Are you looking for inspiration on some of the best travel essentials and gadgets for your holidays? We’ve put together an extensive list of holiday items, equipment, electronics and other handy items to help you make the most out of your holiday. They make perfect gifts for frequent travellers and can make your travel life easier too! We personally use all of the items featured on the list and would be lost without them!
Read on for the top 15 must-have travel gadgets and items for your holiday.
Starting with our favourite and most essential travel companion, a good quality backpack with back support and plenty of pockets is a must! We use it to transport important documents, valuables such as cameras, chargers and other electronics, as well as plenty of snacks and drinks! It’s the perfect airport transit bag and can also be used when you’re out and about on holiday hikes, daytrips and a visit to the beach! The Osprey Momentum (or any Osprey bag for that matter) is one of the best backpack’s money can buy. In our opinion, it’s well worth splashing out the extra cash for it and it’ll last you years!
On the complete opposite scale of price, a small and compact Decathlon Quechua backpack costs only a few pounds! Available in a variety of colours, this super light and miniature backpack is an easy way to carry your water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses and other small holiday accessories day-to-day. We love to take ours to the beach or pack it with snacks and water for short excursions.
Cheap and a life saver for making sure your check-in luggage isn’t overweight, a set of digital travel scales will make sure you’re ready for the airport and will save the embarrassment of re-packing your suitcase in the terminal building. Simple but necessary.
Googling the electric outlet type for a country before arrival and then rummaging around for the correct adaptor is always a hassle! Save time and be prepared for anywhere you go with a top-notch worldwide compatible travel adaptor. Extra USB slots and a higher amp rating allow you to charge multiple devices at once.
These hidden gems of a packing accessory are not to be overlooked and all of the full-time world travellers use them! Pack your case into different box compartments, making unpacking easier and giving you better organisation to find items. You’ll also fit more into your suitcase.
Most documents are digital these days and we love that fact; however, you can’t save your passport onto your phone unfortunately…Use a handy travel wallet to keep passports, travel money, credit cards and any paper documents safe and in one place.
Standing at the beach locker always throws up the dilemma of whether you should take your phone with you or leave it safely packed away. Packing your phone, credit cards and cash into a transparent, water-proof bag keeps them safely in your possession and means you can capture all of those beach and swimming pool photos without damaging your smartphone!
More and more countries now have safe tap water to drink. Carrying a high capacity water bottle with you is good for the environment and ensures you stay hydrated when you’re out and about or on a trek. Pack some emergency water purification tablets if you’re going off-the-beaten-track, just in case you find yourself in a situation with no water.
If you’re beach lovers like us, you’ll want plenty of seaside relaxation on holiday. Don’t let the sand ruin your picnic and get into all of your belongings with an amazing sand-resistant beach mat. It uses military technology to resist sand, leaving you to lie comfortably by the sea.
Want to look sharp and tidy for your evening out? Sometimes hotel irons destroy your clothes and not all hotel rooms have irons. Having your own mini travel iron on hand to steam your clothes is a holiday essential that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Duronic Mini Steam Iron is one of the smallest travel irons available and it does a great job.
Never get caught out in the rain again with a foldable water-proof jacket that can fit in your pocket! You don’t want to be carrying coats around in a hot holiday destination but you want to be prepared when it rains and an umbrella is too bulky. We swear by our Trespass Packup Rain Jackets and fit them in our backpack or pocket everywhere we go.
It’s always a nasty feeling waking up covered in bites and it can happen even in the nicest 5-star hotels in tropical countries. Plug a mosquito repellent plug into the socket of your hotel room and wake up bite-free every morning. It’s a cheap and effective way to deal with the mozzies!
This one is a no-brainer, however it’s surprising how many people haven’t invested in a good quality memory foam travel cushion for long flights, coach journeys and even road trips. It supports your head and neck so you can comfortably fall asleep without facing that awful neck jerk you get when falling asleep sitting upright. Although they come in lots of shapes and sizes, this ergonomic luxury pillow is a dream to sleep on.
Cameras & photography equipment
Without a doubt, a camera will already be top of your packing list to capture those amazing holiday moments but do you have the right camera for the job? Most smartphone cameras will do completely fine for most people, however if you really want to take your travel photography to the next level, here are our camera recommendations.
If you’re really looking to get into photography and take some amazing pictures, a DSLR cannot be beaten for quality. The prices for a DSLR range from a few hundred up to a few thousand pounds and plenty of mid-range options in between! For a great quality mid-range camera that continues to get amazing reviews, check out the Nikon D5600. It’s smaller than other DSLR’s but is indeed still quite bulky compared to compact cameras. We recommend signing up to a cheap online photography course to get you started if you’re going for the DSLR!
