17 Essential Travel Items for All Kinds of Travelers

Whether you’re travelling for the first time, or you’re about to head off on your 5th international adventure, there are always new travel products popping up on my newsfeed that I just need to have. Some are things we could probably live without, but most are pretty essential for any long haul flight.

We’re always thinking of fun new ways to up 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 before your trip, this post is perfect for you. I apologise in advance for the money you’re probably gonna spend, but believe when I say, you’ll thank me later!

Here are 17 essential travel items for every kind of traveller!

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1. Packing cubes

If you’re yet to jump on the packing cubes bandwagon – what have you been doing with your life?!

Just kidding, but honestly, these things are an absolute game changer. Whether you travel with a suitcase or you’re full on backpacking your way around the world, you’re gonna love ’em.

We use suitcases when travelling both domestically and internationally, and packing cubes have been an absolute life safer. Not only do they make your luggage way more organised, they’re also great for keeping everything grouped together and easy to find!

Get this pack of 7 waterproof packing cubes for less than $20!

2. A secure, anti-theft backpack

If you travel with valuable items – like your laptop or camera – it’s a good idea to invest in an anti-theft backpack.

With a built in USB cable for convenient on-the-go charging of your phone and other devices, plus a secure anti-theft pocket on the back, this backpack is perfect for any traveller!

I bought this backpack a while ago, and absolutely love it! It’s the perfect size with plenty of storage and all sorts of convenient pockets to make your travels as smooth as possible.

Knowing that your belongings are safe while you’re travelling, will definitely make your experience a million times more enjoyable.

Get the anti-theft travel backpack for under $50!

3. Comfy outfit for the plane

Trying to find the perfect travel outfit can be hard.

I personally cannot travel in anything other than Lorna Jane tights and an oversized, baggy jumper. Lorna Jane has a huge range of workout clothes that can also be worn everyday, doing a whole range of activities – including travelling!

These have been my favourites lately. Not only are they super soft and silky material, they also have two pockets. One is a mesh pocket that’s been designed to keep your phone, and the other is a cute zipped pocket that’s perfect for your keys or lip balm!

4. Hanging toiletry bag

If you’re staying in a hostel or shared accomodation when you arrive at your destination, a hanging toiletry bag might be the perfect option.

It’ll allow you to keep all of your bathroom essentials in one place, with the added convenience of being able to hang it almost anywhere!

This will eliminate the chance of you forgetting something or losing your favourite mascara!

5. A universal adapter

If you’re travelling between different countries or continents, a universal adapter is definitely something that you should add to your packing list.

Not only will you be able to use it in almost any country, you’ll have the utmost convenience of being able to charge 5 devices at the same time.

Plus, it’s less $50 which is a bargain if you ask me.

6. A travel money belt

If you’re not one to use a backpack or handbag while travelling, a money belt (or bum bag if that’s more your style) is probably the way to go.

They might not be the most stylish travel accessory, but you can’t deny the convenience. Keep your passport, card, cards and phone close by at all times. This one even has an RFID blocking feature, for that extra piece of mind.

7. A travel wallet

I love travel wallets. They’re probably my favourite travel essential, because it lets me store everything important that I need, in the one place.

I like to keep my passport, any tickets or boarding passes I have, travel documents, a pen and anything that I want to make sure stays safe.

They come in a huge range of colours and styles, from a simple black to colourful flowers and everything in between. You can generally get one for less than $30 too, which is a decent price for something so important to have while travelling!

8. A good pair of headphones

There are a few different headphone roads you could go down.

The most recent, is to opt for wireless. This is probably the most convenient – and what I’m excited for next time we travel! In particular, Apple’s AirPods.

Or you could choose the over-ear style, either wireless or non-wireless. These ones are wireless and noise-cancelling, which is what you’re gonna need on an international flight.

9. An ‘essentials’ bag

If you’re anything like me, you like to have everything important close by in a situation such as being in the air for up to 14 hours.

This includes things like: painkillers, lip balm, tissues, medication, bobby pins, hair ties, chewing gum and wet wipes. These items are what I would include in my essentials bag!

It goes into my carry on bag, in a small clear zip bag (cos that’s what you need to have), then gets taken out and put in the tray when I go through security.

The clear zipped bag is a lifesaver when I’m trying to find a bobby pin or hair tie while it’s dark in the plane’s cabin!

10. A collapsible drink bottle

Instead of buying tons of bottles of water throughout your trip, why not purchase a collapsible drink bottle beforehand?

For ultimate convenience and space saving, not to mention all of those plastic drink bottles that you’re not buying, this will probably end up being one of your best purchases.

Fill it up at your hotel in the morning, fold it back down and put it in your bag once it’s empty. Then whenever you’re feeling the thirst, refill and repeat!

Absolute genius. Plus, it’s under $20. Even better.

11. A comfy pair of thongs

If you’re travelling during the summer, a good pair of thongs will be your best friend.

If you choose the right ones – like these from Havaianas – have been my favourites since I can remember. I’ve always loved Havaianas thongs, and will always continue buying them!

If Havvies aren’t your thing, find your perfect thong and be sure to pack them!

12. A compact travel umbrella

No matter where you’re travelling to, chances are you’re gonna need an umbrella at some point. Why not come prepared, with one you bought before you left?

Check out this fancy one, that’s even windproof, but still under $20.

13. A Kindle

If you love to read, you should definitely invest in a Kindle. Having the freedom to store hundreds of books on one handy little device, is a book-lover’s dream.

There are tons of Kindles or E-Readers available, but Amazon actually have the world’s best selling range. So I’d start there!

14. A neck pillow

If you’re flying internationally, you’re gonna want one of these. Definitely.

They come in lots of different colours (and quite honestly, qualities) but if you find the perfect one, it’ll be the best thing you ever bought.

For ultimate comfort, opt for a memory foam one. You’ll definitely notice the difference spending that little bit extra money, over something that’s cheap and crappy quality. Remember, if you’re gonna be spending over 6 hours on a plane, you’ll need as much comfort as you can get.

15. Luggage scale

If you’re an over packer, this might be a worthy investment.

Bought a little too much during your trip, and aren’t sure you’re gonna meet the maximum luggage weight requirements? Well, if you’ve planned ahead and purchased some digital luggage scales, that won’t be an issue!

Being able to weigh your luggage before you get to the airport, means you can take things out of your suitcase and either wear them or put them into your carry on bag instead. Or, if it’s something you can live without, you’ll have more time to figure out what you can and cannot throw away.

16. A travel case for your electronics

If you’re someone who tends to pack a lot of different electronics – therefore many more chargers and accessories than first thought – an electronics organiser is probably something you should look into.

Being able to keep all of the cords, memory cards and chargers in the one place, stops all sorts of potential disasters from happening. Plus, it’ll be way easier to find what you need when everything is together.

17. A good camera or phone

Whether you bring along your compact camera, chunky DSLR or simply use your phone’s camera – make sure it’s good quality!

Photos are one of the best things about travelling. Being able to look back on memories from such an exciting time in life is something that you’ll always want to do.

I personally love using my iPhone XS Max to take photos, because the quality is absolutely incredible. No other phone has come close to amazing me when it comes to the quality when taking photos in all sorts of situations and environments.

If you’re considering upgrading to the new iPhone but aren’t 100% convinced – highly, highly recommend!

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.

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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