If you love to travel — or have a job that requires you to — you know it’s not always smooth sailing. Airport delays, lost luggage, jet lag or language barriers can add layers of stress that make you never want to leave home again.
Luckily, there are many accessories on the market that can help you avoid, or at least navigate, some of the inconvenient issues that arise when you travel.
SKIP AHEAD Best tech travel accessories for organization, comfort and wellness | How to choose the best travel products and pack for your next trip
Our top picks
- Our top overall pick: Apple AirTag
- Our top travel water bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
- Our top comfort essential: Eversnug Travel Blanket
- Our top organization tool: FyyElectronics Organizer
- Our top packing solution: Travelwise Luggage Packing Cubes
How we picked these travel accessories
We spoke to travel experts, who have collectively explored more than 200 countries via a variety of transportation modes, and asked them what products are most important to have on hand. When packing, our experts recommend keeping the following in mind:
- Size and weight. When traveling, size matters since most airlines allow only one carry-on and a personal item, says travel coach Sarah Rose De Vore. Our experts recommended choosing products that offer the most value at minimal weight and size.
- Comfort. Lack of sleep and feeling uncomfortable can lead to fatigue long after you deboard, says travel wellness expert Edyta Satchell. To combat these issues, she recommended packing things that help block out the light and noise or offer support so you can sleep and sit more comfortably.
- Organization. Easy access to your belongings is essential. Our experts recommended bags and organizers with pockets.
- Health. “You can’t be ignorant of the negative impact travel has on your health,” says Satchell. For example, limited movement on the plane can cause muscle, circulation and joint problems, not drinking enough water can result in dehydration, and lack of sleep can cause fatigue, she says. Satchell recommended packing items that keep you hydrated, such as sheet masks, serums and pre-filled reusable water bottles. She also suggested packing items for comfort, such as neck pillows and compression socks, as well as quality light-filtering eye masks to get proper rest.
Best Amazon travel products to shop in 2023
We consulted with travel experts and rounded up a variety of products no traveler should leave home without, along with some accessories that Select staffers love. We’ve also included some highly rated travel products.
Best travel tech accessories
Anker PowerCore Slim 10000
4.6-star average rating from over 8,600 reviews
Select staffers Shari Uyehara and Harry Rabinowitz both love Anker portable power banks for their versatility and charging capacity. At 7.5 ounces, the PowerCore Slim 10000 is the company’s slimmest version yet, making it perfect for travel. It has a USB-A port to connect USB drives, keyboards and mice as well as a USB-C port that supports charging, file transfers and more. The powerbank charges fully in just 4.5 hours.
Perilogics Universal In-Flight Airplane Phone Holder Mount
4.6-star average rating from over 10,000 reviews
This phone holder clips onto your plane’s tray table so you can go hands-free while watching movies, sports or any other media you’ve downloaded. It has a 360-degree rotation to offer different viewing angles (including vertically and horizontally), plus it’s compatible with multiple phone sizes, according to the brand.
Epicka Universal Travel Adapter
4.7-star average rating from over 8,900 reviews
Another favorite of Rabinowitz is this Epicka Universal Travel Adapter. According to the brand, it works in more than 150 countries and has four USB ports, one USB-C slot and a socket to charge six devices simultaneously at high speed. It’s also compatible with all USB devices. Keep in mind that this is not a voltage converter and that your devices must have dual or variable-voltage capabilities to use it.
Doboli Silicone AirPods Case
4.6-star average rating from over 66,000 reviews
This silicone case, which comes in a two pack, provides protection for your AirPods while on the go. It has an LED light to indicate when it’s charging, and each case comes with a carabiner so you can clip your devices to a backpack or carry-on for ease. They’re available in an assortment of colors, including earthy, pastel and neon hues.
Travel 3-in-1 Charging Station
4.7-star average rating from over 1,400 reviews
This 3-in-1 wireless charger for MagSafe Apple devices is foldable and just 4.5 ounces, so you can just throw it in your bag or purse when you travel. It takes less than three hours to fully charge and also works as a phone stand that you can angle horizontally or vertically for FaceTime calls or movies on the go.
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
4.7-star average rating from over 63,000 reviews
These foldable wireless Bluetooth headphones have up to 40 hours of battery life and are compatible with iOS and Android devices. According to Beats, five minutes of charging gives you three hours of playback. They are adjustable, with cushioned ear cups for added comfort. The Beats Solo3 comes in four colors, including black, rose gold, silver and red.
