Our Favorite Travel Gear (for Adults and Kids)

A Listmania! list by Carol Scott
The list author says: "Living on a small island in Alaska, we travel frequently to keep our horizons stretched and our minds sane and to stay in touch with the wide world.

When we travel, it is almost always a minimum of three flights or more to get where we are going. Comfort and convenience in the air, on the road, and in our suitcases is therefore a priority.

This is my list of our favorite travel gear.

Happy Travels!"
Pacsafe MetroSafe 200 Anti-Theft Shoulder Bag
1.  Pacsafe MetroSafe 200 Anti-Theft Shoulder Bag by Pacsafe
The list author says:
  "Fantastic for peace of mind when traveling in pickpocket country - and convenient to carry even when you're not.

Awesome security features!  Check out the PacSafe MetroSafe 200 demonstration video on YouTube. 

There is also a smaller size (the MetroSafe 100), but I found this one was perfect for all the things I like to carry when I'm out and about."
Out of stock
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Pacsafe Travelsafe 100 Anti-Theft Portable Safe
2.  Pacsafe Travelsafe 100 Anti-Theft Portable Safe by Pacsafe
The list author says:
  "Great for securing small valuables like passports, hard-drives, memory cards, extra cash, or small camera lenses.  The cable secures to a steady object, and the wire mesh reinforced bag prevents the bag from being slashed open.  It won't keep the very determined away, but not many petty criminals travel with wire cutters and most and just looking for a quick, easy grab..."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Nikon 8172 Retractable Rangefinder Tether
3.  Nikon 8172 Retractable Rangefinder Tether by Nikon
The list author says:
  "I use this to further safeguard my equipment by clipping it to my camera and the retractible wire cord to my bag, my belt, or any other secure place on my person.

If the camera is grabbed out of your hands, it serves as a second layer of security.

I also find it great for other uses back at home when I want to carry or secure small items.  It even works well as a retractible key-ring."
$21.00   Used & New from: $14.95
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Travelrest - The Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow *World's Best Selling* (direct from MFG) for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Camping, Wheelchairs & Office Napping *LIFETIME WARRANTY*
4.  Travelrest - The Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow *World's Best Selling* (direct from MFG) for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Camping, Wheelchairs & Office Napping *LIFETIME WARRANTY* by travelrest
The list author says:
  "Best EVER inflatable pillow.  Tiny when compressed and rolled up, it works great on airplane trips and even better for napping in the car."
$26.95   Used & New from: $24.18
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,133 customer reviews)

Travelon 1St Class Sleeper, Navy, One Size
5.  Travelon 1St Class Sleeper, Navy, One Size by Travelon
The list author says:
  "This works great as a sleep aid on long flights.  Light inflation creates a hammock-like effect that allows you to sink back into it without slumping off to the side.

This is the only way my 8-year-old has ever slept comfortably on a flight.

I sleep really comfortably with it, too.  My 6'2 husband didn't think it would work for him, though, because he barely fits in the airplane seats as it is."
$25.94   Used & New from: $24.37
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

Cup-Pilot
6.  Cup-Pilot by Unknown
The list author says:
  "My husband mocks me for this, but I LOVE it.  I hate having to have the whole tray table in my way if I just want to have a drink handy on the airplane. 

You can even hook this over the seat pocket if it doesn't fit over a "doubled-over" style folded tray table.

The flight attendants always comment that they love it, too."
Used & New from: $18.95
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Protech Cube
7.  Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Protech Cube by Eagle Creek
The list author says:
  "We use this padded case for carrying all our electronic gadgets protected and organized.  There are a couple of padded dividers, as well. 

I think we use the half-cube, which is a great size."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Folder 15 Organizer
8.  Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Folder 15 Organizer by Eagle Creek
The list author says:
  "Great for space saving.  This kept all our "nice" clothes in great shape (my husband loves them for business trips). 

Plus, it was a great way to pack up kids' drawings and other papers we collect on trips that we don't want to get all wrinkled up in our suitcases.

We found the 15" to be the most versatile, but the 18" is great for my 6'2 husband's business clothes or longer, flowy dresses."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Cube Organizer
9.  Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Cube Organizer by Eagle Creek
The list author says:
  "Love all sizes of these to organize everyone's socks, underwear, shirts, etc.  Makes shifting things around in the luggage a breeze, too, when you find you've got too much weight in one of your bags. 

They make great travel toy bags, too, for the kids.

On our way home, we often stuff with dirty clothes to create great padding for protecting breakable souvenirs in our soft-side suitcases."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It 2 Sided Half Cube
10.  Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It 2 Sided Half Cube by Eagle Creek
The list author says:
  "Great for use as a wet/dry bag!  We used this as our med kit with dry meds on the dry side and bottles of kids' Tylenol, Motrin, etc. on the waterproof side. 

Red is a great color for a med kit, too, as it is easy to spot in the suitcase. 

Would also work great for swimsuits."
$16.95 - $36.13
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Medium/Large Compression Sac Set
11.  Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Medium/Large Compression Sac Set by Eagle Creek
The list author says:
  "These were great for space saving, especially for coats, fleeces, rain jackets, sweaters, etc.  Filled and compressed, they also created great sturdy, padded supports to create sides and bases in our flexible, soft-sided suitcases to protect breakable souvenirs."
$20.00   Used & New from: $18.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

Granite Gear Unisex Round Rock Solid Compressor
12.  Granite Gear Unisex Round Rock Solid Compressor by Granite Gear
The list author says:
  "LOVE these!  We use a Medium one to compress my sleeping bag and it does a GREAT job.

