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6 international travel tips the pros live by — plus 37 products to make the journey a breeze

best international travel accessories

Whether you’re planning to spend your next vacation on the white sand beaches of the Maldives or exploring the streets of Paris, you’ll want to make sure to pack all the necessary travel accessories to guarantee a stress-free and relaxing trip. If you don't know where to start, don't worry. Shop TODAY has got you covered.

We spoke to true packing pros — a pilot and two flight attendants — to get their best tips on how to tackle international travel and everything you need for the journey.

Expert tips | Tech | Sleep | Beauty | Fashion and accessories | Unique accessories | Carry-ons | Meet the experts

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Expert tips for international travel, organization is key.

Preparing for an international vacation can be quite overwhelming, especially if it's your first time leaving the country. "Find your inner Marie Kondo ," suggests flight attendant Anna Tune. "Organization is a must when traveling internationally.”

“I started separating my things into separate compartments and it has made such a difference in efficiency and time management. For example, I have a toiletry bag, makeup bag , electronics bag for all of my chargers , shoe bag and even a tote with all of my important documents," says Tune. "It not only makes things easier to find, but it is less likely you will leave something behind.”

Comfort > style

In terms of what to wear on a plane, you'll want to opt for a more relaxed look.

Tune agrees that being comfortable is imperative: “I always bring my own blanket. I get cold very easily and an extra blanket is a game changer for me on a long flight. Also, legs and ankles tend to swell on long flights. Wearing compression socks will help with the swelling and also keep you nice and warm.”

Don't forget the right adaptor

Domi, a professional flight attendant and world traveler, is no stranger to long trips. Her essential travel tip? “Don’t forget an international adaptor/charger for your phone so you can stay connected during the flight and anywhere in the world. An external power bank is also a good idea in case the socket on board doesn’t work."

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Domi also advises travelers to drink a lot of water on board as the air can be very dry. “I always have an empty water bottle in my carry-on bag so I can pass it through security and then ask the flight attendant on board to refill my own bottle. Believe me, it’s less annoying than to ask for a glass of water every 30 minutes,” she says.

Don't be afraid to pack light

Professional pilot Stephen Sabato travels with the mentality that “less is more.”

“I use only a carry-on bag for work and for traveling internationally, no matter how long I am away. I feel like the key to traveling with luggage is to be able to have your bag with you on the plane. Just in case things go wrong, you can be flexible enough to have to change flights, especially if you are getting rebooked through a different connecting airport,” he says.

Check the rules of wherever you're going

Be sure to keep in mind that there are specific TSA rules for every country, so Sabato advises reading all of the information available on your chosen airline's website that pertains to your destination. "Most of the airlines have information dedicated to the countries that you are traveling to," he notes.

“For example, some countries require your passport to not be within six months of expiration. I have seen people turned away at customs in a foreign country for it, so there are a lot of little things that are important to look for,” Sabato says.

From hydrating face masks to noise-cancelling headphones , we’ve rounded up everything you could possibly need in preparation for your next (or first) international trip — starting at only $9.

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Tech accessories for international travelers, saunorch universal international travel power adapter.

SAUNORCH Universal International Travel Power Adapter W/Smart High Speed 2.4A 4xUSB Wall Charger, European Adapter, Worldwide AC Outlet Plugs Adapters for Europe, UK, US, AU, Asia-Blue

Universal International Travel Power Adapter

Weight : 4.5 ounces | Input Voltage : 110 volts | Dimensions : 2.5 x 2 x 2.1 inches

Stay connected all vacation long with Amazon’s choice for power converters. This five-in-one international power adapter includes four USB ports and one universal AC socket so you can charge up to five devices simultaneously. It works in over 150 countries including Germany, Brazil, China and Japan. It's well-regarded by shoppers for being "compact and easy to pack."

Gritin 9 LED Rechargeable Book Light

Gritin 9 LED Rechargeable Book Light for Reading in Bed - Eye Caring 3 Color Temperatures,Stepless Dimming Brightness,12+Hrs Runtime Small Lightweight Clip On Book Reading Light for Kids,Studying

LED Rechargeable Book Light

Features : Dimmable, rechargeable | Battery life : 2.5 hours to charge, up to 60 hours once full | Light source : LED | Dimensions : 2.36 x3.94 x 1.77 inches

What’s better than losing yourself in a good book ? If the overhead light isn't enough, this LED rechargeable book light will certainly come in handy! Rated Amazon’s Choice in book lights, this eye-protecting reading light allows you to adjust the brightness from 100 percent to 20 percent with the press of a button so you won’t wake your neighbor. The built-in 100mAh battery takes roughly two and a half hours to get a full charge and can last up to 60 hours.

Apple AirTag

Apple AirTag

Battery : One lithium metal battery (included) | Dimensions : 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.31 inches

Keep track of all your belongings with this Apple AirTag that instantly connects to your iPhone or iPad. With its built-in speaker, this small tag allows travelers to play a sound to help find their personal items or carry-ons if lost. Plus, you can also drop it in your checked bag to keep an eye on it in case you have to deal with a dreaded lost luggage situation.

“A bag was delayed on our trip & the AirTag alerted us to it’s {sic} continued location at our departure site. Saved us much anxiety & baggage arrived at designated time within a {sic} hour," one traveler wrote in an Amazon review.

Calpak Portable Charger

Portable Charger

Portable Charger

Weight : 0.15 lbs | Materials : Faux leather | Tag dimensions : 4.75 x 3 x 0.5 inches | Strap length : 10 inches | Something to note : Power supply higher than 5V prohibited

Don’t miss capturing one moment of your journey with this portable charger from Calpak, that also doubles as a chic luggage tag. This compact, lightweight charger features a USB port and includes an insert card for your personal information. “Awesome for travel or carry every day. Stylish design. Highly recommend,” raved one verified reviewer.

Bag-all Laptop Sleeve Case with Charger Pocket

Laptop Sleeve Case with Charger Pocket

Laptop Sleeve Case with Charger Pocket

Material : 100 percent natural cotton | Size : 13.3 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches

This super trendy case includes a pocket on the outside so you have a dedicated space for your charger. It can even be monogrammed so you’ll always know which one is yours (plus you won't have to worry about losing your computer and missing that assignment deadline after vacation)!

Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll Up

Leather Charger Roll Up

Leather Charger Roll Up

Material : Unlined leather | Size unrolled : 11.5 x 5.5 inches

Successfully store all your tech accessories in one location with this leather charger roll-up from Mark & Graham. This resourceful case includes pockets for safe storing and a leather tie to keep it all together while traveling. You can also have it monogrammed for a special added touch.

Twelve South AirFly Pro Wireless Transmitter

Twelve South AirFly Pro | Wireless Transmitter/Receiver with Audio Sharing for up to 2 AirPods/Wireless Headphones to Any Audio Jack for use on Airplanes, Boats or in Gym, Home, auto

Battery life: 25 hours

You'll never have to miss your favorite movie on the plane again with this wireless transmitter that's an Amazon No. 1 bestseller. Its long battery life will help you stay entertained, no matter how long your flight is. “I was able to use my headphones without feeling wires attached to the screen. It made easier to sleep with my headphones and I had no issues with battery. I used it for 10 hours on the plane,” wrote one recent Amazon reviewer.

Soundcore Anker Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Soundcore Anker Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Wireless Over Ear Bluetooth Headphones, 40H Playtime, Hi-Res Audio, Deep Bass, Memory Foam Ear Cups, for Travel, Home Office

Anker Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Battery life : 40-60 hours | Form factor : Over ear

Jam out to all your favorites tunes with these noise-cancelling headphones from Soundcore. Named an Amazon’s choice pick, they are designed to reduce ambient noise up to 90 percent, according to the brand. The description says you can get up to 40 hours of non-stop playtime in wireless active noise-cancelling mode and up to 60 hours in standard music mode. “Highly recommend if you are on a budget. I purchased these to help me focus on my studies. So far it’s doing its job with no issues. The foam is soft and the functions are basic, no app required,” said one verified Amazon shopper.

Pocketalk Classic Language Translator Device

Pocketalk Classic Language Translator Device - Portable Two-Way Voice Interpreter - 82 Language Smart Translations in Real Time (Rose Gold)

Classic Language Translator Device

Languages translated : 82

Never accidently order anchovies on your pizza again with this classic language translator from Pocketalk. This portable two-way voice interpreter’s built-in data plan translates conversations anywhere internet signal is available in 133 countries. One world traveler said, “I love this. I didn’t speak Spanish and it helped me communicate in DR, Puerto Rico and Columbia. I’m now using it to learn how to speak Spanish.”

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Sleep accessories for international travelers, flents foam ear plugs.

Flents Foam Ear Plugs, 50 Pair for Sleeping, Snoring, Loud Noise, Traveling, Concerts, Construction, & Studying, Contour to Ears, NRR 29, Beige, Made in the USA

Material : Foam | Quantity: 50 pairs

Never again will you lie awake to the snoring sounds of your seatmate as these are designed to reduce noise levels and fit comfortably in your ear. Made from soft foam, these earplugs offer hearing protection from music, heavy machinery and other loud environments, according to the brand. One verified customer said, “We use earplugs all the time. A friend sent us approximately one dozen individual packages of different ones to try. We’ve bought every different type. These are by far superior to others. Very comfortable, they stay put, they do a great job at blocking out the noise. I just bought another container full.”

Angemay Airplane Footrest

Airplane Footrest - Travel Foot Rest (Thickened Memory Foam), Airplane Travel Accessories, No Clashing Foot Hammock & Portable Plane Leg Rest, Provides Relaxation and Comfortable for Long Flight

Airplane Footrest

Weight : 3 ounces | Size : 16.93 x 8.46 inches

Perfect for lengthy flights, this affordable footrest is designed to help prevent lower back and leg stiffness or swelling, according to the brand. One traveler said, “I bought this for 10 hours of flying, and it was money well spent! I used it like a swing, and switched my feet off frequently...It really kept me from getting uncomfortable and fidgety. It rolled up into my purse, and it took up no space."

Cabeau Evolution S3 Neck Pillow

Cabeau Evolution S3 Airplane Travel Neck Pillow - Memory Foam Neck Support With Seat Strap Attachment (Indigo)

Evolution S3 Neck Pillow

Material : Memory foam | Features to note : Removable, washable cover; adjustable front clasp

This evolution S3 neck pillow from Cabeau just made traveling a lot more relaxing with its innovative seat strap system designed to eliminate head drop and neck strain. This memory foam pillow includes an adjustable front clasp which customizes fit for individual comfort. “The only travel pillow you should ever consider buying. It’s incredibly comfortable and highly supportive for the head and neck,” raved one five-star reviewer on the brand's site.

Quince Mulberry Silk Beauty Sleep Mask

Mulberry Silk Beauty Sleep Mask | Quince

Mulberry Silk Beauty Sleep Mask

Material : 100 percent 22mm mulberry silk | Features to note : Machine-washable; hypoallergenic

You’re getting sleepy… Never stay awake counting sheep again with this mulberry silk sleep mask from Quince. Pair this classic black mask (or one of the other six colors it comes in) with ultra-comfy pajamas and you’re ready for a good night’s sleep — even when you're 30,000 feet in the air. Sweet dreams!

Beauty accessories for international travelers

Tonymoly i’m real sheet mask collection.

TONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Mask, Pack of 10

I'm Real Sheet Mask Collection (Set of 10)

Quantity : 10 | Features to note: Paraben-free

Mask and you shall receive! This sheet collection is Amazon’s choice for facial masks and is designed to yield maximum hydration for your skin. The three-layer pulp sheet is filled with natural ingredients and soaked in different types of enriched essence, so you’ll walk off the plane feeling better than ever! “I love these, after using them you can feel your face so fresh! They are also really affordable!” said one verified reviewer.

Hydro Flask 21-Ounce Standard Mouth Water Bottle

Hydro Flask 21 oz Standard Mouth with Flex Cap Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle Mesa - Vacuum Insulated, Dishwasher Safe, BPA-Free, Non-Toxic

21-Ounce Standard Mouth Water Bottle

Colorways : 21 | Sizes : 18 ounces, 21 ounces, 24 ounces

Hydration is a key part of any beauty routine. This reusable water bottle is the ultimate choice for traveling as its Tempshield double-walled vacuum insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours, according to the brand. “This is really the best. It looks really nice and it keeps the drinks hot/cold for a long time. Very easy to clean and wash. No leaking at all, it is insulated really well," said one five-star reviewer on the brand's site.

Dagne Dover Mila Toiletry Organizer

Mila Toiletry Organizer

Mila Toiletry Organizer

Colorways : Three | Size : 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches | Volume : 2.7L

Wake up and make up with this trendy toiletry organizer from Dagne Dover that is easy to clean and includes six adjustable compartments made from Repreve® recycled polyester. If you need more space, don't fret! It also comes in a large size. “This bag is absolutely perfect for holding my skin care bottles. So much easier using this bag while traveling,” said one verified reviewer.

Calpak Terra Hanging Toiletry Bag

Terra Hanging Toiletry Bag

Terra Hanging Toiletry Bag

Colorways : Five

Vacation just became way less stressful. This hanging toiletry bag from Calpak is the answer to all your travel storage woes! The organizer features a top grip handle, buckle closure, recycled polyester lining and water-resistant interior. There’s even an exterior toothbrush stand so you won’t have to dig around your toiletry bag ever again. It's even eco-friendly as it was made using six recycled plastic bottles. “This is the best toiletry bag I’ve ever had in my entire life. Worth every penny. I love her,” said one verified customer.

Cadence 6-Capsule Set

Build Your 6

6-Capsule Set

Capacity: 0.56 ounces per tile

Customize your set of six by selecting your favorite color Tiles for your skin care and body care. Cadence’s capsule set is TSA compliant and the brand's site has a nifty guide that'll tell you how many uses you can get out of the different types of products you fill it with.

Calpak Small Clear Cosmetics Case

Small Clear Cosmetics Case

Small Clear Cosmetics Case

Colorways : Eight | Sizes : Three

This chic clear case designed to hold all your favorite makeup essentials. It's a compact case featuring a lay-flat carrying handle, two spacious zippered compartments and water-resistant lining.

Drybar Baby Buttercup Travel Blow-Dryer

Baby Buttercup Travel Blow-Dryer

Baby Buttercup Travel Blow-Dryer

Features to note : Operates at 120/220-240 volts for overseas travel

You certainly won’t regret splurging on this travel blow-dryer from Drybar which delivers 100 percent of the performance of most full-size dryers. Its compact size makes it the ideal solution for traveling. According to the brand, it's suitable for all hair types.

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Fashion and accessories for international travelers, birdy grey jewelry box.

Jewelry Box

Jewelry Box

Colorways : Four | Personalization : Yes

Made from 100 percent PU leather, this Birdy Grey jewelry case features slots and hooks for efficient, safe storage. There’s also the option to have your case monogrammed for an added personalized touch.

Falari Baseball Cap

Falari Baseball Cap Adjustable Size for Running Workouts and Outdoor Activities All Seasons (1pc Black)

Baseball Cap

Material : 80 percent acrylic, 20 percent wool | Size : One size

Spend more time exploring and less getting ready with this adjustable baseball cap that you can easily throw on. One five-time buyer of this product said, “I have a lot of thick hair and this cap is large enough to fit comfortably. The fabric blend does not cause my head to perspire, the cap holds its shape, it is very well made and the price is excellent. I bought one and liked it so much, I bought 4 more, then 5 more. I now have a wonderful wardrobe of this cap in different colors to suit year round outfits.”

Birdy Grey Passport Holder

Passport Holder

Passport Holder

Colorways : Five | Personalization : Yes

Channel your inner jet-setting socialite with this super chic passport holder from Birdy Grey. The case is made from 100 percent PU leather and is the perfect spot to store all your essential travel documents. It can be personalized with a short name or just your initials.

Airportag Hello Luggage Tag

Hello Luggage Tag

Hello Luggage Tag

Colorways : Seven | Size : 2.7 x 3.9 inches

Never lose your luggage again when you show up to the airport with this fun luggage tag that will have everyone singing along with you. It has a high-quality print finish on both sides and is made from durable plastic to withstand everyday use. Don’t forget to personalize your luggage tag by filling out passenger information in the dropdown menu before checkout.

One verified customer said, “This thing is hilarious. I got four compliments on it from flight attendants on my first trip. You know it’s epic when the pros love it. Worth the money for the joy it brings!”

Guanjunx Luggage Straps Bag Bungees

Luggage Straps Bag Bungees for Add a Bag Easy to Travel Suitcase Elastic Strap Belt (Black) ...

Luggage Straps Bag Bungees

Colorways : Six

Keep all your valuables safe and your hands free with this buckle-free strap that securely attaches any bag to your suitcase handle. One verified five-star reviewer said it "made their travel life so much easier."

Bombas Everyday Compression Socks

Women's Everyday Compression Socks (15-20mmHg)

Everyday Compression Socks

Sizes : S-L | Colorways : Three

These compression socks are designed to relieve aching or swelling legs, according to the brand, so they're ideal to wear while traveling. Plus, you can feel good about your purchase since Bombas is committed to donating one pair of socks to a community in need for every pair sold.

Zara Tasseled Moccasins

Tasseled Moccasins

Tasseled Moccasins

Sizes : 5-11 | Sole height : 0.4 inches

All eyes will be on you when you step onto the plane in these charming tasseled moccasins from Zara. This chic pair of loafers with metallic buckle feature a flexible technical sole made of latex foam which is designed for more comfort.

Modern Picnic The Snacker


The Snacker

Eat your snacks in style with this lux insulated pouch from Modern Picnic. The Snacker is made of a premium vegan leather exterior with an insulated interior and will make you feel super nostalgic with its childhood lunchbox vibes. One happy customer raved, “I saw the Snacker and knew I had to have it! It is so versatile with how you can use it but also stylish. I recommend this for any event: beach, travel, work, run errands, etc.”

Eltsuh NY ‘You Got This’ Hoody

You Got This Hoody | black

You Got This Hoody

Material : 100 percent cotton | Sizes : S-XXL

Inspire yourself and those around you when you wear this motivational ‘You got this’ hoodie. Perfect to throw on over a white T-shirt to keep you snug and warm during long flights or morning runs on the beach.

S-Zone PU Leather RFID-Blocking Crossbody Cell Phone Bag

S-ZONE PU Leather RFID Blocking Crossbody Cell Phone Bag for Women Wallet Purse

PU Leather RFID-Blocking Crossbody Cell Phone Bag

Colorways: 23 | Compatible with : iPhone 6S Plus-14 Pro Max, Samsung S8+ to Samsung S22+

Pairing style with function, this faux leather crossbody makes it nearly impossible to misplace your phone. It an ultra-comfortable purse strap with RFID-blocking technology so you can strut around any city with confidence that your information is safe. “I bought mine for travel but may now use all the time,” wrote one verified five-star reviewer.

Ohayomi Thick Soft Pashmina Shawl

OHAYOMI Womens Thick Soft Pashmina Shawl Wrap Scarf Warm Solid Color Stole

Thick Soft Pashmina Shawl

Size : One size | Colorways : Seven | Material : Wool and polyester

That's a wrap! Stay warm and cozy 35,000 feet in the air with this luxurious pashmina wrap. This lightweight shawl is versatile and can be worn as a wrap, blanket or scarf. You can even share it with a friend on your next overseas flight as a blanket since it's extra long! One five-star reviewer raved, "I love this scarf! It's very chic and stylish. The color is vibrant and the material is very soft."

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Unique accessories for international travelers, travel challenges card deck.

Travel Challenges Card Deck

Quantity : 50 cards

Turn your next vacation into an extra fun adventure with this pocket-sized card deck of travel challenges that dares you to be fearless. From asking the locals for a secret spot to challenging yourself to a technology-free day, these cards are designed to help you make the most out of your next trip! “The cards give suggestions we would never think of on our own, like asking the next person you see their favorite restaurant,” wrote one happy traveler.

Papier Travel Stamps Journal

Travel Stamps Journal

Travel Stamps Journal

Size : 6 x 8.5 inches | Pages : 192

Spruce up your trip with this jovial journal that is separated into six journeys, with space for transportation plans, accommodations, budgets, packing lists, itineraries, journaling and your favorite highlights. You can also channel your inner child with the illustrative map of the world with countries you can color in as you visit.

Carry-on bags

Bespoke post line of trade canvas weekender bag.

Line of Trade Canvas Weekender Bag

Line of Trade Canvas Weekender Bag

Colorways : Six | Material : Cotton canvas | Size : 20 x 13 x 8 inches

This handsome tote features metal hardware and reinforced frame, thick leather handles and a removable nylon webbing shoulder strap for hands-free travel. One happy girlfriend said she “purchased for my boyfriend and he travels with it everywhere! Amazing quality and craftsmanship!”

Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner

Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner, Navy Blue

21-Inch Hardside Spinner

Colorways : Four | Sizes : 21 inches, 26 inches, 30 inches

This compact travel essential includes four double spinner wheels to ensure smooth-rolling mobility in any direction and a protective extra-thick ABS hard shell for scratch resistance. Not only does it come in two other sizes, you can also snag it in complete two- and three-piece sets. “We packed these full for our trip to Costa Rica. They were perfect. Traveled well,” wrote one five-star reviewer.

Baggallini Extra Large Carryall Tote Bag

Baggallini womens Extra-large Extra Large Carryall Tote, Black, Black US

Extra Large Carryall Tote

Colorways : Six | Weight : 1.9 pounds

You’ll have plenty of space to comfortably store all your makeup, tech accessories and more in this extra-large carryall tote from Baggallini, which includes a quick-access phone pocket so you’ll never miss a text again. Features include an 11.5-inch shoulder drop, 52-inch removable, adjustable crossbody strap and multifunctional pockets. One satisfied customer shared, “I needed a bag to carry pillows and blankets when traveling. These extra large totes work perfectly allowing me to keep all my items clean and together.”

Beis The Carry-On Roller

B?is The 21-Inch Rolling Spinner Suitcase in Beige at Nordstrom

The Carry-On Roller

Colorways : Six | Sizes : 21 inches, 26 inches, 29 inches

Strut your stuff through the airport with this cool carry-on roller from Beis. It has a top carry handle and side carry handle for easy grip. Plus, its interior expands an extra two inches, so you’ll be able to easily stow all of your souvenirs for your family and friends. “This is my second Beis luggage purchase and fifth purchase overall. I love it. The Carry-On size is able to move at ease. It feels durable and sturdy to touch. I love it and look forward to add {sic} more pieces of Beis luggage to my travel team,” said one repeat-customer.

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Meet the experts.

  • Anna Tune is a flight attendant who currently works for Southwest Airlines.
  • Stephen Sabato has been a pilot for almost 30 years and currently works for United Airlines.
  • Domi is a world traveler and has been a flight attendant for almost seven years.

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Allie Wise is an associate editor for Shop TODAY.

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Packing for a trip gets infinitely less stressful when you’ve got a trusted arsenal of travel accessories. In fact, you may even look forward to putting your travel accessory kit back after a trip, knowing that it will be there waiting in all of its organized glory when you embark on your next journey. Finding the perfect travel accessories is another story—but we’re here to help. 

Part of a successful vacation is feeling comfortable, no matter where you may find yourself. That can be hard when you have limited space for the essentials, let alone the items that will make you feel right at home, no matter which hotel room you find yourself in. Luckily, the travel-sized accessory market is enormous. So big that even beginning to look for some permanent fixtures for your accessory kit is an arduous task. So, go into these recommendations knowing that our goal is to set you up with a foolproof set of items that will really come in handy.

From the best travel blanket and the most comfortable pillow to noise-canceling headphones and a chic passport wallet, we touched on every essential you could reach for.

Best Travel Pillow: Turtl Travel Pillow at Amazon

"A Velcro patch allows you to wear this more like a scarf, with the plastic inner structure keeping your neck and chin propped up."

Best Charger: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux at Amazon

"This charger from Anker may be small, but it packs a lot of power."

Best Face Mask: Hmnkind Mask APM Blue at

"Reviewers have applauded this mask's comfort, no matter where or when you wear it."

Best Blanket: Travelrest Wrap 4-in-1 Travel Blanket at Amazon

"This pick acts as a pillow, lumbar support, or you can use its carrying case as an additional space for storing travel essentials."

Best Umbrella: Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella at Amazon

"This is coated in Teflon and designed with resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs to keep the structure sound through strong gusts."

Best Hand Sanitizer: Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer at Amazon

"The lavender spray goes a long way and comes in packs of two or six bottles."

Best Passport Wallet: Leatherology Deluxe Passport Cover at Leatherology

"This passport cover comes in 17 colors and can be personalized."

Best Compression Socks: Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks at Amazon

"These compression socks from Physix Gear Sport use a stretchy yet durable Lycra fabric that hugs your leg."

Best Tote Bag: Baggu Cloud Bag at Amazon

"You can fit an entire change of clothing, a laptop, all your travel accessories, and more."

Best TSA-Approved Lock: Surelock TSA-Compatible Travel Luggage Locks at Amazon

"This will give you the peace of mind of knowing when a TSA agent opened your bag."

Best Packing Cubes: Calpak Packing Cubes 5-Piece Set at

"This five-piece set will make packing and unpacking a breeze."

Best Toiletry Bag: Bagsmart Travel/Toiletry Small Bag at Amazon

"The five storage areas will keep toiletries organized while the attached hook makes access easy."

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II at Amazon

"These headphones have three different noise-canceling levels and a long-lasting battery."

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Best travel pillow, trtl travel pillow.

Easy to pack


Machine washable

Wearing it takes some getting used to

Not great for tall people

The Trtl Travel Pillow is a frequent traveler favorite for a reason. This travel pillow is applauded for its excellent design, but putting it on does take some getting used to. Unlike other travel pillows, you can’t slip it around your neck and go. A Velcro patch allows you to wear this more like a scarf, with the plastic inner structure keeping your neck and chin propped up. While our tester dealt with some confusion trying out the travel pillow for the first time—for example, it was unclear that the pillow is only meant for the left side of your face—she was impressed by the comfort. The fleece cover is machine-washable, something our tester loved, and the entire thing weighs mere ounces.

Best Charger

Anker store powercore 10000 pd redux.

Sleek design

Quick charging power

Single USB charging port

This charger from Anker may be small, but it packs a lot of power. You’ll get more than one charge out of this device for some of your tech. More specifically, it’ll charge an iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 twice and an iPad mini 5 once. The overall design is much sleeker than some competitors, with a matte black finish and a simple LED indicator light to tell you when your device is fully charged. For smaller devices, the charger uses something called trickle-charging mode. This delivers smaller bursts of power for smaller devices without damage.

Best Blanket

Travelrest travel blanket.


Full coverage

Cozy, plush material

A bit bulky

If there’s one thing that could make a long, frigid flight a little cozier, it’s a blanket that doubles as a full-body sweater. The Wrap 4-in-1 Travel Blanket from Travelrest also acts as a pillow when stuffed into its travel case, lumbar support, or use its carrying case as an additional space for storing travel essentials. The best part is that it’s easy to wear as a full-body blanket—you won’t have to wiggle in and out of it or disturb your seatmates in the process.

Best Umbrella

Repel windproof travel umbrella.

Small footprint

Small coverage area

If there’s one thing that will set apart a travel umbrella from the rest, it’s whether or not it’s windproof. This is a feature you didn’t know you needed until you really need it. This travel umbrella from Repel is not only small enough to toss into any carry-on bag, but it’s coated in Teflon and designed with resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs to keep the structure sound through the strongest of gusts. Our tester found that this umbrella withstood strong winds and dried quickly, and the thoughtful design makes it easy to open and close.

Best Hand Sanitizer

Dr. bronner's organic hand sanitizer spray.

Great scent

Made with organic ingredients

Smell is too strong for some

If the sharp smell of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is something you can’t stand in an open-air environment, chances are you’ll be kicking yourself for spraying it mid-flight. That’s where this delightfully scented hand sanitizer from Dr. Bronner’s comes into play. The lavender spray goes a long way and comes in packs of two or six bottles. In fact, it smells so good it could double as an air freshener. Plus, it ditches the harsh chemicals that dry out your hands while still maintaining the power to kill as many germs as the more industrial hand sanitizers.

Best Passport Wallet

Leatherology deluxe passport cover.

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Personalization options

17 color options

Full grain leather

Not a lot of space in pockets

Leatherology makes high-quality, affordably priced leather goods, and their passport covers do not disappoint. This case has two pockets, one of which is for your passport, and four credit card slots. While there are plenty of pockets, some reviewers note they are a bit small, making removing and replacing cards difficult. There are 17 colors to choose from, including options with RFID-blocking or premium leather, which cost a bit extra. The 11 standard colors cost $70, and all use soft, full-grain leather, and the passport wallet can be customized with debossing or handpainted leather for an additional fee.

Best Compression Socks

Physix gear sport compression socks.

Bold design

Compression socks can be tricky: Find a pair that’s too tight, and you’ll keep yourself up the entire flight. But wear a too loose pair, and you’ll miss out on all of the benefits (less swelling, sore muscle relief, and better blood circulation). These compression socks from Physix Gear Sport use a stretchy yet durable Lycra fabric that hugs your leg. Because they’re so breathable, you won’t be trapped with a claustrophobic feeling mid-flight. Our tester noted that the socks reduced swelling even after a short wear without leaving marks. Though, like many compression socks, they can be a bit difficult to get on.

Best Tote Bag

Baggu cloud bag in laurel.

Limited color options

There are countless situations in which you would be thanking yourself for tossing a tote bag into your suitcase. That tote bag should be Baggu’s Cloud Bag, which looks fantastic and would pass as an everyday bag and is highly durable, thanks to recycled heavyweight nylon. You can fit an entire change of clothing, a laptop, all your travel accessories, and more (probably) inside it. Plus, it packs down into its own travel pouch and comes in four different colors.

Best Packing Cubes

Calpak packing cubes 5-piece set.

Great storage space

Great color options

Material could be more durable

Packing cubes are what separate the seasoned traveler from the newbies. Investing in a solid set can help you add multiple outfits' worth of space back into your luggage. This five-piece packing cube set from Calpak comes in 12 colors and prints. Each set includes a 17-inch cube, a 15-inch cube, two 12-inch cubes, and a 13-inch cube. For those who value organization above all, there's also a spot where you can drop in a hand-written organizing label.

Best Toiletry Bag

Bagsmart toiletry bag with hanging hook.

Double handle for easy carrying

Design isn’t the most sleek

There are all kinds of toiletry bags but find one that hangs, and you’ll be thanking yourself for years of vacations to come. This bag from Bagsmart can be easily hung from a shower or a bathroom hook, meaning you don’t have to overload the sink space with all your toiletries. Available in five colors, each bag has five units for storage: two zippered pouch units and two larger storage units with zippered pouches and slots for smaller items. The primary units are designed to keep bottles upright.

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Bose quietcomfort 35 ii wireless bluetooth headphones.

Different noise cancelation levels

Great design

Long battery life

These Bose headphones have three levels of noise cancellation power built into them. You can choose if you want to completely tune out, eavesdrop on the conversation behind you, or hold (at least part of a conversation) while still wearing them. They’re easily packed thanks to a compact travel case and can run for 20 hours off a single charge.

What to Look for When Buying Travel Accessories

Before filling your travel accessory wishlist, think about the luggage you commonly use. If you’re a carry-on bag traveler, you will inevitably have less space to work with. Do you often check a bag when you fly? Buy some packing cubes and make even more space for your travel essentials.

Stress Triggers

Before making your list of necessary travel essentials, ask yourself: What stresses me most about traveling? What do I miss the most when I’m on the road? Let this gut check lead the way for your shopping list. Just remember: Packing too many things can be just as stressful as not packing enough.

Some travel essentials will be an investment, like noise-canceling headphones, and others, like a TSA-approved lock, won’t be. Make sure and prioritize the items you’ll get the most use of, and weigh your shopping list accordingly.

Accessories vary between travelers, but comfort will be a priority on long-haul flights. A good pair of noise-canceling headphones, compression socks, and a travel pillow or blanket will go a long way.

Good travel accessories depend on your trip, but generally, a power bank, luggage lock, hand sanitizer, and travel pillow are good for every vacation.

If you expect to use an accessory during a flight (like a blanket, headphones, or neck pillow), put it in your item underneath the seat for easy access. Accessories like power banks, compression socks, or hand sanitizer are also best kept in a carry-on.

Erika Owen is a frequent traveler with her own dependable stable of travel essentials (noise-canceling headphones, a travel pillow, a tech charger, hand sanitizer, and two tote bags). More than six hours of research went into this story, particularly around suggesting a range of travel essentials that will prove to be the most useful while traveling. She also has reviewed the Trtl Pillow and Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks on this list.

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31 Best Travel Accessories for Any Trip

If you're an anxious flyer, these are for you.

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EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter

Universal Travel Adapter

There's no need to stock a full suite of power adaptors—even if your travels take you all over the globe. A universal adaptor is a must, says Delia Monk, a tour director for group travel company EF Ultimate Break . This single device can be used to charge all of your electronics no matter where you are.

memobottle Reusable Slim Water Bottle

Reusable Slim Water Bottle

The lack of humidity in a plane's recirculated air can leave you parched, or worse, dehydrated. And that small cup of water? It's not going to cut it. This slim water bottle fits neatly in the seat-back compartment. "It's so much more practical," says Anne Scott, founder of Girl Gone International , the world’s largest community of women who live, travel, and move overseas. Plus, for every bottle sold, the company provides one person in need with clean drinking water for one month.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

An e-reader not only provides entertainment en route, and a chance to catch up on buzzy books , but also helps you actually pause and relax while on vacation. "With my Kindle—or any eReader, for that matter—it’s easy to unwind anywhere," says travel blogger Lisa Stentvedt .

