Travel accessories: 16 must-have items in 2021

Packing a good selection of travel accessories when making your way out of your home town can be the difference between a successful trip and a disastrous one. We’ve compiled a list of our must-have travel accessories for 2021, ensuring that you’re never caught short whilst away from home.

Travel Accessories

It’s no secret that the majority of cutting-edge travel accessories are sort of, well, completely unnecessary.

Check through any blog listing their top items and you’ll be bombarded with a variety of semi-useless products all waiting to take up valuable packing space in your luggage.

Adventure Pending is not about stuffing as many gadgets, gizmos and general tat into a backpack (or three). We are very much about cutting down on the stuff you don’t need and investing wisely in the stuff that you do.

Below you’ll find our list of the best travel accessories that should be in your backpack in 2021.

Author’s Top Travel Accessory

Osprey Packing Cubes

1. Travel backpack

We’ll start with the basics when it comes to planning a travel trip – the luggage that you’ll be filling full of your useful belongings.

Farpoint 40 backpack in black

There are so, so many different travel backpacks out there, all catering to different types of travellers. Searching through them all can be a bit like exploring a black hole.

To cut things short and sweet, we would always recommend a backpack and we would always recommend around the 40L size for the majority of travel. Our overall recommendation for most travellers is the tried and test Osprey Farpoint 40 (Male) / Fairview 40 (Female).

This affordable pack is the most versatile in the Osprey range and high-quality packs offered by the brand – it’s one that you can really rely on.

2. Packing cubes

If I had to rank the best travel accessories from the most useful to the least, packing cubes would remain firmly at the top of my list.

Osprey Packing Cubes

These ultralight packing cubes from our friends over at Osprey are some of the very best on the market.

A small, medium and large cube are included in the bundle, giving plenty of packing options for pro backpackers. They also come in a pair of great colours with Electric Lime ranking as our all-time favourite.

3. Clear toiletry bag

Storing toiletries when travelling is never an easy task. However, with the use of a clear toiletry bag and those special 90ml silicone travel bottles – it becomes a whole lot simpler.

Eono Clear Toiletry Bag

A transparent toiletry bag is a simple solution, sure.

Sometimes those simple solutions are the best and the Amazon brand Eono toiletry bag does the job perfectly. Going through security is made into a breeze – there’s no fumbling with clunky zips, no frantically searching for items. It’s all so much easier when we can see exactly what we’ve packed and where.

The Eono brand comes in a variety of different colours to suit every traveller’s favourite colour scheme. Well, apart from the main selling point – the transparent front and back panels!

4. Silicone Travel Bottles

Boarding planes with liquids is one of the most stressful experiences known to man – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Silicone Travel Bottles

A set of silicone 90ml travel bottles might just be one of the best travel accessories to make this list.

Made from 100% BPA-free silicone, these travel bottles are perfect for repackaging and packing everything from shampoo and conditioner to moisturisers and suncream.

There’s an easy-squeeze design too, meaning there’s no drama extracting fluid. If anything, these are better than the original bottles for most!

5. Camelbak 1L travel water bottle

Looking for one of those travel accessories that you literally can’t live without? How about water?

Camelbak Water Bottle 1L

The best way to drink water is through your own water bottle – it’s better for the environment, it’s better for your health – it’s all-around better.

But pulling the trigger on the best travel water bottle is something that we tend to delay until we’ve found the perfect water holder. Well, look no further! The Camelbak 1L travel water bottle is, without doubt, one of the vert best simple bottles out there.

The 1L capacity is perfect for life on the move – not too big and not too small and with the Camelbak seal of quality – you can be confident in a reliable purchase.

6. Microfibre towel

A microfibre towel is a must-have for any long-term traveller. There’s nothing quite like having your own towel to rely on.

Eono Microfibre Towel

The thing about microfibre towels is that they don’t have to be particularly expensive – they just have to do their job.

With that in mind – we look to the Amazon brand Eono once again for a simplistic solution for the travel towel. There are plenty of size options, catering to every towel user with an additional carry case to keep things nice and organised.

There’s also a plethora of colours, offering a little bit of personalisation in your towel!

7. International power adapter

If you’re travelling out of the country, chances are that the power outlets are going to be shaped a little differently to what you’re used to.

Hyleton travel adapter

An international travel adapter is a true essential for any modern traveller, ensuring all devices can be powered up, regardless of the supply.

This example from Hylette is particularly impressive and can be used to charge up to 4 USB devices as well as functioning as a standard adapter.

8. Portable USB charger

Getting caught out with lower power on your mobile phone is never fun – but when you’re travelling in a strange new place – it can be disastrous.

Anker Powerbank

With train tickets, hotel information and even taxi services all accessible from the palm of our hand – most of us would be completely lost if it was taken away from us.