Apple AirTag 4 Pack
4.8-star average rating from over 53,000 reviews
Lost luggage can be a nightmare. The Apple AirTag can help you find and/or keep track of your items by syncing it with your smart devices. If your tagged items (like luggage or skis) go missing, you can set your AirTag into “lost mode,” which will automatically notify you when it’s detected back in your network.
Best travel accessories for organization
Travelwise Luggage Packing Cubes
4.7-star average rating from over 9,000 reviews
This five-piece travel organizer includes one small, two medium and two large packing cubes to compartmentalize items and streamline your packing. Each cube is made of nylon and has two-way zippers for fast opening and closing so you can easily unpack when you arrive at your destination, according to the brand.
Bagsmart Toiletry Bag
4.8-star average rating from over 40,000 reviews
I love my Bagsmart travel bag because it securely holds all my toiletries in one place. When I get to my hotel, I just hang it on the bathroom door hook, which keeps the countertop open and free for other items. This bag has four separate compartments with elastic straps that hold my bottles upright, and transparent sides so I can easily see all my contents. It’s also well padded and protects everything inside when I’m on the go.
Fyy Electronics Organizer
4.4-star average rating from over 9,000 reviews
This compact organizer has two layers of storage space to hold all your devices and chargers in one place. At just 3.2 ounces, this waterproof case is compact and lightweight and gives you easy access to all your cords, cables, and more.
4.6-star average rating from over 31,000 reviews
Select’s associate updates editor Zoe Malin says these reusable silicone Stasher Bags are her “go-to eco-friendly storage product.” “I have food allergies, so I always pack snacks to take with me on flights in these reusable bags. They’re also great for organizing toiletries. I’m obsessed with the small ones for packing pills, vitamins and medications.” These come in over 20 colors and are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe.
Gemice Travel Bottles
4.6-star average rating from over 7,000 reviews
These leakproof travel bottles are TSA-approved and designed to hold 3 ounces of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion and more for your carry-on. They are also made of BPA-free food-grade silicone so they are safe for other liquids like sauce, salad dressing and even baby food, as detailed on the brand’s website. Sold as a four-pack with a choice of colors, each bottle has a no-drip valve and wide opening for easy filling, according to the brand.
Waterfly Crossbody Bag
4.6-star average rating from over 30,000 reviews
Susan Henkel, founder of Ola Travel & Tours, always carries a sling bag when traveling. “I don't like a heavy bag,” she says. “I like to be nimble and not have anything heavy on my shoulder or neck.” According to Henkel, her ideal bag must have a padded strap, lots of pockets, fit close to her body and withstand rain. She recommended this nylon crossbody from Waterfly, which comes in 17 colors and has an adjustable, reversible shoulder strap, loads of pockets (including two mesh side pockets) and a hidden earphone hole.
Travelambo Luggage Tag
4.7-star average rating from over 8,500 reviews
Luggage tags make it easy to spot your suitcase coming off the bag carousel and also help ensure that it makes its way back to you if it gets lost. These eco-friendly faux leather tags come in a set of two and have a double-sided printing card and privacy flap, as well as an adjustable stainless-steel buckle. They are available in 32 bold colors, including Rose Red, Light Blue, Hot Orange and Blooming Green.
Seyfocnia Weekender Bag
4.6-star average rating from over 3,000 reviews
This weekender bag has a zippered pocket on the front and back and a slot so you can slide it onto any suitcase’s pop-up handle. It weighs 3.3 pounds and is made of polyurethane leather with a nylon interior. It also has a padded adjustable shoulder strap and a shoe compartment to keep your dirty shoes or clothes separate from the main compartment. It comes in nine color combinations, including some canvas options.
Vorspack Toiletry Bag
4.7-star average rating from over 6,600 reviews
This men’s Dopp kit measures 10 by 5 by 5.5 inches and is made of canvas with a polyurethane leather bottom. Its main compartment is roomy enough to fit a facial cleanser, electric shaver, travel shampoo and other toiletries, according to the brand, and it has four additional mesh pockets on the inside, and one outside zipper pocket.
Best travel accessories for comfort
Eversnug Travel Blanket
4.7-star average rating from over 3,500 reviews
At 65 inches long and 40 inches wide, this microfleece blanket has a carrying case that also doubles as a pillow, along with a sleeve at the back so you can slip it into your suitcase’s pop-up handle, according to the brand. You can also attach it directly to your carry-on with the included carabiner. It comes in six colors, including gray, teal, burgundy and black.
