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

 

We've been traveling for a long time and we bought some extra travel gear and accessories before we left on this one year trip. Some turned out to be just gadgets but there are some items that we can't do without anymore during our travels. 

Here's a list of our favorite accessories and items that without a doubt make traveling and backpacking easier and more enjoyable...

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1. WAHL Rubberized Pocket Pro Battery Trimmer

This is a great traveling gadget, specifically for men who want to trim their beard while traveling. Super light, super small, works like a charm. It also has the great advantage of not having to charge it 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.

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

 
 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 comes first... this neck pouch is definitely a must have item when traveling or backpacking.

 Our Travelsafe Coversafe Neck Pouch.

Our Travelsafe Coversafe Neck Pouch.

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 safe, you’ll inevitably need an external hard drive. We got the basic LaCie which is great already, but we wish we had the Rugged LaCie Mini.

It’s shock, rain, 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 HD.

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.

 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.

5. Quechua Escape 50 L Backpacks

At top of the list, not really an accessory but serious piece of travel gear. The first and most essential item you’ll need to travel 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 too expensive and after 5 months of traveling have proven to have excellent quality. There’s a rain cover that could be a bit less tricky 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.

One of the most important things. These backpacks open all the way sideways (instead of only from the top), they have the right amount of pockets in the right places, they’re comfortable and are just the right size. Another plus? They just look nice too...

6. Packing Cubes

This one really kept me thinking: "Are they worth it?" But Joris insisted on trying them. These lightweight packing cubes 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 heavenly 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.

 We love our packing cubes! They keep our backpacks AND brains organized.

We love our packing cubes! They keep our backpacks AND brains organized.

7. Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L

And last but not least: our Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L. This thing 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...

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