Best Travel Accessories For Men

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Assuming your flights and accommodations are booked, the final task before you can enjoy your vacation (or ace your business trip) is packing. And while that’s always a drag, the right accessories, gear and luggage will minimize the headache and ensure that you can pack quickly and lightly.

First, consider your luggage setup—see our guides to the best carry-ons for men and the best travel bags for men—and cross off clothing, including basics like a reliable dress shirt. Then line up subcategories of items like electronic gadgets (and their chargers), skincare and toiletries, and jewelry or watches.

From there, think in real-world scenarios about what you might need at the airport, on the flight and once you’re at your destination. Will you be walking around sightseeing? Pack a smaller travel-friendly crossbody bag that’ll hold all the essentials in a safe place. Do you have trouble sleeping on flights? A neck pillow and noise-cancelling headphones should be on your list. Are you heading to the beach or renting out a villa with a pool? Bring some underwater speakers to get the party started.

Whether you’re traveling or work or pleasure, we’ve rounded up ten of the best travel accessories for men—including a dopp kit, a power bank and the best pair of waterproof sneakers on the market.

A sleek toiletry bag: The Dopp Kit

Cult-beloved luggage manufacturer Away puts out this minimal, but roomy, nylon toiletry bag. The bag offers organization between two zippered interior pockets—keep your toothpaste away from your cologne!—and one exterior pocket for quick access items. The interior is coated in waterproof nylon so any spills can be quickly cleaned up.

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The best portable charger: Anker PowerCore 20100

Anker’s the standard-bearer for lightweight but powerful portable chargers. While the company offers various different configurations specific to your device needs, we love this compact two-port power bank, which can charge an iPhone 8 almost five times and an iPhone X three times. However, if you have a new Macbook, consider this option, which has a USB-C outlet.

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A sturdy neck pillow: Cabeau Evolution S3 Neck Pillow

This comfy, U-shaped memory foam neck pillow comes with a drawstring fastener that keeps your head and neck stable throughout the flight. The flat back of the pillow is a smart design feature that allows your head to sit back comfortably. A removable washable cover makes it easy to clean, and a compression travel bag shrinks it down to 1/4 of the full size for light packing.

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A pair of compression socks: Dr. Motion Compression Socks

Everyone can benefit from compression socks on a long flight or during periods of prolonged standing. After all, compression is proven to help with blood flow, circulation and swelling—so you’re not feeling sore as soon as you land. And as a bonus, what I love about Dr. Motion’s selection is their variety of fun colors, patterns and prints.

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Party speakers: JBL Pulse 3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

For those traveling to a tropical destination—or anywhere with a pool—get the party started with waterproof speakers. Whether on a boys’ trip or a family vacation, this speaker from JBL pretty much guarantees fun with a 360-degree light show and sound. Simply connect via Bluetooth and crank up the music. Place it on the beach or by the poolside without worrying about splashing on an inferior, non-waterproof speaker.

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Cleansers and moisturizers: Malin + Goetz Essentials Travel Set

While everyone has a different at-home skincare routine, it may not be possible or convenient to pack the entire cabinet when traveling. Still, grooming is important even on vacation. So as far as an all-in-one kit of quality products, we love Malin + Goetz’s color-coded travel essentials set which comes with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturizers for face and body, and face cleanser.

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An on-the-go shave kit: Marram Co Pop Travel Shaving Set

In the same vein, you’ll want to pack some basic shaving gear to keep you looking clean and fresh on your trip. This portable shaving kit from Marram Co comes with a silicone shaving brush, a collapsable lathering bowl and the fantastic You’ve Got This shaving cream that combines essential oils with scents of pine needle and fir. A handy zippered case is perfect for the on-the-go gent.

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Noise-cancelling magic: Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

Get some sleep on your flight—no matter how loud—with these excellent noise-cancelling headphones that last 20 hours on a single charge. They come in rose gold, silver or black—but you can also personalize them with other colors for an extra $50. And with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities, you can manage your day and check the weather all with your voice.

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A luggage tag that tracks your bag: Away X Tile Luggage Tag

If you’re the type to misplace your luggage, consider this collaboration between luggage maker Away and Tile, which specializes on adhesive Bluetooth tracking devices for phones and keys. The luggage tag contains a slim Tile square that keeps tabs on your bag’s location wherever it may be.

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The most stylish waterproof sneakers: Vessi Skyline

Waterproof shoes are sometimes an afterthought when packing, but perhaps that’s because they’re typically so unwieldy, and only really come in handy when it’s raining. That’s why I swear by my pair of Vessis—lightweight and breathable sneakers that are 100% waterproof and protect against wind, snow and sand. But perhaps the best part is the modern design—these aren’t your grandpa’s rain boots —which is versatile enough to pair with joggers or jeans.

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