Mossio 7 Pack Lightweight Luggage Cubes

7 Pack Lightweight Luggage Cubes

If you tend to throw everything into a bag when you're traveling, let these cute pink leopard print packing cubes help you organize and save space in your luggage. It even comes with three matching laundry pouches and a shoe bag.

yoozon Selfie Stick Tripod With Bluetooth

Selfie Stick Tripod With Bluetooth

You may roll your eyes, but the selfie has become a routine part of any vacation. And there's no denying that a selfie stick helps you get a better shot. This one has an integrated tripod option, a wireless remote shutter, and is compatible with a wide range of devices, says travel blogger Maria Potehina .

supergoop Supergoop! x Gray Malin Everyday Getaway Kit

Supergoop! x Gray Malin Everyday Getaway Kit

Headed somewhere warm? This kit comes in a water-resistant pouch featuring a whimsical print from famed photographer Gray Malin, and is packed with travel sizes of Supergoop! sunscreen (a favorite amongst Oprah Daily editors). There's also a handy SPF balm for your lips .

Anker Portable Charger

Portable Charger

When you're using your phone's map app all day, you'll zap the power in a flash. A portable power bank can save you from having a dead device. This one can charge seven times before needing to be charged itself. In fact, it's so reliable that husband and wife travel bloggers Katie and Ben Zweber carried theirs with them to Everest's base camp.

YUNI Beauty Shower Sheets Body Wipes

Beauty Shower Sheets Body Wipes

Took the red-eye and have no time to shower before a big meeting? Or maybe that walking tour has you sweating bullets. Either way, body wipes can save the day. They'll keep you feeling and smelling fresh, despite the fact that they're non-toxic, plant-based, biodegradable, compostable, and free of harmful ingredients, says Scott.

Sharpty Inverted Windproof Umbrella

Inverted Windproof Umbrella

Unfortunately, rain happens—even when you're on vacation. Be prepared when the weather turns with this clever umbrella. It's a traveler favorite (it has over 1,500 five-star reviews!), because the lightweight frame folds inside out to keep drips contained.

Maaji Calm 5-Pack Face Coverings

Calm 5-Pack Face Coverings

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are a wise choice to take on your travels. Instead of the surgical looking masks, upgrade to this set of 5 pretty face coverings that the whole family can wear.

Seat Covers in Check Me Out

Seat Covers in Check Me Out

If airplane, train, or bus seats have always made you a tad skittish, keep them covered with this whimsical, washable set. If you're not a gingham gal, it comes in numerous other colors and patterns, including dinosaurs for the little ones.

Rothys White Rainbow

White Rainbow

When you're logging a few miles a day, you need shoes that can keep up. These flexible fabric shoes are easy to pack. Plus, they're machine-washable.

Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger

SurgePlus USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger

It's hard enough to find one available outlet in a busy airport terminal, so what are you supposed to do when you need a charger for your phone, your laptop, and your e-reader?! Carry a simple old-fashioned power strip, says Samantha Brown, host of the Emmy-nominated PBS show "Samantha Brown's Places to Love." Any basic power strip will do, but this one, with three three-prong receptacles and two USB ports, is a step above the rest.

Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle Soother

Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle Soother

There's nothing more stressful than walking a screaming baby up and down the aisles of a plane. Thankfully this handy tool can help. It uses a real human voice to lull your baby to sleep with a calming sush. "This has been the only way we have been able to travel with our newborn without her screaming the entire ride," says one reviewer. "It's small enough to keep in the diaper bag. Worth every penny," says another.

OPTP Super Pinky Ball Massage Ball

Super Pinky Ball Massage Ball

When your feet are sore from logging dozens of miles touring a new city or your back is in knots from a cramped plane seat, this simple pink ball can help. "I put two balls on the floor, lay my back on them, push up with my knees, and roll them down my back, quads, and back of legs," says Brown. "They work out all the kinks, knots, and sore muscles."

URPOWER Dog Seat Belt

Dog Seat Belt

Bringing your furry friend along on your family road trip this summer? Don't forget to get them their own seat belt to make sure they're safely and securely strapped in.

trtl Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow

Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow

Anyone who's dozed off while sitting up knows the subsequent neck pain is real. "This travel pillow gives you better ergonometric head and neck support than a regular U-shaped neck pillow and adapts to fit anyone," says travel blogger Sveva Marcangeli . Need proof? "I slept for 10 hours straight on a 16-hour flight from New York to Hong Kong." Plus, unlike U-shaped travel pillows, this one is compact and only weighs half a pound to conserve space.

Polaroid Now Instant Camera

Polaroid Now Instant Camera

Capture all those precious moments on summer vacation with an instantly-rewarding polaroid camera. This one comes with autofocus, a self-timer and flash to help you get the most out of your pics.

Yoobi Hand Sanitizer - Set Of 50

Hand Sanitizer - Set Of 50

Sometimes it can be bulky to carry around a bottle of hand sanitizer when traveling—and that's when these small individual sized packets come in handy. Slip a couple into your toiletry bag every day, and you'll thank yourself come lunch time.

Roku Streaming Stick

Roku Streaming Stick

You no longer have to choose between splurging on expensive on-demand movies or settling for basic cable. Travelers say this small USB-powered device is a game-changer for evenings in hotel rooms. It plugs into any USB-enabled TV to give you access to all your favorite streaming services, even when your own couch is thousands of miles away.

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Rest, Play, and Relax With the 30 Best Travel Accessories [2023]

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Rest, Play, and Relax With the 30 Best Travel Accessories [2023]

1. Travel Organizer

2. passport holder, 3. power bank, 4. neck pillow, 5. sleeping mask, 6. earplugs, 8. compression socks, 9. hand sanitizer, 10. travel adapter, 11. travel converter, 12. luggage tags, 13. money belt, 14. electronics organizer, 15. travel-size bottles, 16. toiletry bag, 17. travel hairdryer, 18. jewelry organizer, 19. travel laundry bag, 20. packing cubes, 21. travel towel, 22. daypack, 23. water bottle, 24. bug spray, 25. tsa-approved lock, 26. first aid kit, 27. luggage scale, 28. portable safe, 29. footrest, final thoughts.

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The trick to really enjoying every trip is being able to take control of your own well-being from the outset.

From keeping your important documents neatly organized in transit to finding accessories that will make your life so much easier while you are away, there are lots of awesome bits of gear out there that will help you to rest, play, and relax a little more easily on the go.

The Best Travel Accessories

Travel Wallet & Family Passport Holder w/RFID Blocking- Document Organizer Case …

Keep your passport, cards, and cash all in 1 place with a handy and secure travel organizer . Compact and slim, they offer practical and well-thought-out storage space throughout.

Made from tough and durable material, a travel organizer features oversized slots to keep your passport, boarding pass, and travel documents neatly organized, as well as cardholders and zippered compartments.

A good travel organizer will not only keep your most important items close at hand, but it will also keep your cards and data safe from theft or fraud by offering RFID-blocking linings . Make it easier to access your passport, cards, and other essentials on the go by investing in a dedicated travel organizer for your next trip.

Fintie Passport Holder, Slim Travel Wallet RFID Blocking Card Case Cover Passport Cover Protector Travel Essentials with Credit...

Protect your most important travel document with a dedicated passport holder . Designed to help protect your passport from the wear and tear of regular travel , these holders come in a huge variety of styles and designs to make them easy to find in your bag.

Not only does a passport holder offer protection for your passport, but they can also offer additional storage space that lets you keep your boarding pass, tickets, and even your credit card close at hand.

Made from durable materials, a passport holder will last you through many adventures to come, and for super style-conscious travelers, you can even buy passport holders that match the style and design of your travel bag or carry-on.

Anker 20,100mAh Portable Charger, Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output and PowerIQ Technology, External Battery Pack...

With more and more backpacks and carry-on cases now offering USB charging ports as standard, a portable power bank is fast becoming a must-have accessory for tech-loving travelers.

Small, lightweight, and easy to use, a power bank will give you the extra charging power you need to give your phone or tablet a reliable power source on the move. Simply charge your power bank using a USB before leaving home to deliver anything between 1 and 4 full charges in transit .

Compact and highly capable, you can find power banks that are as slim as a credit card for emergency top-ups or invest in a slightly larger model that lets your phone, camera , or tablet charge up as you travel.

Bottom Line: These super-useful little packs of power can also be used to charge your phone while you are out sightseeing, chilling back at your hotel, or simply for portable charging back at home.

Dot&Dot Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow for Neck, Chin, Lumbar and Leg Support - Neck Pillows for Sleeping Travel Airplane for...

Avoid a stiff neck and enjoy a more comfortable sleep with a dedicated neck pillow . Made with memory foam or beaded interiors and soft and washable covers, these ergonomic and easy-to-carry portable pillows will help to support your head and neck while you snooze, read, or relax.

Designed to help relieve pressure points , these travel pillows are perfect for use on long flights or road trips, and the lightweight design makes them super easy to attach to your luggage or slip inside their own compact carry case. With lots of colors and designs to choose from, it’s easy to find the right travel pillow to keep you feeling comfortable no matter how long your journey is.

Handmade Cotton Sleep Mask - Upgrade Design Light Blocking Sleeping Eye Mask Soft Oversized Eye Shape Blinder Blindfold Airplane...

Another great way to stay comfortable and relaxed in transit is by adding a sleep mask to your travel kit.

Designed to shut the world away, these easy-to-wear face masks completely cover the eye area to help you regulate your sleeping pattern. Keep bright light to a minimum and recreate a relaxing nighttime vibe, even in the middle of the day, while also helping to alleviate jet lag as you travel across different time zones.

Available in a variety of different styles and made from a wide range of materials, your eye mask needs to be thick enough to keep the light out while still feeling lightweight enough to avoid putting any pressure on your eyelids.

ANBOW Soft Ear Plugs for Sleeping Noise Cancelling. Ear Plugs for Swimming, Concerts, Travel, Work, Snoring & Concentration....

Earplugs are another great addition to your travel kit, and there are many different types to choose from. Wearing earplugs while you fly can help to relieve the discomfort associated with the air pressure changes that you can experience during the flight.

They also help reduce noise levels, which can offer you more peace and quiet to help you enjoy a much-needed sleep along the way. If the discomfort of “popping” in your ears while you take off and land is really uncomfortable for you, filter earplugs can equalize the pressure against your eardrum to help reduce the pain.

Easy to use and incredibly portable, there are earplugs out there to suit all ages, preferences, and budgets.

DUDE Wipes - On-The-Go Flushable Wipes - 1 Pack, 30 Wipes - Mint Chill Extra-Large Individually Wrapped Adult Wet Wipes -...

Traveling can feel like a dirty business, and sometimes it’s nice to be able to just freshen up on the go. Face and hand wipes can make you feel clean and fresh again after a long flight, are compact to carry, and are super easy to use and dispose of.

Without the need for access to water, you can carry handy packs of wipes with you on the plane to clean your hands before and after you eat or to freshen up before you land. Made from skin-friendly formulations with fresh, natural scents , a pack of hand and face wipes is a must-have for every travel bag.

CHARMKING Compression Socks for Women & Men Circulation (3 Pairs) 15-20 mmHg is Best Athletic for Running, Flight Travel, Support,...

These specially designed, tight-fitting, knee-high socks are designed to help reduce the risk of developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis) while you are flying.

If you are likely to be in the air for more than 5 hours at a time, investing in a pair of compression socks can help to not only mitigate the risk of DVT in pressurized cabins , they can also be used when back at home as well.

Perfect for use by men and women, compression socks can reduce the pain and discomfort of swollen legs that can be caused by a lack of movement, help with the pain of swollen legs, and even aid with faster recovery after exercise and surgery.

Purell 2in1 Moisturizing Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel, 4 oz Portable Bottle with Flip-Top Cap (Pack of 6), 3498-04-EC

A little bottle of hand gel, foam, or spray makes light work of staying clean and hygienic. Easy to use and available everywhere, hand sanitizer is a must-have item for your travel bag.

Perfect for use when you have no easy access to water or just want to keep clean without leaving your seat, these specially formulated hand sanitizers contain at least 60% alcohol and have been designed to kill many viruses, bacteria, and microorganisms on the hands .

Quick and effective, you only need to rub the sanitizer together on your hands until they are dry for a quick clean-up. A bottle, a pump, or a spray sanitizer should be a priority item for frequent travelers.

Hot Tip: Due to COVID-19, hand sanitizer containers of up to 12 ounces are now allowed through TSA. Learn more about nearly 500 items you can and cannot bring through TSA Security in our detailed guide.

EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter One International Wall Charger AC Plug Adaptor with 5.6A Smart Power and 3.0A USB Type-C for USA...

Wherever you are headed, you will probably still want to keep in touch with the folks back at home. Depending on your destination, you may need to take a dedicated travel adapter away with you .

With a range of different plug styles available, you can power your phone, laptop, tablet devices, hairdryers, and other electronics with ease, provided you choose the right type of travel adapter.

Designed to work with different voltages, you may find that a simple travel adapter or plug-to-plug adaptation is all you need, but in some cases, it may not be enough to safely power your personal devices. If this is the case, you will need to invest in a travel power converter, too.

FOVAL Power Step Down 220V to 110V Travel Voltage Converter International Power Adapter for Hair Straightener/Curling Iron with...

Not only do different countries and continents favor different-shaped power sockets, but in many cases, they also have a different range of electrical voltages charging through their wires. In the U.S., for example, power runs on 110-120 volts, whereas many other countries run at 220-240 volts .

The higher the voltage, the more at risk your appliances are from frying, so it is important that your converter makes them safe to use. There are many dual and multi-voltage appliances and converters out there, so carefully research before you buy.

American Tourister Disney Luggage Tag, Minnie Mouse, One Size

Make your suitcase super easy to identify with a personalized luggage tag . From simple leather fobs through to brightly colored, witty, and whimsical patterns and slogans, your luggage tag offers a personalized appearance that is easy to identify at the reclaim bay .

What’s more, these tags can also be used to make a record of your personal information, so should your cases or bags go astray, they can easily find their way back to you.

Without a luggage tag, it is very easy for bags to be the innocent victims of mistaken identity, and before you know it, your personal effects could have made it home with somebody else! Be kind to your luggage, and keep it close with its very own luggage tag.

Travel Money Belt - RFID Blocking Hidden Wallet with 7 Bonus Sleeves

Keep your cash close at hand as you go with a tight-fitting, super-secure money belt . With some designed to weave their way through your belt loops, these super discreet storage belts offer just enough room to keep your notes and cards safe from would-be pickpockets.

Made from tough and durable materials, they function well as a regular belt, and with modern-day criminals not just looking for cash, some of these belts even come with RFID-blocking protection built into the fabric of the belt that will protect your cards from being cloned while you roam.

Bottom Line: Stylish, practical, and easy to use, a money belt is an excellent choice for busy airports and crowded tourist destinations.

sisma Travel Cords Organizer Universal Small Electronic Accessories Carrying Bag for Cables Adapter USB Sticks Leads Memory Cards,...

Long journeys can fly by with the help of your laptop, cell phone, tablet, or other electronic devices to keep you amused.

With more and more travelers taking a wide range of devices away with them, including cameras and GoPros, keeping your charging cables, power cables, and other accessories neatly organized is more important than ever.

An electronics organizer offers plenty of mesh and zippered compartments, storage loops, and dedicated pockets to keep your cables, SD cards, USBs, adapters, and other accessories easy to find and nice and safe.

Compact enough to keep close at hand in your carry-on, a well-designed electronics organizer will allow you to shoot, play, and stay entertained wherever you are headed.

Valourgo Travel Bottles for Toiletries Tsa Approved Travel Size Containers BPA Free Leak Proof Travel Tubes Refillable Liquid...

Stay on the right side of the TSA travel restrictions by investing in a set of travel-size bottles . Designed to fully comply with the TSA 3-1-1 rule , you can purchase specially-made sets that allow you to carry liquids, gels, and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters. These containers can fit in a 1-quart-size bag that complies with the U.S. carry-on rules, making it easy to breeze through security without being stopped along the way. Suitable for use on both domestic and international carriers, these TSA-approved travel bottles will quickly become one of your most trusted travel items.

BAGSMART Toiletry Bag for Men, Travel Toiletry Organizer Dopp Kit Water-resistant Shaving Bag for Toiletries Accessories, Door...

Enjoy a few home comforts even while you are away by taking your favorite shower gel, shampoo, and other cosmetics and toiletries with you.

Whether you choose to take full-size products or decant your best-loved lotions and potions into smaller containers, these toiletry bags come with waterproof, wipeable linings and lots of zippered compartments to help you keep your toiletries well-organized.

Some come with hangers that let you easily see and access all of your products in the bathroom, and others are sizable enough to let you carry brushes and other cosmetic items with you, too.

Conair Travel Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage, 1875W Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle, Travel Blow Dryer

If you don’t want to leave your crowning glory to the mercy of a hotel hairdryer, take your own hairdryer away with you. More compact than your regular full-size dryer, there are plenty of small yet incredibly powerful travel hairdryers that offer superior performance in a smaller package.

Choose from foldable models or those with reduced dimensions , and look for dryers that come complete with diffuser and nozzle attachments for even greater versatility.

Offering high-end features such as ionic technology, multiple heat and speed settings, and even a cool shot button to fix your style, these portable appliances won’t take up too much room in your suitcase. Remember, you may need a travel adapter/converter to use your dryer, so check the voltage details before going.

BAGSMART Travel Jewelry Organizer Roll Foldable Jewelry Case for Journey-Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Soft Pink

Get dressed up and glow with your very best bling kept carefully tucked away in your travel-size jewelry organizer .

Made with protective exteriors, these reduced-sized jewelry boxes come with soft-lined interiors and zoned areas for different items , as well as secure clasps or zippers to prevent them from opening up and spilling out.

With multi-layered inserts, lots of space for bracelets, brooches, necklaces, rings, earrings, and even more, a travel jewelry box will let you look your best without weighing you down as you go.

HOMEST 2 Pack XL Wash Me Travel Laundry Bag, Dirty Clothes Organizer, Large Enough to Hold 4 Loads of Laundry, Easy Fit a Laundry...

Keep your clean clothes clean and away from unwanted dirty odors with a dedicated lightweight travel laundry bag . With the ability to fold up super small when not in use , these super practical bags can be used to store your dirty undies, wet socks, and other nasties neatly out of the way until you can reach a washing machine.

Made from breathable fabric, they come with drawstring closures that can also be used as carrying handles for trips to and from the laundromat and may have additional pockets for keeping smaller items organized.

BAGAIL 8 Set Packing Cubes, Lightweight Travel Luggage Organizers with Shoe Bag, Toiletry Bag & Laundry Bag (Pewter Color)

These different-sized packing cubes are perfect for organizing your clothes and belongings before you put them in your suitcase or rucksack.

Available in a selection of sizes, these nylon bags let you group together items by type or use and let you maximize your packing power to suit the size of your suitcase. Lightweight and easy to store when not in use, these super useful packing cubes can also help to compress your clothing to let you store more in them while reducing overall space in your suitcase .

If you are traveling light, a packing cube can also double up as a pillow or a laundry bag, and they are an excellent way to keep your dirty clothes separate from your clean ones on the way home.

Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Towel - Camping Accessories, Quick Dry Microfiber Towel for Travel, Hiking, Yoga, Workout, and...

Sometimes you want to have your own towel with you while you travel. Made from super-absorbent microfiber materials, these travel towels can be folded up really small and are lightweight and easy to carry around with you .

Suitable for showers at the airport, hostels, camping grounds, and wherever you need a quick freshen up, they can also be used to sit on while you’re at the beach or as an emergency blanket should you start to feel the chill. With superfast drying properties, you won’t need to worry about carrying a damp towel around with you, either.

TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack with Free 2-Liter water bladder; The perfect backpack for Hiking, Running, Cycling, or...

When you reach your destination, you will want a smaller bag that you can use on daily excursions and sightseeing trips.

A dedicated daypack will be able to fold up nice and small when not in use and offer the space you need to keep your wallet, cell phone, camera, snacks, and other essentials close at hand on city streets and out on the trails.

Made from water-resistant materials, these bags usually have a capacity of around 20 to 25 liters , and with lightly padded shoulder straps, internal pockets, and even space for a hydration bladder, a dedicated day pack is a must-have for eager adventurers.

Nomader BPA-Free Collapsible Sports Water Bottle - Foldable with Reusable Leak Proof Twist Cap for Travel Hiking Camping Outdoor...

Stay hydrated wherever you are headed with a travel-size water bottle . Made from food-grade, BPA-free plastic materials or stainless steel, these water bottles are perfect for keeping close by your side.

Leakproof and lightweight, having your own personal water bottle with you alleviates the need for buying single-use plastics while you travel, and with a huge variety of designs and styles to choose from , you can even add ice or fruit to cool and flavor your water.

If you are really short on space in your travel bag, you could consider looking at a collapsible water bottle that flattens and condenses when empty to ensure it only takes up a tiny bit of room in your rucksack.

Repel 100 Insect Repellent, Pump Spray, 4-Fluid Ounces, 10-Hour Protection

No one likes itchy bug bites, and a reliable bug repellent will help to keep them at bay. If you are traveling to hot and humid conditions or camping out in the open, there is every chance you could end up being a bug’s favorite dinner.

These repellent sprays or creams will help to repel insects and mosquitoes by making your skin less attractive to them. Using either chemical repellents such as DEET or natural oils doesn’t just help avoid unwanted nibbles. They can also help to protect you against the more serious side effects of bug bites, including severe allergic reactions, Lyme disease, and even malaria.

Black 2 Pack TSA Approved Travel Luggage Locks Ultra-Secure Dimple Key Travel Locks with Zinc Alloy Body

The Transport Security Administration suggests that you lock your checked baggage using a TSA-approved lock . Baring the Travel Sentry logo, you can choose from dial or key locks that are designed to be easy to open by agents to enable them to inspect your baggage and relock your bags should they need to.

Easy to use and readily available, there are lots of brilliant TSA-approved locks to choose from, and many suitcases come with them already built-in. Ensuring that your luggage has the right kind of lock on it will prevent the risk of damage from TSA agents eager to have a good look at your belongings for security purposes along the way.

First Aid Kit - 100-Piece Small First Aid Kit for Sports, Outdoors & Travel - Handy Sports First Aid Kit - Emergency First Aid Kit...

A portable first aid kit is a must-have accessory for every traveler, regardless of where you are headed. Suitable for use both at home and away, a compact first aid kit will keep you well-protected. Consider what you may need before you go and pack your kit accordingly .

As a bare minimum, you should pack care supplies like cleansing wipes, gauze pads, bandages, Band-Aids, antibiotic cream, Tylenol, a cold compress, and anything else that you or your family may need while traveling.

Hot Tip: You can buy a premade kit or make your own, but do keep all of your emergency medical supplies in a dedicated first aid case or pouch if you can, making it easy to identify when you need access to it in a hurry.

Etekcity Luggage Scale, Travel Essentials, Digital Weight Scales for Travel Accessories, Portable Handheld Scale with Temperature...

Avoid the stress of overweight baggage fees by taking your own portable luggage scale with you when you travel. Easy to use and incredibly accurate, these small and highly portable luggage scales will let you know just how heavy your bag is before you hit the road .

With easy-to-use hanging hooks, highly accurate sensors, digital display units, tare and load functions, lock weight results functions, backlit functions, and easy-to-read weights and measurements, you can keep an eye on the weight of your checked luggage. You will never get stung with overweight baggage fees at the airport again.

SentrySafe Fireproof and Waterproof Safe Box with Key Lock, Fire and Water Chest Safe for Valuables, 0.28 Cubic Feet, 6.6 x 15.4 x...

Suppose you are worried about leaving your most valuable possessions such as your passport, cash, ID, and credit cards back at your accommodation while you are out exploring. Why not consider investing in a travel safe ?

Lightweight and easy to carry with you , you can choose from bags and boxes that are made from steel wire mesh fabric that can be securely locked using a TSA-approved lock. With cut-proof wire locks that can be attached to a stationary object, you can safely leave your most precious items back at the hotel without having to worry about their safety.

Everlasting Comfort Airplane Foot Rest - Ergonomic Adjustable Foot and Heel Hammock - Memory Foam Portable Air Plane Flying Travel...

If you have a long flight ahead of you, you might want to look at ways to increase your comfort without having to upgrade to business class. These portable foot hammocks can be hung from the seat in front of you while allowing you to raise your legs and feet for increased comfort while you fly.

Easy to use and incredibly comfortable, these sling-style portable footrests come with their own carry bag and can be set up super quickly to help you elevate your legs for increased blood flow and comfort.

Manfrotto Compact Light Aluminum 4-Section Tripod Kit with Ball Head, Black (MKCOMPACTLT-BK)

Take more pictures and let your memories last forever with a dedicated tripod . Made from versatile and durable materials, a small standing tripod will hold your cell phone or tablet to let you take awesome photos from a wide range of angles .

With 3 legs and adjustable holders, you can take incredible pictures or videos without having to worry about camera movement, for improved picture quality.

Capture breathtaking landscapes, fun family snaps, and a wealth of images with a travel-size tripod that is lightweight, portable, and suitable for use with smartphones, GoPros, and cameras alike.

Keep your important belongings close and your favorite items closer still with this brilliant list of travel accessories that will help you sleep better, play harder, and enjoy every second of your next big adventure.

From passport covers to footrests and packing cubes to jewelry boxes, all of these items will help you to stay organized and comfortable on the go.

Frequently Asked Questions

What accessories do you need to travel.

There are many accessories on the market that make travel easier, safer, and more comfortable. Some recommended buys include a power bank, compression socks, neck pillow, travel adapter, luggage tags, and packing cubes.

Are packing cubes really worth it?

Packing cubes are a worthy investment for your travel gear as they help keep your belongings tidy, can reduce creases, and can protect your clothes from spills.

What are the best travel accessories for electronics?

There are a few great travel accessories that are a must for anyone traveling with electronics. These include a power bank, a travel adapter, a voltage converter, an electronics organizer for cables, and a Wi-Fi hotspot .

Where can I buy travel accessories?

You can buy all the travel accessories you could need from Amazon, but you can also try places such as Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Samsonite.

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The 21 best carry-on accessories that travel writers say they never fly without

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A stocked carry-on bag is a lifeline while traveling. From mid-flight entertainment to post-landing refreshment, having the right products by your side is a must for flying comfortably. Since most airlines have luggage size restrictions, it's a challenge to find the right cocktail of essential items that will maximize every inch of your carry-on bag and personal item.

To find the best carry-on accessories, we spoke with Insider Reviews reporters and editors as well as travel writers and travel content creators. According to our well-traveled experts, these are the must-bring items for your next big trip, from portable bidets to stylish headphones.

A tool for tracking your belongings

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Apple AirTag

Losing important items can be especially stressful while traveling. Some smart travelers have opted to use AirTags to keep close track of suitcases, wallets, and more. "An AirTag is something that you really need in case you have to check in your luggage. Especially with non-American airline companies." said Ivonne Morales , a travel content creator.

A small but powerful charger

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Baseus Portable Laptop Charger

Seeing your phone or laptop battery drain while traveling is a nightmare, whether you're watching a movie or getting in a last minute email. TikTok travel content creator Adam Boro uses the Baseus Portable Charger when trying to do work on the plane — it can charge three to five devices simultaneously and is strong enough to charge a laptop.

A portable bidet

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Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet

James Brains has reviewed several bidets for Insider and has them installed in all the toilets in his house. Now, he never travels without this travel bidet. "Since bidets are still pretty rare in the United States, I make do with this travel bidet. It doesn't do as good as the bidet attachments I have at home, but it's much better than using toilet paper on the road," Brains says.

A stylish set of headphones

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Apple AirPods Max

Headphones can be used when flying to drown out loud noises and to wear while moving around an airplane. Our former senior tech correspondent, Lisa Eadicicco, reviewed the Apple AirPods Max and found them to be stylish with excellent audio and noise cancellation. 

Briona Lamback received the headphones as a Christmas gift and plans to use them while traveling. "I need to go back to over-the-ear headphones, specifically for travel. I've been on a plane at least two times, fallen asleep with my AirPods in, woke up [and] the AirPods are nowhere to be found."

A one-size-fits-all travel wallet

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Bellroy Travel Folio

Finding a travel wallet that can fit your passport, boarding passes, and foreign currency can be difficult. Luckily, Bellroy's Travel Folio can hold travel documents, credit cards, and even a notebook and pen. 

Execute editor Sally Kaplan always travels with this passport holder from Bellroy. "It fits my passport, my wife's passport, all the IDs and cards that we need to keep handy for the airport, and has room for cash, boarding passes, and more. It also comes with a little notebook and micro pen for jotting down confirmation numbers or anything else you want written in one place. It even has RFID protection, so I use it as a wallet while we're out and about on trips."

A chocolate flavored melatonin

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Good Day Chocolate Natural Melatonin

One of the best ways to pass time on long flights is to sleep, but it can be difficult to fall asleep on a loud and tightly packed plane. Luxury travel content creator Daniel Mann uses Good Day's Chocolate Melatonin to catch some zzz's on flights. 

"Those have been helpful in terms of sometimes taking red-eye flights and having to stay up later than I would like to before traveling. And then when I get on the plane a lot of the times I want to be able to knock out so that I can arrive refreshed at the destination, so to me that's a must-have," said Mann.

A TSA-friendly refillable water bottle

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Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Bottle with Flex Cap

Airports are notorious for expensive prices on food, drinks, and water. Bring your own empty water bottle to skip buying an overpriced one. Most of the editors and reporters on the Insider Reviews team swear by Hydro Flask's wide selection of water bottles, including the Wide Mouth bottle. 

"Do not underestimate the importance of bringing your own water bottle to the airport!" said deputy editor, Lauren Savoie. "You can take it through security empty and then fill it up before you board the plane. I love my Hydro Flask because the metal interior feels much cleaner than plastic, it keeps my water frosty cold for hours, and it fits a whopping 32 ounces of water."

An inflatable travel pillow

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Cocoon AIR CORE Hood/Camp Pillow

Another key to getting better sleep while flying is having a comfortable neck pillow . While most neck pillows can take up a lot of space in your carry-on, this inflatable travel pillow can be folded down, making it a favorite for frequent flyers. 

"I got this inflatable travel pillow and it compacts down to a really small size. And then you can blow into it and it becomes a neck pillow," said Adam Boro.

An in-flight entertainment connecting device

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Twelve South AirFly Pro

The AirFly Pro connects to the plane's in-flight entertainment system using Bluetooth instead of a wire. The connector also has a 16-hour battery life, making it a great choice for long-haul flights. 

Travel content creator Ivonne Morales is a big AirFly fan: "It's so annoying when someone needs to go to the bathroom and you need to move or you have to go to the bathroom and you have to move and figure out how to dangle your headphones[...]. With my AirPods, I just leave them in and I love that."

A duffel bag for your souvenirs

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Nike Brasilia Small Duffel Bag

Another quick and easy way to double your packing space is to bring along an empty duffel bag and fill it with souvenirs, dirty clothing, or other items on your trip back home. The Nike Brasilia Bag was also selected as our pick for the best duffel bag due to its durability and storage capacity. 

"Sometimes if I'm really going to be gone for a while or going a far distance I'll bring a duffel bag," said Daniel Mann. "Typically I'll put my drone in there and any electronics and snacks in the duffel bag. I like the duffel bag too because it's not a set shape, and it can kind of shift and mold and it's easy to maneuver."

Space saving packing bags

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Ziploc Vacuum Sealer Storage Bags

While some travelers swear by packing cubes, compression bags can be useful for packing extra items of clothing in a small carry-on suitcase. Invonne Morales swears by vacuum bags for cold weather trips especially: "I went to France and it's obviously cold there so I have sweaters and chunky coats, and that was a lifesaver for me, especially in a carry-on."

To get your clothes compacted, simply use a vacuum to pull out extra air. Hand-rolling the bag can also do the trick if you don't have a vacuum on hand at your destination.

A pair of comfortable slides

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Under Armour Men's Locker IV Slides

Get even more comfortable on your next flight by keeping a pair of slides in your carry-on bag. "I love traveling with slides instead of wearing my shoes. It's more comfortable on the plane. I have these slides that I swear by they're lightweight [and] you can put it into your backpack pretty easily," said Adam Boro. This pair from Under Armour is flat enough to tuck in between your laptop and toiletries case. 

Circulation improving socks

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SB SOX Lite Compression Socks

Compression socks are a must for long haul flights, and can improve your leg circulation while sitting in a plane seat. This set was our pick for the best budget compression socks , making them a great option for travel — they're easy to replace and perform just as well as more costly options. 

"On short flights or especially long flights, your feet always swell, your body always swells when you're up there. So having compression socks has been so good. I wear them and then I take off my sneakers." said Ivonne Morales.

A multifunctional pocket fan

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Portable Pocket Fan wth Flashlight

If you're planning to travel to a warm destination, a portable fan will help you keep cool. Both deputy editor Lauren Savoie and travel writer Briona Lamback strongly recommend picking up a fan before your next trip. This model from Amazon can also be used as a phone charger and a flashlight.   

"If you're like me and run hot, a portable fan is a must for long plane rides. I like this little one because it folds away compactly, can be placed on your seat tray, and has a backup battery bank for charging your devices. Plus, a handheld fan is inevitably helpful when you get to your destination, especially if you're traveling in the summer," said Savoie.

Hydrating flavored water packets

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Liquid I.V. Hydration Supplements

Instead of trying to keep up your water intake and having to constantly use the airplane bathroom, these supplement packets will keep you hydrated throughout your flight. Adam Boro also recommends the packets and enjoys the caffeinated version for a boost in energy. 

Ivonne Morales agrees: "I use Liquid IV because you get dehydrated every time you're on a flight and you're thirsty. I hate going to the bathroom, especially on an airplane."

A refreshing face spray

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Evian Facial Spray Travel Duo

Airplanes are notorious for being extremely dry, making it super important to use hydrating skincare products while in the air. 

