33 Genius Travel Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed
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No need to remember the 3-1-1 TSA carry-on ratio! Add water and the sheet will dissolve instantly. The packs also come in shaving, body wash, and hand soap versions.
This $5 SIM card, which works on all unlocked phones, lets travelers send unlimited texts and emojis in over 150 countries for any instant messaging apps, including WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Viber, and QQ. You can send multimedia (like photos, videos, and voice messages) for an additional fee.
Keep your cash, credit cards, and ID
very close by with this small pocket made of breathable silk.
When you're stuck next to a crying baby on a plane, pop in the "Hush" plugs. and fall asleep to soothing sounds like ocean waves and rainfall. These smart earplugs also have a notification filter and know to ping you only for the important stuff. They can also wake up you and only you (and not the rest of your hostel).
Save time on ironing! This Tupperware for shirts and blouses is called the Shirt Shuttler, and it's ideal for short trips or daily bike commutes.
The beauty of compression sacks is that they're space saving magical bags, but the downside is that all of your clothes, once inside, are jumbled and hard to find. The Hoboroll fixes that with its five compartments. You'll know exactly where everything is in your pack!
Speed through security with these stretchy laces. Every shoe becomes a slip-on!
This 23 oz. bottle takes your medication on the go! There are seven compartments for each day of the week. The bottle's cap can also double as cup.
The kinds of hangers that stay locked in hotel closets are the WORST. These inflatable hangers hold up your wet or dry clothes anywhere.
No shower? No problem. If you're on an overnight train or hostel with no bath in sight, opt for this 4-by-2 feet towel that will keep you clean wherever you are.
If an iPad is your
only source of car/hotel entertainment for you and/or your kids, a good alternative to Bluetooth speakers is this audio-boosting attachment for iPads 2 through 4. A magnet secures the enhancer onto the iPad while it bends the sound toward you.
You'll pay $125 for the hotspot itself and five day passes of unlimited data on up to five devices. After that, it's just $10 a day for coverage in Europe, most of Asia, South Pacific, The Americas, and parts of the Middle East and Africa. The best part?
If you're hopping between countries, you'll need different SIM cards to access data and make phone calls or text. This iPhone 5/5S case has a slot to store spare SIMs and a eject tool.
Sign up to pre-order the iPhone 6 case.
Ditch your big, bulky DSLR! These "Moment" lenses can help you capture more detail (tele lens) or epic landscapes (wide lens) by changing your phone's angle of view. One drawback is that the lenses require a permanent mounting plate on the back of your phone. You can't take this plate on and off very easily.
For more money, Moment offers a less permanent solution, a
phone case ($69) that's compatible with their lenses and makes your phone easier to hold while taking photos.
Fill an empty bottle with water, plop the gadget on top, plug it into a USB port, and you've got yourself a humidifier that'll keep you hydrated all over the world.
Be adventure ready at all times. Just slap this rugged pair of sunnies around a body part or bike handlebars to collapse and snap to unfold.
This very small charger for iPhone and Android devices can fit in a wallet and provide 5 hours of additional talk time.
It's called The Minaal and, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, is now shipping. Like a suitcase, there are zippers on all sides and it lies flat for quick packing and unpacking. There's also a raincover for full water protection.
Great for exchanging photos with new friends or charging anywhere! These tangle-free cables fit in a very convenient, compact travel case. You get three types of cables for all types of devices: Lightning for iPhone 5 and up, 30-pin for iPhone 4S and earlier, and micro USB for Android phones.
Inside of this working pen and stylus is a removable 4GB flash drive. Make
an emergency USB with personal documents, just in case you lose your wallet or get your passport stolen. Then, encrypt your drive by using Bitlocker or TrueCrypt to keep it private.
This lightweight accessory turns any coat into a rain jacket. Save on space and weight!
Fix poor in-room connection with this WiFi-boosting travel repeater. It can also create a wireless access point from a wired source like an Ethernet cable. This adapter fits many electrical international outlets, including US, Mexica, UK, China and others.
This insanely organized
underwear pouch ($28)
Fit a couple bras and a weeklong-supply of panties in this handy organizer. There's alsp a built-in pouch for dirty underwear or makeup.
This strap for iPhone 5S-6 Plus is intended to prevent falls and shattered screens, but it can also serve as a way to prevent your phone from being pickpocketed while you're out sightseeing. Just keep the strap on your wrist to prevent someone swiping it from your pants.
Get a similar strap here.
If you're sketched out by your local accommodations, attach this pocket alarm to your door for peace of mind. There's also an LED flashlight built-in!
Craft your own artisanal cocktail with this kit that includes a linen coaster, mini jigger, bar spoon, muddler, and/or necessary mixers, depending on the drink. There are kits for old fashioneds and gin and tonics, with more coming soon. All you need to do is order the hard stuff when the drink cart comes by.
This connected suitcase can be controlled and tracked by a smartphone. It has a built-in scale, battery charger, location tracking, and a digital lock. If you're out of battery or lose your phone, the bag can also be opened with a physical key.
kitchen tool ($45)
It includes a 9.87-inch wide serrated knife, bottle opener, can opener, flathead screwdriver, and grill scraper. The sheath includes an anti microbial additive that prevents bacteria from building up between uses. It'll make food prep on the road so much easier!
It has Bluetooth 4.0 built-in and can connect to your device up to 200 feet away. If someone does so much as lay a finger on your bags, the tag will ping your phone. When you're waiting at the carousel, it'll let you know when your bags are close by. When your tag is out of range, the app will remember where it last recognized your tag.
Staying at an Airbnb? This kit will ensure that your home-away-from-home is stocked with essential spices.
Pull up to four suitcases at once with this nifty strap that connects suitcases together through their handles.
These slippers spring open once they're untucked. Instant at-home comfort!
And – if you're really hardcore – this
compact golf set ($900)
It fits in an overhead bin! GENIUS.
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