The 13 Best Travel Accessories of 2021

The latest gear to help you travel in comfort and style

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The Rundown

Best Travel Pillow: Turtl Travel Pillow at Amazon

"A Velcro patch allows you to wear this more like a scarf, with the plastic inner structure keeping your neck and chin propped up."

Best Charger: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux at Amazon

"This charger from Anker may be small, but it packs a lot of power."

Best Face Mask: Hmnkind Mask APM Blue at Amazon

"Reviewers have applauded this mask’s comfort, no matter where or when you wear it."

Best Blanket: Travelrest Wrap 4-in-1 Travel Blanket at Amazon

"This pick acts as a pillow, lumbar support, or you can use its carrying case as an additional space for storing travel essentials."

Best Umbrella: Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella at Amazon

"This is coated in Teflon and designed with resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs to keep the structure sound through strong gusts."

Best Hand Sanitizer: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer at Amazon

"The lavender spray goes a long way and comes in packs of two or six bottles."

Best Passport Wallet: Cuyana Slim Passport Case at cuyana.com

"This passport case is available in seven colors and can be monogrammed, as well."

Best Compression Socks: Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks at Amazon

"These compression socks from Physix Gear Sport use a stretchy, yet durable Lycra fabric that hugs your leg."

Best Tote Bag: Baggu Cloud Bag at Amazon

"You can fit an entire change of clothing, a laptop, all of your travel accessories, and more."

Best TSA-Approved Lock: Tarriss TSA Locks w/ SearchAlert - 2 Pack at Amazon

"This will give you the peace of mind of knowing when your bag was opened by a TSA agent."

Packing for a trip gets infinitely less stressful when you’ve got a trusted arsenal of travel accessories. In fact, you may even look forward to putting your travel accessory kit back after a trip, knowing that it will be there waiting in all of its organized glory when you embark on your next journey. Finding the perfect travel accessories is another story—but we’re here to help. 

Part of a successful vacation is feeling comfortable, no matter where you may find yourself. That can be hard when you have a limited amount of space for the essentials, let alone the items that will make you feel right at home no matter which hotel room you find yourself in. Luckily, the travel-sized accessory market is huge. So big, in fact, that even beginning to look for some permanent fixtures of your accessory kit is a herculean task. So, go into these recommendations knowing that our goal is to set you up with a foolproof set of items that will really come in handy.

From the best travel blanket and the most comfortable pillow to noise-canceling headphones and a chic passport wallet, we touched on every essential you could reach for.

Best Travel Pillow: Turtl Travel Pillow

What We Like
  • Easy to pack

  • Lightweight

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Wearing it takes some getting used to

  • Not great for tall people

The Trtl Travel Pillow is a frequent traveler favorite for a reason. This travel pillow is applauded for its great design, but putting it on does take some getting used to. Unlike other travel pillows, you can’t slip it around your neck and go. A Velcro patch allows you to wear this more like a scarf, with the plastic inner structure keeping your neck and chin propped up. The fleece cover is machine-washable, and the entire thing weighs mere ounces.

Best Charger: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

What We Like
  • Sleek design

  • Quick charging power

What We Don't Like
  • Single USB charging port

This charger from Anker may be small, but it packs a lot of power. You’ll get more than one charge out of this device for some of your tech. More specifically, it’ll charge an iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 twice and an iPad mini 5 once. The overall design is much sleeker than some competitors, with a matte black finish and a simple LED indicator light to tell you when your device is fully charged. For smaller devices, the charger uses something called trickle-charging mode. This delivers smaller bursts of power for smaller devices without damage.

Best Face Mask: Hmnkind Mask APM Blue

What We Like
  • Great color options

  • Soft

  • Breathable

What We Don't Like
  • Fragile material

Face masks are likely here to stay in some capacity. This lightweight and breathable option from Hmnkind comes in four sizes (XS through XL)—this kind of size range can be hard to find, especially if you’re searching for a kid-friendly mask. Reviewers have applauded this mask’s comfort, even if you decide to wear it on a hike or a brisk walk to the corner store at the height of summer weather. Technically speaking, this mask is made with a super-soft fabric that has a four-way stretch.

Best Blanket: Travelrest Wrap 4-in-1 Travel Blanket

What We Like
  • Inexpensive

  • Full coverage

  • Cozy, plush material

What We Don't Like
  • A bit bulky

If there’s one thing that could make a long, frigid flight a little cozier… it’s a blanket that doubles as a full-body sweater. The Wrap 4-in-1 Travel Blanket from Travelrest also acts as a pillow when stuffed into its travel case, lumbar support, or use its carrying case as an additional space for storing travel essentials. The best part is that it’s easy to wear as a full-body blanket—you won’t have to wiggle in and out of it or disturb your seatmates in the process.

Best Umbrella: Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Small footprint

What We Don't Like
  • Small coverage area

If there’s one thing that will set apart a travel umbrella from the rest, it’s whether or not it’s windproof. This is a feature you didn’t know you needed until you really need it. This travel umbrella from Repel is not only small enough to toss into any carry-on bag but it’s coated in Teflon and designed with resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs to keep the structure sound through the strongest of gusts.

