With the holidays just around the corner, and one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year almost upon us, I thought I’d share some of my top travel accessories and gifts that you might want to consider picking up! Check them out below:
For some trips, you may be travelling with more than one roller bag, such as a checked bag and a carry-on bag. I often find it a pain to have to wheel both while still keeping a free hand for checking my phone, grabbing my wallet, etc.
Enter the simplest of inventions: the Luggage Strap. These straps attach to the handles on your suitcases and allow them to be easily and quickly clipped together. I used to have an old waist belt that I used for the same function, but its nice to know these exist.
I am in the rare breed of people who can’t sleep on a plane unless I’m laying down, but I know tons of people who can! I’ve heard a neck pillow is a must for preventing stiffness on those long transatlantic or transpacific flights. This neck pillow package from Everlasting Comfort features a comfy memory foam pillow as well as earplugs and a sleep mask to block out noise and light from the cabin. It also comes with a handy storage tote to make it easy to transport.
I love listening to music and watching movies on the plane, it really helps the time fly by! A good pair of noise cancelling headphones are a must for any traveler. Bose make a range of headphones in varying styles, but their newest and comfiest are the Bose SoundLink Around-ear Wireless Headphones.
Not only do they provide great sound quality, they fit comfortably over the ears and use active noise reduction to block out the sounds of the airplane around you. Even better, they are wireless which helps avoid any tangles from cables. If your plane has an inflight entertainment system, they can be plugged into it with the included aux cable.
When I’m watching videos on my phone on the plane, I often wish I could balance it somewhere on the tray table to save having to hold it. The Sunworld Smart Phone and Tablet Stand solves that exact problem by creating a tray to slot the phone in to. Its compact, foldable and comes in a variety of colors to match your particular device!
This may sound like an odd recommendation, but I absolutely love having a small mesh bag with a string on it that I can bring on flights with me. When I get to my seat, I’ll hang the bag from the tray table by the seat pocket, and put all my ‘junk’ in it. Things like boarding passes, phones, cables, and wallets are all easy to lose but often need to be quick to access. I’ll put all these items in the bag at the start of the flight and I find it so much more relaxing when I sit! Equinox produces these bags in a variety of sizes – I’d recommend the 7 x 10 inch or 15 x 22 inch options.
This choice is more for the photographers out there, but I’ve absolutely loved using my Lowepro Fastpack BP 150 AW II travel bag on my adventures. It snugly fits a camera and a couple lenses, as well as a small (13″) laptop or iPad. There’s plenty of additional pockets for various gadgets, chargers and even a sweater if you stuff it in.
The bag also comes with a waterproof cover, and features an ingenious ‘secret access’ mechanism to the camera compartment that allows you to access it with the bag over one shoulder without having to unzip everything. I highly recommend this bag – it works great!
While many flights these days have power adapters built into all rows, it can be super annoying to be stuck on a plane without them, especially when your device is running out of juice. I always pack a portable battery pack with me, and currently use the Anker PowerCore 13000.
It can charge you phone or tablet with ease and has two USB ports so you can share with your travel companion. It also has a charge indicator showing you how much power is remaining! Its small, lightweight and compact, making it easy to pack and never forget.
There’s been a few times when I’ve traveled internationally and forgotten to pack a power wall adapter. As a result I’ve been forced to pay a crazy price at the airport or hotel for one. These are easy to come by, and you can now buy universal models that fit a variety of plugs around the world.
One such product is the Anwaii Travel Adapter, which includes plugs for the US, UK, Australia and Europe. It is small and easy to pack, and also includes a USB port for charging an iPhone or Tablet.
While I’ve often traveled solo, there’s been occasions I’ve been with someone else on a long flight where I’ve wanted to be able to watch a movie or TV show on my iPad with them. The Belkin RockStar Headphone Splitter makes this easy, providing up to five headphone outputs from one port on an iPhone or iPad. I’m looking forward to trying this out with my girlfriend over Thanksgiving as we travel back to LA!
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