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Must-Get Travel Gadgets

Must-Get Travel Gadgets

Traveling with the right gear can upgrade an experience from so-so to spectacular: From getting more sleep to keeping feet happy, from taking memories to the next level with a VR camera to staying connected when entirely off the grid: We’ve captured the next generation of must-have gadgets to ensure you stay focused on the true travel essential: Adventure.

Pillow Talk

Getting some shut eye doesn’t have to include head-nodding, neck-snapping torture when travelling. The Trtl Travel Pillow is a way, way better choice than the classic U-shaped option. Made out of soft fleece with internal support for your head and neck, the pillow takes up less than half of storage space of U-shaped pillows, and could almost pass for a stylish scarf.


Sweet Dreams

An effective eye mask can be a make or break item when it comes to getting sleep in new environments. The Manta Sleep Mask blocks out 100% light, but it does so without putting any pressure on your eye or eyelashes. And that, in turn, allows free eye movement, which is critical to restorative REM sleep. Sound too good to be true? It actually works, and won’t tangle long hair in the process. 


Cash Money

Here’s a stylish option to that awkward, hard to reach money belt: With two secret zippered pockets, The Travel Scarf keeps your hands free and your valuables in a safe and unexpected place. Store your passport, phone, credit cards and cash in the cotton circle scarf that comes in black of navy and white stripes.


Shoe In

Travel is no time to risk uncomfortable footwear, no matter how beautiful those hand-crafted mules are. Which is why Allbirds are a key purchase, allowing you to ramble, hike and explore all day without the aching feet at night. Made out of wool, tree fiber and sugar cane, they’re crafted to look quietly stylish, not name-brand garish, traveling effortlessly between nature walks and museum treks.


Under Pressure

Vim & Vigr’s collection of compression socks — which promote blood flow, and can reduce the chance of swelling and even blood clots while flying — are stylish enough to wear on the ground. Patterned, plain, knee-highed or tights, there are enough options to keep everyone safe and snug 30,000 feet in the air.


Happy Hour

Here’s a flask that actually encourages communal cocktail hour. The VSSL Flask includes two collapsible shot glasses, an LED lantern for insta-ambience, a bottle opener and a compass to make sure you can both find your way back.


Head Gear

So you dream of biking your way across the Pyrenees but don’t exactly have the suitcase space for a bulky helmet? The Stack, from Priority Bicycles, offers head protection that is safety certified in both the US and EU. When collapsed, the 12-ounce helmet reduces in size by more than 40%.


Silence, Please

Crying babies on the plane, chiming church on the piazza, there is no end to unexpected noise when on the road. Drown it all out with Jabra 85h noise canceling headphones, currently debuting at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. With a 32-hour battery life on a single charge, the headphones paid with Google Assistant and Alexa and even allows you to adjust how much background noise you want to block out.

$299, available in April at Best Buy.

A Case for Basics

Everlane’s Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt holds its shape, even after multiple washes, so that it doesn’t regress to slouchy-slacker gear. Even better: It keeps you warm without taking up vital real estate in your suitcase.

Starts at $46.

Over & Out

Even if you’ve gone to the ends of the earth to get off the grid, you may need to communicate with your travel buddy. Enter goTenna Mesh, a clever little device that lets you use your cell phone, even when there’s no cell, Internet of satellite service. Relying on radio waves to send texts and GPS details, goTenna works like modern-day, miniature walkie-talkies.


Over & Out

Take your smartphone pic to the next level with Moment 58mm lens. Adding 2x the zoom to most iPhone and Galaxy devices, Moment telephoto lens brings you closer to your subject for portraits and wildlife shots, while its wide-angle ability lets you capture that landscape in all its glory.

$99.99 (cases, which start at $29.99, are also required)

Baggage Issues

Forget the four- and five-figure luggage sets. The smart money is on Away’s Carry-On collection, not just for its price point, but also for its gimmick-free, streamlined design. An ejectable battery allows you to charge your phone five times, while two zippers slot into a combination lock. A rainbow of color options lets you channel your signature hue, and avoid the pick up confusion.



"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen