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15 Clever Travel Accessories (That You Probably Never Knew Existed)

Looking for unique travel accessories and gadgets? Whether you want to buy an amazing gift for that special someone or just want to add another cool travel item to your collection, I’ve got you covered.

In this gift guide, I’ve put together a list of practical and innovative accessories for travellers and outdoor lovers.  

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Clever Accessories and Gadgets for Travellers

1. Worldwide Universal Adapter

This travel adapter covers over 150 countries, which means you no longer have to worry about packing the right adapter for your destination.  

It also has 4 USB ports and one AC socket which allow you to charge up to 5 devices at the same time.

2. Wireless Travel Router

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This amazing router instantly converts a wired network. It can also bridge an existing wireless network and allows you to create your own secure Wi-Fi network.

It also comes with USB ports, so you can back up your phone photos on a flash drive.

3. Travel Cocktail Kit

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Want to give your in-flight drink a bit of a kick?

This travel-sized cocktail kit contains all the necessary ingredients for a good old-fashioned cocktail, including cane sugar and flavoured bitters.

4. Keyring Cash Holder

Top travel tip: Always stash some money in a secret place.  

This waterproof aluminium keyring is perfect for keeping aside some emergency cash while travelling.

5. Limitless Equipment MARK 1 Survival Kit

This is probably the most complete survival kit you’ll ever come across. It may be small in size, but it contains over 40 essential items, including water filters, a firestarter, fishing equipment and a first aid kit.  

This would make a great gift for anyone who loves the outdoors.

6. Compression Packing Cubes

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This set of compression packing cubes is great for organising your clothes and toiletries and saving space in your suitcase.

The cubes are expandable and are made from tearing-resistance and waterproof nylon.

7. Shirt Carrier

Want to keep your shirts wrinkle free when travelling?  Check out this amazing shirt travel case, which keeps your shirts clean and crease free. It comes with a collar protector and a shirt folder pad to prect the edges from creasing.  

The shirt case is lightweight and can fit inside a laptop bag or a backpack.

8. Heinz Baked Beanz Secret Stash Hidden Storage

Store your money and valuables in a can of baked beans. These safety cans are a genuine replica of Heinz products and you can access the secret compartment by removing the base.

If you’re worried about theft at your hotel or hostel, this gadget is a must-have. And if you think that someone might nick your can of baked beans, you can get a real wax candle safety can instead.

9. Travel Scarf with Secret Hidden Zipper Pocket

One of the best ways to keep your personal belongings safe while travelling is to wear garments with hidden pockets, such as this infinity scarf. Besides being stylish, this scarf allows you keep your money, phone, passport and other valuables in a secret pocket.  

I highly recommend getting one of these infinity scarves (or two if you like the style) if you’re travelling to places where pick-pocketing is a big problem.

10. Personal Alarm

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Worried about safety as a solo traveller?

This personal alarm is great pieces of safety gear and can be attached to your keys or bag. It also comes with an in-built whistle in case the alarm fails.

11. Water Filter Bottle with Integrated Filter Straw

Worried about drinking contaminated water? This water filter bottle is a must-have – whether you’re planning a hiking trip or visiting places which lack safe water. It filters polluted water without using any chemicals.  

By purchasing this water filter bottle you would also be contributing to LifeStraw’s clean water drinking project in Africa.

12. Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow

If you struggle to sleep on trains and buses, this cosy travel pillow might be perfect for you.

The Trtl pillow is made from soft fleece and has a hidden internal support which helps you sleep comfortably without hurting your neck. It is worn like a scarf and comes in different colours.

13. Bluetooth Eye Mask with Headphones

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Here’s another great travel accessory for light sleepers: a bluetooth eye mask with built-in headphones.

You can fall asleep to your favourite songs, or just put on some relaxing music to help you fall asleep on long journeys.

14. Solar Charger with Triple USB Ports

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Want to stay connected on your camping trip?

This solar charges is made from durable and waterproof nylon and is easy to carry. It has three USB ports and distributes power equally.

15. Portable Espresso Machine

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I love this portable espresso machine! The design is so clever and it super easy to use. It is also compact and quite small, and has water tanks of different capacities, which means that you can enjoy different espresso types.  

This would be the perfect gift for anyone who loves camping and coffee!

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Daniela Frendo

Daniela Frendo

Hi! I'm a Maltese blogger based in Scotland. I created Grumpy Camel to help travellers connect with places through culture, history and cuisine.

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