beneficial are Language apps that will help you converse with locals. These apps include Duolingo and Babbel, these can be really beneficial when in a spot with language difficulty.

You might want to use apps to meet people too.

These apps such as Meet Up, Eat With a Local and Party with a local, enable you to meet like-minded people in your destination. Make new friends or find someone to go on a tour with you, great if you are a solo traveler.

Partying with new people has never been so easy. Your mobile phone may just be your best travel accessory yet!

3. When I Want to be Alone – Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones - one of the best travel accessoriesImage credit: Amazon

Looking for travel gadgets to bring along on vacation with you that can have lots of uses at different parts of your trip?

If you are traveling long-term and taking lots of flights then you might want to invest in a pair of noise cancelling or noise isolating headphones.

If you are planning to get some sleep on your long flights then blocking out the noise can be one step towards a good sleep.

Headphones can be a lifesaver if you are staying in a hostel and need some sleep or feeling particularly unsociable. Block out the noise or give yourself some alone time, listen to some music and relax.

On the other hand, when you are watching TV or doing some language learning, you will keep the sounds from annoying anyone else.

4. Save for a rainy day with a Pac a Mac

There’s always that chance of rain no matter where you are. I have been caught in many a rain shower and a trusty Pac a Mac is the perfect solution.

Having this with you means you can carry on with your journey or at least keep yourself dry whilst you wait out the rain. It can happen in the best of places and sometimes without warning.

Yes, you could buy a rain cover en route or duck in somewhere are hide whilst the storm finishes. But you don’t want to waste precious time in your destination either.

So, brave the rain, don your Mac and enjoy!

Thinking about what clothes you are wearing, make sure you pack small and think big. Bring versatile clothing that mix and match and work for the places you will be visiting.

5. Keep Charged with Electronic Converters and Adapters
International travel adaptor - one of the best travel accessoriesImage credit: Amazon

When you are traveling from place to place, especially through different countries you’ll need an international plug adapter.

There’s nothing worse than realizing you can’t connect or charge your electronic device whilst you are away. It can be costly to buy adapters on the road and they may not be fully safe either.

Making sure you bring the right converters and adapters to your destination is essential to improve your travel experience.

Plan ahead so you know what kind of adapters you need and if you’ll be staying anywhere that you need a special kind – Universal adapters won’t work in some places in Africa for example.

You also need to remember all your leads and a portable battery charger for your various electronics. Keeping them in their own special electronics packing cube makes finding what you need in your luggage a whole lot easier.

What is your favorite travel accessory?

There is always something you can’t live without whilst traveling and everyone has their favorite travel gear.

Whether it’s a comfy travel pillow, ear plugs or headphones to block out the noise, or those trusty walking boots. There are many things that could make the list but as you can see the above five items are a must have for a long-term traveler.

What travel items would you add to the list? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Yes! Thank you so much. That’s exactly how I feel: There is no “Is it worth it?” or “Ultimate Guide to Wherever” or “Place you have to go to. Right. Now.” Everywhere is interesting and worth exploring. You just have to open your eyes (and your mind – cliched but true). So thanks for being honest and doing your bit in making travel less of the list-checking chore that it seems to have become if one trusts the (social) media.

    Happy continued travels!

  2. Earl, good thoughts on both health and safety. On my two year trip around the world, I stayed relatively healthy by always washing my hands before eating and always having good water to drink by having my own water bottle that I’d filtered & filled back in my room (no need to carry your filter around with you in your day pack). So, the tip: always have clean hands and good water! Simple

  3. I am inspired! I’ve never thought of taking a cooking class but after looking at all your dishes (especially the eggplant) I really want to sign up for one…

  4. Very informative. I love railway travel when in Europe, very relaxing. We have even travelled by rail throughout Italy with our son who was eight at the time and I can honestly say it was enjoyable and no stress. Beautiful pics!

  5. As an Anglophile I find this truly fascinating! I must go back to London and do this tour, looks fantastic, thanks Lucy for the recommendation!

  6. Interesting post. I too find that billboard kind of horrendous. One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Italy was the lack of that accepted resentment of family that we seem to have in America in general. When people’s families would come to visit them at college, I expected that usual annoyance and sense of hassle, but people were genuinely excited about it. A lot of people have told me that they wouldn’t move far away from home because their mothers would see it as a kind of betrayal.
    It’s sort of strange — maybe in the US we don’t like the idea of being tied into family obligations, not being about to do what you want freely because of familial pressure or influence, so we put up this sort of wall, which over time turns into a kind of bitterness. I don’t know.

  7. I travel as much as I caN. I aplaud you in your quest. I hope to something similar, in the future when I can really retire. This year I am going to Ecuador and the amazon.
    thanks for a great blog


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