Even the most seasoned traveller may not have ticked off all these delicious must do…
When it comes to travel, costs like flights, accommodations, and transportation can take a sizable bite out of your holiday fund right from the start. Whether you’re gearing up for a backpacking adventure in South America or a leisurely retreat in a French chateau, there are plenty of things that might entice you to spend. Essentials like a sturdy suitcase, a plush neck pillow, and reliable headphones are practical purchases for any traveller. Yet, what if there were items you could acquire that might actually help you cut costs?
Whether you want things that make your travel hassle free and convenient, or products that keep giving you value, we’ve put together a list of the best things to take on your next trip.
Salelink 50kg / 10g Travel Luggage Scale
Why We Love It: The portable and lightweight design allows for precise weighing of items up to 50kgs.
What to Consider: To use this scale, you need the strength to lift and support your packed luggage.
Designed with state-of-the-art sensor technology, the Camry Digital Luggage Scale ensures utmost precision for accurate weighing. Weighing a mere 90 grams, this scale is incredibly user-friendly and easy to pack for your trip. Say goodbye to check-in counter hassles; protect your hard-earned money and travel with confidence and peace of mind!
Available to purchase at The Warehouse from $9.90
Twelve South AirFly SE: Bluetooth Transmitter
Why We Love It: Stay connected to your favourite wireless headphones whether you’re on a flight, hitting the gym, or in any other setting.
What to Consider: Establishing a connection between your earphones and the transmitter can be a bit challenging at times.
Break free from disposable wired headphones and opt for the Twelve South AirFly SE Bluetooth Wireless Transmitter. This compact plug-in enables you to use your current wireless headphones or earbuds with any AV system that demands wired connections. Just plug the AirFly into the standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, connect it to your earbuds via Bluetooth, and you’re all set. Compatible with both Android and iOS, although pairing may need a couple of tries, it boasts a portable design that you can take anywhere you go.
Available from Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming from $69.99
Universal Travel Adapter
Why We Love It: It’s compact and simple to switch between plug types.
What to Consider: It may not work in all locations, and it doesn’t convert voltage.
A must-have for international travellers: this universal wall adapter supports plugs in the U.S., UK, Australia, and Europe, saving you from the hassle of carrying multiple adapters. Charge up to five devices simultaneously through USB ports and the main plug AC input, it provides a convenient solution. However, it’s important to note that it doesn’t cover all countries and doesn’t convert voltage, so separate arrangements may be required for certain devices.
Available from World Travellers Motueka from $50.00
Tile Starter Pack
Why We Love It: You can use your phone to audibly ping your tracked items and even make a silent phone ring.
What to Consider: Connecting via Bluetooth can be occasionally unreliable.
When it comes to travel must-haves, luggage trackers come to the forefront, and this Tile starter pack introduces the versatile tracking pair: Mate and Slim. Simply place the Mate in your suitcase and the Slim in your wallet. The ability to find misplaced items not only saves money but also offers peace of mind. With a three-year battery life, an IPF6 waterproof rating, and compatibility with both Android and iOS, these trackers can audibly ping and ring within a 350-foot Bluetooth range.
Available from Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming from $89.99
Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle 1 litre.
Why We Love It: You’ll save money while cutting down on plastic bottle waste.
What to Consider: A drawback is the need for regular cleaning of reusable water bottles.
Staying well-hydrated during your travels is crucial, and it doesn’t need to break the bank. Although purchasing bottled water is convenient, the costs can accumulate rapidly. The Frank Green insulated stainless steel water bottle offers a convenient and reusable solution for staying hydrated on your journey. It keeps cold drinks cool for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours. Additionally, you can avoid concerns about a sweaty bottle dampening your bag, and using it allows you to contribute to the reduction of single-use plastic waste.
Available from Frank Green website from $64.99 or your local stockist
Why We Love It: A single bar lasts longer than a bottle of shampoo and is more convenient to carry.
What to Consider: You’ll want to bring a waterproof bag or container to keep your bar safe and sound.
If you haven’t made the switch from traditional shampoo bottles to a shampoo bar, it’s worth giving it a try, especially when you’re on the go. Ethique, founded by an environmentally conscious chemist, ensures natural and effective ingredients. Each formula is meticulously crafted from scratch, utilizing a blend of scientifically proven and sustainably sourced elements for optimal results. Whether it’s moisturizing cupuacu butter or softening moringa oil, you can trust Ethique products to be effective and made with care for you. Just remember to pack it separately or in a plastic bag to prevent any transfer onto other items.
Available from Ethique website from $22.00 per bar or Chemist Warehouse from $13.99 per bar
Sea Band Acupressure Wristband
Why We Love It: They are reusable.
What to Consider: Their style is not a standout feature.
If motion sickness is a concern for you, think about grabbing a pair of Sea Bands. These bands tackle motion sickness using pressure point therapy. Unlike motion sickness pills requiring regular replacement or prescription patches with potential side effects, Sea Bands are reusable. Just slide one band over each wrist when needed, letting the built-in plastic node apply pressure to the correct position at the base of your wrist. While they might not be the trendiest accessory, they can reliably address motion sickness from various sources, including cars, screens, ships, or planes.
Available at Chemist Warehouse from $18.49
Travel wallet – RFID safe
Why We Love It: Compact and secure for your essential travel documents.
What to Consider: Boarding pass only just fits in the outside pocket of the wallet.
Available from Zoomlite website from AUD32.00
Why We Love It: These cubes are resilient and machine washable.
What to Consider: To make the most of the space-saving potential, may require a playful round of in-suitcase Tetris.
Instead of tossing your shirts, pants, and underwear haphazardly into your bag, consider using separate cubes for each type of clothing. This not only makes it easy to locate what you need but also streamlines the unpacking process at your destination. Use these roomy packing cubes to maintain order in your suitcase. Crafted from recycled materials, each cube helps save 2 to 6 single-use plastic bottles from ending up in landfills. The starter pack comes with XS, S, M, and L cubes.
Available from Zoomlite website from AUD90.00 for set of 4
14 piece Silicone Leak-proof Silicone Travel Bottles set
Why We Love It: Soft, flexible, and ready to be filled with your favourite product.
What to Consider: They are most suitable for semi-liquid items like moisturisers and lotions.
Cut down on the expense of repeatedly purchasing travel-sized toiletries by choosing Silicone Travel Bottles. Fill them with your preferred products from home, whether it’s shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, or body wash. These bottles are pliable, easy to squeeze, and feature a non-drip, sports-style opening that accommodates various products like body scrubs and hair gel. Save money and bring along what you already have for your travels. This pack also includes 2 small ointment bottles and 2 spray bottles.
Available from The Warehouse from $15.99