20 cool and unusual travel accessories to pack on your vacation

Cool and unusual travel gifts

It’s always hard to buy interesting gifts for the intrepid traveller, with weight, style and practicality all needing consideration. To save you some stress and last minute panic buying we thought we’d give you a leg up with these 20 fantastic cool and unique travel friendly gift ideas…

Pack-it-flat toiletry kit

eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit

This little tardis of a toiletry bag is an excellent travel accessory for the regular wayfarer. It’s innovative design means that even when full it will lie flat on top of your suitcase saving as much space as possible. The ebags Pack-it-flat toiletry kit has four separate compartments, a removable hanging hook and is lined with PVC to contain damp objects. It’s bright design and wide range of colours also mean that style isn’t compromised on the alter of practicality!

Credit card sized charger

Iceworks ultra thin charger

Even in the most remote and exotic locations you still might need to check in with your mum! To stop the pesky phone battery dying this sleek and lightweight portable charger is compatible with most smart phones and will give your device juice when you need it. The Iceworks ultra thin battery charger has a ‘credit card style’ design which handily means there’s no extra cables to carry – a natty little travel accessory which makes an excellent addition to any backpack or suitcase!

High UV buff 

Buff Kasperli high UV buff

This cute and stylish multifunctional piece of kit is lightweight and can be worn an impressive thirteen different ways! The Kaspeli Buff will keep you cool and protect you from UV rays in hot climates and it’s quick drying so you can even wear it in the sea. A great natural alternative to chemical sunscreens (it has 95 % uv protection) and available in a variety of fab prints and colours so there’s one to suit everyone!

Vintage map passport cover

Vintage-Map-Passport-Cover

This ultra charming, quirky little travel accessory from Sass and Belle makes a lovely stylish stocking filler for the seasoned traveller. It has a leatherette feel and an elegant but unique design which will brighten up any passport and get you in the travelling mood!

Leica D Lux

Leica D-LUX TYP 109

If you really want to splash out on a special travelling companion why not treat them to a Leica D Lux? Cameras don’t get much cooler than this! Stand out from the crowd with this prestigious brand which offers a large sensor in a compact camera for flawless high res photography. It has an impressive collection of auto focus options as well as a manual setting, and a small external flash gun is included if extra illumination is required. The image shuttle app also means that the camera can be controlled remotely by a smart phone and your photos can be transferred instantly for uploading onto social media – a fabulous and achingly cool travel accessory which everyone will want to get their hands on!

Sleeping bag onesie

Musuc Sleeping Bag

What? A sleeping bag you can walk around in? Yes it’s true! Wave goodbye to uncomfortably tangled nights in tents and feel like a spaceman with this amazing onesie style sleeping bag (by MusucBag). It’s ultra warm and pleasingly retro in appearance with plenty of different colours on offer. Available in three sizes, it’s the perfect cool and unusual travel accessory for the spontaneous camper!

Shock and waterproof iphone case

Dog and Bone Wetsuit

For the avid adventurer this miracle phone case is a must! The Dog & Bone Waterproof Wetsuit is currently available for iPhone 6 in three colours this pioneering product is shock proof and waterproof up to two metres and will fight off sand, dirt and snow too! Super slim, light with a rugged easy grip exterior and a very trendy design, its topless touchscreen technology also means you can send coherent text messages from even the most extreme locations!

Purple crystal sunglasses

Coach Purple crystal sunglasses

Give someone a little bit of New York style with these classy Coach sunglasses for travelling fashionistas! They’ll protect your eyes from the sun and with the help of their very unique design you’ll look awesome whatever your destination may be!

Waterproof E reader

Water-Fi E reader

Lovers of literature and adventures can now take their favourite travel books absolutely anywhere with this waterproof Water-Fi E reader. It holds thousands of books and its back lit screen and various font settings promise distraction free reading at a depth of up to 210 feet underwater! What’s more its impressive six week battery life mean that even the most long haul backpacker will get to the end of their story!

Anti theft tote bag

PacSafe Tote

This stylish looking durable tote bag, available in a range of colours, is the ideal present for high flying ladies. The Pacsafe Citysafe Travel Tote comes complete with organisational compartments, a padded laptop sleeve and various anti-theft features including a lightweight slash guard. It’s perfect for all kinds of trips… from avoiding pickpockets in Rome to shopping at Bloomingdales in NYC.

