Glorious sounds From the season of travel upon us: jet engines affected by the landing patterns over and over ding ding ding Gasoline pumps ring while we snatch dollars from our pockets. After two years of pandemic-induced isolation and a false start last year, many of us are finally getting the chance to go to all those places we’ve always dreamed of.
Check out these deals on some of this week’s best travel gear to get you commuting, out and about, on the open road, and in the skies. Be sure to check out our guide to the face masks we actually love to wear when you’re in crowded places.
Gear Readers Special Offer: Get a One year subscription to wired for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to wired.com and our print magazine (if you wish). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.
This deal excludes baggage kits and clearance items, but that leaves nearly all of their inventory as listed in this sale. Spend $150 and get 10 percent off, or spend $250 and get 15 percent off. Given Travelpro’s market space as a premium brand, that shouldn’t be a difficult threshold to meet. The Crew VersaPack ($250 before discount) was my go-to pick for the best soft-sided handbag.
Keep your belongings organized inside your luggage by separating them into packing cubes. It will prevent your clothes from getting wrinkled by sharp objects, and you won’t have to search aimlessly for that last sock anymore.
Chances are that if you’ve ever traveled through an airport, you’ve handled a Samsonite bag. You can pick up 15 percent off everything sitewide, from wheeled handbags to travel backpacks. If you order two or more items at once, your discount will be increased by up to 20 percent. Don’t forget to enter the code MAYSALE before completing the payment process. The same offer is available on Ebags.com, a budget bag brand now owned by Samsonite, if you use a SUNSHINE coupon.
Airlines have baggage weight limits. And if you’re planning to travel internationally on a non-US airline, you may be surprised at how strict it is with its low limits. You don’t need a fancy digital scale that will run out of batteries. Just keep this scale handy, and when you’re done packing a heavy suitcase, clip the scale strap around the luggage and lift it up. It will show you the weight up to 80 lbs.
Fold one or both extendable mesh sides down to give your little friend some room to stretch out on long trips. To keep things secure on the sleek, metallic frame travel box, the buckles close when you move and the accordion-style sides open when expanded to prevent mishaps.
Nap & Sleep Shows
A common travel tip—particularly in the bleaker hostels and motels—is to bring a sleeping bag bag to sleep when you hit the bed at night. This polyester fleece liner will keep you warm in air-conditioned hotel rooms and give you peace of mind if you’re allergic to strange sheets. There’s also a polyester-cotton blend version for $25 ($5 off) if you tend to sleep hot and don’t need the warmth of a fleece lining.
We all slept crammed into the window of a plane or a car. Or worse, we let her head hang in our sleep and woke up to the stiffer neck of a giant sequoia. A contoured neck pillow is the best way to catch some Z on a flight or train trip without tightening your neck for the rest of your trip, and the memory foam will help relieve pressure points.
If neck pillows aren’t your thing or if you prefer a pillow that can be used on the bed, check out this fluffy 18″ by 12″ rectangular pillow. Since it’s filled with synthetic insulation instead of bulky memory foam, you can pack it into 5″ x 11″ space in your luggage.
Don’t play your music directly from your phone’s speakers on the bus, train, or plane. We live in a society. Do the civil thing and pick up some earphones so you can go out without making any new enemies. They have active noise cancellation too, because you don’t want to hear other people’s voice and noise either.
Who knows how reliable the electrical system is in that old hotel. Keep your laptop, phone, and tablet safe from power surges by bringing this compact dual-port protector that also features two USB ports. The included Type C, G, B, I, E/F and A plug adapters mean you can bring it with you to most of the most visited countries around the world.
You can’t always count on the hotel to get an iron. Plus, I’ve always found steamers to be faster and easier to use than irons. The discount isn’t huge, but this is a great steamer that I and Medea Giordano gear reviewers have used for years and are happy with it. Just remember that as a product in the North American market, it may not work with electrical outlets in other countries.