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Save time, money, and the planet with these 10 best travel accessories for women in 2020. We’ve included useful and eco-friendly items to help your trip run smoothly.

After traveling for over a year with less than 30 items in a backpack, you could say that I’ve really honed my packing skills.

But it wasn’t always this way! I even packed a hair straightener on one of my first month-long trips. Pretty quickly, I learned there isn’t space for unnecessary items to sit a the bottom of the bag and be a pain to lug around.

For value-conscious women, preparing for future trips means investing in quality-made, eco-friendly, and fair trade items that make you proud – without blowing the budget.

That’s why I’ve included fair trade items from Novica that help artisans around the world support their families and overcome diversity. This post can be used as a thoughtful gift guide or shopping list to treat yourself.

Use the promo code SAVE7NOW for $7 off orders for new NOVICA customers. Or browse the NOVICA Outlet for up to 40% off.

1. Travel pillow

I’ve never been a big fan of travel pillows because I found them to be too bulky but the Trtl Pillow is half the size of the traditional U-shaped travel pillow. Trtl pillows are made out of fleece so they are super soft but also have hidden neck support. I have used mine on two flights now and slept like a baby on both!

2. Bottle opener

You may think I’m joking – but trust me, you’ll thank me later when you’ve got your trusty bottle opener for a cold beer after setting up your campsite or bottle of wine for a picnic lunch. Cover all the drink choices with a foil-cutting knife, corkscrew, and bottle opener in one.

3. RFIDsafe Anti-Theft Wallet

One of the travel accessories every traveler should have is a wallet with a chain that connects to your bag. The Pacsafe RFIDsafe Z50 Anti-Theft Wallet is helpful against pickpockets and can reduce the risk of accidentally leaving your wallet behind.

4. Sarong

A sarong is every woman’s must-have travel accessory. Not only can it be worn traditionally as a skirt but also as a dress and scarf. I especially love to have my sarong handy to use a light throw if I get sleepy while on transportation.

5. Travel mug

My travel mug is my daily sidekick who keeps coffee warm and adventure buddy during my travels. While on roadtrips, I pack a thermos with hot water, instant coffee, and soy milk so I can enjoy sweet caffeine on the road without spending extra cash.

6. Key bag

Have you ever lost the key to your accommodation when traveling? I have! And some hotels or hostels charge hefty replacement fees. If you’ve got multiple keys that won’t fit inside your wallet with a chain, then opt for a seamless key bag with a strap to keep them safe.

7. Flips flops or sandals

A pair of flip flops or sandals are essential when traveling – whether you’re hitting the beach or using them as your everyday shoe. Planning to stay in a hostel? Then need some flip flops to wear in the shower and to walk around the common areas.

8. Camera strap

If your camera strap has broken or it never came with one, don’t take the risk of dropping it! Grab a sturdy strap with a bit of personality. This handwoven camera strap is reinforced with black leather and easy to wipe down with a damp cloth.

9. Wash and dry kit

The Scrubba Tactical Wash Bag and Dry Kit will be your best friend on long backpacking or camping trips. Scrubba comes with a portable washbag, clothesline, inflatable hangers, and packing cell so you can easily scrub your clothes clean, hang them, or even pat them dry.

10. Hygiene kit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying home to protect yourself and others from getting COVID-19. However, if you do decide to travel, here are a few essentials that can help to reduce the risks.

If you are planning to clean your accommodation, see the CDC’s guidance on how to clean and disinfect (or refer to the advice from your local government advisory).

See all the must-have items with packing lists for cold weather and warm weather trips.
Originally published in 2017 and updated in 2020. This article contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


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About Chantell Collins

Avatar for Chantell CollinsChantell is a perpetual bargain hunter, veggie lover, and minimalist. She created Budget Travel Babes for women, like YOU, who want more affordable, responsible, and sustainable travel.