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Travel advice

10 must-have travel accessories

These ten clever gadgets will keep you connected, organized, and clean whatever your destination.

by Maria Milkova

From pocket-sized power banks and smart suitcases to sandless beach mats and portable washing machines, there are countless accessories on the market designed to make traveling easier and more fun. Here are ten of our favorites.

1
Gotenna
Off-grid text and GPS

This handy pocket-sized antenna and two-way radio lets you use your smartphone to send texts and get GPS locations — even when there's no cellular coverage or wifi available. Lightweight, weatherproof, and simple to use, it includes apps like detailed offline maps for any region of the world that you can download for free. It’s sold in pairs so you can connect to at least one person you know (and to anyone else using the device). Ideal for travelers who like to venture to remote places.

Gotenna
2
CGear sand-free beach mat
For a perfect day at the beach

A sand-free day at the beach? Yes, it’s possible with this multipurpose mat, which uses military-grade technology to make sand and dust disappear. First developed as a Heli mat for military and civilian helicopters to land in dusty environments, it uses a patented one-way sifting system to keep the dirt away. Great for beach trips, picnics, soccer games, and camping, the mat comes in four sizes and is resilient and easy to clean.

CGear sand-free beach mat
3
Raden A22 smart carry-on suitcase
Luggage to keep you connected

Blending beauty and durability, this TSA-approved carry-on is made of ultra-lightweight polycarbonate and features silent spinner wheels, a waterproof zipper, and a TSA-approved lock. Its 7800 mah portable power bank has two USB ports and a micro USB port so you can keep your devices charged, and the suitcase connects to an app on your smartphone so you can track its location. Other perks: a built-in battery pack and an integrated scale.

Raden A22 smart carry-on suitcase
4
Steamfast SF-717 Mini steam iron
The ultimate tiny travel iron

Though it’s about the size of a computer mouse, this little travel iron is big on performance, thanks to its 420-watt motor and three heating levels. Other pluses: dual voltage settings for overseas travel, 15-second heating time, a non-stick press plate, and a travel bag for easy packing. Perfect for business travelers.

Steamfast SF-717 Mini steam iron
5
RAVPower 13000mAh deluxe portable charger
The best power source on the road

You’ll never need to go on a desperate search for an outlet again with this super-powerful portable charger, which boasts the highest output on the market. Capable of charging two tablets at once, it automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for any connected device, which translates into fast, smart charging. It also comes with 4 status LEDs so you can track remaining capacity, a built-in flashlight for low-light environments, a reliable A+ Lithium-Ion battery with over 500 battery charge cycles, and short-circuit and overloaded-current protection.

RAVPower 13000mAh deluxe portable charger
6
Alaska Bear sleep mask
An all-natural, portable sleep aid

If you have trouble sleeping on the road, this 100% silk eye mask is a great way to help you get some shut-eye. The super-soft, breathable, hypoallergenic silk relaxes your eyes, and the gentle, fully-adjustable headband stays at the back of your head (which is great if you sleep on your side). Soothing, all-natural relief for insomnia, migraines, or dry eyes on the plane, in a hotel room, or in the car.

Alaska Bear sleep mask
7
Travel wrap skirt
Carry all your documents in style

This easy-to-pack knee-length skirt is as stylish as it is functional: it comes with five hidden pick-pocket-proof pockets where you can keep all your documents (and your phone) safe from sticky fingers. Made of breathable, moisture-wicking nylon, it dries quickly, is water- and stain-resistant, and comes in three colors (sandstone, navy blue, and black). A worthwhile addition to your travel wardrobe, especially if you don’t like to carry a purse.

Travel wrap skirt
8
Eagle Creek packing cubes
Take the chaos out of your suitcase

If you want to stay organized and make the most of every inch of space in your suitcase, then Eagle Creek Packing Cubes are a brilliant solution. Each set of cubes includes three different sizes designed for clothing compression, organizing your accessories, and quick TSA security checks. Say goodbye to the days when you tear your suitcase apart to find a pair of socks.  

Eagle Creek packing cubes
9
Nomader collapsible water bottle
Never pay for a bottle of water again

This collapsible 22-ounce water bottle somehow manages to hold its shape as you drink from it. Lightweight and more durable than similar bottles on the market, it’s also BPA-free and made with 100% food-grade material. Backed by a lifetime warrantee, it’s guaranteed not to leak, shatter, or dent. Save money, stay hydrated, and help save the earth while you’re at it.

Nomader collapsible water bottle
10
Scrubba wash bag
The world’s smallest portable washing machine

Searching for a laundromat on the road can be a real drag, and so can washing your clothes by hand.  That’s where the Scrubba washing ‘machine’ comes in. A modern take on the old-fashioned washboard, it’s a lightweight, pocket-sized, hygienic alternative to hand-washing in a dirty sink. Hundreds of internal Scrubba nodules effectively clean your clothes, and the bag also doubles as a dry bag. A favorite with campers, backpackers, and travelers who like to pack light.

Scrubba wash bag
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