Global Wi-Fi hotspot

Global WiFi Hotspot

This is an excellent practical gift with a cool retro design which is perfect for the frequent traveller who likes to stay connected. Whether it’s blogging, business or booking the next camp-site this nifty little portable hotspot means you can always get online! The GlocalMe Portable Free Roaming hotspot functions in over 108 countries worldwide and means you will only ever pay for the data you use, thus avoiding massive roaming charges on your next bill! It even comes with a €60 refill card, phew, sounds good to us!

Retro suitcase

BTM Hard Shell Retro Vintage Cabin Luggage Suitcase

For the traveller who appreciates a bit of kitsch this retro style cabin case is a real winner. The ABS Retro Cabin Luggage has a lightweight yet durable hard shell, retractable handle and four wheels for smooth manoeuvring. Available in three colours and two sizes (20” or 24”) it’s perfect for weekend city breaks with your besties!

Waterproof portable speakers

Waterproof Portable Speakers

This fantastic cool and unique travel accessory is a great unisex gift for journeying muso’s everywhere. Winner of the ‘Best speaker award 2104’ and compatible with most iPhones and smart phones it offers incredible 360 degree sound from a fresh unique design that will fit in your back pocket. The NudeAudio portable speakers are water, sand and snow proof and its eight hour battery life means you will never have to wait to listen to your favourite tunes again!

Swiss army knife inspired multi-tool adapter

Lifetrons Swiss Knife Inspired High Tech Multi-Tool Sync and Charge USB Adapter

Like a Swiss Army Knife for geeks, this ingenious little gadget is perfect for adventurous tech heads! The unique travel accessory is compatible with most smart phones, tablets and digital cameras its 3 connectors enable you to sync your travel pics, vids and stories with your laptop from multiple devices simultaneously. As if that’s not enough, the Lifetrons Swiss Knife Inspired Adapter also swiftly charges up your gear via USB…oh and it looks pretty trendy too!

Carry-on cocktail kit

Carry on cocktail kit

This carry on compact cocktail kit is the perfect fun and unique gift for fearful flyers. It comes complete with recipe card, aromatic bitters and travel tin, which means you can enjoy a good ‘Old Fashioned’ cocktail even at 30,000 feet

Lipault foldable carry-on case

Lipault-Foldable-Luggage

This versatile case is made from ultra light water resistant fabric that is strong enough for even the hardiest of travellers. The trendy Lipault Foldable Carry On has unique multifunctional features which means that it can be used as a wheelie case, tote or backpack and can be folded down to almost nothing. It’s sleek and classy design means that you will look pretty smooth too!

Fold-able headphones

KitSound-Malibu-Compact-Foldable-On-Ear-Headphones

Can’t keep your ear buds in but like to pack light? These comfy KitSound Malibu foldable headphones could be an answer to your prayers. They are available in a range of fab colours and feature great sound, a detachable cable and an in-line mic for taking calls, wherever you go the music can go with you. What’s more they are a bargain too!

Hand held GPS

Garman hand held GPS

We all love getting lost in the streets of strange cities but there’s a limit! Dinner stops at nine for example! In these situations this cool and clever little device could be a saviour. Tough and versatile, the best selling Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS will lead you out of even the most befuddling of situations. It’s clear screen and easy to use design mean you’ll be able to work it even if you’ve forgotten your specs, just pop in two AA batteries and you’re away!

Unspillable travel mug

Mighty Mug Go Travel Mug

An ideal pressie for the caffeine fiend on the go, this super smart drinks mug has a suction base so it won’t fall over when you knock it but will lift straight up like any normal mug. The branded Mighty Mug Go also has a hip streamlined design and comes in numerous colours (this gorgeous pearl one is our favourite) and its lockable lid and double walled construction means your drink will stay hot, cold and completely contained in its receptacle (i.e., not all over your lap!) for the entirety of your journey. Not bad eh?

Pocket shower

Pocket Shower

This handy little unusual travel accessory means you can have a warm shower wherever you are. You can hang it from a tree at base camp and let it absorb the sun or simply fill it with warm water when you’re ready to use it. The ‘Sea to Summit’ Pocket shower is made from a heat resistant, waterproof fabric, packs down to almost nothing and can also be used as a dry sack for storing clothes/swimming gear! All in all it should ensure a very happy camper!

So our list of unique travel accessories ends, hopefully it has helped you beat some of those Christmas gift conundrums Seasons Greetings and happy shopping to all!

Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children’s theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa’d in Cuba and road tripped down America’s west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her cat and ukulele amid the misty valleys and rolling hills of beautiful South Wales.

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