Executive editor Sally Kaplan takes this mist everywhere. "The super-fine mist is so refreshing and it brings me to life whenever I feel like I'm overheating or drying up like a slug. It's a great pick-me-up on the plane, but it also comes with me in my purse whenever I'm out and about."

An old school way to capture travel memories

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Kodak 35mm Disposable Camera

To capture memories from the moment you step into the airport, consider picking up a disposable camera. While most disposable film cameras are okay to go through airport scanning machines, you may want to ask a TSA agent to hand scan your camera if you're looking to be extra cautious. 

"Kind of old school, but I always bring a disposable camera," said Briona Lamback. "I've been doing it for a few years. You know film is kind of back and I just think it's fun. So I usually bring a disposable camera and my instant Polaroid camera too."

An organizer for tangled tech wires

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Calpak Tech Organizer

Keeping chargers, headphones, and other wires organized can be tricky when traveling. This organizer from Calpak will help keep all of your cords in order and stop you from accidentally leaving any behind. 

Insider travel reporter Monia Humphries loves her cord organizer. "I recently brought a cord organizer on a 20-day trip abroad, and I'm never traveling without one again. I used to get so frustrated digging through my backpack in search of the right cord to charge my phone, headphones, battery pack, or laptop. Typically, I'd pull out a tangled mess of all of the above. One like this Calpak organizer is large enough to store all my chargers while compact enough for a small backpack."

A secret travel stash bag

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Kapai 1.5L Hip Pack

Sometimes no matter how big your carry on and personal item are, you may find yourself needing a little bit more space. Insider's Sally Kaplan uses this Cotopaxi bag to sneak a third bag onto flights. 

"I just wear a small fanny pack under my sweatshirt, and then I take it out during the flight. I use it to stash things like headphones, my phone, lip balm, Advil, and a snack so I always have my most-used items close by. I have a lot of fanny packs, but this one from Cotopaxi is my current go-to," said Kaplan.

A set of cooling eye masks

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Topicals Faded Under Eye Masks

Arrive at your destination feeling and looking refreshed thanks to these patches from Topicals. The set includes six eye masks, which contain cooling hydrogel and can be worn for as short as 15 minutes or as long as your entire flight. 

For her upcoming trip to Ghana, Briona Lamback is trying to get her hands on these. "It's a straight flight but I'm trying to look cute and fresh off the plane."

A spacious convertible bag

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Baboon To The Moon Small Go Bag

Baboon To The Moon's Go Bag is an attractive option for travelers looking to travel light or maximize their carry-on space. The brand's small bag can hold enough items for a three to five-day trip and be carried as a duffel bag or worn as a book bag. 

Founder of Buoyant Travel and travel writer Briona Lamback loves the Go Bag: "You can just fit so much stuff in there and [have] it still be a carry-on...I've used it as my full bag and not taken anything else, because it's pretty deep. But I've also used it as a carry-on in addition to a hard suitcase. I love the colors too."

What size is carry-on luggage?

Carry-on luggage size requirements can vary widely by airline and location. For most US-based airlines such as Delta , JetBlue , American Airlines , and United Airlines , the standard size allowance is 22 inches long by 14 inches wide by 9 inches high. This includes the handle and wheels on the suitcase. Many luggage companies have measurement guidance listed on their websites, which typically compare the brand's products to airline standards. When flying with international and budget airlines, we strongly recommend checking the airline's website for measurement guidance to avoid paying extra baggage fees.

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The Best Gear for Travel

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Traveling well can be one of life’s great pleasures, whether you’re alone or with family and friends.

But what does it mean to travel well? We’d say that along with traveling safely (of course), traveling well involves avoiding hassle, carrying a single bag (if possible), and bringing only the necessities.

“Traveling well is a fine balance between finding inspiration in the unknown while being grounded in something,” said Wirecutter founder Brian Lam. “Sometimes that is a memory of home, a family, a significant other, friends, etc. Sometimes it’s just the familiar, reliable stuff in your bag.”

Over the past nine years, we’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and testing dozens of products to find the most dependable items that will help you travel well. On top of that, we sought the advice and wisdom of Doug Dyment, author and creator of OneBag. As a traveling businessman and public speaker, he has logged millions of miles over the past few decades. We also ran our picks by travel-gear reviewer Eytan Levy, the Snarky Nomad .

And we relied heavily on the experiences of Wirecutter staff, an especially mobile group of individuals. Our staffers have worked remotely from every continent except Antarctica—the five most frequent flyers among us travel about half a million miles in any given (normal) year.

The research

Flying/riding, just in case, travel tips.

A person walking through an airport with the Travelpro Platinum Elite carry-on bag.

A well-packed bag is one that contains less than you think you need but everything you actually need. If possible, fitting everything into one carry-on and personal item will give you more freedom compared to checking a bag or two. You’ll be glad you did if (and when) things don’t go according to plan. Consider this example from OneBag’s Doug Dyment: “I’ve been in situations where I’ve landed in Chicago on my way to New York and everything was snowed in, no flights were flying anywhere, but I was able to rent a car or take a train whereas everyone whose bags were being held hostage by the airlines were simply stuck.” While carry-on-only isn’t feasible (or advisable) for every trip—especially extended business trips or weddings where you need multiple outfits to maintain appearances—if in doubt, it’s better to cut.

Carry-on backpack (non-roller)

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Cotopaxi Allpa 35L

A versatile small pack for a week or a weekend.

The Allpa’s clamshell design makes organizing your things simple. The strap design lets you easily wear this durable bag on your back or carry it in your hand while you’re on the move.

Buying Options

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Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

An easily customizable large bag for long trips and expensive gear.

This bag was built with photographers in mind, but most travelers will appreciate its easy accessibility and clever tuck-away straps, and the elegant way the bag expands and contracts depending on how much you’ve packed. The accessory cubes cost extra, though.

We spent six months testing 22 bags, and in the end we chose two as our top picks for travelers determined to never check luggage again: the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L (for most trips) and the larger Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L . Both bags are exemplary carry-on travel backpacks that are designed for comfort, durability, and organization.

A person standing outside in a light blue short sleeve shirt wears the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L backpack, in black with a gray llama-head logo and aqua accents.

The Cotopaxi Allpa 35L features an easy-to-pack clamshell design and highly adjustable straps that make it a great all-around bag for any traveler who’s dedicated to packing light, or for a smaller person who wants less to carry. Handles on all four sides of this bag make it easy to grab no matter where you’ve stowed it, and the Allpa’s straps are contoured to comfortably fit people who have large or small chests. It’s not a specifically gendered design, but our female tester noticed the improvement right away.

The bag is protected by a full lifetime warranty and has the build quality to back that up. Its front panel is made of a waterproof, TPU-coated 1,000-denier polyester (a strong fabric covered in a flexible plastic coating), which means you can lay it on its back in a wet field or in gravel without worrying about moisture soaking through or jagged edges ripping the fabric. The rest of the paneling is made with 1,680-denier ballistic nylon, which feels similar to a strong canvas but with a more prominent weave. After four years of testing, this single backpack (plus a personal item to store under the seat) has replaced nearly every travel bag or piece of luggage that Kit Dillon, Wirecutter’s senior staff writer who covers luggage, uses.

One caveat: The Allpa has a minimal amount of administrative organization—places to keep pens and papers, spaces to hold tickets, and so forth—which is where the personal item comes in handy. As the name suggests, “personal items” are very, well, personal, and no one bag will work for all travelers; we offer a range of recommendations in our full guide to them .

A tester from behind, wearing the uniformly black, sporty Peak Design bag

The larger Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L is the Swiss Army knife of backpacks: adjustable, customizable, and (if you spring for the extra cubes and organizers) an almost perfect system for a photographer or gearhead on the move. Most bags’ expanding mechanisms aren’t worth the extra zipper they’re built on, and they look about as attractive as a boiled ham splitting out of its plastic packaging. Not so with the Peak Design: It looks just as good fully packed at 45 liters as it does compressed to a 30-liter daypack. You can access the bag through a back panel, which doubles as a computer and tablet pouch, as well as through a front one, if you unzip the pass-through divider. You can also get into the main compartment via two wing-like trapezoidal flaps that run along each side of the pack. In its natural shape, the Travel Backpack holds 35 liters, but an expansion zipper lets the bag swell to 45 liters.

If you want to use the bag as a daypack, you fold in the top corners and snap them down, reducing the bag’s volume to a slim 30 liters. It still feels larger than a normal daypack, but we think that’s a small compromise for the ability to use one backpack as both your travel bag and your daily explorer. The bag itself consists of 400D nylon and polyester fabrics—it feels tough, but not as tough as the Cotopaxi Allpa. As for flaws, it is expensive, especially if you commit to the entire system of packing cubes and camera cubes . The adjustable design and multiple zippers do add complexity, and complexity adds potential weaknesses, though Peak Design covers all of its bags with a lifetime warranty.

Finding the right bag is a personal choice, and no single bag will appeal to everyone. That’s why we have picks in our full review of carry-on travel bags that can double as traveling offices , bags that are easy to carry while you’re walking long distances , and budget options for travelers who want to give the one-bag strategy a try.

Carry-on bag (rolling)

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Travelpro Platinum Elite 21″ Expandable Spinner

Great features, great value.

This spinner carry-on offers the best balance of size, value, reliability, and durability, with high-end details. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty.

Since 2015, we’ve researched several dozen suitcases and gone hands-on with the 47 most promising candidates in a variety of tests—including having active flight attendants test bags for us in a fake plane fuselage in their training facility. We determined that for most people the  Travelpro Platinum Elite 21″ Expandable Spinner  offers the best balance of features, durability, and price for most flyers who log less than 25,000 miles annually.

A person sitting in an airport chair with our pick for best carry-on luggage in front of them.

It features smooth-rolling, user-replaceable wheels; solid and comfortable, telescoping handles; and a hard-wearing nylon exterior propped up by a solid internal chassis. The Elite only improves on past iterations in the Platinum line by reducing the size of the stowed handle (which used to jut out about an inch) and adding a second zippered, exterior pocket for easy access on the go and a USB pass-through extension that lets you insert your own battery pack for charging your phone. And at 7.8 pounds when empty, this carry-on bag is about half a pound lighter than its predecessor. Compared with other bags in this price range, you also get surprisingly high-end components and a warranty that covers anything, even airline damage, for the life of the bag (as long as you register the suitcase within 120 days of purchase, which is easy to do on any smartphone).

Upgrade pick

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Briggs & Riley Baseline Essential 22" Carry-On Expandable Spinner

For frequent flyers.

If you fly more than 25,000 miles a year, invest in a bag with unique features, superior details, and plenty of expandable room. This manufacturer guarantees your satisfaction.

If you fly more than 25,000 miles annually and you’re willing to invest in a higher-quality product, we recommend the Briggs & Riley Baseline Essential 22-Inch Carry-On Expandable Spinner. It can fit more clothing than any bag we tested, thanks to a cavernous interior and clever expansion and compression system that can adjust to variable levels beyond open and shut. Wirecutter’s founder, Brian Lam, has put more than 150,000 miles on his so far, and it’s held up great. His only complaint is that longer pants will need an extra fold, or to be rolled. In taller bags, pants will only need to be folded over once.

Checked luggage

If you need to pack more stuff than a carry-on and a personal item can hold, our first piece of advice would be to reconsider whether you need that extra outfit “just in case.” But you’ll have times when you need to travel with several pairs of shoes, formalwear, a winter coat, special equipment (like diving or camping gear), or all of the above. In these cases, there’s no way to avoid checking a bag.

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REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack (Men’s)

The best travel backpack for people with longer torsos.

Thick padding and highly adjustable straps make this the most comfortable and easy-to-fit pack sized for people with longer torsos.

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REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack (Women’s)

The best travel backpack for people with shorter torsos.

Thick padding and highly adjustable straps make this the most comfortable and easy-to-fit pack sized for people with shorter torsos.

If you’re going someplace where you’ll need to walk a lot (or if there’s dirt or cobblestone roads), we recommend a travel backpack. Specifically, the REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack (Men’s) for men (and tall women) and the REI Co-op Ruckpack 60+ Recycled Travel Pack (Women’s) for those with shorter torsos. The Ruckpack’s thickly padded, stowable straps are fully height-adjustable. The bag is made from rugged, recycled ripstop nylon and is guaranteed for up to a year. And it holds about 60 liters, which gives you noticeably more space than our other picks while still keeping the overall dimensions manageable. You can read all about why we like the Ruckpack in our review of the best travel backpacks .

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Travelpro Platinum Elite 25″ Expandable Spinner Suiter

The best checked bag for most travelers.

The bag provides a luxury feel at a reasonable price, with a capacity, warranty, and reliability that should suit most travelers. The 25-inch model should offer plenty of room for most people without going over airline weight limits.

If you don’t plan on walking around while carrying all your stuff, the  25-inch Travelpro Platinum Elite Expandable Spinner Suiter is our favorite piece of checked luggage for all of the same reasons we loved the carry-on size: It has excellent organizational features, it’s especially durable, and it has a better warranty than anything in its price range.

Luggage tags

The Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag, our pick for the best luggage tag, shown on a wooden background

Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag

Strong and easy to see.

Rugged silicone and a metal cable mean this tag (which comes two to a pack) may well outlive your luggage. The brightly colored case displays its owner’s name but keeps other personal information out of sight.

A good luggage tag should be durable, simple to use, and discreet. Ultimately, a tag should allow someone to get your luggage back to you quickly and easily, and it should withstand the wear and tear of being thrown onto conveyor belts time and again. After researching the top-rated and best-selling models, reading existing luggage-tag reviews, and comparing fourteen tags , we recommend the Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag for most travelers because it’s the only one we’d trust to survive being smashed by other bags, jammed into walls, and generally abused by baggage handlers. It’s the most durable tag we tested, and it comes in a wide selection of colors to help any bag stand out from the rest.

The Ovener tag’s silicone body seems nearly indestructible and is available in four bright colors (you get two tags per pack). Whereas other tags also feature metal cables, this tag has a metal grommet to keep the cable from eventually wearing through the silicone case.

Should you lose your bag, the Ovener makes it easy for a Good Samaritan to find your contact information. To fully access the info card, you have to unscrew and remove the metal strap; this lets the card slide out of the case. Most luggage tags we tested secure their info card in this way. It isn’t a difficult or time-consuming process, but it is an extra step compared with using a tag that displays all of your information openly. Still, for anyone who wants to keep their contact information out of view, the extra step is worth it.

Another approach to increasing privacy is to hide information in a QR code, as the Dynotag Smart Deluxe Steel Luggage Tag  does, or to provide a user ID number, as the Okoban UID Luggage Tags  do. But these seem like overly complex solutions to a problem that doesn’t really exist. The Dynotag requires a scanner app that many phone owners don’t want to bother with, and the Okoban requires going online and entering a code, which might deter otherwise-willing Good Samaritans.

Compression sacks

Originally designed for reducing the bulk of lofty sleeping bags, compression sacks are stuff sacks modified with additional nylon end caps that can be pulled together by strings or straps to remove air and create a smaller, denser package that’s easier to pack. Most travelers use compression sacks to condense socks, underwear, and other stuff you don’t mind getting wrinkled into a package with half as much overall volume. For example, an 8- to 12-liter sack can compress a fleece jacket and a long-weekend’s worth of socks and underwear into something that fits in one hand. They also make a decent pillow in a pinch.

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Osprey StraightJacket (8L)

Easier access, less compression.

It has a full-length zipper on its side that allows access to the bag’s entire contents. However, it doesn’t compress as tightly as traditional designs.

Most compression sacks require you to empty out the stuff at the top to get to the stuff below it, but the side-zipper design on the Osprey StraightJacket allows access to the entire contents of the bag at once. The compression straps attach sideways, and are less likely to get tangled and twisted like on most compression sacks with lengthwise straps. It can also sit up on its own, and the handle design lets you break it out as a last minute carry-on to avoid an overweight-baggage fee. However, it doesn’t compress down as compactly as the traditional designs we tested so it’s not the best option if compression is your top priority.

GobiGear’s SegSac takes a different approach to solving the same access issue: It has four inner dividers that run the length of the sack in order to keep your socks separate from your underwear, winter accessories, towel, what have you. This means you don’t have to take out your T-shirts to get to your socks. Unlike the Osprey, it compresses just as much as a normal compression sack, but it loses points for versatility because the segmentation prevents it from handling large items like a down jacket or sleeping bag.

Packing cubes

Packing cubes could change your life. (Okay, maybe just your traveling life.) Packing cubes are basically bags to hold your clothes that you organize within your luggage. Though seemingly superfluous, they’re brilliant in action. If you imagine your suitcase as a dresser, you can think of these cubes as individual drawers: Put all your underwear and socks in one container, all your shirts in another, and your workout clothes in yet another. Then pull out only the cube you want. They make packing and repacking wonderfully simple.

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Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set

Well built with easy access.

Simple and solidly constructed, these packing cubes keep your bag organized while you’re traveling.

The three-piece Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set keeps a week’s worth of clothes organized and moves easily from suitcase to hotel dresser. We’ve been recommending the previous version of these cubes for years, and after testing this newly updated set, we now recommend this version.

The full-size cube is great for shirts, shorts, and insulating layers. The half-cube and quarter-cube are perfect for underwear, socks, and other thin fabrics such as stockings or sleepwear. These cubes are made of 300-denier polyester (a strong fabric) and stay upright when empty, so they’re easy to pack. The Pack-It cubes’ windows are made of the tightest mesh link we tested—better for resisting snags—and the smooth zippers close easily around all corners, even when a cube is overstuffed.

The Eagle Creek cubes have the ability to unzip fully to allow full access to their contents while sitting in a dresser drawer. That means your clean clothes stay protected against some potentially dicey motel dressers. In 2022, Eagle Creek updated the design of these cubes, and now the company no longer uses YKK zippers, which are widely accepted as the best around . That said, we couldn’t tell any difference between Eagle Creek’s zippers and other brands’ YKK zippers, even with a magnifying glass, and their performance was indistinguishable. (For what it’s worth, an Eagle Creek product manager assured us that the proportion of zipper-related warranty claims hasn’t changed since the company made the switch from YKK.)

Most travelers are likely to be well served by the Reveal set. But if you value lightness above all, the more expensive Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Cube Set is about 50% lighter than similar-size competitors (just over 1 ounce for a medium cube, whereas the Eagle Creek classic style weighs about 4 ounces). Unlike the Reveal set, this set is water resistant. However, the Isolate design’s thin sides—which don’t allow the cubes to stand up on their own—make those cubes a bit more challenging to pack than the Reveal cubes.

Buying the right gear can help organize your existing travel kit, but it’s a red herring if your goal is better portability. “It’s mostly the clothing that allows you to reduce what you need to carry,” explains veteran traveller Eytan Levy, better known as the Snarky Nomad . That’s because clothing, which is very voluminous, makes up the bulk of what’s in your bag. He recommends traveling with basic-looking clothes because you can always buy or rent something nice in a pinch, whereas lugging around formalwear just in case will always be a pain. It also helps if you can avoid cotton and stick to merino and synthetic fabrics, which dry faster. This allows you to do laundry by hand in the sink as needed to reduce the amount of clothes you need to carry.

Travel underwear

Men and women's underwear laid out on top of each other.

Good travel underwear keeps you feeling fresh and clean, even when your destination is gritty.  To find the best , we researched an array of underwear designed for men and women to find 34 pairs meeting our criteria: moisture-wicking and breathable, quick-drying, odor-resistant, stretchy, stylish, and cut to fit a variety of body types.

We then conducted rigorous pretesting (wearing the underwear for two days at a time, machine-washing them repeatedly, and tracking their drying speed when hung on a clothesline) before taking them out into the real world. Our testers went backpacking 215 miles throughout Portland, Oregon; hiking in the Canadian Rockies, including walking from the lowest point in the Continental US to the highest; and road-tripping to the national parks of the West. Testers who flew to their destinations wore the underwear on the plane, too.

Afterward, we checked for signs of wear, such as seam breakage and pilling on the fabric. As we continued to test the finalists, we repeatedly checked for durability problems. In addition to comfort and fit, we noted whether each pair seemed lightweight and packable.

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ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go 2.0 Sport Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief

Best for most men.

Durable, quick-drying, and relatively inexpensive, this soft-fabric version of ExOfficio’s time-tested Give-N-Go undies will get the job done for years.

The ExOfficio Give-N-Go 2.0 Sport Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief is the best men’s underwear for travel because it balances fit, comfort, odor-proofing, and value better than anything else we’ve tested. The Sport Mesh fabric excels at breathing and wicking and has better odor-resistance than other fabrics. It feels soft on the inside and smooth on the outside so it slides against your pants instead of creating friction, reducing potential for chafing. It also features a sculpted crotch area that gives wearers some much-appreciated support, without feeling stifling. These boxer briefs dry quickly, pack compactly, and weigh less than almost all the other boxer briefs we tried—basically they’re everything you’d want from a pair of excellent travel underwear.

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Patagonia Women's Active Hipster

Best for most women.

These light, stylish, quick-drying hipsters stay in place whether you’re walking, flying, or hanging upside down.

The Patagonia Active Hipster doesn’t appear special upon first glance. Only after trying everything else and living through their failures to stay put did we remember what “special” really means in a pair of underwear: Feeling as if you’re wearing nothing at all. The Patagonias have the best fit, comfort, and style out of all the panties we tested. The nylon material is fast-wicking and better than most synthetics for odor-proofing, making it well suited for athletic activities. The Active Hipster is lightweight and packable, and is the fastest-drying underwear we tested—making them perfect for minimalist travelers who go weeks at a time with just one or two pairs. But these same characteristics make them great for any traveler looking for comfortable, packable panties, regardless of where you’re going or what you’re doing.

Budget pick

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Uniqlo Men Airism Boxer Brief

Comfortable, compact, and fast-drying, these are a great value but don’t fit quite as nicely and aren’t as supportive in the crotch.

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Uniqlo Women Airism Ultra Seamless HipHugger

Similar fabric to the Men’s Airism, with a no-ride cut for women, these underwear are the least expensive of any we tested and among the best performing.

If you want to spend as little as possible without sacrificing performance, the Uniqlo Airism line has long been a great choice for men and women who can wear sizes small and medium. In recent years, both lines have expanded their size range somewhat (men to 3XL, and women to XL). If these fit, you can replace an entire underwear drawer on a tight budget, as long as you can deal with the slightly odd cut and less-effective odor-control treatment.

If you’ve never traveled with merino wool socks, you’re missing out. These aren’t the scratchy wool socks your grandpa wore in the army; they are soft and stretchy ones that have natural sweat-wicking and odor-resisting properties that keep your toes comfortable under all conditions—even when wet. This combination of odor, moisture, and temperature regulations makes them ideal for traveling. "Because of its natural anti-bacterial properties, washing merino wool on a daily basis isn’t absolutely necessary,” explains Snarky Nomad , "after letting it air dry overnight while you sleep, it’ll seem brand new.” The only major downside is that merino tends to be a bit pricier than synthetic counterparts. But it’s a worthy trade-off, since you can go for longer with fewer pairs.

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Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Lightweight Hiking Sock (women’s)

The best quality for women.

The best mix of comfort, durability, and cushioning in a versatile height.

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Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Lightweight Hiking Sock (men’s)

For the best quality.

The same great versatile sock as the women’s model, but in different color options and more sizes.

Darn Tough’s Light Hiker Micro Crew socks (both the men’s and women’s versions) have been our favorite hiking socks for years. Darn Tough made its name through its quality guarantee : “Our socks are guaranteed to be the most comfortable, durable, and best fitting socks you can buy. In a nutshell, if you wear a hole in them, we will replace them free of charge, for life.” Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers (hardcore backpackers who walk from Mexico to Canada in one continuous trip) praise them for their durability, comfort, and blister resistance. When you hold a pair of Darn Toughs next to a pair of Smartwools (which only have a two-year guarantee ), the difference is clear. The Darn Toughs are more tightly knit, the yarns are finer and feel sturdier, and the stitching is tighter.

Wirecutter’s Michael Zhao once wrote of his Darn Tough socks: “While I haven’t yet owned mine for life, my oldest pair is coming on three years old and I have trouble telling them apart from the newest pair I bought last month. During those same three years, I’ve worn through the heels of two pairs of Smartwool hikers and runners, had three pairs of Icebreaker ankle socks start to unravel, and developed holes in the heels and toes of six pairs of Stoic trail socks. Meanwhile, the Darn Toughs look as good as new. And unlike cheaper socks you can get from Costco or military surplus stores, they’re not so thick that you can’t wear them in warmer climates.”

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Light and fast-drying.

Not as durable but much lighter and faster-drying. A dual-layer design prevents blisters better than any other synthetic sock.

If you prefer a vegan product, have a wool sensitivity, or if you’d like something a bit cooler and are willing to sacrifice some durability, WrightSocks (both men’s and women’s sizes at that link) made from synthetic Coolmesh are a great choice (we like them better than Darn Tough’s synthetic option, which felt stifling). Like most synthetic socks, they’re lighter weight and dry quickly, but what sets WrightSocks apart is their dual-layered design, which prevents blisters by diverting friction between your shoe-lining and the sock onto the inner layer of the sock as opposed to your skin. This combination of blister prevention and light weight makes them particularly popular amongst runners in addition to travelers. Popular women’s travel gear review site HerPackingList calls them “the perfect sock for active travelers who will be on their feet for hours or days at a time.” Wirecutter writer Geoff Morrison switched his whole sock drawer out for these since he started traveling seven years ago and hasn’t looked back. “I've never gotten a blister, even after walking over 30 miles in a day during the 2014 Le Mans,” wrote Morrison in an email interview.

But with the WrightSocks, what you lose in weight, you also lose in durability. After just three trips through a washing machine, both the women’s and men’s versions we tested had substantial pilling in several locations. Morrison notes that his tend to start looking worn after about six months and that he replaces them about once a year. Also, avoid the dryer if you can because multiple user reviewers state that they’ll shrink in the dryer over time. (They dry quickly enough without the dryer that this isn’t really a huge issue.) And because they’re not merino, they really start to stink after a full day of walking around; bring extra.

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Havaianas Top Flip Flop (Men's)

The best flip-flops for men.

Durable, grippy, and squeak-free when wet.

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Havaianas Top Flip Flop (women’s)

The best flip-flops for women.

Same shoe in women's sizes.

A good pair of travel flip-flops should be lightweight, cheap, and flat. That way they’re easy to take wherever and it won’t matter if you lose them. After testing the super popular Havaianas, Ipanemas, Crocs, and Old Navy flip-flops, our pick is the Havaiana Top (for men and women ). These high-density PVC Brazilian classics are world-renowned for their durability, affordability, and reliable traction, even when wet. They weigh just 150 g, compared to the 220 g Ipanemas. They pack down to almost nothing, unlike the big and boaty Crocs. And while other cheap flip flops can get squeaky when wet, the Havaianas stay mostly silent, which is why they’re so popular in beach towns all over the world. Ultimately, this is what earned them the pick over our previous pick from Old Navy.


While doing laundry at home can be a large weekly event, OneBag author Doug Dyment recommends approaching travel laundry as a part of your daily routine, especially if you’re trying to pack as little as possible: “The laundry should be more like cleaning your teeth—something you do everyday. It only takes about five minutes to do it. Every night, do your socks and underwear and you’ll have clean socks and underwear everyday.”

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A secure, hassle-free option

The Flexo-Line attaches easily to a door handle or faucet and grips garments securely between its loops.

Check out OneBag’s laundry packing list if you want specific tips on how to do it and what you’ll need, but it’s a pretty simple setup: All you need is a toiletry bottle of powdered detergent, a towel to help expedite drying, and a travel clothesline to finish the drying process while you sleep at night.

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Specifically, you want a braided—not twisted—surgical latex clothesline with looped ends, which means you want a Flexo-Line . The Flexo-Line can stretch up to 7 feet long, which is enough to span most hotel bathtubs, and it has loops that you can attach easily to a door handle, bath spigot, or faucet. The braided construction is superior to twisted designs made from other materials because the latex does a better job of gripping garments securely between the loops, which means you don’t need any additional clothespins.

Dyment has tried them all, but the Flexo-Line is the one he comes back to. As he explained to me in an interview, “There are others that are fine, but there are far more that are not fine.” More specifically, Dyment says to avoid anything that’s not made of latex , because clothes will inevitably slip out of them. He also says to never, ever trust a suction cup: “They don’t work, period.” If the Flexo-Line is unavailable, Dyment says that the Rick Steves collection from Kiva Designs also makes a nice braided line that is a bit more expensive. If you have a latex allergy, Dyment recommends going with a length of cord ( paracord is nice because it’s durable and you can use it for other things as well) and stainless steel safety pins meant for cloth diapers , because they take up far less space than a clothespin and won’t rust. In fact, it’s worthwhile to get these items even if you can use a latex line because they’re great for making luggage repairs and performing other MacGyver-ish tasks in a pinch. To hang up the clothesline, we recommend using a bowline knot on one end and a taut line hitch on the other. These knots work well together because the bowline creates a simple, slip-proof loop to anchor one end while the taut line hitch allows you to adjust for tension and locks tightly in place. If you could commit any two knots to memory forever, these are the ones to learn.

Laundry detergent

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Minisoak Travel Packs

A travel size version of the best delicates detergent.

Perfect for traveling because you don’t even need to rinse it out.

When you’re washing your underwear in a hotel sink, you want a fast and easy experience. For this, we recommend the no-rinse detergent Soak . That’s right, we said no rinse . You just add a drop to the sink, fill with water, and leave your garments to soak. Then press out the water and hang. Done.

In our tests of delicates detergents , Soak cleaned almost as well as our top laundry detergent, Tide; plus, it comes in individual packets of powder  that are great for traveling, as well as in  travel-size bottles of the liquid version . In addition to unscented, it's available in a variety of scents, although Lacey and Celebration are not the most descriptive of scent names. They all smell nice, not overpowering. Soak also comes in an assorted travel pack with two single-use packets of each scent, if you want to test-drive one or two before you buy. In that mini size, you get eight packets for $11 currently, but you really need only a squeeze, not the the whole packet, to wash a couple of pairs of socks and underwear.

One downside to Soak is that you won’t find it in a grocery store or big-box store. But it is available online at Soak’s site . And if you really want to walk into a store and put your mitts on a bottle, you can find it at most local yarn stores.

Don’t feel like buying Soak or bringing along a bit of your own detergent? Shampoo also works pretty well for cleaning garments in a pinch, so make use of that free bottle from the hotel. But a caveat: Neither Soak nor shampoo contains enzymes , which are biological molecules in laundry detergent that break down certain stains. If you have especially stinky or stained clothes, you might need to break out the Tide .

When we first published this guide, this section addressed only toiletry kits and bottles, razors, and packable towels. The times, and traveling, became more complicated. One thing we've learned in the past few years is that face masks can be useful whenever you’re sick and don’t want to share your misery: with a cold, the flu, Covid-19, whatever. Fortunately, compared with early 2020, medical-style N95s and KN95s (which many experts recommend as the best protection) are widely available. They’re easy to tuck into a bag, which we do now whenever we travel. 

Toiletry kit

We’ve researched dozens of travel toiletry bags and dopp kits over the past several years, and we tested 23 of the top-rated contenders in our most recent round of tests. After packing and unpacking a week’s worth of travel-size toiletries, conducting spill tests, and living out of the top performers on the road, we have a few different picks that stand out thanks to their style, packability, and quality of construction.

The Sea to Summit bag hanging open from a shower shelf.

Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag (small)

A space-saving hanging bag.

This lightweight, well-organized bag fits a week’s worth of travel-size toiletries into a compact package. It’s meant to be hung, which makes it good for tight spaces, but it doesn’t have much in the way of internal structure.

The Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag (small) is compact and durable. It’s small enough to stash in a backpack or laptop bag, but it holds enough travel-size toiletries to keep us supplied for a week. You can open it and hang it from a shower curtain or towel rod to easily see and grab your items. It comes with a shatterproof mirror, two micro-mesh zip pockets and an open pocket for toothbrushes, lip balm, and tweezers, and a large compartment for bulky lotions and hair-care items.

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L.L.Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag

For more stuff and longer trips.

With a 6.4-liter capacity and over a dozen compartments, this toiletry bag has a place for everything—and everything will stay put during transit, too. It can also accommodate non-travel-size bottles.

The L.L.Bean Personal Organizer (medium) is a great option for longer trips and people who travel with full-size bottles. Its 6.4 liters of storage spread across a dozen compartments means there’s a dedicated place for pretty much everything you could want to bring on a trip—it even has a removable mesh shower caddy for shampoo and body wash. This level of organization is crucial for larger toiletry bags because, as we discovered after years of traveling with our picks, contents that aren’t securely fastened can shift around in transit, which increases the chance of spilling. The downside of all this organization is that the L.L.Bean weighs 14 ounces when empty, so it’s not ideal for carry-on travel.

If neither of these bags seems right for you, read our full review of the best toiletry bags and dopp kits to learn more about our picks and everything we tested.

Toiletry bottles

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Sea to Summit TPU Clear Zip Pouch with Bottles

These six TSA-friendly bottles are sturdy and smartly designed, dispensing liquids more precisely than any of the other bottles we tested.

For traveling with liquids in your carry-on, the Sea to Summit set is your best bet. All six bottles conform to TSA size limitations; three of them can hold 3 ounces of liquid each, and three can hold 1.5 ounces each, for a total of 13.5 ounces. Despite the set’s name, the bottles themselves are made not of thermoplastic polyurethane—“TPU" refers to the zip pouch—but a high-density polyethylene material, much like what you’d see used in most plastic milk jugs. It has an almost-smooth, semi-transparent surface just textured enough that it’s not slippery when wet. The plastic is also flexible enough that you don’t have to squeeze very hard to get your shampoo or liquid soap or whatever going. An insert at the mouth of each bottle helps regulate the flow, and the screw tops prevent liquids from leaking in transit.

Razor (faces)

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Gillette Mach3

The best manual razor for most faces.

This classic razor’s three widely spaced blades provide the best balance of speed, smoothness, and safety. Its handle is comfortable and well designed, and replacement blades can be had for a fair price.

We researched and tested 100 manual razors for our full razor guide , concluding that the Gillette Mach3 is our top pick for manual razors. Although the three blades require a little extra time for a closer shave, it performs comparably to the latest and greatest offerings for as little as half the price.

The Gillette Mach3 provides the best balance of speed, smoothness, and safety. The Mach3’s simple, round handle is easy to grip and maneuver, and its three blades offer a close shave without over-irritating the skin or getting clogged with hair. And the price of Mach3 blades—$2 per cartridge or less, whether you buy them online or in a store—came close to, or even beat, the pricing of shave-club rivals, and the Mach3 shaved better than those competitors.

Five of our eight testers named the Mach3 among their top three razors, and two named it a favorite.

Razor (legs/body)

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Gillette Venus Original

The best body razor.

This classic Venus is one of the easiest razors to grip and maneuver and its three-blade design keeps the blades remarkably free of hair.

Disposable razors (both the completely disposable and replaceable-cartridge variety) are fine to take through airport security , and among them we like the Gillette Venus Original best. After testing 22 top-rated body razors and panel testing the five best of them , we prefer its capable, three-blade head and easy-to-maneuver handle to the competition’s. Plus, as with any Venus, the Original’s body is compatible with any other Venus head and many heads from Gillette’s facial razors, making it exceptionally versatile.

The Original’s head has three blades separated by considerable slats of space, making it far easier to clean the head between strokes. And it includes simple aloe strips above and below the blades, allowing the lubricant to ease the shave without transforming your razor into a swamp. The Original is intuitive to hold and secure to maneuver, thanks to a contoured handle with corrugated chevrons of rubber. Though our testers have a wide range of hand sizes, no one found the Original difficult to grasp. Despite the significant ribbing, it doesn’t feel too bulky. Gillette claims its razors have lasted for five weeks; we think one razor for a weeklong trip should be fine.

(Know that, confusingly, the Venus appears for sale on some retail sites under the name Venus Close and Clean or Venus Smooth. It’s the same razor. If you’re unsure which Venus model you’re looking at, check for the Original’s three blades and trademark sea-foam blue color.)

Towel (packable)

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PackTowl Personal

The best all-around packable towel.

The PackTowl Personal Towel is lightweight, soft, absorbent, quick to dry, and odor-resistant.

We put 20 top-rated towels through a battery of tests including regular shower use, a trip to the beach, camping, and a 48-hour stay in a ziplock bag under the hot Hawaiian sun. After all was said and done, the Packtowl Personal Towel is still the best all-around travel towel for most people. In addition to being the softest lightweight towel we tested, it was more absorbent than competitors made of similar materials. It had the best odor-resisting abilities and comes with a convenient mesh carrying pouch. We also have alternate picks for ultralight and all-natural towels below.

The Personal Towel’s suede-like material was the softest of the thinner towels. The Personal Towel also had superior absorption when compared with other similarly constructed towels such as the Sea to Summit DryLite  and the Shandali UltraSport —in our tests, it absorbed 2.8 times its weight in water, while the others absorbed between 2.3 times and 2.7 times.

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One of just two we tested that featured an added antimicrobial treatment, the Personal Towel was only a little musty smelling after 24 hours in a sealed ziplock bag, and remained unchanged at 48 hours.

If you’re looking for a budget option, consider the Rainleaf Microfiber Towel , which is a tad smaller than our other picks and is made from a seemingly lighter-feeling fabric. Unlike most budget options, it has an antibacterial coating and still managed to carry a pleasant smell after being testing in different environments.

Regardless of how you get to your final destination, it’s likely you’ll be stuck in a seat that’s less than ideal. Travel gadgets that claim to reduce this misery, such as compression socks, are popular. But when they take up precious luggage space for the duration of your trip—not just the flight or train ride–they need to be worth every cubic inch of space. The less you can make do with, the better off you’ll be.

Neck pillow

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Travelrest Nest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow

More support for most necks.

Its tall memory-foam walls let it offer more support than any other pillow we tested. It’s also shaped to sit flush against a headrest, and it compresses to a manageable size.

The uniquely angled back on the Travelrest Ultimate sets it apart from other travel pillows we tested because it can lay flat against the seat back. Most other pillows have a rounded back, which pushes your head away from the headrest. The Travelrest also has rubber grip dots to prevent slipping while sleeping. This pillow’s spongy memory foam cushions the entire circumference of your neck, preventing your head from leaning far in any direction, and its adjustable Velcro strap ensures it can fit most necks. The pillow’s cozy velour exterior is removable and machine-washable. Although it doesn’t pack flat, the Travelrest weighs less than a pound and compresses to a quarter of its size when rolled into its Velcro-strapped carrying case. Our only complaint is that the Travelrest’s high walls, though supportive, can push over-ear headphones off of the ears of people with shorter necks.

Noise-cancelling headphones

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

The best over-ear noise-cancelling headphones.

The Bose 700 headphones deliver excellent noise cancellation in a comfortable, lightweight design that’s traveler friendly—but they carry a high price.

May be out of stock

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 over-ear set has the most versatile active noise cancellation we’ve ever tested. With 10 levels of noise reduction to choose from, everyone should be able to find a setting that meets their needs. We also enjoyed the lightweight and comfortable design and the easy-to-use controls. What distinguishes the Bose 700’s ANC is the amount of adjustability it gives you: Most noise-cancelling headphones offer controls for only on/off or maybe high/low/off, but with the Bose 700 pair you can set the ANC level from 0 to 10, so you have more flexibility to dial in the ideal setting for your comfort. The 20-hour battery life, while not the best we’ve seen, is more than sufficient to get you to most destinations. We have additional options—including earbuds and surprisingly good budget options for  over-ear headphones and earbuds —in our full guide to noise-cancelling headphones .

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Mack’s Slim Fit Soft Foam Earplugs

For blocking out the most noise.

These blocked the most noise in our controlled testing and got the most votes from our subjective sleep panel.

When you’re traveling, it can be difficult to fall asleep to unfamiliar noises. That’s why we spent several hours researching new contenders and tested four top-rated models while sleeping in a house that was next to an airport in order to determine that Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam earplugs are the best earplugs for most travelers .

The Mack’s 37.1 dB noise reduction rating was the highest among the models we tested. According to Cooper Safety , that’s enough to reduce the volume of a gas lawnmower to that of a normal conversation. What made the Mack’s earplugs so effective is the fact that we could insert them and rest assured that they would stay in the whole night. Meanwhile, the Howard Leight MAX1 might be a favorite from crowdsourced sleep-aid review site Sleep Like the Dead , but the earplugs would inevitably fall out in the middle of the night. Thus, they failed to block out the noise of planes landing and taking off throughout the night, despite the MAX1’s 33 dB noise reduction rating. The Howard Leights also made our ears ache on occasion, whereas the Mack’s has a tapered shape that was consistently comfortable night after night.

The Mack’s Slim Fit Soft Foam Earplugs cost about 20¢-35¢ per pair when purchased in a 50-pair pack. They come in a plastic case is about the size of a large coffee mug, which is small enough to toss in a large bag or suitcase. Many other ear plugs like our runner-up, the 3M’s E-A-Rsoft OCS1135 , can only be ordered in industrial-size lots that, while perhaps appealing to those who travel constantly (or run a hostel), are annoying to store and often lack a reusable container of any sort.

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Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask

For air travelers and back-sleepers.

The lightweight and contoured Nidra mask is a light-blocking win for most face shapes, with deep eye cups that allow the wearer to blink freely and arrive feeling refreshed.

When bright lights hamper peaceful shut-eye, we recommend the light-blocking, contoured Nidra Deep Rest sleep mask. Of the 20 masks we tried over two rounds of testing , the Nidra blocked the most light on the most faces. It’s contoured to rest on your face like a pair of soft goggles, with fabric lenses that sit around your eyes (instead of directly over them). This design provides more space for your eyes to flutter during REM sleep, ensuring that you come through red-eye flights with less redness in your eyes. Makeup wearers will also appreciate that, with the Nidra’s elevated eye cups, there’s a smaller chance of smudging.

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Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask

A flat, silk mask.

A silken exterior material, a flat design, and an adjustable strap make this mask a fit for almost any face, but it puts pressure on the eyes.

If the Nidra Deep Rest doesn’t fit your face quite right, we also recommend the Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask . It lacks contoured eyecups and thus applies some pressure to the eyes overnight like any regular eye mask does. But its flat design easily conforms to fit your face, and its silk exterior feels smooth and soft against skin (the padding is made of cotton). Its relative lack of structure makes it more difficult to knock off when you’re tossing and turning. Testers also liked that the Alaska Bear’s unobtrusive buckled strap didn’t snag on long hair the way a Velcro strap could. We think the Alaska Bear is a terrific eye mask for sleeping while traveling or in bed—regardless of your preferred sleep position—but we find the Nidra mask’s roomier eyecups more comfortable.

Sleeping bag liner

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Sea to Summit Premium Silk Travel Liner

For a silky feel and extra warmth.

The Sea to Summit silk liner wicks moisture, doesn’t retain smells, packs down to the size of an apple, and even weighs less than one. It makes scratchy motel and hostel linens a lot more bearable.

A silk sleeping bag liner is a great way to insulate yourself from scratchy, cheap, poorly maintained linens you might find at a hostel or motel. On top of the obvious bling appeal of sleeping in silk, it’s the best performing material, too: absorbent yet quick-drying.  This makes silk superior to cotton, which becomes uncomfortable as soon as it gets moist, and synthetics, which retain smells more readily. Silk is also super strong, and its light weight means manufacturers can give you full body coverage in a compact package.

Our favorite is the  Sea to Summit Premium Silk Travel Liner , which is available in a variety of sizes, including regular, long, and even double for sharing. Whichever you pick, it will pack down to about the size and weight of a medium-sized apple. You won’t need it everywhere you sleep, but you’ll be glad you have it the next time you run into a set of scratchy sandpaper sheets at a cut-rate boarding house. (We have also used this for sleeping on long plane flights with great success.) Cocoon and Rab are the only other options when it comes to 100 percent silk liners available online and backed by a real company with a warranty, but those come in only one size. (Western Mountaineering makes silk liners as well, but they’re mainly available through independent retailers.)

Few things are better than landing at an airport, turning on your phone, and having it just work. No hassles, no stress, no worries about brutal roaming fees. You can check in with loved ones, scope out the route to your lodgings, and maybe post an Instagram story or two—because your phone works just like it does at home. This is especially freeing, and it makes travel so much easier. (Of course, phones aren’t the only useful tech to bring: Check out our accessories reviews for guides to the best cables ( USB-C , Lightning , and Micro-USB ), Wi-Fi hotspots , Bluetooth speakers , and more.)

Unlocked mobile phone

One of the most useful gadgets for international travel is an unlocked smartphone that’s compatible with cheap, prepaid phone plans you can sign up for at your destination. Unless your carrier offers plans including high-speed data that you can access internationally (i.e., you’re with T-Mobile or Google Fi), traveling with a phone under contract with a major carrier means paying an arm and a leg for data. Being able to access data-guzzling apps like Google Maps or Google Translate on the fly is worth the hassle to unlock a phone. Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp are free, easy ways to communicate with people you meet on your trip and people from home. Plus there’s checking email, TripAdvisor, banking, social media, and so on.

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An “unlocked” phone means you can buy prepaid SIM cards in the country you’re visiting, letting you access their local network for significantly less money than the roaming fees incurred by your home carrier. With a prepaid SIM, your phone effectively becomes a new phone with a new (now local) phone number. Instead of seeing “Verizon,” “AT&T,” or “Sprint” at the top of your phone, you might see “Vodafone,” “Yes Optus,” “M1,” or whatever provider you choose in the country you’re visiting. The first thing to check is if your phone will work where you’re going. If you’re unsure if your phone will work where you’re going, check the Wikipedia page for your phone or contact your provider.

Your phone will also require a removable SIM (which most newer phones have). Most countries require a passport or other ID to buy a prepaid SIM without a contract, but switching the SIMs is easy. Most stores will do it for you while you’re there. Depending on the country/provider, this could take as long as 10 minutes but is often faster. The next question is easily the most complicated: Can you unlock your phone? Each carrier has different rules and criteria. Generally, if you have a brand new, expensive phone, they may not let you unlock it (there’s usually a waiting period after the purchase date). But if it’s a little older, or if you’ve paid it off, they probably will. The thing to remember is that a provider can deny an unlock request without giving a reason. You might be lucky, though; certain phones on certain providers are unlocked by default. Here are Verizon and AT&T’s pages on unlocking. Alternately, you can buy a pre-unlocked phone just for travel. Amazon and Best Buy, for example, sell unlocked phones. This is also a good option if you think you might lose your expensive phone and a cheaper one will suffice while you travel.

Plug adapter

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Epicka Universal Travel Adapter

Best universal travel adapter.

With four plugs that will work in most countries, plus faster-charging USB ports (and more of them) than its competitors, this adapter is the best all-around choice.

In a sea of almost-identical travel adapters, the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter stands out, combining the best of the features we look for. It contains the three most common international plugs and a US-style plug, which should cover you in the majority of countries around the world. It has the most USB ports—four of the standard USB-A and one USB-C—of any universal adapter we tested, and it charged more of our devices faster. A replaceable fuse and an included spare should take the brunt of any accidental, unfortunate, or shockingly bad connections. The Epicka is fairly compact and well built, and it even comes with an extra USB cable and a nylon case.

However, no universal travel adapter is truly universal, and they’re all a lot bulkier and more expensive than simple plug adapters. If you want the smallest adapter possible, or if you’re going someplace where a universal adapter won’t work (more on that in a minute), a plug adapter could be what you need.

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Ceptics International Worldwide Travel Plug Adapter 5 Piece Set

The best plug adapter.

Individually, these tiny plug adapters are smaller, lighter, and cheaper than any universal travel adapter. To juice up multiple devices, though, you’d need a separate multiport charger too.

The tiny plug adapters from Ceptics are barely larger than the prongs they convert. Small, simple, and cheap, they’re perfect for someone who wants to carry only the adapter they’ll need and who already has a multiport USB wall charger they like. Like our universal adapter picks, this set contains the three most common international plugs and the US plug. However, it also includes a somewhat rarer plug used in some European countries that has two thick, cylindrical prongs. This means that the Ceptics set will likely cover you in even more places—as long as you pack the appropriate plug adapter. These charts should help you find the shape you need before you order.

However, getting your gear to work in different countries isn’t quite as simple as it should be, and there’s no single solution that’s guaranteed to work for everyone. Our picks should work for you, but you may have some random piece of equipment, or be traveling to some country, for which our “good for most” picks just won’t work. (Case in point: One Wirecutter editor visited Iceland a few years back. The house she stayed in had outlets unlike anything on those charts, and the plug adapters she had used elsewhere in Reykjavik didn’t fit at all. It turns out the mystery sockets belonged to an obscure Italian system from the 1960s that was popular in Iceland for a time. Luckily, the hosts had power strips in the house that her adapters fit into.) The world is a big place, and when it comes to electricity and wall outlets, there’s a lot of variation. That’s important to keep in mind.

Whether two-prong or three-prong, an adapter just changes the shape of your plug, not anything about the electricity coming through the wires. However, this usually isn’t a problem because almost every power brick that comes with modern electronic gear is capable of accepting both the 110-volt standard used in the US and the 240-volt commonly used abroad. If your device has a power block on the cord, it likely says something like  “100-240 V ~ 50/60 Hz”—that’s the all-clear to use it without a voltage converter so long as the range covers the voltage of the country you’re visiting . This includes the vast majority of modern laptop and USB chargers. Products without some sort of power block at the end or with a non-detachable cord—in particular, things with heating elements like hair dryers and curling irons—are more likely to need a voltage converter. Putting 220 V through a US 110 V device would be like attaching a firehose to a drinking fountain—you’re likely to blow your face off. But voltage converters are tricky devices, and most of the inexpensive ones have awful (or dishonest) reviews. Since hotels and hostels will often have hair dryers and most newer gear can do the full range of voltages, we strongly recommend that, whenever possible, you only bring items that work with a much simpler (and more reliable) adapter.

Wire/gadget organization system

Now that every device has a battery, every battery has a charger, and every charger has a cable—never mind power-plug adapters if you’re traveling abroad—the sheer quantity of accessories needed just to keep your gadgets running can take up more space than the devices themselves. And unless you organize them, you can bet on having to blindly fish them out of the least convenient spot at the bottom of your bag. Unfortunately, our pick for carrying tech necessities, the Incase Nylon Accessory Organizer, is out of stock and apparently discontinued.

The Incase cable organizer is a poly-nylon blend, so it’s durable. It is a soft-shell bag, however, so its contents can distort the bag’s shape when it’s full. But the bag’s edges remain rigid—so the seams don’t pucker—its contents don’t fall out, and zipping and unzipping the bag is still easy. We have other picks in our full guide to bag and cable organizers , including a customizable mesh-pouch setup and a stylish duo of cosmetics travel pouches ; we’ll also start testing other options to replace this one.

USB battery packs


A USB battery pack (also called a power bank) can keep your small electronics—from phones and cameras to tablets and more—going while you’re on the road. Although the length of your trip will determine exactly how much extra juice you’ll need to have on hand, whatever your requirements, we have a great USB battery recommendation for you. The Zendure SuperMini 20W is about as small and lightweight as a power bank can possibly be while still offering enough capacity to juice up most smartphones up to three times. Its USB-C Power Delivery (PD) port can charge most handheld devices (and recharge the power bank itself) at top speed with the included USB-C cable and a compatible wall charger (the one that came with your phone will work). The USB-A port can handle any older, non-USB-C devices you might have kicking around, too. The SuperMini’s rounded edges make it easy to hold and slip into a pocket.

If you’re traveling for leisure, try not to get too wrapped up in technology because you might miss what you’re actually there to do: experience a new place. OneBag’s Doug Dyment said in an interview, “Wearing headphones and staring at a screen is like putting a digital wall around yourself when you’re traveling. It makes you seem unapproachable and uninterested in what’s around you.” That may be a good thing if you do truly want to be left alone, but Dyment went on to say that some of his most memorable traveling experiences were the result of just looking lost and getting help from the locals. “One minute, you’re a lost foreigner in an unfamiliar village, then someone asks if you need directions. Before you know it, you’re eating dinner with his family.”

Travel binoculars

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Athlon Optics Midas ED

The overall best binoculars.

Amazingly affordable with great optics, these binoculars have performance comparable with that of many models that cost thousands more.

Our top pick for binoculars is durable and great for near-home hikes. In hot or dusty environments that may call for a clearer optical boost, the Athlon Optics Midas ED 8×42 binoculars deliver top quality. Its focus dial offers a wide range of depths that makes it easier to see whatever it is you desire—birds, grass or darkened areas of the forest. Our recommendation comes with the assistance of a professional ornithologist who spent over 100 hours putting 17 pairs of binoculars to the test in the mountains of Southern California and the rain forests of southern Mexico.

Although the Celestron TrailSeeker ED binoculars don’t offer a clear edge-to-edge view to the same degree of the Athlon Optics Midas EDs , they’re a comparable runner-up model that’ll be lighter on your wallet if having binoculars while traveling is a must. The TrailSeekers are equipped with great light-gathering qualities, close focus, and impressive optical resolution.

Ebook reader

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Amazon Kindle (2022)

The best e-reader for most people.

Amazon’s most affordable Kindle is also its most portable, and it’s finally been upgraded with sharper text on its 6-inch screen and support for USB-C charging. Those features bring it in line with much-pricier e-readers.

The entry-level Amazon Kindle finally got an upgrade, with the same crisp display and USB-C charging as the pricier Kindle Paperwhite has (and with double the storage space of the previous entry-level model). If you have $20 more to spend, the Amazon Kindle Kids is worth it even if you’re not a parent; it comes with a case, one year of Amazon Kids+, a two-year warranty (compared with the standard version’s one year of coverage), and no ads. Getting rid of ads on the base model costs $20 alone. Amazon’s well-stocked ebooks store remains its biggest selling point, along with the ease of checking out library books via Libby and sending them directly to a Kindle.

Even if you don’t have time for pleasure reading on your trip, it’s worth investing in a Kindle because many major travel guides are available in fully searchable ebook formats now. Furthermore, e-texts will also work on your phone, tablet, and computer, thanks to the Kindle ecosystem.

Travel water bottle

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CamelBak Podium 21oz Bike Bottle

A lightweight squeezie.

This squeeze bottle is leakproof, light enough to throw into a carry-on for a flight, and cheap enough that if the TSA forces you to ditch it, the loss won’t break your heart.

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If you’re tired of paying for a liter of water every time you take a plane trip, try a lightweight water bottle that you can stuff into your bag and then refill once you get past airport security. For years, we looked for a reliable collapsible travel bottle, but we were disappointed so many times: The HydraPak flopped, the Hydaway tasted plasticky, the Vapur and the Platypus collapsed (in a bad way), and the Nomader didn’t pack down very small. And in our experience, the implied way to carry a full one correctly—clipped to a backpack or belt loop—left them swinging around haphazardly. We’ve recommended all of these bottles in the past, but we’ve always been left wishing there was a better way.

Basic, light, and cheap, a squeeze bottle made for cycling is now our sincere recommendation for airport travel, and we like the CamelBak Podium in particular. It has a twist lock that provides extra assurance that it’s closed tight when you toss it in a bag—plus, it’s dishwasher safe. In addition to its being light and relatively compact, if the TSA takes it, you’ve lost only a few dollars instead of your investment in an expensive insulated bottle. The lid on this bottle is not covered, though, so if you dislike the idea of this bottle swimming around in a bag with the drinking surface exposed, you may prefer another of our water bottle picks, the Thermos Hydration Bottle , although some of our testers didn’t like having to fuss with the lid or flip lock on the Thermos.

Packable daypack

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Travel Day Pack

A pack that fits in your palm.

Toss this lightweight, phone-sized packable bag into your luggage or coat pocket, and you’ll never get caught without a spare bag again. If you need something to carry every day, though, we think you’ll prefer one of our more-structured picks.

Packing a stowable daypack, one that stuffs down to fit in your luggage when not in use, is a relatively small investment of space in exchange for a high return of function and flexibility. After researching dozens of packable daypacks across a spectrum of portability, features, and prices, and then packing, unpacking, loading, wearing, and drenching the top-rated finalists during multiple rounds of testing, the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Travel Day Pack is the smallest and lightest packable backpack we recommend. Packed up, it is very discreet: nearly the size of a keychain accessory. The bag itself is a no-frills sack made from a paper-thin siliconized Cordura nylon, which means it’s very light and water-resistant. It has reinforced stitching at stress points, allowing the Ultra-Sil to carry more weight than you would expect. That said, since this pack is made of such thin, light material, carrying large or awkwardly shaped loads is somewhat uncomfortable, especially when compared with our more structured picks.

If comfort or waterproofing is important to you, check out the alternative picks in our review of packable daypacks for travel .

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Field Notes 3-Pack Original Kraft Memo Books

For ultimate portability.

Field Notes are cheap but contain high-quality paper that earns praise from pen and stationery geeks across the web.

For writing your adventures as you travel, you can’t beat the portability, practicality, and romanticism of a pocket notebook. There’s nothing better in that category than Field Notes (three-packs available in a variety of styles and types ). These pocket-sized notebooks are widely praised for their excellent paper quality, and the Pen Addict’s Brad Dowdy tells me “Field Notes is pretty much the runaway pocket notebook champ.” Dowdy has praised it for the lack of feathering or bleedthrough with almost any pen, as well as for the light brown ruled lines, which are easier to write over than solid black. Austin Smith of Art Supply Critic told us in an email that his recommendation is “Field Notes has it, no question.” The Well-Appointed Desk has reviewed a slew of different Field Notes variants for those looking for something a bit more interesting.

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Field Notes Expedition

A weather-resistant option.

Weather-resistant Expedition Field Notes are great if you’re writing in wet conditions, but don’t get them if you don’t need them. The synthetic paper feels weird and can cause some inks to smear.

If you think you’re going to be writing in foul weather, Field Notes also has the waterproof Expedition version with pages made from a synthetic water-and-tear resistant paper. You should only get these if you really need them, because otherwise, they just feel unnaturally slick and are more prone to smearing ink. At least one user has said that the paper shows less soaking through when wet than the similar Rite in the Rain books . The one caveat is that the synthetic paper will only work with pencils and certain inks ; thankfully, the Uni-ball Jetstream RT , our pick for best pen , definitely makes the grade.

Things can go wrong while you’re traveling, both where you are and where you’re not. Though you can’t prepare for every worst-case scenario, the peace of mind that a little bit of preparation grants will allow you to focus on what’s in front of you, instead of having to worry about what could go wrong. But preparation doesn’t simply mean buying more stuff just in case; it also means making efficient use of what you already have.

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Merchant & Mills for Purl Soho Rapid Repair Kit

For the best combination of sewing tools.

The Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit is the only travel kit we found that had objectively high-quality thread and scissors.

There’s nothing quite like a wardrobe malfunction to put a damper on vacation, especially when traveling with limited clothing. A good travel-size sewing kit allows you to mend a popped button or ripped seam on the fly—or even tackle more pressing issues like fixing a tent, sleeping bag, or backpack. After 15 hours of research, interviews with sewing teachers and avid home sewers, and tests of six travel and full-size kits, we found the Merchant & Mills for Purl Soho Rapid Repair Kit had by far the best tools and was the easiest to keep organized. Standard travel sewing kits usually contain mediocre thread and plastic-handled scissors that break easily. They can also be hard to keep organized (a truth we confirmed when testing six top-rated travel and full-sized kits). The Merchant & Mills set was the only one that had high-quality thread, all-metal mini scissors (don’t worry, the TSA shouldn’t stop you ), and a durable tin case (about the size of a deck of cards) to keep everything well organized.

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Because the sewing pins are neatly stuck into paper inside a slim envelope and the three needles are housed in a mini glass vial, this kit also limits the risk of losing a sharp object in your bags. We found the Merchant & Mills needles easier to thread than others (no need for a fussy needle threader!) and we also like the vintage-looking safety pins that come clipped together along with two small white buttons. Although this kit only comes with black and white thread, the thread is strong and there’s more of it than you’d get in a flimsier set with shorter strands of multiple colors. We do think it would be nice if the kit included a more durable measuring tape than the paper one included, but overall everything about this kit is leagues ahead of anything else we considered. We didn’t find editorial reviews for any of the kits we tested, but the Merchant & Mills rapid repair kit was recommended by several sewing bloggers and is sold in many reputable indie fabric shops.

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Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

The best umbrella for most people.

This is a solidly built, easy-to-find umbrella that holds up in high winds. It also comes in a variety of colors.

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An umbrella you take traveling should be small, light, sturdy, and affordable. After putting in 66 hours of research and evaluating a total of 48 umbrellas across five rounds of testing (including one thunder-snowstorm), we found that the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella is the best umbrella for most people. Its durable, nine-rib construction held up admirably against gale-force winds, and it’s as sturdy as umbrellas that sell for more than twice as much.

The Repel folds up to an 11½-inch long, 14-ounce package that fits easily into most bags and glove boxes. And it forcefully expands at a touch of a button to reveal an ample 37-inch-diameter canopy that protects your head and torso from precipitation in all but the windiest of conditions. Its lengthy, textured handle is easy to grip for hands of all sizes. We also appreciate that the Repel comes in a wide variety of colors, so it’s easier to pick yours out of a crowded umbrella bucket. Finally, despite its affordable price, it’s backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee, but only if you purchase directly from Repel and register the item under the company’s warranty.

A person holding a red Repel Easy Touch umbrella in the rain.

Packing method for clothes

While packing cubes and other organization tools are helpful for maximizing your bag’s usable space, efficient packing is also achievable without the aid of tools and compartments. One Bag’s Doug Dyment tried all manners of folding aids and compression products but was unsatisfied with their claims of compression and wrinkle prevention. Frustrated, he developed his own method of packing clothes compactly called the Bundle Method, which he’s used and perfected over several decades of traveling.

The Bundle Method involves layering your shirts and pants at opposing angles on a flat surface, then wrapping them around a small “core” parcel (e.g. a packing cube full of underwear and socks). We won’t get into details, but Dyment does on his website ; you can watch this easy-to-follow video from NBC . The resulting bundle is compact and has no sharp creases that will require ironing out later on. Additionally, Dyment explains that “the slight tension created in the fabric by the wrapping process, along with the anchoring of the resulting bundle, greatly reduces the chances of wrinkling.” You then put it in your bag and use the tie-down straps to provide just enough pressure to keep it together.

While simple to perform, this packing method isn’t something you can master in one go. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get it, it’s like riding a bike. The downside is that you can’t just leave your clothing packed and expect to be able to access your underwear without fully unpacking your clothes first. But unpacking is a good habit to get into anyway, as it allows your clothes to breathe and avoid wrinkles or mildew. Wirecutter founder and frequent traveler Brian Lam says that unpacking the moment he enters a room has a grounding effect that allows him to feel a bit more at home in a new environment.

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If this sounds like too much of a hassle for you, you can do what we did before we found out about bundling: roll up your socks and underwear tightly and place them in packing cubes, then put your wrinkle-prone items (shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets) in a garment folder—we used the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Garment Folder . This is also travel guru Rob King’s preferred method of packing. Though the garment folder is not quite as space-efficient as the bundle method due to the added bulk of the folder and folding board, the plastic backboard does go a long way towards preventing wrinkles. Just be aware that if you leave your clothes in there for longer than a day, they’ll begin to develop unsightly creases that require an iron to get rid of.

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A big thank-you to the Hotel Lucia in downtown Portland, Oregon, for lending us a suite to use for the photos in this guide.

This article was edited by Ria Misra and Christine Ryan.

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23 Best Travel Accessories for Every Kind of Trip

Whether you’re crammed in economy class or on a long drive, these gadgets and accessories will make the time pass quickly.

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Whether you’re a frequent traveler or you save up for one trip every few years, chances are you already know that what you pack impacts your comfort, your enjoyment, and, perhaps most important, your stress levels both while traveling and when you’ve actually settled in at your new destination. That’s why it’s critical to pack useful, helpful travel accessories. Take the wrong ones, and you may find yourself carrying extra weight for gear you never end up using.

As a full-time travel writer, I enjoy the wonderful perk of being able to travel quite a bit. While chasing down stories, I’ve stayed in five-star suites in the Maldives and slept on the top bunk of a 15-hour budget sleeper train in Vietnam . So I’ve experienced quite a variety of travel conditions while using what’s likely hundreds of travel accessories in the process.

Over time, I’ve been able to narrow down my must-have travel accessories to include a perfect blend of ones that are useful, easy to carry, and multifunctional. For example, a packable mini- backpack can serve as a lightweight bag for day hikes or as an extra carry-on if you buy too much abroad.

These are the 23 best travel accessories I recommend to all my friends planning their next weekend or bucket-list getaways.

Best Travel Accessories

  • Best In-Flight Bluetooth Audio Adapter: Twelve South AirFly Pro
  • Best Travel Footrest: Airplane Footrest
  • Best Cord Organizer for Small Items: Bellroy Classic Pouch
  • Best Containers for Toiletries: Cadence Weekender Bundle
  • Best Blanket for Cold Flights: Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket
The Expert: I’m a freelance travel writer and editor who usually focuses on adventure travel. That’s led me to take some pretty lengthy flight patterns (most recently, 54 hours of travel on the way to Rwanda) and fairly remote road trips (through central Alaska). But traveling frequently doesn't mean anything goes. Like everyone else, I have my personal annoyances while traveling: I get cold easily, I’m sensitive to noise when sleeping in new places, and I always need to be able to work on-the-go. What all of that means is that my experience with travel accessories isn’t just about finding those that make flights more comfortable, but also those that improve my productivity, help me enjoy myself in new destinations, and make packing as painless as possible. I think I've used just about every type of travel product out there, and truly feel the ones I have selected are the best of the best.

What to Consider When Buying Travel Accessories

The best travel accessories eliminate the inconveniences and annoyances of life on-the-go. For me, this includes headphones that drown out engine noise (or crying babies), containers that allow me to bring my favorite soap and shampoo on flights, and anything that makes long trips more comfortable. Consider what you value most and look for accessories in that space.

No matter what you’re in the market for, don’t overlook size, especially for liquids. The TSA limits your liquids to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) per container and prefers them all packed into one quart-size bag. As for luggage, make sure any travel bags you intend to carry on are no larger than 22 x 14 x 9 inches, and checked bags no heavier than 50 pounds. Even if you aren’t checking a suitcase, you’ll have an easier, more comfortable experience with less to lug around. Most of the accessories below are relatively lightweight, but they’ll add a few pounds combined.

Finally, a word on price. Some travelers don’t want to spend too much money on items they might accidentally leave in a seat-back pocket, whereas other people tend to take better care of things that cost more. I generally recommend ruling out the very cheapest items in most categories, lest you find your shampoo bottle started leaking mid-flight.

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How We Selected These Travel Accessories

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In addition to my own experiences using these products as a travel writer and gear tester, I weighed consumer reviews, investigated market research, and did a thorough evaluation of each product's price, features, and overall value. If you’re looking for stuff to make your next trip easier and more comfortable, start with these recommendations.

Twelve South AirFly Pro

AirFly Pro

Given how small and lightweight this Bluetooth adapter is, I make sure to pack it for every flight where I expect to watch a movie. The adapter plugs into airplane screens and pairs via Bluetooth so you can use your preferred noise-canceling earphones with the in-flight entertainment.

It has excellent battery life, but the connection does suffer from some lag. I’ve noticed a very slight audio delay in older planes—and you may need a two-prong adapter on older entertainment systems.

