Before anyone can travel, they need to have the proper gear. But we’re not talking about the essentials, like suitcases, clothes, and phone chargers. We mean items that can make your travels a lot less stressful. Especially when travel is meant to be a much-deserved break from reality, you don’t want to inconvenient yourself by not having the right items in your suitcase. Depending on why and where you’re traveling, it pays to be prepared. Here are a few extra travel accessories you should invest in.
Financially Prepare Yourself
Before we get into what you should buy, we need to talk about how you can afford it first. Some of the items we’re going to list might be a little expensive for people who are aiming to stick to a budget. If you plan on buying them all at once, the cost might be higher than expected. This is why we recommend you financially prepare yourself by taking out a small personal loan. This is what can help you afford to purchase accessories. But you need to check your credit report and score before you apply for one. A low score and having discrepancies can heavily impact how much the lender gives you. Pay off any debt you have and clear your record of anything that shouldn’t be there before applying.
Portable Document Organizer
Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, a document organizer is an absolute must. This is what you’ll be using to hold your passport, visa papers, medical history and your tickets. You can expect to pay around $15 to $25 for this accessory.
A power bank is basically an external battery for your phones and tablets. How they work is that you plug your charger into one of the USB ports and it charges the device. Bear in mind, however, you need to charge the power bank itself before it can be used. It usually takes around three to four hours to fully charge it, so make sure to plug it in overnight. These cost around $20 to $30 on average, but higher quality power banks may cost up to $60.
Plane and train seats can be rather uncomfortable for long-distance traveling, especially when it comes to neck support. No one should have to deal with a stiff neck after traveling for hours. That’s why you need to purchase yourself, and the family if you have one, a neck pillow. Neck pillows are gently wrapped around your neck to give it the support it needs. These travel pillows are pretty affordable as they typically cost $10 to $15.
Pack of Earplugs
Earplugs aren’t exactly a necessity, but if you’re using a plane to travel or you want to drown out as much noise as possible, then purchasing a pack of these is a solid option. When planes go up in altitude, the pressure in the cabin can cause your ears to pop. Earplugs can balance out the pressure within your ears to prevent it. Earplugs cost an average to $4 to $10, depending on where you buy them from.