Here is my roundup of great travel accessories I’ve used and tried over the last year. They are great gifts for travel buffs and road warriors precisely because they are so darn useful. Just like the toaster oven received as a wedding gift, it might not be glamorous but it’s been used almost every darn day since the wedding over ten years ago. This list of travel accessories contains so many practical picks you might just need to buy a little gift for yourself before your next flight.

7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip 

7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip #7: Extra Binoculars

Bushnell Falcon Binoculars I’ll usually pack some binoculars on a family trip but then we are stuck sharing them. These are highly rated and reasonably priced enough for us to have more than one of.

 

7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip #6: A Power Strip

FlePow International Power Strip and Adaptor So what if you can only find one outlet in your hotel room! Now you’ll beable to charge multiple devices at the same time where ever you go.

7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip #5: Something Warm for the Plane

Saferin Large Cashmere Wool Wrap Because I get cold on planes and invariably the airline nolonger provides blankets.

7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip #4: Comfortable and Stylish Walking Shoes

Superga Cotu Linea Sneaker/Wedge My friend and I went to a conference last spring, by day two all we could talk about was the need to have comfortable, yet fashion forward shoes. In line at customs this summer, I spied this woman with these crazy platform, wedge sneakers and vowed to try them. Since I never got around to buying them onto the list they go!

7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip #3: A Great Backpack

Osprey Packs Nova Daypack I am done with totes! If I’m running from one side of an airport to another I want to strap a backpack on and motor! I also want something I can wear as I explore the Grand Tetons on a day hike or dump my laptop in and stow under the seat in front of me if the overhead bin is full.

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7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip #2: Great Travel Luggage

Osprey Ozone Convertible Luggage Last summer my airline changed my connection from two hours to 45 minutes. 45 minutes that included clearing customs. Insane. I vowed to do everything I could to make future connections easier. My colleagues tell me this rollerboard-backpack is the way to go. BTW I made it to my connecting flight in time only to find it was delayed an hour.

7 Travel Accessories that Will Improve Your Next Trip #1: A Great Power Bank

There is nothing worse than being stuck with dead devices on a trip whether you want to snap a great photo or need to return an important work email while you wait to board a plane. The Villain Portable Backup Battery Charger w/Built-in in LED Flash Lights and LED Display is a great solution. When I received the bank, it was fully charged. I plugged two devices (a cell phone and an ipad mini) into that were well below 20%. They both charged up to 100% in just over an hour. I love the display that shows me the remaining power, the on-off switch and the flashlight bonus feature. I’ve been lugging around little flashlights in my purse and carry-ons for a year now and love having one that has a dual use and is rechargeable.