Useful Travel Accessories for Your Future Vacations


Traveling in 2021 and 2022, the era of smart phones, COVID apps, and the absolute bliss of noise canceling headphones, is improved by accessories and high-tech devices more than ever before. You used to need nothing more than a good book and a bottle of sunscreen to enjoy a vacation, but today’s savvy traveler can have much more fun and a far easier experience by thoughtfully accessorizing their future travels starting with the items on this helpful list.

Smart Phone and Accessories

Whether you use your smart phone to text pictures to your grandkids, navigate the narrow cobblestone streets of a foreign city, check into your flight with an electronic boarding pass, or even just talk to someone back at home, you will want to keep this essential travel gadget close and ready for anything during your trip. Make sure your cell phone has plenty of juice: charge your phone every night, and keep a power bank on hand for busy days when you use your phone a lot. For rainy days or any of a number of potential accidental dips, use a high-quality water-resistant case.

In addition, this year it’s essential to have a smart phone on hand for touch-free technology and in countries and municipalities that require use of COVID related apps. Smart phones can be used to check into certain hotels or to view restaurant menus, which helps to limit personal contact. They also allow the use of COVID related apps. These apps monitor test results and vaccination status to help keep visitors and residents safe.


For travellers who love to use their vacation time to catch up on reading, e-readers are a must-have accessory. These compact, lightweight devices can carry thousands of volumes at a time, granting access to a virtually bottomless supply of books, magazines, and newspapers. These easy to use handheld devices mean no more weighing yourself down with heavy novels or even having to remember your favourite reading glasses as the font size is easily adjustable.

Noise Canceling Headphones

Finicky babies, chatty seatmates, and the surprisingly loud hum of travel make a good pair of noise canceling headphones one of the most essential accessories on this list. Noise canceling headphones work in two ways. They are both standard headphones that you can use to enjoy movies or listen to music, and they act as noise canceling devices that muffle external sounds and give you the experience of quiet in even the loudest of places.

Activity Tracker

If you want to track your heartrate, how far you walk, how many calories you burn, and even how well you sleep on vacation, you should bring a fitness tracker on your next trip. These high-tech wearable devices look like futuristic wristwatches, and provide you with all sorts of interesting information and insight into your health.

Travel Plug Adapter

Depending on where in the world you travel, you may need to bring a travel adapter or converter in order to use your electronic devices. Different countries use different types of plugs, and adapters are simple extenders to put on the end of any plug so that it works in a foreign outlet. You can buy region-specific adapters, but a universal adapter that works everywhere is one of the best overseas travel accessories you can buy.

Travel with YMT in 2021 and 2022

No matter where you go, and what accessories you bring along for the ride, YMT Vacations would be happy to be part of making your travel dreams come true when the world opens up again. Our fully guided tours provide fun, camaraderie, and value, visit or call (888) 817-5482 to book. CARP members save $100 on any tour.