We all like to say we’re ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice–hair in the wind, not a care in the world, and eager to see the wonders of our beautiful planet.
Then we get to our destination and spend half a day trying to sort our suitcase disaster, and worse, finding our way to a store in a strange city to buy all the traveling accessories we forgot to pack.
That’s why I like to keep a permanent stock of travel accessories and storage solutions to keep me organized and comfortable as I travel no matter how quickly the road beckons.
I call these items essential because they save me time and money! Another one of these essentials I need to mention–because again; time and money are at stake–is travel insurance.
You won’t need travel insurance if you forget your charging cable or other small travel accessories. Still, when you need it in the case of interruptions to your trips, you’ll be glad you have it.
World Nomads is fantastic to work with for travel insurance. They also provide coverage for lost or stolen bags. Contact them for a quote.
Best Women’s Travel Accessories
1. Travel Planner
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!
After years of working in the travel industry, one of the most crucial travel accessories I’d recommend to any female traveler (and I guess the male ones too) is a travel planner.
Here you can plan your trip, make a packing list for luggage and additional items, create checklists for your ticket, passport, and mid-flight snack, and plan your daily excursions from whitewater rafting to shopping sprees.
We have our own free downloadable, printable travel planner right here, and it’s all yours with (literally) just a couple of clicks!
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2. Noise Cancellation Headphones
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are life-changing if you travel by air or public transportation and are one of the best women’s travel accessories you can buy.
Heck, I use mine at home if I need to focus on work and others are milling around. Custom oversized 40 mm dynamic drivers produce rich, enjoyable Hi-Res sound.
Life Q20 active noise-canceling headphones reproduce music with extended high frequencies reaching up to 40 kHz. The headphones reduce ambient noises by up to 90% and cancel out a range of low and mid-frequency noises such as cars and airplanes.
Other features include BassUp for extra oomphy bass notes and enough playing time for 600 songs. That should cover you to your favorite discotheque in Europe and back.
3. Hanging Toiletry Bag
The BAGSMART Toiletry Bag and travel bag with a hanging hook is a water-resistant organizer for accessories and toiletries, including hair products and full-sized containers.
It comes in medium-sized and large sizes, both with two-way zipper closures. Its unique design includes inside main pockets with elastic straps to hold bottles.
A double zipper compartment allows easy access to items even when the bag is not fully open. In addition, the sides are transparent, so you can see the contents inside.
The stow-away 360-degree swivel and the non-slip metal hook allow you several options for hanging. The carry handle doubles as a hanging strap.
It’s made from a water-resistant polyester fabric, supple to the touch. Its padded design holds the bag’s shape and provides protection.
You can also use this easy-to-carry bag for the gym, and elsewhere you’ll need toiletries. Comes in several colors, including a charming pink and a vibrant yellow.
These are the best travel accessories for women as far as organization.
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4. Small Toiletry Bag
High-quality toiletry and travel accessory bags in a small size are essential for throwing into your suitcase without taking up valuable space.
This one is made of nylon and is lightweight, perfect for handling women’s travel accessories. The WANDF toiletry bag is only 3.6 oz and has small-scale dimensions of 9.5 (L) x 4.7 (W) x 5.9 (H) inches.
It’s easy to carry and even hang by the side handle so you can access your toiletries easily. It’s made from water-resistant material and breathable mesh, with SBS zippers.
The main compartment holds more oversized items such as shampoo bottles or shaving cream. One zippered mesh pouch has more miniature toiletries and cosmetics in a visible and breathable pocket.
5. Carry-On Bag
This Weekender Overnight Bag for Women by Hyc00 features protective nylon lining and a zipper closure.
A dry/wet separate bag is made from high-density water-resistant material. Use it to separate dry items and wet items like clothes or towels.
The airplane-friendly travel bag makes an ideal carry on bag , gym bag, or overnight bag for business or personal travel.
It can be a handbag or wear it across your body with its comfortable and adjustable strap. It also protects a 15.6-inch laptop computer with a graciously padded sleeve inside a separate zippered compartment.
The many internal and external organizational pockets ensure maximum organization. In addition, it comes with a lifetime warranty, including a 60-day no-questions-asked refund policy.
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6. Cosmetic Bags
The MAANGE Toiletry Bag for Women with Translucent Waterproof Cosmetic Bag is a travel organizer set for accessories, toiletries, and all those million bottles, tubes, and cosmetics that end up on our packing list.
It’s shipped in three sizes. You get one large toiletry bag, one medium make-up bag and a small cosmetic bag.
It also serves as an organizer case for toiletries, medicine, USB cables, earphones, charging cords, and power banks.
These travel bags are made of PU lightweight material, durable, and waterproof. The translucent panels and oversized opening zippers let you see what’s inside each pack so you can quickly find the accessories you need.
The sturdy, smooth zipper closure ensures accessories are organized too. Use the handle strap to hang the bag on the towel rack, shower rod, or wherever you need to easily access your makeup.
