For a greener tomorrow and to save some money, I recommend buying a few items before your trip abroad. I’ve made a list of 13 travel accessories that you might want to bring when you go abroad.
13 Travel Accessories For Your Trip
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Amazon and eBay are the top two sites that I get my travel accessories from. Usually, they cost a fortune overseas so I wait until I come home to buy my necessities.
MightyNest is also a great website. I had a subscription for a year and got a bunch of cool gadgets monthly. One of the months I got a reusable bamboo silverware set. I bring that with me everywhere I go. I also threw a bamboo straw in there because plastic straws are horrible!!!
Most of the items that I have used from the list below have worked out great for me. I have found that these items have come in handy more than three times so I believe they are great products.
For some of these (let’s put a * down below), I haven’t been able to use them while living abroad yet but they have great reviews and I do a ton of research before purchasing my travel equipment.
They aren’t necessarily in order but I did put the last three at the bottom because they aren’t that necessary for traveling abroad.
1. *Power Adapter-
This power adapter works great at my house so we shall see how it works overseas. If anything goes wrong, I will update this but I’m feeling pretty good about it. The reviews were also great. I’ve also had the one pictured below for a few years. It’s been with me to Ireland, Thailand, and South Korea. I love it but since the adapter itself is not super light so I get nervous when it hangs from the wall socket…probably not too safe.
2. Power Bank-
I have found that carrying a power bank with me everywhere I go has come in handy countless amount of times. Not just for me but my friends as well. Whether it’s for your phone, camera, or anything that needs some charging, having one of these things can save your life. Literally.
I’ve had a few of them whenever I go on trips and trust me, they are worth every penny. That being said, they are not expensive at all. You can get 5,000, 10,000 or 20,000 mAh. You can also get a higher mAh but in my opinion it will just add more weight to your bag and it’s kind of unnecessary.
I always get the largest size. I ended up buying a cute 20,000 mAh one when I was in Korea for about $30. Not too bad.
3. RFID Wallet/Mini Purse-
This is yet another great purchase. Along with it being RFID (radio-frequency identification), it is also anti-theft. I bought this at Target back in 2019 before my trip to Thailand and we’ve been going strong ever since. If I remember correctly, it was $40, which is not bad at all.
I just bought this on Amazon for $36. As I said, I haven’t used all of these items yet. This was the perfect size to put my water bottle in when I go for a day trip or whatever. Always gotta bring a water bottle.
4. *Anti-Theft Purse-
I actually just bought this on Amazon for $36. As I said, I haven’t used all of these items yet. This was the perfect size to put my water bottle in when I go for a day trip or whatever. Always gotta bring a water bottle.
5. *Anti-Theft Backpack-
This is my second backpack. Not of this specific brand but anti-theft.
My first one was great but it went through a lot during the two years that I had it.
They both have RFID on the inside to protect the important things and this second one has TSA locks on the outside and a USB port that connects to a power bank on the inside. HOW COOL. As you can tell I get so excited about my cool travel gadgets.
6. UV Light Water Bottle-
This CrazyCap 2.0 water bottle was another handy item to have in South Korea. Although some people said you could drink the tap (which I did a few times), others are against it. The 17-ounce water bottle has a UV light that decontaminates the water in about a minute and comes with a USB power cord for the cap.
7. Survivor Filter Pro-
I think this would’ve been a lot more helpful in Thailand if I had it back then. It definitely would’ve helped me to use fewer plastic water bottles. But hey, now I know right?
I tried this filter out right before I left for Korea. I believe there is also a battery operated on but I figured this one would be better because fewer chances of it breaking. My dad and I did a water sample test. We had tap water, survivor filter water, UV light water, and filtered water from the fridge. We both found that the survivor filter tasted a bit odd but not bad enough to deter one away from drinking it.
It’s also super small and it comes apart to fit in the bag so you can bring it anywhere with you. I think this will help me with spending less money and using less plastic the next time I go abroad. I had a Brita filter in my apartment in Korea so I didn’t really need this thing.
8. Menstrual Cup-
If you want to save money when abroad, I cannot recommend this product enough. Tampons and pads are usually pretty expensive abroad and this is a one-time buy. It comes as a two-pack and they have worked out tremendously. You can boil them between every use to give them a good clean. You can also choose what size. Ditch the one-use tampons/pads. Not only is it better for the environment but it’ll also save you thousands of dollars!!
9. Reusable Utensils/Straw-
I got this cool pack one month from MightyNest. I love it. It is a perfect size and I’ve had it for at least two years now so the set is durable! Also, yet another reason to ditch the plastic!
10. Selfie Stick/Tripod-
Since I became a TikToker (not really but I’m obsessed with making TikToks) I have been wondering how all these real TikTokers make good videos and I (think) I have found the answer!
I bought a selfie stick in Korea because I’d go on so many solo trips and was stuck. Looking back on it, I wish I had a tripod. I just bought this tripod from Amazon and love it!! It comes with a Bluetooth remote control which is important.
11. Mini Projector-
This mini projector is actually pretty amazing. If you have an iPhone, you have to get the AV Adapter listed below. I used this quite a few times when I was in Korea because my bedroom didn’t have a TV so I’d project it to my ceiling.
12. HDMI Cable-
This is also another great gadget that helped me out when I was in Korea. I just had to plug it into the TV and the other end had the AV Adapter and that plugged into my iPad or phone and bam, Netflix was on my TV.
13. Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter-
Since you have made it thus far, I figured I’d put the less important ones at the end. Although this AV adapter is awesome, is it necessary when traveling? Definitely not. However, since I was in Korea and had a TV, this adapter came in quite useful. I was barely in my apartment in Thailand so I think the last three items on this list would’ve been useless.
Who knows where my next destination is but these tiny things are tagging along.