10 Affordable Travel Necessities You Shouldn’t Travel Without

Your affordable travel necessity guide to more organized, budget friendly and ethical travel.

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Affordable Travel Necessities


With so many different affordable travel necessities out there, it can be hard to narrow down what to bring on a trip. Avoid the overwhelm and be sure to never leave your house without these 10!

Each of these affordable travel necessities will help you stick to your budget, keep you organized or help you reduce the amount of plastic waste you are consuming.


Water Bottle

I can’t emphasize enough how important having a water bottle is on the road! Help reduce plastic waste and save big with your wallet. I suggest an insulated bottle to keep your water cool for as long as possible, or a filtered insulated water bottle like this one. A filtered water bottle will give you the freedom to drink water from anywhere!


Affordable Packing Cubes Travel

Packing Cubes

These affordable packing cubes are a lifesaver. They allow you to keep organized all while utilizing as little space as possible. Talk about a win, win!

If you’re constantly moving around on the road, these will save you a headache. Seriously, I will never travel without them.

HoKeeper Bathroom Organizer Affordable Travel

Hanging Bathroom Organizer


The one beauty project I’ll splurge on? Face care. I mean it’s your face right?! From a gal who wears little to no makeup, I can justify spending a penny on healthy skin.

Would anyone else rather live in a place where the natural glow lasts year round?!

This affordable hanging bathroom organizer is the Mary Poppins of bathroom organizers. It can fit my entire face regimen: face wash, toner, mask, Vitamin C… you get the picture. Plus, all of the other necessities you’ll need while traveling!

This HoKeeper hanging bathroom organizer allows you to keep everything organized in one easy to access place.

Cord Organizer Affordable For Next Travel

Cord Organizer

If you’re anything like me, having a plethora of cords in use at one time comes as second nature. Camera, Phone, GoPro, Kindle, Watch…. so the list goes.

After backpacking Southeast Asia, I was tired of digging through a tangled plastic bag over and over again only to get frustrated. Save yourself the energy and invest in your new, under $12, bff.


Eye Mask Affordable For Next Travel

Eye Mask and Ear Plugs

I know what you’re thinking, minimalist? Well hear me out. If you’re ballin’ on a budget and trying to save pennies everywhere you go, accommodation is probably one of the first things you’ll look to save on. Couch Surfing? 14 person bed hostel dorm? Maybe you’re in the city that never sleeps! 

Never worry about having to wake up too early or stay up too late with these travel necessities. Not to mention, these two affordable necessities are both great for long bus and plane rides.

No matter your immune system, getting sick while on the road is sometimes unavoidable and this eye mask doubles as a heating and cooling mask, too.

I haven’t seen or heard it all, but I’ve seen and heard enough to know you need ear plugs and an eye mask!


Must have bamboo cutlery set

Cutlery Set

Chances are, if you’re traveling on a backpackers budget, there will be many times that you will choose to buy from food stalls or the local grocery store. This is especially true in more expensive countries like Australia, New Zealand and the good ole’ US of A.

No matter what type of traveler you are, I suggest splitting groceries with other travelers if you’re on the road for extended periods of time to fuel your body in a more nutritious way!

Save the planet and never worry about having to ask 8 people for a flimsy plastic knife.

Find the perfect affordable bamboo cutlery set for you and your bestie here!


Reusable Straw Affordable Next Travel

Reusable Metal Straw

I won’t be the first to tell you that plastic straws are extremely toxic to the environment. Plastic straws release toxic chemicals and fumes that will eventually find their way into the earth’s environment through air, water, and land pollution. If improperly disposed, plastic straws can cause significant harm to marine wildlife and ecosystems.

Never worry about using a plastic straw ever again with these portable metal straws. The perfect affordable travel necessity to keep in your backpack, purse and carry-on!

Some benefits of using metal straws include; Less economic cost, safe and easy, less waste in landfills, and ease of portability. Happy slurping!


Hammock Affordable Next Travel



Looking to save on accommodation? Have you ever considered sleeping on an accessible beach for the night under the stars? My first time sleeping overnight in a hammock was in Costa Rica during my first Workaway experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

If that’s a little bit too adventurous for you, a hammock is still a good idea to travel with. Relax at the beach or in the mountains to read a good book, take a nap, or honestly do whatever your little heart desires!


Microfiber Towel Affordable Next Travel

Microfiber Towel

These microfiber towels take up little space and come in a set with 3 different sizes. Never worry about paying hostel fees for a towel ever again!

They are recommended as one of the best affordable travel necessities as they are super easy to clean and extremely versatile. Beach towel, workout towel, shower towel, drop an entire bottle of wine on the dorm floor towel? Now you’re covered!

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  1. June 27, 2019 / 3:03 pm

    Such a cool article, all these items are very useful!

    • theplacesjogoes
      August 6, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you so much! I am glad that you found it useful!

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