Tips For Travel Accessories

There are all kinds of helpful travel accessories that will make traveling easier and more enjoyable. Below are a few of our favorite accessories:

TRAVEL BACKPACK

We’re huge fans of traveling with a travel backpack — it makes navigating Europe much easier. We’ve tested out well over a dozen of the most popular travel backpacks and these are our favorites:

Osprey Farpoint and the Osprey Fairview 
Osprey Porter 30L & Porter 46L 
Any of the Tortuga Backpack.

DAYPACK

You can’t carry around your main travel backpack all day, so you need a smaller daypack. You’ll use the daypack to carry around the basics that you’ll need throughout the day — your camera, maps, guidebooks, notepad, snacks, etc. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite fashionable daypacks for Europe that we suggest checking out.

PACKING CUBES & ORGANIZERS

The best way to keep your clothing organized and wrinkle-free is by using packing cubes. I was very skeptical about using packing cubes but I can’t travel without them anymore — it makes living out of a backpack so much easier.

QUICK-DRYING TRAVEL TOWEL

Traditional cotton towels are always an issue when traveling because they’re bulky and take forever to dry. Furthermore, many hostels don’t provide towels or they charge extra. That’s why we recommend bringing a travel towel.

Unlike cotton towels, travel towels are designed to be lightweight, absorbent, and will dry overnight (cotton towels might take 24+ hours to dry.

Note: Many travel towels are much smaller than normal towels so pay attention to the dimensions. If you have long hair you might want to bring two — a large for your body and a medium size for your hair.

MINI KEYCHAIN FLASHLIGHT 

A mini keychain flashlight is perfect for those nights when you return to your hostel dorm room late and you don’t piss off your roommates by turning on the lights at 3 am. I also feel safer when I’m out at night if I have a flashlight so I always have one with me.

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