Got the travel bug? Us too. But days and weeks spent away from home can take their toll on everything from our quality of sleep to the condition of our skin. Pack the right gear, however, and your trip can prove a little less taxing—and a lot more comfortable. Here are eight of the best new travel accessories that are specifically designed to make your trip easier, whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, to exotic locales or busy urban centres.
Best Portable Steam Iron
If you’re travelling for business or a wedding and need your clothes to look freshly pressed, consider Steamfast’s mini steam iron an essential travel accessory. Although it’s tiny (the non-stick press plate is about the size of your palm), this perfectly portable gadget heats up in just 15 seconds, and effortlessly erases those pesky wrinkles from your tightly-packed garments. The iron comes with its own travel bag and is equipped with dual voltage
Best Phone Camera
Don’t want to travel with a phone and a separate camera to ensure you get frame-worthy photosfrom your next trip? Opt for the two-in-one with the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom. The 12-megapixel dual rear lens captures crystal-clear shots, whether you’re working in low light, shooting close-up (with 2.3x optical zoom) or far away (with 12x magnification). Plus, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has a manual setting to give you complete control over shutter speed, white balance, EV, ISO and metering. Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom 32GB Smartphone, $480, Best Buy.
Best Carry-On Luggage
Want to be the envy of your fellow passengers as you strut down the aisle of your aircraft? Designed by acclaimed Israeli industrial designer Netta Shalgi, G-RO’s 22-inch carry-on suitcases aren’t just stunningly beautiful, they’re uber-functional as well. The patented rough-terrain wheels are light and highly maneuverable over curbs, ice and wet surfaces, and the ergonomic handle is extra long for added comfort while on the move. The case also features two built-in USB outlets and a power pack for charging electronics. Choose between navy (with silver wheels and handle) and black (with choice of black or silver handle and black, silver, red or blue wheels). Carry-On, $449 USD, G-RO.
Best Neck Pillow
Neck pillows are a necessity for any flight lasting more than three hours; unfortunately, they also tend to be heavy and bulky. For full neck support without added weight, try the Trtl pillow: a fleece neck wrap with built-in ribs that’s about half the size of a conventional travel pillow. The compressible design squishes easily into an already-full carry-on bag and weighs a mere 136 grams—barely enough to register on the scales at check-in.
Best Water Filter
A bestseller on Amazon.ca, LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is the perfect companion for camping, backpacking or any form of travel where you’re unsure about the safety of your water supply. The act of sipping water through the straw instantly filters out contaminants, including 99.9999 per cent of waterborne bacteria such as E. coli and 99.9 per cent of waterborne protozoan parasites like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. As a worthy bonus, for every LifeStraw product sold, one child in a developing country will receive clean water for the duration of a school year.