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From tech essentials to toiletry kits, these accessories make your trip easier than ever.
Assembling the right set of travel accessories is a complicated equation. It depends on where you’re going, how you’re getting there, what you plan on doing, and how much you mind (or don’t mind) carrying throughout your trip. Is your head spinning yet? Turns out, finding the right gear can be more art than science, and a lot of it comes down to the individual. Some guys need a heavy-duty dopp kit, for instance, whereas other men are satisfied with a quart-sized Ziploc bag of carry-on liquids to support a grooming routine away from home.
While the process of gathering the right travel accessories might feel like a bit of a lifelong endeavor, we are here to help. We’ve combed the marketplace for quintessential items that every guy can find useful, from a budget-friendly razor with a no-slip handle, to a dopp kit that can withstand any conditions, to the perfect leather passport cover to help you glide through customs with ease. We prioritized well-made items that are built to last, so you can feel confident that everything on this list will support you for many, many adventures to come.
Bagsmart Toiletry Bag for Men
Best Dopp Kit
Why We Love It: It has a rugged look and high-quality feel for twenty bucks.
What to Consider: It’s almost too big.
Fit everything you need for your toiletry routine into this spacious, durable dopp kit. It’s made from a water-resistant material that’s built to last, and features a sturdy vegan leather external strap so it’s easy to pull out of even the most tightly packed suitcases. Yes, we love how this bag looks on the outside, but the details on the inside are what really sold us. There are waterproof sections to keep your things dry in case of spills, interior elastic straps to keep travel-sized essentials upright and organized, and a dual-zipper system that lets you see all the contents at once without having to fish through the bag blindly. And for twenty bucks? It’s an incredible value.
Price at time of publish: $20
Harry’s Truman Razor
Best Travel Razor
Why We Love It: It’s the best quality-to-value ratio on the market.
What to Consider: Harry’s handles are only compatible with Harry’s blades.
Harry’s has been disrupting the shaving game for years with their direct-to-consumer model, which makes getting well-priced, high-quality razors into your hands a breeze. The Truman is their entry-level razor, and at nine dollars, it’s an ideal pick for travel. It performs like a razor three times the price, but you won’t be annoyed if you accidentally leave it behind in the hotel bathroom.
Price at time of publish: $9
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Why We Love It: Bose sets the bar on noise-canceling technology.
What to Consider: You’ll need to download the app to take full advantage of the features.
The market for noise-canceling headphones is vast and overwhelming. Go too budget and you risk getting a cheap pair that doesn’t perform well. Go too expensive and you can easily spend over a thousand dollars on something that’s way beyond what you actually need for travel. Bose is a safe bet when it comes to excellent quality — and this pair comes with not one, not two, but 11 levels of active noise-canceling technology to let you enjoy podcasts, movies, and more in peace. The sound is clear and crisp, and the headphones themselves are lightweight and comfortable, making them a perfect seat mate for long-haul flights.
Price at time of publish: $379
Anker 337 Power Bank
Best Power Bank
Why We Love It: It charges fast, and holds a week’s worth of phone charges.
What to Consider: Ultralight packers may find this one on the heavier side.
Phones, cameras, wireless headphones — travelers are hitting the road with more gear and tech than ever before, so being able to power them up from literally anywhere has never been more important. The Anker 337 is a small yet mighty power bank that packs an astonishing one week’s worth of phone charges on a single charge. It comes with a dual-input charging port, so it gets fully juiced up in about six hours (significantly less than power banks of similar capacity), and also features 3 USB ports so you can plug up to 3 devices in at once for super-fast charging.
Price at time of publish: $70
Bellroy Tech Kit
Best Tech Organizer
Why We Love It: This super durable and high-quality case is worth the investment.
What to Consider: It’s on the smaller side.
