I can never travel anywhere around the world without fretting about excess baggage, or if my check in luggage and cabin luggage will exceed the weight limit. This is especially so for students going on a semester-long exchange or study abroad programs. The question of how to pack your luggage to fit in 6 months worth of necessities is always an issue. Everything seems essential and difficult to part with when you’re doing long-term travel. And when you manage to fit your entire home in, the weight is another problem.
I recently came across several useful travel accessories that I thought were ingenious inventions. Not only are they lightweight, they also help maximize luggage space. So I thought I’d share it with you!
Luggage Travel Accessories
1. Luggage Straps (SGD4.50)
2 metres long, this durable strap locks your luggage and keeps it safe.
2. Luggage Tags (SGD3.37)
Identify your luggage with luggage tags! Include your name and contact number on your tag. I don’t want to be a wet blanket, but don’t underestimate the probability of your luggage getting lost. Made of rubber and plastic material, this tag comes with a plastic strap for attaching to your luggage easily.
3. Luggage Locks (SGD15)
TSA-approved, they are a useful travel accessory for keeping your day bag or your cabin luggage secure.
Airplane Travel Accessories
4. Ear Plugs (SGD2.87)
You never know how effective ear plugs are in blocking out noise until you’re living in a hostel, or sit beside a wailing baby on the plane. This can be a real life-saver especially if you’re on long flights.
5. Cabeau Midnight Magic Sleep Mask (SGD36)
This sleep mask is special because it is fitted with an adjustable nose bridge, allowing you to bend and mold the mask to perfectly contour to your unique facial features, guaranteeing 100% blackout. For maximum comfort, this sleep mask has specially designed inner rounded eye liners to keep it from resting against your eyelids as you sleep or, more importantly, no more smearing of eye make-up! It also features a sealed side pocket to hold the foam earplugs (included), making it a very useful travel accessory.
6. Cabeau Memory Foam Evolution Pillow (SGD49)
Cabeau’s Memory Foam Evolution Pillow™ has a patented ergonomic design and incorporates 8 unique features, including 360° head and chin support, a washable velour cover, and a travel bag that compacts the pillow down to 1/4 its size.
Ever had the feeling of waking up from a long train ride with a stiff neck? This incredibly comfortable travel pillow puts an end to bobbing heads, and cramped, uncomfortable sleeping positions and is made with world class responsive memory foam. All hail neck pillows!
7. Cabeau Memory Foam Evolution Cool Pillow (SGD99)
With dual-density memory foam, innovative cooling vents and 360-degree head and neck support, stay cool while you sleep with its innovative air circulation vents. The moisture-wicking fabric also absorbs perspiration, and can be easily removed and washed. The travel case is also able to compact the pillow to half its size, making for easy packing and carrying around.
Electronics Travel Accessories
8. Multi Regional USB Adapter (SGD29)
The interchangeable AC sockets click quickly and easily in and out of position so that you are able to switch between regional power supplies with ease. The 5V 1000mA output makes the travel adapter compatible with charging your most phones and iPods, or any other USB-charged device.
9. Electronics Organizer Case (SGD7.70)
Instead of dumping your wires in one pouch and having to deal with messy and tangled wires, this large cable organizer bag sorts them out. I can put now fit my electronic gadgets like my Macbook charger, phone charger, camera battery charger, extra memory cards, etc. It’s ideal for photographers or digital nomads who work with a lot of electronic gadgets on the go.
Travel Accessories Organizer
10. 6-Piece Travel Organizer Bag Set (SGD13.80)
The perfect solution for organizing your clothes in your luggage. Made of nylon material, it is waterproof and washable.
11. Underwear Storage Bag (SGD6.50)
A must have for travel accessory for women who travel, it sorts your underwear neatly and prevents them from getting squashed in luggages. The last thing you want is to have dented bras when you arrive at your destination.
Safety Travel Accessories
12. Waist Pack Bag Pocket Pouch (SGD4.10)
I know it can be uncomfortable to have a waist pouch around you under your (sometimes layers of) clothing, but this is the surest way of keeping your cash and important documents safe. I wore this in the beginning of my 6-month exchange trip to Europe when I was carrying wads of cash with me.
Made of pure cotton mesh fabric, it wicks perspiration and moisture away quickly. With its adjustable elastic belt, it can fit any size.
13. Neck String Bag Pouch (SGD 4.70)
Another option is to have your belongings hung around your neck.
Toiletries Travel Accessories
14. Matador NanoDry Shower Towel (SGD65)
This super absorbent, full-sized shower towel is light and quick-drying. This towel absorbs 2.3 times its own weight in water. With an anti-microbial Gold Coat and convenient silicone carry case with carabiner, you can clip it on your beach bag, backpack, or gym bag for a towel designed to go anywhere. A snap loop is also included on the towel for hang drying. Perfect for backpackers or taking on road trips!
15. Travel-sized squeeze tubes (SGD 19.99)
Store your shampoo and other liquids in these silicon bottles. This travel bottle set is TSA-approved and at only 2.8 ounce, they are safe to put in your carry on luggage. It is leak-proof, with each bottle coming with a triple sealing lid and non-drip valve.
The wide mouth makes it easy to pour in any liquids such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, sunscreen, body wash, face cream, mouth wash and even condiments such as syrups, ketchups and dressings. The owl shaped bottle’s eyes are actually strong suction cups which will stick to mirrors, glass, and most flat smooth surfaces.
Outdoor Travel Accessories
16. Matador Droplet Wet Bag (SGD29)
Regular waterproof bags take up space. This bag though is compact enough to fit on a keychain and yet large enough to stuff dirty or wet clothes in. Whether it is your sweaty gym clothes or wet swim suits, this bag can keep the wet in, or out depending on your needs.
17. Matador Mini Pocket Blanket (SGD39)
Water repellent, puncture-resistant and extremely compact. At 37 grams and 110cm x 70cm in size, it’s large enough for it to act as a picnic mat. It’s the perfect complement for taking a lunch break on a long hike or for lying down to read a book in the park.
18. Matador Pocket Blanket (SGD55)
The slightly larger sister of the Mini Pocket Blanket, this piece measures 160cm x 110cm, making it large enough for big groups to chill on. Ideal for hiking, parks, picnics, beaches, festivals, concerts, and more.
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