7. Wheeled Luggage
The Osprey Fairview 65 Women’s Wheeled Luggage piece offers huge volume and wheeled convenience along with a stowable harness and hip belt for a backpack-style carry option with a women’s-specific fit.
Whether embarking on business trips or backpacking through the countryside, this bag provides you the ultimate freedom and choice to wheel along or carry under your own power.
A large front-panel opening makes loading and unloading your belongings simple, and internal compression ensures your stuff stays put.
The dual-purpose suitcase features oversized 90mm wheels, a stowable tensioned mesh back panel with padded shoulder straps and hip belt, and extensive front panel access for easy packing and unpacking.
It also has a front panel zippered top pocket for smaller items, attachment loops, dual front StraightJacket compression straps, and convenient front mesh pockets.
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8. Travel Scarf
Happyluxe Shawl Wraps is one of those luxury travel accessories you didn’t know you needed until you got one!
This versatile and soft scarf and wrap is made of super soft 95% Tencel and 5% Spandex to keep its shape and is machine washable.
The company story is great too: Designer Leah Murakami is a pilot for a major airline and previously flew F-16s with the Air National Guard.
Since much of her life was spent traveling when sleep and comfort were in short supply, she believed she could create better travel accessories for women.
At 68″ x 35″ in size, Murakami’s scarf can be used for comfort and as a fashion accessory. It’s stylish when layered with other clothing or as a wrap, shawl, or airplane blanket.
They offer two kinds of shawls for women. One is their classic jersey that’s soft, smooth, cool to the skin, lightweight, and breathable.
The other style is a brushed “Eco-Cashmere” similar to the jersey but has been brushed for a fuzzy and soft cashmere feel.
Both fabrics offer the highest UV sun protection rating (UPF 50+). They are hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, made from trees, and sustainably produced.
Both lightweight material shawls are easy to clean and can be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle with like colors. Then hang to dry.
You can even fold it to fit into a purse or carry-on bag. HappyLuxe also offers a 100% Satisfaction Promise, so you can return it for a full refund if needed.
It comes in an assortment of fashionable colors, but the sage green is particularly lovely.
9. Travel Journal
The MALEDEN Vintage Journal for Women is a refillable sketchbook, diary, and planner with unlined pages and a convenient zipper pocket.
This premium leather journal is made of high-quality soft leather that is comfortable to hold and suitable for pockets or bags.
It’s durable enough for outdoor activities on your travels, and the pretty-printing on the front cover gives it a beautiful retro look.
The notebook insert comprises 180 blank good, quality craft paper that’s sturdy but smooth. It will stand up to fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and pencils.
The journal is great for writing, sketching, drawing, and note-taking. The pages will tolerate multiple erasures. It’s refillable; you can also remove pages if you need to make it thinner.
The six card slots and a zipper pouch are great for holding ticket stubs and other travel mementos.
Use it for any kind of journaling you prefer: spiritual or gratitude journals, bullet journaling, art journaling, daily planner, doodles, lists, and more. It also makes a thoughtful travel gift.
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10. Cross Body Bag
The ability to pass through airports, ports, stations, and across an unfamiliar city hands-free of purse straps cannot be underestimated!
Try the Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Slim Dbl Zip Bag, 9 x 10.5 x 1, for the perfect solution and as one of your most handy travel items and documents like your passport and boarding pass.
The bag features a 5-Point Anti-Theft security system that includes lock-down straps to prevent grab-and-go thieves and allows you to secure the bag to a stationary object or chair while you dine or rest.
It also has locking compartments to prevent pickpockets from getting into your bag. It’s also slash-resistance to slash-and-grab theft and has RFID blocking pockets to protect against electronic identity theft.
Women can wear it two ways as it converts from a backpack to a shoulder/cross-body bag by removing and reattaching the strap.
Other features include:
- An interior zippered pocket and padded tablet sleeve.
- Front zippered pocket.
- Zippered mesh water bottle pocket.
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11. Sleep Mask
The MZOO Sleep Mask for Women with 3D contoured eye cups blocks out light and is a super soft comfortable eye shade for travel.
You’ll find these amazing masks as one of the best air travel accessories you’ll purchase as it lets you find that elusive cabin darkness to get your sleep.
The mask is constructed of low-rebound memory foam that doesn’t apply pressure on the eyes. In addition, it uses a unique heat-bonded technology instead of glue, making it durable.
One size will fit all due to its fully adjustable buckle strap that’s easy to adjust and will not catch your hair.
It’s specially designed to effectively block lights while allowing your eyes to freely blink. Ideal for frequent travelers and comes in a choice of colors.
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12. Hair Products
Just like your skin, your hair can get stressed when you travel. I love these Pantene Rescue Shots Hair Ampoules Treatment, Pro-V Intensive Repair of Damaged Hair, 1.5 Fl Oz (Pack of 3) for a quick beauty treatment that’s light and easy on the packing list.
They work great for poolside or beach. Work one of the shots into the ends of wet hair and let it condition while you relax in the sun.
The treatment helps repair and prevent split ends while making your hair soft and shiny, so you look fantastic for drinks and dinner later.
