PEOPLE Travel Awards 2019: These Are the Best Bags, Accessories and Apps for Your Next Trip
The Top Travel Products of 2019
PEOPLE editors put bags, accessories and apps to the ultimate road (and air and sea) test to find the best products in 19 categories — including five must-have travel apps. Upgrade with these winners!
BEST CARRY-ON: Away Carry-On
The built-in charger and 360-degree spinner wheels make toting this hard-case suitcase a joy. The snap-in laundry bag means unpacking is less terrible.
Buy It! $225; awaytravel.com
BEST TRAVEL PILLOW: Infinity Pillow
The loopable style is like a little duvet for your neck and squishable for easy packing.
Buy It! $39; infinitypillow.co
BEST DUFFEL: Dagne Dover Landon Carryall, Large
This Neoprene (think wet-suit material) bag is a dream to keep clean. Plus it’s roomy and lightweight with plenty of pockets and a shoe bag inside.
Buy It! $185; dagnedover.com
BEST TRAVEL BOTTLES: GoToob+
The silicone makes them easily squeezable and nonslip in the shower. The lockable lid means your bag is safe from spills during flights (yes, they’re TSA compliant).
Buy It! $7 and up; humangear.com
BEST FULL-SIZE SUITCASE: Victorinox Lexicon Hardside
Lightweight and remarkably durable, this extra-roomy bag has more pockets and zips than you knew you needed and a built-in garment bag.
Buy It! $550; swissarmy.com
BEST TOILETRY BAG: United by Blue Pitch Toiletry Case
A hook for hanging in hotel bathrooms and a removable mesh pouch are ideal for the hyper-organized traveler.
Buy It! $48; unitedbyblue.com
BEST TOOTHBRUSH: Shyn
A slew of settings means you can customize your brushing experience, and a single charge lasts up to two weeks.
Buy It! Care Collection, $65 with subscription; shyn.com
BEST PACKABLE BAG: Paravel Fold-Up Bag
No room in your suitcase for souvenirs? Pack this zip-top tote in your bag—it folds into a tiny pouch when empty.
Buy It! $65; tourparavel.com
BEST EYE MASK: Flight 001 Contoured Eye Mask
The total blackout capability and domed shape (you can blink underneath!) will convert any eye-mask skeptic.
Buy It! $15; flight001.com
BEST PACKING CUBES: Herschel Travel Organizers
Prevent suitcase chaos! The set has zippered mesh covers so you can see what’s inside and a “wet bag” to keep swimsuits separate.
Buy It! $45 for 4 pieces; herschel.com
BEST TRAVEL SOCKS: Trtl Flight Socks
Not just for Grandma! These cute compression knee-highs prevent swelling while in the air and are comfy enough for long-haul flights.
Buy It! $20; trtltravel.com
BEST POWER BANK: Mophie Juice Pack
Starting the day at 200 percent battery is a vacation game changer. This charging case (for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy) is less bulky than a separate power pack.
Buy It! $100; mophie.com
BEST TRAVEL BLOW-DRYER: Amika Mighty Mini Ionic Dryer
Superpowered compared to other mini dryers, it comes with attachments typical of a full-size model. It’s a must for those who consider hotel offerings subpar.
Buy It! $60; loveamika.com
BEST HOTEL BOOKING APP: Hotel Tonight
BEST TRIP PLANNING: Google Trips
BEST ROADTRIP APP: Roadside America
Looking for a pecanpie vending machine or a haunted saloon? This will lead you to the best kitsch in the country.
Buy It! $2.99 per U.S. region, in the App Store