This Year in Gear

The Top Travel Products of 2018


December 29, 2018 Briefings By

Though travel gear follows trends like everything else, the end goal never changes: make getting from A-to-B easier, faster, more comfortable or simply more luxurious. From super-charged chargers to the best travel blazer ever stitched, the 46 items below do just that.

I’ve Waited My Entire Life For a Travel Pillow Like This
I’ve Waited My Entire Life For a Travel Pillow Like This

Someone finally rethought the travel pillow. Now let's hope this project actually comes to fruition.

Tumi Launches Its Lightest, Strongest Suitcase Yet
Tumi Launches Its Lightest, Strongest Suitcase Yet

The Latitude collection from Tumi is the most resilient and lightweight hardshell suitcase in the company's history. Just one more technical innovation you can depend on from the trusted luggage brand.

This is the Perfect Travel Rain Jacket
This is the Perfect Travel Rain Jacket

Arc'Teryx's new Partition LT has everything I want in a rain shell.

This New Carry-On Has Built-In Retractable Shelving
This New Carry-On Has Built-In Retractable Shelving

Organize your packing.

If You Have An Away Carry-On, You Should Know About Delta’s New Power Bank Policy
If You Have An Away Carry-On, You Should Know About Delta’s New Power Bank Policy

Delta announced a change to its carry-on policy and Away wants to make sure you're compliant if you own one of its suitcases. Here's what you need to know.

Taylor Stitch Just Updated One of Our Favorite Travel Blazers
Taylor Stitch Just Updated One of Our Favorite Travel Blazers

A modern two-button blazer made from a breathable wool-linen blend.

Mountainsmith Releases a Bag Collection for the Traveling Photographer
Mountainsmith Releases a Bag Collection for the Traveling Photographer

Designed in collaboration with professional photographers Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski.

This Beautiful Power Adapter is the Perfect Gift for International Travelers
This Beautiful Power Adapter is the Perfect Gift for International Travelers

Charge your devices while traveling throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Away’s New Aluminum Luggage Is Half the Price of a Rimowa
Away’s New Aluminum Luggage Is Half the Price of a Rimowa

The makers of all-around badass travel equipment at Away just dropped an aluminum carry-on that's half the cost of a Rimowa.

These Noise-Canceling Earbuds Are Ideal for Business Travelers
These Noise-Canceling Earbuds Are Ideal for Business Travelers

Expect them to compete directly with the Bose QuietComfort 20.

Away Just Launched 3 New Travel Accessories We Can’t Wait to Get Our Hands On
Away Just Launched 3 New Travel Accessories We Can’t Wait to Get Our Hands On

Each piece is bound to improve your packing experience.

We Want Every Bag in This USA-Made Brand’s New Travel Collection
We Want Every Bag in This USA-Made Brand’s New Travel Collection

Portland-based North St. Bags uses USA-made components to build durable and weatherproof bags for every aspect of life. Its latest collection is designed specifically for and covers all aspects of travel.

This Might Be the Perfect Travel Backpack for Frequent Fliers
This Might Be the Perfect Travel Backpack for Frequent Fliers

It can actually function as a backpack, briefcase or a messenger bag.

This Tough Polycarbonate Carry-On Is Your New Travel Companion
This Tough Polycarbonate Carry-On Is Your New Travel Companion

Polycarbonate body, aluminum framing and corners, thief-proof, no zippers. Arlo Skye's new carry-on doesn't look bad at all.

Slim-Down Your Carry-On with this Packable Travel Jacket
Slim-Down Your Carry-On with this Packable Travel Jacket

Made from water-resistant polyester ripstop fabric.

This Customizable, High-Strength Luggage Brand Was Founded by Former Tumi Execs
This Customizable, High-Strength Luggage Brand Was Founded by Former Tumi Execs

I've been using a ROAM carry-on for recent travels, and I'm quite satisfied. The case is super lightweight but flexible, and the interior compartments feature maxed-out dimensions and pockets for all manner of clothing and...

Did a Ski Brand Just Make the Perfect Travel Bag?
Did a Ski Brand Just Make the Perfect Travel Bag?

Rocky Mountain Underground began as a garage operation before becoming a fully-operational ski company. Now it's delving deeper into the outdoor and adventure segment with its just-released BRFCS travel bag.

With These Pants, You’ll Always Travel in Comfort
With These Pants, You’ll Always Travel in Comfort

The days of dressing up in one's Sunday best for a trip through the airport are over, but sweatpants and pajama bottoms are inadmissible travel attire.

This Is The Ultimate Portable Power Bank for Travel Photographers
This Is The Ultimate Portable Power Bank for Travel Photographers

It's the largest capacity power bank system that you can legally fly with

Every Traveling Wireless Headphone Owner Needs This $40 Accessory
Every Traveling Wireless Headphone Owner Needs This $40 Accessory

Don't be forced to used the cheap wired earbuds from Delta.

These Merino Base Layers Are Your New Travel Essentials
These Merino Base Layers Are Your New Travel Essentials

Socks, boxers and a tee.

This New Pacsafe Backpack Is Perfect for Travel, Thwarts Thieves and Saves Turtles
This New Pacsafe Backpack Is Perfect for Travel, Thwarts Thieves and Saves Turtles

Today, Pacsafe released a new capsule collection backpack in honor of its 20th anniversary made from a recycled nylon fabric called Econyl. The Vibe 28 is the perfect size and shape for international travel.

