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11 Must-Have Travel Accessories (That You Don’t Already Have)

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Every now and then I come across a simple, yet practical travel item that blows my mind. From a convertible backpack to a solid cleansing stick, here are 11 must-have travel accessories that you probably don’t already have.

Must-Have Travel Accessories for Your Next Trip

These 11 products are so practical, you’ll never travel without them again.

The Convertible Backpack: Pacsafe Citysafe CX Anti-Theft Convertible Backpack

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I don’t know how I ever traveled to urban destinations without the Pacsafe convertible backpack. Not only is the backpack anti-theft, complete with slash-guard straps, secured zip tabs, RFID blocking pockets, and security hooks—it also converts from a backpack to crossbody bag. It’s incredibly stylish, and can hold more than it looks like it should (i.e. a 13-inch laptop).

The on-the-Go Washer: Scrubba Wash Bag

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Whether you’re camping or just trying to save some packing space, this portable laundry system is a must-have travel accessory. To use it just fill, roll and clip, deflate, rub the bag, rinse, and line-dry your clothes. The Scrubba Wash Bag packs down to pocket size, weighs only five ounces, and can even double as a dry bag.

Innovative Toiletries: St. Ives Cleansing Stick and Squeeze Pod

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These two products are the latest must-have travel accessories if you’re looking for no-fuss toiletries. You don’t have to worry about carrying any liquids with St. Ives Cleansing Stick—simply wet your face, rub the stick over your skin, massage to lather, and rinse. I also love Squeeze Pod toiletries—each liquid comes in a single use pod that’s portable and leak-proof.

 

The Transforming Carry-on: Cotopaxi Nazca Overnight Duffel Travel Bag

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Cotopaxi’s Nazca backpack is a transformative duffel and backpack in one. My favorite feature of this must-have travel accessory has to be the built-in packing cubes. Rugged water-resistant fabric makes the pack great for adventurous trips, or as your carry-on item (it’s under all airlines’ bag size restrictions). 

The SIM-Card Storage Solution: Samdi Sim Card Adapter Kit

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If you’ve ever needed to switch a SIM card, this is a must-have travel accessory for you. The Samdi adapter kit gives piece of mind when switching over your easy-to-lose SIM card by offering storage that slips into any wallet card sleeve.

 

The Perfect Travel Day Accessory: Infinity Scarf with Zippered Secret Pocket

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For those who struggle with juggling a phone, boarding pass, and ID card, this pocketed infinity scarf offers a simple solution … and might make you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. 

Camping/Outdoor Must-Have: LuminAID PackLite 2-in-1 Phone Chargers

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This inflatable and collapsible solar-powered light is great for travelers who boat, hike and camp. The LuminAID light is completely waterproof, with a light that lasts up to 50 hours when used on low mode. You can recharge it via USB or solar power.

 

Stay Healthy on the Road: Portable UV Sanitizer

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Eliminate germs while you travel with this UV sanitizer. Whether it’s a germy hotel-room remote or your smartphone, you’ll find yourself sanitizing almost everything with this must-have travel accessory. The portable sanitizer eliminates close to 100 percent of bacteria while charging your device at the same time. 

Goodbye Roaming Charges: Skyroam Solis Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

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Forget overpaying for international phone plans. Solve your connectivity worries with a mobile hotspot. The Skyroam Solis works in over 120 countries, and can connect up to five devices at a time. You can purchase unlimited data day passes (starting at $9), so this must-have travel accessory is great for traveling with multiple travel partners who want to split the cost. It’s also a secure way to connect on the road so you don’t have to worry about public Wi-Fi scams.

 

The Most-Packable Shoe: FitKicks Kruzers Foldable Slip-On

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Throw these stylish and practical slip-on shoes in your carry-on—they’re the only ones you’ll need for a weekend trip. Faux snakeskin uppers add some flair, while the treaded bottoms provide support. Kruzers foldable slip-ons are great for tons of different activities, from walking tours to the beach. Bonus: Each pair comes with its own travel tote.

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