The slim and stylish Matein Travel Laptop Backpack with a USB charging port fits a 15.6-inch laptop, making it an excellent option for business travel accessories for women. It’s made of water-resistant durable polyester with metal zippers.
Aside from the spacious packing compartment, there is an additional front compartment with many pockets and a key fob hook, so your things keep organized.
The comfortable, soft padded, and ventilated back design provides maximum support. Breathable and adjustable shoulder straps are also comfortable on the shoulders.
It also has a foam-padded top handle to use as a carry-on. A hidden anti-theft pocket on the back protects your valuable tech items. It’s perfect for airplane travel including international flights.
The built-in USB charger on the outside and built-in charging cable on the inside gives you a convenient way to charge your phone while moving. Although note it doesn’t provide the power but only offers easy access for charging.
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14. Suitcase Set
You don’t have to get the Rockland Fashion Softside Upright Luggage 2-piece women’s travel set in pink. Still, it sure would make the set one of your most adorable travel accessories if you did.
This highly rated suitcase set includes one upright wheeler at 21″ x 13″ x 7.5″ and one tote bag at 14″ x 11″ x 5.5.”
The upright features inline skate wheels and a stability bar with a telescoping handle.
15. Travel Purse
The Baggallini Everywhere Bag with RFID is one of the safest travel accessories on our list. A classic hobo-style bag made of lightweight, water-resistant nylon for durability.
The bag features an adjustable shoulder strap, exterior flap, secure top-zip closure, and zippered pockets for your cell phone, camera, glasses, and other women’s travel necessities.
The zippered-bottom slip pocket at the back converts to a sleeve that can slide over your suitcase handle.
The RFID technology lining protects items with personal information, passports, and credit cards safe from identity theft.
The roomy main compartment features ten credit card slots, a lipstick and pen holder, a key fob, and a detachable coin purse.
It’s also machine washable, which is impressive because purses can get filthy quickly, especially while traveling.
Remove the wristlet, place it in a washing bag or pillowcase, and wash in warm water with mild detergent. Maintain the bag’s shape by stuffing the pockets while it air dries.
The bag weighs 1 pound, measures 9″ tall, 13.5″ wide, and 5″ deep with a 52″ adjustable strap.
It comes in various colors and patterns but I get a Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen vibe with the beach sand-colored one.
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16. Jewelry and Small Travel Accessories Organizer
BAGSMART’s Jewelry Organizer and Travel Case work great when traveling with necklaces (no more tangled necklaces!), earrings, rings, and bracelets.
It can also keep your other travel accessories neatly organized, like cords and chargers. For its slim shape, it’s pretty roomy at 9.8”L x 6.1”W x 1.9”H. It’s also lightweight at just 0.55 pounds.
It’s made of soft polyester material, a strong carry handle, and a two-way zipper closure so your best travel accessories are safely secured.
The compartments consist of a long buckled band, earrings panel, necklace buckled strap, inter-layer zippered pouch, and a zippered side pocket.
There is a place to keep literally all your small, valuable travel accessories organized in this case. It also comes in a variety of soft, pretty color options.
17. Portable Charger
I can’t think of many places I want to be outside of my home without a charged cell phone.
Fortunately, the Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger, Ultra-Compact 5000mAh External Battery with Fast-Charging Technology makes an incredibly essential power bank for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, and other devices.
It’s packable due to its small, tubular design that slides easily next to your phone in any pocket, organizer, or carry-on bag. This natty little thing is only 10cm tall and 3cm wide.
Extra power on hand is a must for frequent travelers, and it’s genuinely one of the most essential travel accessories for women on this list. It also comes in a variety of colors and travel pouches.
Plus, get a worry-free 18-month warranty, including customer service.
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18. Water Bottle
A good 32oz water bottle will keep you hydrated as you travel or hike and this one comes highly rated.
It’s 18/8 stainless steel with an adorable boho bamboo lid for a chic look whenever you travel or engage in outdoor activities. It’s eco-friendly (read: no BPA, plastic, or paint) and will last a lifetime.
It’s also perfect for adventurers and campers because it’s lightweight and camp boiling proof. But, most importantly, it’s EASY TO CLEAN. The wide opening is big enough to stick a brush inside and scrub with soapy water.
Plus, the opening is wide enough to add ice cubes.
After hoofing it through check-in, security, and duty-free to the plane, you might be desperate to get your shoes off and give those pinkies some comfort during the flight.
Don’t. Expose. Your. Bare. Feet. To. The. Cabin.
It’s not only gross for everyone else, but it’s super-gross for your own feet. Cabins in commercial passenger planes rarely ever get a deep clean – who knows what you might be stepping in whilst in socks or bare feet.
This is where a comfy pair of travel slippers comes in! These Slippy Toes Women’s Foldable Portable Travel Ballet Flat Roll Up Slipper Shoes are arguable the most unique travel accessories for women on my list, guaranteed to offer you a little civilized comfort and your toes warm on every flight.
They even come with their own cute carrying case!
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