Bcozzy Neck Pillow
4.2-star average rating from over 25,000 reviews
This ergonomic neck pillow provides double support with its overlapping arms that you can adjust several ways, according to the brand: If you’re a side sleeper, you can fold the pillow in half, place it on your shoulder and lean your head to the side; if sleeping upright, the double arms can hold your chin up for extra support. The shell is made of a mix of microsuede and microfleece and is filled with a down alternative, as detailed on the brand’s website. It comes in several colors, including navy, leopard and black.
Lky Digital Sleep Mask
4.5-star average rating from over 53,000 reviews
When Select managing editor Leah Ginsberg travels, she always brings a structured sleep mask — like this Lky Digital option — to block out light. Designed with 3D-contouring and comfort in mind, this mask lets you blink freely without adding pressure to your eyes, according to the brand. It’s washable, made of a breathable soft foam and has an adjustable strap to accommodate different head sizes too, as detailed on the brand's website. It comes in a pack of three with multiple color options.
Sunany Inflatable Foot Rest
4.3-star average rating from over 3,600 reviews
Airplane foot rests can help relieve pressure on your lower back and increase blood circulation, says Satchell. “There is limited space on the plane, which means [you can have] muscle and joint problems because we sit for hours without moving.” This inflatable foot rest adjusts to three different heights and weighs 12.8 ounces, making it easy to carry. When compressed, it’s 7 inches by 4.2 inches and fits into a drawstring bag.
Treva Portable Battery-Powered Fan
4.4-star average rating from over 20,000 reviews
Select editor Christina Colizza always brings this travel fan with her on warm-weather trips. “It’s compact and has an easy-to-use foldable design that sits flat in your suitcase. It only has two speeds, but they’re mighty,” she says. “This little powerhouse got me through an Airbnb stay in Portugal during a heatwave and wildfires and my friend’s woodsy Maine wedding where I slept in a cabin with no electricity or running water.” This fan is 5 inches tall, has a built-in handle and comes in four colors.
Silky Toes Foldable Travel Flats
4.2-star average rating from over 13,900 reviews
“Foldable travel flats are a must,” says Ginsberg. These are made of polyurethane leather with a rubber sole and come in 36 colors with its own drawstring bag so you can easily stash them in your purse. “No one wants sore, blistered feet,” says Henkel.
Cabeau Evolution S3 Sleep Pillow
4.3-star average rating from over 5,300 reviews
Colizza swears by this memory foam travel pillow that attaches to the plane’s headrest to prevent slouching. “I owned several cheap travel pillows before finding this option from Cabeau. As someone who is 5’10,” I’ll take all the help I can in getting to sleep while flying, and this pillow has made a huge difference. Plus, it compresses down into a small pouch, which makes it convenient enough to schlep around airports.”
SmartTravel Inflatable Lumbar Travel Pillow
4.3-star average rating from over 850 reviews
Ginsberg also brings along a lumbar pillow, especially on long flights, for added back support. This self-inflating pillow is made of memory foam so it fits your body’s curve and reduces pressure along the spine, according to the brand. You can store it in its own bag and use it as a neck pillow too.
Best travel beauty and wellness accessories
KN95 Face Masks
4.5-star average rating from over 71,000 reviews
These are registered with the FDA and come highly recommended by experts in our guide to the best KN95 masks. They have an adjustable nose bridge and are available in nine colors. “I love that they come in multipacks so I can stash a ton in my bag,” says Malin. According to the company, these five-ply masks filter out 95% of particles and have 25 per pack.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
4.8-star average rating from over 23,000 reviews
Satchell recommended bringing along a reusable water bottle to fight off dehydration. Listed in our guide to the best water bottles of 2023, the Hydro Flask comes in four sizes — 20 ounces, 32 ounces, 40 ounces and 64 ounces — and is made with a double-walled vacuum insulation, which keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours, and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours, according to the brand. It comes in 16 colors and has a flexible strap that makes it easy to carry too.
Laneige Lip Glowy Balm
4.7-star average rating from over 9,000 reviews
Ginsberg loves this lip balm from Select-reader favorite brand Laneige for sealing in moisture on her lips when she flies. “The shape is streamlined and less messy [for travel], but feels and works as amazing as the Laneige sleep mask,” she says.
