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Best Travel Accessories 2019 | Top 10

Nifty items to help make life on the road or trail smoother

Ever been to the Adventure Travel Show? If not, it’s worth a look. It’s a whacking great big assembly of travel industry professionals and experts, and plenty of punters looking for inspiration for their next trip. Anyway, we were there as well, showcasing our pick of the best travel accessories of 2019 and encouraging visitors to our stand have a play around with them.

While the items we brought along all had really good responses, there were a few that really seemed to peak the interest of the people stopping by. So I guess you could say these were the best of the bunch…

Lifesaver Liberty


Lifesaver’s first ever products were big water filters that could be sent to areas faced with humanitarian crises following natural disasters and this, the Liberty, is the manifestation of their move into the hiking market. It’s a serious expedition-style filter designed to block out absolutely everything. That’s including viruses – something smaller filters like Lifestraws aren’t able to do. The filtration process involves just a few pumps on one end, and then a flick of a switch results in clean water squirting out the other end.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter

With these clever pack-it sacks from Eagle Creek you’ll have luggage that even professional space saver Marie Kondo would be proud of. Available in a number of different shapes and sizes, and made using a lightweight, ripstop fabric, they’re great for organising your kit and packing efficiently. Start using some of these and you’ll never again find yourself emptying your whole pack at the airport just to find your phone charger. For a useful backpack to use these with, check out Eagle Creek’s Global Companion.


Handpresso Pump

This had a very interesting response at our stand at the Adventure Travel Show. There seemed to be 50/50 split between those who saw it as the answer to all their problems and those who saw it as a complete extravagance. Coffee, it’s a divisive thing I guess. Long story short, this is an espresso maker. You stick a little teabag like capsule inside it, pour in a little bit of boiling water , pump it like you would a bike pump then press a little button and hey presto, you’ve got yourself a proper shot of espresso.


Primus PrimeTech Stove

If you’re living the #VanLife or living the #van-rented-for-a-week-long-holiday, this is a great bit of kit to bring along with you. First of all, the Primus PrimeTech comes with two 1.3L pans, so you can easily cook for a small group of friends or your family while on the go. Secondly, what we like about it is that it’s designed for efficiency, with a fuel consumption that’s supposedly half that of traditional camping stoves, ultimately meaning you’re not going to have to keep seeking out shops to find more gas.


Craghoppers Axel Coat

Alright we know this isn’t an accessory, but we thought it was worth including to highlight the tech this jacket carries. Apparently there are pickpockets out and about these days that are not, um, picking pockets. Instead they’re carrying around contactless RFID scanners to rob you digitally. Strange modern world we live in eh? To address this, Craghoppers have started adding materials to their jacket pockets that are able to completely block out these scanners and keep your invisible money safely tucked away.}


Nordisk Mos Down Shoes

These are essentially down sleeping bags for your feet. They’re so, so comfy, and very useful actually. They weigh virtually nothing and are very packable, so are perfect for backpacking trips where you might want something comfortable to slip on when you’re in, say, an alpine hut at the end of a long day of trekking.


Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Weighing lighter than, well, most things we can think of (it’s 100g), and coming to about the size of an apple when scrunched up, this is one of those really convenient jackets that you can carry in your pack for those ‘just-incase’ times when the wind might suddenly whip up or a bit of drizzle arrives. It’s not waterproof, but it’s pretty water resistant, so it’ll stand up to a light to medium heavy rain.


Sea To Summit Xset 31

Collapsible silicone pots are nothing new, but these ones are different to all the others. Why? Well, because this set includes a collapsible cooking pot. Like a Russian doll, they all pack away inside each other, with the biggest in the set boasting a metal bottom that you can settle directly on top of a stove or naked flame. Genius.


Adidas Terrex Climacool Voyager

“They’re like cool crocs” said one admirer at the Adventure Travel Show. We’re not sure Adidas Terrex will enjoy that comparison but we can’t help but agree with it. The key thing about them is their drainage. As well as big mesh covered gaps throughout the upper, there are tiny holes in the sole so any water that gets in can get out quickly. This virtue, combined with a grippy and cushioning sole makes them a very, very interesting option for anyone who likes to throw in a water-based activity, like paddleboarding or kayaking, into their day.

Lowe Alpine Altus Pack

A brand new one from pack specialists Lowe Alpine and we like it a lot. It’s a bag that’s the perfect size for something like hut-to-hut trekking, weekend wild camping in summer, or even something like the Camino de Santiago, and it has an excellent back system with plenty of thought gone into its shape to provide a precise, body hugging and ventilating fit.

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