If you plan to use the AirFly only for sending audio to your headphones, you can get by with the less-expensive AirFly Classic, which has slightly better battery life. But if you want to use Bluetooth to send audio to the AirFly (for example, to play audio from your phone in a car without built-in Bluetooth), you’ll need the Pro.

Sekoess Airplane Footrest

Airplane Footrest

My foot hammock is probably the nerdiest travel accessory I own, but it's a lifesaver—or should I say leg saver. The adjustable-length hammock attaches to your airplane seat's tray table and eases pressure on your low back, knees, and glutes.

I'm much less stiff after flights when I use the foot hammock and have never noticed it bothering the person in the seat in front of me, even while making adjustments. You can also buy versions with more rigid footrests, though I find the more flexible, hammock-style footrest is easier to stuff into a carry-on.

Bellroy Classic Pouch

Classic Pouch

Whether it’s a road trip or an international flight, I always use a small, simple zippered case for my tech gear so I don’t have to fish around for it in the bottom of my bag.

Cord organizers have become trendy lately, but some have so many straps and pockets that I still have to search for the exact item I need. Instead, I just use a small case like the Bellroy Classic Pouch. Since I have a separate case for my computer charger and cord, this one has enough space for most of my other small items, including the AirFly and Bose earbuds in this roundup. It has a few basic organizational pockets and zips wide enough so you can find what you need in a hurry.

Oh, and if you want a case to fit your computer charger as well as all your other travel accessories, never fear: There’s a larger option. The Bellroy Tech Kit is deeper and longer, with a clamshell-style opening, so it can hold slightly larger accessories like computer charger cubes or a GoPro camera.

Cadence Weekender Bundle

Weekender Bundle

Carry-on-only travelers are familiar with packing small amounts of their favorite toiletries, but mini squeeze bottles make it challenging to use gels and creams that get stuck to the bottoms.

Fortunately, you can alleviate that issue with Cadence’s magnetic honeycomb-style capsules, which stick together and take up little space. These convenient containers are made from ocean plastic cleaned from beaches, and you can customize the tile labels and colors of each capsule. I recommend the six-pack for carrying both hair and skincare products, but you could connect three times that number if you so desire.

Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket

NanoLoft Puffy Blanket

I carry a packable insulated blanket on almost every trip, even to tropical destinations. Aside from being useful as a plane blanket, it comes in handy in hotels where the A/C is definitely working or when there’s only a sheet on the bed.

I like the Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket since the fill is light and compressible. It’s on the smaller side at roughly 4.5-feet by 3-feet, but it’s worth the trade-off for the packability (less than 4-inches wide when packed.) I usually carry it in one of the bottle pockets on the side of my carry-on backpack.

Because it’s not a full-size blanket, the NanoLoft is best as a lap blanket on cold flights or car rides, and works well as a pillow when packed. For more coverage, consider the full-size NanoLoft (6- by 14-inches packed, $179+). I recommend getting a tiny stuff sack or compression packing cube to make it into a more manageable carry-on size.

Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack

Ultralight Stuff Pack

The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Sack is proof that the best travel accessories don’t have to be high-tech or overly complex—just useful. This is a water-resistant, packable backpack with mesh straps, a side pocket, and one small internal pocket. That’s it.

Because it’s so simple, it folds down incredibly small to about 5- by 5- by 3-inches. I often wear it when sightseeing around a city when I don’t want to carry a purse or shoulder bag.

But even if I don’t have a plan for using it, I toss it in my luggage every time. It can come in handy when you’re packing in a hurry and can’t fit everything as neatly into your bag as you did the first time, or if you’re road tripping and want to pull over and walk to a quirky roadside attraction. Most of my other ultra-packable bags are totes, but I prefer the security of a zippable backpack.

Cabeau S3 Evolution

S3 Evolution

These pillows are phenomenal, and reviewers say they're the only way they can ever get some sleep when crammed into a middle seat.

An adjustable headrest strap keeps the pillow upright and in place, and the comfortable foam never seems to lose its shape. Though most people wear the Evolution around their neck as intended, it works well as a traditional pillow, especially considering the gap in the middle leaves room for bulky over-ear headphones.

Alongza Portable Charger

Portable Charger

I take thousands of vacation photos per trip, and often, the only camera I’m carrying is the one in my cell phone. To avoid running out of battery before getting back to my hotel room, I carry the ridiculously small Alongza charger.

It holds about two phone charges, and it won’t power bigger devices like laptops. But because it’s roughly the size of a credit card (though a smidge thicker), it’s easy to carry and is able to charge my phone while walking around.

I find most power banks too big to fit in my pocket, but this is probably the tiniest one I’ve ever used. I also like the built-in UBC-C and Lightning connectors so I can leave my cords at the hotel.

HiBar Maintain Shampoo and Conditioner Set

Maintain Shampoo and Conditioner Set

If carrying a 3-ounces of shampoo won’t get you through a whole trip, consider using a solid shampoo and conditioner bar that won’t raise any eyebrows going through the TSA checkpoint.

There are five different sets for different hair types, each safe to use for color-treated hair. Be sure to toss them into a plastic bag if you’re planning to pack them before they’re dry.

I have very thin, fine hair, and find the HiBar Volumizie set works just as well as the far more expensive salon set I use in my home shower.

Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Earbuds

QuietComfort Noise Canceling Earbuds

I love my over-the-ear headphones, but on long flights, they can start to feel a bit sore on my ears. I took a risk on the Bose QuietComfort headphones, since at nearly $300 they’re even more expensive than Apple AirPods. But I’m glad I bought them.

They provide a level of noise-cancellation I never thought would be possible from an in-ear headphone, and the case can fully charge the headphones three times before it needs to be plugged in again—enough to get you through even the longest of trans-Atlantic flights and chatty seatmates.

The only real minus is the size, as they don’t sit as closely to your head as the popular Apple AirPods. But the sound quality more than makes up for it.

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Flex Sip Lid Bottle

Wide Mouth Flex Sip Lid Bottle

At this point, it’s a given to carry a reusable water bottle, but I’ve started bringing my own coffee mug too, especially since I like my coffee piping hot. In many countries, coffee is served in a teacup and not guzzled like I’m used to, and having my own mug is a great way to fill my coffee once at the hotel without bothering the staff to bring more and more.

I’ve recently been using the Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Mug. It keeps coffee hot, but most important, it has a tight seal. I can buy coffee in the airport, put the mug in my carry-on, and pull it out mid-flight without worrying that it leaked in the bag I have shoved under my seat.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones

WH-1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones

When it comes to audio, two big names still reign supreme, at least in my book: Sony and Bose. Bose makes my favorite in-ear headphones, but Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is far and away the best over-the-ear option. The battery life is impressive at 30 or more hours per charge, and the charging is quick—20 minutes powers about 8 hours of listening.

The noise canceling is fabulous, as I’ve learned when trying to talk to someone wearing them, and they fold into a flat case. That said, they’re still a bit on the bulky side, stored or worn, but if you’re planning to carry over-the-ear headphones, their size probably isn’t your top priority.

JBL Clip 4 Speaker

Clip 4 Speaker

I work remotely and set my own schedule, which means I’m often working for a few hours here and there in hotel rooms on vacation. I also love to listen to podcasts when I’m getting ready in the morning, so I always make sure to pack a small Bluetooth speaker.

The JBL Clip 4 has better sound than expected for its size, including strong bass. The built-in clip makes it easy to hang on a shower rod or suitcase handle, and because it’s waterproof, it’s ideal for use around pools, beaches, hot tubs, and whatever other amenities you may avail yourself to on vacation.

The negative: it uses a lithium ion battery, which means you have to take it in your carry-on, not in your checked bags.

Panasonic Lumix G7 4K Camera

Lumix G7 4K Camera

I’m constantly amazed by the quality of photos you can get from an iPhone, but when it comes to shooting in suboptimal conditions (or trying to show depth and scale in landscapes), you’ll probably want a more advanced camera.

The Lumix G7 is a ridiculously good camera with a surprisingly low price, especially considering it’s mirrorless, which makes it lighter and smaller than non-mirrorless options. It shoots photos and videos in 4K, has Wi-Fi so you can send your photos straight to your phone or computer, and has multiple auto settings for beginners, including one specifically for night-sky photography.

It’s packed with features and is the number one camera I recommend to all travelers who want to take better travel photos without spending more serious money on a camera, even if you don’t have any actual interest in using its more professional features.

Peak Design Packing Cube

Packing Cube

I’ve become a big fan of Peak Design. The brand's packing cubes are the its first item I ever tried. They have strong zippers that don’t seem to get caught in the fabric while compressing as much as other cubes, and you can fit far more than you’d expect into each one.

I prefer the small size, as it’s easier to stack in a suitcase and fits better in a backpack or shoulder bag. These packing cubes are also light and thin, so you can throw an empty one in your bag (as I found especially useful in Patagonia) just in case you end up buying an extra sweater during your travels.

Pro packing tip: Don't pack small clothing items like underwear, socks, and swimsuits in the cubes. Instead, shove them into negative space around the cubes to maximize all available luggage areas.

Thule Subterra Carry-on Roller

Subterra Carry-on Roller

Hard-sided carry-on spinners have become all the rage in the last few years, and while I do love my July bag, I’ve found two drawbacks to hard-sided bags: the second set of wheels eats into the luggage space and there’s no ability to stuff them into an overhead bin or car if they don’t quite fit.

Fortunately, I’ve had the Thule Subterra for a while now and it’s become my most-used bag. That’s thanks to a built-in compression panel with pocket; a small front pocket for passports, keys, and sunglasses; and durable back wheels that seem to have no problem crashing over curbs and steps.

I’ve also come to appreciate its slightly smaller size. While some travelers may balk at the idea of not maximizing their carry-on capacity, I find that it's actually easier for travel, especially when I see my fellow travelers’ larger bags getting forcibly gate checked on smaller planes.

Baseus Blade


I’ve used plenty of backup chargers while traveling (who hasn’t?), but the Blade from Baseus is the one I rely on most. That’s partially because I have a computer with a USB-C charging port, and the Blade is optimized for quick charging of USB-C computers.

I can charge my MacBook Pro from 0- to 100-percent with about a 20-percent charge left on the Blade (which is enough to almost fully charge my iPhone).

Other features I appreciate are its slim design (so I can travel with it in my laptop pocket), a display that shows you both how much battery is left and how much time until the Blade is fully charged, and the fact that it takes only about 1.5 hours to fully charge it.

If I use the entire capacity on a flight, as long as I have at least a 1.5-hour layover, I can be back up and running on the next flight.

Ombraz Armless Sunglasses

Armless Sunglasses

I've broken more than a few pairs of sunglasses by shoving them into the pocket of an overstuffed bag or sitting on them at dinner if I put them in my back pocket after a day of sightseeing. That's why when traveling, I nearly always carry Ombraz sunglasses. If I bring a fancier pair, it stays in a hard case in my luggage.

The smartly designed Ombraz shades have a soft adjustable cord in place of arms, so they’re nearly impossible to break or bend. They slide into a flat padded case and come in five unisex styles. You can also buy side shields (ideal for reflective surroundings, like snow or water) and have your prescription added.

The only downside is that you’ll need both hands to put them on, but to me, it’s worth it. I’ve had the classic pair for about three years, and they haven’t showed much wear or abrasion—but there’s a lifetime guarantee on the cord and frame if they ever do.

CM Pack of Two Mini Pouch Case Bag

Pack of Two Mini Pouch Case Bag

I almost always have my laptop with me when I travel, and since the chunky MacBook charging cube and long cord are too bulky to store with the rest of my small cords, I used to just toss them into my bag. But then I found these tiny travel pouches sized for a computer power adapter.

I can easily fit my computer power adapter and cord in one pouch, and now, I don’t have to pull everything out of my bag to untangle the laptop cord, or use tweezers to remove dirt from the bottom of my backpack that got stuck in the charging port.

The pouches in this set are as simple and lightweight as can be, which is why I like them. They’re also useful for other small items such as GoPros, flash drives, memory cards, and camera batteries.

Originally from the East Coast, Suzie Dundas is a Lake Tahoe-based freelance writer and editor who now splits her time between enjoying the outdoors and writing about them—she's the senior outdoor editor at Matador Network and a regular adventure and travel contributor at . She has written feature stories for publications like Outside Magazine , SkyLife Magazine , Playboy , Frommers, INSIDER, and more, and contributes couples travel and honeymoon content for . Suzie co-authored Lonely Planet Sustainable Travel Guide and is the author of 2021's "Hiking Lake Tahoe." She has undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in media and political communication from George Washington University. Follow her on Instagram at @HikeUpYourSkirt or find more of her work at . 

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Best Travel Accessories in 2023

Travel smarter and safer in 2023 with 57 of the best brilliant travel accessories and travel gadgets. From the best adapters, earplugs, space-savers, travel safety to portable chargers.

1. this ergonomic travel pillow.

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Travel Pillow

The smart design of this washable pillow prevents your head from falling forwards as you sleep. Suitable for adults and children and perfect to use on airplanes, buses, trains, cars, camping, while backpacking, wheelchairs, airport terminals, or even while watching TV.

Buy it here

2. Pack more with these awesome space bags ! I have 20 of them!

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Space bags

Saving space in your suitcase is no longer a challenge with these amazing space bags that push out the air when rolled up. You effectively gain up to 50% more space in your baggage. I use the larger ones at home and the smaller ones for travel. They make for great organisers too!

Buy them here

3. Keep your dirty clothes separate with this handing laundry bag

Travel Accessories and Gadgets- Nomatic Hanging LaundryBag

Keep your dirty clothes organized and separate. This handy GOMATIC hanging laundry bag has a strap to attach it to a doorknob. Once your laundry bag is full, you can easily pack it and have it ready to empty straight into your washing machine when you get home. Buy it here.

4. Get this cute secret pocket infinity scarf

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Infinity Scarf

5. This Travel-sized Wireless Router with USB Media Storage

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Wireless Travel Router

Convert any wired network to a wireless network and stay connected! Not only that you can also stream your videos, photos, and music to your connected media devices. If that wasn’t enough, back up and free up space on your mobile devices by using an attached USB flash drive or hard disk.

6. This Travel Door Alarm

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Travel Door Alarm

Travelling alone or just wanted added peace of mind in your accommodation? Attach this pocket-sized alarm to your door or window and be alerted the second there is an intruder. There’s also a built-in LED flashlight so there’s no fumbling in the dark.

7. This Multi-Bag Stacker

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Multi-Bag Stacker

No more bag juggling or pushing multiple trolleys/carts, just attached this nifty strap that connects suitcases and bags together through their handles.

8. These Amazing Space-Saving Laundry Soap Sheets

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Laundry Soap Sheets

Add water and the sheet will dissolve instantly. They also come in shaving, body wash and hand soap versions.

9. Protect your phone from water, drops and scratches with this Lifeproof Case

10. this digital luggage scale.

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Luggage Scale

You’ll never be surprised with having to pay for excess weight at the airport again. This compact and lightweight luggage scale can weigh up to 110 lb / 50 kg luggage. No batteries required.

11. No more breaks and leak with this inflatable bottle bag

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Inflatable Bottle Bag

This versatile roll-up travel bag suspends items in an inflatable air cushion to protect your bottles such as wine and olive oil. No more nasty surprises and messy spills when you open your suitcase.

12. Boost Circulation with these highly-rated compressions socks

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Compression Socks

13. Keep your Laptop and Other Items safe with a Portable Safe

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Pacsafe Travelsafe Portable Safe

14. This Vintage Laptop and Travel Backpack that Charges your Gadgets

Best Travel Accessories 2023 - Backpack with USB charger

15. The Only Travel Adapter You’ll Ever Need PLUS Dual USB Ports (Covers 150 Countries)

Best Travel Accessories 2023 USB Travel Adapter

16. This inspirational luggage tag with card slot

Travel Accessories - Luggage Tag with card slot

17. Always Be Ready with a Pocket, Picnic and Beach Blanket

Best Travel Accessories 2023 travel pocket blanket

18. For Those Who Love a Mini Electric Toothbrush

Travel Accessories - Travel toothbrush

19. Keep Your Drinks Hot on Long Haul Flights with this Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug (Different Colours Available)

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug

20. Get This Gorgeous Multi-Use Travel, Hiking, Camping Bag Rucksack

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Multi-Use Travel Hiking Camping Bag Rucksack

21. This Smartest Carry-on suitcase Built-in USB Charger

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Smart Luggage

22. Keep your toiletries organized with this waterproof organizer

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Waterproof Travel Kit

23. Stay clean with these laundry sachets 

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Travel Accessories Laundry Kit

24. This personalised passport holder and protector  

Travel Accessories - Passport Holder and Protector

25. Charge multiple accessories super fast with this portable compact charger

Best Travel Accessories 2023 - Portable Charger

26. Get some shuteye with this contoured sleep mask

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Sleepmask

27. Avoid the knots and get this nifty cable organizer

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Cable Organiser

28. Sleep anywhere with the ultimate ergonomic neck supporter

Best Travel Accessories 2023 - Sleep Anywhere Travel Pillow

29. Pack like a boss with these space-saving packing cubes with shoe bag

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Travel Accessories packing pouch

Keep your gear organised with these travel cubes in assorted sizes. Buy it here

30. Keep your stuff safe with this TSA approved luggage lock

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Luggage Lock

31. Keep your jewellery organized with this compact jewellery box

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Jewellery Box

32. Never buy cabin luggage again with this durable and lightweight case

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Cabin Suitcase

33. Stay hydrated with this collapsible water bottle

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Collapsible Water bottle

34. Breathe easy with this USB or battery operated mini humidifier

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Humidifier

35. Take your music with you with this wireless and waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

36. Get safe drinking water wherever you go with the LifeStraw water filter

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Lifestraw

37. Get 18 in 1 multi-purpose credit card size pocket tool

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Wallet Tool

38. These cabin-approved leak-proof travel bottles for makeup and cosmetics

Travel Accessories - Travel bottles for makeup and cosmetics

39. Stay charged on the go with this mini power bank

Best Travel Accessories 2023 - Mini Power Bank

40. Take your phone underwater with a universal waterproof case

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Underwater Phone case

41. Protect your camera with this anti-theft shoulder strap by PacSafe

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Anti-theft shoulder strap

This camera strap is essential for supporting heavy cameras like DSLRs and even popular travel cameras such as Mirrorless ones.

Buy it here $26.87

42. Take this lightweight tripod anywhere and wirelessly take pictures and video

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Tripod Stand

43. Protect your gear with this anti-theft shockproof backpack that’s ScanSmart TSA friendly and water resistant

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Anti-theft Shockproof Backpack

44. Charge your phone and tablet with this USB solar charger

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Solar Charger

45. Keep your phone clean with this sanitizer and universal phone charger

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Sanitiser

46. Put your feel up with this compact foot hammock

47. hang up your washing with this travel clothes line.

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Pegless Washing Line

No more hanging your delicates over hotel room chairs. This pegless washing line stretches up to 2.5metre and can be to affixed to either a  wall or furniture with its metal hooks or suction cups.

48. Get this beautiful waterproof travel and passport wallet

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Organiser

49. This Convenient Water Bottle with Built-in Pill Organizer

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Travel Bottle and Pill Organiser

Great way to take your medication while on the go! This water bottle can store your medication for each day of the week. The medication holder can also be detached. Holding 23 oz. or 600ml, the bottle cap also doubles as a cup. Ingenious!

50. Keep all your documents in once place with this travel wallet

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Travel Wallet

51. Alert others when in trouble with this safety whistle

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Safety Whistle

52. Stay entertained with movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games on Kindle Fire

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Kindle Fire

Buy on Amazon for $79.99

53. Wash your clothes wherever you are with this machine quality wash bag

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Washing Bag

Buy on Amazon for $42.44

54. This Clever Tank Top  with Secret Pockets

Best Travel Accessories 2023 clever tank top

Keep your  passport, cash and credit cards safe with this versatile tank top. Perfect for both warm and cool climates. It can even fit your cell phones and keys.

Buy on Amazon

55. This Anti-Crease Shirt Transporter

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Shirt Organiser

Save time on ironing! This Tupperware for shirts and blouses is called the Shirt Shuttler, perfect for those trips when you know you’ll be spending a night out on the town or in a boardroom, or both!

Buy on Amazon for $24.99

56. This Optical Camera Lens for Smartphones and Tablets

Best Travel Accessories 2023 SmartPhone Tablet Camera Lens

57. The only worldwide travel charger and power adapter you’ll ever need  (UK/US/AU/EU/JP) + Dual USB Ports

Best Travel Accessories 2023 Travel Charger Adapter

Buy on Amazon for $25.99

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Stay tuned! I’m constantly updating this page as I discover the latest and greatest travel accessories. If you’re going backpacking or long-term travelling, check out my ultimate travel packing list . Got a favourite travel accessory? Share it below! :)

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Howdy Michele, I love to travel. I’ve read so many posts about travel gadgets, but you are the best one. Your article was beneficial in finding the necessary devices. I personally like an anti-theft shockproof backpack, which is ScanSmart TSA friendly and water-resistant. It is useful for everyone.

Thank you so much, Kim :)

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Hello, I have gone through your guide and seems to be interesting though I have one more concern on the WiFi devices. Can you recommend me on the best Pocket Device that will work well on anywhere I travel. I have using AllDayWifi but its very slow on their international data plan. I have been considering RentnConnect though I know very little about it

Hi Collins, have you considered this Skyroam device ? It one of the leaders in the market and very compact.

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What about this Trackimo 3G Travel Tracker device this has Light Exposure Sensor – detect/alerts when package or luggage is opened. I am currently using this tracker and i found this very useful to me every time i go travel around the world :)

Excellent addition Helen, thank you :)

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A tracking device would be a great addition to this list.

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Amazing! This makes traveling easier.

best international travel accessories

Definitely brilliant ideas worth sharing

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This IS such a cool list! I thought I had everything, but then I found out the door travel alarm (never would’ve thought of it)!. And I wonder how good the neck support (#33) is because there were PLENTY of times I could have used something like that on my trips.

Hey Trang, the door alarm is such a great idea especially for those times when you just don’t feel safe :) Is there anything you’d add to the list?

best international travel accessories

I just carry a small rubber door stop wedge.

best international travel accessories

WOW! This is one extensive list of all things travel and certainly one that I will be using to give hints to my friends and family round the holiday season. The new ScanSmart backpack along with the waterproof phone case and solar charger are on top of my list. However my top two purchases are going to be the smart suitcase and the backpack which are absolutely brilliant. Thanks for such a cool list.

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Hi Michele, There are all great ideas. I have one more suggestion for you. Smart Blanket! I used it when flying to Zurich to see my son and his family. The plane was freezing, and there were no blankets to be had. I was the only one that was warm and cozy for the whole 8 hours. I love mine. Got it on Amazon I paid $49.00 for mine. Think they are having a sale on them now. Hope you like my suggestion.

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The door alarm and aeroplane pillow are a great idea to stay comfy and safe! I always take an extension lead when I travel; so that I have more plug sockets in a hotel room, and it also means you don’t need as many adapters when you travel. You also can’t go wrong with baby wipes and small-ish plastic bags in case a seat is wet, a bottle is leaking or you’ve got a mark on your clothes! ✈️?

All brilliant ideas Emily :) Thanks for sharing. I love the baby wipes idea!

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The Best Travel Accessories, According to Frequent Travelers

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Every travel situation requires a different set of tools and knickknacks, whether you’re taking a road trip, a red-eye, or backpacking from hostel to hostel. That’s why we talked to eight different kinds of travelers who haven’t settled for the sedentary lifestyle — from professional travel writers and expedition leaders to hard-core nomads (one who’s already ticked 65 countries off of his bucket list) about the special travel accessories that have made their journeys that much easier.

They described in-flight necessities that make that cramped plane seat a little more bearable, functional gadgets that are small miracles in off-the-grid regions , and even a de-constructable suitcase that has earned many admirers abroad. (If you’re sniffing out the ideal gift for a seasoned traveler, too, see what other vagabonds are asking for this year .)

Pacsafe Anti-Theft RFID Wallet

“Pacsafe makes all kinds of products geared toward travel experts looking to stay one step ahead of thieves, which are RFID-protected (meaning they keep people from swiping your credit-card information). I personally like the Pacsafe wallets because of their retro design, and the ability to chain the wallet to your belt or belt loop. This is essential not only when you are in a big group of people (like a train station in India or tourist area in China), but also when you have had too much to drink and might leave your valuables unattended and lost.” — J.R. Harrison III, nomadic traveler who has backpacked to over 65 countries and six continents, travel blogger at The Savvy Vagabond

Anker 6-Port USB Wall Charger

“I always have tons of gadgets when I travel: the Kindle Paperwhite, the GoPro Hero 5, the Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera, the MacBook Air , multiple USB power banks (all of which are Anker, by the way, the best company for this stuff), etc. When couch surfing — or staying in guest houses, especially hostels — around the world, plugs are few and far between. There are also times when you may be on the move for a few days and won’t have time to sit and charge all of your things for 12-plus hours. This is where this wall charger comes in handy: All you need is one outlet that you can reach with the extended cord, and voilà, plug six devices in all at once.” — J.R. Harrison III

Trtl Pillow

“It’s funny-looking, and before they were more prolific , I always worried people would think I was wearing a neck brace, but it’s the most practical neck pillow I’ve tried thus far. And I can sleep through an entire 15-hour flight, so clearly it’s working for me.” — Sarah Khan , travel writer  

Slip Silk Sleep Mask

“I take quite a few red-eyes, and it’s not uncommon for me to head straight to meetings from the airport, so I always have a great eye mask on hand to ensure I can get a good night’s sleep. Slip makes a fantastic one that we also carry in our stores.” — Jen Rubio, co-founder of Away

Lunatec Aquabot Sport Water Bottle

“This cap can turn any Nalgene water bottle into a pressurized shower. Just screw on the lid, pump up to pressure, and depress the button. Mist yourself off on a hot day, rinse your dishes, or even wash your hair while camping. It’s pressurized water, wherever you go. We already ordered ours!” — Megan and Michael of travel blog Fresh Off the Grid

JOBY Gorillapod Flexible Tripod

“Small and portable, this tripod can be set up instantly. It’s not intrusive to your fellow travelers, easy to use, and compact enough to slip into a suitcase or even a day pack. Add an adapter to safely sync this sturdy little tripod with your smartphone.” — Jen Martin, director of expedition development, expedition leader, Lindblad Expeditions

Power Practical Sparkr

“This plasma arc lighter is hands down the coolest way to light a fire. Using a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it generates an electrical arc that is 100 percent windproof. It comes with an integrated flashlight and lantern, so you can offer somebody a ‘light’ in every sense of the word.” — Megan and Michael

To-Go Ware Bamboo Travel Utensils

“Lightweight, compact, and easy to pack, this utensil set is great for camping trips or just having in the glove box of your car. Never use disposable plastic utensils again!” — Megan and Michael 

Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld Navigator

“I like the Garmin eTrex — it’s rugged, waterproof, and small enough to hold in your hand or pocket. The latest updates have improved screens, resolution, graphics, and ease of use. Having a GPS can come in handy if you want to record where you’ve been or specific locations you’ve visited. (Did you propose on a trail hike? Want to geocache a message for future travelers?) We use them often to record good landing sites, hiking trails, and as an additional safety measure.” — Jen Martin

Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones

“I never really invested in quality headphones until now, and I’m so glad I did. Beats by Dre’s new Studio 3 headphones have advanced noise-canceling technology that can drown out everything. I take a lot of red-eyes, and have always found it nearly impossible to sleep with the constant buzz of the plane’s engine, so these headphones are game changers. They’re wireless, so I can connect them to my iPhone via Bluetooth or use the removable cord to plug them in when I want to watch a movie. They’re not cheap, but if you travel a lot, I think they’re worth it.” — Laura Itzkowitz , freelance travel writer and editor

Nikon Prostaff 7i Laser Range Finder

“For a total gadgetry pick — more for fun than functionality — a range finder is high on my list. Tell your distance from a glacier face or know how far your ship is from shore or the nearest iceberg. It’s an interesting option — especially in cold climates, where the ‘white on white’ topography makes it impossible to tell distances. Small and portable, this is highly rated and comes from a company known for good optics.” — Jen Martin

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless, Bluetooth, Noise-Cancelling Headphones

“These headphones block out all the noise in an airplane. The motors, but also crying children and snorting men. The sound is, of course, phenomenal — so perfect to watch a movie, listen to some music, or get into a meditation mode.” — Pauline Egge, travel blogger and creator of

Pearl Cross-Body Bag

“I always use the Pearl when I’m on a trip. It’s designed with the traveler in mind, so everything fits in it. That is, my camera, my phone, a charger, lipstick, my wallet, a small notebook, and a pen.” — Pauline Egge

Carry-on Luggage

“I just got the carry-on suitcase by Away, which has a super-sleek design with a virtually indestructible shell, built-in USB charger, and clever internal compartments, including a waterproof laundry bag. Just make sure to remove the battery pack if you’re traveling through Asia! A friend got flagged at security because of it.” — Laura Itzkowitz

Yeti Backpack

“I am absolutely in love with this backpack. It’s expensive, but I really couldn’t find a better option that’s both stylish and practical. If you are carrying anything nice as far as a laptop , gadgets, or a nice DSLR camera, these bags are the TRUTH. It is padded in just about every area, provides easy side-pocket access, a padded slip for a laptop, a pouch for a tripod, and enough space for a Bluetooth speaker, hard drive, clothes, or whatever else you want. Extremely durable, sexy, stylish, comfortable, and practical.” — J.R. Harrison III

The Bugaboo Boxer Fully Loaded

“I took this suitcase with me to Asia, Europe, and the States. Everywhere I went, people reacted to the suitcase as if it were a Labrador pup. They wanted to touch it, use it, and basically wanted to take it with them immediately. The Bugaboo Boxer (yes, of the stroller company) is a suitcase you push instead of pull. It has four wheels you can easily fold and unfold. It makes traveling so much lighter. I’m a big fan.” — Pauline Egge 

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The right collection of travel accessories can make the difference between a wonderful journey and a nightmarish trek. Maybe you’ve already booked the trip you’ve been dreaming about . Or maybe work has you back on the road. Whatever the reason, constantly changing pandemic rules and regulations can make traveling more stressful than it used to be. The best travel accessories (along with some patience) can help even things out, saving you time, space, and money. That way, you can enjoy the journey, no matter how near or far you’re headed.

  • Best travel wallet : Pacsafe RFIDsafe V150 RFID-Blocking Compact Organizer
  • Best for long flights : Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones 
  • Best neck pillow: Trtl Pillow
  • Best power bank: Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger, 26800mAh
  • Best travel adapter: Epicka All-in-One Worldwide Wall Charger
  • Best travel accessory (for anywhere): CamelBak Podium Chill Insulated Water Bottle 21 oz.
  • Best travel organizer: Osprey Ultralight Zip Travel Organizer
  • Best travel suitcase : Osprey Sojourn 45L 22”
  • Best day bag: Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack 27L

How we selected the best travel accessories

As a frequent and intrepid traveler, I’ve spent a lot of time on long-haul flights to countries across the globe. I’ve pedaled my bicycle across Central Asia from Mongolia to Turkey, over the Karakoram and the Caucasus Mountains, and through most of Europe. My “day job” as a tailor and pattern maker for film and television also sometimes sends me out of town to work for up to eight months at a time. (I’ve spent an inordinate number of nights at Marriott Residence Inns across the United States—which are decorated exactly the same.)

After logging so many miles, I’ve had the opportunity to road-test a lot of traveling gear and gadgets over the years. And, like most regular globetrotters, I have a tried and true list of travel accessories I carry with me on any trip. My preferences skew towards things that can withstand being shoved into a bag on a bicycle and bounced over rocky terrain for days on end and still work perfectly. (Thank you, 2017 12-inch MacBook.)

Different kinds of travelers will gravitate toward different kinds of travel products (obviously). We combed through a variety of options to come up with the best travel accessories that will hopefully be useful to the highest number of people on the widest variety of trips.

Things to consider before buying travel accessories

The best travel accessories save you time, space, and money. There’s a lot of uncertainty and a decided lack of control involved when you’re traveling, especially by air. Being prepared with the means to make your trip easier and more comfortable can go a long way to alleviating the inherent stress of the journey. And while you may not be able to do anything about a flight that was just delayed for five hours for no apparent reason, at least you know you can keep your phone charged and watch your stories while you wait.

Design/usefulness : This may seem like a no-brainer, but the first thing to keep in mind when purchasing a piece of travel gear is how it will fit into your routine on the road. Does the thing you’re buying do what it claims effectively without unnecessary parts or features that you can’t figure out how to use. We looked for travel products that were intuitive, so you can think to yourself, “Gee, I wish this wallet had a place I could easily store and access my coin euros” and then you discover that it actually does have just that thing.

Versatility : The best travel aids offer solutions to many common issues on the road and are helpful on many kinds of trips. While you may love the idea of having a “Paris overcoat” or an “Aspen ski jacket,” we don’t necessarily think there are best travel accessories for Europe or any other specific place. The best travel items are those you take with you on every trip, no matter how where you’re going or how long you’ll be away. 

Durability : No one likes having things break, but travel gear that doesn’t stand up to the normal wear and tear of life on the road can be especially annoying and frustrating. Things like luggage wheels or handles breaking, zippers going off track, or a bicycle handlebar camera mount coming apart in the middle of a rocky downhill ride. These are not good things. Good travel gear survives baggage handlers across the world, getting tossed out of tuk-tuks, and bouncing along in the belly of a bus on an ill-maintained mountain road with amazing views.

Weight and volume : Packing is always a weight and volume game, especially since airlines charge you more for what they consider “overweight” luggage. Thus, the best travel accessories should be comparatively light and take up as little space as possible. My own general rule is that anything that weighs more than 16 ounces must serve a very important function. When packing for my multimonth Silk Road bicycle trip, the only item more than 1 pound was my “travel” laptop, which weighed in at 2.03 pounds.

