9 essentials cheaper than your flight to Bali


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You did it. You’ve gone and booked your travel dates, filed your annual leave, and now you’re shopping online for a new suitcase. But before you let yourself dream of cruising around Greece or hitting the slopes in Japan, we thought you should add a few travel essentials to your checklist.

From luggage trackers to packing cubes, we’ve rounded up nine essential (and cheap) travel accessories that will keep you warm and safe.

The Best Travel Accessories You Can’t Forget to Bring on Your Next Trip

travel pillow


Recently, we found out that we’ve all been wearing those U-shaped travel pillows the wrong way our whole lives. Embarrassing, right? But now that we get the hang of it, we can all finally take a restful nap during an uncomfortable flight or a rocky road trip.

Here are some of our favorite options below.

Or buy: Amazon ($23.99) | Capture ($19.96) | eBay ($18.99)

Data blocker

Image: Portapow

If there’s one tech gadget you’re going to take overseas, let it be this one. A data blocker is for your good, especially when your phone inevitably breaks down and you decide to top it up at the nearest coffee shop.

Rather than compromising your phone or allowing third parties to steal your personal information (also known as juice-jacking), a data blocker will prevent hackers from accessing all the valuable stuff you keep on your phone . This nifty device will allow power to flow through the USB connection, but will interrupt any data transfer.

One costs around $10 and will save you all sorts of trouble.

Or buy: Amazon ($10.95) | Mwave ($9.42)

Bluetooth transmitter

bluetooth transmitter
Image: Ama Long

It’s no secret that airline headphones are shoddy. They sound bad, don’t sit properly on your head, and tend to get in the way. Why would you want to wear those dumb headphones when you’re better off using your own pair that cost you your left kidney?

Not all flights offer a Bluetooth option if you wish to connect your own headset. But a Bluetooth transmitter will plug into the headphone jack on the display in front of you during your flight and allow you to wirelessly connect your headphones so you can listen in comfort. Also, a transmitter is so small that it should easily slip into the sides of your carry-on or pockets.

Check out some of our top picks below.

Or buy: Amazon ($14.99) | eBay ($16.95)

A Kindle

Amazon Kindle 2022
Image: Amazon

Okay, e-readers aren’t exactly “cheap” travel accessories, but hear us out – they’ll save you money in the long run if you download all your eBooks in advance. Plus, it will also save you from having to pay weight-related baggage fees when boarding your return flight.

As diehard bookworms, some of the Lifehacker Australia team have been burned in the past for getting a little too gluttonous on a trip overseas and going over the weight limit thanks to all the books taken at random abroad. Do yourself a favor and carry the light with an eReader like the all-new Kindle (2022).

Or buy: Amazon ($179)

Packing Cubes

packing cubes
Image: Packing Cubes

Packing can be a stressful dilemma. Besides trying to fit everything into place, it’s also a pain when your shoes rub against your clean clothes or your toothpaste explodes.

With packing cubes, you can neatly organize everything in your suitcase into its own easy-to-find section.

Or buy: Amazon ($25.99) | Plug ($33.90) | eBay ($19.98)

International wall adapter

Lecent International Wall Adapter
Image: Slow

It is one of the most essential travel accessories you need. Don’t wait until you are at the airport to buy an international wall adapter as it will likely be more expensive and if you are unlucky you may also be late for your flight.

International travel adapters can usually accommodate a wide range of outlets, USB drives, and even charge multiple devices at the same time.

Here are some of our picks for inexpensive travel adapters.

Or buy: Amazon ($33.99) | eBay ($33.99) | Kogan ($13.99)

Portable door stop

Travel accessories: portable door lock
Image: Orpheus

If you’re planning a solo trip, an added security measure is to take this portable door lock to prevent anyone from breaking into your room while you sleep.

Although it may not seem like much, it is very easy to install on any door and perfect if you feel unsafe in a foreign country or in your accommodation of choice.

Or buy: Amazon ($9.99) | eBay ($7.99) | Kogan ($6.85)

power bank

Charmast Power Bank
Image: Charmast

Another way to avoid juice jacking is to bring a power bank with you at all times. This is a great precautionary method, especially if you have to rely on Google Maps to get your bearings. After all, there’s nothing worse than running out of battery when you’re stuck in a new city.

Or buy: Amazon ($37.99) | eBay ($43.59)

baggage tracker

Travel accessories: tracki tracker
Image: Tracki

Perhaps the most stressful part of any trip is arriving at your destination and waiting for your suitcase to pass through baggage claim. Did it do it? We can only hope.

With one of these must-have travel accessories, you can banish anxious thoughts by tracking your suitcase in real time. While you can opt for the slightly more expensive Apple AirTag or another Bluetooth tracker, you may find that it doesn’t provide as accurate tracking as it relies on the Apple network to keep an eye on your bag. . A GPS tracker, on the other hand, uses satellites from around the world to keep you updated within the app.

The Tracki is one of the cheapest luggage tracking accessories you can buy on the market right now, so be sure to pick one up from one of the retailers below.

Or buy: Amazon ($28.99) | eBay ($36.99)


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