Best Travel Gear and Accessories

Honest Reviews of Products I Use and Recommend

All of these products get excellent reviews, and my wife and I personally use them.
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Napfun Travel Pillow for Airplane
Napfun Neck Pillow

Pros & Cons:
  • Great Price
  • Comfortable, Portable Design

I used to think these were dorky until I flew on a long-haul international flight, and used one. They're fantastic for keeping your head propped up, and allows you to get quality sleep on long flights.

Extendable Selfie-Stick
Extendable Tripod & Selfie-Stick

Pros & Cons:
  • Portable, but Extendable
  • Inexpensive

I used to make fun of people who took selfies on vacation, until I actually started using one. They're fun for videos, and you can get group shots without having to ask others to help out.

Selfie Sticks, and in this case, tripods hybrids, are honestly kind of fun to have on vacation. And, for 10 bucks, why not!?

Good 'ol Fashion Reading
Lonely Planet Eastern Europe Softback
Lonely Planet Books

Pros & Cons:
  • Easy to Pack
  • Full of Suggestions
  • Get off your devices while you travel

Call me oldschool, but I love these travel books. They're concise, allow you to put down your devices, and read through suggestions made by actual travelers living in foreign countries.

These books have nicely laid out maps, and their advice can be a lot more educational than online websites / comments. They are available for nearly every country and region in the world.

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Travel Compression Bags
Travel Compression Bags (pack of 12)

Pros & Cons:
  • Shrinks and Organizes your Clothes
  • Allows you to pack more
  • Easy to use
  • Takes a bit more time to pack

My wife Sarah and I use these for our international trips, and when we are packing for winter trips. You can pack a thick hoodie or sweatshirt into a small corner of your bag, versus having it expand and take up room in your luggage. Super handy!

Hands-Free Laptop Travel
Matein Travel Backpack for Laptop
Matein Travel Laptop Backpack

Pros & Cons:
  • Thin, Awesome Backpack
  • Comes in 30+ Colors
  • Sturdy

This backpack can charge your devices, protect your laptop, and has lots of sneaky cool little storage compartments. It's also well-made and inexpensive - great for travel!

Safety on the Go
Lightweight Travel First Aid Kit
110 Piece Packable First Aid Kit

Pros & Cons:
  • Package, Small Size
  • Light Weight

Self-explanatory what this is and what it's for. But, this is a good idea to have just in case, especially depending on the type of trip you're taking.

If you're taking a "Foodie" trip, then this isn't needed. But, if you're thinking of hiking, camping, or other physical activities, then this is a good idea of course.

Prevent Lost Luggage
Apple Airtag
Apple AirTag

Pros & Cons:
  • Extremely Portable
  • Can Use it for Non-Travel Needs
  • Only Useful for Apple / iPhone Users

Don't lose your bags with a simple fix! Toss one of these into your bag, and if it gets lost, you'll be able to both track your bag, and help the airline find it faster.

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