After visiting 60 countries, 50 US states, and 7 continents, we have bought and tested dozens of products and gadgets designed to make life on the road a little more comfortable.
This travel shop showcases our very favorite items: they are the products we take with us every time we travel for work or vacation. Before you pack your next suitcase, take a look at this list and consider stocking up on some of our favorite travel tech items, luggage, and accessories!
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RAVPower FileHub Plus
We often travel with our DSLR camera, but we don’t always travel with a laptop- which can make backing up pictures difficult to do on the road. The FileHub Plus is a great solution for backing up images from the camera or SD card without requiring a computer, and the complimentary free mobile app makes it easy to transfer those images to an iPad, iPhone, or additional USB drive for quick editing or sharing.
Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Travel can be noisy, but our favorite noise-cancelling headphones will help you drown out distractions when you’re on the road. We love our Bose QuietComfort headphones because they run on a single AAA battery and include an audio connector for planes that still have two-prong headphone jacks. They are comfortable to wear, won’t give you a headache, and provide crystal-clear audio for all of the in-flight movies you will watch.
If you are an avid reader, packing enough books to keep you occupied during a trip can take a lot of valuable real estate in your carryon bag. Although they don’t replace the feeling of turning pages in a book, Kindles are the perfect travel accessory because they provide instant access to your favorite reading material without adding bulk to your luggage. Select one with built-in backlighting for dark planes, and stock up on your favorite books using free airport WiFi when you are waiting to board!
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive 128GB for iPhone and iPad
Travel often means taking lots of pictures on your phone- and if your WiFi connection isn’t reliable it might not be possible to back them up to the cloud. If you are an iPhone fan, this great gadget will backup all of your photos to a tiny thumb drive. When you want to transfer them to a computer, the USB connector makes it simple to do. No need for iTunes!
Power Bank Dual USB Port External Battery Pack with LED Flashlight for iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and More
We can’t begin to count how many times the Power Bank has saved our vacations! On long day trips when access to power outlets is nonexistent, this battery pack has the capacity to charge both of our phones at once. We typically get 4-5 full phone charges before the Power Bank needs to be recharged, which can be done via USB or a wall outlet. With multiple USB ports you can charge most of your electrical items on the go!
We love to watch movies together when we travel, and having access to a headphone splitter makes it a lot easier to watch on planes! This headphone splitter has two separate audio controls, and when we plug our headphones into it and plug the splitter into an iPad we can each listen at a comfortable volume. This is perfect for traveling couples or entertaining kids on flights without seat back entertainment!
USB Powered Fan Flexible Gooseneck Air Blower
One of the challenges we encounter when we travel is heat, especially on stuffy planes or in hotels without air conditioning. This little fan runs on a USB connection and is just powerful enough to keep you cool when it’s in close proximity. In a pinch, it’s an inexpensive way to get a little more comfortable! As a bonus, more and more planes are adding USB ports into seat backs, so this fan is perfect for longer flights!
Bags and Luggage
L.L.Bean Stowaway Day Pack
For day trips and shorter excursions, we love this lightweight LL Bean backpack. It’s spacious and comfortable thanks to its padded straps, and while it doesn’t claim to be water resistant it regularly keeps our things dry if we get caught in the rain. We can usually carry our DSLR camera, a few water bottles, and some snacks, and we still have room for souvenirs or other items we pick up along the way. It also packs into itself and fits easily in our luggage.
Waterproof Roll Top Dry Compression Bag with Waterproof Phone Case
We bought this dry bag for our trip to Antarctica to ensure our camera and phones weren’t destroyed getting in and out of zodiacs. Just about everyone on our trip had one, and they really get the job done. A nice bonus is that this dry pack comes with a waterproof cell phone bag, and you can easily use the phone while it’s in the bag to ensure you have maximum protection.
Samsonite Luggage Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner
We’ve gone through a lot of luggage over the years, but this hardside spinner has been our favorite. It’s made of super lightweight polycarbonate that is also tough and durable to protect your things. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors, and it even features a built-in TSA approved security lock right on the zipper, which is perfect for adding an extra layer of security when you leave luggage at your hotel.
Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
When we travel, we often have checked luggage that can get a little bit heavy after visiting a few countries and buying some souvenirs (and the occasional bottle of wine). Avoid nasty surprises at the check in counter by knowing how much your luggage weighs in advance with this handy luggage scale. It attaches to the handle of your suitcase or carry on bag, and it reports both pounds and kilograms; it even gives the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius! Best of all, at just 8 ounces it won’t add weight to your bag, but it will ensure your bag stays within the weight limit.
Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bucket Bag
We are often asked about safety and pickpocketing when we travel, and the Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body bag has brought a lot of peace of mind when walking through busy places. With RFID blocking compartments, slash proof straps, and zippers that lock to prevent accidental opening, this bag is better than most at keeping your belongings safe. The bucket bag is a great size and can easily hold a wallet, phone, sunglasses, and a water bottle.
O2Cool Pocket Carabiner Fan
A handheld battery-operated fan is an essential item for us. This O2Cool fan is inexpensive and runs on just two AA batteries. It has a carabiner that makes it easy to clip onto your backpack or belt. The pocket fan is a lifesaver when you’re outside walking in the heat all day or stuck somewhere without air conditioning. It’s quiet and the soft foam blades can push enough air to cool you down anywhere.
Contigo Autospout Ashland Water Bottle
After field testing many water bottles, this one is our reigning favorite. It’s virtually leakproof because it has a drinking spout controlled by a press-to-release button as well as a locking mechanism that prevents accidentally pushing the button. Stephanie bought the 24-oz bottle, which fits snug in her backpack and her travel purse. Hydration is a huge part of how we stay healthy on the road, and we never travel without a refillable bottle, so this one has been a terrific purchase! Fill it up at the hotel before you head out for the day and you’re good to go.
Between phone cords, eReader cords, tablet cords, laptop cords, and all the other cords that power your technology, the inside of your carry on bag can get a little tangled. That’s why we’re big fans of the Grid-It organizer, which weaves a series of rubberized bands together to ensure your cords stay organized during your travels. We love that cords don’t easily get loose and that it packs flat, so you can quickly get to the cables you need without having to detangle them.
PackTowl Personal Towel
According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have… Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.” We always travel with a towel for that reason, and the PackTowl Personal Towel is a great choice. It comes in multiple sizes and colors, dries really fast, and the smallest one is perfect for dabbing away sweat after a hike or in humid spots. Don’t use your sleeve to wipe sweat, use this! Best of all, it has a hang loop that can attach to your carry on bag, which means you’ll always know where yours is.
Memory Foam Neck Pillow Airplane Travel Kit With Sleep Mask and Earplugs
It is so hard to get comfortable on flights, especially if you are on the aisle or the dreaded middle seat and worry about accidentally leaning on a stranger next to you. This memory foam pillow provides excellent neck support, and it’s wonderfully soft to make relaxing just a bit easier. It comes with a nice sleep mask and some bonus earplugs to ensure you can block out the lights and sounds that might otherwise wake you up.
When you walk as much as we do, your feet can get pretty sore. Put these rubber relaxers on your toes at the end of the day to relieve stress and tension in both your feet and legs. They’re great for increasing circulation on flights as well; just ten minutes a day will breathe new life into your feet and ensure you are ready for another full day of walking when you are on the road.
Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest
For shorter travelers or anyone who prefers to elevate their feet, the Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest is an incredible invention. It slips over the tray table to provide a cradle for your feet or legs, which is as close to a recliner as you might get if you are flying in economy class.
Flying can take a real toll on your body, especially your legs. Cramping, swelling, and even blood clots can be of great concern to many passengers. Ward off those challenges with a pair of compression socks, which will increase circulation, help you to stay more comfortable, and reduce your risk of developing cramps or clotting when you fly.
Cashmere Wool Scarf
Traveling with a scarf is one of our favorite tips to share with our readers. They can double as shawls on cold nights, blankets on planes or trains, and add some flair to an outfit. Consider taking a cozy scarf with you on your next trip; this cashmere wool scarf is a great size and will look good whether you are wearing it or cuddling beneath it.
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