The modern way of life is, for better or for worse, all about technology and comfort. The contents of a modern-day traveller’s backpack are unrecognisably different from what they were just a decade ago. With old, impractical accessories being replaced by contemporary, sleek gadgets, you will be able to not only carry more things, but also stay in touch with the rest of the world, no matter if you are trekking through a mountain or lying about on a beach. With that in mind, here are the essential accessories every modern traveller needs to have in their bag.
Portable battery and travel router
You need to make sure your gadgets are always ready to rock and roll, and you can’t always be sure that you will find an outlet in the middle of the Sahara desert, so it’s best to have a portable battery at hand. The battery will ensure the longevity of your essential gadgets so that you can stay in touch with friends and family, but also utilise important applications such as maps and search engines.
Additionally, a travel router is excellent for boosting Wi-Fi signals, allowing you to enjoy video calls no matter where you are. You can also hook up all your gadgets to it so that every piece of equipment is able to run at peak performance.
One of the best and most practical accessories no traveller should be caught without is a multi-USB adapter. This little beast is perfect for charging multiple gadgets at once, for when you’re staying at hostels, dorms or private rooms, with just one outlet available. The adapter has multiple clip-ons, allowing you to use it in over 150 countries, and ensuring that your gadget will always be fully charged, ready to take on the next adventure by storm.
Braided charging cord
Traditional rubber and plastic USB charging cords are a thing of the past, and the new cool kid on the block is a braided charging cord that is sturdier, longer, and can withstand the beatings of travel and luggage handling for years on end without a single tear.
Be sure to pack one long cord and one backup cord, just in case you happen to lose one or you need to charge your phone quickly and transfer some data from another device to your laptop at the same time. This will also come in handy when you’re short on time and need to charge both your laptop and your phone.
Water purifier and portable bidet
Stemming away a bit from digital gadgets, some of the most important accessories are a water purifier and a portable bidet. In case you find yourself in a tight situation with limited access to drinking water, or if you need to disinfect a wound or simply maintain your hygiene, these two gadgets could prove to be lifesaving.
You can never know how your body is going to react to unfamiliar water sources. Therefore, a water purifier is essential for making sure you don’t get sick during your travels as it filters out and eliminates 99.9% of all bacteria, chemicals, metals and pathogens.
Additionally, portable travel bidets play a crucial role in keeping your hygiene levels high at all times, which could prove to be lifesaving. They can carry fresh, clean water you can use to rinse out wounds, eyes and contaminated areas, and they will last a long time without the need for a recharge.
A durable pair of headphones and a rugged flash drive
Finally, you need a pair of headphones that can withstand the perils of constant travel, baggage handling and misuse, so go for a sturdy pair with braided cords or even wireless headphones for additional comfort. Along with your trusty headphones that cancel out the noise and distractions, you need a rugged flash drive that has at least 128GB of storage, is shock-resistant and can be submerged under water - just in case.
Say goodbye to unpleasant travel mishaps and say hello to the time of your life, because if you invest in these contemporary travel accessories, not you will only convince your mom that you’ll come back alive, but you’ll also be on your way to creating unforgettable memories.