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Essential Carry-On Gear to Improve Your Flight

Comfort doesn’t have to come at a cost

Make the most of your next in-flight experience with these well-reviewed pieces of travel gear. (Photo: Suhyeon Choi/Unsplash)
Make the most of your next in-flight experience with these well-reviewed pieces of travel gear.

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Sitting next to a stranger cradling a crying baby while you try to get comfortable in a tiny seat that will not recline with only a bag of peanuts and half a ginger-ale to hold you over can be challenging. Make the most of your next in-flight experience with these well-reviewed pieces of travel gear.

Trtl Pillow ($30)

(Photo: Courtesy Trtl)

Forget the oversized donut pillows, the Trtl looks like a scarf but has a flexible internal frame that supports your head while you sleep.

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Samsung Level On Headphones ($100)

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Getting a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones for under $100 is a tough order, but this pair from Samsung fold for easy packing, can work with Bluetooth, and offer surprisingly good sound quality for the price point.

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Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle ($80)  

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We looked at a handful of the best carry-ons already this year, but if budget is your guiding principle, the Wingman Duffle has organizational chops in spades while hitting international carry-on size requirements. 

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Genius Pack Compression Packing Cubes ($40)

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If you really want to make the most of the limited real estate of your carry on, invest in this system of three packing cubes, each with a stretch-top mesh and zipper system that lets you pack more in less space. The largest of the three cubes can fit the bulk of your weekend wardrobe.

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Columbia Bahama Vent PFG Shoes ($70)

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You want an easy slip-on shoe for security and the Bahama blends ease with the support of a performance shoe. There’s plenty of ventilation to keep sweat to a minimum, the leather and canvas uppers are treated with a DWR finish, and the cushy sole and grippy outsole can handle a sprint to catch your connecting flight.

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Alone Novel ($15)

(Photo: Courtesy Thomas Dunne Books)

Sure, Kindles are great, but nothing beats a paperback on a plane. We have a full list of new adventure titles, but Alone, about a man who falls off a boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean will make you feel good about whatever mishaps occur during your travels.

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