Hello! Today I have another travel advice post for all of you travel babes! I was thinking about all of my travel items that I love, and I realized a bunch of them come from Amazon or could be found on Amazon for cheaper than anywhere else.
I love shopping on Amazon, it’s so convenient, and if you are in college you can get prime for half off (the best thing ever). If you want to try prime shipping, you could try an Amazon prime 30-Day free trial.
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Let’s start by talking about the technology needs you should get from amazon before taking off on your next adventure!
Technology is one of the most important travel items to have. If you aren’t properly prepared, you can end up in a really sticky situation! The last thing you want is to be in a foreign city with a dead phone.
The one I bought is $6 and I absolutely love it. I used it on all three of my international trips and still use it to this day. Sometimes you can get these huge cube things that convert into any country you want, but those are super bulky and often hard af to figure out. Keep it simple with one like this that still works in several countries!
Lugging around books might work for a road trips or short travel, but it just doesn’t work when you’re flying/moving around and have very limited space! Honestly, I almost didn’t take my kindle to Germany. I am so thankful I took it. In the 4 months I was abroad, I read 21 books on my kindle. I could have read on my phone, but long travel days and limited access to outlets means I would want to save my phone battery for more important things!
Also, I got my kindle 8 years ago. It is still in perfect condition. 100% worth it. For unlimited reading, you could even get kindle unlimited! The Kindle I have is not even for sale anymore, but below is a really nice one with great reviews.
Extra charging cords.
I won’t link to any specifically because it really depends on your phone, but Amazon is a great place to buy charging cords for your phone. You can a 2 pack of 10ft. cords for $10. At Best Buy, one 10 foot cord is $25! Make sure you bring extras when traveling so you don’t get stuck with a dead phone when your charger breaks down. I went to Germany with 3 cables and came back with only one still working. I also love 10ft cords because at airports and train stations you can plug in without having to sit right next to an outlet!
I almost left this off the list on accident and then gasped out loud! This was a travel ESSENTIAL. The small ones may seem like the way to go, but the ones about the size of a long wallet are best. They are worth the extra charge you’ll get. Those of us on my study abroad who had portable chargers were like drug dealers to those who didn’t, because we could charge up their phones for them. When your phone is the only thing you have to take photos, you NEED it to be charged! The one I had, though cute, barely held one charge and charged super slow. I recommend this one. It has great reviews, and my friend had it. It held around 3 charges and charged everything quickly!
Related: Essential Apps for International Travel
These next travel items make your life easier and safer when abroad. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to have the accessories you need to be the best traveler.
Travel Safe Purse
My dad got this purse for me as a Christmas gift before leaving for Germany. I read a bunch of reviews and picked out this specific brand and size because it had great reviews! I planned to fit a passport, a small umbrella, a wallet, my portable charger, and my kindle. This purse had room for that and also fit lots of other things, like gloves, granola bars, maps, and more. There are smaller and larger sizes depending on your preference, but I thought this size was perfect. Mine was black like you can see below, but I also love this cute striped one!
Sticking with this theme, I also got a “travel safe” wallet. I wanted something compact so it would be easy to move around and something with RFID blocking so my cards wouldn’t get stolen. I chose a very small wallet just for some cash a few cards and I regretted it. If you are traveling internationally, you should get a passport wallet. It is so convenient to have it all in one place and you aren’t always freaking about losing your passport. I really like this one, but keep in mind it isn’t for cash. It will hold some bills or a ticket, 3 cards, and your passport. Keep it simple! Most European countries use a lot of coins instead of small bills, so really no wallet works that great for cash. I would recommend carrying the passport wallet for your passport and cards, and then having a small bag for cash and coins when out and about!
This. is. essential. Unless you enjoy spending 3 euro for a small water bottle and having to pay for water at every restaurant, carry a water bottle when traveling in Europe! My roommate got these collapsible water bottles, which I didn’t love, but I was jealous when she could just roll them up and shove them away! I prefer a hard plastic water bottle with a clip so I can stick it on my purse if I get sick of carrying it. You might also want to consider one with a filter, because you don’t always know how clean the water is where you are.
There are a bunch of types of travel backpacks, but I really like the bag I am sharing below. My roommate had it (guys she was the most travel prepared but also $$$) and I really liked it. I loved the bag I had, but it was not as convenient for travel or as safe. This bag is meant for traveling. Unlike most backpacks, the zipper is hidden so you cannot access it when it’s on your back. When it unzips, it’s more like a suitcase than a backpack, so you can access everything without digging through it for something like a normal backpack. It also has a USB charger, which as you know is super important. Here’s the bag she had (or something very similar).
Recommended: What to Pack for Study Abroad
Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers
These next travel items you might not necessarily take with you on a trip. They are, however, great for those who love travel. Buy them for a friend who loves to travel, or as a gift to yourself!
Map Keyboard Cover.
This cover is $6 and I got so many compliments on it! I unfortunately don’t have that laptop anymore, but if you have a mac or a computer that can have a cover, I recommend a travel themed cover! Honestly I almost bought an apple just so I could have pretty keyboard covers again – that’s how much I loved having them. If you check out my early instagram, a lot of keyboard covers were heavily featured!
Scratch Off Map.
I have a scratch off map, thanks to an amazing gift from my best friend. To make it even fancier, I framed mine! I take it out after a big trip and scratch off all the new places I’ve been. I don’t have this exact one since I’m not sure where she got mine, but this one is super pretty! Any world traveler would love a map like this to decorate their home.
Travel Stub Diary.
I received this diary as a gift from my blogger secret santa and absolutely love it! I didn’t take it with my to Germany to save space, but I saved all my ticket stubs, post cards, some receipts and even maps to put in the diary when I got home! It was so much fun to go through and put everything in there and save it to look back on in the future. This is such a fun way to create your own souvenir! I love this one because it has pockets of various sizes, which helps fit all the different things I wanted to include!
I hope this post has helped you find some new travel items for your next major trip! I loved these products and I was so thankful that I had them while abroad (or jealous of those who did!) You don’t need to buy a million things to be a great traveler, but there are certainly things that can make it a little easier. Amazon has a great selection of cheap and useful travel items, so don’t miss out!
What are your favorite travel items?
What are your favorite travel gadgets? I would love to hear about them in the comments below! I love finding new items that make traveling easier.