8 top-rated travel essentials, from Air Tags to clever carry-on bags
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Let's face it, travelling can be stressful.
From delays to overweight baggage, getting to a holiday destination can leave even the calmest of us feeling frazzled. While we can't prepare or predetermine all stressful situations, there are some products that can help minimise some common travel struggles.
From Apple AirTags to give our baggage the best chance of being found if it should go missing to a luggage scale so you never have to unpack your overfilled suitcase in front of a queue of people again, we've found eight top-rated buys we think are worthing adding to your holiday packing check list.
8 travel essentials you need this summer
What to buy if... your checking in luggage: Apple AirTag | £27 (Was £29) from Amazon
Hopefully you won't lose your luggage this summer, but the Apple AirTag makes it virtually impossible to do so. Pop the tag in your suitcase and you can track its exact location via your iPhone.
Backed up with over 33,000 reviews, shoppers say they "highly recommend" the tracking gadget if you're going on holiday, one customer saying they've "never let me down".
What to buy if... your a bit of a over-packer: Luggage Scale Portable Digital Weight Scale | £13.99 (Was £19.99) from Amazon
The whole airport will never have to see the contents of your bag again. Simply use this digital Luggage Scale Portable Digital Weight Scale before you travel to check your bag is within the airline's limits.
It has almost 30,000 four and five star reviews with people commenting that it's "very accurate", "strong" and "lightweight". So if you haven't upgraded to a digital luggage scale yet, now may be the time to.
What to buy if... you have a lot of gadgets to charge: UK to EU Euro Europe Travel Adapter with 2 USB Ports | £16.99 (Was £17.99) from Amazon
As the years go on, you've probably found hat you're travelling with more gadgets than ever before, especially if you're a family travelling with smart phones, Kindle's, iPads and more.
If you've looked into purchasing a couple more EU adapters this summer you'd of seen they add up to quite a bit. Enter this UK to EU Euro Europe Travel Adapter that comes with one main UK outlet and two USB charging points so you can charge three items of tech in one adapter.
Shoppers say it has saved bickering on their family holidays, adding that it's "very good quality".
What to buy if... your only taking a carry-on bag: Large Travel Backpack | £45.99 from Amazon
If you're just taking a carry-on bag this summer, this backpack may be just what you need.
Available in 27 different colours, we like to think if Lara Croft needed a travel backpack, she'd choose this one. It has everything you need for an stress-free trip, including a wet area so you can throw in your swimsuit before your flight, numerous handy compartments to keep you organised, anti-theft pockets and a USB charging port.
Shoppers say you can squeeze enough for a three to seven day trip in there, saying it's "super multi-purpose" and also "comfortable" to lug around with you.
What to buy if... you have a lot of toiletries: Go Travel Squeeze It Cabin Approved Soft Bottles | £13 from John Lewis
If you're only taking a carry-on you may also want to think about buying these Go Travel Squeeze It Cabin Approved Soft Bottles, which come in packs three 60ml squeezy bottle.
Not only do they adhere to the current liquid guidelines of only allowing containers that hold no more than 100ml, but they're also great when you get to your destination for carrying around suncream and hand sanitiser on the go.
"Really quick to set up, tactile to use and easy to clean out after use" says one five-star John Lewis review.
What to buy if... you're a light sleeper: Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask | £6.98 (Was £8.99) from Amazon
If you're a light sleeper, whether that be on the plane or that you're not sure your villa will have black out blinds this Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask (which comes with a travel pouch) could be just what you need to make sure you're getting some good shut eye.
With 57,000 four and five reviews, it's a popular product as it effectively and comfortable blocks light coming through even the nose area with a patented bending cartilage design. Shopper say it's "soft", "comfortable" and totally blocks out the light. Some shoppers have even bought a second one.
What to buy if... you need to navigate around a new city: Go Travel 2500mAH Mobile Power Bank | £14.99 from John Lewis
There's little more anxiety-inducing than not knowing where you're going and having a low phone battery.
Carrying one of these handy mobile power banks around will ensure you're always prepared for when the dreaded red battery symbol appears. It's ultra-slim so easy to slip in a bag and packed with 2500mAH of power.
"This is a fantastic slimline light portable power bank to have with you" reads one top review.
What to buy if... your travelling with children: Best Travel Baby First Aid Kit | £11.99 from Amazon
Light and portable, you can take this first aid kit wherever you go. The multi award-winning first aid kit is packed with 74 pieces of hospital grade medical supplies, including assorted plasters, tweezers, scissors, wipes, bandages, tape, wound pads and burn gel. Ideal for those travelling with little ones this summer, shoppers say it's the "perfect, compact size".
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