Everyone knows that when you’re travelling, there’s a fair bit of preparation that must be done prior to departure. For example, you need to exchange money, make sure you have enough toiletries, and do some research of the place, so you’re not left wondering why it wasn’t such a great idea to take a taxi with no meter after a long flight.
But when you’re a blogger on an assignment, you need to be on it. I’m talking girl-guide level preparation. Sure, your travel destination might be another North American city, making life’s curveballs easier to manage (no worries if you just forgot your toothbrush or some insect repellent!)… but things become a little more important when you are navigating a non-English speaking city, and even more important when you are alone.
When travelling, I’m going to assume you’ve already packed a laptop or iPad, your phone, and camera. So here’s my list of 7 key accessories for any travel blogger to assist you in making sure that you’re on your A-game no matter what time zone you are in:
7 Key Accessories for the Travelling Blogger
1. USB Cables
How many times have you broken a cable? Lost a cable? Or just plain forgot a cable?
There’s no shame in getting cheap USB cables off eBay if you’re a serial cord breaker, but be sure to have an extra with you. My cable of choice is the Life Star, which is Apple certified and surrounded in leather, making it extra durable. Plus, it’s backed with a lifetime warranty.
I once went to Italy on a tour where several girls forgot their adapters. My roommate was lucky, as I brought two (It was a pain to share—one was meant for my camera and the other was essential for my hair dryer). How do you plan on charging anything without an adapter in a foreign country? Buy one pre-trip to save yourself some dollars at the airport.
SKROSS adapters are optimal: they’re lightweight, come in one piece, include extra USB ports, and can adapt power for up to 220 different countries. Purchase one quality adapter and it’s good for life.
I find climate changes can massively deplete your battery over the course of a day. No doubt you want to make sure you are capturing all your real-time events and posting on Instagram and Twitter as they happen… It’s such a pain when you have to wait until your phone is recharged to share with your followers about your adventures! Triple C chargers are thin, so they won’t take up space in your bag and the prints are on point.
I know that sounds really specific, but you don’t want a writing utensil that will smudge. And yes, even in this day and age where everyone is going paperless, you need a pen—those pesky customs forms need to be filled out somehow.
I always think about that great scene from Wolf of Wall St., where Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio talks about selling a pen: How are you going to sign your name if you don’t have a pen? I, myself, write all over my maps when traveling.
This goes with the pen idea. Although it’s probably easy to write on a napkin or a receipt, sometimes it’s best to have your own paper. A small stylish notebook would do the trick.
This Word Notebook can fit in the smallest of bags. Its’ unique callout system will help you organize locations, dates and conditions of your trip. It’s not spiral bound, so it won’t snag any cords. It will definitely be your saving grace if your cell phone dies and you can’t use the Notepad app.
If you are out and about and you need to freshen up but there is no sink around—not even in the restroom (yikes)—these are a really great option. Most germs can be spread by your hands, so why not protect yourself and keep them clean?
You can find moist towelettes with antibacterial components and without alcohol, making it less dry on hands (these ones contain aloe and vitamin E). I’ve been to humid countries where antibacterial gel melts and leaves a residue on your hands, leaving them less appealing than when you started. LA Fresh makes wet wipes that are biodegradable and compostable, made in California using clean, renewable solar energy. You might also like streak-free, lint-free wipes for your tech equipment, too.
After a long day of transiting around, you’ll want something both fashionable and comfortable. Not to mention the drill of walking through security at an airport.
Novesta, a Slovakian brand with ties to the famous shoemaker Jan Antonin Bata, have launched their ecological unisex footwear in the US this year. Available in a low top (Star Master) and a high top (Star Dribble), the natural rubber sole and the 100% cotton and linen make a classic combination. And they even have arch support. Win-win.
My list of travel accessories for the travel blogger may seem a little on the obvious side, yet when you are planning for a big adventure you are often too busy to think of the little details. If your memory isn’t great, try putting together a travel blog pouch with all your must need items for a trip to make it a quick grab and go!
I want to hear what your favorite go-to’s are for a successful blogger trip. Comment below!