Best travel accessories: Reviews & Recommendations

The travel accessories on this list perform a variety of functions, but they are all essential in their own ways. Once you’ve traveled with them once, you’ll probably wonder how you ever made do without them.

Best travel wallet: Pacsafe RFIDsafe V150 RFID-Blocking Compact Organizer

Best Travel Accessories Pacsafe RFID wallet in black

Why it made the cut: The Pacsafe RFIDsafe V150 features designated spaces for passport, credit cards and cash. Plus its strong all-around zipper closure prevents things from falling out.

  • Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 5 x .8 inches
  • Price: $59.95
  • RIFDsafe blocking material
  • Outer zippered coin pocket (great for coin Euros)
  • Detachable strap
  • Passport sleeve can hold multiple passports
  • Awkward to open when worn across the chest

While many are partial to Fjallraven passport wallets —we like them, too—the PacSafe travel wallet with RIFDsafe goes a step further, keeping credit cards, sensitive documents, and data protected from any electronic-scanning theft attempts.

The inside of the PacSafe V150 has a passport slot, multiple credit card slots, a small zippered pouch, and a large section for paper currency and other documents. On the outside is a zippered coin pocket so you can fish out change without opening the whole wallet. The heavy-duty exterior zipper that encloses the entire wallet is durable and holds up to repeated overstuffing.

The Pacsafe RFIDsafe V150’s larger size allows you to fit a smartphone inside (so long as it’s not bigger than 6.5 inches tall) by simply placing it in the middle, folding, and zipping. It’s great for when you’re just going out to eat and don’t want to carry a bigger bag, or you’re wearing something with a glaring lack of appropriately sized pockets.

That said, because of its size, the V150 forces you to live the “travel wallet lifestyle,” with your money strapped to your chest. Unzipping the outer zip and fishing out what you need while wearing the PacSafe can result in some awkward maneuvering and things unsecured inside falling out so be cautious when performing that trick.

Best travel accessory for long flights: Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones 

Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones for traveling

Why it made the cut: The Sony WH-1000XM5 noise-canceling headphones allow you to sleep, listen to music, or watch whatever you want in comfort and relative peace.

  • Weight: 9 ounces
  • Dimensions: 7.27 x 3.03 x 9.04 inches
  • Price: $298.00 – $349.00
  • Comfortable
  • Long, 30 hour battery life
  • Intuitive touch sensor controls
  • Multiple device pairing
  • Earcup cover material wears over time  

Having spent the pandemic spring and summer of 2020 living in a New York City apartment next door to a building undergoing a gut renovation (the entire time), I can attest that Sony’s WH-1000XM5 noise-canceling wireless headphones not only effectively drown out annoying background noise, but are also comfortable enough to wear all day without becoming excessively warm.

A great Bluetooth headphone that multiple folks at PopSci cosign , the WH-1000XM5 comes with a case, wired headphone jack, and an adaptor so you can plug into the dual-pronged jack standard in most airplanes. The touch sensors on each ear cup allow you to skip tracks, adjust the volume, and answer phone calls. The Sony headphone companion app lets you personalize your settings and helps connect multiple devices.

If you have trouble sleeping in hotels with hallway or street noise, these headphones will successfully mask a lot, especially when coupled with a white noise app. The padded headband and ear cups even make it possible to sleep on your side with them on—though that does require positioning your pillow at just the right angle.

Trtl Pillow is one of the best travel accessories

Why it made the cut: A unique wraparound design helps this neck pillow stand head and shoulders above the rest.

  • Weight: 4.9 ounces
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 x 5 inches
  • Price: $31.99
  • Machine washable
  • One-size-fits all
  • Light weight
  • May take some time to get used to.

Trtl’s travel pillow will be nothing short of a revelation for frequent travelers. A plastic support keeps your head elevated at a comfortable angle while sleeping, so you don’t end up with a stiff neck. The pillow wraps around your neck, which makes it guaranteed to fit snuggly and securely, which is a big step up over traditional inflatable travel pillows. We have no complaints about Trtl’s pillow, but it may take a little while to adjust to this style of neck pillow if you’re used to an inflatable one. Once that moment has passed, it’s smooth sailing in the sky.

The Anker PowerCore 26800 charger is one of the best travel accessories

Why it made the cut: The 26800 mAh of power charges most phones six times, which is likely enough to get you through a full week without access to actual electricity.

  • Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 7.09 x 3.21 x 0.87 inches
  • Price: $69.99
  • Three USB ports to charge multiple devices at a time
  • Fast charging of devices
  • Quick recharging in six hours
  • Wall charger not included

During a five-month bicycle odyssey from Beijing to Istanbul , which included seven-to-10 days at a time without electricity, the Anker PowerCore 26800 was my portable charger of choice. Those who didn’t show up for the trip with a power bank to keep their phones charged scoured the markets on the way until they found one. Many that brought one had to buy a second. Mine got me through the whole trip, successfully keeping my phone and bike GPS charged between hotel stops.

It’s especially helpful that this portable charger can recharge faster if you plug in with multiple cables at once. You can fully recharge this beefy power bank in about six hours, which is handy if you’re somewhere the outlet-to-human ratio is something like 1:12.

The Epicka All-in-one-universal travel power adapter is pink on the top and black on the bottom. It's one of the best travel accessories.

Why it made the cut: In the digital age, every globetrotter needs a multifunctional travel adapter that can be converted to EU-, UK-, AU-, and US-type plugs.

  • Weight: 5.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.97 x 2.05 inches
  • Price: $22.99
  • Four USB ports and 1 Type-C port
  • Internal spike and surge protector
  • Fits outlets in over 150 countries
  • Doesn’t convert voltage
  • Doesn’t support Type D, H, or M (South Africa, India, Israel)

We like cleverly designed things that are useful in multiple places and environments. The Epicka worldwide wall charger is one of those things. With a series of buttons and slides, the Epicka transforms into various plug formations so you can use it in different countries. With four USB ports and one C-type port, you can charge your phone, Kindle, GPS device, noise-canceling headphones, and computer all at the same time from a single outlet.

Camelbak Podium Chill insulated water bottle in blue

Why it made the cut: A reusable water bottle means you don’t have to purchase the high-priced bottles of water at the airport and an insulated bottle keeps your beverages cold (and hot) longer.

  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 2.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Price: $15.00 – $16.00
  • Double-wall construction keeps beverages cold longer
  • Made with BPA-, BPS-, and BPF-free polypropylene so doesn’t taste like plastic
  • Self-sealing cap
  • Lock-out feature to prevent leaks
  • Only comes in 21oz and 24oz sizes

Reusable water bottles are Earth-friendly, sustainable, and mean that you never have to pay $4 for a bottle of water in the airport again. Many airports these days have dedicated fountains to fill your bottle, usually right next to (or part of) the standard drinking fountains near the restrooms. 

Remember that you won’t be able to take a bottle with water in it through security. Once inside the airport, you’ll be able to fill it up and, in most instances, bring it on board. If you’re flying to the United States through a major international hub like Doha or Dubai, you’ll have to empty it before passing through security to the gate. There’s always a drinking fountain on the other side where you can fill back up, though.

This Camelbak water bottle doesn’t taste like plastic, even when brand new, and has a self-sealing jet valve. To drink, simply squeeze the bottle. The drinking valve swivels to a lock position so you can throw the bottle in your bag and shove it under the seat in front of you without worrying about leakage.

At your destination, the Camelbak Insulated water bottle is perfect for hiking, cycling (it fits into most bicycle water bottle cages), or exploring. While most places have drinkable tap water, remember that there are still some countries that do not.

Osprey Ultralight Zip Organizer is one of the Best Travel Accessories

Why it made the cut: With numerous zippered storage pockets and a hanging hook, the Osprey Ultralight Zip Travel Organizer is great for small toiletries, a first aid kit, and/or your backpacking kitchen set up.

  • Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 3 inches
  • Price: $35.00
  • Made from a stretchy, light material so you can pack for a variety of trips
  • Durable enough to withstand the tendencies of a chronic over stuffer
  • Available in colors other than black or gray
  • Has a removable see-through pouch
  • Doesn’t have an easy clip or its own strap

The Osprey Ultralight Zip Travel Organizer ticks all of the best travel product boxes: It can be used for your toiletries, a first aid/medicine kit, or a snack/utensil storage kit, so it’s versatile. Its strong zippers and stretch mesh fabric on one side allow for expanded capacity when needed without breaking or ripping, so it’s durable. At 4.2 ounces, it’s very lightweight. And its many zippered storage compartments plus a removable clear inner pouch are thoughtfully designed for travelers.

We also love that this travel organizer comes in orange (both an attractive and useful color), which makes it easy to locate when digging through a backpack or suitcase.

Best travel suitcase: Osprey Sojourn 45L 22”

Osprey Sojourn 45L Travel Suitcase is one of the best travel accessories

Why it made the cut: The Osprey Sojourn 45L fits most airline carry-on specifications, features sturdy wheels, and can also be converted to a backpack when needed.

  • Weight: 8 pounds
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches
  • Price: $320.00
  • Osprey Daylite pack can be attached for additional capacity
  • Padded air mesh hip belt and backpack mechanism are both quick deploying and removable
  • Internal compression straps
  • Chassis and wheels roll exceptionally well on cobbled roads and sidewalks
  • Bag is on the heavy side on its own.

Like all things Osprey manufactures, the Sojourn 45L is an extremely durable bag with zippers that will withstand excessive over-stuffing—which, as far as I am concerned, is the true test of any backpack or suitcase.

The wheels and high chassis allow the Sojourn to happily thumpity-thump over cobbled roads and uneven terrain. If the path becomes particularly roll-adverse, you can easily transform the Sojourn into a fairly comfortable backpack. We wouldn’t recommend any kind of hiking with the Sojourn in backpack mode, but it is sufficiently doable for shorter distances—such as navigating through a place like the medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco, where there are too many stairs.

The hip belt and backpack mechanism take up space inside the bag but you can still fit enough gear and clothing for an extended trip if you are a light packer. You can also easily attach a Daylite backpack to the front via clips for added capacity if needed.

Best Travel Accessories: Patagonia Black Hole Ultralight Tote

Why it made the cut: The Patagonia Black Hole works as a tote or a backpack, and is well-suited for sightseeing, shopping, or your daily commute.

  • Weight: 13 ounces
  • Dimensions: 15.5 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Price: $89.00
  • Lightweight.
  • Foldable and easy to store when empty
  • Surprisingly comfortable as a backpack
  • No cinch cords on the side mesh pockets

As a New Yorker and frequent traveler, I believe in having an extra bag on me at all times. You never know when you’re going to need to haul something somewhere. The Patagonia Black Hole tote makes an excellent shopping bag, which you may need in a city where stores don’t offer plastic bags. It also easily fits most laptops so if you’re on a business trip it’s a great way to carry your laptop to your meetings. It also converts to a backpack, which is comfortable enough for a day of sightseeing. In short, it’s an incredibly useful thing at home or abroad.

Q: How do you make traveling easier?

You can make travel easier (and less stressful) by being prepared and organized, especially when it comes to packing and ensuring that you’ll be able to charge your devices when needed. While it’s true that people used to be able to somehow navigate the world before smartphones and GPS devices both of things make traveling so much easier—even if it’s just to make sure that the taxi you just got in is taking you to where you want to go.  

Q: How much do travel accessories cost?

There are a lot of different kinds of travel accessories, so the prices will vary a lot depending on what you’re looking for. Some things, like wall chargers and neck pillows, can cost $20 to $50. Larger items, like suitcases and bags, can get much more expensive because they’re manufactured with materials that will hold up through rough handling and environments.  In general, we strongly advise avoiding the cheapest possible version of a travel accessory. I don’t want to buy something that breaks and needs to be replaced, especially mid-trip. In my experience, paying a little more for higher quality means I won’t have to purchase that same thing again when it inevitably breaks.

Q: What accessories do you need to travel?

Honestly, the only accessories you absolutely need to travel are a valid passport and a credit card with available credit. Everything else is gravy. But who doesn’t like gravy?

Q: Where can I buy travel accessories?

You can buy travel accessories online. Websites such as Amazon , REI, and Backcountry carry products from a variety of brands. You can also shop for last-minute or forgotten travel gadgets and products in airport shops—though they are almost always much more expensive there.

Final thoughts on the best travel accessories

Having the ability and the choice to travel to new places is a wonderful privilege. I feel infinitely lucky to have been able to see as much of the world as I have. Inventors and manufacturers are always thinking up new and interesting gadgets and gear to make travel easier. Hopefully, these tools and tips will help you get out there and have some amazing adventures too.

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35 Travel Essentials to Gift Your Favorite Globetrotter

Smart packing can make (or break) a trip.

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Shopping for a family member or friend who's always on the go? Whether they're jetting off to an tropical beach or roadtripping to a national park, you can give them something thoughtful to help their travels go more smoothly.

No matter the trip, they’ll be glad to have these useful travel essentials on hand. We included items to help them when they’re last-minute packing , going through security, and exploring the great outdoors. From waterproof sandals to bug repellent to packing cubes for any suitcase , you can be sure you’ll be giving a gift they’ll actually use. With all this talk of travel, you might even want to snag a few of these essentials for your next vacation.

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Cable Organizer

Cable Organizer

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to untangle your many cables after stuffing them in your carry-on. Avoid that hot mess by packing a cable organizer to keep everything in order while you’re not using (or charging) your gadgets.

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Travel Backpack

Travel Backpack

A travel backpack is one of the easiest ways to keep everything they need at hand (purse, wallet, phone, keys, technology, passport, you name it) safe in one place. This backpack is not only perfectly compartmentalized to hold their laptop and other belongings, but it also opens from the top, giving the feel of a tote without having to carry it on one shoulder.

The best part? It even has a built-in USB port so they can recharge their devices while traveling (charging cord not included).

One by Sonicare Battery Toothbrush

One by Sonicare Battery Toothbrush

A toothbrush that comes with a case is non-negotiable and with a 3-month battery life, this Philips electric toothbrush is one they’ll want to use at home, too.

Travel Blanket and Pillow

Travel Blanket and Pillow

Sure, they could bring a blanket from home, but it certainly isn’t as compact as a travel one — and does it zip up to double as a pillow? I didn’t think so.

Seriously, a travel blanket is truly game-changing, even on short trips with multiple people. They never know who will want the AC blasting while they're cold, so it’s always best to be prepared.

Laundry Bag

Laundry Bag

Remind them to bring along this travel essential so their dirty laundry doesn’t pile up on the floor, or worse, mingle with the clean clothes in their luggage. This compact laundry bag is especially important if your recipient is the type of traveler who lives out of their suitcase for the duration of the trip.

Travel Bottles

Travel Bottles

Since traveling with glass bottles is risky, and buying individual travel-size products can get expensive quickly, having reusable silicone travel containers is definitely the best option.

This travel essential is also much more environmentally friendly than buying TSA-approved products in plastic bottles every time they go on a trip. Saving money and the environment is definitely a win-win.

Travel Shoe Bags

Travel Shoe Bags

Perhaps one of the few downsides to trekking around a new city, state, or even country is taking those dirty shoes off and packing them away with your clothes. Safe to say that nobody wants the dirt and germs from the bottom of their feet to rub all over their otherwise clean items!

These shoe bags are the perfect travel essential for keeping your recipient's filthy soles off their silky drawers when packing before or after a trip.

Packing Cubes (6 Pieces)

Packing Cubes (6 Pieces)

There’s nothing worse than laying out everything you want to pack for a trip and then realizing that you don’t have the room. Cubes are an easy way to keep your recipient's suitcase organized and help them free up space for the essentials.

Even better? This set comes with shoe sleeves, so they can avoid having their dirty shoes come into contact with their clean clothes.

PowerStation Portable Charger

PowerStation Portable Charger

This handy little device lets your recipient avoid having to fight over outlets on their vacation. Now everyone can juice up their gadget at the same time. It’s on them to remember all the cords, though.

Vacuum Storage Bags Variety Pack

Vacuum Storage Bags Variety Pack

If packing cubes just aren’t cutting it, compression bags are the solution for your recipient. These ones by Spacesaver work with any vacuum and come in a variety of different sizes for their packing needs.

Portable Perfume Spray Bottle

Portable Perfume Spray Bottle

With this travel essential, they’ll be able to pack their favorite scents, while leaving the bulky bottle at home. This set includes two portable perfume spray bottles, each lightweight and easy to fill.

Magnetic Capsules

Magnetic Capsules

From serums to earrings to medication, these magnetic capsules stick together and make traveling with every step of their skincare routine less of a hassle. You can customize the color and label of each capsule for a personalized gift.

Pack This! Pad Packing List Notepad

Pack This! Pad Packing List Notepad

The notepad will be just the thing they turn to when they know they’re forgetting something, but just can’t place it. From important prescriptions to insect repellent, it lists all the items they’ll need to remember to have on hand for a stress-free trip.

Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask

Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask

Whether your recipient is traveling on a long-haul flight or relaxing poolside with a cold drink in hand, this travel essential will boost their skin’s moisture in just 15 minutes for a skincare moment even on vacation.

Made with red algae extract, this single use sheet mask from Tatcha will hydrate their skin, leaving them with a luminous complexion.

Suction Tool

Suction Tool

Between the itchiness and swollen, red appearance, bug bites are the last things anyone wants to deal with, especially while traveling. The Bug Bite Thing will remove the irritant from their skin to reduce itching and swelling. No creams or chemicals necessary.

Original Detangler Hair Brush

Original Detangler Hair Brush

Detangling post-pool hair is the last thing they’ll want to be doing on vacation. The detangling brush works on dry or wet hair and has flexible bristles that will gently loosen knots and reduce breakage.

Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Most people have fallen into the habit of just using their phones to capture photos while traveling, but there’s nothing quite like having a print of all of your favorite memories.

This instant camera has automatic exposure and a one-touch selfie mode for capturing the perfect vacation selfie with ease. It comes in fun colors to match your recipient’s aesthetic.

AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

The latest AirPods Pro are still sweat- and water-resistant, but also have improved noise cancellation, an extended battery life, and different ear tips for a custom fit that’ll keep them in place. They're great for a long run on the beach and blocking out noisy passengers on their flight.

KN95 5-Ply Breathable Filter Disposable Masks

KN95 5-Ply Breathable Filter Disposable Masks

No matter the destination, these best-selling, disposable KN95 masks are a travel essential. They’re filtered yet breathable, and the black makes them a touch more elevated than standard surgical masks. Keep them germ-free on the go with a mask storage case .

Travel Hand Sanitizer (6-Pack)

Travel Hand Sanitizer (6-Pack)

Let’s be real — does anyone go anywhere without this anymore? I hope not. Traveling, of course, should be no different. If they skip out on some of the other items in this list, don’t let hand sanitizer be one of those missing things.

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Best Travel Accessories

Packing for a vacation can be overwhelmingly difficult at times, especially when you’re a paranoid person. At the same time, having some essential travel accessories in your bag turns out to be of utmost importance when hitting the road.

It’s like, you don’t realize what is missing until you need it.

If you are anything like us, we adore traveling but absolutely loathe packing. Our goal is to save our readers some heartache by thoughtfully listing 56 best travel accessories you can consider having when you plan a trip next time. These are grouped into different categories, so you can quickly identify the items according to your needs.

Fight Germs, Bacteria and Viruses

During traveling, it is important to carry out basic protective measures by washing your hands with soap or hand sanitizer to curb the spread of deadly diseases. Wear a surgical face mask if you are sick and take Vitamin C to boost your immune system.

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Best Essential Travel Items

Best travel backpack: the north face borealis backpack.

THE NORTH FACE Borealis Laptop Backpack

Staying true to its brand name, The North Face Borealis Backpack is an excellent travel backpack to have on your list. It is built to accomplish all types of explorations including hiking high up in the mountains without having to worry about its sustainability, thanks to its tough 210D Cordura® nylon ripstop.

The backpack has injection-molded shoulder straps and lumbar support for extended hours of backpacking. Storage wise, it sports a highly protective padded laptop compartment and another front compartment with multi-use pockets . It also has a mesh water bottle holder and an elastic bungee holder for external packing. All this and waterproof material make it the most durable and versatile travel backpack available.

Best Luggage Lock: Master Lock TSA Accepted Luggage Lock

Master Lock TSA Set Your Own Combination Luggage...

Let’s face it: You hate checked baggage or carry-on luggage inspection. Everyone does. You do not know if your lock will be cut without your permission or luggage getting damaged in the process. For peace of mind, The Master Lock is a TSA accepted luggage lock that allows authorized TSA screeners to inspect the luggage without damaging the lock.

It comes with a 1/8″ diameter shackle made of vinyl-covered flexible braided steel that resists any form of abuse and is highly durable. Choose from four striking colors- red, blue, black, and silver for easy identification of the baggage and also to showcase your personality. The secure lock has a set-your-own number combination feature so that you don’t have to worry about the keys. The maker even throws in a limited lifetime warranty for every purchase, so you can rest assured that this brand provides extended support.

Best Luggage Scale: Etekcity Digital Luggage Scale

Etekcity Luggage Scale, Travel Essentials, Digital...

Never again worry about your luggage exceeding maximum allowance with this Etekcity Digital Luggage Scale . It is small in size and convenient enough to be carried along. The scale is sensitive to measure changes as low as 0.1 lb (0.5g) and can measure up to 110 lb (50kg) of baggage weight with an overload indicator .

The rubber handle provides a formidable grip, and the digital LCD shows room temperature with zero and tare function. Conveniently, it has a built-in low power indicator when the battery is required to be changed. Besides just knowing your luggage weight, you can also easily weigh your laundry basket with the secure strap.

Best Travel Pouch: Venture 4 th  Travel Neck Pouch

VENTURE 4TH Passport Holder Neck Wallet with RFID...

Make your check-in and transit smooth and secure with the Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch . Made with high-quality RFID Blocking material, this pouch keeps unwanted and harmful digital thieves and scans at bay. It has three compartments including two zipper pockets and a transparent pocket for putting IDs and boarding passes. The pouch can securely store all your important documents, cash, and passport in a concealed manner so that you can travel worry-free.

The material is lightweight, waterproof, and very sturdy . It is most suitable for carrying with you on a cruise ship vacation or public transports. A money-back guarantee makes this a risk-free purchase.

Best Water Bottle: Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

Nomader BPA Free Collapsible Sports Water Bottle -...

Quench your thirst timelily with this Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle . Manufactured with high-quality BPA-free silicone , this bottle is strong enough to carry water without leakage as well as comfortable enough to hold it while drinking. The most innovative feature is that it can smoothly collapse into a roll, making it easy to pack in a bag without occupying much space.

It is made from non-toxic materials, so you don’t taste or smell plastic while using it, as in the case with other bottles. Moreover, it is freezable, dishwasher safe, and can handle any drink at any temperature without breaking a sweat!

Best Umbrella: Repel Windproof Automatic Travel Umbrella

Repel Umbrella The Original Portable Travel...

Now shield yourself from unexpected weather conditions with the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella . Its framework is made of a triple-fold chrome metal shaft and nine reinforced fiberglass ribs that do not turn inside out even during powerful gusts of wind. Just like its brand name, the umbrella has exceptional water repellency .

That is the magic property of the coated Teflon material that allows 100% waterproof cover over your head. You may wonder what is so ‘ Automatic ’ about the Repel umbrella? Well, the handle has an anti-slip grip and a built-in open-close switch that automatically opens/closes your umbrella. It is very compact and lightweight to be carried along, and it comes with a lifetime warranty to keep you dry, year after year.

Best Beach Blanket: ScorchedEarth Pocket Beach Blanket

ScorchedEarth Pocket Blanket for Beach, Travel,...

The ScorchedEarth Pocket Beach Blanket is the true definition of what you might not realize you are missing until you need it. It’s a must-have for any kind of outdoor activities – beaches, camping, hiking, picnics, tanning, open parties, and more. It is pocket-sized when packed in a pouch, yet it can be stretched out to 60” x 55” in dimension when fully unfolded, which perfectly accommodates up to 4 people.

It comes with rust-proof anchors on the corners that can be secure in the ground to stabilize it in windy conditions. The mini sand pockets prevent the blanket from turning upside down at the beach. The polyester material is waterproof and puncture-resistant , thus making it the best beach blanket to have.

Best Laundry Bag: Gogooda Mesh Laundry Bags

GOGOODA 7Pcs Mesh Laundry Bags for Delicates with...

Increase the lifespan of your delicate clothes with this Gogooda 7pcs Mesh Laundry Bags set . These laundry bags come in seven distinguishable sizes and shapes so that you can carry along the ones you need. The strong polypropylene nylon mesh prevents clothing from tearing, tangling, and releasing colors into each other.

The zippers come with an auto-lock so they don’t open up while still in the washer. These bags are a perfect choice for washing lingerie, baby clothes, compression socks, and sweaters while on a trip.

Best Travel Mug: Contigo Travel Mug

Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Vacuum-Insulated...

Contigo Travel Mug is the tumbler you need to keep your drink temperature-proof for hours. It is made of THERMALOCK vacuum insulated stainless steel that keeps your beverage hot for 5 hours and cold for 12 hours . It has a tight lid that uses AUTOSEAL technology which makes it spill-proof . No more coffee stain on your shirt. To start drinking, just push the button and then takes a sip. The lid is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Pick your preferred color and capacity from 16 oz to 24 oz.

Best Personal Water Filter: Lifestraw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking,...

Lifestraw is a fantastic choice for adventure seekers to bring along to consume safe drinking water anywhere. What makes it unique is it contains a hollow fiber membrane technology that uses a filter pore of just 0.2 microns that filters 99.9999% disease-causing microbes and other substances and microplastics that cause contamination. It can be used to filter up to 4000 liters of water from any source.

For the skeptical, rest assured they have passed the rigorous testing protocols set by the US EPA , NSF , ASTM . This personal water filter weighs only 2 oz, making it ideal for travel and adventures like hiking, camping, and extreme survival.

Best Raincoat: Baleaf Unisex Rain Jacket

BALEAF Men's Light Running Hiking Rain Jacket...

Do not let the rain come your way with the Baleaf Unisex Rain Jacket . It is made of 100% water-resistant nylon material that keeps you dry. Weighing at just 0.48 pounds, it doesn’t burden you as you wear it. It has also got reflective logos and branding to increase visibility in the dark. The funnel hood and elastic cuffs keep water from seeping inside. It can be packed compactly into its back pocket which makes it easy to be carried at different places.

Best Hiking Backpack: AmazonBasics Hiking Backpack

Amazon Basics Internal Frame Hiking Camping...

The ultimate travel accessory for backpackers, AmazonBasics Hiking Backpack is the one you need for a great backpacking experience. Made in very durable polyester material, this backpack has an internal frame that doesn’t lose shape and ensures a comfortable fit. It has a main compartment and multiple storage pockets along with a sleeping bag compartment to pack in all your necessities.

The outer coating is water-repellant and it also has a water-resistant rainfly for heavy downpours. The shoulders straps are heavily padded , and the straps are adjustable too. It comes in 3 sizes- 50L, 60L, 70L and in 2 different colors. Pair it with the portable sleeping bag by Winner Outfitters and ‘ Outdoorsman Lab Ultralight Sleeping Pad ’ for a great night’s sleep while camping.

Best Space Saver Bags: Samsonite Compression Packing Bags

Samsonite Compression Packing Bags, Plastic,...

One bag travel fanatics rejoice! Now gain extra space in your bag with Samsonite Compression Packing Bags . Available in a pack of 12, these bags can maximize storage space up to 80% without requiring a vacuum or pump. The plastic used is 70 microns in thickness and is durable. The bags are air-tight and water-tight , hence preventing any odor, dust, moisture, or insects from affecting your clothes. Using these space saver bags dramatically helps in keeping your bag well-organized and orderly.

Best Clothesline: HAWATOUR Portable Travel Clothesline

HAWATOUR Travel Clothesline, Portable Retractable...

The HAWATOUR Portable Travel Clothesline has earned the reputation of being the best clothesline for drying clothes on a camping trip . Made in a lightweight yet strong material, you can move it outside or indoor effortlessly. It has 12 clothespins that can firmly hold wet clothing .

The black stoppers between each clothespin prevent it from sliding towards the center, hence the clothes remain separate for effective and fast drying. It weighs just 7 ounces, and the elastic string can be stretched for up to 10 feet.

Best Travel Hangers: Trubetter Folding Hangers

10 Pcs Plastic Travel Hangers - Portable Folding...

The Trubetter Folding Hangers is a smart choice for anyone who wants to go on an extended vacation . Made of high-quality ABS plastic, these hangers are absolutely lightweight and sturdy enough to hold clothes. The non-slip design prevents clothes from falling or drooping when hung for a long time.

Available in a pack of 10, these hangers are foldable so that they can be packed in a bag without it occupying much space. The innovative and practical design means you can unfold half of it for hanging baby clothes and fully unfold it for hanging adult clothes.

Best Headphone Splitter: AmazonBasics 5-way Multi Headphone Splitter

Amazon Basics 5-Way Multi Headphone Splitter -...

Enjoy your music with friends without sharing your headphones with this AmazonBasics 5-way Multi Headphone Splitter . The headphone splitter can be plugged into a 3.5 mm AUX port on any device like a smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc., and it splits the cable line into five similar 3.5 mm ports that can act as the female component for up to five headphones. It is made of ABS plastic that is durable. It can also be used to mix songs from different devices, making it the perfect choice for travel.

Best Travel Adapter: NEWVANGA International Universal Travel Adapter

Travel Adapter, Universal All in One Worldwide...

The NEWVANGA International Universal Travel Adapter is a no-frills universal power adapter to use for any device while traveling. It accepts sockets from more than 150 countries with US/EU/UK/AU plugs.

It has a maximum power rating of 6A, suitable for AC input of 100V-240V. It comes with a built-in fuse that protects your device when the current exceeds 6.3A. All purchases come with two years limited warranty for the product.

Best Shoe Bag: YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags

YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags Set of 4 Waterproof Nylon...

These YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags will keep your shoes separated from your clothes as you pack your bag the next time. Manufactured using the highest quality nylon material, these shoe bags are 100% waterproof and dustproof that will keep them well protected and clean.

You can use it to carry your shoes while packing, during beach visits, or even for your daily visit to the gym . The zippers are extra durable and long-lasting. It comes in a pack of 2, 4, or 10 bags, and the brand offers a lifetime warranty for the product.

Best Garment Bag: WallyBags Garment Bag

WallyBags® 40” Deluxe Travel Garment Bag

Attend those board meetings in style with the WallyBags Garment Bag . Your suits and gowns will stay crease-free and sharp in this easy-to-carry garment bag. It is made with a weather-proof and water-resistant polyester material that is lightweight and foldable so that you can even pack it in your luggage.

The handle can easily be used to attach it to your trolley bag or tie it to your cabin luggage. It can handle up to six garments with hangers that can be locked so that the garments won’t fall to the bottom of the bag.

Best Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses

Ray-Ban RB4105 Folding Wayfarer Square Sunglasses,...

The Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses can protect your eyes from the harsh sun rays with its 100% UV coating . From the best brand in the world, these sunglasses are high on style as well as very handy to carry while traveling.

There is a case, a cleaning cloth, and a Ray-Ban warranty card inside the package. The nylon frames are durable and can be folded easily so that they can be harmlessly packed inside a bag even if you don’t have the case. Multiple frame designs and lens colors make the purchase a no-brainer for all men and women.

Best Wet Wipes: Surviveware Biodegradable Wet Wipes

Surviveware Biodegradable Wet Wipes, Face and Body...

You know the struggle is real with all the dust and sweat you accumulate on your body when touring in a humid country. Founded by backpackers, Surviveware biodegradable wet wipes are the only solution to a traveler’s hygiene requirements.

Unlike other wet napkins, these wipes are hypoallergenic, scent-free, and alcohol-free . Its pH-balanced formula, along with Vitamin E and Aloe keeps your skin moisturized and nourished for a long time. These wipes are for multi-use, be it for a casual traveler or an intense backpacker on a hike. The best part- it can be used on any skin type without any irritation.

Best Travel Slippers- Sunshine Code Memory Foam Slippers

Sunshine Code Women's Memory Foam Cotton Washable...

Cheap hotels don’t usually provide any slippers. And the ones that are given for free are paper-thin and fragile. Make your travel comfortable with Sunshine Code’s memory foam slippers . It is made of ultra-soft cotton that feels great on your feet as you wear them. The slippers are lightweight enough to be carried for multiple uses- travel, hotel room, home, etc.

The outer sole is made of anti-slip rubber and is durable enough to be worn in all seasons. These slippers are washable and are available in many different colors and sizes for both men and women.

Best Messenger Bag: Travelon Anti-theft Classic Messenger Bag

Travelon Women's Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag,...

Travelon specializes in bags that safeguard your personal belongings from pickpockets and bag snatchers. This messenger bag has many anti-theft features. First, the locking straps can be used to lock the bag with stationary objects to prevent theft.

All the compartments are lined by stainless steel mesh that protects from slash-n-grab thieves. It can holds items like Kindle, phones, books, and more. The messenger bag also has RFID blocking slots for cards and passports, taking identity theft seriously. Select from many designs and colors to suit your fashion taste.

Best Compression Socks: Wanderlust Travel Compression Socks

Wanderlust Everyday Use Compression Socks -...

These premium Wanderlust branded travel compression socks are recommended by doctors to eliminate problems caused to feet due to long walking, sitting, and standing. The gradual compression formula is effective in compressing feet up to calves.

Its seamless design, soft foot padding, and comfortable material significantly stimulate blood flow and circulation , prevent swelling and injuries, eliminate pain, and provides long-lasting comfort for travels longer than 6 hours. The cotton blend material provides excellent breathability at the same time. The testing result data show that it is also suitable for athletes recovering from injuries .

