Being a budget traveler in of itself is an adventure. There’s little things we must overcome to make our travels an experience that benefits us throughout our lives. While nothing physical can ever truly shape the outcome of these experiences, they can definitely help improve them and add ease. Through my experience, the best travel experiences have come with a bit of preparation, and the travel accessories listed below will provide you with just that! If you make a purchase with one of the links below, we will get a portion of the sale which enables us to keep putting out great material to benefit your travels and thus your life. I would never recommend a product I didn’t love, so rest assured they are quality products. You can check out our full disclosure here.
I always recommend bringing a water bottle on every trip, every time. Not only is buying plastic water bottles contributing to an environmental crisis, but it’s also a good way to cut a big hole in your wallet (and therefor your travel funds!)
This water bottle is a great option when you are somewhere where the water situation is uncertain. It’s that added bit of certainty that you’re not going to be spending your trip in bed, sick.
Even in US there are many places where the water isn’t trustworthy and can leave you feeling less than great. It’s just something you don’t want to mess with. Why risk getting sick during the time you should be exploring?
There is risk of identity theft everywhere. You can never be too safe in regards to your identity and your bank cards. It can be a scary world, but products like this make it a little easier to navigate.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who target those that are unknowingly vulnerable while traveling. These people can, and will, steal your sensitive information if you do not take the proper precautions like leaving your passport and cards in a secure place or placing them in a holder such as this one that will make them unscannable.
This bag is a traveler’s dream. It’s compact yet enough for traveling and yet still maintains all the features of a good, anti-theft bag.
The bag is slash proof, meaning no one can come up to you, slash the strap, and take your purse. This is a growing problem in places all around the world, but especially prevalent in Europe in the touristy areas.
This bag also comes with RFID blocking card slots, meaning you can forgo purchasing a special wallet to avoid having your identity stolen and just purchase this bag. The peace-of-mind this bag provides makes it an absolute bargain.
Even better, this bag is CHEAP! Before finding this bag, all my travel bags cost upwards of 60USD. This bag provides even more features for half the price.
There is arguably nothing that dampers a day of traveling and exploring more than hurtin’ feet. Good shoes are a must, you have to be comfortable to keep sore feet at bay.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find shoes that are both good for your feet and cute. Birkenstocks are your answer. I’ve had mine for about a year now and they are my go-to shoe for exploring cities and towns while traveling.
They provide just enough support to keep your feet going while still maintaining a bit of style. They’re a bit of a splurge, but they will stay with you for years and be your partner-in-crime.
Instead of buying new, cheap sandals every season (or more often if they break!), invest in these sandals and they’ll last you for many years to come!
If you plan on leaving the country, you’re going to need an adapter to charge your electronics. It’s a must that no traveler can go without.
If you need to get one anyway, you might as well get a nice one that meets your needs while still staying within a budget. This adapter is exactly that.
This is such a simple product that can have such a huge impact. I keep these on my all the time to ensure I always have a way to wash my hands; bathroom or not.
Want to stop for some street food but no place to wash your hands after a day out and about? Don’t worry, you’re covered. There are so many instances when these little life-savers come in handy when traveling. For us clean-freaks, they’re an essential to happy traveling!
This is a 5 pack that’ll last you a good amount of time!
Being a budget traveler involves lots of hostels and camping which don’t always guarantee a provided towel. The problem with that is that towels take up a lot of room and take too much time to dry.
These compact travel towels are the answer. Not only do they take up minimal space, but they’re microfiber making them a quick drying miracle. This is a must-have for any budget traveler.
The cheapest accommodation for regular travelers is camping. Unfortunately, camping requires equipment which in turn requires ample space in your bags. To avoid baggage fees, alternatives to traditional camping gear is mandatory.
This compact, light weight sleeping bag is just that. This is a great start to your collection of camping equipment and an essential to budget travel in the most efficient way possible.
Any backpacker and/or budget traveler can tell you that blisters are common and they suck. There are tons of little things that can go wrong while traveling, but little injuries like blisters shouldn’t be able to damper your trip.
This little first aid kit will be there for all those small little boo-boos. It’s highly recommended to travel prepared, and this is arguably the best way to do that.
