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It was a long time coming, but I have finally found the secret to successful travel: accessories. Travel pillows, ear plugs, and water purifiers might not sound especially glamorous, but they can make all the difference between a great trip and an uncomfortable one. Let’s take a look at my top five travel accessories that will help you stay comfortable while on your next adventure!

Travel pillows

smiling african american woman sitting with travel pillow and passport and air ticket in departure
smiling african american woman sitting with travel pillow and passport and air ticket in departure

You may be wondering if this is really necessary. But just think of all the time you spend in transit and how much better you would sleep if you had a pillow!

Travel pillows are especially useful when traveling by plane, train or car. They can help you sleep better, rest your neck, back and legs (or arms or ankles) while sitting up during long flights and keep them from cramping up with too much time spent in the same position (which can lead to soreness).

Even if the flight isn’t very long (like an hour or two), it’s still nice to have something soft under your head so that there’s no pressure on your face from leaning against a cold window—and some people even like using a pillow when they’re laying down on their bed at home because it makes them feel more comfortable than just lying flat on their mattress alone! That said: don’t try this at home unless it works for you–some people prefer sleeping without any extra support under their heads at night because then they don’t wake up feeling stiff like when we were kids hanging off our parents’ shoulders after falling asleep watching movies together…

Ear plugs

Ear plugs are essential for sleeping in noisy environments, whether it’s a snoring roommate or the noise of airplanes overhead. The best earplugs will not only block out sound but also fit comfortably, so you can fall asleep with confidence that you won’t have to deal with any discomfort when you’re trying to rest.

Eye mask

Insomnia and sleeping problem concept.Sleeping mask and ear plugs on a blue background, top view

An essential for any traveler, an eye mask blocks out light. The best ones are made from silk or fleece, which help you sleep and relax during your flight. Some people use an eye mask to avoid jet lag, but the best way to prevent this is by exercising and eating healthy food 8-10 hours before your flight (more on that here).

Another benefit of using an eye mask on a flight is that it helps keep you calm when strangers start talking to you in the middle of the night (which happens more often than one might think). You can also use it in place of sunglasses at the airport when there is too much light reflecting off of your computer screen or tablet!

Water purifier

If you’re traveling abroad, there’s a good chance you’ll have to drink tap water. If you’re in an emergency situation and don’t have bottled water, it’s also likely that you’ll be limited to drinking from rivers or lakes. A water purifier is your way out of that situation.

Water purifiers range from simple filters to complex systems that require electrical power and chemicals. At the most basic level, many filter bottles use two stages: first the filter traps small particles like dirt and sediment; then a small amount of iodine kills bacteria; finally carbon removes chlorine so it doesn’t taint your taste buds with its harsh flavor (or smell). The result? Cleaner tasting water than what’s available at most gas stations back home!

Luggage handle wraps

If you’re like me, you carry a lot of luggage. And guess what? That can be problematic when it comes to the handles of your bags. You may have noticed that they tend to get all grimy and covered in god-knows-what. Well, there’s an easy solution: luggage handle wraps! A simple fabric cover will keep your hands clean as well as prevent damage to your bags.

In addition, these hides are incredibly versatile! They can be used for all sorts of things:

  • Protects hands from cold weather (or any other temperature)
  • Protects leather from damage during travel
  • Keeps zipper pulls free from dirt and grime


While you may have to make some sacrifices when traveling, it’s worth it to be comfortable. These five accessories will ensure that your next trip is a success and stress-free.