Gadgets for Flights and Road Trips

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TRAVEL GADGETS are a blessing and a curse. In the worst way, travel gadgets—and especially travel electronics—can be total duds, which can in turn wreak havoc on our peaceful travel routine and become nothing more than dead weight in our luggage. But when travel gadgets operate at their very best, they are life-saving devices that make traveling a little less burdensome and much more pleasurable. Some travel gadgets can even help you sleep better on a plane, which is vital for those of us who prioritize getting Z’s when going from point A to point B.

The best travel gadgets and electronics should highlight an inefficiency in your travel routine and help solve the problem. A travel gadget should provide high functionality, comfort, or both, while also being considerate of space. If your travel gadget does not have any of these qualities, then it’s going to be hard to make a case they’re worth bringing along for the ride.

Companies are constantly trying to come up with new gadgets to improve the travel experience, but the only way of knowing which ones actually work is by vetting them in person or conducting thorough research. Lucky for you, we took the time to bring together a list of worthy travel gadgets that could help improve your travel experience by leaps and bounds. Ahead, the very best travel gadgets and travel electronics are curated with all types of travelers in mind.

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The Travel Gadget Everyone Should Get


6-in-1 Portable Keychain Charger Cable

Best Portable Charger


Portable Charger, 313 Power Bank

Best Travel Gadget for Dog Owners

Ruff Products

BarkBowl Collapsible Dog Bowl

Best Travel Gadget for Parents


Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projector

Best Travel Gadget for Watching TV and Movies

Twelve South

AirFly Pro

Best Travel Gadget for Coffee Lovers


Minipresso NS

Best Airplane Seat Phone Mount


Universal in Flight Airplane Phone Holder Mount

Best Travel Blanket

Gravel Travel

Layover Travel Blanket

Best Magsafe Charger for Travel


HaloLock Magsafe Compatible Charger

Most Underrated Travel Accessory

Groove Life

Groove Belt

Most Versatile Pair of Headphones


AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

Best Camera for Documenting Your Trip


HERO10 Black Accessory Bundle

Best Set of Packing Cubes

Peak Design

Packing Cube (Set of 3)

Best Travel-Friendly Steamer


Stockholm Cirrus No. 2 Travel Steamers

Most Comfortable Airplane Shoe


Men’s OOmg Low Shoe

Best Health Tracker for Traveling


Whoop Band 4.0

How to Determine What Travel Gadgets Are Worth Buying

A quality travel gadget can be $20 or it can be $200—especially if you’re buying a travel electronic. In order to determine what’s worth buying, you should run through the multiple scenarios you could see yourself using the product. Next, think about how you would configure packing it with the items you typically pack. As mentioned earlier, if your prospective travel gadget helps solve some sort of inefficiency, can promise comfort and/or functionality, and save space, then it’s probably worth giving it a try.

What’s fun about testing travel gadgets is you’ll find out quickly if it’s a fit for you. If you used the product and found it enjoyable on your trip, then you might have a winner. If it came out of your bag once—or never—then it’s a sign the gadget isn’t for you.

Over the years we’ve reviewed endless amounts of travel gadgets and travel electronics. For 2023, Men’s Health editors and writers, including our gear and commerce editor John Thompson, thoroughly researched and tested dozens of the best travel gadgets and electronics and evaluated their durability, design, and functionality. We also considered price points, as some travel gadgets provide a better overall value than others.

Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.

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