Travel has changed a ton in the last decade alone. For one, now you can book everything from your flight to your Airbnb using just your phone. For another, thanks to the best travel accessories, it's easier than ever to minimize inconveniences, fit all your essentials in one suitcase, and stay comfortable in any corner of the globe. The travel industry expects a boom in smart technology for 2020, and manufacturers have followed suit with brilliantly designed travel items you never knew you needed.
Maybe it's been a while since your last vacation, or maybe you're an avid traveler who's always adding to their must-have collection. Either way, once you've invested in the best luggage for 2020, consider filling it with the best new travel inventions on the market: gadgets that keep your phone charged without an outlet, loungers and neck pillows that help you sleep anywhere, and accessories that make it easy to Marie-Kondo your suitcase. You can even sip your favorite cocktail on a flight while your dog sits next to you on a memory foam mattress. (If any visual is going to hold you over until your next vacation, it's probably that one.)
And the best news of all? You don't have to deal with crowds, lines, or counter-intuitive department store layouts. These well-designed inventions are all available online, so you can consult reviews and make your travel-friendly purchases without leaving the comfort of your own home. That way, when departure day finally rolls around, you're well-rested and adequately prepared for anything your adventure throws at you.
So go ahead — book your flight, rent that RV, or reserve a gorgeous campground. No matter where you're headed, these 22 travel accessories are a must-have for 2020, all because they keep you safe and comfortable on the go.
1. These Personalized, Transparent Toiletry Cases
What's better than personalized toiletry cases? Transparent, personalized toiletry cases, so you can see what's inside before you even grab them. This set of two is available in three colors and has reviewers raving: "They are beautiful, useful and have made a bad packer into a much better one!"
Paravel See All Bundle, $135, Paravel
2. Keep Your Phone Charged With This Power Bank Compact
Extend your phone's battery life while you're on the go — even when there isn't a single outlet in sight. This brilliant gadget from Shinngo looks and functions like a compact mirror (complete with an LED light ring), but it also contains a 3000mAh lithium polymer battery to charge your devices. Get it in gold, silver, rose gold, and red.
Shinngo Power Bank Mirror, $28, Amazon
3. Packing Cubes With A 4.9-Star Rating
Packing cubes compress your clothing into easy-to-pack squares and allow you to grab a single shirt without upsetting everything else. These ones from Away have a near-perfect rating thanks to their water-resistant fabric, mesh visibility panels, and extensive color options.
The Insider Packing Cubes, $45, Away
4. A TSA-Approved Cocktail Kit For The Flight
Fly like you're in first class with the W&P cocktail kit. This TSA-approved set comes with everything you need to turn the airplane's limited alcohol selection into your favorite cocktail. Choose between drinks like Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Bloody Mary, and Gin and Tonic.
W&P Cocktail Carry-On Kit, $14, Amazon
5. An Inflatable Lounger For Camping, Vacations, And Layovers
Since they're waterproof and inflate anywhere without a pump, reviewers say these AlphaBeing loungers are "perfect" for beach vacations and weekend camping trips — but they're also a clutch thing to have in case of flight delays: "Used them at the Newark Airport to sleep for several hours on a layover!"
AlphaBeing Inflatable Lounger, $29, Amazon
6. TSA-Approved Bottles — With Exfoliating Textures
Don't settle for harsh hotel soap or overly drying shampoo. These travel-sized bottles from Urban Outfitters are leak-proof and TSA-approved, so you can pack your favorite shampoo, conditioner, or moisturizer. The set of two even comes with textured silicone sleeves that double as exfoliating brushes.
UO Silicone Travel Bottles, $14, Urban Outfitters
7. This RFID-Blocking Travel Wallet
There are several reasons why the Apadi passport wallet has nearly 700 reviews: It's made from stylish synthetic leather, it comes in over 10 colors, it holds everything from your phone and passport to your boarding info and ID, and it's made from RFID-blocking technology to protect against information theft.
Apadi RFID Passport Wallet, $19, Amazon
8. A Charger Organizer For IOS or Android
Whether you've got an iPhone or an Android, the Neat Nicks cable organizer keeps your charger tangle-free and compact. It winds your cords into a tiny spool that fits effortlessly in your pocket, so you don't have to worry about knots or damage.
Neat Nicks Cable Winder, $9, Pottery Barn
9. This Gorgeous Tote That Attaches To Your Carry-On Bag
Reviewers say the Tumi tote is both "functional and stylish." Its roomy interior, sophisticated pattern options, and quick-access phone pocket make it great for everyday commutes — but thanks to its carry-on handle strap, it'll be your go-to for extended travel, too.