Mirrorless or compact bridge cameras are the best option for those that don’t want the hassle of changing lenses and carrying around a big camera in a case. They can create stunning images and videos (sometimes even better than DSLR’s if you’re not a pro) and are easy to transport on your holiday. The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 has an excellent value to quality ratio and it’s super compact for a large lens device.
If you want to include yourself in your travel videos and start a career or hobby in travel vlogging, you’ll need a decent compact camera with a front facing screen. Our favourite vlogging camera has to be the Canon PowerShot G7. It shoots in 1080p HD with 60 FPS and it’s light and easy to use. The camera is also great for shooting standard non-vlog style video and photos so it’s a great all-rounder!
Go-Pro has long been the go-to brand for capturing excellent footage on the go, whether you’re kayaking, skydiving or just want a handy camera to document your trip. The budget friendly Go Pro Session Camera does us just fine and we’re sure it’ll suit you too! We prefer to use a digital SLR to shoot scenery and static shots and then use our Go Pro for anything involving lots of action or movement!
All of the above mid-range cameras offer affordable but great photography for the travel enthusiast. Sure, you can get better cameras if you’re willing to pay top prices, however these are a great choice for the average user and we can personally recommend each camera.
Prefer to stick with a top-notch smartphone camera for ease-of-use and portability? The Huawei P30 Pro has the best mobile phone camera on the market and serves as an excellent all-rounder phone. Read the reviews for yourself on Trusted Reviews.
Ever wondered how some YouTubers or Instagram photographers seem to capture perfectly stable shots and selfies at the perfect angle without a long arm in the lens? They all use tripods! Tripods come in all shapes and sizes and are available for different types of cameras.
Here are our 3 recommendations for camera options. You want a light and compact option for travel; after all, you’re not filming the next Hollywood Blockbuster!
This tripod is small and versatile. It can be used for your action cam or a small compact camera. Position the camera on edges, the ground and even on awkward raised angles to capture unique perspectives. It’s small and easy to use.
The Joby Gorillapod also comes in a version with a smartphone fitting so you can capture the same great shots and make use of your phone’s auto-timer feature.
As DSLR’s and bridge camera are larger and heavier than the other cameras in our list, you’ll need a sturdy, multi-height tripod to support the weight and capture stable, stunning shots. This TYCKA tripod is cheap and lightweight, making it perfect for travel. It also comes with a carry case. Learn to pan using the tripod handle for the best video footage.
If you’re willing to invest in a drone for some amazing aerial photography shots, save up for the best of the best and don’t waste your time with the budget drone cameras, they’re simply not worth it. Drone photography allows you to capture some amazing shots to combine with your hand-held shots and will truly evolve the quality of your videos! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 is currently one of the best drones on the market for filming video. The piloting curve may be a little steep but once you get the hang of it and fly within the aviation rules, you’ll have a great time capturing your holiday scenery. Check out this review for why this drone is the best money can buy.
If you want super stable video footage for YouTube, social media or to create your own video memories, you don’t want shaky footage. Sure, it can be corrected in post-production if you’re a skilled editor, but it’s much better to capture stable footage when shooting. We use the Zhiyun Smooth 4 smartphone Gimble. It’s affordable and effective for stabilisation on the go, whilst also being really easy to use. Simply pop in your smartphone, adjust the settings and you’re good to go.
You may already have a USB power bank, but do you have a high capacity, fast charging and compact power bank? The Anker PowerCore 10000 Redux is a relatively lightweight charger that fast charges devices and can give up to 3 full charges. These latest power banks are well worth investing in – they’re a fraction of the weight of older models.
Noise cancelling headphones are costing less and less these days. The top of the range Bose variety will still cost you upwards of £300, however there are some great budget Bluetooth headphones like these Anker Soundcore 2 Headphones that also do a great job. Listen to your favourite music on the flight and cut out all of that sleep depriving background noise…
Super cheap and excellent for getting you into party or holiday mode, a portable USB speaker will brighten the mood of any hotel room, beach or private pool. It’s compact so it can fit nicely into your luggage and holds a good level of battery power. Listen to your favourite Spotify tunes whilst getting ready in your room or relaxing on the beach. We like the Anker Soundcore 2 Boost as it’s powerful, light and water proof so there’s no worry of splashing pool water or drinks nearby.
Our travel essentials list ended up a lot longer than we expected! Being prepared for your holiday with the above gadgets will make your life easier in some shape or form. Browse the list and get inspired for your own trip or find a gift for a family member that loves to travel! If you have any questions about any of the items we’ve featured, get in touch! We personally use all of the items we featured.
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