top of page

Travel Gear - Useful Items You MUST Pack

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

Please Note: Articles on this site may contain affiliate links, meaning we may be compensated if you purchase a product or service after clicking them - at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting our blog in this way. Read our full disclosure policy here.

Over the years we have developed a rather extensive packing list which differs a little depending on one's travel destination and less so on how long you will be travelling for.

There are however a few somewhat odd but incredibly handy items that we don’t think would appear on a traditional packing list. These are not essential travel items, but most are small and cheap and just make your life on the road so much easier!

Here is an abbreviated version of the list, for our full explanation of the items and why we find them useful, take a listen to our podcast or watch as we show them to you!

1. Stainless steel S-shaped hooks - for being able to hang things anywhere.

2. Folding knife - bigger than a pocket knife so that you can use it to eat with too.

3. Mesh bags - for sorting dirty laundry & for doing small or delicate laundry in.

4. Universal sink plug - to be able to run a bath or basin of water to do hand laundry.

5. Travel laundry line (peg less) - indispensable!

6. Survival Water Filter Pro - to reduce the need to buy bottled water & in case of emergency.

7. Adjustable Cell Phone Stand - for easier browsing or when you do Yoga. Also helps to take better photos!

8. Airplane earphone adaptor - so you can use your own earphones on the plane.

9. Headphone Splitter - to share audio guides etc.

10. Sistema reusable bottle for hot & cold - to reduce using plastic bottles.

11. Packing cubes - a traveller’s best friend!

12. Zip lock bags - very handy and reusable.

13. Elastic bands - did you know how versatile and useful they can be?

14. Permanent marker - ok, so maybe this one isn’t that useful.

15. Compact screwdriver with interchangeable bits - so you can fix stuff.

16. Buff / multi-functional headwear - because it’s multi-functional of course.

17. USB anti-mosquito device - no one wants to be eaten alive by mosquitoes.

18. Travel Powerstrip with USB - we can’t live without this.

19. Mini sewing kit (needle, cotton, button, safety pin) - tiny but handy.

20. Cordless Hair trimmer with USB charging- this is a great item to test your trust in each other if you travel as a couple!

21. Superglue - the name says it all, it’s super!





Advanced real-time filter by visa, region, value, weather & activity




Let iVisa take the pain out of travel planning and assist you with Electronic visas, Travel Authorizations, Visas on Arrival, and even Paper Visas. They can also help with Health Declarations and Embassy Registrations. If you're from the US, they also provide a One-Stop Shop to renew your Passport securely and error-free.

Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. These are our favorite flight search engines. They index other travel websites and airlines across the globe to easily find you the best deal.

ACCOMMODATION is our number one resource for researching and booking accommodation. In addition to, we have found to consistently returns the cheapest rates in Southeast Asia. For longer stays, find unique homes worldwide on Holiday Swap, the most affordable travel platform that allows you to book homes anytime, anywhere in only a few clicks.

TRANSPORT is a leader in online car rental bookings; we compare car rental deals from many companies so that you can choose which is best for your trip. 12Go connects the world door-to-door, from transfers to flights, under the same user-friendly ticket.

Travel insurance can protect you against unexpected illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.


Need more help to book your trip?
Check our complete resource page for all the best companies to use when you travel. You will only find the companies we use ourselves.

Please note that some of the links above may be affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you,

we may earn a commission if you end up making a purchase and the income goes to keeping the site ad free.

Related Posts

Recent Posts

Albania by Campervan: Essential Tips for an Unforgettable Journey

Exploring Bosnia & Herzegovina: A Motorhome Adventure

Nomad Health by SatefyWing: Your Global Companion

bottom of page