Amika Perk Up Talc-free Dry Shampoo
4.6-star average rating from over 12,000 reviews
Dry shampoo can provide an instant pick-me-up after a long flight. This talc-free one from Amika absorbs oil and refreshes hair with natural rice starch, leaving no white residue, according to the brand. Its main ingredient is a superfruit that contains the fatty-acid omega 7, which promotes elasticity and provides superior hydration, according to Amika.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
4.7-star average rating from over 10,000 reviews
“The air on the plane will literally suck you dry,” says Satchell. This intense hydrating cream comes recommended by dermatologists in our guide to the best face moisturizers for dry skin. It works for all ages and skin types and you can use it on both your face and body, according to Cetaphil.
Yougai Manicure Set
4.5-star average rating from over33,000 reviews
This manicure kit weighs around 9 ounces and contains 18 tools including nail clippers, eyebrow tweezers and scissors, a blackhead acne remover, a callus remover, a cuticle trimmer. Each item is made of professional-grade stainless steel, according to the brand, and the case is made of polyurethane leather that zippers shut.
Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks
4.5-star average rating from over 70,000 reviews
According to podiatrist Dr. Khurram Khan, if you don’t get up and walk around every 60 to 90 minutes, fluid can start to build up in your legs. Since that’s not always possible on a plane, our experts recommended trying out compression socks. These Physix Gear socks promote circulation by gently applying pressure to your legs, feet and ankles, according to the brand. They are made from nylon and spandex and come in S/M and L-XXL sizes.
4.5-star average rating from over 800 reviews
Malin says she always brings her Bala Bangles with her to do mini workouts in her hotel room. These wearable weights strap around your wrist or ankles with Velcro and are designed to add extra weight to any workout, according to the brand. They come in eight different colors, and you can opt for a set of 1-lb or 2-lb weights. Bala also uploads videos of fitness routines on its website.
Patchology Hydrate Sheet Masks
4.7-star average rating from over 295 reviews
Satchell also recommended applying a facial sheet mask to hydrate on the plane. This one from Patchology was recommended in our guide on dermatologist-approved skin-care routines and includes moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. It is designed to nourish and replenish dry or dehydrated skin after just 5 minutes, according to Patchology.
How to choose the best travel products and pack for your next trip
Satchell recommended swapping large containers for reusable TSA-approved ones if using a carry-on bag. She also recommended carrying ginger gummies in case of nausea. Here are some other important things to remember when shopping for the best travel products, according to our experts.
Choose your suitcase wisely. To avoid extra fees and overweight charges from overpacking, choose a bag that actually suits the length of your trip.
Create a packing list. If you travel often, make a general list of things you need so you don't have to recreate it every time, says De Vore. Then you can make a few adjustments tailored to each trip.
Make your personal item count. Opting for a good-sized bag, like a backpack, for your personal item is a great way to carry additional essentials like spare clothes, shoes or or travel-size toiletries, according to De Vore.
Put your valuables in your carry-on. If there is something you wouldn't want missing or ruined, De Vore told us to put it in your carry-on bag. Our experts also recommended taking photos of your suitcase and belongings before checking them into the airline.
Make a photocopy of your passport or ID and keep it in your suitcase. In case your wallet or purse go missing, you will need to show proof of identity. Be sure to have copies someplace other than where your original documents are stored.
Meet our experts
At Select, we work with experts who have specialized knowledge and authority based on relevant training and/or experience. We also take steps to ensure that all expert advice and recommendations are made independently and with no undisclosed financial conflicts of interest.
- Sarah Rose De Vore is the founder of The Travel Coach Network and has traveled to more than 84 countries. She was recently named one of 2023's Most Influential Women in Travel by TravelPulse.
- Susan Henkel has traveled to over 40 countries and is the founder of Ola Travel and Tours, specializing in group travel for women over 50.
- Edyta Satchell is a corporate wellness expert and the founder and CEO of Satchelle Global and Finelle.com, a travel wellness platform for women.
Why trust Select?
Barbara Booth has written a number of guides on bestselling and highly rated products you can buy on Amazon that simplify your life, including bestselling kitchen gadgets and car accessories. For this piece, Barbara interviewed three experts and researched dozens of top-rated travel products on Amazon. We also included some Select staff favorites, along with those that are highly recommended by our experts.
CORRECTION (March 29, 2023, 11:05a.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated that Leah Ginsberg has used the Lky Digital Sleep Mask. She has not, but has used a similar style to the one included.
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