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Favorite Travel Gear

Whether we’re on a plane, sightseeing, photographing, or figuring out what to pack, here’s a rundown of some of our go-to items that make traveling so much better.

Travel Pillows


1st Class Sleeper

The best system for allowing you to sleep in a flat-backed, semi-reclined position in an airplane seat. Read our review here.




Cocoon Air Core Pillow

Lightweight and small with adjustable lumbar support. Check out this post that includes the Cocoon and all our favorite travel pillows.

Trtl Pillow

A comfy neck support that keeps your head in an ergonomic position. Read more about the Trtl Pillow and others like it here.





Fuji X-E1 16.3 MP Compact System Digital Camera

An easy-to-use camera for traveling that takes fantastic pictures. Read more here


MeFoto Classic Aluminum Backpacker Travel Tripod

Rick’s absolute favorite travel tripod for mirrorless cameras. Find his review here.





Yuneec Breeze Flying Camera Drone

A compact, portable, lightweight Smart Drone with Ultra High Definition 4K video and pictures. 


Daybags & Backpacks


Baggalini Cross-Body Bag

Goes with everything and stylish enough for traveling. The wide strap doesn’t cut into your shoulder, while the bag lies nice and flat against the body. So many compartments keep everything within easy reach.



Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L Camera Backpack

The best camera bag and carry-on that Rick has found to date. Check out his review here.



Stuff to Wear


Merrell Men’s Jungle Moc Waterproof Slip-on Shoe

These shoes are super comfortable and look great, to boot. Wear them on vacation and even when you get home.


Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk

You can’t go wrong with walking shoes from Skechers. Low profile, lightweight, and perfect for long days on your feet.


KEEN Women’s Whisper Sandal

A sturdy sandal is a must in warm, rainy destinations. These protect your toes while letting your feet air out.



Columbia Women’s Anytime Outdoor Boot Cut Pant

Lightweight, stylish, water-repellent pants that are just as perfect for airports as they are for hiking.



Columbia Boy’s Silver Ridge III Convertible Pant

Don’t bother packing separate shorts and pants for your kids when you can have both with zipoffs.




Royal Robbins Men’s Traveler Stretch Pants

These pants look good and were designed for travel with sun protection, secured pockets, and quick-drying nylon.




Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II Sun Hat

A casual sun hat for men with 50 UPF sun protection, a chin strap, mesh/nylon construction, and a quick-wicking sweatband.


Talson Removable Flap Breathable Cap

Keep the sun off your neck, the sides of your face, even the front if you choose to wear the removable face mask.




Odds & Ends

Memo Water Bottle 

It looks like a flask and might get a few weird looks, but the slim shape of this flat water bottle can’t be beat. It fits especially effortlessly into a purse or daybag.


Nalgene Leakproof Jars

These jars really don’t leak, and the 1 and 2 oz. sizes hold plenty for a week or two. Ladies, especially, will appreciate their lotions and liquid-y beauty products not oozing out into their toiletry bag.



TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Very decent noise cancelling earbuds that are small, packable, and affordable. Read our review here.



Find all our recommended clothes, shoes, hats, camera gear, and more by clicking on the following links:

Travel Photography Gear

Women’s Travel Clothes

5 Best Women’s Travel Pants

Men’s Travel Clothes

The Best Travel Hats for Men and Women

Travel Bags & Luggage


Travel Toiletries