Our Top Picks for Traveling in Comfort and Style
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Traveling is difficult. The hustle, the sweat, and the long periods of waiting can feel unbearable. That’s why having the right gear is so critical. We rounded up some of our writers’ favorite travel upgrades to make your next trip not just more bearable, but more enjoyable. Check them out.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Mixed Cube Set ($65)
An organized traveler is a happy traveler. Take your packing to the next level with this set that includes a mesh cube for toiletries, an antimicrobial one for smelly clothes, and one that’s made of burly TPU, so you can safely carry everything from crampons to books. —Joe Jackson
Aether Drive Jacket ($425)
This jacket is like the love child of a hooded soft-shell vest and a cashmere cardigan. The water-resistant polyester outer and synthetic core insulation handled an extended drizzly, 40-degree walk and will suit all sorts of different climates—including that frigid airport lounge. Knit sleeves give it the vibe of a fine sweater. —J.J.
Icebreaker Merino Dowlas Short Sleeve Crew ($90)
A good wool short-sleeve tee is your weapon for looking good and not smelling for multiple days in a row. We’ve tested a lot of them, but this one stood out for its just-right cut—loose but not slouchy—and soft feel. Plus, it mitigated odor enough to go straight from a trail run to an outdoor happy hour. —J.J.
Title Nine Round Trip Wide Leg Pants ($119)
With a simple clip behind the knee, these high-rise pants go from wide-leg to an eye-catching narrow pleated silhouette. That trick, plus a stretchy recycled-polyester-spandex fabric, means you can go from hiking to a night out. That versatility meant we could leave another pair of pants behind. —Alex Temblador
When you’re living out of a suitcase, space is at a premium. But thanks to Citizen’s iconic new Promaster Dive watch, you’ll never have to choose between fashion and function when it comes to picking a travel watch. This high-tech, high-design, do-it-all timepiece was designed to evoke both the sleek beauty and elegant precision of the Orca whale. Sustainably powered by any light with Eco-Drive technology that never needs a battery, this ultimate dive watch comes in a unique scuba tank-inspired box for the serious diver and collector. And because it’s anti-magnetic, shock-resistant, and water resistant up to 200 meters, it’s ready for any aquatic adventure on your list.
Dakine Split Roller 110L Luggage ($240)
Wheeled haulers are great for swallowing gear, but they come with some drawbacks: most lack organization, are difficult to store, and tip over when standing up. Not the Split Roller, which has a clamshell opening with a divided interior that makes partitioning layers easy. We also love the interior neoprene stretch panel, which accommodates bulky gear and even the most egregious of overpackers. A collapsible bottom brace, which provides stability even when the bag is stuffed to the brim and folds down for easier storage. —Kaelyn Lynch
Bose QuietComfort Earphones ($279)
We’ve raved about Bose’s noise-canceling headphones for travel before, but until now have failed to find a more portable version. These earphones blew us away with their sound quality and intuitive controls for raising and lowering volume, adjusting noise-canceling levels, and skipping through songs. Our favorite features: the automatic pause when you remove one earbud, and the way they stay put during exercise and under a ski helmet. —K.L.
MLE Dream Eye Mask ($48)
Made from natural fibers, including a silk exterior and hypoallergenic kapok-tree fill, the Dream mask shuts out light and soothes as you sleep, even at 30,000 feet. It’s made to order by craftswomen in New York City. —Gabriela Aoun
Avocado Organic Mini Pillow ($49)
Snoozing on a plane doesn’t have to mean total discomfort. The beloved Avocado Organic pillow now comes in a 20-by-12-inch to-go size, with the same firm feel and organic kapok-fiber fill, plus an optional machine-washable cotton cover ($19). —G.A.
Bandits Bandana ($30)
It’s a face mask, a sweatband, a personal swamp cooler—the bandana is the ultimate utility accessory. And when yours has a stylish artistic print on soft, fair-trade organic cotton, like Bandits bandanas do, you’ll find even more excuses to wear it. —J.J.
Olympus 10×42 Pro Binoculars ($520)
A solid pair of binocs are a smart tool to have in your glove compartment or in your backpack, for anything from spotting wildlife to scouting backcountry ski lines. The Olympus 10×42 Pro is optimized for sporting use, with a glare-reducing coating on the lenses and a waterproof, fog-resistant body. We don’t go anywhere without these. —J.J.