Don’t leave home without these jetsetter’s essentials.
Going on a trip means getting to meet new people, seeing new places and, most of all, being open to unfamiliar and exciting experiences. But as every seasoned road warrior knows, there are some essentials you must pack to help you make the most of your trip. Here are our picks of the all-important travel accessories every globetrotter should own and products we like from trusted brands for each.
Multi-purpose Packing Cubes
Travel organiser set, RM57.90, www.lazada.my
Keep your suitcase well organised – and minimise wrinkling – with items stored in separate packing cubes. This set comes with different sized waterproof pouches to suit various needs and you can easily put one pouch inside another when not in use.
Handroll vacuum compression storage bag, RM30, www.lazada.my
Get all your clothing, especially bulky sweaters and woollen clothing, to fit into your suitcase with compression bags. Simply roll the bags up to remove air without needing a vacuum cleaner to get the job done. They also double as air-tight and waterproof storage solutions for rarely used clothing at home.
Tegra-Lite Large Trip Packing Case, RM4,190, Tumi
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Ultra-light yet extremely sturdy thanks to the impact-resistant external shell, this four-wheeled suitcase is easily manoeuvred, even when it’s packed to the brim with shopping and souvenirs.
Tectonic 21 Wheeled Backpack, RM681.90, www.lazada.com.my
Can’t decide if you prefer a wheeled hand-luggage or a backpack as your carry on? Enjoy the best of both worlds with this Samsonite bag designed with a laptop compartment and multiple interior and exterior pockets to ensure everything is kept safely in its place.
Convertible neck/lumbar microbeads pillow, price unavailable, The Travel Store
Trying to grab a few zzz in a cramped seat, whether up in the air or in a bus or train, can be a challenge. This convertible pillow filled with microbeads can be used to cushion your head and neck or zipped together to form a mini-bolster to support your back for extra comfort when you are packed in like a sardine.
Universal Travel Adaptor
All in one travel wall charger, US$15.90, www.amazon.com
A universal travel adaptor that fits into all sorts of wall plugs around the world is a must-have in your suitcase. This one comes with two USB ports so you can charge multiple devices at once.
The Ultimate Travel Jacket
Jacket, from US$149, Baubax.com
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Never lose your knick-knacks or have to dig through your bag for documents or equipment ever again. This ingenious jacket, which comes with over 15 functions, including separate phone, iPad, passport and charger pockets as well as an eye mask and inbuilt inflatable neck pillow, has all your travel needs covered – and keeps you warm in the chilly aeroplane and airport too!
D-Lux Compact Camera, Leica, about RM4,847, from MrPorter.com
Photography enthusiasts love Leica cameras for their hi-tech functions packed into a cute retro-looking case. This compact camera is a traveller’s favourite for its sharp images, good contrast and natural colour capture, ensuring the pictures you snap will do your memories justice.
External battery pack, US$18.99, www.amazon.com
Never run out of juice, especially when your mobile devices are performing battery-draining functions such as data roaming or being connected to Wi-Fi. Its ultra-slim design means you’ll be able to slip this easily into a jacket pocket or a small bag without feeling the extra weight. It’s one of the top travel accessories you must bring along.
P3 Foldable Headphones, Bowers & Wilkins, about RM1,795, from Mr Porter.com
Noise-cancelling headphones are not an indulgence, but a necessity to filter out unnecessary distractions when you’re on the road. This well-crafted set offers crystal-clear sound, a comfortable fit and even conveniently folds away into a sleek compact case!
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