Travel Accessories

Our Best Travel Accessories

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There are certain travel accessories that we have been using for many years and always take on our travels. The purpose of this page is to share the products that we know have made our travels easier and show you our recommendations.

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Paul and Carole at the Pyramid Stage

Ocean Pack Dry Bags

We now own 3 Ocean Pack Dry Bags, 2 x 15 litres and 1 x 5 litres. These bags go everywhere with us and there are many reasons why we love them.

Firstly they are waterproof, so ideal for the beach and swimming pool and the crazy rain storms that we have encountered on our travels, particularly in Thailand. Secondly they keep our valuables secure, with the snap clip you can attach the bags to the beach umbrella, table/ chair legs wherever you are sitting so thieves can not easily pinch them. The roll down top also stops thieves from reaching in grabbing your items. The long strap enables you to wear them over your body too. They are ideal for camping and we use them constantly when we are dog walking on our house sits. We have also used these for festivals, ideal for filling with cans of beer covered in ice, a perfect cool bag! They come in a variety of sizes and colours so take your pick!

Chromebook Flip

We have been using a Chromebook Laptop for many years now and we were very excited when we discovered the Chromebook Flip. It basically is 10 inch laptop which then converts by flipping the screen right back into a touch screen tablet. It is perfect for travelling as is so light and has the dual function. You can find out more information in the link below.

This is the cover we use which is perfect as it has two pockets for carrying your charger and mouse. Ours is purple which matches colour of our mouse!

Packing Cubes

We have been using these for years. They are perfect for segregating your clothes and ensuring your case or bags are organised. I have a white set and Paul has a black set. I also bought an extra set to keep our first aid kit in and medications in too. All have come in handy when we have picked up a bug or in my case fallen off a bike!

Hot Tuna Backpack

Not only do we use this backpack as hand luggage for our holidays, but I also use it for work. I work between two hospitals so am constantly carrying folders and paperwork etc and this has been an excellent robust back pack. It has a lap top compartment too which is a real bonus.

Water Shoes

We are now on our 3rd pair of water shoes, they are ideal for a walk on the beach, getting to the sea when the sand is too hot, also wearing in the sea if your worried that your toes will get nibbled!

I made the mistake of forgetting them on a girly trip to Fuengirola and also wish I had put these in my bag when we visited Santorini, but unfortunately had left them on the ship! Each episode resulted in damaged feet!

TSA approved 3 combination lock

It is always handy to carry extra combination locks with you. Dependant on where we are I may lock the backpack or we have used these as second locks for hotel safes that have been in reception. We have both types of locks with and without the cable. They are small and light to carry too.

Power Banks

For a long time now I have been using the Anker power bank, it is small and handy for a handbag and will charge my Samsung Note 4 or my Aedilys Action Cam up to about 80%. So if you are just out for the day or a night out it is ideal.

 

However, now that we are taking more photos and especially videos we have been looking for something more robust that could potentially last if we were away for the weekend. We think we have found it! Thanks to a friend Amy’s recommendation we have just purchased the EC Technology Power Bank 22400, and we have not been disappointed.

Action Camera

We purchased the Aedilys Action Camera and have not been disappointed. It comes with all the accessories and a hard case. It is a 4KHD Action Camera with 32GB micro SD card and WiFi. It can take 3 hours worth of video and nearly 6000 photos.

Beach Towel Pegs

Fed up off your towel flapping in your face or slipping down your sunbed? We use these towel pegs all the time now and the towel stays perfectly in place.

Travel plugs

This is a no brainer really, we always take a combination of round and flat pins. We have learnt that some cruise ships take both and so do some hotels! We always recommend an extension lead too, so if you only have one plug socket you can still charge multiple items.

 

Holiday Reads

Adventureman – Anyone can be a Superhero by Jamie McDonald

This book is an inspirational read. Jamie Macdonald is a guy from our home city of Gloucester who had a lot of childhood illness. He started raising money to give back to the childrens hospital at Gloucestershire Royal. Since starting this journey, he has now cycled from Bangkok to Gloucester, holds the record for the longest static bike ride – 11 days and has run all the way across Canada dressed as a superhero! He has done so much for the local community he really is a real life hero. All the proceeds from his book go towards the www.superherofoundation.org which he now runs. Click and buy it here, as it is all for a really good cause!

All these products have been tried and tested by us independently we have not received any sponsorship or free gifts, all views are honest and our own.

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