Best Travel Bike Helmet: Foldable Bike Helmet by Park & Diamond

Best Travel Bike Helmet Park & Diamond

When style and safety meet, you get the new Park & Diamond Foldable Bike Helmet . Traditional bike helmets have always been bulky and dull. Park & Diamond designed it to look and feel like a baseball cap but with a reinforced frame and material underneath. It has passed cycling helmet safety standards from the U.S. CPSC and EU EN-1078.

Bikers who love to cycle on vacation can finally pack a helmet in their luggage and enjoy cycling without getting weird stares in public.

Best Laptop Backpack: Harber London Slim Laptop Backpack

Harber London Slim Laptop Backpack

This slim laptop backpack from Harber London has no bulky padding, which helps it to keep a slimmer profile.

That said, there are still some great features that we really like! It’s water-resistant with weather-proof zippers for all your gadgets on the go. The front pocket is perfect for chargers and miscellaneous items, as well as the detachable magnetic system key holder in case you’re looking to be hands-free.

There are also lots of interior pockets fitted just right inside! You can fit an iPad Pro 12.9″ with a keyboard attached or smaller tablets, so nothing goes missing when you head out for work or play while keeping everything organized in one place thanks to its custom made aviation-grade aluminum buckles.

Made with full-grain cowhide leather from an expert craftsman in Spain, you can be sure of the bag’s durability and never have to worry about losing anything again.

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Best Travel Gadgets

Best travel door alarm: lewis n clark travel door alarm.

Lewis N Clark Travel Door Alarm + Window Guard...

Travel door alarm is the most underrated and most forgotten gadget that most people don’t put in their essential accessories list. The Lewis N Clark’s Portable Door Alarm has thin blades that clips between the door and doorframe. It alerts you with a blaring alarm when it is forced open from the outside. It is so loud that it will wake you up from the deepest slumber.

Most budget hotels don’t have heavy-duty door locks so this is an added protection. The built-in flashlight also helps in seeing in the dark during an emergency. You might think this non-eye-catching device is unnecessary, but as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry .

Best Action Camera: GoPro HERO 11 BLACK

GoPro HERO11 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with...

A must-have for content creators, the GoPro HERO11 Black can capture the most stunning best-in-class video with a mere click, thanks to its upgraded HDR 27MP sensor . It is rugged and waterproof up to 33 ft for use in any weather conditions and extreme sports . It can record 5.3K super-resolution videos with gimbal-like stabilization dubbed ‘ HyperSmooth 5.0 ’.

The all-new voice control feature lets you do hands-free photo taking and video recording when it recognizes your voice commands. Other specifications include GPS, Live Streaming, 8X Slo-mo, and many other innovative features. Don’t forget to also download the GoPro app for footage editing on the go. Now you can ditch your heavy DSLR camera.

Best Mobile Hotspot: GlocalMe G4 Pro Portable WiFi Hotspot

GlocalMe G4 Pro 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Router, 5”...

This WiFi hotspot is made specifically for those who need fast 4G LTE internet access while traveling to the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. It is so small to fit inside the pocket yet capable of providing download speeds up to 150 Mbps on 4G and 43.2 Mbps on 3G.

It can be used to create a secure Hotspot for family or friends wherever you want. The Glocalme App for iOS and Android allows you to manage hotspot contract and usage details. Impressively, it has enough juice to last up to 15 hours on a single full charge.

Best Power Bank: Bonai 30000mAh Portable Charger

BONAI Portable Charger 30000mAh, External Battery...

Are you craving infinite power like the mighty Thanos from Marvel Universe?

Well, you can have it too, sort of. The Bonai Portable Charger has a monstrous 30000mAh high capacity power made to last for several days or even weeks to provide extra battery juice for all your electronic devices. Power Banks are an absolute necessity when traveling. It has four USB 5V / 5.6A ports and two lighting ports that can simultaneously charge all your devices at the same time.

The hardware is made up of a sturdy alloy that is fire resistant . The high-density Li-Polymer battery performs amazingly even after hundreds of charge cycles. With its built-in LED flashlight, this brilliant little device can help you see what’s wrong even if it’s dark or nighttime.

The intelligent circuitry of this device is designed to protect against overcharging, short-circuiting, and voltage instabilities. It also has the capability to withstand electromagnetic damages during storms!

If you want a smaller, less capacity external power bank, then the Anker PowerCore 10000 is a crowd-favorite among frequent travelers.

Best Book Reader: KINDLE By Amazon

All New Kindle Paperwhite - 2022 Version

Books make long travel enjoyable, but carrying a lot of books is inconvenient at the same time. With the Kindle by Amazon, you can store thousands of digital books in this E-reader without any hassle.

Unlike other tablets, this device has a 6-inch glare-free high contrast 300 PPI display that does not emit blue light which is harmful to the eyes. The battery can last for weeks , making it ideal for travel. You can choose books from an extensive collection of best sellers on Amazon’s Kindle website. This latest generation E-book reader now has a built-in front light and also supports audiobooks through Audible  so that you can listen to your favorite book hands-free.

Get the Kindle Oasis for a bigger 7”, 300 PPI display and waterproofing with adjustable warm light.

Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker: OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker by Cambridge Soundworks

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker, up to 100 ft...

The OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker by Cambridge Soundworks is the latest wireless portable speaker that delivers high-quality sound on the go. Powered by two precision neodymium drivers, the speaker promises crystal clear sounds even at the highest volumes.

It is ultra-lightweight, water-resistant (IPX5 certified), and rugged for using it anywhere. Its triangular design makes the base stable and easy to carry. The 2200mAh battery delivers up to 12 hours of playtime. For serious listening, go for the JBL Flip 4 , which sounds louder, fuller, and has better bass.

Best Wireless Headphone DAC: FiiO BTR5 Bluetooth Receiver

FiiO BTR5-384K/32Bit Native DSD256 Hi-Res CSR8675...

Whether you like it or not, the 3.5mm headphone jack is not making a comeback to future phones. The guys at FiiO have been pumping out value-oriented audio products and cool devices for years, and the new FiiO BTR5 solves the problem of not having the earphone input.

Equipped with the latest Qualcomm CR8675 Bluetooth chip, powerful ES9218P*2 DAC , and all kinds of Bluetooth codecs (AptX/aptXHD/aptXLL/LDAC/LHDC/AAC), this is the best alternative to the in-built earphone jack. To use it, simply establish a Bluetooth connection with your phone and plug in your earphone to the device audio jack. That’s it!

Bluetooth audio may be frowned upon but make sure you give this a listen before bashing it. We guarantee you will be surprised by how close the audio quality is to the wired connection.

FiiO BTR7 Headphone Amp Bluetooth Receiver High...

With its beautiful screen and dual outputs at 3.5mm and 4.4mm, the new BTR7 Portable DAC is even more powerful than its predecessor. Perfect for all flagship IEMs.

EarStudio ES100 MK2-24bit Portable High-Resolution...

Audiophiles who want to power up their high-impedance headphones should go for the EarStudio ES100 MK2 24-bit Bluetooth portable DAC with a 2.5mm balanced jack providing two times more voltage. What’s more, the mobile app for the ES100 MK2 has one of the sleekest designs and is packed full of useful features like EQ, loudness calculator, and changing of audio codecs with a few taps.

Best USB Solar Charger: Riapow Solar Charger

Riapow Solar Power Bank 26800mAh, Wireless...

Praise the sun! This wireless and USB solar charger collects the power of the Sun and is capable of converting 20% solar power into usable energy. With a battery capacity of 26800mAh, it has enough juice to fast charge your devices multiple times. It is weatherproof, lightweight, and portable so that you can carry it almost anywhere you go. Best use for camping and all outdoor adventures.

Best Emergency Light: GearLight High Powered LED Flashlight

GearLight High-Powered LED Flashlight S1200 - Mid...

Find your way in the darkness with GearLight’s high powered LED flashlight . You may think your phone’s LED flashlight is enough, but it is not.

This powerful and versatile flashlight features a 12 times brighter LED bulb that is efficient to work in any darkness. It has a high-grade solid aluminum construction that is weatherproof, shockproof, and water-resistant . Other features like SOS , zooming, and multiple sizes of the lumen are a nice inclusion. It also has a tactical tail switch for single-hand use in any situation.

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Best shaver: panasonic electric travel shaver.

Panasonic Electric Razor for Men, Cordless Wet Dry...

The Panasonic Electric Travel Shaver has been specially made for any man who is often traveling. It uses a floating single-blade system positioned at a unique angle to match facial contours and gives a close shave consistently. The wet/dry feature lets you wash the shaver to clean it or use it with lather foam for a nice and clean shave even in the shower. The battery life is equally impressive; just 2 AA batteries allow you to shave every day for more than 60 days !

Storage-wise, it comes with a soft travel pouch. Being lightweight , it is slim enough to slip inside your backpack when hitting the road.

Best Grooming Kit: Toiletry Bag For Men By Emissary

emissary Travel Toiletry Bag for Men, Leather and...

Staying well-groomed on long business tours is an absolute necessity for men. This stylish toiletry bag for men by Emissary is the answer to all those grooming needs. Made from tough canvas and PU leather bottom, this bag can comfortably accommodate all the tools and toiletry required for grooming.

It is 100% waterproof and sturdy enough to be carried for long tours without losing its shape. The zipper compartments are made of high-quality YKK zip, and the main compartment has little pockets to keep everything organized. After all, it comes with a money-back guarantee. It is nicely packed in a classy-looking gift box, thus making it a great gift too.

Best Deodorant for Men: Dove Men Plus Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick

Dove Men+Care Deodorant Stick Clean Comfort 3...

Dove is consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic brands in the industry. This is why you can trust Dove Men Plus Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick as an essential travel accessory to have in your bag for men.

It is enriched with an improved formula that keeps your skin protected and moisturized . The fresh scent is believed to keep your skin odor and sweat-free for up to 48 hours. You can use it every time after a bath as it is dermatologically tested, so it does not harm your skin.

As a stick form moisturizer, it is much better to use than any of those alcohol propellants containing spray tins. Since the deodorant stick is a consumable product, we highly recommend you to use the “Subscribe now” checkout at Amazon for delivery every three months.

Best Versatile Travel Backpack: Peak Design’s The Travel Line Backpack

Peak Design The Travel Line Backpack

Peak Design is having tremendous success on Kickstarter showcasing their new Travel Line Backpacks . We bet you have never seen such a versatile, classy, and durable backpack ever.

What makes it so attractive is the inclusion of multitudes of compartments , pockets, magnetic catches, weatherproof zippers, and tons of customizability. You can just get the backpack itself or entire series of add-ons like a duffle pack, shoe/tech/wash pouches, and packing cubes to store gadgets like cameras, lenses, toiletries, power chargers, and even jeans.

Best Travel Jacket: SCOTTeVEST Windbreaker Jacket

SCOTTeVEST Pack Windbreaker Jacket for Men - 19...

The most versatile travel jacket is here: loaded with 19 pockets and many more features and partitions, the Windbreaker Jacket from SCOTTeVEST is the best fashionable travel jacket to have on your accessory list. The zippered pockets are made from water-resistant polyester material. They can hold almost anything- be it a passport, tablet, mobile phone, wallet, documents, camera, pens, and the list goes on. This jacket can practically be worn anywhere in any season due to its removable hood and sleeve.

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Best portable steamer: steamfast mini steam iron.

Our readers always ask us how to keep clothes from wrinkling in the luggage. You can bring low-maintenance clothing items for a start, or upon arriving at your destination, iron your clothes in ten minutes with the Steamfast Travel Iron .

Weighing at less than 1 pound, it is a palm-sized compact steam iron that is very portable to carry along for your travel. It provides 30% more steam flow as compared to other steamers. The benefit of dual voltage functionality is that it is usable anywhere in the world. The travel steam iron has an anti-slip handle and non-stick soleplate for safe use. Steamfast also offers a money-back guarantee and helpful customer service to the buyers.

Best Dry Shampoo: Dry Shampoo By Batiste

Batiste 6.73 fl oz Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original

If your hair often turns greasy and damaged while on the move, then this dry shampoo is the thing for you. Its starch-based formulation requires no water while using it. With the help of the special ingredients, the shampoo removes excess oil and dirt from your hair, leaving them supple and bouncy .

The classic fragrance leaves hair fresh, full of volume and texture, and provides a long-lasting shine to it. It comes in a 6.73 oz bottle- just a few quick sprays, style your hair, and you’re ready to go.

Best Jewellery Organizer: Ellis James Designs Travel Jewellery Organizer

Ellis James Designs Travel Jewelry Organizer...

On the outside, the Ellis James Travel Organizer looks luxurious . Featuring two zipper pockets, a large main compartment, necklace straps, ring, bracelet, watch strap, and an earring roll conveniently store and organizes all your jewelry and prevents it from getting tangled together. It has a quilted design that looks elegant. This is the perfect budget gift for her or for your own valuables.

Best Scarf: Travel Scarf By WAYPOINT GOODS

WAYPOINT GOODS Infinity Scarf with Pocket -...

This travel scarf makes every sense when it comes to fashion and convenience at the same time. Also known as the Infinity scarf, it is perfect to be used as a shawl or even a blanket to keep you warm . Featuring a non flimsy fabric that feels great against the skin, this scarf is a great travel companion on long-distance flights or during the winter months.

It contains a concealed zipper pocket that can be used to securely store your passport, keys, boarding pass, cards, and even some cash. This is one of the best Christmas or Mother’s Day gifts available.

Best Lingerie Pouch: Freegrace Travel Organizer Underwear Bag

Travel Organizer Underwear Bag - Large Double...

Made especially for frequent female travelers, the Freegrace Travel Lingerie Pouch is the best way to pack your lingerie when on the go. This pouch neatly organizes your undergarments as per your requirement so that you don’t have to waste your time finding them from that messy trolley bag.

Due to being lightweight , waterproof, and robust nylon material, it helps to prevent your bras from being blemished, and it can even be folded when not in use. It can hold up to three bras and four panties simultaneously or be used to store makeup items, cosmetics, socks, and toiletries.

Best Laundry Detergent Sheets: LG Fresh Fiji Power Sheet

Fresh FiJi LG Laundry Detergent Sheets Power...

The laundry detergent sheets by LG (Yes, the same LG electronics company) are the best detergent sheets to use during the inconvenience of carrying liquid detergent for laundry when on vacation. Available in a pack of 30, a single sheet from this pack can be used to wash a load of about 18 pieces of clothes.

It is lightweight and very convenient to carry along. It contains detergent, fabric softener, and dye fixer that are eco-friendly and harmless to clothes, making them fresh and shiny after every wash. This is hands-down the most cost-effective way to take care of laundry during a trip.

Best Mini Hair Dryer: Conair 1600 Watt Compact Hair Dryer

Conair Travel Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage, 1600W...

The Conair 1600 Watt Compact Hair Dryer is a lifesaver for ladies who travel often. Getting long wet hair to dry naturally can takes hours! Due to its compact size and foldable design , this hairdryer is easy to pack without taking up a lot of space in your luggage.

It weighs just 1 lb; hence your arms don’t get tired when holding the dryer up high for some time. It has two heat settings and two-speed settings suitable for all types of hair. The dual voltage function allows it to be used in different countries . Plus, the noise level is quite tolerable.

Best Travel Mini Container for Cosmetics: Oursunshine Travel Bottles

Silicone Travel Bottles Containers for Toiletries:...

Feel at home anywhere you go with these mini travel containers . Available in a pack of 6, these bottles come in three sizes (2 each)- 3 fl oz (89ml), 2 fl oz (60ml), and 0.3 fl oz (10g). They can be taken along anywhere and can safely get through the security check at airports.

Made of BPA free food grade silicone material, the bottles are proven to be leak and spill-proof. The best feature is its squeezability for forcing out the last drop. Refilling is easy with the wide-mouth design .

Best Travel Accessories for Long Flights

Best noise-canceling headphones: bose quietcomfort 45 wireless headphones.

Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Bluetooth Noise...

There’s no doubt about the sound quality and customer support when it comes to Bose . Its noise-canceling headphone comes with a three-level noise-canceling dual-microphone system that literally cuts away any audio distraction outside. The headphones are Alexa-enabled, which enhances the hands-free experience and virtual assistance.

The battery lasts up to 24 hours of wireless playback- perfect for a long flight. Its effortless Bluetooth pairing and range of 30 ft. give added convenience.

Sony WH-1000XM5 The Best Wireless Noise Canceling...

In comparison, the new Sony WH1000XM5 has a slight edge in sound quality, especially in the high-frequency region and deeper bass impact, but lacks the Bose’s superior comfort and call quality.

If you have these headphones, you might want to listen to a high-resolution music streaming service.

Qobuz is the perfect solution for audiophiles and music lovers who want to experience their music in the best possible quality . With over 80 million tracks available in Hi-Res or CD quality, Qobuz has something for everyone. Plus, their exclusive content and hand-picked playlists make it easy to find new music to love. Try Qobuz today for free and see what you’ve been missing!

Best Airplane Footrest: Basic Concepts Airplane Footrest

Airplane Foot Hammock (Memory Foam), Perfect...

If you think that most economy-class airplane seats are too cramped , you have to try this airplane footrest . The thick memory foam is soft and contours around your feet as they rest on it. It provides ultimate support to your feet and lower back as well and prevents soreness and swelling .

Do bring the footrest hammock during long transatlantic flights, as it easily packs in your luggage without occupying much space. The straps can also be easily hung on the arms of the tray table and can be adjusted according to your comfort. You can store it in the included compact drawstring bag . Gift this to your frequent flying friends, and they will appreciate how such a little piece of fabric makes a whole lot of difference during long flights .

Best Lumbar Pillow: Cushion Lab Extra Dense Lumbar Pillow

Cushion Lab Extra Dense Lumbar Pillow - Patented...

Long journeys are stressful for those people with back problems. This ergonomic lumbar cushion is specially designed to relieve back pain and stiffness while sitting in a car or plane for long hours or traveling by any other means.

Its Hyperfoam material quickly adjusts to your spine alignment and even corrects your posture while providing support at the same time. It comes with a long adjustable strap to fit on any size of chair or seat. The cushion comes in a small bag so that you can carry it anywhere you like.

Best Neck Pillow: BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow

BCOZZY Neck Pillow for Travel Provides Double...

Those long-duration flight journeys won’t bother you with discomfort again with this neck pillow . Its revolutionary and patent design provides adjustable support to the chin , preventing extreme movement of your neck. The soft cushions on the side are large enough to keep the head position stable while you sleep comfortably.

The flat back prevents your head from being pushed forward and helps relax the neck muscles as you use it while traveling. It also has a button strap that easily attaches to your backpack. There are 9 different colors available, so finding one that suits your style shouldn’t be an issue.

Best Travel Blanket: Travel Blanket Set by PAVILIA

PAVILIA Travel Blanket Pillow, Soft Airplane...

Never again feel too cold in an airplane cabin when you use this travel blanket . Founded by avid travelers, PAVILIA’s ultra-soft blanket can be used as a blanket, a pillow, lumbar support, and neck support. It is very lightweight, warm, and smooth as you feel it. It is 60” by 43” in dimension but can be packed into a small zipper pouch for easy packing.

Made of extra warm plush coral fleece, the blanket is designed in a poncho style that sits on your shoulders and does not slip as you sleep cozily on planes or trains.

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Best phone camera lens: xenvo camera lens kit.

Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for iPhone and Android, Macro...

The Xenvo Camera Lens Kit is the perfect choice for professional quality smartphone photography when on the move. Smartphone’s photo-taking ability has come a long way, and the iPhones, Samsung Galaxies, and Google Pixels provide photo quality that rivals dedicated ones.

This kit comes with a Truview 0.45x wide-angle lens capable of capturing beautiful photos, no matter what the subject is- scenery, portraits, architecture, sunsets, landscape, or even selfies. It also comes with a Clarus 15x macro lens that takes detailed close-up photos of small subjects like petal patterns and insects.

The lens is made up of airplane-grade coated glass that eliminates artifacts and vignetting resulting in phenomenal HD photos. For long-distance shots, the AiKEGlobal telephoto lens provides 20X zoom power which is mandatory for bird watching, golf, and concerts. If you happen to own an iPhone or the Pixel phone and want the absolute best regarding image quality, then take a look at the Moment’s case and lens combo.

Best Tripod for Smartphone: UBeesize Tripod S

UBeesize Phone Tripod Pro S, Premium Flexible...

Use your smartphone camera to maximum potential with the UBeesize Tripod S . This premium tripod’s innovative design and flexibility allow users to bend the octopus-style legs and wrap them over an uneven surface or object. The joint is made of a high-grade metal ball and screw that safely mounts your iPhones and all smartphones. The tripod is light in weight and easy to set up. It also comes with a wrist strap and a wireless remote control that can be used from a range of 30 feet.

Best Phone Case: JOTO Universal Waterproof Cellphone Case

JOTO Waterproof Pouch Cellphone Dry Bag Case for...

Protect your precious smartphone with this universal waterproof smartphone pouch . This highly innovative and durable cell phone case is IPX8 Certified waterproof (up to 100 ft.), snowproof, and dirtproof at the same time.

It has a simple snap-lock that provides 100% protection to your smartphone or cash or anything else that you keep inside. The large transparent windows on both sides make it ideal for capturing photos and videos. The included neck strap can keep your hand free as you enjoy your vacation without worrying about dropping your phone ( Read our full review here ).

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Why have I not thought of using a door alarm before? Already put in my shopping cart for my next trip. As you said, it is better to be safe than sorry. Plus it is cheap too.

Yeah, whenever I mentioned the door alarm to people, they were so surprised like they never even heard it before.

I always bring one along on any trip as it is so compact to put inside my bag.

Nice huge list of the travel accessories,,thanks man.

No problem Lettie.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

You’re welcome!

Bookmarked as a reminder for my packing list. Thank u.

Thanks, I’m pleased you liked this article.

The Peak Design backpack looks really nice but it is so expensive!

It’s not cheap, but looks great and made in high-quality material so it will last!

Great ideas for every vacation!

Thanks very much Hettie

That travel blanket looks so goofy to me. Not sure I want to wear it on a

It looks fine in person and for people who needs the additional warmth, this blanket is a must have on flights.

I love this list..Really awesome writeup.

I’m buying the Bose QuietComfort 35 through your link today. You convinced me enough to get one. Thanks!

Thanks Johnny!

I like how you organized the accessories into different categories. Makes it easier to find things I need.

Glad to group them together, and give a clearer picture of the things matter to you most.

Awesome post! Going on holiday next month so this is very useful to me indeed.

I hope you found some accessories to suit your needs to bring along.

I have the North Face backpack. Already used for two years and still holding up well. Many designs to choose from..One of the best for solo traveling for sure

Cool recommendations. I would add Nintendo Switch to the list as it is an amazing portable gaming console to bring along.

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The 10 Best Silk Travel Accessories of 2023

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Travel + Leisure / David Hattan

Traveling can be stressful, so we welcome any way to make it more comfortable, healthier, more enjoyable, and more luxurious. That's why we've invested in a few good-quality silk travel accessories. As a natural fiber, silk is breathable and moisture-wicking and has a host of skin care benefits. "[Silk] won't draw moisture away from the skin, so it will help to retain it. For this reason, it can be helpful for those with dry skin. Additionally, silk is naturally hypoallergenic," Marisa Garshick, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, told Travel + Leisure, also noting that because of the material's softness, it doesn't irritate the skin or feel abrasive, and is also an excellent option for travelers with sensitive skin. 

According to Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, wearing silk scrunchies can improve the condition of your hair. "Pair your silk pillowcase with a silk scrunchie to gently pull your hair back, which will prevent frizz and breakage and keep oils and impurities in the hair off of your skin," she explained. "Keeping your hair back also keeps potentially problematic skin care ingredients like AHAs and retinols away from delicate strands to prevent breakage." Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is also a complete game changer. The fabric's smooth, soft, and cooling feel make for a much more pleasant way to fall asleep. 

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best silk travel accessories to add to your packing list — whether it's a simple sleep mask or a silk pajama set, these finds will transform your next trip into a five-star experience.

Best Travel Pillow

Slip jet setter travel pillow.

It has a removable silk cover, making it super easy to wash and maintain.

You can't adjust the thickness of the pillow insert.

Getting quality sleep during a long-haul flight can be challenging, but investing in a high-quality silk travel pillow like this one by Slip can make it a bit easier. It has an ergonomic insert that relieves pressure and provides excellent support for your head if it tilts sideways while you're dozing off. The pillow is made from high-quality Polyurethane foam that reverts to its original shape after you're done using it.

However, its removable silk cover is the real star. Slip uses long-fiber Mulberry silk grade 6A, the highest quality in the industry. Additionally, the fabric has a thickness of 22 momme, resulting in a strong, dense weave, which holds up extremely well. We love that the cover is removable, so you can hand wash it and put it back on after each trip. It’s designed with a wide Velcro strap that keeps the two ends together when the pillow is not in use. It also comes with a bag to carry it in and keep it clean while you're in transit.

Price at time of publish: $99

Best Headwrap

Blissy bonnet.

It is double-lined to fight frizz and lock in moisture.

It does not accommodate longer hairstyles.

Sleep bonnets and turbans protect your natural curls and braids, helping them keep their shape while you sleep. A silk bonnet also offers all the benefits of sleeping on silk, such as retaining moisture and preventing frizzy ends.

Blissy's sustainably-made bonnet is double-lined with the highest grade 22-momme Mulberry silk that will elevate your look on your next overnight flight and keep your mane looking gorgeous. The design features an elasticized hem for a comfortable fit that helps keep it in place throughout the night. Its only drawback is that the bonnet will not accommodate longer hairstyles despite being quite roomy. As for keeping it clean, the fabric is machine washable, so you can toss it in a laundry bag and wash it on delicate.   

Price at time of publish: $90

Best Eye Mask

Lunya washable silk sleep mask.

It’s extra large so it blocks more light and doubles as a hair band.

 It is a bit bulky.

With many sleep masks, the eye cover is not large enough, and as a result, light sneaks in, making it difficult to fall asleep. But Lunya's silk sleep mask is different. It is the ultimate multitasking sleep accessory, designed to help you get quality sleep in any environment. With an extra wide elasticized band that is filled with soft polyester, it provides maximum coverage and blocks light to improve the quality of your sleep. Another benefit is that the band completely covers your ears to muffle background noises. Moreover, you can also use the mask to keep your hair back during your evening beauty routine.

Lunya uses pure, high-quality Mulberry silk for its products that can be both hand and machine washed. While the mask stays flat on your eyes, it doesn't put any pressure on them because the filling is buttery soft, and the elasticized back fits comfortably without being too tight. This sleep mask is available in two sizes so you can find the perfect fit.

Price at time of publish: $50

Best Travel Sheet

Browint silk extra-wide sleeping bag liner.

It is extra-long and wide to accommodate taller people and different-sized sleeping bags.

The fabric is fairly thin.

Whether you'd like to minimize the risk of bringing home bed bugs from a trip, don't like sleeping on hotel sheets, or want to create a more luxurious sleeping environment when you're backpacking or camping, packing a silk sheet makes a whole lot of sense. We love Browint's bag liner for its weight, size, and features, which make it ideal for travelers.

The silk sheet is very thin – only 8 momme in weight – but this does have its benefits: it results in an ultra-compact size and weight (only 6.3 ounces) when folded so it won't take too much valuable real estate in your luggage. The extra-wide sheet has a convenient pillow pocket and comes with a nylon bag to carry it in. Since the sheet is entirely made of silk and not satin, it’ll keep you cool and not overheat you.

Price at time of publish: $56

Best Travel Wrap

Quince featherweight cashmere silk frayed edge scarf.

It is lightweight and warm thanks to the natural blend of cashmere and silk.

This is more of a wrap than a blanket, so if you need something extra warm and large, consider a cotton or wool travel blanket instead.

Airplane cabins are notoriously cold, which can make long flights an unpleasant experience without the right preparation. This Quince wrap is an elegant way to add an extra layer of warmth and keep you comfortable until you reach your destination (and beyond since it can double as an evening wrap as well). At 28 inches wide and 78 inches long, it is large enough to cover the legs and torso or comfortably wrap around the shoulders lengthwise. 

The fabric is buttery soft, warm, and breathable, thanks to a luxurious blend of silk and cashmere. Silk may be a delicate fabric, but it is a surprisingly good body temperature regulator, keeping you cool when it's hot outside and warm when it's chilly. The fabric is graceful, lightweight, and packs up compactly, so you can easily toss it in a tote or a backpack when not in use. And finally, we love the fringed hemline that gives this wrap a playful finish.

Best Pajamas

Lilysilk viola oversized silk pajama set.

The roomy silhouette makes for an incredibly comfortable fit.

Both the shirt and pants are cut for an oversized fit, so if you are looking for something more fitted, size down.

Many factors contribute to a good night's sleep, and a comfortable PJ set is one of them. We love Lily Silk's oversized set for its incredibly comfortable silhouette and high-quality construction that holds up well when machine washed or dry cleaned. 

Both the shirt and the pants have a classic loose-fitting silhouette — the shirt is a little longer in the back, while the straight-leg pants have a full-length design as opposed to a cropped hemline. Because of their timeless look, you can easily wear both pieces beyond just for sleeping, paired with jeans or a sweater. 

The elastic waistline of the pants delivers the perfect width — a wider waistline might cut into the skin and feel restrictive when you're sitting down or lounging. The fabric is another highlight — the 100 percent 22-momme Mulberry silk has an impressive thickness to it, resulting in a high-quality, durable construction.

Price at time of publish: $324

Best Silk Nightgown

Cozy earth classic long sleeve sleep dress.

The silk fabric is treated with aloe vera for an extra soothing finish.

It has a mini dress silhouette, which may not be to everyone’s tastes.

Cozy Earth makes some of the most comfortable and high-quality loungewear on the market today. Case in point? This long-sleeve nightgown you're going to want to live in (because we certainly do). The modern design features a button-up closure, wider-fitting sleeves, and a longer hemline at the back. 

Note that the length cuts short, which is good news for those who toss and turn during the night and like to move freely. Additionally, we appreciate the long sleeves and shorter hemline because once you are in bed and under a blanket, your lower body will not feel overheated. 

Price at time of publish: $370

Best Silk Pillowcase

Brooklinen 100% mulberry silk pillowcase.

The smooth fabric and zippered closure make all the difference.

It’s pricey for a pillowcase.

There are many silk pillowcases on the market, but Brooklinen's design stands out with the brand's meticulous attention to detail and quality material. The hidden zipper closure is one of the best design features because it ensures that the pillow will stay in place during the night (which is very important if you're concerned about bed bugs, for example). 

Brooklinen's pillow cases are cut from Mulberry silk which has a smooth surface and is cool to the touch. The fabric itself is thick and holds up well after many washes without losing its luster or the vibrancy of the color. The company also periodically releases pillowcases in limited edition designs in addition to offering them in several classic shades.

Price at time of publish: $59

Best Scrunchies

Quince 100% washable silk scrunchies.

They don't stretch out with use.

They only come in one size.

The main problem with many scrunchies is that the more you use them, the more they stretch out, losing their elasticity. But we have been using Quince's set of silk scrunchies for over a year now, and other than some give that is normal with long-term and frequent use, they continue to provide a very strong hold. 

And the same is true for the silk fabric they are dressed in. This set features three standard-sized scrunchies in beige, white, and black silk, great for any hair type and length. We regularly wash ours on a delicate cycle and air dry them for a few hours after each use.

Price at time of publish: $39

Best Silk Travel Set

Slip frequent flyer travel set.


It has everything you need for a long-haul flight.

The travel pillow doesn't deflate.

If you're looking for a one-and-done set with all the silk travel accessories you need to make your next flight more comfortable, Slip has you covered. The Frequent Flyer kit comes in a see-through bag with a sleep mask, a face mask, and a travel pillow. 

The sleep mask has a slightly oversized silhouette to block out light. We love that it also has silk filler, which makes it more breathable, keeping the delicate eye area cool. The mask has a slim elasticized band that stays securely in place without being too tight. And finally, the reusable face mask is a thoughtful addition. For travelers with sensitive skin prone to breakouts, this mask may reduce inflammation as silk is gentler on the skin. The mask has a cotton liner and adjustable ear loops for a secure fit.

Price at time of publish: $150 

Tips for Buying Silk Travel Accessories

Consider care requirements.

While silk does require special care, that shouldn't discourage you from investing in silk accessories. Silk can be dry cleaned, which is convenient when you're at home, but when you're traveling, that's not really an option. In this case, you can hand wash your silk accessories and lay them flat on a towel to dry. Silk clothing should also not be ironed directly. Instead, it's a good idea to place a cloth between the iron and the silk item. Finally, store your silk accessories away from direct sunlight as it can damage the fabric. 

Know the difference between silk, Mulberry silk, and satin

Silk is the protein fiber produced by silkworms. The type of silk depends on the silkworm that created it. But the most common is Mulberry silk, made by Mulberry silkworms. The material is very soft, strong, and high quality.

Dr. Robinson suggested always looking for accessories made from 100 percent pure Mulberry silk. "You should also consider silk quality, which is graded A to C, A being the best," she explained. Additionally, silk weight is measured in momme units — the higher the momme value, the heavier and stronger the silk. For travel accessories such as pillowcases, pajamas, or sheets, silk should be at least 12 momme and usually reaches up to 30 momme. 

Before you purchase anything, check the label to make sure the fabric is natural silk and not satin. The two look similar, but satin is made from polyester, a synthetic fiber that is not as breathable or hypoallergenic.

"Wash your silk accessories on a gentle cycle and air dry to preserve them and prevent shrinking," Dr. Robinson suggested. Use special detergent for silk clothing, and don't hang your silk accessories to dry in direct sunlight because it might lead to discoloration and fabric damage. 

