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The best travel gadgets, luggage and accessories for wherever vacation takes you

by Carley Knobloch / / Source: TODAY

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The art of efficient packing means having everything you need, nothing you don’t and the perfect tools to help you organize it all. Whether you’re headed to a business meeting or jetting to sunnier horizons, the right gear can make all the difference between a great trip and a flop.

TODAY rounded up the best retailers to help you stock up on top travel accessories so you're always prepared. Bon voyage!

1. Amazon

Amazon is a one-stop shop for everything you might need for a trip of any kind. They have a great selection of smart suitcases (that will even recharge your phone at the airport — genius!) as well as tech accessories like travel adapters and e-readers so you can plow through your summer reading list.

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Ostrich Napping Pillow, $86, Amazon

Ostrich Napping Pillow

If you can get over how silly you’ll look using it (yes, you pull it over your head like a bloated ski mask), this unusual pillow makes it easier to lean against the side of the plane, bus or car and block out the light. You’ll feel like you’re in a cocoon.

Bluesmart One International Carry Smart Suitcase with GPS Tracking, $290, Amazon

Bluesmart One

This suitcase sports a backup battery for your smartphone and you can track it using GPS technology should it ever go missing. Plus, it features a lock you can operate from your smartphone and a sly pocket that makes laptop removal at security easier. They've really thought of everything!

Raden Smart Carry-On Luggage, $295, Amazon

Raden Smart luggage

Expect to get envious looks while you roll through the terminal with this. Raden comes in a rainbow of high gloss colors (including gold!), and sports a backup battery for your devices, as well as a weight-sensing handle, which means no more surprise charges at check-in.

Belkin Global Universal Travel Charger Kit, $27, Amazon

Belkin Global

This clever USB charging kit sports adapters you’ll need to charge your devices around the world.

Kindle e-Reader, $80, Amazon


Tackling all those summer reads is a cinch with this affordable e-reader from Amazon’s Kindle line. The glare-free display makes reading in the bright sun a breeze.

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones, $349, Amazon

Bose QuietComfort

These headphones offer peace and quiet during air travel. Snoring passengers will be no match for Bose’s noise-canceling technology — bring on the crying babies, too.

2. Nordstrom

No surprise: Nordstrom has chic travel accessories to make your trip luxe and comfortable, like a soft shawl that doubles as a blanket in flight, a laptop bag that also works as a purse when you arrive and a silk eye mask that will help you battle jet lag in style.

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Travel Shawl, $79, Nordstrom

Cozychic Lite(R) Travel Shawl

This oversized shawl is plush, polished and conveniently pocketed for times you crave a light, cozy layer at home or on the go.

Herschel Travel Chapter Kit, $30, Nordstrom

Herschel Travel Kit

Durable canvas construction means lasting style for this compact travel kit fitted with a waterproof zipper.

Madewell Transport Canvas Weekend Bag, $148, Nordstrom

The Transport Canvas Weekend Bag

Perfect for weekends away and overnight trips, this versatile bag is crafted from rugged waxed cotton and accented with leather trim.

Kate Spade Laptop Bag, $248, Nordstrom

daveney 15 inch laptop bag

While this bag is a bit of a splurge, it works double duty: effortlessly storing your laptop and tech essentials, yet functioning as a chic nylon-and-leather purse when you reach your destination.

Slip Silk Sleep Mask, $45, Nordstrom

slip(TM) for beauty sleep 'Slipsilk(TM)' Pure Silk Sleep Mask

This soft-as-anything sleep mask will block light, reduce wrinkles and do its part to help you beat jet lag.

3. Sephora

If you need TSA-friendly sizes of your favorite cleansers, shampoo and body lotion (and don’t forget sunscreen!), but you also need tools to banish dark circles, dry skin and other perks of air travel — Sephora’s got you covered.

Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Sheet Mask, $7, Sephora

Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask

If you’re spending hours on a plane, hydration is key. This mask is like a bottle of water specifically for your face. It's designed to deliver some plumpness back to your visage after a long day of travel.

Sephora Collection Eye Mask, $5, Sephora


Peel back the packaging for a quick pick-me-up for your eyes: The rice extract moisturizes, and the avocado soothes and nourishes.

Ole Henriksen Travel Kit, $48, Sephora

OLEHENRIKSEN Traveling Wonders Travel Set

This five-piece travel set will keep your complexion in check while you’re on the go. It includes favorites from Ole Henriksen’s best-selling skin care collection.

Foreo Luna Play Silicone Gentle Cleanser, $39, Sephora

Foreo LUNA(TM) play

Get a deep clean while you travel with this waterproof facial-cleansing device that channels T-Sonic pulsations to deeply cleanse pores.

Supergoop! Sunscreen Value Set, $25, Sephora

Supergoop! Barre to Bar Beauty Set

This kit of cult-favorite products will help you battle the sun. It includes plenty of SPF for you hands, face, body and lips.

4. Zappos

You’ll be forgiven if you only think of Zappos when you need new shoes, but the retailer also stocks a wide variety of travel items like packing cubes, bottles and great luggage for kids and grown-ups alike.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set, $28, Zappos

Eagle Creek Pack-It!(TM) Cube Set

Staying organized makes packing (and unpacking) a cinch. These cubes keep similar items together, and prevent folded garments from sliding around.

Eagle Creek Silicone Bottles, $31, Zappos

Eagle Creek Silicone Bottle Set

Store your toiletries in these leak-proof, squeezable silicone bottles so you don’t accidentally shampoo your swim trunks on the plane ride to paradise.

Skip Hop Rolling Luggage for Kids, $35, Zappos

Skip Hop Zoo Kids Rolling Luggage

This luggage is ideal (and adorable) for toddlers who are ready to roll their own gear through the airport. Fun animal styles and durable wheels and zippers make these a no-brainer for kids.

Pacsafe RFID Block Travel Wallet, $50, Zappos

Pacsafe RFIDsafe LX250 RFID Blocking Zippered Travel Wallet

Keep your must-have items and documents stored safely while you travel. This wallet has pockets for cards and coins, plus identification-blocking technology that prevents thieves from scanning your belongings and stealing personal information.

5. Urban Outfitters

This is where the cool kids shop. You’ll want to head there to find quirky travel accessories, like instant cameras, and practical stuff like lightweight fanny packs, beach totes and neck pillows for the plane ride.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, $60, Urban Outfitters

Fujifilm X UO Custom Color Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

Capture retro-style memories with this fun instant camera that comes in bright colors and yields high-quality prints to share and enjoy right away.

Swell 17oz. Water Bottle, $35, Urban Outfitters

S'well 17-Oz Satin Water Bottle

Stay hydrated in style with this insulated stainless steel bottle that keeps liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for an entire day.

State Graham Tote, $50, Urban Outfitters

STATE Bags Graham Tote Bag

This bag is transparent, spacious and roomy to tote everything you need for the beach, the boat or the pool. Plus, for each tote sold, State delivers a bag to a child in need.

Lesportsac Fanny Pack, $40, Urban Outfitters

LeSportsac Double Zip Faux Patent Belt Bag

The '80s called … and they want their fanny pack back. No way! It’s an incredibly convenient, hands-free way to store your stuff while you’re on the go. This pack features lots of zipper closures and comes in a shiny, crinkled finish complete with an adjustable belt strap and quick-release closure.

Yogibo Neck Support Pillow, $89, Urban Outfitters

Yogibo Support Pillow

Here's the perfect companion for reading, working, traveling and watching movies while up in the air. Lightweight and portable, this pillow features a removable, machine-washable cover.

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