Getting ready for a vacation is never easy (there’s always something you’re bound to forget to pack) but once you’re there, you want the trip to be a breeze. To make your adventure easier than ever, all you need is a few of these cool products ranging from smart luggage to the ultimate utility jacket. These are the best travel gadgets to buy for your next vacation in 2019, according to the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
heyday Wireless Flat Bluetooth Earbuds
If you’re worried about losing your go-to headphones while on vacation, this low-priced option is a great alternative. They make listening to your favorite podcast on the beach much less risky — plus, they can manage 6 hours of playback and still have decent sound quality.
Anker PowerCore 20100 Power Bank
An external battery is the one thing you should never go on a trip without. This one has two USB ports, so two people can charge their phones at the same time.
AmazonBasics Lightning to USB A Cable
These 4-inch charging cords great for using with an external battery (like the Anker Power Bank above!). They are also way easier to carry around than those 3-foot-long cables that always get tangled in your bag.
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal
Don’t forget to pack this gadget if you want smooth, stabilized footage of your next vacation. It holds your phone and has built-in controls that rotate it in one sweeping motion — a.k.a. way steadier than a shaky hand. With this, you’ll easily have professional-looking footage of your trip.
Verizon Jetpack MiFi
Worried about lack of coverage and wi-fi on your next vacay? With this Verizon Jetpack, you can connect up to 15 devices to your very own personal network. Our lab experts like that it works on a reliable network and has impressive battery life, plus it works as a charger, too!
JanSport Digital Burrito Pouch
$12.19 (32% off)
This clever pouch safely stores all of your chargers, cables, pens, and headphones, and then rolls up to easily fit in your backpack or other luggage. No need to worry about misplacing your small items or having them fall to the bottom of your bag.
Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Compression Cube Set
$28.73 (28% off)
Packing cubes are a savior when it comes to keeping your suitcase organized. Our experts love how durable these Eagle Creek cubes are, while still being lightweight and thin (so you won’t lose any valuable space).
Tile Mate with Replaceable Battery
If you’re worried about losing your passport or plane ticket, just tuck one of Tile’s tiny Bluetooth devices into your holder and you can keep tabs on everything right from your phone. Testers raved about how easy the Tile app was to use.
Baubax Bomber 2.0
This jacket is everyone’s dream: It has a ton of pockets (including some hand warming pockets!), each serving a different purpose. It’s perfect for traveling because you can keep most of your positions close to you, meaning you can worry less about getting something stolen or lost. Not to mention the fact that it comes with detachable gloves and a hood, an inflatable neck pillow, eye mask, a bottle opener/whistle keychain, and so much more!
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker
This speaker may be small, but it still packs a punch when it comes to sound. It’s also water-resistant, so you can safely use it outdoors — and most importantly, while lounging by the pool.
Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow
Anyone who’s ever tried to sleep on a long flight knows it’s hard to get comfy. This travel pillow is recommended by Lexie Sachs, associate director of the Textiles, Paper, and Plastics Lab. It has straps that attach to the airplane’s seat to prevent your head from falling sideways — that way you can actually sleep on the plane.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet
With a Kindle Fire, you can download your favorite books and TV shows so you can stay entertained on the go. It’s lightweight and gives you many benefits of a tablet, minus the hefty price tag. Plus, they claim to have a battery life that lasts throughout 10 hours of reading books or watching videos.
Reliable OVO Travel-Size Iron and Steamer
This double-duty appliance works as both an iron and a steamer, while still weighing only 1.6 lbs. It did well in our Cleaning Lab tests, but took some time to de-wrinkle a full garment.
Sony Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
These comfy, lightweight headphones make long flights and red eyes a lot more bearable. The excellent noise-canceling abilities and sound quality make tuning in to that in-flight movie much more enjoyable than with any pair you can buy on the plane. Plus, come with a cable so you can use the plane’s audio jack.
Anker 4-Port USB Wall Charger
This device has a whopping four USB plugs, making it perfect for a family (or anyone who needs to charge their phone, tablet, headphones, and smartwatch all at once). Not to mention that it’ll even charge them quickly, too! It’s great for those hotel rooms that never seem to have enough outlets.
Away The Carry-On
This trendy, colorful line of carry-on suitcases was a top-tested pick by our Textiles Lab. They use lithium ion batteries so you can easily charge your phone on the go, and it’s super lightweight thanks to its polycarbonate shell. Airlines now require these types of batteries to be removed before checking, but you can easily remove it with the push of a button (if you need to check it).
Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Sound Machine
If you or your little ones sleep with a sound machine on at home, you’ll definitely want to bring along this portable one on your trip. This model has three different sound options to help drown out any noises that could disturb your sleep.
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