Mophie’s Wireless Charging Kit Is Perfect for Travelers
Mophie’s Wireless Charging Kit Is Perfect for Travelers

It's a dopp kit for your electronics. And it only costs $50.

This Skiwear Brand Just Made the Perfect Travel Apparel for Summer
This Skiwear Brand Just Made the Perfect Travel Apparel for Summer

Featuring breathable and quick-drying materials.

Mission Workshop Just Released a Huge, Badass-Looking Backpack for World Travelers
Mission Workshop Just Released a Huge, Badass-Looking Backpack for World Travelers

It's probably way cooler than what you're currently wheeling to the airport.

Travel Shoes Should Look Good and Pack Light, Like This New Pair
Travel Shoes Should Look Good and Pack Light, Like This New Pair

What makes a good travel shoe? It's hard to say, and the answer likely varies widely from person to person. The new Travel Derby from Huckberry and Nisolo strikes a balance between style, comfort and...

Travel With a Bike? This Is Your New Favorite Bag
Travel With a Bike? This Is Your New Favorite Bag

Db Equipment just released the Savage bike bag -- a soft-sided bike hauler with a collapsible frame that'll make traveling with a mountain or road bike less of a headache.

We’re Drooling Over This Matte-Black Aluminum Luggage
We’re Drooling Over This Matte-Black Aluminum Luggage

A limited-run collection designed with Dwyane Wade.

With This Packing Accessory, You Can Perfect Your Travel Routine
With This Packing Accessory, You Can Perfect Your Travel Routine

It doesn't matter what your approach to packing for a trip is, Eagle Creek's new travel organizers will change the way you prepare for a trip.

Internet Bag Experts Helped Make an Absurdly Theft-Proof Bag Even Better
Internet Bag Experts Helped Make an Absurdly Theft-Proof Bag Even Better

Yes, internet bag experts are real and they're doing wonders.

Our Favorite Backpack Brand Just Made a Travel Bag and It Looks Perfect
Our Favorite Backpack Brand Just Made a Travel Bag and It Looks Perfect

Evergoods just launched an all-new adventure travel bag that's incredibly durable and versatile.

This Is the Perfect iPhone Travel Accessory, Made by Mophie
This Is the Perfect iPhone Travel Accessory, Made by Mophie

Integrated Lightning cable? Check. Supports wireless charging? Check.

These Shoe Bags for Travel Are Made from Military Parachutes
These Shoe Bags for Travel Are Made from Military Parachutes

This is probably the coolest a shoe bag can get.

This 3-in-1 Cable Is the Perfect Travel Accessory (It Can Charge All Your Devices)
This 3-in-1 Cable Is the Perfect Travel Accessory (It Can Charge All Your Devices)

If your current Lightning, micro-USB, USB-C cable is on the fritz, this is the charging cable I would recommend.

Paul Smith Made a Comfortable Leather Dress Shoe That’s Perfect for Traveling
Paul Smith Made a Comfortable Leather Dress Shoe That’s Perfect for Traveling

Featuring a soft leather upper and a padded sole.

These $560 Leather Travel Shoes Are Worth Every Penny
These $560 Leather Travel Shoes Are Worth Every Penny

Division Supply's edition version of Viberg's comfortable leather travel slipper is the kind of shoe you'll have for he rest of your life.

This New Travel Pack Has Us Booking Last Minute Trips
This New Travel Pack Has Us Booking Last Minute Trips

The Aer Travel Pack 2 has just the right amount of space, whether you're gone for a weekend or need a daily commuting bag.

Military-Grade Specs Make This Bag the Ultimate Travel Duffle
Military-Grade Specs Make This Bag the Ultimate Travel Duffle

You can toss this bag around without an ounce of worry.

This Is the Perfect Travel Accessory for MacBook and MacBook Pro Owners
This Is the Perfect Travel Accessory for MacBook and MacBook Pro Owners

This accessory that adds two USB ports to your MacBook or MacBook Pro's power adapter.

Cotopaxi Launches the Perfect Mid-Sized Travel Pack
Cotopaxi Launches the Perfect Mid-Sized Travel Pack

This travel backpack is the Goldilocks of sizes — making it ideal for your last minute weekend trips.

Put Your Luggage to Work and Double It as a Roof Top Cargo Box
Put Your Luggage to Work and Double It as a Roof Top Cargo Box

Combine what you need from a standard suitcase with the space-saving of a roof-mounted cargo box.

You Have Less Than a Day to Get Peak Design’s Newest Bags
You Have Less Than a Day to Get Peak Design’s Newest Bags

Peak Design just revealed two new travel duffels but with less than 12 hours in its Kickstarter campaign, you'll have to move fast to get them.

Dwyane Wade Wants You to Travel in Style — and Bring Your Valuable Wines Along With You
Dwyane Wade Wants You to Travel in Style — and Bring Your Valuable Wines Along With You

Add one of these to your list the next time you're booking a trip, and know your favorite vintage Pinot can come along for the ride.

Icebreaker’s Latest Collaboration with Goldwin Is the Perfect Travel Attire
Icebreaker’s Latest Collaboration with Goldwin Is the Perfect Travel Attire

The latest Tabi collection from powerhouse brands Icebreaker and Goldwin is just what we want to wear on the plane and to work.

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