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.
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.
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.
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 Packing Cube
Stylish and functional, the Peak Design packing cubes are our pick for the best packing cubes you can buy. Stay organized.
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 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 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.
Crying babies, typing professionals, growling dogs. No matter which way you're traveling, blocking out the noise is a must for maintaining sanity.
A pair of Sabahs make for easy movement through security and are just some of the most comfortable shoes to travel in.
Picking the perfect rental for your stay can be an overwhelming experience. It doesn't have to be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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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