We found that it also makes an awesome dirty clothes bag as you can fill it and fill it and then cinch it down to keep the bulk to a minimum.  Cinched up, it also keeps the smell down and keeps the smelly dirty clothes well-separated from the clean clothes."
$19.95 - $38.11
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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TRIPP LITE SUPER6OMNI Surge Strip 250V German, France Plug 6 Universal Outlets 6 feet Cord 750J
13.  TRIPP LITE SUPER6OMNI Surge Strip 250V German, France Plug 6 Universal Outlets 6 feet Cord 750J by Tripp Lite
The list author says:
  "Great for plugging loads of electronics (phone, laptop, MP3 players, battery chargers, DVD player, etc.) in at one time.

No need to buy international plug adapters for every appliance you have, either.  It can support U.S. or foreign plugs at the same time. 

Great for protecting sensitive electronics from power surges in sketchily wired places.

Works at home, too, with one U.S. plug adaptor."
$14.46   Used & New from: $10.97
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Lenmar Universal AC Wall Charger with 4 USB ports for use with iPhone, Android  smartphones and other USB powered devices. Includes interchangeable, international adapter plugs for use in Europe, North America, UK and Australia.
14.  Lenmar Universal AC Wall Charger with 4 USB ports for use with iPhone, Android smartphones and other USB powered devices. Includes interchangeable, international adapter plugs for use in Europe, North America, UK and Australia. by Lenmar
The list author says:
  "Fantastic for charging multiple USB electronics at once like phone, MP3 players, etc. 

Especially useful when outlets are limited like in the airport or in hotels. 

Comes with pop-out interchangeable, international travel plug adapters."
$49.18
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

New Trent IMP99D/NT99D iGeek - 11200mAh External Battery Charger for Smartphones and Tablets USB
15.  New Trent IMP99D/NT99D iGeek - 11200mAh External Battery Charger for Smartphones and Tablets USB by New Trent
The list author says:
  "Great for keeping your electronic toys charged on those long-haul flights."
Out of stock
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (711 customer reviews)

Sony DVP-FX930 9-Inch Portable DVD Player, Black (2009 Model)
16.  Sony DVP-FX930 9-Inch Portable DVD Player, Black (2009 Model) by Sony
The list author says:
  "Best DVD player we have found, although now we probably use our iPad a bit more.

We are rough on DVD players and have sent more off-brand players to an early grave than I'm willing to admit.

This player has the longest lasting battery I've found.  The swivel screen is nice - it can even be swiveled and folded flat against itself."
Used & New from: $498.19
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 4 GB MP3 Player (Red)
17.  SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 4 GB MP3 Player (Red) by SanDisk
The list author says:
  "The charge on these tiny, indestructable MP3 players lasts forever.  They are super lightweight, simple to operate, and clip onto anything.

The "+" allows you to put additional media on removable microSD cards, which expands the memory indefinitely.  Great way to switch out multiple genres of media!

We load music and audiobooks for the kids for trips.  My husband loves his for working out."
$34.99   Used & New from: $29.53
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,796 customer reviews)

JVC America FLAT Headpones - Pink
18.  JVC America FLAT Headpones - Pink by JVC
The list author says:
  "These are pink, but they come in several colors including black, blue, purple, etc.

They are my favorite headphones for the kids in "boy" and "girl" colors.

The earcups fold inward flat and fit perfectly sandwiched together in the DVD case, unlike all the other "portable" headphones I have ever bought. 

They sound good and are super comfortable to wear with their very soft earcups!"
Used & New from: $7.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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iHome iHM7 Rechargeable Mini Speaker for iPod (Black)
19.  iHome iHM7 Rechargeable Mini Speaker for iPod (Black) by iHome
The list author says:
  "Great little travel speaker with surprising sound for its petite size.  It squishes and locks down and becomes super small and portable.

We ended up using this on roadtrips in the car when our MP3 player to radio adapter wouldn't work."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

Sunpak RD2000C Camera Flash
20.  Sunpak RD2000C Camera Flash by SUNPAK
The list author says:
  "This is a great, portable, little flash to have along when traveling.  It allows you to bounce your flash so you don't get that horrible "flash in the face" look with an on-board flash.  And, if you don't have an onboard flash, it gives you the option to have an accessory light without taking up too much precious room."
$52.19   Used & New from: $42.97
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

8mm Tungsten Wedding Band Domed for Him & Her High Polish Comfort fit, size 9
21.  8mm Tungsten Wedding Band Domed for Him & Her High Polish Comfort fit, size 9 by Sabrina Silver
The list author says:
  "Wedding rings/bands have either sentimental or high monetary value (or both). Risking damaging them on an active trip, having them lost or stolen, or far WORSE, becoming a target BECAUSE of them is simply not worth it.

These are incredibly comfortably, gorgeous, inexpensive, and completely indestructible. The shiny, gun-metal gray color is sweet. More widths are available."
$15.10
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

Nite Ize SLG-03-07 SpotLit Clip-on LED Go Anywhere Light, 5-Color
22.  Nite Ize SLG-03-07 SpotLit Clip-on LED Go Anywhere Light, 5-Color by Nite Ize
The list author says:
  "Several colors are available.

Our kids played with these (along with a couple of mini-maglites) in the evenings and had an amazing time with them. 

Better still, we had enough that they could share them for the evening with new kids they'd meet and create fantastic evening games to play together.

At home, clip onto a backpack or a jacket zipper-pull as a little safety light."
$6.98   Used & New from: $4.10
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (634 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 3/20/12
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