When it comes to finding the best travel products on the market, it can be tough to suss out which items are worth their salt. Fortunately, the experts at our sister site, SmarterTravel.com, spent hundreds of hours road-testing all kinds of travel gear, from carry-on bags and neck pillows to tech gadgets and walking shoes. Looking for things like comfort, affordability, style, and durability, they compiled a list of the best travel accessories of 2019. Read on for our six favorites.
1. Best Women’s Shoes for Travel: Keds Double Decker Perf Suede
You can always count on Keds to be solid, but this Double Decker Perf Suede shoe stands out for its versatility, comfort, style, and affordability. Not only is it easy to slip on and off during airport security, but it has a trademarked Dream Foam footbed that adds cushioning and arch support. The soft interior twill lining keeps feet snug, meaning you can kiss those blisters goodbye.
2. Best Men’s Shoes for Travel: Nisolo Travel Derby
Lightweight? Check. Stylish? Check. Comfortable? Check. These packable shoes weigh under 0.5 pounds each, plus they’re collapsible for easy packing. The soft-leather sole provides enough support for walking long distances without pain. Bonus: It can be dressed up or dressed down, no matter what your vacation itinerary calls for.
3. Best Carry-On Luggage: Travelpro Crew Versapack Spinner
Durable and dapper, the Travelpro Crew Versapack Spinner pulls out all the stops. With eight sturdy wheels (four sets of two) and a four-position telescoping handle, this carry-on caters to people of different heights while also making it easy to maneuver alongside or pull behind. The exterior has four zippered pockets, an external USB port, and a side pocket for stashing battery packs and phones when charging on the move. Inside, the bag features a garment organizer, so your duds can arrive wrinkle-free. Additional organizers, including a waterproof laundry option and a suiter, can also be swapped in. In other words, travelers can enjoy several suitcase layouts in one.
4. Best Travel Pillow: C Cushion Lab Extra Dense Travel Pillow
Catch some in-flight Zs, thanks to this travel pillow from C Cushion Lab. Its hyperfoam (or extra-dense memory foam) design provides utmost support for the neck and head, while also allowing travelers to sleep in any position. Additional perks include a moisture-wicking pillow sleeve that’s washable, as well as an adjustable buckle at the chin to adapt to any neck size. What’s more? It packs into an included sack for easy carrying.
5. Best Travel Tech: BenQ GV1 Portable Projector
Now you can take your favorite shows, movies, video games, and presentations with you, courtesy of this travel-friendly wireless projector. All you have to do to stream quality footage is connect to Wi-Fi. You can also listen to music via the speakers.
6. Best Personal Item for Travel: Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack
Available in small, medium, and large sizes, the Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack scores high marks for durability and organizational features. The back laptop compartment is great for business travelers, a panel pocket offers easy phone access, and an interior electronic sleeve is designed for a tablet. Other sections, like air-mesh pockets, a shoe bag, a water bottle holder, and more, also keep things tidy. Even better, the neoprene shoulder straps are adjustable and water-resistant, so you can tote it wherever you go without worry.
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