The Best Travel Accessories to Solve All Your Problems on the Go
Whether for business or pleasure, travel can be fun, energizing, and exciting – or exhausting, frustrating, and boring. You can control – or at least minimize – many of the inevitable inconveniences with some advance preparation and the right equipment.
Screaming baby two rows behind you? Hotel room next to the elevator or icemaker? Grab noise-cancelling headphones or a white noise generator to solve the problem.
Phone dying or laptop battery fading? Battery pack to the rescue! Aching back, stiff neck? Pillows for your back, and even a hoodie with a built-in neck pillow so you can slip into a window seat and hide for a few hours of snoozing.
You get the picture – there are products out there that will solve most travel problems with a minimal investment. You can be organized, comfortable, and ready to hit the ground running when you arrive at your destination.
Check out our list and find something that just might eliminate a few of your travel pet peeves.
Vumos Leak-proof Travel Bottles
Fill these leak-proof squeezable silicone bottles with your favorite shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, or whatever makes you feel at home when you’re on the road. Labels and four different colors identify the contents, and their TSA-approved size and clear quart bag make them carry-on convenient.
To buy: amazon.com, $21
Vetelli Hanging Toiletry Bag
Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag
This smart cross-body bag protects your belongings with an adjustable cut-proof strap and slash-proof construction. An RFID-blocking pocket secures credit cards and passport. Durable and functional, this bag conveniently and safely holds everything you need.
To buy: amazon.com, $41 (originally $65)
Bose QuietControl Wireless Headphones
Set your own noise cancelation level and relax with these comfortable, lightweight headphones. You hear what you want – so you won’t miss boarding or in-flight announcements. The “Bose-connect app” makes Bluetooth pairing easy, and the Lithium-ion battery lasts 10 hours per charge.
To buy: amazon.com, $299
Grand Trunk Hooded Neck Pillow
A warm fleece hood, memory foam neck support, and attached eye shade will lull you to sleep in comfort and privacy. The adjustable cordlock secures your hood in place, and its sack keeps it clean and handy.
To buy: brookstone.com, $40
Genius Pack High Altitude Flight Bag
Hang this handy organizer on the airline seat in front of you for convenient access to your phone, tablet, charger, headphones, and reading material. Just stash it back in your carry-on when you leave – no items left in the seat pocket. It also hangs on bicycle handlebars if that’s your mode of travel.
To buy: ebags.com, $68 (originally $80)
Tempur-Pedic Lumbar Pillow
Perfect for cars, planes, or anywhere, this lower back pillow helps maintain healthy posture and reduces the strain of sitting for long periods. It’s lightweight and easily packable, and it includes a machine washable cover.
To buy: bedbathandbeyond.com, $60
A-Swift Compression Socks
BUBM Electronics Organizer
Keep your chargers, SD cards, cables, and other small electronics safe and organized in this handy case that fits easily in your laptop case or carry-on. Mesh zippered pockets and elastic straps hold everything in place, and the waterproof exterior offers additional protection.
To buy: amazon.com, $17
Victorinox Carry-all Tote Bag
This stylish zipper-top bag has a padded laptop compartment and an inside panel with places for pens, glasses, tablet or e-reader, and a removable key pouch. Adjustable shoulder straps make it comfortable to carry, and durable nylon twill material and leather trim give it an elegant, tailored look.
To buy: ebags.com, $169
Dohm-DS White Noise Sound Machine
At home or away, this machine will help you fall asleep and stay asleep by promoting relaxation and drowning out noise. Recognized by the National Sleep Foundation, it simulates the sound of rushing air, with adjustable tone and volume so you can customize the sound to your needs.
To buy: amazon.com, $47
Canon Power Shot G9 Compact Camera
This ultra-slim, lightweight, pocket-size camera will easily top any phone for fabulous vacation photos. Its bright F2 lens and 3x optical zoom give you sharp, true images even in low light. With touch-panel LCD, eight preset picture styles, and in-camera adjustments, you’ll get memorable shots every time.
To buy: amazon.com, $429 (originally $529)
Ebags Ultralight Packing Cubes
The newest thing for suitcases since wheels, packing cubes keep your clothes and accessories neat and organized. They make unpacking simple too. Lightweight fabrics and zippers add mere ounces, and mini-frames hold their shape for easier packing. This set, with five color choices, has mesh tops for visibility and ventilation.
To buy: ebags.com, $60 (originally $73) for set of 5
Brave Era Mulberry Silk Travel Sheets
For a bit of extra comfort and luxury, take along your own travel sheets. The washable silk adds warmth and softness, whether used as an extra layer in bed or as a sleeping bag liner. There’s a pocket to cover your pillow, and they pack down to a pouch that's not much larger than an iPhone.
To buy: amazon.com, $85 (originally $100)
Tumi 4-port USB Travel Adaptor
For the world traveler, this convenient adaptor supports electrical outlets from 150 countries. With four USB power ports, several devices can be charged at the same time. It weighs only eight ounces, and comes with a high-quality storage case.
To buy: tumi.com, $125
Netpack Lightweight Tote Bag
Folded into its tiny pouch, this handy tote bag should be in every traveler’s suitcase, carry-on or purse. Made of weatherproof polyester, it has two outside pockets and a detachable shoulder strap. Choose black or a bright color – and don’t leave home without it.
To buy: ebags.com, $30
Eagle Creek Silk Neck Wallet
In your choice of black or pink, this natural silk neck wallet hides your passport and currency comfortably for both security and convenience. It’s breathable and washable with two zippered pockets and a soft adjustable neck strap.
To buy: ebags.com, $28
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella
Into every life, a little rain must fall. That sometimes goes for vacations too, so be ready for rain or sunshine with this compact umbrella. At just 12 ounces, it’s convenient to carry, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
To buy: amazon.com, $25
Tile Pro With Replaceable Battery
One thing all travelers fear: lost luggage. Add to that everything else people commonly misplace (keys, phones, wallets) and these Bluetooth-enabled trackers are no-brainers.
To buy: amazon.com, $60 for two
Anker PowerCore 10000 Power Bank
This pick has earned an Amazon's Choice label in the portable charger category thanks to its high mAh capacity (that equals three full iPhone 8 charges) and light weight.
To buy: amazon.com, from $32