Essential-for-Travel Items

Essential-for-Travel Items - Camping

Embarking on a road trip is no longer an excruciating experience if you have the gear you need. So plan to get essential-for-travel items now so that they are ready when it is time for you to travel and have the experience of a lifetime.

A few decades back, people only cared about food and other essentials while planning for a trip. Later a few gadgets like a camera, video recorder, map, compass, etc. were added to the travel kit to make the trip a memorable one. Today, the spread of numerous stores, hotels, motels, petrol pumps, and recreational centers on the road, food, and other essentials are no longer must have to pack for your travel.

Meanwhile, the advancement of technology has brought in so many gadgets that not only make the travel experience memorable but also attach so many colors and emotions to each small incident you go through while on the road. As such, if you are planning a short or long journey, you should expect to include a few gadgets in your kit. The question is what gadgets to choose. You do not have to worry. We list below essential devices that you must keep with you while on the road.

Portable Charger or Power Bank

A portable charger or power bank is a pretty basic need for any travel plan. The advent of power-sucking smartphones has made it inevitable for people to carry a charger not only for long travel but also for wherever they go. You never know when would your mobile phone runs out of battery, and you would be hard-pressed to find a power source to charge your mobile.

Keeping a portable charger would save you from the trouble of searching for a power plug, and you can also carry it with you wherever you want to. You can get any chargers ranging from 5000 mAh to 12,000 mAh batteries that can charge not only your mobile but also other electric and electronic devices you are carrying. You can choose from a range of brands available in the market.

Bluetooth Speaker

Entertainment while driving your bike, car, or any vehicle on the road is a must so that you could always be in a pumped-up mood. There is no better way than charging your mood with music all the time. Of course, your car will have the music system, but you can’t carry your vehicle everywhere or blast it anywhere you want.

A portable Bluetooth speaker would do the job of entertaining you and your family and friends whenever you want to dance on a beach or a mountain. A Bluetooth speaker also comes with long hours of battery back up and USB port, allowing you to start partying anywhere you want to and play songs of any genre or choice.

Essential-for-Travel Items - Bluetooth Speaker

Smart Suitcase

Gone are the days when you carried two or more luggage and exhausted yourself before you could start enjoying your trip. Today, technology has unburdened traveling by coming up with smart suitcases.

These suitcases come loaded with more than one cool feature that would not only make your traveling safe but also relaxing. They have features like LED illumination that allows you to access the suitcase in low light, removable power bank with a USB connection that helps you in charging your mobile and other gadgets.

There are also mobile apps that allow you to track the suitcase if it is lost or get a notification if others open it. On top of this, you can also use your bag’s flat surface as a workspace if some urgent work comes your way. Most of the smart suitcases available in the market are fireproofed, recyclable, and lightweight.

Action Cameras

If you want to record every movement and action of your traveling experience, then you must carry an action camera with you. Action cameras have become a sort of fad among travelers and adventurers since they give high-resolution pictures and videos, and you can carry them with you anywhere.

You can fix the camera to your vehicle, helmet, or any flat surface. It can also be waterproof. As such, you can have it with you to record your exciting experience while swimming, scuba diving, or snorkeling. Action cameras record videos in 4K, function in GPS mode, and contain image stabilization facility. Hero’s GoPro and OCLU are the best products available in the category of action cameras.

Essential-for-Travel Items - Action Camera

Pocket Washing Machine

You typically would not like to burden yourself with loads of clothes to take when you are traveling. The biggest challenge for travelers, particularly if you are venturing into some remote territory, is the washing of clothes.

An alternative to washing would help you in completing the trip with fewer clothes. A range of wash bags like Scrubba wash bag is available in the market. They come with a flexible washboard and are lightweight. You can wash your clothes wherever you want, using these wash bags. They use less amount of water and washing liquid, saving both time and money. People who used these have indicated that clean after washing them in the Scrubba. In which case, it should be worth the money for those you backpack, camp, travel light, or do a lot of hand-washing

Portable Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Connecting with the world when you are on the road is essential to any travel plan in these times of the internet. Sharing your traveling experience through pictures or videos and getting appreciation from your friend and family would boost your mood.

