Illustrations by Lisk Feng

Stanford professor and inventor Alan Adler created the AeroPress, a compact, low-tech, hand-plunged, java-press. The full-flavored, low acid, espresso-like coffee it produces has made devoteees of coffee-connoisseurs worldwide, including chefs, travelers, campers and even desk jockeys.

(Aerobie, Inc.)

The Penalty Fee Preventing Suitcase, a silver/gray hard-shell bag, has a built-in digital scale to prevent overweight luggage. The interior includes a separate top compartment, zippered pockets and compression straps. It has four spinner wheels and a built-in lock that meets TSA requirements, measuring 31 by 21 by 10 3/4 inches and weighing 10.5 pounds.

(Hammacher Schlemmer)

The Raffi Cashmere Travel Pack includes a cashmere blanket, eye mask and pillow case kit and offers an opportunity for comfort — no matter what class you’re flying.


This roll-aboard, christened the Bluesmart Black Edition, has a lot of bells and whistles: a Makrolon hard-shell, nylon front laptop compartment, built-in 10,400-mAh battery, digital scale, digital lock, location tracker (3G cellular data and GPS) and Bluetooth for connecting to its free iOS or Android app. Measures 22 by 14 by 9 inches; 9.4 pounds.


Scottevest's Margaux Cargaux Travel Pants are made from a cotton/poly blend and have 11 protective pockets to tuck away cash, gadgets, and personal items. The flexible waistband can be worn high or low for maximum comfort on long flights. Adjustable ankle ties let you vary the length. Available in black or olive.


The Rick Steves Ravenna Rolling Case is a lightweight hybrid polycarbonate and fabric expandable bag with three external zippered pockets, interior compression straps and zippered interior pockets. Measures 21 by 14 by 9 inches including wheels;

(Rick Steves' Europe)

Eagle Creek's ultra-light, expandable carry-on has interior and exterior compression straps, two zippered exterior pockets and a zippered mesh interior pocket. Its drop-down bottom design offers interior packing space between the wheels. In addition, the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior AWD International Carry-On is available in three colors. Measures 13.75 by 21.5 by 7.75 inches; about 6 pounds.

(Eagle Creek)

The Cubed Travel Jacket for Men is lightweight, waterproof, windproof, and designed to guard your valuables with two zippered interior/exterior pockets, four interior pockets and two zippered hand-pockets. It's available in sizes small to XXL and in three colors: black, mountain blue or slate.

(Clothing Arts)

Sony's a6000 with 16-50 mm lens is a lightweight, mirror-less interchangeable lens camera that features built-in flash and Wi-Fi and a 3-inch tilting LCD screen. It shoots 11 frames per second, and captures 24MP stills and 1080p HD video. Plus, it weighs less than 13 ounces. Available locally at Samy's Camera


When you're traveling, a portable hard drive may turn out to be priceless. The Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro can charge a USB device or be a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices. It includes an SD 3.0 card reader, a 10-hour 6,400mAh battery and built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi for 2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz connectivity.

(Western Digital)

You can go cable-free with the Thinium ReCharge+, a slender, high-density 3000 mAh two-in-one backup battery for Apple (lightning tip) or Micro-USB phones. ReCharge+ batteries have a tucked-in USB cable and retractable AC prongs for wall charging.


These Beija-Flora Audrey Ankle jeans are comfortable for travel and move so well you might even consider using them as yoga pants.

(Beija-Flor Jeans /)

Headphones may be a traveler's favorite object, and these lightweight, foldable Bluetooth headphones feature noise-cancellation technology and include touch controls on the right ear pad to adjust volume, pause and switch tracks. Plus, the PXC 550 Wireless headphones come with a zippered case.

(Sennheiser )

The Braven 405 Waterproof Active Speaker has enhanced acoustics, a built-in noise-canceling microphone, a kickstand to park it anywhere and a long-lasting battery. It can recharge USB devices and will survive a 30-minute dip in up to 3.3 feet of fresh water. Available in seven colors.


We know what you're thinking: It’s pricey, and a purchase would be more evidence that many of us cannot say no to Apple's goal of world domination (please see next item). And yet. The iPhone 7 has a faster processor and longer battery life than its predecessors — and it has a 12MP camera with auto HDR, optical image stabilization and a flash that works better in low light. Storage ranges from 32GB to 256GB. Think about all the possibilities for a traveler who wants lots of video and images to recall his or her great adventure. (Available in multiple colors from various vendors.)


A reward at the end of a long travel day: Pamper skin dried out by airplane air. The Tula Holiday Hydration Kit includes travel sizes of Tula's signature Day & Night Cream, Exfoliating Mask and Hand & Nail Therapy along with a small candle.


The Weego 44 Jump Starter can safely jump-start gas engine vehicles, power camping equipment and charge devices like tablets and smartphones. Its built-in 500-lumen dual LED flashlight lasts 14 hours and includes strobe and SOS modes.


The Furoshiki Snacksack Kit may be just the thing for eco-oriented travelers trying to create less waste on trips. The kit includes a 7-by-16-inch fabric bag, two reusable 5-ounce rectangular stainless-steel containers with lids and a sustainably grown bamboo spork. The sack comes in many colors.

(Justine Mendoza/ECOlunchbox)

The SKLZ Hydro-Roller, a stainless-steel 28-ounce water bottle, is dressed in a high-density foam roller — good for travelers who need to stay hydrated and roll out kinks after long flights, hikes or workouts.


The zippy, electric Uscooter has front and rear wheel suspension, cruise control, magnetic brakes, airless tires, a headlight and taillight and folds in seconds. At 24 pounds, it’s easy to lift. Its maximum speed is 18 mph, and it will go for about 20 miles on one charge, perfect for an afternoon of sight-seeing.


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Credits: Illustrations by Lisk Feng. Credits: Ricardo DeAratanha, Vera Castaneda, Calvin Hom, Rene Lynch, Kathy Pyon, Steve Elders, Ruthanne Salido, Alice Short, Alene Dawson, Kavita Daswani, Roy M. Wallack, Melinda Fulmer, Jessica Ritz, Ben Muessig, Jeanette Marantos, Terry Gardner, Janet Kinosian, Davis Alexander, Amy Scattergood, Ingrid Schmidt, Kenneth Turan, Tre’vell Anderson, Amy Kaufman, Meredith Woerner, Glenn Whipp and Evan Wagstaff. Design and development by Lily Mihalik.