20 Essential Travel Items for All Kinds of Travelers

Whether you’re traveling for the first time, or about to head off on your 5th international adventure, there are always new travel products popping up on my newsfeed that we just need to have. Whether they’re things we can live without, or absolute essential travel items, we’re always thinking of fun new ways to improve our travel game and make flying across the globe as simple as possible!

If you’re one of those people who love purchasing all kinds of travel related products, this post is perfect for you. Trust us! From fun clothes to help you express what you like about travel, to a lockable backpack and everything in between. As always, Rhiannon Travels has your back! Here are 20 essential travel items for every traveler!

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1. Packing cubes

If you haven’t jumped on the packing cubes bandwagon yet, what have you been doing with your life?! These things are an absolute game changer, whether you’re a backpack or suitcase traveler. We both use suitcases when traveling domestically and internationally. Packing cubes have been a lifesaver, especially for a sever over-packer like myself – I’m definitely getting better, though, I promise!

2. A secure, anti-theft backpack

If you’re someone who travels with a lot of valuable items (such as your laptop), it’s a good idea to invest in an anti-theft backpack. With a built in USB cable for super convenient on-the-go charging of your phone and other devices, this backpack is perfect for you young folk reading this. Knowing that your belongings are safe while traveling, makes the entire experience so much more enjoyable! It’s super affordable too, which is a bonus!

3. A comfy, custom travel tee

Looking for the perfect comfy tee, that you can wear with pride while traveling the world? Want to express what you like about traveling, or almost anything else, for that matter? Awesome! You’ll love I Like Apparel.

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We have over 50 designs up already, with more being released every single week. Check out our Travel Range, and if there’s something you like that we don’t already have, be sure to let us know! Our goal is to have an endless range of pre-made designs ready to roll, and since travel is a huge part of our lives, you can expect to find something for all kinds of travelers!

4. A travel sized first aid kit

Whether you’re someone who tends to be a little clumsy, frequently travels with kids or simply wants some piece of mind, purchasing a travel first aid kit is an awesome idea! Being fully stocked with bandaids, pain killers, wound wipes, dressings and more, this first aid kit should get you through almost any trip!

5. Hanging toiletry bag

If you choose to stay in a hostel or somewhere similar with very little bathroom space, a hanging toiletry bag could be perfect! Keep all of your bathroom essential travel items in one place, with the added convenience of being able to hang it almost anywhere! This eliminates the chance of you forgetting something, or having your favourite mascara stolen while staying in a dodgy hostel!

6. A universal adapter

Traveling between different countries or continents? A universal adapter is definitely something you should add to your packing list! Not only does it mean you can charge your phone and other electronic devices no matter where you are in the world, it also comes with two USB ports for even more convenience!

7. A travel money belt

If the idea of walking around in a new city while wearing a backpack makes you uncomfortable, consider buying a travel money belt. They might not be the coolest travel accessory, but you can’t deny the convenience! Keep your passport, cash, credit cards, phone and any tickets close by at all times. This travel money belt even has an RFID blocking feature, for that extra piece of mind.

8. A travel wallet

Travel wallets are probably our favourite travel item, regardless of where we’re going! Not only are they the perfect place to keep your passport, they’re also awesome for keeping any boarding passes, tickets, cash, a pen and small notepad for those just-in-case situations. This travel wallet even has a pocket on the front – perfect for storing your phone or passport while you’re at the airport waiting for your flight!

9. A pair of noise cancelling headphones

If there’s one piece of advice we can give you, it’s: don’t get on a plane without noise cancelling headphones. You could be stuck next to someone who wants to spend the entire eight hour flight chatting; or there might be an unhappy baby behind you on the plane who keeps crying. Whatever the situation, noise cancelling headphones will save your sanity!

10. A toothbrush holder to keep your hygiene in check

If you’ve been traveling without a toothbrush holder, your life is about to change. We never go anywhere on a plane, without one of these bad boys. Not only does it keep our toothbrushes safe from all of the gross things that are probably in our suitcase, but it also means we can keep our toothbrush in the bathroom, without fear of it contracting all sorts of disgusting diseases! Bonus!