Essential-for-Travel - Portable WiFi

Keeping a Wi-Fi hot spot with you will help in keeping your social network up to date with your travel pictures and videos. Most of the Wi-Fi hot spots allow you to connect more than one device at a time and provide 4G LTE service wherever you carry. Some Wi-Fi hot spots come with power banks enabling you to charge your mobile and other devices on the go.

Final Thoughts

The list of items that used to be essential to pack for travel has changed. Most of the necessities are now readily available while you are on the road. There are, however, some other essential gadgets (as we have listed above) that you must have with you while going on a long trip.

Meanwhile, you should also make sure that you don’t carry more than what you need for your trip. Choose well while shopping for travel gadgets. These gadgets not only enhance your traveling experience but also take away a significant deal of inconvenience that may come your way.  Some may even turn out to be lifesavers in the time of emergency. These gadgets can often serve you long term. Hence, get one of these now. You can store them in your home and have them ready the next time you are heading out for a trip/vacation.

If you used or have experience in any of the above items, we would be glad to hear from you.  Kindly share them through the comments section below.

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(12) Comments

  1. Cathy

    If I may add to the list, a good book or an audiobook is a great item to take along with you on a trip. I don’t know about you, but I like to have some quiet time to explore my thoughts when I’m out there away from the city. Getting connected on the internet is great but it totally defeats the purpose of a getaway. 

    I learned that the hard way after I turned a few of my trips into ‘business’ mode because I just couldn’t get away from emails and social media. Needless to say, the family wasn’t quite happy about that. 

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Cathy,

      Yes for sure an audiobook, a good book or even an ebook reader would be great items to bring on a trip.

  2. edahnewton1

    Hey nice article you have there. Your thoughts are  invaluable. Traveling long distance by road will only be pleasant if you have all what it takes to keep you lively always. In addition to these essential traveling items, it is also important you look for at least a gist partner to share the experience of the journey while in transit.

    1. JRandZen


      Thank you for your comments.  For sure, in addition to having all the essentials, a partner to share the experience of the journey is very important.  More so, if you travel in groups or as a family.

  3. Carolyn

    I enjoyed your post on travel essentials. I remember the first camping trip we took when I was a child. When we started putting up the tent, it began to rain. The tent was new to us and more complicated to erect than they are today. I chuckle now to recall how we put one tent pole in only to have the others fall out. I don’t suppose I will ever forget that trip.
    We had many more camping trips. Things must have gone much more smoothly than that first trip, for they do not stand out in my mind like the first trip. It is so important to be organized and not take more than you need, yet not to forget the essentials!
    I love the idea of a pocket washing machine. Not needing to carry so many clothes would be great. I bought our last suitcase quite a few years ago. I am not sure what a smart suitcase would look like. Some of these new ideas that have come out are great!

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Carolyn,

      Your comments likewise reminded us of our first camping trip.  We were so naive then.  But just like you, our later camping trips were smoother.  Over time, we learned how to prepare well and be organized.  And knowing a lot of the essentials helped greatly.  

      The availability of a pocket washing machine is indeed very valuable, particularly if you are somebody who is a stickler to the idea of packing light as we all should be in travels.

      Thank you for sharing some of your experience as well as your insights on the essentials we suggested,

      All the best.

  4. Chezya

    Travelling is great, i personally do like to travel once in a while. Varying with where one is travelling to, these essentials are a must look-into for anyone about to travel. Also, people’s destination may differ and what would be necessary would differ as well from destination to destination. Great article, thank you

    1. JRandZen

      Thank you for your comments. Yes, people’s travel destinations may differ and one has to take that into account in deciding which items are deemed essential for that particular trip,

  5. Chezya

    great list, i think i too will need to work on getting myself a smart suitcase because having your stuff lost without a way of tracking it back is anybody’s nightmare. The pocket washing machine is a first for me, haven’t heard about them till i read your article, will have to look into it too. Thanks

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Chezya,

      Glad to know that our post opened up some good tips for you, particularly on the smart suitcase and pocket washing machine.

  6. Marlena

    Thank you so much for this article! The list of items were great. I think it’s crazy to see how much has changed since I started traveling. I’m really interested in the smart suitcase- I love the idea of being able to track it if something happens to it. I lost my suitcase once and it was an absolute nightmare!

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Marlena,

      Yes, a lost suitcase would indeed be an absolute nightmare. Having a tracker like this would definitely save you a significant amount of grief. In addition, having appropriate insurance coverage will derisk your travel.

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