Oh how I love my Osprey backpack! It’s a high quality brand without a high quality price. Seeing as it’s a back packing backpack, it’s still pricey. Fortunately, it’s still costs less than the other big brands.
This particular bag is big enough to store everything you’d need for a longer trip while still being small enough for a carry-on. It weighs about two pounds so it’s ultra lightweight and has a breathable back area for more comfortable traveling.
This brand has been very good for me, and as you can see by the other reviews, has been very good for other travelers as well. This will be a bag that will last you years and is worth every penny. It’s a sound, worthy investment for every budget traveler.
Please, for the sake of your mom’s mental sanity, make this a priority purchase. For less than the cost of dinner you can get this personal safety alarm that’ll project an extremely loud alarm and bright lights to ward off potential attackers.
Feeling safe and secure while traveling is essential, and this mini alarm is a cheap way to make that happen.
Have you noticed how many people have the dreaded broken iPhone screen? It’s the worst, but luckily it’s totally preventable.
If you’re anything like me, your phone is your primary camera when traveling. Protecting your “camera” is essential not only because it could potentially ruin your trip but also because it’ll cost you money to fix when you get back home. That money could be going into your travel funds!
This is a cheap solution that’ll protect your phone. I’ve literally dropped mine down a set of concrete steps and it didn’t get hurt at all. It’s a highly recommended case that is significantly smaller than it’s rival, the OtterBox.
I had the OtterBox Defender Series for years until I found this one and immediately fell in love. Now, it’s my go to purchase for phone cases.
This is the most convenient invention the future has given us travelers. When on extended trips, it’s always extremely stressful and annoying having to find a laundry mat. Then when you finally get to one, you have to either buy a big thing of laundry soaps or those little sample sized ones that cost close to the same amount.
With these little laundry sheets, you know you’ll have soap and it’ll make sink cleaning that much easier and efficient. With proper laundry soap your clothes will be smelling and feeling clean with much less hassle.
14. Shampoo, Conditioner, and body wash sheets
These are one of those inventions that seem so super futuristic but are so useful. You can forget about packing that little liquid baggy and just stick with these; sheets of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
It’s a simple solution to keeping yourself feeling fresh during your travels. Whether you’re hiking or touring the town, these little sheets are a guarantee you’ll have something to clean up with at the end of the day.
Baggage fees are expensive and no fun for anyone except the airline. Baggage fees are especially prevalent while flying with budget airlines, so it’s best to give your bags a weight check before the final weigh-in to avoid any extra, unexpected fees.
This is a cheap little scale that’ll provide security knowing you won’t incur those fees or have to frantically decide what to throw away at the check-in counter. It’s a small price to pay for peace-of-mind.
The good ol’ sleep sack… My fellow hostel dwellers will completely understand why a sleep sack is essential to both feeling and being clean while in certain hostels.
Hostels have become quite advanced and fancy lately, but some didn’t quite get the memo and require a little extra effort to be able to sleep comfortably at night. Many hostels don’t wash their quilts after each use, so this sleep sack is a great way to ensure you’re not sleeping among other’s dead skin cells and dirt.
I’ll be the first to say that it is extremely difficult to find a compact, lightweight tent for a decent price that has good reviews. So what is a budget traveler to do?
Take a look at this tent and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s your best option. It weighs a bit over four pounds with ample space for you, a friend or two, and your bags. Camping will always be the cheapest option when traveling, so investing now will save you money in the future, guaranteed.
It’ll keep you dry in the rain as it comes with a rain cover and has a two-layer door. Whether you’re camping outside the city before some exploring or doing a hiking trip, this is a quality tent that will help you continue exploring on a budget.
Now-a-days everything is so digital. There’s a certain luxury about having physical, printed photos and this is a cheap option for that.
The pictures are printed like a polaroid, so they maintain a vintage appeal that makes this a great little camera for traveling. You get your own, personal souvenirs printed right away.
This is one of those items that just keep giving and providing joy use after use. The photos are perfect for DIY travel crafts or even just a classic photo album. Do yourself a favor and pick this camera up before that big trip and your memories will be captured in a unique and personalized way.