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8 Must-Have Travel Accessories

Getting ready for your next big trip but aren’t sure what to pack in your luggage? Make sure you bring this season’s essentials with these must-have travel accessories.

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1. Travel Wine Bag

1. Travel Wine Bag

Keep your favourite vintage cool with this versatile travel wine bag. Complete with a corkscrew, wine glasses and two ice packs to keep white wines chilled, this bag makes for a perfect picnic companion and ensures your next romantic getaway goes off without a hitch.

Available at Goinginstyle.com for $35

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2. Panasonic Lumix Waterproof Digital Camera

2. Panasonic Lumix Waterproof Digital Camera

Here’s a camera that’s ready for a little adventure! Shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof, there isn’t much this 12.1 mega pixel camera can’t handle. Designed for outdoor excursions, daytrips or the occasional tumble, the Lumix can be submerged 12-metres underwater and still take crystal clear photos with its 4.6x optical zoom. If movies are more your thing, don’t fret: it’s capable of underwater HD video, too.

Available at Bestbuy.ca for $400

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3. Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

3. Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

Paying for pillows on the plane stinks, so the next time you need a little shut-eye pack one of these. Made of ultra-soft, recycled mattress materials, these pillows are lightweight and roll up into a tiny tube for easy storage. Perfectly sized for carry-on luggage, and ideal for road trips, hotel-hopping or camping.  

Available at Mec.ca for $15

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4. Heys xScale

4. Heys xScale

If you’re sick of getting hit with charges at baggage check, or are unsure how to pack your carry-on, we’ve got the device for you. This handy little gadget is capable of weighing your bags before you get in line, using auto-lock technology to determine your bags’ weight quickly and accurately. Baggage check just got a whole lot quicker.

Availble at Heys.ca for $25

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5. aLOKSAK Element Proof Storage Bags

5. aLOKSAK Element Proof Storage Bags

Although they look like fancy sandwich bags, these storage sacks do so much more. Designed to safely house your phone, wallet, passport and other valuables, these bags are the ideal way to pack or carry any travel accessory. They’re waterproof for up to 60-metres, capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, constructed from medical grade film, completely reusable, and can even be blown up and used as a pillow. Next time you decide to bring your iPhone camping, pack it in one of these.

Available at Mec.ca for $10

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6. Lonely Planet Travel Books

6. Lonely Planet Travel Books

The mother of all travel guides, the latest editions of Lonely Planet books are a must-have no matter where you’re going. Featuring colourful maps, detailed travel itineraries and tips on sustainable travel choices, Lonely Planet may become your best friend on your next foreign adventure.

Available at Chapters.ca

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7. Panasonic Noise-Cancelling Headphones

7. Panasonic Noise-Cancelling Headphones

If you’re seeking a little peace and quiet on your vacation you should grab these before you board the plane. They feature the latest in noise-cancelling technology, are lightweight, and allow you to safely drown out the noise of your surroundings. Worth the price? Ask the hundred other passengers who’ve been listening to a crying baby for eight hours.

Available at Futureshop.ca for $250

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8. Mec Sling Pod Pack

8. Mec Sling Pod Pack

Want to hit the streets of your newest destination, but the thought of lugging around a bulky purse or backpack doesn’t appeal? Try one of these instead. Designed for day trips and urban exploring, the Sling Pod is made of lightweight, breathable material ideal for nearly any environment. Capable of holding your phone, wallet, maps and travel books, the Sling Pod covers all your bases, and even has room for a water bottle.

Available at Mec.ca for $21