What you pack can make your journey a pleasure... or a pain.
The perfect pair of headphones to drown out the dull roar of the engine? They’ll help you arrive rested and refreshed instead of haggard and jet-lagged. The suitcase that doesn’t stand up to its maiden voyage over cobblestone? It’s the reason your first day of vacation was spent tracking down a luggage store instead of exploring the corners of the destination you actually wanted to see.
All it takes is one game-changing product — or one bad experience — to know how big a difference your travel gear can make. But separating the performers from the pretenders can be tricky business.
For our first-ever list of Ultimate Travel Essentials, we road-tested hundreds of items to find the absolute best gear on the market. Then we curated our favorite vacation-worthy bags and apparel of the season.
The result? A definitive guide to the travel products you need to ensure your next trip is a success.