7 Travel Accessories You Can’t Leave Without

I love reading travel posts and travel blogs.

This one came to my inbox from the Hertz.com travel blog. (I actually do all my international car rentals with Hertz, but I don’t have any affiliate links or sponsorship with them.)

I was pretty happy to see that I already have, and always travel with, all 7 items that Hertz has on their list! I bought all of mine either at The Container Store or at Target, so have included links to all the products in the list below.

I recently wrote a post titled What You Need To Know About Renting Cars In Europe  that is full of tips and tricks that I swear by when I rent cars overseas. I’m sure you will find it useful!

7 Travel Accessories You Can’t leave Home Without.

essential travel accessories

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Whether you’re embarking on a two-day business trip or a weeklong vacation, you want a smooth, enjoyable trip. Efficient travel planning requires ingenuity as well as organization. To arrive at your destination relaxed, rested, and with your belongings intact, don’t leave home without these handy travel accessories:

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes neatly compress clothing and allow you to fit more in a compact space. The fabric cubes protect garments from wrinkles, and those with mesh make it easy to see the contents. Use them for socks, undergarments, accessories, summer tops, and more.

Try Eagle Creek Packing Cubes, available online at The Container Store

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

Compact Toiletry Bag

Stop stuffing personal items into zippered bags that easily puncture and split. A compact toiletry bag is more durable than a sandwich bag and far more stylish, and the zippered closure prevents accidental spills in transit that could ruin freshly packed clothes. Look for a TSA-approved, clear, quart-size travel bag to minimize airline fuss.

The image below contains toiletry bags available online at The Container Store

Travel Toiletry Bags

Elastic Laces

If you travel in comfortable sneakers, save precious time in TSA security lines by using elastic laces. Most brands use a plastic enclosure at the tongue that locks laces in place, and shoes slip easily on and off without tying and untying. Travelers standing behind you in line will thank you.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Even when you’re exhausted, circumstances aren’t always ideal for sleep. Deal with noise issues by investing in top-of-the-line headphones with excellent noise-canceling features. SonyBose, and other companies make both wired and Bluetooth versions. If you don’t need total silence, less expensive earbuds block lower levels of background noise. Pair headphones with a good set of earplugs for maximum quiet.

Find a selection of Noise Cancelling Headphones online at Target.com

noise cancelling headphones

image courtesy of Target.com

Compression Socks

For long drives and flights, compression socks ensure you arrive at your destination with fresh legs. These socks increase lower leg circulation, minimizing swelling and the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Even with compression socks, occasional standing is important on long trips. Moving and stretching keeps the blood flowing. You can find a great selection of travel compression socks online at The Container Store.com

Read about compression socks and Deep vein Thrombosis here

RFID Protection Wallet

Embedded in your passport and credit cards, an RFID chip transmits information wirelessly. Scammers with RFID readers swipe personal information from unsuspecting victims while standing or walking next to them. To protect yourself from identity theft, invest in an RFID protection wallet that prevents criminals from snagging your personal data. RFID Blacking Protection wallets, credit card sleeves, passport covers and travel accessories are available online at The Container Store.

High-speed Car Charger

Don’t fight over the power socket when you’re on the road. Charge numerous devices with a multiport car charger. Universal USB and other multiport chargers host up to five devices at once. Charge your phone, your daughter’s iPad, and your son’s MP3 player all at the same time. Check out   online at The Container Store.com

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Great Gift Ideas For The Traveler In Your Life

Great Gift Ideas For The Traveler 


Do you have an intrepid traveler on your gift list? 

Regardless of whether your person travels for pleasure or travels for work, here are  great gift ideas

Eagle Creek Packing System


Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

Packing and staying organized on the road is so much easier with the Eagle Creek packing system! Mix and match the different sized cubes, and make sure you throw in the little one, which is perfect for power adapters, iPhone cords, chargers etc. The folders are fantastic for shirts and pants and dresses – anything you want to keep smooth and flat. Check the system out here
Available online at The Container Store

See the video below:

Matching Luggage Tag And Passport Cover

French Goatskin Leather Luggage Tag and Passport Cover from graphicimage.com

Travel stylishly with matching French Goatskin Leather luggage tags and passport cover.

I found this company on Instagram of all places. I am obsessed with their gorgeous travel products. I wish I could get my hands on a set before my next trip! Pictured above are the luggage tag and passport cover in hydrangea.

Find them at www.graphicimage.com in their With Love From Kat collection.

A Leather Travel Journal


A leather travel journal demands that you make a diary of your trip, and keeps your memories forever. 

I journal every trip I take and put photos, museum tickets, restaurant business cards and all kinds of momentos in there. I love looking back through them.

This one is also from GraphicImage.com

A Personal Photo Printer


The Prynt Photo Printer

Just like Polaroids from the good old days, the Prynt printer gives you instant photos. just insert your smartphone and print them out.

Check out the video here on Amazon

RFID Blocking Wallet


RFID Blocking Wallet

Protect credit cards from radio frequency I.D scanning with either a protective sleeve that fits inside a wallet, or an RFID blocking wallet.

These are not just for travel, but are also good to use in your hometown too. Available online at The Container Store

An External Power Pack


Charge up cellphones and iPads on the road with an external power pack. Great for use on airplanes and in airports or anywhere on the road that you can’t find a power point to plug in to.
Check out this one (shown above) available at The Container Store

Kindle Paperwhite 


There’s no need to drag heavy, luggage stealing books around anymore when you travel. The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-readers around, small and lightweight, it can hold 1000 books and can go weeks I between charges.

All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

Available at Amazon.

Thick, Fluffy Socks

Unless you are flying first class, or on some routes business class, amenity pouches are now a thing of the past. As such, so are the complimentary fluffy socks. Airplane cabins get cold so warm socks are wonderful on a long haul flight.

Noise Cancelling Headphones


Whether you are tuning out the sounds of snoring passengers, loud talkers, screaming babies or just the airplane buzz, noise cancelling headphones are a must on long flights.

Try the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones  –  Apple devices, Black – Wired

A Pashmina

Airplanes get cold, and airline blankets can be a little sketchy – who knows how clean they really are? A Pashmina is very lightweight but super warm. It packs down to nothing, so is great to travel with. It also doubles up as a scarf and you can wear it instead of a coat in cold weather. Win win win.

Just make sure you are buying real pashmina and not a nylon blend scarf.

Travel Sized Candles


Arriving late and tired to find your hotel room smells like industrial cleaner or the previous occupant’s secret cigarettes is awful, and changing rooms isn’t always an available option. Other times you just want to personalize your space, and mini scented candles can make all the difference in the world.
Try this limited edition Jo Malone Travel Candle Set available at Nordstrom