Ideal for students headed to Europe for a summer of exploring. The Deuter Quantum 55+10 version for $229 is slim enough so you won’t have to squeeze through bus doors and train stations, but it still packs a lot in and is comfortable to wear. Comes with a detachable day pack, too; summithut.com.
Figuring out a hotel’s alarm clock can be tricky, and you never know if that wake up call you requested will happen. Carry your own compact clock from Magellan’s ($20.85), whose display panel senses darkness and turns on a backlight so you can see the time in the dark; magellans.com.
If you’re lucky enough to get an airplane blanket, it’s about as big and thick as a cocktail napkin these days. Magellan’s Luxe travel blanket ($25) will keep you covered. It’s lightweight and has foot pockets as well as a zippered compartment to stash stuff while you sleep. A strap attached it to your carry-on; magellans.com.
Long-haul flights can do a number on your circulatory system, causing everything from leg swelling to potentially deadly deep vein thrombosis. Travel socks with compression can help alleviate those symptoms. A slew of men’s and women’s varieties are available for $12.85 at magellans.com.
Traveling can involve a lot of standing around and waiting, so why not take a seat on your luggage? The Sittin’ Bag by Swany ($155) is a carry-on sized rolling suitcase with a fold-out seat attachment; magellans.com.
This convenient little first-aid kit from Johnson + Johnson ($5) contains band-aids, gauze, disinfecting wipes and other goodies that come in handy during those bumps — and bruises — on the road; flight001.com.
They’re a staple in many a business travelers’ bag: Bose Quiet Comfort headphones that drown out the screaming babies and other acoustic unpleasantness that comes along with travel ($300); bose.com.
Keep your iPod, digital camera, cords and other gizmos straight in a Grid-It organization system ($22). Rubberized elastic bands hold your objects firmly in place and the pouch easily fits into a laptop bag; flight001.com.
This flexible, bendable camera tripod provides that extra set of steady hands that lets you get those hard-to-take shots on vacation. Strap it to a tree branch or your bike handlebars and snap away. Comes in a variety of sizes, starting at $19.95; joby.com.
Patricia Schultz’s classic bucket list book of travel musts has been updated, and the second edition has full color, revised information and about 200 new entries. It’s fun to peruse when putting together your travel wish list. You can get it for about $13 on amazon.com.