It’s time to graduate from leaving your tech accessories in a jumbled mess at the bottom of your carry-on. Experience a difference that you can literally feel with Bellroy travel accessories. The recycled woven fabric exterior feels rugged, and the smooth-action zips are a welcome upgrade — there’s no fussing cheap zippers around corners here. The kit conveniently folds open so you can organize your tech accessories all in one place, and features smart details such as stretch mesh pockets for loose bits and pieces, and a magnetic slip pocket that fits a power bank.
Price at time of publish: $59
Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set
Best Packing Cubes
Why We Love It: They’re both washable and water-resistant.
What to Consider: The mesh style could snag more easily than a solid fabric.
Once you invest in a good set of packing cubes, you’ll wonder how you ever packed before. This option from Eagle Creek is made from mesh that makes it easy to see what is inside each cube, and is also breathable to help things like shoes and sweaters dry out after wear. Each cube comes with a durable top-carry handle so you can easily move them around your suitcase. This set comes with extra-small, small, and medium cubes, a range that has you covered from small accessories to jeans and sweaters. And, best of all, they’re covered by Eagle Creek’s Lifetime Warranty.
Price at time of publish: $36
WearMe Polarized Modern Black Square Foldable Sunglasses
Why We Love It: They’re very portable and, at under $20, you won’t stress if you leave them somewhere.
What to Consider: Not everyone loves polarized sunglasses.
The perfect travel sunglasses pack up for portability without sacrificing style in the process. These WearMe Pros, available on Amazon, have a classic wayfarer shape but also feature the functionality of a polarized lens. Despite the bargain price tag, they have sturdy temples and are made from a high-quality plastic that feels durable enough to last for both high-intensity outdoor activities and Sunday fundays alike.
Price at time of publish: $17
Want Les Essentiels Pearson Passport Cover
Best Passport Cover
Why We Love It: The leather is insanely soft.
What to Consider: It only comes in black
The passport cover is one of those accessories that you don’t really appreciate until you have one — and finding the right one can be a deeply personal choice for serious travelers. This beautiful option from Montreal-based Want Les Essentiels is made from a buttery-smooth leather that feels much more expensive than it actually costs, and features just enough interior pockets and a place-holding ribbon to keep vaccination cards, visas, Global Entry cards, and the like tucked away and close at hand. Over time, it will develop a gorgeous patina and, more importantly, keep your most essential documents safe.
Price at time of publish: $148
Bombas Men’s Performance Compression Socks
Best Compression Socks
Why We Love It: They offer supportive pressure and reliable quality.
What to Consider: Thirty-six dollars? For socks?
The price tag for a single pair of socks might come as a surprise to some, but trust us: once you get used to the comfort and support of a high-quality pair of compression socks, there is no going back. This style from the sock masters over at Bombas comes in a number of fun colors, and is designed not only for reducing swelling on those long-haul plane rides, but also for running, cycling, and endurance sports of all types.
Price at time of publish: $36
Ostrichpillow Luxury Travel Pillow with Memory Foam
Best Neck Pillow
Why We Love It: This is rather stylish for a neck pillow, and very comfortable.
What to Consider: It’s a bit larger and bulkier than your average pick.
It’s amazing what a difference finding the right neck pillow can make for your next flight. Every detail of the Ostrichpillow has been planned to perfection, from the high-end memory foam interior, to the removable, washable exterior sleeve, to the adjustable fit Velcro band closure. Whereas most conventional U-shaped neck pillows only offer partial support, the Ostrichpillow offers a full 360 degrees of comfort to help you maintain proper posture and alleviate cramps and pain from even the tightest economy seats.
Price at time of publish: $60
S’well Azurite Bottle
Best Water Bottle
Why We Love It: Its narrow width easily fits cup holders on travel bags.
What to Consider: Dropping it on hard surfaces can be loud and jarring.
