These packable travel accessories will keep you cool as a cucumber through layovers, flight delays, missed connections, and all the other joys of modern travel.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated November 06, 2018
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The best travel accessories can make or break a trip—especially during hectic holiday travel, when tensions (and delay times) may be running especially high. Thank goodness there are plenty of genius travel pillows, travel mugs, and more to help smooth the process.

There’s a huge difference between surviving a trip and actually enjoying it. With helpful travel gear tucked safely in a carry-on bag, you and your traveling companions will be comfortable, happy, and supremely satisfied with your packing choices. You may even find yourselves making some new friends during a layover or delay as people flock to the well-prepared travelers among them.

Shopping for the best travel accessories doesn’t have to be a drawn-out process—with a few careful choices, the contents of your carry-on can soothe your nerves, make cramped seats more bearable, and keep you healthy, no matter where your travels take you.

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For Travel Stress: Scentered Escape Therapy Balm

When traveling causes feelings of stress, anxiety, or discomfort (or all of the above), whip out this portable therapy balm to trick your senses into believing you’re on a soothing retreat, not a sticky bus. The scent hangs around, so one application to wrists can last a whole trip, and the scents can help create a feeling of balance, keeping nerves in check.

To buy: $25; us.scentered.me.

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For Dead Batteries: Altigo 20100mAh Portable Charger

This heavy-duty portable charger has enough power to charge a small tablet twice or a smartphone more than four times—and it’s still small enough to fit easily in a purse or backpack. The built-in cables can charge most phones and allow you to charge two devices at once.

To buy: $45; amazon.com.

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For Cold Flights: Riley Convertible Down Blanket

For long-haul drives, train rides, or flights, this down blanket offers tons of cozy warmth. It folds into a pillow for convenient packing and a different comfort option, and at 70 inches wide unfolded, it’s large enough to share.

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To buy: $59; rileyhome.com.

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For Keeping Hydrated (and Caffeinated): Otterbox Elevation 20 Tumbler

An over-sized, leak-proof, insulated tumbler will keep beverages (purchased after security, of course) warm or cool and prevent spills, so you don’t need to wait for the beverage cart to come around to get a sip of water. (Pick up the Elevation 20 Hydration Lid, sold separately, to swap in when it’s time to switch from coffee to water.)

To buy: $30; otterbox.com.

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For Staying Healthy: Emergen-C

Don’t stress about coughing, sneezing seat neighbors or travel companions: A daily dose of this supplement will keep immune systems strong, keeping illness at bay.

To buy: $9 for 30 individual servings; amazon.com.