Upgrade Your Summer Travel Essentials
Essential gear for any type of summer travel and adventure
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We picked some of our favorite products that make our lives easier in airports and while on adventures during summer.
Essential Gear for the Beach
September Paris One-Piece ($172)
This women’s surf suit stays put in big swells, is comfortable enough for all-day wear, and features a high-waisted, two-tone design that pairs well with shorts. The textured bottom half is durable and doesn’t track wax, and crisscross back straps keep everything in place so you’re not constantly adjusting the fit. —Erin Riley
Essential Gear for a Road Trip
Hacky Pack Daypack ($40)
When compressed, the Hacky Pack is a four-inch ball that fits into your glove compartment or center console. Loosen the drawstring and it unfurls into a 14-liter carryall with two mesh water-bottle holders and a hidden side pocket for valuables. Despite its featherweight construction, the bag can hold up to 40 pounds of equipment. —Alex Temblador
Essential Gear for Air Travel
Kizik Athens Sneakers ($129)
No need to unlace these kicks at airport security: the flexible heel bends down to facilitate stepping in, then springs back for a snug fit. With a roomy toe box and thick foam outsole, these are lightweight but sturdy enough for a sprint through the terminal for a connecting flight. —A.T.
Essential Gear for Backpacking
ACR Bivy Stick Satellite Communicator ($200)
An Outside editor used this device during a five-night backpacking trip and was impressed with the user-friendly interface. It creates a satellite connection with your phone for two-way messaging, location sharing, and the ability to send an SOS signal to Global Rescue. Knowing that a quick status update can be sent off in seconds is a comfort in the backcountry. —Kelly Klein
Essential Gear for Car Camping
Eureka Ignite 2-Burner Camp Stove ($115)
This is the rare camp stove that can cook everything you’d throw at a gas range at home. It’s roomy enough for full-size pots and pans, and precise heat control means that in all but the windiest conditions it can sauté on high or throttle down to a genuine simmer. —Miyo McGinn