Tumi Everyday Tote, $395, Tumi
10. A Travel Adapter That Works All Over The Globe
As long as a device has the voltage capabilities, the Newvanga travel adapter ensures that you can use it (and charge it) all over the world. Its four retractable input plugs work in over 150 different countries, including France, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Canada, India, Australia, Thailand, and China.
Newvanga Universal Travel Adapter, $12, Amazon
11. All-Natural Hand Sanitizer In A Smart Dispenser
The formula alone is something to write home about; OLIKA hand sanitizer is made from hydrating, all-natural ingredients like aloe vera and essential oils. That said, its bird-shaped dispenser is also adorable, compact, TSA-friendly, and has a locking mechanism to prevent spills. Needless to say, this pack of three is perfect for preventing germs on the go.
OLIKA Natural Hand Sanitizer, $19, Amazon
12. A Travel Backpack That Gives Back
This travel essential has everyone's back — literally and figuratively. The Adventurist backpack is water-resistant, padded to protect your belongings, and designed for the traveling minimalist. And here's the best part: With every purchase, the company also donates 25 meals to needy families across the US.
Adventurist Backpack, $64, Urban Outfitters
13. These Luggage Tags You Can Track From Your Phone
For this brilliant accessory, a modern travel company paired with everyone's favorite tracker to bring you the Away x Tile luggage tag. It lets you use your phone to find your luggage — but it also works backwards. Click the tile twice to make your phone ring, even if it's on silent.
Away x Tile Luggage Tag, $30, Away
14. Travel Tangle-Free Thanks To This Power Packer
Organize all your chargers, cables, power bricks, memory cards, ear buds, and adapters — all in one place. The Side by Side Power Packer has a book-like design with varying pockets and elastic straps, so all your electronics stay neat, safe, and tangle-free.
Side by Side Power Packer, $39, Amazon
15. A Neck Pillow That Twists To Suit Your Position
This is not your average travel pillow. The Dot&Dot has a flexible, twistable design, so you can lean up against windows, support your lumbar during a layover, or nap comfortably during a road trip. It's filled with body-conforming memory foam and even has a cotton cover that you can toss in the washing machine.
Dot&Dot Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow, $25, Amazon
16. These Chic Organizers For Your Jewelry
Gone are the days of reaching your destination with your necklaces in knots. The McKenna jewelry portfolio is crafted from bonded leather and features ring rolls, necklace clips, earring strips, and zippered compartments. It comes in various colors and you can even get it monogrammed.
McKenna Leather Jewelry Portfolio, $79, Pottery Barn
17. Luggage Locks That Work With Most Zippers
You could splurge for the combination-lock suitcase — or you could use these luggage locks on almost any bag that has dual zippers. The straight-barrel design locks with a key, plus they're TSA-approved and made from high-strength zinc alloy.
TravelMore Luggage Locks, $15, Amazon
18. A Comfort-Optimized Carrier For Your Best Friend
When it comes to your pet's comfort, this airline-approved Arlo Skye carrier thought of everything. It has 360-degree mesh ventilation, a washable memory foam mattress, dual entry doors, and a strap that secures it to your carry-on. So far, it's gotten nothing but five-star ratings.
Arlo Skye The Pet Carrier, $250, Arlo Skye
19. This Best-Selling Digital Luggage Scale
Weigh your luggage before you're in the checked bag line. The Tarris Jetsetter digital scale has a 110-pound capacity and a precision accuracy of .2 pounds so you never again have to pay an overweight luggage fee. It also has a lithium-ion battery and a portable design that fits effortlessly in your pocket.
Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale, $15, Amazon
20. This Hanging Toiletry Bag To Maximize Counter Space
Maybe your Airbnb has a particularly small bathroom — or maybe you're sharing a hostel with three other people. Either way, The FÖRFINA toiletry bag helps you free up counter space by hanging it on the towel bar instead. It also has various compartments and mesh pockets, all of which are visible and easily accessible.
FÖRFINA Toiletry Bag, $10, Ikea
21. A Genius Hoodie Designed For Travel
The SCOTTeVest travel hoodie has tons of rave reviews because it's "warm, soft and comfortable" — but that's just the beginning. Thanks to the 14 hidden pockets, buyers"can get away without a briefcase or a purse." It also has built-in earbud organizers, a weight-management system, a water bottle loop, thumb holes, and a fleece-lined interior.
SCOTTeVEST Women’s Travel Hoodie, $100, Amazon
22. An Eye Mask That Works Alongside Ear Buds
Thanks to its innovative loop design, the Ostrichpillow eye mask blocks out light without covering your ears. That way, you can still comfortably wear earbuds or headphones. It's made from soft, stretchy fabric and has a Velcro strap for a secure fit.
Ostrichpillow Loop Eye Pillow, $39, Urban Outfitters
We hope you're well-packed and ready to depart on your next adventure! So you know, Lonny may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.