Whether you’re heading out on the road for business or planning a beach vacation this summer, the right gear can really make a difference on your trip. Sure, packing seems easy, but how many times have you sat on an airplane thinking about everything you wish you’d brought? There’s no shame in it; it happens to all of us.
That’s why we’ve rounded up five must-have items for your summer travels, including some of the best options on the market. Now your summer trip will be as smooth as silk.
1. Travel Bag / Luggage
Packing the right gear all starts with the right luggage. There’s absolutely no reason you should be shoving everything into a broken, ripped, or too-small suitcase. A durable bag with adequate storage can make your travel experience much more enjoyable.
Our pick: The Herschel Supply Co. Novel Weekender is an ideal weekender bag that’s high-quality and features plenty of storage, including a convenient shoe pocket. Usually, it’s $84.99, but you can get it now for just $45.10.
- DELSEY Paris Luggage Helium Aero International Carry On ($102.75, down from $126.78)
- The Travelpro Platinum Elite 21″ Expandable Spinner ($254.99, down from $299.99)
2. Travel Pillow
Some people fall asleep on flights (or in cars) instantly, in any position, but for everyone else, it’s an endless struggle. The solution? A comfortable travel pillow, of course! Rather than sleeping on your fist or getting a stiff neck, treat yourself to a soft, portable cloud to sleep on.
Our pick: The Travelrest Nest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow was made from special thermal sensitive memory foam for optimal neck, shoulder, and head support, making it perfect for flights or long car rides. You can grab one for just $39.95 now.
- BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow ($29.97)
- Travelrest - The Ultimate InflatableTravel Pillow/Neck Pillow ($23.95)
3. Battery Pack
When it comes to long travel days, two words come to mind: dead phone. Sure, you may have packed your regular charger, but finding an open outlet is like searching for water in the desert. Packing a juiced-up power bank could save you from ever having to fight over airport outlets again.
Our pick: The Anker PowerCore 10000 provides almost three-and-a-half iPhone 8 charges or two-and-a-half Galaxy S8 charges on the go and is available in black, white, blue, or red. Get it now for just $31.99.
4. Packing Organizers
Sorting through your luggage to find what you need is a major time waster. If your suitcase doesn’t provide separate compartments for all your belongings, do yourself a favor and invest in an organizer set. You’ll be able to reach in and grab exactly what you need, when you need it, like magic.
Our pick: This TravelWise Packing Cube System - Durable 5 Piece Weekender+ Luggage Organizer Set compartmentalizes your stuff into their own separate “drawers” to make packing more efficient and effective. Get the five-piece set for just $22.95.
- The Chestnut 12 Travel Storage Bags for Clothes ($18.93, down from $37.93)
- YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags ($11.88, down from $21.99)
5. Noise Protection
Nothing ruins your travel experience quite like an obnoxious baby screaming or an old man snoring next to you on the plane. Fortunately, there are ways to drown out the noise. Grab yourself a pair of earplugs or, better yet, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to tune out everything around you.