7 Must-Have Travel & Backpacking Accessories For Your Next Trip


We've been traveling for a long time now and before we left, we bought some new travel accessories. Some products turned out to be just gadgets but there are some must-have items that we can't do without anymore during our travels. 

Here's a list of our favorite travel accessories and products that without a doubt made traveling and backpacking for one year easier and more enjoyable for us...

1. WAHL Rubberized Pocket Pro Battery Trimmer

This is a must-have for men who want to trim their beard while traveling. Super light, super small, works like a charm. It works without a charger and you can use it anytime anywhere with a single AA battery. When traveling or backpacking, anything cordless is better; less stuff to carry around and you don’t have to worry about the voltage difference in every country. You can even trim your beard in the middle of nowhere…

The Wahl travel trimmer does the job of keeping your beard within civilized lengths. It's one of Joris' favorite travel accessories.

To buy: Amazon.com - $10.99

Doesn't get more pocket size than this...

Doesn't get more pocket size than this...


2. Pacsafe Coversafe Neck Passport Holder & Travel Pouch

We love it. The Pacsafe Coversafe keeps our passports safe and it has extra pockets for credit cards and money. This passport and money pouch has a nice soft fabric in case you want to wear it under your shirt but the best part is that it comes with a wire-reinforced neck strap and RFID blocking to make it extra safe, even when most of the time you don’t need it. But hey, peace of mind is super important when you're traveling...

This neck pouch is ranked high on our list of must-have travel accessories because we use it every day.

To buy: Amazon.com - $22

Some backpacking accessories are all about keeping your stuff safe: The strap has a metal wire inside.

Some backpacking accessories are all about keeping your stuff safe: The strap has a metal wire inside.

3. LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

So, when you’re traveling for months, you’ll very soon run out of space on your device full of photos, images or videos. And sure, you could just upload everything to the cloud but if you’re a photographer or just like me and like to keep your data and photos safe, you’ll inevitably need an external hard drive. It's a more expensive travel accessory but an important one...

We have the basic LaCie which is great already, but we wish we had the Rugged LaCie Mini. It's high on the list of must-have backpacking accessories for photographers and digital nomads.

It’s shock, rain and pressure resistant and most importantly, it’s mini. Our basic LaCie won't be able to handle the shocks like the Rugged Mini. If you want to keep you data safe in your backpack at all costs when traveling then you might want to take a look at this external HD.

To buy: Amazon.com - $129.99

4. Decathlon Nabaji Microfiber Travel Towels

I have to admit, the first few times I dried myself with these Nabaji Travel Towels, it just felt weird. When you’re used to fluffy, cotton towels, it takes a little bit of getting used to the flat, micro-fibre material. On the other hand, traveling with these have given them a chance to redeem themselves and therefore won a spot on this list of our most important travel products.

Our towel rolled up...

Our towel rolled up...

They are soft, super absorbent, fast drying, lightweight and when rolled up, take almost no space in your bag. We’ve used them a bunch of times after shower but also at the beach and they still look like new. It's one of those travel accessories you'll see carried by many travelers and backpackers.

To buy: Amazon.com - $14.99

5. Quechua Escape 40+10 L Backpack

Also at top of the list, not really a travel accessory but a serious piece of travel gear. The first and most essential item you’ll need to go traveling or backpacking is obviously a bag, backpack or suitcase and we chose to carry backpacks because... well, we're backpacking so... 

Our Quechua Escape backpacks have everything we wanted, they were not expensive and after months of traveling have proven to have excellent quality. There’s a rain cover that could be a bit less hard to get out and put back in but works great to protect the bags against rain, dust, dirt and scratches in the long run.

The best feature is how it opens. You'll get mad if you have a backpack that only opens from the top.

The best feature is how it opens. You'll get mad if you have a backpack that only opens from the top.

Something else to keep in mind is how the backpack opens. Many backpacks are top-loading that at the top. It means having to dig to get something from the bottom.

Solution? Front-loading. Bags with a clamshell design are much better: you just zip them open face down. Super convenient. It’s way more comfortable. Remember, you have to open and close it almost every day!

*Update* Our Quechua Escape backpacks seem to be discontinued. Here are a few good alternatives on Amazon.com:

6. Packing Cubes

This one really kept me thinking: "Are they worth it?" and “Are they useful for backpackers?” But Joris insisted on trying them. These lightweight packing cubes quickly became a revelation... You only need a few: a meshed one for your tshirts and shorts, another meshed one for dirty laundry, another for underwear, socks and small items and one more for toiletries.

And just like that, your bag will stay organized without having to do much effort. The ones we bought are cheap generic ones and they work, but if we would buy some again, we would choose to spend a little bit more for better quality packing cubes.

To buy: Amazon.com - $36.50

This is why they are on our must-have backpacking accessories list! Does’t that look nice and organized…

This is why they are on our must-have backpacking accessories list! Does’t that look nice and organized…

7. Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L

And last but not least: our Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L. This travel product has kept our belongings safe in our hotel, on the beach and on night trains but most of all; it gives us piece of mind anytime we leave anything behind... I think it should be number one of our travel and backpacking accessories list.

To buy: Amazon.com - From $59.99

Related read • Our full review of the Travelsafe


Related read • What to Pack For Long Term Travel: Tips & Tricks

More must-have travel accessories?

These are by far our favorite travel products but let us know if you have something you want to add to this list. We’re always looking for ways to make traveling easier and more enjoyable so we’d like to learn about it! Feel free to comment or send us an email and maybe we’ll add your item to our list of must have backpacking accessories…

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