5 Under Rated Accessories Every Traveler Should Carry

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5 Under Rated Accessories Every Traveler Should Carry

Whether you’re backpacking around the world or on holiday with family, every traveler has that one item they can’t travel without. Here are five accessories every traveler should bring no matter their destination!

1. Carry A Lighter

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This may not seem like an obvious choice for must-have accessory, but lighters are actually very useful when you travel. Lighters are great when you need to light a campfire stove, the electricity goes out in your hostel and you need to see in the dark, or to help sanitize a needle in case you have a splinter. Even if you don’t smoke, a lighter serves as an excellent icebreaker, especially when a local or fellow traveler asks for a light. Keep in mind lighters that contain flammable liquid must be in carryon bags and not checked in luggage. You can read more about airline passengers and lighters from the FAA’s official site here.

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2. Deck Of Playing Cards

To avoid the boredom of long bus rides and flights, bring a deck of playing cards in your bag. Not only is it a great icebreaker, but you’re guaranteed to make new friends, plus learn some new games as well. And for the avid traveler, consider buying deck of plastic playing cards. Plastic cards are the decks used by basically every casino, which are very durable, less likely to be frayed on the edges and made to last. It’s a bit more expensive, but definitely worth the price.

3. Silk Eye Shades For Sleeping

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Unless you’re that exceptional traveler, trying to catch some shuteye on buses, trains or airplanes is almost impossible. I definitely envy anyone who can sleep on long flights or bus rides. One solution I found that works for me is eyeshades to help block light, plus ear buds to listen to music. There are many types of eyeshades, but silk shades are very comfortable and lightweight.

4. Drawstring Bags For Shoes & Packing

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Chances are you’re going to bring more than one pair of shoes with you, so it’s a good idea to store your extra pair of shoes in drawstring bags in your luggage. You don’t want to get your clothes dirty or even smelling bad, so it’s best to separate them. Plus, the drawstring bags are an excellent way to sort and separate clean and dirty clothes, and neatly organize your bag without having to fumble around for the item you want. I make it a habit to carry at least 4-5 bags in my luggage, just in case I need extra for grocery shopping or daypack.

5. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

As a rule of thumb, for every zipper compartment you have on your luggage, you should have one lock for it. Though I’ve never been robbed or had anything stolen from me (though I did have a very close call in Barcelona), its always better to be safe and secure you bag as much as possible. To sure to purchase a TSA-approved lock, which allows TSA staff to open your bag without breaking the lock. There’s a special entry point on the lock that only TSA can open, so only they can access your bag and not anyone else. I personally have these Master Lock items and have never had an issue with them, so I highly recommend them.


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Jerry Alonzo Leon


Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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