The 34 Best Travel Accessories to Pack on Every Trip (2022)

Packing lists will vary based on where you’re going and how long you’re traveling for, but the best travel accessories can improve every trip. From tech gadgets to keep your electronics powered up and luggage accessories that ensure you’re not hit with an overweight baggage charge, having the right gear means a smoother journey, every time. Below, we’ve rounded up more than 30 of our go-to travel products to pack inside your carry-on, weekender, or checked bag. Consider these the staples to bring on your next trip—and all your future travels after that.

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Travel organizers

Don’t underestimate the power of a good organizer. Articles director Lale Arikoglu has waxed poetic about her love of Paravel packing cubes (other editors swear by Eagle Creek’s sets), which come in a range of sizes to store everything from bathing suits and socks to T-shirts. Herschel’s pouches come in a few different sizes, too, and won’t add weight to whatever bag you put them in. Save space in your travel backpack by keeping cords wrapped up in Bellroy’s tech kit, and necklaces, earrings, and bracelets neatly organized inside a Mark & Graham jewelry case. For a variety of other items, get yourself a set of leakproof travel bottles from Cadence. They’re great for storing toiletries and beauty products, but also small items like jewelry or vitamins. Store them in a water-resistant toiletry bag like this collapsible option from Paravel.

Paravel Packing Cube Quad

Mark & Graham Jewelry Case

Skincare must-haves

Even if you’re not the type of person with a multi-step in-flight skincare routine, a few basics can go a long way in keeping your skin happy and healthy after a long day of travel (just make sure all your products are in a TSA-approved size). We love a refreshing face mist to wake you up after a red-eye flight or cool you down on a long summer drive. In the same vein, a flight attendant based in California recommended Dieux Skin’s reusable eye masks to us—they are designed to hold other creams and serums close to the skin to aid in absorption.

Since hand sanitizer remains a travel essential, a hand balm to apply once or twice a day is equally important to keep your hands moisturized. Aesop’s smells incredible, and will last for several trips to come—a little bit of the thick, creamy balm goes a long way. (Don’t forget a hydrating lip balm, either.)

Dieux Skin Forever reusable eye mask

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand balm

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Kinfield Sunday Spray cooling aloe mist

Tech essentials

There’s nothing like a dead battery to slow down a trip. Keep all your accessories charged up with a power bank—Anker is our go-to, but Calpak’s dual luggage tag-charger is a great option, too. Some other favorites we’ve recommended time and time again: Sony’s noise-canceling headphones and the ultra-lightweight Kindle Paperwhite. An iPad Air is great for choosing your own in-flight entertainment, too.

Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless

Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones

Courant AirPods leather case

Travel gadgets

From a travel adapter to use in the airport and your hotel room to a Bluetooth adapter that lets you use your regular cordless earbuds to watch a movie in flight, these small gadgets are well worth a spot in your travel bag. Give yourself some added peace of mind with a digital luggage scale; it’ll let you know what you’re working with before arriving to the check-in counter. Speaking of luggage, the Tile Pro can help locate lost bags (or wallets, or keys, depending on what you attach it to).

1Mii Bluetooth 5.0 adapter

Apple World Travel Adapter Kit

Luxebell digital luggage scale

In-flight comforts

For a comfortable journey at 30,000 feet—especially one where you hope to get some shut-eye—a travel pillow and eye mask are crucial accessories for frequent travelers to have on hand. For those who run cold, an oversized scarf, like the J.Crew cashmere wrap below, will come in handy and can double as a blanket. 

If you need some peace and quiet, swap your noise-canceling headphones in for ear plugs. We also love a good pair of compression socks to fight that pins-and-needles feeling that comes for sitting still for too long, be it on a long-haul flight or a road trip, though for those who prefer a cozier option, we recommend socks from Barefoot Dreams.

Memory foam travel neck pillow

Mzoo contoured sleep mask

Mack’s Pillow Soft silicone earplugs

J.Crew oversized cashmere wrap

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic socks

Health and wellness

Despite mask mandates ending earlier this year, many travelers are still choosing to fly in a face mask to ward off potential sickness, COVID-19 or otherwise. Stock up on a set of KN95s from WellBefore—they’re comfortable yet offer full coverage. If you’re traveling somewhere where you need to present your vaccine card, keep it safe in a small, clear holder; senior social media manager Mercedes Bleth uses a plastic sleeve from Amazon for her card, which can be strung on a lanyard, clipped onto a keychain, or slid into a wallet. 

As for general wellness, hand sanitizer is a must—buy a set and drop one in all your most-used totes and crossbody bags so you’re never without. Vitamin C-loaded packets are easy to travel with and help boost your immune system while on the road, too.

Vaccination Card Protector (five-pack)

Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray

Even more travel gear

Rounding out our collection of the best travel accessories are some odds and ends, like a good reusable water bottle, so you can stop buying overpriced bottles at the airport (and be kinder to the environment). The Takeya option below is lightweight and easy to carry, but if you’re particular about your water temperature, go for a stainless steel one. Also handy: a high-quality passport case (bonus points if it has space to hold your credit cards). For trips where you plan to shop, Paravel’s fold-up bag is a smart addition to your packing list; stuff it with souvenirs on your way home, or use it for overnight or weekend trips within a longer trip. 

Takeya Tritan sports water bottle, 32-ounce

Mark & Graham Leather Passport Case

Royce RFID-blocking passport organizer

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