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? Pacable pillows to support your lower back and neck so you can sneak in 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.
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
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
One of T+L's Ultimate Travel Essentials, this clever, leak-proof “water bottle” rolls up into a compact package about the size of your fist when you’re done drinking. It comes in 11 fun colors and is virtually indestructible, a.k.a. a traveler’s best hydrating friend.
To buy: amazon.com, $25 (originally $30)
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, $23
Tanto Laptop Tote Bag
This stylish zip-top bag has a roomy laptop compartment and an inside panel with places for pens, a phone, and a tablet or e-reader. Padded adjustable shoulder straps make it comfortable to carry, and the durable nylon material is also water-resistant meaning your belongings will stay safe and dry. The best part? The sleek bag has a charging port so you can charge your devices on the go.
To buy: amazon.com, $36
Everlasting Comfort Neck Pillow Kit With Sleep Mask and Earplugs
This travel kit with a plush, memory foam pillow, ear plugs, and an eye mask will lull you to sleep in comfort and privacy. The adjustable cordlock secures the pillow in place and reviewers rave about how the design is more comfortable than your standard U-shaped pillow.
To buy: amazon.com, $25
Samsonite Electronic Luggage Scale
You’ll never get hit with unexpected baggage fees again thanks to this handy luggage scale. The electronic gadget gives you an accurate reading every single time so you never have to worry about your bags being overweight before you board a plane. We also love that it is compact, lightweight, and super easy to pack in your suitcase if you’re worried that your souvenirs will tip the scale on your way back home.
To buy: ebags.com, $25
Mophie Powerstation XXL
Ensure your phone never runs out of battery while you’re out sightseeing by investing in this portable charging station by Mophie. The handy device is powered with enough juice to extend your device’s battery life by up to 100 hours. It also allows you to charge multiple items at the same time, and it comes with a two-year limited warranty.
To buy: ebags.com, $100
Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Sound Machine
At home or away, this packable white notes 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 three types of white noise and adjustable volume so you can customize the sound to your needs.
To buy: amazon.com, $28 (originally $35)
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, $20
Pop Fashion Scarf With Hidden Pocket
Not only will this cute and cozy infinity scarf keep you warm on your travels, but it also features a hidden pocket for you to safely store all your important essentials. The zippered compartment is big enough for you to fit your phone, credit cards, passport, keys, and more. And there are 11 stylish colors and prints to choose from.
To buy: amazon.com, $13
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)
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, $66 for set of 5
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
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: amazon.com, $68
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
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, $399 (originally $530)
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