13 African Inspired Must Haves For Your Next Vacation

13 African inspired must haves for your next vacation

13 African Inspired Must Haves For Your Next Vacation

When you think of travel thoughts of exotic destinations, amazing new foods and plush hotels come to mind. At Reflektion Design we love to travel and think it’s a great way for you to show the world your culture while learning theirs. So I’ve curated a list of 13 African inspired must haves for your next vacation that will have you looking culturally cute and pulled together.

This African inspired travel accessories guide includes everything from African  pattern swim suits and tote bags, to travel bags and chic blankets for those long international flights or road trips to see the fam. Let me know in the comments which item(s) will be by your side this summer. I’ve got me eyes on #3, 9 & 11.

13 African Inspired Must Haves For Your Next Vacation

13. Mud Cloth Pattern Tote Bag - Reflektion Design

black african pattern large tote bag

Funky, afrocentric, cultured. Words that describe the vibe and pattern of this black and white mud cloth pattern tote bag. What I love about this bag is the flat bottom, inside pocket and wide straps. Making it easy for you to fill the bag with towels, your favorite book and more.  

This large tote bag comes in two amazing African patterns. Now that’s planning ahead and packing well! Bonus matching fanny packs are also available.

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12. African Ladies Water Bottle - Rasta Lion Wear 

african inspired afrocentric metal water bottle vacation travel accessories

It’s easy to get caught up sight seeing or checking out museums and forget to drink water. Vacation is no fun when your dehydrated. Don’t go out like that grab this stylish and functional 14 oz. steel water bottle. The unique pattern is so cultural African ladies dancing and carrying baskets the colors pop plus the clip is convenient for attaching to your backpack or waist. You look good and stay hydrated a vacation win win.

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11. African Print Fabric Garment Bag - ZNAKDesigns 

african print fabric garment bag afrocentric vacation travel accessories

You did not come to play from the fly clothes you packed to the fly luggage you carry them in. This African print fabric garment bag is not the same old drab garment bag. The Ankara fabric fuchsia record pattern is bold, colorful meant to be seen. What I love about this garment bag is it’s handmade and lined qualities important when you want to keep your gear in tact while traveling. Available in two other colors this is a show me off garment bag for the show me off garments inside!  

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10.  African Print Fabric Sun Hat - ChimziShop

large african print fabric sun hat


The sun won't get you down with this large brim African print fabric sun hat. Floppy hats are a must have summer fashion accessory these days. We all want to enjoy the outdoors with style but without the heat. 

African pattern sun hats are the perfect look for your summer vacation, baecation, weekend getaway, beach or pool party, or for a trip to the Islands.

Check out their full collection of African fashion, mens wear, swimwear and more.

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9. African Print Fabric Cosmetic BagJoydesioux 

african print fabric cosmetic bag afrocentric vacation travel accessories

Nothing worse than not knowing where your favorite lipstick is when it’s time to step out on the town abroad. Not a problem when you have a cosmetic bag especially one as eye-catching and beautiful as this one. Handmade in the UK with African print fabric, this box pouch is ideal to purchase as a set of two, or three to store your makeup, hair products, cell phone cords and chargers. Happy packing for those small, important essentials!  

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8. Camo Afro Duffle Bag - Jadore New York Couture 

camouflage afrocentric duffle bag black women with afro travel accessories guide

You've never been afraid to represent who you are let it be known while traveling with this camouflage afro duffle bag. Designed with words like dope, charming and divine sprinkled about her luscious Afro this duffle bag is a conversation starter which is nice when you’re in a new city or town. Comes with a shoulder strap and inside pocket a must have for slaying locally or overseas.

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7. African Pattern Luggage Cover - AnkaraNimi 


african pattern luggage cover


So many suitcases look the same find yours easily with an African pattern luggage cover. Cute, colorful and unique you'll have no problem identifying your bags.

This Kente cloth inspired pattern is vibrant and the luggage cover is designed to protect your luggage from nasty scratches and accidental swaps at the baggage carousel. These covers slide on quickly and feature multiple slits on the left side for easy access to the handles.

What I love about these bag covers is the variety of patterns available. It’s the small touches that make a trip uniquely yours carry this bit of afrocentricity with you wherever you go.

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6. Woven African Fans - Reflektion Design

woven hand fans

Nothing worse than being on vacation hot and sticky. Those days will be long gone with these woven African fans with leather handle.

Handwoven in Burkina Faso they'll fit nicely into your luggage every time and when not in use they make beautiful wall decor. Available in several irresistible colors you may have a hard time deciding which fan to purchase. Good news, fan bundles are also available to you can grab a few for yourself and your travel squad.

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5. African Print Fabric Dress - VeesFabDesigns

colorful african print fabric summer dress


Nothing says vacation vibes like a vibrant sundress with pattern and personality. Veesfabdesigns offers a beautiful selection of African print fabric dresses, pants, tops and more. We love this knee length dress with pockets perfect for brunch with friends or dinner by the beach.

Ankara fabric dresses are so versatile whether a long maxi length or short midi length skirt. Get your sandals and mules ready because these African fashions are officially summer approved.

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4. African Pattern Sandals/Slides - Siega Africa


african pattern kente cloth sandals


Show off that pretty pedicure with pretty sandals. These African fabric sandals can travel with you to the beach, a cruise, an island escape or festival getaway. What I love about these sandals is the toe ring which adds a bit of flair with a comfy rubber sole essential for long walks through the city. These are the kind of sandals you build your vacation wardrobe around.

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3. African Pattern Bathing Suit - JirehSwim 


african pattern bathing suit


A sexy bathing suit with style and culture - yes please! You'll turn heads in this African pattern bathing suit by JirehSwin. This is a beautiful handmade swimsuit is made with polyester and spandex.

It is so comfortable and soft you will forget you have anything on. Very light weight as well.

We love this bathing suit because swimwear should be effortless and stylish. We also love a cultural moment and this bathing suit represents all there is about African style while on vacation.

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2. Maasai Tribe Shuka Blanket /Shawl - Reflektion Design

 maasai tribe shuka blanket vacation wrap table cloth


Maasai throw blankets are worn by the Maasai Tribe (native to Kenya & Tanzania) who wear these shawls while hunting or during special ceremonies. What I love about these throws is their versatility which is very important while traveling. This Shuka blanket will keep you warm on flights or cool evenings, become a makeshift tablecloth for a picnic outside, or an extra throw for your hotel bedding.

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1. African Pattern Fanny Packs - Reflektion Design

mud cloth pattern fanny pack

You want to enjoy your vacation not be constantly thinking about where your room key, money or lip gloss is or if it’s safely stored away. This mud cloth pattern fanny pack will relieve some of that stress and allow you to be hands free nice when it’s time to take photos or taste that fabulous drink everyone has been telling you about. Comes in  vibrant patterns allowing you to stand out on everyday outings or at festivals and concerts.  

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Who’s ready to get their passport stamps up? You now have an Afrocentric shopping list handy for your next adventure around the way or around the world. Each item on the list offers you an opportunity to be uniquely you through style and culture. Now go forth and travel with your fly Afrocentric self and don’t forget to take photos and tag us!

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