Any experienced travel will have a travel accessory that they couldn’t live without.
I have decided it was time that someone made a list of the seven most vital travel accessories in the hope that your travels will be more organised, safer, and more memorable.
Ive documented my readers favourite travel accessories below. But one of my best personal tips is to research the local area and surrounding areas before arriving. You can learn a lot from “Insider” blogs like malagatravelguide.net as they will cover a lot of smaller dynamic events that are happening along the southern shores of Spain before the bigger blogs and magazines pick up on them if at all.
Residents know the goings on in local towns and villages and have the pulse of news and special “fiestas”, places of interest to visit of the beaten traack.
Other travel tips can be found here
1. Money Belt: Now this one is controversial in the style compartment. But now you have a choice as they come in an incredible number of shapes and sizes and not all of them are actually belts! But as far as travel accessories go you will not find any that are more important. Keep your cash, your passport and your life safe and store your valuables in your money belt.
Travel star tip: think about carrying in a spare wallet or belt in extreme violent and dangerous countries. Fill it with expired cards and ginger coins to let them think theyve done a successful robbery
2. Packing Cubes: When travelling you are most likely living out of a suitcase, and not being able to find your camera or your iPod because its lost in your luggage is a problem that you should have on holiday. Packing cubes allow you to stay organised and will mean that you need less time for packing and allow more time for partying.
3. TSA Locks: As far as travel accessories go, they don’t get more important than your luggage locks. Unfortunately since 9/11 customs officials in various countries now require access to your luggage at all times, and that means that traditional locks just get cut off. But the TSA locks are approved by the travel authorities and can be opened by customs officials without destroying your locks.
4. Travel Pillow: Most people will say that good neck or back pillow is their most vital travel accessory. Anyone that has been on a 14 hour flight from Melbourne to Malaga will understand exactly what I mean. Having a sore neck or back can really affect the way that you enjoy your holiday, so think about your comfort when you fly.
5. Pressure Reducing Ear Plugs: This is not a travel accessory for everyone, but for people that have had top fly with an ear infection, perforated ear drum, or even just the common cold will know how painful the change in air pressure can be. These earplugs will control the speed of the pressure change in your ears and as a result reduce discomfort and pain. A go send even on short haul flights from UK to Spain.
6. Luggage Tags: This is the most simple and probably the cheapest of all travel accessories, but if you eve loose your luggage you will thank your lucky stars that you got some. Recent update from Pat says she uses luminous tape wrapped around her case for easy spotting in baggage reclaim areas.
7. Travel Adaptor: The annoyance of not being able to charge your phone, iPod or digital camera while on holidays is avoided with this handy travel accessory. But make sure that you get the right plug for the country that you are going to; any good travel accessory website will give you a run down of what plug you need for what country. For example electricity in Spain require a standard two pin plug and the electricity is at a different frequency as I realised to my detriment as I tried to shave my hare with UK shavers that were underpowered and failed to do the job properly.
Travel accessories are there to improve your trip and help you get on with having the time of your life in a safe, comfortable and organised way. Find the ones that best meet your needs and never leave home without them.
As Im feeling generous Im adding a few extra ones based on my recent business trip to Spain. I wont include the minibus company who I always use when I land at Malaga Airport as a tip, but thought I would give a mention to my friend John as he never fails to disappoint in his charm and service, read more about Johns story and his minibus company over at malagaairporttransfers.com
Extra 01 – I always carry a laptop or tablet with me even on short trips to Europe. You can read books like a kindle, connect wireless internet in many hotspots around Malaga and coffee shops and tapas bars have WIFI connections.
Extra 02 – Mosquito repellent for obvious reasons
Extra 03 – A loaded bank card with enough emergency funds in the local currency. A god send when stuck in Malaga, Benalmadena or Marbella. Please note this is not a luxury fund for a day trip to Puerto Banus to go off it.