6 Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

Ever seen a handy invention or gadget and had a “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment? Well, the travel accessories industry is full of items like that – travel gear you never you knew you needed. Until now, that is. Take a look a our travel accessories picks that you may not have realized you needed, and prepare to make your travel life a whole lot easier.

The makers of the GRID-IT Organizer ($10-50) call it “the ultimate organizer”, and they just may be right. GRID-IT’s thin, flat surface is covered with rubberized woven elastics to firmly hold your electronics and gadgets an any configuration you wish. Load it up with your personal effects and toss it in your luggage. Never again will chargers, headphones and other accessories roll around loose in the bottom of your travel bag.

With airline luggage fees skyrocketing, a luggage scale is certainly a worthwhile investment. The compact On Your Weigh Luggage Scale ($30) features a digital scale and pop out hook that weighs luggage up to 110lbs. Unlike other luggage scales, the On Your Weigh digital display changes from blue to red when your bag is overweight. Say goodbye to unexpected overweight luggage fees at the ticket counter!

For those traveling overseas, this Baggallini Currency Organizer ($13) may be your new best friend. Instead of creating confusion in your wallet, keep your US and foreign currencies separate. You’ll have a better handle on exactly how much cash you have on hand, plus you’ll be able to make transactions more quickly. Just attach it to your belt loop and go.

Not traveling internationally? The Currency Converter is also handy for safely storing cash, credit cards and ID while sightseeing or visiting theme parks.

You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your valuables. Not all hotels, lodges, and cruise ships provide a room safe, so play it safe and travel with your own. The TravelSafe Portable Safe ($70 for version shown) is soft and can be rolled up to store in luggage, but offers secure protection. Simply place your valuables inside, loop the cable around the leg of an immovable object, and secure the lock. The safe can then be locked and unlocked with the key.

TravelSafe comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate small items like cash and IDs, to large items like laptops and camcorders.

If you’ve ever traveled with small children you know the importance of keeping them entertained during travel. Trying to stuff toys, crayons and picture books into your luggage is a packing disaster waiting to happen. Enter the TravelKiddy Trunki and Tote ($40 and $15, respectively). The outer case is ideal for storing hard toys, while the soft tote is great for clothing items, blankets and favorite stuffed animals.

It comes in a variety of colors, and is carry-on sized with a handle and wheels to transport easily through airports.

We’ve all had the experience of struggling through an airport trying to balance luggage, a jacket and other personal items. Now, this juggling act can be avoided with The Bag Bungee ($15). Simply open the buckle and slide one end over your suitcase handle (as seen in the photo above). You can then fit another bag, coat, purse or other item on top of your suitcase.

Now you’ve got a free hand to operate with, and no risk of leaving a trail of your belongs in your wake.

Do you have any favorite travel accessories that have made traveling easier? Share them in the comments!

Stacey is a writer with an eye for design. She’s been with Global Discovery Vacations since 2004, directing the creative department. Her passion for the written word is equal only to that of rescuing dogs and playing volleyball.