Best Hand Sanitizer: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer

What We Like
  • Great scent

  • Made with organic ingredients

What We Don't Like
  • Smell is too strong for some

If the sharp smell of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is something you can’t stand in an open-air environment, chances are you’ll be kicking yourself for spraying it mid-flight. That’s where this delightfully scented hand sanitizer from Dr. Bronner’s comes into play. The lavender spray goes a long way and comes in packs of two or six bottles. In fact, it smells so good, it could double as an air freshener. Plus, it’s made without the harsh chemicals that dry out your hands while still maintaining the power to kill as many germs as the more industrial hand sanitizers.

Best Passport Wallet: Cuyana Slim Passport Case

Cuyana Slim Passport Case

Courtesy of Cuyana

What We Like
  • Sleek design

  • Great color options

What We Don't Like
  • Thin construction

  • Limited storage space

Cuyana is known for its stunning, minimalist leather goods—prepare to rack in the compliments on this passport case. While it provides the perfect amount of space for carrying a passport, of course, there are also several credit card slots, as well as a larger space for carrying cash or tickets. This passport case is available in seven colors and can be monogrammed, as well.

Best Compression Socks: Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

What We Like
  • Supportive

  • Breathable

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Bold design

Compression socks can be tricky: Find a pair that’s too tight, and you’ll keep yourself up the entire flight. But wear a pair that is too loose, and you’ll miss out on all of the benefits (less swelling, sore muscle relief, and better blood circulation). These compression socks from Physix Gear Sport use a stretchy, yet durable Lycra fabric that hugs your leg. Because they’re so breathable, you won’t be trapped with a claustrophobic feeling mid-flight.

Best Tote Bag: Baggu Cloud Bag

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Easy to pack

  • Chic

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options

There is an uncountable number of situations in which you would be thanking yourself for tossing a tote bag into your suitcase. That tote bag should be Baggu’s Cloud Bag, which not only looks fantastic and would pass as an everyday bag, but is highly durable, thanks to recycled heavyweight nylon. You can fit an entire change of clothing, a laptop, all of your travel accessories, and more (probably) inside it. Plus, it packs down into its own travel pouch and comes in four different colors.

Best TSA-Approved Lock: Tarriss TSA Locks w/ SearchAlert - 2 Pack

What We Like
  • SearchAlert function

  • Flexible cables

  • Easy-to-read dials

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note difficulty in setting the combination lock

A good TSA-approved lock will only add to your relaxation vibes, we promise. The three-dial Tarris TSA combination lock with SearchAlert will give you the peace of mind of knowing when your bag was opened by a TSA agent. The locks come in a set of two and include flexible cables that will allow you to attach them to other bags or luggage (more security!).

Best Packing Cubes: Calpak Packing Cubes 5-Piece Set

Calpak 5-Piece Packing Cube Set

Courtesy of Calpak

What We Like
  • Great storage space

  • Great color options

What We Don't Like
  • Material could be more durable

Packing cubes are what separate the seasoned traveler from the newbies. Investing in a solid set can help you add multiple outfits worth of space back into your luggage. This five-piece packing cube set from Calpak comes in 12 different colors and prints. Each set includes a 17-inch cube, a 15-inch cube, two 12-inch cubes, and a 13-inch cube. For those who value organization above all, there’s also a spot where you can drop in a hand-written organizing label.

Best Toiletry Bag: Bagsmart Travel/Toiletry Small Bag

What We Like
  • Great storage space

  • Double handle for easy carrying

What We Don't Like
  • Design isn’t the most sleek

There are all kinds of toiletry bags but find one that hangs, and you’ll be thanking yourself for years of vacations to come. This bag from Bagsmart can be easily hung from a shower or a bathroom hook, meaning you don’t have to overload the sink space with all of your toiletries. Available in five colors, each bag has five units for storage: two zippered pouch units and two larger storage units with zippered pouches and slots for smaller items. The main units are designed to keep bottles upright.

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

What We Like
  • Different noise cancelation levels

  • Great design

  • Quick charging power

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

These Bose headphones come with three levels of noise cancellation power built into them. You can choose if you want to completely tune out, eavesdrop on the conversation behind you, or hold (at least part of a conversation) while still wearing them. They’re easily packed thanks to a compact travel case and can run for 20 hours off a single charge.

What to Look for When Buying Travel Accessories

Baggage

Before you start filling your travel accessory wishlist, think about the luggage you most commonly use. If you’re strictly a carry-on bag traveler, you’re inevitably going to have less space to work with. Do you often check a bag when you fly? Buy some packing cubes and make even more space for your travel essentials.

Stress Triggers

Before making your list of necessary travel essentials, ask yourself: What stresses me out the most about traveling? What do I miss the most when I’m on the road? Let this gut check lead the way for your shopping list. Just remember: Packing too many things can be just as stressful as not packing enough.

Cost

Some travel essentials will be an investment, like noise-canceling headphones, and others like a TSA-approved lock won’t be. Make sure and prioritize the items you’ll get the most use of and weigh your shopping list accordingly.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Erika Owen is a frequent traveler with her own dependable stable of travel essentials (noise-canceling headphones, a travel pillow, a tech charger, hand sanitizer, and two tote bags). More than six hours of research went into this story, particularly around suggesting a range of travel essentials that will prove to be the most useful while traveling. She also has reviewed the Trtl Pillow and Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks on this list.

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