10 best travel essentials

(1) THE ITSA
When folded up the Itsa looks like any other beach bag, but by releasing the press studs on the side it turns in to a super-soft sun-lounger cover complete with pockets for storing your sun lotion, book or mobile phone.
£16.95, theitsa.com
(2) MALIN + GOETZ ESSENTIALS
M+G's organic essentials kit has everything a traveller needs to freshen up: cleanser, moisturiser, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.
£20, spacenk.co.uk
(3) DESIGN GO MICRO SCALE
It's not just bag size you need to worry about when travelling on a no-frills airline, it's also weight. So remove any doubt with this handy, lightweight micro scale.
£18.99, traveloutdoors.co.uk
(4) JAMBOX
A miniature, light-weight speaker with remarkably-clear sound and funky design aesthetics. Just press a button on the side and it wirelessly connects to iPods, iPhones or iPads. Head to Selfridges throughout August and try one out in its temporary Jambox room.
£159.99, jawbone.com
(5) WORLDWIDE TRAVEL ADAPTOR
Here's something the tech-addicted traveller shouldn't leave home without. This universal plug adaptor works in Europe, the US and Asia.
£7.49, outdoorkit.co.uk
(6) SAMSONITE ROLLING SUITCASE
Suitcases don't come much better than this one: it's lightweight (crucial for long trips), is made from a durable plastic and has ball wheels which swivel 360 degrees.
£245, houseoffraser.co.uk
(7) RETRACTASAFE 100
The last word in luggage security, this device can be used to seal a single bag or fasten more than one case together. Ideal for overnight train journeys.
£11.99, amazon.co.uk
(8) AQUAPAC WET AND DRY BACKPACK
Backpacks are an essential item for day-trippers. The Aquapac is waterproof on the outside and has two sealable internal pockets which make it a useful place to store wet clothes or swimwear.
£65, aquapac.net
(9) THE ORIGINAL GORILLAPOD
Looking for a camera tripod that won't weigh down your bag? As well as being extremely light, the Gorillapod tripod can be bent into any position that suits.
(10) UNSTUNG HERO
Avoid making yourself into a feast for mosquitoes. Unstung Hero's repellent doesn't use harsh chemicals, but relies on natural oils, and is scented with lemon tea extracts.
£15.00 250ml, roullierwhite.com

The holidays are here and it's time to decide what to take with you on your summer break. Before you start packing, here's our pick of useful accessories.

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Source: Independent

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