Our pick of the premium travel accessories you need for your next trip
Going anywhere nice?
What are you doing for your holidays this summer? Glamping? Camping? Cruising? Road-tripping in your motorhome? Flying off to warmer climes? Wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing, you’re going to need some travel essentials to keep you organised, cut down on the usual packing panics and holiday headaches and arrive at your destination unfrazzled and ready to relax. We’ve put together our list of the travel accessories you really need to take with you – whether you’re jetting off to the Med or just going camping in the Midlands.
Our top six premium travel accessories – don’t leave home without them
Fridja Handheld Travel Clothes Steamer £79.99
Let’s face it, clothes get crumpled in your case no matter how carefully you pack them. Praised by travel writers, fashionistas and business travellers alike, this lightweight, easy-to-use handheld steamer will have your shirts, blouses, linen trousers and going-out dresses back to their crease-free best in moments.
Faux Leather Jewellery Case £16.99
You’re on holiday – you take your watch and necklace off before heading for a dip in the pool, but where do you put them? Keeping bracelets, rings, earrings and more tidied away and tangle-free, our smart Grey Faux Leather Travel Jewellery Case has a soft fabric interior that’s kind to all of your precious pieces, and takes up hardly any room in your suitcase or overnight bag.
black+blum Stainless Steel 3-Piece Travel Cutlery Set £12.99
There’s no need to deny yourself some home comforts when you’re on the road or sleeping under canvas. Say no to flimsy plastic cutlery and easily broken wooden utensils and treat yourself to this smart travel set from black+blum. Made from high-quality stainless steel, the 3-piece set comes in its own travel case and adds a touch of class to mealtimes, even if you’re only tucking into a pot of noodles.
Lakeland Digital To Go Coffee Machine with Travel Mug £39.99
When you’ve pitched up in the countryside with not a coffee shop for miles, there’s no reason to go without your favourite start-the-day-brew. Just add your go-to ground blend to this compact digital machine, brew straight into the travel mug, then enjoy as the sun comes up. You can even programme it to make you a fresh cup of coffee at the same time every day.
Remoska Electric Cooker – from £149.99
Cooking just about anything your oven at home can using only a fraction of the electricity, a Remoska can whip up everything from roast chicken, curries and stews to bread and cakes. That means that holiday food won’t have to be all about barbecues, fish and chips, pub lunches, pasta and quick one-pot dishes; with your Remoska you’ll be able to take your love of home-made food away with you, making the most of fresh, local produce wherever you are.
Thermacell Halo Mini Patio Shield £42.98
Eating outside is bound to attract some unwanted guests, but you can keep any irksome insects at bay and take yourself off the menu with this compact repellent, which creates a 20m square ‘force field’ that deters those meddlesome midges and mossies without harming them. Powered by butane gas canisters, the Halo Mini’s sleek design is easy to transport and won’t take up too much space on your picnic table. Find more ways to banish bugs on our website.
What’s the best way to pack your accessories for travel?
Are you a stuff it all in the case and sit on it kind of packer? Or are you a fold and roller? Either way, a few handy packing accessories can help you stay organised, get more in, and avoid those ‘where did I put my passport’ moments. Here are our top tips for packing and a few ideas to help.
- Don’t take a suitcase that’s bigger than you really need. Why? Because it’s a scientific fact (maybe) that you will always fill it. Be ruthless.
- Keep your toiletries near the top. So if your case does get searched, all your careful compartmentalising isn’t undone by guards turning everything over to check out your shower gel.
- Wrap smaller items of clothing inside larger ones to make bundles. And use T-shirts to wrap around anything breakable.
- Shoes are bulky, so wear your bulkiest ones for the journey out and home – that way you’ll have more space for your flip-flops and trainers. And don’t forget to stuff smaller items like socks inside your footwear.
- Save space in your case for souvenirs and gifts.
- Keep scanned copies of all your travel documents on your phone, rather than photocopying them and taking up valuable space in your baggage.
Beurer Eco Luggage Scale
The last thing you want is to get to check-in at the airport and find your carefully packed suitcase is heavier than it should be (do you really need to take all those shoes?). Avoid those hefty excess baggage charges by using the Beurer Luggage Scale to weigh your bags before you go. Compact and easy to use, it’s powered by a dynamo and small enough to pop in your case for the journey home, so you can check your souvenirs and bottles of local wine don’t take you over the limit.
GoToob+ Travel Trio £19.99
Is there anything worse than getting to your destination, opening your case and finding your shower gel or moisturiser has leaked everywhere? With a set of GoToobs as your travel companion, you can travel easy. Made from squeezy silicone, and with LoopLock lids to prevent leaks, they’re also under the 100ml limit (they clock in at 74ml) so they can safely go in your carry-on bag.
Lakeland Travel Wet Dry Waterproof Bag £7.99
A plastic bag just isn’t going to cut it. Fully waterproof. This made-for-the-job bag has two compartments – one for wet clothes and one for (you guessed it) dry clothes. So if you managed to fit in a final morning swim before heading to the airport, you won’t have to worry about making everything else soggy with your still-wet swimsuit.
Packmate range of vacuum storage bags – from £12.99
If you simply must take half your wardrobe away with you on holiday, you can use a Pack Mate Vacuum Bag to make sure you fit everything in your suitcase. Quadrupling your storage space by reducing clothes to a quarter of their normal size, all you have to do is fill the bag, then suck the air with a vacuum cleaner. Just make sure you’re staying somewhere with a vacuum, so you can get everything back in for the return journey.
Head over to our website where you’ll find lots more travel accessories to help make your journeys smoother this summer.