15 Travel Accessories to Solve Every On-the-Go Emergency
Instead of leaving things to chance while jet-setting around the world, prepare for potential misadventures by packing these travel tools.
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Welly Human Repair First Aid Travel Kit
From painful blisters after a long day of sightseeing to itchy bug bites while hiking to an Instagram-worthy waterfall, minor medical issues can be a real drag while on vacation. Instead of taking time out of your jam-packed itinerary to search for a pharmacy, travel with your own pre-assembled Human Repair Kit. It includes 30 bandages in three colors and a few sizes, three single-use triple antibiotic ointments, three 1 percent hydrocortisone anti-itch ointments, and six hand sanitizers. If you have more specific medical needs, consider these 10 first aid essentials you absolutely need to bring with you on vacation.
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle
Whether you’re backpacking through a remote part of the world or traveling anywhere with questionable water sources, come prepared with the LifeStraw Go. This 23-ounce BPA-free water bottle protects against bacteria, parasites, microplastics, chlorine, pesticides, and herbicides while also improving the taste of your water. The replaceable activated carbon straw filters water as you sip, removing 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites, so feel free to fill up in a beautiful river, should the need or desire arise. Now that we have you dreaming about getting away from it all, check out these 15 under-the-radar places to visit this year.
Nite Ize DoohicKey 6X Key Chain Multi Tool
What’s the first rule of travel? Always be prepared. OK, maybe that’s the Boy Scouts’ motto, but nonetheless, it’s applicable. And one of the best travel accessories for checking “be prepared” off your travel to-do list is the stainless steel DoohicKey 6x Key Chain Multi Tool. Designed with a carabiner clip for easy attachment to almost any key ring, one end is engineered to work as a scraper, tape cutter, and scorer; the other end serves as a flat-head screwdriver and pry tool. The outer edge is marked as a ruler in both inches and centimeters, the opposite edge features a bottle opener, and the interior is ridged to provide three wrench sizes. Best of all, it’s TSA-friendly. Here are another 10 carry-on items that could save your life.
SecureData Encrypted Flash Drive
You’re hopping on a plane for the biggest presentation of your career—and the files you’re bringing are filled with financial data about your company and a few trade secrets, too. The flimsy USB drive you got as swag at a recent conference just won’t do. Upgrade to a 64 GB hardware-encrypted flash drive that can only be accessed through an app on a mobile device. The device itself is water- and dust-resistant and has space for a key ring on the bottom, making it portable and durable for travel. And what if it’s stolen or lost? You can wipe it remotely and pray your boss never finds out.
Breadcrumb Mini Portable Bluetooth Location Marker
If you’ve ever worried about losing track of your child at an amusement park, your dog on a camping trip, or your way on a hiking trail that’s not marked well, then Breadcrumb is the answer to preventing your worst nightmares. The two-inch-by-two-inch tracking device communicates via Bluetooth (which means no cell service is required) to alert users and loved ones of your location. Just download the free app, install the batteries, clip it to whatever you want to keep track of—yourself, your kids, pets, keys, or a trailhead—and Breadcrumb will lead you back to safety. Oh, and if you’ve focused so closely on these awesome travel accessories that you’ve lost sight of other things you’ll need for your trip, check out this ultimate travel checklist to tie up any loose ends.
Calpak Faux Leather RFID Travel Wallet
Outsmarting would-be hackers from gaining electronic access to your personal information is a wise move when traveling abroad, but sadly, most of the RFID wallets on the market aren’t exactly fashion-forward. Calpak resolved this issue and then some with its adorable faux leather RFID travel wallet. The faux fur handle and slim crossbody straps are stylish, yet removable, carrying options. The zip-around closure keeps everything secure inside, which is a relief since it can also hold your passport, travel documents, and keys. Now, if you’re more apt to misplace your wallet while traveling or you’re worried about pickpockets, consider one of these 11 smart wallets for people who always seem to lose theirs.
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