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Best travel gear

The best travel gear makes your journey a little more comfortable, whether your in your recreational vehicle, a car or an airplane.

We found the gear on this list to have value with all three.

After years of struggling with oversized bags that hold 50 pounds, routinely replacing them when the wheels break, I finally convinced my family to consider a high quality, medium-size bag that holds 35 pounds: the Samsonite Omni. An easy spinner, spacious, it takes a beating in the cargo hold, and the price is right. I can tell you from experience, you don’t miss those extra pounds. You instinctively pack lighter and smarter.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Checked-Medium 24-Inch, Black
  • 24″ SPINNER LUGGAGE maximizes your packing power and is the ideal checked bag for longer trips.Number of wheels:4
  • PACKING Dimensions: 24” x 17.5” x 11.5”, Overall Dimensions: 26.5” x 17.75” x 11.75”, Weight: 8.34 lbs.
  • 10 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: Samsonite products are rigorously tested to ensure our products meet stringent standards. This bag comes with a…

I have an older version of this Eddie Bauer backpack, and it has held up famously. It’s my go-to bag for camping, hiking, bike riding and carry-on. There’s room to carry everything you need on the plane: iPad and/or Kindle, water bottle, headphones, collapsible pillow and an overnight change of clothes in case your checked bag doesn’t make it on time.

Eddie Bauer Stowaway Packable…
  • WATER REPELLENT: The Eddie Bauer Stowaway Packable 30L Backpack is made from…
  • ORGANIZATION & COMFORT: The Eddie Bauer 30L backpack with lightly padded mesh…
  • PACKABLE: Stowaway design allows this backpack to pack into its own pocket for…

Need something a little better for a large laptop? Try this stylish upgrade.

Eddie Bauer Bygone Backpack with Exterior…
  • STYLE & DURABILITY: The Eddie Bauer Bygone 25L Backpack with it’s retro-cool…
  • ORGANIZATION: With a spacious top-loading compartment and twin side pockets for…
  • COMPUTER PROTECTION: The Eddie Bauer Bygone 25L Backpack comes with a laptop…

A reusable water bottle is a must while riding your bike or an airplane. Fill it up after you pass through TSA.

Nalgene Sustain Tritan BPA-Free Water Bottle Made with Material Derived from 50% Plastic Waste, 32 OZ, Narrow Mouth,Grey
  • Our new Nalgene Sustain product line is made from Tritan Renew, 50% certified recycled content further offsetting the use of fossil fuels…
  • This Nalgene water bottle is completely leak proof, made of virtually indestructible BPA-free Tritan, easy to clean and dishwasher safe on…
  • For Your Everyday Adventures! Take your Nalgene bottle to the gym, office, camping, exploring and everywhere in between

These inexpensive Sony wired earbuds are perfect for watching in-flight movies. If you have an iPhone or iPad with a lightning port, get this adapter.

Sony MDREX15AP In-Ear Earbud Headphones with Mic, Black (MDREX15AP/B)
32,963 Reviews
Sony MDREX15AP In-Ear Earbud Headphones with Mic, Black (MDREX15AP/B)
  • Hybrid silicone earbuds provide long lasting comfort; small, medium and large earbuds are included to fine tune your fitment.Specific uses…
  • Product Note : If the size of the earbud tips does not match the size of your ear canals or the headset is not worn properly in your ears,…
  • High quality 9 mm dome type driver units coupled with high-energy neodymium magnets produce great sounding treble and midrange with powerful…

A power bank is absolutely essential while traveling. This one does it all.

Belkin BoostCharge Plus 10k mAh Power Bank w/Integrated Lightning Cable & USB-C Cable – iPhone Charger – Battery Pack Portable Charger for iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 15, iPhone 14, iPhone 13 – Black
  • EXTRA LONG BATTERY LIFE: With a capacity of 10,000 mAh, this battery pack provides up to 31 hours of additional power for an iPhone
  • COMPACT ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN: With integrated lightning cable and USB-C cable this 10k mAh portable charger is all you need to to keep your…
  • CHARGE TWO DEVICES AT ONCE: This power bank can charge two devices at the same time with up to 23W of total output using the integrated…

In addition to my laptop and iPad, I carry enough to read on this featherweight Kindle for an entire vacation. Several vacations, actually.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (16 GB) – Now with a larger display, adjustable warm light, increased battery life, and faster page turns – Black
  • Kindle Paperwhite – Now with a 6.8” display and thinner borders, adjustable warm light, up to 10 weeks of battery life, and 20% faster…
  • Purpose-built for reading – With a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.
  • More books in more places – Store thousands of titles, then take them all with you. A single charge via USB-C last weeks, not hours.

