Travel Accessories: What to Bring
While in Transit
While you're on the road, these accessories often come in handy.
- A daypack can be either a small backpack, shoulder bag, waist pack or organizer. It can be small enough to hold just your money and passport or large enough for a camera, water bottle, book and jacket.
- A security pouch/wallet is designed to be worn under your clothes and is the safest way to carry your money and passport.
- Extra insoles for your shoes or boots provide additional support and cushioning, nice when you spend a lot of time on your feet.
- A water bottle is good to have if you're traveling in an area with safe drinking water (rather than buy expensive bottled water).
Just in Case
For Your Electronics
Other countries provide electricity of different voltages through differently shaped electrical sockets. So if you'll be traveling with electrical appliances or your computer, these accessories are a must.
- Virtually all travelers need an adapter plug. Adapters are necessary for both electrical devices (e.g., hair dryer) as well as electronics (e.g., laptop) for them to work in the various 220V outlet types found internationally. Adapter types vary by country, so get a multi-adapter or find out which type is needed for your destination.
- A voltage converter or transformer may also be needed if you're traveling with any single-voltage devices whose voltage is different than the voltage provided by your destination. Read your device's label to determine this.
See the REI Expert Advice article, Electricity Guide for Travelers, for instructions and country-by-country outlet/voltage charts.
Other Travel Accessories
If you can't leave home without it, there's likely a travel-size version that will take up less space in your luggage. These accessories range from mini curling irons and hair dryers to clip book lights and travel radios. Whether you pack these accessories is up to you.
If you'll be staying in urban areas, aren't worried about carrying extra gear and prefer to have all the conveniences of home while you're on the road, they could be worth bringing. Otherwise, consider taking a vacation from appliances by leaving them at home.
Shop REI's selection of travel accessories.