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The Best Travel Gear Under $100

Flights and hotels are expensive. Your travel kit doesn't have to be.

Save on travel with these cheap carry-on options. (Erik Odiin/Unsplash)
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Flights and hotels are expensive. Your travel kit doesn't have to be.

There’s a lot of great, expensive travel gear out there—much of it reviewed by us. So when we find a piece of high-performance, high-style equipment at a reasonable price, we can’t help but share. Here are nine of our favorites that are more than worth their sub-$100 price tag.

Dakine Women’s Parker Novelty Fleece ($72)

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(Courtesy Dakine)

A cozy fleece is essential for long flights. This one is stretchy while still managing a fitted look. It also has water-repellant shoulders and a hood for just the right amount of protection from the elements.

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Miir Vacuum Insulated Tumbler ($22)

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(Courtesy Miir)

Many travel mugs have double-wall vacuum insulation that will keep your drink hot and your hand cold, but Miir’s tumbler does something that a lot won’t: fits in your cup holder.

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Tylt Smart Charger 3X ($60)

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(Courtesy Tylt)

I begrudgingly bought this charger at an airport when I realized I’d left mine at home, but it turned out to be a fantastic purchase. It acts as both a wall charger and a portable battery pack that can hold three phones’ worth of power. There’s also a built-in iPhone cable and an extra USB slot for charging your tablet or other devices simultaneously.

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Aloha Collection Pouch ($22 to $46)

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(Courtesy ALOHA Collections)

These splashproof pouches are ideal for keeping old clothes, dirty shoes, and wet bathing suits from soiling your other clothing. The smaller sizes are perfect for toiletry kits, jewelry bags, or airplane snacks.

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Vuori Ponto Performance Pants ($84)

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(Courtesy Vuori)

Soft, stretchy, and moisture-wicking, plus a polished, modern cut, Vuori’s lightweight joggers check all the boxes for a great pair of travel pants. Bonus: They can double as workout pants.

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Skullcandy Hesh 3 Headphones ($80)

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(Courtesy Skullcandy)

With 22 hours of battery life, a noise-isolating over-the-ear fit, and solid sound quality, these foldable wireless headphones hold their own against more expensive headsets. Best of all, a ten-minute charge gets you four hours of playback, making them great for crowded airports where outlets are few and far between.

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Timbuk2 Quest Backpack Duffel ($99)

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(Courtesy Timbuk2)

I love this bag because it’s classy enough for weekend stays in the city and rugged enough for weeklong surf trips. It doubles as a duffel and backpack and is made with lightweight, water-resistant ripstop nylon. A side compartment for shoes, plus front and inside pockets, keep everything where it should be.

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Tommy John Men’s Second-Skin Trunk and Women’s Cheeky Underwear ($22 to $32)

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(Courtesy Tommy John)

My husband and I love Tommy John’s underwear. They feel like you’re wearing nothing and are made from a moisture-wicking, breathable, nonpilling fabric that stays put all day long. The men’s trunk features a horizontal fly for quick access, plus a no-roll waistband. The women’s styles are seamless for no panty lines.

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Sea to Summit Traveling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag ($35)

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(Courtesy Sea to Summit)

Thanks to a wide zippered pocket with a hook on the lid, you can hang this toiletry bag open for easy access to all your essentials no matter how cramped your hotel bathroom. Two mesh pockets keep smaller items organized and readily available, and the water-resistant fabric lends durability in the dampest environments.

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