My doctor suggested compression socks to keep blood circulating in my legs while seated in an airline seat or driving long distances. Don’t go crazy. Light compression is just enough for most people.

Dickies Men’s Light Comfort Compression Over-The-Calf Socks, White (2 Pairs), Shoe Size: 6-12
  • Graduated 8-15 mmhg Compression Throughout Leg Improves Circulation to Reduce Leg Fatigue
  • Moisture Control Fibers Keeps Feet Dry
  • Light Weight Cushioned Leg and Full Cushioned Foot Bed
Dr. Scholl’s womens Graduated Compression…
  • This product is accepted by the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) for promoting good foot health.
  • The mild compression level (10-15 MMHG) applies pressure at the ankle that gradually lessens up the leg
  • Achy Foot & Leg Relief + Energizing Support: Say goodbye to swollen, fatigued, achy legs and hello to energizing support and a new level of…

Accessories in my travel kit

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
  • SET INCLUDES three packing cubes for suitcases–all made with tough, lightweight silnylon ripstop material
  • WATER-RESISTANT to protect all your travel essentials from the elements and from each other if need be
  • FULL MACHINE WASHABLE travel cubes so they’re easy to clean, because you never know what’s going to happen on the road

Silicone Luggage Tags
  • Sufficient quantity for family travel: there are 8 pieces of reusable luggage bag tags, you can use them with your family when traveling,…
  • Easy to carry: the size of name ID cards is approx. 3.6 x 2 x 0.2 inches, which is compact in size and will not occupy much space, and the…
  • Soft and sturdy: travel ID bag tags are made of silicone, which is soft and bendable, not easy to break and reusable, not easy to fade and…


Whenever I travel usually have luggage, a stowaway backpack, a tablet, smarphone and a laptop, all of which are deserving of their own tracking device.

If you are already invested in the Apple eco-system, you’ve got a head start because Apple’s Find My app already tracks your Apple devices. Now all you need is an AirTag for luggage and your backpack.

I also use AirTags on my cars, bicycles and travel trailer.

Get the Apple AirTag 4-pack and save money. (Individual AirTags cost $29 each.)

Apple AirTag 4 Pack
120,645 Reviews
Apple AirTag 4 Pack
  • Keep track of and find your items alongside friends and devices in the Find My app
  • Simple one-tap setup instantly connects AirTag with your iPhone or iPad
  • Play a sound on the built-in speaker to help find your things, or just ask Siri for help

There are multiple Airtag holders, but these are the ones I use.

Belkin AirTag Secure Case
1,275 Reviews
Belkin AirTag Secure Case
  • DURABLE AND DEPENDABLE: The Belkin AirTag case’s twist-and-lock design keeps your AirTag safely inside the secure holder, while its strong…
  • SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE: Durable AirTag keychain with strap is the perfect way to keep your Apple AirTag safe and secure while on the go….
Leather AirTag Holder
4,230 Reviews
Leather AirTag Holder
  • [Compatibility] The full coverage secure Leather airtag holder is compatible with Apple AirTag 2021. (Note: Airtag is not included. )
  • [Genuine Leather] These Air Tag holders are crafted from real leather, offering enhanced premium quality and durability.

For my bicycle…

Bike Mount for AirTag
  • 【VERSATILE AIRTAG BIKE MOUNT】This Apple AirTag holder is not only a hidden Air Tag bike mount, but compatible with garmin varia . It is…
  • 【INVISIBLE ANTI-THIEF DESIGN】 Hide an airtag behind a regular reflector and fix the cover by screw. It’s a perfect way to hide the…

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Lisa Chesser

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

If the mosquito repeller works, you are my hero.

Bob Rountree

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

I was a skeptic, but my nephew convinced me to give it a try. Now I'm a fan. My wife is a mosquito magnet, and she says this is the best repellent for her. We've tried everything from citronella and Skin-So-Soft to Deep Woods Off with DEET, but the Thermacell works best. I still keep a small can of DEET handy for aggressive swarms. A quick spray to the ankles usually completes the job.

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