11. A compact charging station

Along with the universal adapter we mentioned earlier, a compact charging station is another awesome way to stay organised while traveling. Charge all of your devices at the same time, or share it with your travel buddies! This will make life so much easier, because it means you’ll only need to pack one charger instead of five!

12. A language translator

Ever wondered what might happen, if you visit a foreign country without knowing any of the language? Fear no more! Buy yourself a language translator device. This will help you out of any sticky situations, like making sure your meal doesn’t have peanuts if you’re allergic and getting from your hotel to the train station safely!

13. A collapsible drink bottle

Instead of buying twelve bottles of water each day when you’re out exploring, get yourself a collapsible water bottle that you can reuse over and over again! Choose from a huge range of colours, and keep it in your carry on bag for ultimate convenience no matter where you are! Collapsible water bottles are perfect for a day out at a theme park, too!

14. A comfy pair of thongs (flip flops)

Here in Australia, we have a brand of thongs (flip flops) called Havaianas. They come in a huge range of colours, styles and shapes, and are super comfortable. I wear them everywhere during summer, and so does almost everyone else in Australia! They’re a bit on the pricier side, but in my opinion, they’re totally worth the cost!

15. A compact travel umbrella

Regardless of where you travel, you’re probably gonna need an umbrella at one point or another. Whether you use it during winter or summer, an umbrella is definitely an essential travel item. Buying a travel size umbrella means you can take it absolutely anywhere, and won’t have to worry about being rained on or sizzled by the sun!

16. A Kindle

If you’re an avid reader, buying a Kindle will be the best thing you ever do. Okay, maybe not the best thing you will ever do, but it’s definitely up there. Before you head to the airport, download a ton of your favourite books, plus some that you’ve been dying to read. That way, when you’re settled in for your 15 hour flight, you’ll have plenty of reading material on your Kindle to keep you entertained!

17. A travel sleeping kit

If you struggle to fall asleep on long flights, don’t worry, we feel your pain. Neither Russell nor myself can fall asleep on any flight, regardless of the length of flight or how little sleep we had the night before. This travel sleeping kit is a good way to help you get at least a cat nap in! For $20, you’ll get an 100% pure memory foam neck pillow (with a phone pocket!) plus memory foam ear plugs, a travel mask and a convenient bag to carry it all in!

18. Luggage scale

If you’re like me and tend to overpack badly, this travel sized luggage scale is exactly what you need! It’s always a good idea to weigh your luggage before heading to the airport, plus before you head home after your trip, just incase your checked suitcase is a bit too heavy. This luggage scale also comes with an in-built tape measure. Cos you never know when you’re gonna need a tape measure, right?!

19. A travel case for your electronics

Whether you’re a fellow travel writer like we are, photographer or a tourist traveling with kids, this electronics travel case is awesome and should definitely be included on your packing list! As travel bloggers, we always pack a lot of cords, devices and memory cards with us. Being able to keep them all together makes organisation much easier!

20. The perfect travel outfit

When we travel, we like to be as comfortable as possible. My go-to travel outfit is a pair of Lorna Jane leggings, comfy t-shirt, sneakers and of course, a warm hoodie with a pocket! The comfier you are while stuck in the horrible flying tube we call an airplane, the less awful your journey will be!

When it comes to travel, everyone is different. That means, what I might consider as one of my essential travel items, you might not agree with – and that’s okay! No matter what your travel style is, the beauty of these items are they suit almost every travel style. Plus, even if they don’t, I’m willing to bet you know of someone who would use a travel wallet or I Like Apparel shirt!

Have you got any of these essential travel items? Do you swear by something that we don’t have on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on certain links within this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for continuing to support Rhiannon Travels, and keeping it a free travel guide and resource for everyone to use!




  1. March 10, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Excellent ideas!

  2. July 26, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Great post, I was searching for the same post from last few days. The post contains lots of valuable information. Thanks for the post.

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