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The 25 Best Travel Accessories for Any Trip

You've got your suitcase packed, you've got your ticket ready. Here's what else you need.

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There are a handful of must-haves for every trip: you need a suitcase, you need your passport, you need a toothbrush. Otherwise, it is all up to the individual. Depending on where the trip is taking you, a number of accessories will need to be added to your packing list in order to keep you and your stuff organized and ready for anything that comes your way.

It can be incredibly difficult to decide what to bring — we under and overpack all the time. With this in mind, we decided to make a list of the best travel accessories you can bring to ensure you get the most out of your adventures.

Hodinkee
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Travel Watch
Seiko
$750.00

Seiko Prospex 'Alpinist' SPB117 

For travel, you need a watch that can do a lot more than just tell you the time. This Seiko ticks the boxes. Not only is it gorgeous, but it features a unique "shark tooth" layout and an upgraded bracelet. 

Huckberry
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Sunglasses
Raen huckberry.com
$114.00

Raen Optics Dodson - Polarized

Raen makes some of our favorite shades here at GP. Getting a pair of polarized lenses ensures that your eyes are safe from harsh rays. 

Huckberry
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Hat
Seager Co. huckberry.com
$30.00

Seager Wilson Snapback

Seager's adventure-ready gear is perfect for setting out, regardless of where you're going. We love a sun hat or a bucket hat for an adventure, but this is more versatile and travel-ready. 

Peak Design
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Packing Cubes and Organization
Peak Design peakdesign.com
$30.00

Peak Design Packing Cube

Stylish and functional, the Peak Design packing cubes are our pick for the best packing cubes you can buy. Stay organized. 

Amazon
5 of 27
Travel Pillow
Therm-a-Rest amazon.com
$28.00

Therm-a-Rest Lumbar Travel Pillow

A travel pillow makes all the difference when flying or riding in a car. This one packs down so small you'll forget it is there once you arrive. 

Matador
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Travel Toiletry Bottles
Matador matadorup.com
$13.00

Matador FlatPak Toiletry Bottle

Don't get stuck breaking TSA rules with big bottles of soap and lotion. These pack down infinitesimally small once you've used them up. 

Aesop
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Hand Sanitizer
Aesop aesop.com
$10.00

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

You carried hand sanitizer before the pandemic, so you should probably continue to do so. This is an elevated take on hand sanitizer that won't break the bank — or your skin.  

Amazon
8 of 27
Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Sony amazon.com
$349.99
$278.00 (21% off)

Sony WH-1000XM4

Crying babies, typing professionals, growling dogs. No matter which way you're traveling, blocking out the noise is a must for maintaining sanity. 

Huckberry
9 of 27
Slip On Shoes
Sabah huckberry.com
$195.00

Sabah

A pair of Sabahs make for easy movement through security and are just some of the most comfortable shoes to travel in. 

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Gerber
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TSA-Friendly Multi Tool
Gerber gerbergear.com
$7.00

Gerber Shard

You don't want your multi-tool getting confiscated at security. The Shard from Gerber has a handful of tools that you'll use every day but is still travel-friendly because it lacks a blade. 

Amazon
12 of 27
Bluetooth Transmitter
Twelve South amazon.com
$29.00

Twelve South AirFly

You just don't want to keep a set of wired headphones on hand just for the plane ride. Use this to connect your Bluetooth headphones to the headphone jack on the plane. 

Apple
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Location Tags
Apple amazon.com
$29.00

Apple AirTag

Keep an eye on all of your bags, or whatever you want to keep the location of, all from your phone. Apple's newest tech doesn't ship until June, but if you can wait, they're worth copping. 

Amazon
14 of 27
Portable Charger
Aukey amazon.com
$40.00

Aukey USB C Power Bank

You definitely don't want to be stuck without power. This is one of our favorite portable chargers thanks to its small, but mighty stature. 

Amazon
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Packable Backpack
Sea to Summit amazon.com
$59.95

Sea to Summit Ultra-SIL Dry Waterproof Day Pack

Whether you keep it handy for souvenirs that you pick up or use it as your daily pack out of the hotel, a packable backpack will come in handy in a number of ways. Plus, this one's waterproof. 

Hodinkee
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Watch Roll/Pouch
Hodinkee hodinkee.com
$80.00

Hodinkee English Suede Watch Pouch

You don't wear your watch all the time, so you'll need something to keep it protected when you take it off. 

Larq
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Water Bottle
LARQ livelarq.com
$95.00

LARQ Bottle PureVis

You want to be able to fill up at any tap and have confidence that you can safely drink the water. This bottle is a bit on the pricey side, but you can't put a value on peace of mind. 

Carhartt
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Hip o Sling Pack
Carhartt WIP carhartt-wip.com
$65.00

Carhartt WIP Essentials Bag

If you don't want a backpack but still have to carry the necessities, this sling pack (or any hip bag) will do the trick. Plus it helps you ensure you've got eyes on your stuff at all times. 

Amazon
19 of 27
Cable Organizer
Twelve South amazon.com
$80.00

Twelve South Journal Caddysack

It really doesn't need to be said, but it is hard to keep cords and plugs and dongles organized. This compact book has a spot for everything. 

Amazon
20 of 27
Luggage Scale
Etekcity amazon.com
$10.00

Etekcity Luggage Scale

Never show up to the airport with an overweight bag again. Keep a scale on hand to be sure everything is distributed as efficiently as possible. 

Amazon
21 of 27
Travel Mug
Camelbak amazon.com
$48.50

Camelbak MultiBev Water Bottle & Travel Cup

Normally we love a simple mug, but when headed on a trip we love the versatility of the Camelbak MultiBev. This insulated water bottle keeps drinks warm or cold and has a detachable cup for easy drinking.

Topo Designs
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Dopp Kit
Topo Designs topodesigns.com
$34.00

Topo Designs Dopp Kit

It is essential to keep your essentials all in one place. You don't want to misplace your toothbrush or deodorant halfway through the trip. 

Smartwool
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Compression Socks
Smartwool smartwool.com
$30.00

Smartwool Compression Offset Marker OTC Socks

Compression socks are great for keeping the blood flow going during long trips on a plane or in a car. Plus they double as dress socks once you arrive at your destination. 

B&H Photo
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Compact Camera
Ricoh bhphotovideo.com
$897.00

Ricoh GR III Digital Camera

iPhones are great and all, but it is more fun to capture photos on a device that is actually made for it. This Ricoh is one of our picks for the best compact cameras you can get. 

Filson
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Duffle Bag
Filson filson.com
$395.00

Filson Rugged Twill Duffle Bag

Once your suitcase is full, you'll need a bag to keep your travel accessories close, plus, it is a great option for packing for side adventures.

Amazon
26 of 27
Universal Travel Adaptor
Mingtong amazon.com
$12.00

Mingtong Travel Adaptor

If you're headed abroad, you will definitely find yourself searching for a way to power your gear. This adaptor will make it so that you don't have to worry about mismatching plugs. 

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