When it comes to the frequency of washing your silk travel accessories, Robinson explained that you should consider the state of your hair and skin. "If you're using them on clean skin and hair, then it would be good to wash them every three or four nights. However, if you hit the hay with makeup on and days of dirty hair, it would be good to swap out a pillowcase/face mask nightly," she said.

Silk may be a strong fiber, but it snags fairly easily. So when you're packing your carry-on accessories, such as a sleep mask, travel pillow, and scrunchies, it's best to place them in Ziplock bags or another type of protective case to ensure the fabric doesn't get damaged. 

Like most natural fabrics, silk also wrinkles. A great way to make your PJ set or wrap look like it's been ironed without actually ironing it is to hang it in your hotel bathroom and run the hot water of the shower for a few minutes until the bathroom fills up with steam. Leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes or until the steam smooths out the wrinkles.

As mentioned, wearing silk has many skin and hair care benefits that are even more useful while traveling. Airplane cabin air is very dry, so pairing your in-flight beauty routine with silk accessories may help reduce skin inflammation and dehydration during travel.  

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Contributor Dobrina Zhekova is a lifestyle journalist with over a decade of editorial experience in print and digital media in the U.S. and Europe. She has personally used and tested dozens of silk accessories and clothing pieces during the last three years. For this story, she rounded up the best ones for travel based on her experience, along with additional product research. She also spoke with dermatologists Marisa Garshick, MD, FAAD and Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD for their expert insights.

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The 27 Best Travel Accessories To Save Space, Time And Money In 2022

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This is a list of useful travel accessories to make your life easier when you are on the road. How many have you got already?

Let me start by saying I’ve seen many articles about “must-have” travel accessories out there that made me laugh out loud. These list-of-things-you-must-have-but-actually-you-dont-need-at-all include everything from wine bags and tampon flash drives – to luxury camping hammocks (WTF).

This list is for the everyday traveler, with actually useful stuff.

I’ve already addressed some of them on resources page and on my online shop . Now I’ll be more detailed. The travel accessories below are supposed to save you either space, time and/or money and make perfect Christmas or birthday gifts.

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🧳 Best travel accessories to keep you organized

1 document organizer.

Let’s start with THE most important thing you carry on a trip. Nope, it’s not your laptop nor your mobile. It’s your documentation, especially your passport . Keep your documents tidy and safe is a must.

If you’ve no idea what to get, a basic Amazon organizer does the job.

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Amazon Basics RFID Travel Organizer

Compact, secure and with lots of space for all documents and cards.

2 Packing Cubes

I’m a mess at packing. Once I arrive at my destination, my luggage quickly becomes chaotic piles of clothing. Not to mention finding specific items is almost impossible.

That’s why I’m not exaggerating when I say this was one of my best travel purchases EVER. These little helpers makes any packing – and unpacking too – much more tidy and neat. A must for any modern traveler.

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Set of 6 Packing Cubes

Say goodbye to messy packing. 3 different sizes to pack your clothes.

3 Travel Bottles

Oh, the enjoyable security lines in airports where everyone is forced to show off their guts and keep liquids to ridiculously tiny amounts. This is where travel bottles can be of huge help and save some money.

Note: The standard in airports worldwide is for containers in carry-on bags to not surpass the 100mL / 3.4 oz of liquid each.

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Oursunshine Squeezable Travel Bottles

Pretty much any container with the right capacity will do, but squeezable ones like this set have extra points for functionality.

4 Digital Organizer

Don’t you find it astonishing the amount of SD Cards, cables, plugs, adaptors and accessories we need to pack nowadays? Usually, one of the pockets in my backpack is exclusively dedicated to these “accessories of accessories”, but it soon can become a huge mess.

Unfortunately this potential mess won’t be over soon in 2019. An electronics’ organizer helps keeping everything neat and organized. Look for an waterproof one like this to add extra protection.

5 Duffel Bag

I only use trolleys or conventional luggage in short urban getaways. In most destinations, carrying a backpack or duffel bag is more comfortable, convenient and efficient than a luggage.

On my article about backpacking in Asia , I have a whole section about the important features to look for in backpacks .

For my trip to Japan , I recently bought this The North Face’s duffel bag . You can use it both as a handbag and as a backpack which makes it super versatile.

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The North Face Base Camp Duffel-Medium

My most recent purchase for smaller trips. Absolutely love the build quality and material of this thing. It doesn’t come cheap, but it doubles as backpack and is durable and comfortable on your back. Several sizes too.

6 Day Backpack

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Whether you’re going urban or rural, to a beach or to a mountain, a backpack is essential to carry the usual vacation stuff throughout your day.

Make sure you go for an unassuming (and basic?) backpack on the outside, but functional on the inside. This one is a good example . This way you can keep your stuff organized without drawing attention to precious stuff like laptops or DSLR cameras.

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📱 Essential Gadgets

7 international travel adapter.

Depending on where your destination is, this can be essential. A good adapter will provide you with all the possible outlets worldwide, ensuring you always stay charged abroad.

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Universal Travel Adapter

Essential for a modern traveler. What I love about this particular adapter is that comes with 4 USB ports, so you can potentially charge 5 devices at the same time. Works in 150+ countries.

8 Multi USB Charger

If the previous item has not enough 5 USB ports, invest in a multi-USB port. Let’s be honest, it’s the 21st century – who hasn’t faced the true first-world problem of not having enough power outlets to charge all the devices? Some hotel rooms are scarce in outlets and simply can’t deal with all the charging needs of a modern day traveler.

With the USB port type on the rise across gadgets, this problem will just become more frequent. A multi-USB hub charger can be the solution, particularly if you’re traveling in a group.

Tip: to future-proof this purchase, look for USB 3.0 ports, like this one:

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6-Port USB Wall Charger

Conveniently charge all your devices at once with this compact USB hub. One of the 6 ports is equipped with a fast USB charging technology (up to 4X faster than standard chargers).

9 Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Since I’m always traveling with a lot of gadgets or within a group, getting all the devices connected is a HUGE first world problem. A mobile router unlocked to all networks is a game changer: reliable, easy to use, and a potential huge money-saver.

An important thing to look at is the list of frequencies the device supports. Mobile operators in each country use different ones and their SIM card will only work in that range of frequencies. My previous hotspot didn’t work with ANY operator when I traveled to the US!

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HUAWEI 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Router

Put any SIM card in the world inside and it will share the data across all your devices via WiFi (up to 10!). The battery lasts 12 hours of working. Can’t recommend it enough!

10 Power Bank

Even though we are planning to send men to colonize Mars, for some reason manufacturers still refuse to launch phones, cameras and other devices with batteries lasting for days. Result: everyone needs extra juice when on the road.

Invest in a compact and potent device. Everything below 10,000mAh is pretty much not worth it – remember they tend to lose capacity over time. Here’s a list of power banks to get you started.

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Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 26800mAh

With a 26,800 mAh capacity, this power bank is guaranteed to give you battery to charge your devices for days.

🤖 Best travel accessories to keep you healthy

11 hand sanitizer gel.

You may not realize, but you touch all kinds of stuff when you’re traveling. Most food poisoning cases are caused by dirty hands rather than the food itself, which makes me feel a bit uneasy! Since I knew this, I started traveling with a gel like this .

This is the first layer of protection you have for viruses and bacteria. Now that the world is facing a pandemic, keeping your hands clean is a must.

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Fresh Monster Hand Sanitizer

Unscented 70% Ethyl Alcohol hand sanitizer. Comes in a pack of 3 travel-sized bottles.

12 Mosquito Repellent

It’s no exaggeration to say a good mosquito repellent is one of the best things any traveler should invest, especially if you’re going to tropical countries. I mean it CAN SAVE LIVES. Tip: pick one with high DEET content, like this one below.

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Ben’s 100% DEET Mosquito, Tick and Insect Repellent

Offers 10+ hours of protection and contains 100% DEET, recommended for protection against mosquitos, ticks, and biting insects. This was a lifesaver in Thailand’s islands !

13 Melatonin

Melatonin regulates the sleep and your day cycle. Its levels basically determine when your body is ready for sleep. When you travel, this balance can be very quickly disrupted.

When you’re switching continents, this can be great to quickly adjust to a different timezone and minimize jet lag. Kids or perhaps even grown ups – why not? – have the gummy bear version which I’m a bit obsessed about.

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Natrol Melatonin

This 100% plant-based supplement can help you to achieve a good night’s sleep, no matter where you are.

📸 Photo & Video

14 digital camera.

Smartphone cameras are getting incredibly powerful year after year and have the advantage of being lighter and more user-friendly. One day they will be able to fully replace a digital camera.

That day hasn’t come yet. DSLR and mirrorless cameras are still superior in some aspects, such as optical zoom. If you are into photography and want to take top-notch pictures, you should consider investing in an extra camera.

Now of course there are cameras (and lenses) for all budgets, but for traveling size does matter so aim to buy something compact and light. I had my old Nikon Coolpix p610 for years because of its 60x optical zoom, but the new version is even more powerful: 83x optical zoom! .

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Nikon COOLPIX p900 Digital Camera

With a fantastic 83x zoom, this camera is great for close-ups, something your smartphone simply can’t do.

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Sony Alpha a6000 Camera

Smaller than most DSLRs, taking staggering 24MP photos and very intuitive to use with WiFi and NFC connectivity, this is a great camera for beginners.

15 GoPro Camera

I once thought a GoPro was only for snowboarders or crazy people who jump out of buildings.

I got to say I’ve been amazed by the versatility and creative potential of this little action camera. Since it’s so compact and easy to function, you can also create cool-looking videos of more standard vacations (no more shaky videos!).

Anyway here are my favorite uses of a GoPro camera so far:

  • Dynamic activities – whether you’re surfing, skiing or zip-lining , there’s nothing better than a GoPro to capture the moment. Underwater videos also look DOPE.
  • Big attractions – monuments like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai are impossible to fit the frame of a single photo/video. Until you use a GoPro.
  • Memory videos – if the hundreds of photos you take on your trip remain on a folder in your computer they’re just worthless. And if you decide to show them to family and friends you’re just killing them of boredom. A short dynamic video made of GoPro clips is fun, engaging and enjoyable.

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GoPro Hero 9 Black

GoPro improved the video stabilization and the voice control and you can still take 12MP photos and film 4K HD videos. It’s now also completely waterproof (up to 10 meters).

🔒 Best travel accessories to keep you safe

16 money belt.

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Keeping your belongings safe is a major concern whenever you’re going to less safe places. Personally, it was useful in the craziness of Naples and specially in Rio de Janeiro, where safety is the #1 concern .

The thing is: any big city nowadays suffer from pickpocketing and bag-snatching issues at some level. A money belt is an inexpensive way to keep your pocket money and even some documents invisible at all times.

17 Padlocks

It’s often overlooked and one of those things you don’t realize it’s useful until you need it. Depending on where you’re heading, a padlock can be tricky to find. It’s a simple way to add an extra layer of safety whenever you are away from your stuff.

I especially recommend packing one if you tend to stay in hostels or need to ditch your luggage between check-out and your flight back home.

18 Security Camera

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Nowadays there are plenty of options for affordable home security cameras that send you email or phone notifications whenever there’s movement detected.

The most popular is Nest with a range of outdoor and indoor solutions. Extra peace of mind and allows you to take quick action if unwelcome visitors decide to show up.

💆‍♂️ Best travel accessories to keep you comfy

19 microfiber towel.

Some of the accommodation places I’ve stayed in don’t provide bathing towels. When they did, they charged for them as a first-necessity item they are.

A simple microfiber towel like this one does the job, does not occupy much volume and dries super quickly. Plus, it can double as a little blanket! Particularly useful if you’re traveling Asia .

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Rainleaf Microfiber Towel

In spite of its tiny size, it absorbs water effectively and dries fast afterwards. Super handy while you’re traveling.

20 Compression Socks

Not only compression socks keep your feet warm, they also improve your blood circulation and make your legs feel less tired after much sitting or standing. It’s not the most stylish of accessories but they can make all the difference in that long-haul flight.

21 Water Purifier Bottle

A water purifier bottle is an obvious asset to have in third-world countries where tap water is not drinkable.

But even in countries where tap water is drinkable , having an extra purifying bottle is useful. Apart from avoiding always have to shop for plastic water bottles, it’s much more environmentally conscious. I predict this travel item will become more and more of a thing amongst travelers in 2022.

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GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle

This bottle makes clean drinking water in only 15 seconds from any fresh water source. Oh and removes chemicals and 99.999% of most viruses, bacteria (including E.Coli) and cysts in the process.

22 Travel Pillow

The first time I flew to Thailand I arrived drousy, sleepy, and with severe neck pain after my long-haul flight. Definitely not my most glamorous moment.

If you’re taking a flight longer then 4 hours, strongly consider something to support your neck while you rest. It can really make a difference for your posture and energy when you get to the new place.

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TravelRest Travel Pillow

This pillow has a superior design which doesn’t force your neck to come forward like in other pillows. Plus, it’s compressible which means you can carry it lightly throughout your trip.

23 Ear Plugs

A set of ear plugs can be useful for that loud hostel, when you want to escape the world for a few moments at a crowded airport, or, my favorite use case, for flights. It’s hard to rest up when there’s people talking, flight attendants passing by, and children crying all the time. Let’s not talk about the time I felt like murdering a crying child during my 4-hour flight to Cape Verde .

Additionally, these ear plugs below are designed to deal with in-flight ear pressure due to the changes in altitude.

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Mack’s Ear Plugs

Regulates air pressure due to altitude changes in your ears, while it keeps noise levels down. A must if you want to relax on your flight.

🤖 Best travel accessories to keep you entertained

24 noise cancelling headphones.

A GOOD pair of headphones is an investment few regret to make. It can help you focus and in the context of a trip, improve your travel experience. If you’re seeking a pair, go for the noise-cancelling headphones, extremely useful in loud environments like a plane or a train.

Some of my favorite brands right now are BOSE and Beats.

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BOSE Noise-Cancelling Headphones

These over-ear phones are some of the best in the market right now. 3 levels of noise cancellation, seamless Bluetooth pairing, and even with built-in Alexa assistant.

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Beats Studio3 Noise Canceling Headphones

Premium listening experience, adaptive noise cancelling, and up to 22 hours of battery life. You can’t go wrong with Beats.

25 Headphone Jack Splitter

Even though the tendency is Bluetooth phones, sadly shared-Bluetooth isn’t a (mainstream) feature yet. How to make two or more people listen to the same music, podcast, or movie in the good’n’old audio jack?

A jack splitter basically shares the sounds between 2 (or more) headphone sets, so you can watch that movie with your SO or friend sitting next to you. It can also be useful to share audioguides of attractions and museums.

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Tablets are getting thinner and lighter which makes them a great alternative to packing a bulky laptop. It’s perfect to watch movies, plan your daily itinerary or even sketch/draw landscapes you don’t get to see every day. Not to mention take advantage of some cool and useful travel apps . Just please don’t use it to take photos, that just looks silly.

Make no mistake: an iPad is not for everyone. If you’re looking to disconnect on your travels, you should look into taking the least amount of gadgets possible.

On the other hand, if you’re doing a longer trip but still don’t want to take your laptop, an iPad can be very useful. From my experience, they blow out the competition in reliability and CPU power.

Which iPad to get?

The iPad Pro might be too much (in both size and specs) for the standard traveler but you can’t go wrong with either the iPad Air  or its smaller brother, the iPad mini 4 .

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Apple iPad Air with WiFi 64 GB

Your computer away from home! The 10.9″ liquid Retina display is guaranteed to give you many hours of entertainment on the road.

27 Amazon Kindle

If you are into reading, a Kindle is a great option to bring lots of books with you without occupying much space.

I recently got into the habit of reading books during my travels which is great to 1) pass time on trains and planes 2) learn new perspectives on the country’s culture.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The Paperwhite version is waterproof and has a 300 dpi glare-free display allowing you to read on the beach and in bed at night. Plus, a single battery lasts weeks!

Extra: For the ones left behind

As important as the items to bring with you, are the things that can you save a lot of trouble back at home.

First of all, don’t forget the members of the family left behind! Pet feeders are great for cats, rabbits and hamsters when you’re away for a short period of time.

Don’t neglect plants too. A plant waterer can avoid you getting back home to a dry foliage show.

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Very nice. love the article.

You started off by laughing at “many” sites that list ridiculous non-essentials….and then proceed to mention more non-essentials lol. A security camera, Nikon Coolpix, and iPad are essential? okay.

I consider them essentials, yes!

Don’t be disrespectful you could be thinking you wish you had them later.

Very well written Geeky Explorer!!. I added Amazon Kindle for my next trip to Sweden. I am book lover. Amazon Kindle makes it easy to carry thousands of book without almost no weight.

Thank You!!

I am a avid reader and carrying books with you while traveling increases burden. Amazon Kindle is your best travel partner as it decreases burdens of alot of books. Thanks for including it in the list.

I am a new content writer and written some (but not as good as you did) post. Spare your valuable time with my blog post.

Thanks in advance!! Prashant.

Please could you give advice about backseat car organizer? I need someway to keep children stuff in order during the trip, and the organizer I bought from amazon was low quality and smelled like chemical plant.

I’m afraid I can’t help you with that Lisa, I haven’t got any kids! I try to keep this list to only showcase items I personally tried and recommend.

I got more great information from your site than I have from any other!

That’s what I like to hear. Thank you!

Thanks for the awesome article

Awesome list for making travel comfortable. Add some more latest accessories to your list. Like wireless chargers, virtual laser keyboards, and many more latest items that may be helpful in your journey. I bought these ones from (link removed)

There’s definitely a lot more items that one can bring on a trip, but I was trying to keep it generic here. I think only a small % of travelers would require a virtual laser keyboard for their vacation :p

Thanking you for sharing travel tips. Keep sharing a good blog with us.

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Great suggestions! Light and nimble is the way go.

Definitely Micah!

Thank you for this post. Such a great list of travel accessories. I can definitely relate to keeping travel essentials organised and safe.

Thanks Billy, organization goes a long way when you’re on the road.

Great article! We’ve posted something similar just yesterday on our store blog (link removed) – I’m thrilled that we share the same opinion on some accessories! Again, very inspiring article! Cheers!

Great to hear Daham. Thank you for passing by!

finally getting the list which I want

That’s great to hear! 🙂

Most of these items are pretty basic but I must say I did like the money belt. I think it’s a cool idea. I just ordered it. I want to see some new stuff on the market. I recently found a cool airplane phone holder on Amazon. I live in the UK so I don’t know if it’s available in the US but I think it’s great. It’s made out of foam and super versatile. It’s called Foldmeup. You tuck it on the tray table and put your phone on it. Easy to use and child friendly. My oldest loves it. Have a look.

Thanks for the tip Sasha, will have a look!

Thanks for the list, Bruno. I hadn’t heard of packing cubes before, but now I’m seeing they are a big deal when trying to travel light and organized! We just posted our 3 travel must-haves here: (link removed) My biggest packing dilemma is shoes since they take up so much space. Do you have a go-to pair for your travels?

Thanks to you added power bank in travel gear list. I have faced many problems when no charge on my mobile at travel. So number 10 is very essential.

I agree. We are so dependent on battery life these days. If you have a camera, drone, etc the problem is even bigger. About time manufacturers focusing on batteries!

Impressive article which saves your lot of time and thousands of dollars. A very very helpful article for not only Traveller’s but also for everyone. So so good. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

You welcome Dipak.

Thanks for saving my time. Always I forget these things before travel.

You welcome Jimmy!

i loved the money keeping belt-its amazing- never heard about it before.

So tiny but so useful!

In addition i will prefer to have tracking device for extra security as a traveler. Thank you for the shared information.

Tracking devices for luggage are forbidden in most airlines.

Water Purifier Bottle is one of the best travel accessories to have these days. Not only for the human but also for the environment.

Thank you Wesley, I completely agree!

Excellent article! I think GPS tracker would also be great in this list.

You mean for the luggage?

Nice list, what about when it comes with the security when traveling?

Can you be more specific please?

A tracking device to add to the accessories would be nice

For the luggage you mean? I’m afraid this is being forbidden is most airports now.

Really? I wasn’t aware of the policies but it would be a great help if ever you lost your luggage.

Thanks for the article!

You welcome! 🙂

Thank You so much!!! The best travel tip list by far! Your the Best!! Shelley ATLANTA, GA

You welcome Shelley! 🙂

Very Nice article. Taking Hand sanitizer gel is important for travel time?

If you have space I’d say so yes. In places like Asia, I’ve come to find germs and bacteria on your hands are one of the main sources of potential diseases on the road. Of course you can always find it there, but I don’t think is that common.

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The best luggage on sale for Black Friday 2023

By Lauren Burvill and Charley Ward

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A good suitcase is a must-have for any discerning traveller – it is tasked with the weighty job of looking after your entire world while you’re away, after all. The best luggage we’ve found makes life easier for frequent flyers, with our favourite luggage brands offering features such as super-quiet wheels, lightweight scratch-resistant shells, superior handling and, usually, an impressive warranty or lifetime guarantee. As such, picking up a new spinner case during a luggage sale makes a cost-effective investment that will serve you for years to come; something that earns you sustainability points as well.

Admittedly, discounts on our favourite luggage brands are rare, but that just makes it more exciting when reductions are revealed. And now the holiday season is here, so are the early Black Friday sales. The big weekend isn’t until the end of the month, so we’re expecting more deals to come in – we’re hoping for good things from the likes of Samsonite, Away, American Tourister and more. The Christmas period is typically when retailers offer their best prices of the year, so now’s the time to pick up that new suitcase set you’ve been eyeing.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday luggage deals available to shop now, ahead of the official sales weekend. To date, we’ve seen discounts of 20 per cent to 50 per cent on cases from retailers including British favourite Antler , sustainable travel brand Horizn Studios , along with Aussie newcomer Nere and the ever-popular Away . We’ve included a selection of both carry-on and check-in styles, as well as luggage sets, weekender bags , backpacks and travel accessories – and we’ll be updating this page regularly until Cyber Monday as the deals come in.

The best suitcase sales for Black Friday 2023

Here are the best Black Friday suitcase sales for 2023 to shop now. For more luggage advice and recommendations, see the following guides:

  • The best carry on luggage
  • The best luggage to buy in the UK
  • The best hard shell suitcases
  • The best underseat cabin bags
  • The best packing cubes

Best Black Friday Antler deals

A much-loved British luggage brand, many of the Conde Nast Traveller team reach for their Antler case when it's time for the next getaway. The brand is offering 30% off its entire range, which means carry-ons, check-in and accessories are all reduced, including savings of over £200 on several three-piece sets and a reduction on our favourite under-seat cabin bag . In last year’s sale, there were similar discounts on a wide range of spinner suitcases, travel bags and weekender bags, so we're pleased to see more great discounts in 2023.

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Best Black Friday Horizn Studios deals

Engineered in Germany, Horizn Studios specialises in luggage with a lifetime warranty, made from all-vegan materials, sent to you using neutral shipping. There's a lot to choose from – their Circle One range is made from a plant-based hard shell – but in terms of quality, price and function, our pick is the the M5 cabin bag, a partly recycled hardshell case with a front laptop pocket, recycled polyester lining and enough space to last a five-day trip. Right now, the brand is offering a very generous sale of up to 50% off its entire range of cases, bags and accessories.

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Best Black Friday Nere deals

Nere, a relative newcomer to the UK suitcase scene, has released all of its Black Friday luggage deals already – and they’re some of the most generous discounts we’ve seen thus far. The brand is offering up to 40 per cent off its full range, from cabin bags up to large suitcases . There are further discounts of up to 30 per cent on totes, packing cubes , holdalls, and travel accessories. Shop the full Nere sale here , or see our favourite items below.

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Best Black Friday Away deals

New York based start-up Away originally launched with their classic hard shell polycarbonate carry-on luggage which cleverly feature the ability to charge your personal devices. Today it's one of the most popular direct-to-consumer luggage brands, with a cult following on Instagram. For Black Friday, the brand is offering a 20% discount across its full range of cabin and check-in suitcases, but you'll have to look elsewhere for bag or travel accessory sales – see Antler or Nere for discounts on these items.

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51 Best Early Black Friday Deals for Travelers to Shop Now

By Meaghan Kenny

51 Best Early Black Friday Deals for Travelers to Shop Now

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Good news for travelers: early Black Friday deals have landed. There's no better time of year for travelers to save on luggage , outdoor gear, tech essentials, home goods, premium beauty, clothing and shoes, and just about everything else than Black Friday and Cyber Monday . While we still have a week to go until the mega-sales officially begin, many travel-friendly brands have already started rolling out early Black Friday deals. We're seeing discounts on everything from headphones and fitness trackers to weekender bags and luggage sets from popular retailers and brands like Amazon, Away, Monos, Target, and more. Below, we rounded up the top deals for travelers to jump on now, so you can start your holiday shopping early and save on popular products before they sell out. We'll be updating this page as more sales go live, so be sure to check back here for the very best early Black Friday deals for travelers.

Top early deals to shop now:

  • Away : 20 percent off all suitcases
  • Dyson: 20 percent off with the code DYSON20 at Ulta Beauty
  • Lo & Sons : Up to 50 percent off totes, duffel bags, and more luggage
  • M.M.LaFleur : Up to 70 percent off jackets, pants, dresses, and more
  • Monos : Up to 30 percent off sitewide with the code EARLYBF

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Aloha Collection : Save up to 40 percent off everything, including the brand's splash-proof pouches .

Away : Top luggage brand Away is having its biggest suitcase sale to date this year. The beloved brand is offering 20 percent off suitcases now—yes, you heard that right.

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Calpak : In need of a luggage refresh? Black Friday sales are the perfect time of year to save on big ticket items, like durable checked suitcases and lightweight carry-ons. Calpak, one of our editors' favorite brands for every type of luggage, is kicking off the November sale season with up to 60 percent off select bestsellers.

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Delsey Paris : Take 25 percent off sitewide with Delsey Paris's Early Black Friday sale.

Fawn Design : If you're shopping for a sleek alternative to a traditional diaper bag, or need a new weekender, check out Fawn Design's 35 percent off sitewide sale. Use the code HOLIDAY35 to save all month long.

Herschel : Select duffels, backpacks, and fanny packs are currently 30 percent off.

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Lo & Sons : Lo & Sons is offering up to 50 percent off totes, duffel, and more right now. The brand's popular Catalina Deluxe is a part of the fall sale and it's a favorite of our editors for weekend trips .

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Monos : Save up to 30 percent off sitewide with the code EARLYBF. This includes some of the brand's best-selling carry-ons and checked suitcases.

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Paravel : Paravel has been a tried-and-true favorite luggage brand of Traveler editors for years. Luggage is currently up to 30 percent off on its site, including bundles.

Roam : Save $100 on all customizable hard-sided luggage from Roam.

Rollink : Affordable and durable luggage from Rollink is currently 30 percent off.

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Samsonite : Samsonite's pre-holiday sale is here: Save up to 25 percent off through November 21. The Tru-Frame Medium Spinner—an editor-tested favorite—is currently on sale.

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SteamLine Luggage : Take 20 percent off sitewide through November 28, including the chic Sweetheart Collection .

Travelpro : Travelpro designs some of our editors' favorite budget-friendly luggage . Select carry-ons, backpacks, and briefcases are currently up to 25 percent off sitewide.

Trtl : Select travel pillows are up to 40 percent off now through November 28.

Amazon : Amazon's holiday deals include discounts on Fire TV streaming devices, Apple products, and wellness trackers.

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Google : Many tech deals on Google products are already here. We're eyeing discounts on Pixel watches , Pixel Buds Pro , and Pixel tablets.

Target: Early Black Friday deals at Target are in full swing. We're eyeing headphones from Beats and Sony that are up to 50 percent off. More top deals we're loving: up to 50 percent off laptops , up to 30 percent off streaming devices , and discounts on wearable tech .

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Aldo : Aldo's Early Black Friday sale means shoppers can take 25 percent off select styles, including Chelsea boots, over-the-knee boots, and winter boots.

Bogs : Every traveler needs a durable winter boot for snowy days. Bogs is offering 25 percent off sitewide, including 100 percent waterproof tall boots and ultra-warm, faux-fur boots .

Comrad : If you haven't yet discovered why our editors recommend compression socks for long-haul flights, now is the perfect time to get yourself a pair. Comrad makes some of the best options on the market and the brand is currently offering 30 percent off sitewide and when you buy two pairs of socks, you'll get one free. Use the code SAVE30 at checkout.

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Dick's Sporting Goods : There's major discounts up to 50 percent off right now at Dick's Sporting Goods. Some top sales we're bookmarking: Hoka running shoes , Carharrt hoodies , and the Peloton bike .

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Everlane : Save up to 40 percent off jeans, blazers, sweaters, and more staples from Everlane now.

J.Crew : Cozy essentials like sweaters and jackets are up to 50 percent off.

M.M.LaFleur : M.M.LaFleur perfect polished, professional clothing for the office and business trips. The brand's End of Year sale means jackets, pants, and dresses are up to 70 percent off now.

New Balance : Effortlessly cool dad sneakers from New Balance are the perfect travel shoe. New Balance members get 25 percent off select styles and up to 40 percent off marked-down shoes now through November 22. To become a member and access the sale early, shoppers can sign up with their email address here .

Nordstrom : Select styles across categories are up to 60 percent off, including discounts on popular brands like Sam Edelman, Nike, Tory Burch, Ugg, and more.

Reef : It's not called an early Black Friday deal, but Reef's Last Chance Sale is equally as exciting. Save up to 30 percent off past-season water-friendly sandals and shoes.

REI : Outerwear, running shoes, and camping gear is currently to 60 percent off. Top deals include discounts on jackets from The North Face , Nike sneakers , and Bogs rain boots .

Summersalt : One of our top deals right now: Summersalt is offering 30 percent off sitewide.

Timberland: Everything from Timberland—including its classic winter boots—is 30 percent off now.

Ceremonia : One of our favorite hair care brands, Ceremonia, has already started it's Black Friday sales. Take 15 percent off when you purchase two items with the code 15OFF; take 20 percent off when you purchase three items with the code 20OFF; and take 25 percent off when you purchase four items or more with the code 25OFF.

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Dry Bar : Dry Bar is much-loved for it's sleek hair tools and long-lasting hair products. Save 30 percent off sitewide, including bestsellers like the brand's blow-dryer brush , Buttercup blow dryer , and the Detox dry shampoo ,

Dyson: Now through November 18, Dyson at Ulta Beauty is 20 percent off with the code DYSON20. This includes the mega-popular Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete and the Supersonic hair dryer .

Kitsch : Save up to 40 percent off hair care products with the code BF.

Sephora : Head to the beauty brand's sale section for discounts on products from Sephora Collection, Tarte, Ole Henriksen, and more.

Peace Out Skincare : I swear by Peace Out Skincare's sheer acne dots for post-travel blemishes. Luckily, the brand is offering 30 percent off skincare favorites like these now through Cyber weekend.

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Bed, Bath, & Beyond : There are plenty of deals on home goods to prep your place for upcoming holiday celebrations. Save on bedding, bath products, home decor, furniture, and more.

Brooklinen : Brooklinen is offering 20 percent off sitewide now through November 22. There's no better time to save on cozy sheets, blankets, and loungewear.

Caraway : Black Friday deals are a great time to save on cookware sets. Take 10 percent off order of $85 or more, 15 percent off orders of $ 425 or more, and 20 percent off orders of $525.

Citizenry : Citizenry's Early Access sale means shoppers can save up to 35 percent off, including blankets , bedding , and bed bundles .

Cozy Earth : If you've been waiting for Black Friday sales to buy a new mattress or comfortable bedding, the wait is over. Cozy Earth is currently celebrating its anniversary with up to 35 percent off everything and free shipping on orders over $50. Save on bestsellers like the Premium Plush bath towels , Bamboo sheet set , Bamboo pajama set , the Silk Pillow , and the Waffle Blanket .

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Here for the Burn : Luxury statement candles from Here for the Burn look sleek on any table or countertop, and make a perfect gift for pretty much anyone on your list. Save 20 percent off sitewide from November 1–30 with code BF20.

Hey Dewy : I'm a big fan of Hey Dewy's portable humidifiers to help with my dry skin and seasonal allergies. The wireless facial humidifier is lightweight (weighing less than a pound) and doesn't take up my whole nightstand—or ruin its aesthetic! Take 25 percent off sitewide now with the code BFCM25.

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Hydro Flask : You know Hydro Flask for its nearly indestructible water bottles , but the brand makes a variety of other products that are great for outdoor adventures, like tumblers, coolers, and insulated tote bags. Ahead of its Black Friday sales, the brand is offering 25 percent off limited-edition products, like select fun colors and patterns, and sale items.

Our Place : The kitchenware brand that makes the viral Always Pan is currently offering up to 45 percent off. This includes its popular cookware sets and bundles.

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Silk and Snow : Silk and Snow's biggest sale of the year runs through December 4. Shoppers can save 10 percent off furniture and mattress toppers; 20 percent off duvets, pillows, and bath products; 25 percent off all sheets; and $200 off all mattresses—plus, you'll get two free pillows with every mattress purchase. A more comfortable night's sleep awaits!

Weatherman : Need a reliable umbrella for your next adventure? Weatherman is offering 30 percent off on select styles.

Ace Hotel : Save up to 35 percent off rooms when you book by November 28. Travelers can use the code OPENINVITE at checkout.

Cabana Camper Vans : If a fall road trip is more your speed, this deal is for you. Cabana Camper Vans is starting the holiday season off with a Thanksgiving Special: Travelers can take 20 percent off the booking price for van rentals through November 30 with the code CABANAGIVING.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club : Looking to escape somewhere a little warmer, say, Bermuda? Travelers who book now through March 29, 2024, can get 15 percent off a two-night stay, 20 percent off three- or four-night stays, and 25 percent off stays of five nights or more. This sweet deal is valid on trips taken through April 30, 2024.


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