Thankfully, if the old telephone battery decides to give up on us, there’s always a portable charger to lend a helping hand. This example from Anker is one of the best out there, offering as many as 2.6 full chargers before it needs to recharge itself.

We never go anywhere (outside of the county, anyway) without one!

9. GoPro Hero 9

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed about travelling to far-flung places it’s that you’re going to capture your experiences to look back on.

GoPro Hero 9

The GoPro Hero 9 is the latest and greatest from the action camera brand, offering smooth first-person footage in countless scenarios.

The Hero is waterproof, can be mounted to an infinite number of objects/surfaces and offers stunning video with 5k capabilities. The Hero 9 offers a dual-screen experience, allowing users to view their shots from either side of the cam – making it perfect for vlogging and taking selfies.

We believe that the Hero 9 is the first iteration of the GoPro that really ticks all the boxes of what an action camera should be. There’s a reason you’ll spot so many other travellers with their tiny resilient cameras recording their trip.

10. GoPro Adventure Kit

Although the GoPro can be an effective device when used by itself, an accessory kit is really needed to get the most out of the camera.

GoPro Adventure Kit copy

Our kit of choice comes in the form of the GoPro Adventure Kit. The bundle offers a fantastic selection of accessories that can be used to capture your travels like never before.

I know it’s tempting to look for the cheaper alternatives when it comes to GoPro accessories – but this is typically an idea that’s not worth entertaining. Yes, there’s plenty of knock-off GoPro gear out there and no, none of them even slightly live up to the real deal.

It really does pay to invest in the correct, official gear when deciding to go with the famous action camera!

11. Canon M50 Mark II Mirrorless Camera

If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated to take both incredible video and stunning photographs, look no further than the Canon M50 Mark II.

Canon M50 Mirrorless Camera

The entry-level mirrorless camera from Canon is one of the most popular snappers in the world of travellers.

Its compact structure, thanks to its mirrorless construction, gives the M50 plenty of space advantages over the typical DSLR. A wide range of Canon lenses can be used with the body, offering a wealth of great options for photographers and videographers alike.

It’s the perfect travel companion when looking for a backpacking-friendly camera to pack in your backpack!

12. Rugged external hard drive

Once you’ve started snapping and filming, there’s one travel accessory that you’ll be wishing you’d invested in earlier – the external hard drive.

LACIA Harddrive

The LaCie rugged external hard drive is the perfect solution to overfilled SD cards and laptop memories that are bursting at the seams.

The orange casing is iconic and one of the most popular choices among backpackers thanks to its shock, water and dust resistant design.

With the additional reasonable price tag, there’s no wonder that it’s recognised as “Amazon’s Choice” for the rugged memory solution.

13. Hulker Extension Lead

If you’re a big fan of your electronic devices, powering them all can become a bit of a problem when you’re travelling.

Hulker Extension Lead Power Strip

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re optimising every opportunity to charge is to invest in a smart power strip.

Our chosen example from Hulker offers three universal outlets to suit the UK, EU and US power outlets as well as 6 USB charging ports. A safety button and surge protection are boasted by the device ensuring there are no electrical mishaps when charging.

Weighing just 400g with a 1.5m cable, this is one of those travel accessories that you’ll catch yourself packing on every trip.

14. Insect repellant – Jungle Formula

Heading somewhere that’s known for its flying insects? Looks like you’ll have to secure some Jungle Formula before heading out!

Jungle Formula 90ml

This 90ml bottle (airline travel safe) is one of the best solutions to avoiding being swarmed by all kinds of flying nasties.

From mosquitoes to midges, Jungle Formula is one of the top travel accessories thanks to its ability to fend off them all.

If you’re prone to be bitten, Jungle Formula is an absolute backpack essential!

15. Foam earplugs

Struggle to sleep when it’s loud outside? Boy-oh-boy do we have the travel accessory for you!

Super soft foam earplugs

A good nights sleep is worth its weight in gold – something that is especially true when travelling.

If you’re like me – chances are that you really struggle to sleep when there’s any sort of noise penetrating the walls. Thankfully, I stumbled across these foam earplugs that I always take with me when travelling.

They’re inexpensive, quick and easy to use and, most importantly, protect my beauty sleep. One of the very best travel accessories.

16. Mini first aid kit

Better safe than sorry, right? A mini first aid kit should be on the list of travel accessories for every trip – especially if there’s the chance of adventure.

First aid kit

A mini first aid kit is great for preparing for minor injuries. Reducing the discomfort of blisters, bandaging anything that needs… bandaged.

It’s always good to have first aid on hand, even if you’re not exactly sure what you should be doing. You never know when it could come in handy!

Travel accessories that we need to have

We are always searching for the best travel gear out there!

If we’ve missed out on any travel accessories that you think we need to have, don’t be afraid to get in touch and let us know!

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