Each year, new travel products reshape the industry in modern, exciting ways. Take Travel + Leisure’s annual holiday gift guide, which surveys hundreds of travel-themed gift ideas, from designer backpacks to manicure sets, and condenses the selection down to only essential products. From the purely functional (raincoats, phone chargers) to the fanciful (hammocks, world maps), travel accessories exist to help ease your experience as you explore and appreciate a destination more fully.
Innovative travel accessories make the ideal gift, no matter what time of year. Surprise your favorite jetsetting co-worker with a two-in-one leather wallet and passport holder. Or, send off your frequent-flying partner with a scarf that doubles as a blanket.
Travel + Leisure keeps a special eye out for all the latest happenings in the tech travel gear world. It’s how we keep our trips fresh, fashionable, and fun. We’re talking interactive, smartphone-synced GPS modules (so you can navigate through unfamiliar roads like a pro), WiFi-enabled DSLR cameras (for capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments—and immediately uploading them to Instagram), and HD video-recording drones (for catching all those tricky above-ground shots you can’t take yourself).
Then there are those travel products that surprise with sheer ingenuity, like a three-in-one flashlight, portable speaker, and phone charger, or a smartphone accessory that lets you project movies onto your hotel room wall. Want to avoid that outrageous WiFi surcharge? Personal hotspot devices allow you to connect from anywhere in the world.
Looking to boost your travel game? Thousands of travel products hit the market each year, a list that can be impossible to comb through. Here, Travel + Leisure painstakingly profiles travel-specific accessories in order to bring you the most original, smart, and downright useful items to add to your wish list. Travel + Leisure-approved travel accessories span a wide range of categories, from robot luggage to all-weather shoes to—yes—travel-size cocktail kits. If it makes your transit experience better, we’ll get behind it.