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The Best Carry-On Gear of 2020

Do long flights right with these essentials

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Larq Movement Self-Cleaning Bottle ($78)

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Count on clean water whether you’re deep in the backcountry or high above it. This 24-ounce thermos has a built-in UV light that vaporizes bacteria. The self-cleaning mode activates every two hours for up to a month on a charge.

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Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Traveller Pillow ($43)

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A good neck pillow is hard to find, but the Aeros Premium Traveller defies expectations. The tapered back and easy adjustability make it perfect for sleeping (or movie watching) on extended flights. Bonus: it packs down smaller than your palm.

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Mr. Lentz Double Passport Wallet ($82)

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Finally, the perfect travel wallet. It’s thin enough to fit in your pocket but can still hold your passport, cash, and cards, along with the included notebook and pen. The hand-tooled leather becomes more attractively worn the longer you keep the Double in your go bag.

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Skullcandy Crusher ANC Headphones ($320)

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Activate the one-tap ambient mode on these noise-canceling headphones if you want to hear flight announcements while listening to podcasts. Embedded tracking technology helps you locate them with an app on your phone.

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Tile Slim Tracker ($30)

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About the size of a credit card, the Tile Slim slips into any passport holder or wallet for insurance against lost valuables. Press a button on your phone and the Tile will ring if it’s within 200 feet. Press another to crowdsource its location from a global network of users when out of range.

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Fjällräven High Coast Hip Pack ($45)

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Fanny packs are the perfect travel accessory for hands-free accessibility. This one has enough space to hold a wallet, passport, and phone, while an against-the-body zippered pocket makes it functional without turning you into an eighties flashback.

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Peak Designs Tech Pouch Organizer ($60)

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Traveling with electronics can lead to endless digging for cords, cards, and other accessories. The book-size, water-resistant Tech Pouch from Peak Designs is an organizational masterstroke. On a recent overseas excursion, it kept two hard drives, four chargers, and an e-reader at the ready.

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