We know what it’s like to be at the airport with a broken backpack, spilling our clothes all over the floor at the check-in desk. Just like we’ve been those people caught in the rain, stuffing our electronics under our shirts to protect them from water damage.
And we’ve had our fair share of dead batteries on the road, wishing we had a little extra juice to get us by. Your travels live and die by the great travel products you rely on.
The team here at TravelFreak has handpicked and battle-tested each of the travel products on this season’s list, so you know everything is legit. Most of what you see is newly released, but some of our inclusions are old products that we’ve only just got our hands on.
The Bluffworks Field Jacket
is the end-all-be-all of travel jackets. There are ten different pockets, meaning you can store your wallet, cameras, phones, gloves and whatever else you may need for your trip.
You can also wear this jacket in almost every weather. It’s breathable on warm days and waterproof for rainy days. And when you do get caught in the rain, you can whip out the secret hideaway hood at any second.
And although it’s made for travel, it doesn’t look like a travel jacket. Constructed from machine washable fabric, this jacket will be one of the most timeless staples in your wardrobe—it’s already one of ours!
The LARQ Bottle
is one of a kind. While they love to promote the fact that the water bottle is self-cleaning (which is truly awesome), in our eyes, the best part is the UV-C LED light that neutralizes 99.9999% of all bacteria and viruses, meaning this bottle is built for travel.
Whether you’re drinking from the tap in India or filling up in a running brook while on a hike, you don’t have to worry about getting sick from contaminated water. Plus, it’s fully stainless steel, BPA and toxin-free and completely reusable, so no more bottled water and single use plastics!
The Vessi Everyday Sneaker
will quickly become one of your favorite pairs of kicks. Not only are they stylish, but they’re also functional.
And guys, they’re waterproof.
They’re lightweight, made of vegan materials and are both breathable and waterproof at the same time. Even though they’re a knit mesh, you can literally jump in puddles and keep your feet dry. We’ve worn them in all sorts of environments, and we have no complaints about damp toes.
What’s more, they’re incredibly comfortable, and if you need to pack them away, they’re easily collapsible. Sneakers used to take up the most space in my bag, but now they’re one of the smallest items I pack.
The Peak Design Travel Backpack will transform the way you travel. It’s one of the most versatile bags on the market and can be used for your entire trip or just for the day.
Fully expanded, it has enough room to carry 45L which is ideal for most weekend trips. Or, you can collapse it down to 30L to use as your day bag. And since it’s international carry-on compliant, you won’t have to pay extra to check it in at the airport.
And unlike other carry-on backpacks, it unzips to lay flat just like a suitcase, which makes packing a breeze. Extra side straps make it easy to carry like a duffel bag, and the back handle can attach to roller luggage. This customizability of this backpack is one of the main reasons why we love it.
In addition, the backpack can be combined with other packing modules. The camera cube is a great add-on for photographers while the wash pouch keeps your toiletries neat and organized.
Just because you’re in the wilderness doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a full night’s rest. With the Pongo Pad, you can sleep soundly on your next camping trip.
The inflatable Pongo Pad is wider and longer than other models, so you can toss and turn all night without falling off. But most importantly, it’s incredibly comfortable while maintaining a size that’s small enough for backcountry camping. The welded egg crate pattern conforms to your body and reduces pressure points in all the right areas.
And unlike other sleeping pads, which can be bulky, the Pongo Pad’s slim 3-inch cushion packs down to just 4 in x 8 in. Honestly, it’s one of the most compact sleeping pads we’ve seen.
The Arkadia Sea to Sky Pack
is like a dry bag on steroids! Ideal for summer hikes and winter ski trips, this durable daypack is made for adventure. And the waterproof material and roll-top closure guarantee that your valuables stay dry and protected in any weather.
Despite its compact size, the Sea to Sky Pack comes with all the bells and whistles – quite literally! There’s actually a safety whistle attached on the back. But best of all, this ultra-light backpack rolls up into a pocket-size carry pouch, which means you can toss it into your car, suitcase or jacket.
As travelers, we rely on our smartphones for pretty much everything. And there’s nothing worse than needing to look up directions or to call a taxi only to see your phone clinging to 1% of its life.
But with the Mophie Juice Pack Air
, you’ll never get stuck with a low battery again. This iPhone battery case gives you extra power when you need it the most. At the touch of a button, you’ll get 34 more hours of talk time, 20 hours of internet usage, and a whopping 89 hours more of audio.
Although it packs a lot of power, the Mophie Juice Pack Air is super slim. However, it’s still strong enough to protect your iPhone from damaging scrapes, scratches, and drops.
We all know the frustrating feeling when phone chargers start to peel and break after a few months. The folks at Nomad have also experienced the same heartache and set out to create something completely new. Their charging cables are so strong that they’re built to outlast the phone itself!
Constructed with double-braided Kevlar fibers and exterior metal housing, Nomad Charging Cables
are built to last. In fact, they’re so confident in the durability that they offer a 5-year warranty with each product.
And in all honesty, for something as boring and ordinary as cables, Nomad has made something extraordinary.
Cables are available in Lightning and USB-C. And to power multiple devices, Nomad has a 3-in-1 universal charger with Lightening, USB-C and micro-USB plugs.
I’m not one for whipping out my laptop on the plane. I’m also not someone who can actually get work done on a plane, no matter how hard I try. So I don’t even bother anymore—I go straight to my iPad.
But sometimes—halfway through that movie—I get a stroke of inspiration and I’ve got nowhere to write it down. That’s only one reason I love the ZAGG Slim Book Go
. It transforms your iPad into the ultimate workspace. Whether for five minutes at the airport gate, five hours on that flight, or a full day of work in a cramped hotel room, it’s all doable with the Slim Book Go.
Besides being a protective case, the ZAGG Slim Book Go also acts like a rechargeable battery. One charge will keep your iPad powered up to two time! Now you won’t have to panic when you accidentally leave your charger at home (which I seem to do all the time!).
Who knew that yak wool could be so comfortable? Built with fabric sourced from Tibetan communities in the Himalayas, the Kora Shola 230 Polo
is just as soft as it is stylish. Yak wool is also 66% more breathable and 40% warmer than traditional merino wool.
The material is also made with 40+ UPF fabrics, so you’re skin stays protected while you’re in the sun. And since yak wool is natural odor-resistant, you’ll smell fresh even after days (or weeks) of travel.