You’re not still buying plastic water bottles at the airport, right? With a handsome bottle such as this option from S’well, there’s simply no need. It’s attractive, has a mouth-sized opening, and comes in a range of sizes and colors. Not only is it also lightweight enough to slip into any carry-on bag, its narrow bottom fits into designated spots in travel bags. We also love that it’s BPA- and BPS-free, and has a condensation-free exterior so it never gets damp in your bag or slippery in your hand.
Price at time of publish: $35 for 17-ounce
Samsonite Windguard Auto Open/Close Umbrella
Why We Love It: Its automatic open-and-close functions are very convenient.
What to Consider: It’s portable which means it’s also pretty small.
Having the right travel umbrella can be the difference between getting where you need to go and being holed up in your hotel room, wishing you had packed an umbrella. This portable option from Samsonite — which measures in at just 12 inches when folded up — punches well above its weight. It has an automatic open-and-close function, which is a cinch to operate, and the canopy is coated with Teflon for added wind- and water-resistance.
Price at time of publish: $35
Omnilux Omnilux Men
Best Skincare Tool
Why We Love It: It packs flat and delivers spa-quality results on the go.
What to Consider: It’s pricey, especially if you don’t end up using it regularly.
Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to let your skincare routine go by the wayside. Even minimalist guys who can’t be bothered with ornate skincare routines can get behind this one: it’s a red light therapy mask that’s FDA-cleared and can be used for just a few minutes a few times per week. This particular model offers three wavelengths of red and near-infrared light waves, designed especially to target men’s thicker skin. The mask is made from a flexible, easy-to-clean silicone, and packs flat to slip into any checked or carry-on bag. In just a few weeks of regular use, you’ll notice firmer and brighter skin, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and reduced under-eye bags and dark circles. If you’re a frequent flier looking to give your skin some TLC and not look like you just stepped off a long-haul flight, this is an essential tool.
Price at time of publish: $395
Vigorport Leather Luggage Tags 4 Pack
Best Luggage Tag
Why We Love It: You won’t find a 4-pack of luggage tags for a better price.
What to Consider: They’re a bit flimsy.
Whereas spending cash on a high-quality leather passport holder is an investment that will serve you for many years to come, we believe that luggage tags should be more in the “looks good, but I shouldn’t get too attached in case these get accidentally ripped off in the cargo hold” variety. Indeed, luggage tags get put through the ringer, so it’s a smart move to buy a multi-pack like this one that comes at a wallet-friendly price for a set of four.
Price at time of publish: $12
Longang 110 Lbs Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
Best Handheld Luggage Scale
Why We Love It: It’s truly the travel accessory you didn’t know you needed.
What to Consider: There is a slight margin of error but otherwise it’s quite accurate.
Say goodbye to the days of panicking about how much your luggage weighs or struggling to balance your enormous checked bag on your at-home scale. This handheld, portable device makes weighing luggage effortless. Simply hook it around your bag’s top handle and lift it up for an accurate reading. We like this particular model because it converts between pounds and kilograms, has an easy-to-read LCD display, and automatically shuts off so it won’t drain the batteries when not in use.
Price at time of publish: $10
Tips for Buying Travel Accessories
Consider trip length
Not every single traveler is going to need every single accessory on this list. The art of packing, after all, is all about learning not what you need to bring, but what can be left behind. Nothing will suck up room in a tiny piece of luggage faster than a bunch of items you don’t need. Just going away for a weekend? You can probably skip the umbrella if you check the forecast. Not a gear lover? Then the tech organizer is probably not for you. Consider these accessories to be an arsenal of tools that you have at the ready, not something you necessarily need to carry with you on every single trip.
If something is cumbersome, heavy, or uncomfortable to wear or hold, chances are you aren’t going to use it that much. To make the most out of your accessories, think critically about whether they’re making your travel experience more comfortable. Are the zips on your dopp kit smooth and easy to use, or do they get stuck easily? Does your travel pillow for the plane support your neck and head the way that feels best for you? In the end, you’ll want to collect travel accessories that make your journey easier, not more complicated.
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