From packing and unpacking to having to take your shoes off at airport security (yes, I’m still bitter about that), traveling can be a tiresome production. Thankfully, there is a way to make your journey a whole lot easier: with travel accessories! We’ve found the cutest ones for you to take on your next trip, whether it’s a lengthy international excursion or a weekend beach getaway. You may still have to take your shoes off at security, but you’ll be a savvier traveler. So ditch that plain black suitcase and upgrade to some of these amazing finds.
Pretty Passport Protectors
Considering that your passport is one of the most important travel items on your checklist, investing in a case for it is a smart purchase. You’ll be able to distinguish your passport from anyone else’s and it will be easier to find in your bag.
Need to renew your passport or not sure whether or not you even need it for your trip? Check out Contiki’s passport resources.
Not Your Grandma’s Fanny Pack
Fanny pack and fashion are rarely used in the same sentence—unless followed by faux pas—but the hip-hugging pouch is no longer just for tacky tourists and soccer moms.
There are undoubtedly ways that rocking a fanny pack can go very wrong, but if you find a cute one it can prove to be a very practical and convenient travel accessory.
Especially useful in crowded places like airports and concerts, fanny packs are hard to lose and pickpocket so they are perfect for the absent-minded traveler.
Keep Calm and Carry-On
A chic, comfortable carry-on bag is imperative for traveling in first-class style, no matter your budget. It can conveniently double as a day bag or evening purse throughout your trip, too. A good carry-on should fit all of your essential items and allow you to access them with ease, without weighing you down. Look for one that has both interior and exterior pockets so that your wallet isn’t just floating freely in a black hole. Contiki Marketing Specialist Heather Metcalf suggests looking for a cross-body bag. “There are a great variety of inexpensive cross-body bags that are perfect for travel,” she says. “They are stylish, comfortable for moving about (since all the weight of the purse isn’t on one shoulder), and perfect for keeping your belongings close to your body.”