13 must-have items the TPG team can’t travel without – The Points Guy

When it comes to a long flight or a delay at the airport, having your favorite travel essentials is essential.

The perfect sleep mask, comfortable clothes, or noise-canceling headphones can go a long way toward getting a good night’s sleep while jet lag or staying comfortable on a long flight.

Whether you’re traveling alone, with colleagues, family or friends, there are a number of products that can enhance your travel experience from start to finish.

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Every year, TPG team members travel thousands of miles to destinations around the world. These are some of the best items that make traveling easier, more relaxing, and fun.

BYLT Drop-Cut Signature Tees


$28.99 at BYLT

The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly, is all about comfort when traveling. From his Nike sneakers to his stretchy travel pants, staying cool and comfortable during a long flight makes all the difference.

His favorite shirts are the BYLT Drop-Cut Signature Tees, thanks to the brand’s signature moisture-wicking fabric, which has a soft, luxurious feel and loose drape. T-shirts are also available in a variety of colors and sizes.

For all women who want comfortable travel tops and other clothing, BYLT also makes women’s clothing.

Bose QC45 Wireless Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones


$329 on Amazon

Sleep like a baby on an airplane (or drown a crying baby) with this TPG fan favorite, the Bose QC45.

TPG Senior Editor Ben Smithson swears by these, saying they’re the best headphones he’s ever owned and wouldn’t dream of traveling without them.

“The battery lasts a long time and they’re super easy to connect with great sound quality. The best part is that you can turn on the noise canceling feature to drown out any noise around you,” he said.

Plush ear cushions and padded headband are comfortable on long-haul flights. Advanced acoustic technology, including adjustable EQ, lets you fine-tune the sound to your preference.

You can also switch these headphones between silent mode and aware mode, depending on your setting and needs.

Paravel foldable bag


$70 on Amazon

Having the right bag that fits all your important travel items can make or break a trip. And sustainable travelers will love the Paravel collapsible bag, made from 22 recycled plastic water bottles. Melanie Lieberman, TPG’s Global Features Editor, likes that the bag is compact, versatile and eco-friendly.

It also has a number of user-friendly features, like a trolley sleeve to slip over the luggage handles and an interior zip pocket – and you can even add a monogram.

The coolest feature of the bag, however, is that it folds up into a small e-book-sized sleeve.

iPhone 14 Pro


$1,099 and up at Best Buy

Featuring iOS 16 and all-new colors, the iPhone 14 Pro is a favorite of TPG senior reporter Zach Griff, who can’t get enough of the 48MP camera. The 14 Pro phone uses an A16 bionic chip that improves power efficiency.

This model features a ceramic display built for durability, an always-on lock screen powered by a low-display backlight, a display that’s 2x brighter in sunlight, and longer battery life. longer battery. It is ideal for long flights, adventure trips or busy sightseeing days.

Snoozeshade for Pack n’ Play


$89 on Amazon

You’ll never have to watch Netflix or sip a glass of wine while hiding in your hotel room bathroom again, thanks to the Snoozeshade Travel Crib Cover, which safely blocks 94% of light in your hotel room.

When I traveled with my then baby (now toddler), I would always slip it in my luggage and put it on top of travel cots in hotel rooms and house rentals. This meant I could keep the lights on while my baby slept peacefully in the dark at the same time.

It’s a lifesaver for traveling families. The shade is breathable, washable and usable from the newborn stage as long as your child sleeps in a crib.

Supergoop SPF Starter Kit Bestsellers


$25 at Supergoop

The three-pack comes with Unseen Sunscreen – an invisible, lightweight SPF 40 – Play Everyday Lotion, made with full sunflower extract with SPF 50, and Glowscreen SPF 40, which can be used as a rosy sunscreen, stand-alone highlighter or makeup base.

TPG Senior Vice President of Content, Jamie Page, always has this sunscreen/skincare in her bag, precisely because “all products are reef safe and provide solid sun protection.”

The set is ideal for travel as each item meets the 100ml or less cabin fluid requirement. Not sold on these particular products? The brand offers a wide selection of travel products – eye cream, lip gloss, different types of sunscreen and more.

The Cadence Capsule


$14 at Cadence

Becca Manheimer, TPG’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, was tired of shopping for travel items. She wanted to take small portions of her usual products with her in a sustainable way when she travels.

She discovered Cadence: refillable capsule containers made from recycled plastic. Each capsule is magnetic and customizable, allowing you to select the right color and size, and even customize the label with icons or text to identify your product.

Shoppers can create their own system of capsules that hold together magnetically for easy access in your suitcase or toiletry bag.

ProMaster All-in-One Worldwide Travel Adapter


$19.95 on Amazon

Keeping your tech items charged while traveling doesn’t have to be complicated. Just get this Promaster travel adapter, which can be used in over 150 countries.

Ryan Smith, TPG Credit Card Editor, calls it the best travel adapter he’s ever used. You can plug in two different US plugs and then switch the correct pins to plug them into a power outlet in whatever country you are in.



$89 at Slip

Sometimes traveling is exhausting, especially for the skin. Rachel Malone-Olson, TPG’s vice president of marketing, finds that airline and hotel bedding, amenities and towels can dry out and won’t travel without her Slip pillowcase.

“It’s my last defense to maintain some semblance of moisture and hydration,” she said.

Dermatologist-recommended pillowcases aim to boost skin’s hydration and radiance that help keep fine lines, dryness, and wrinkles at bay. It’s available in basic white, or consider a bold hue from a rainbow of available colors.

Belle de Nuit Trendy Eye Mask


$46 at Amazon

Sleeping on planes is often elusive, but TPG UK social media manager Maren Gimnes can sleep on any flight as long as she has her eye mask plugged in.

The mask’s regenerative silk protects the delicate eye area while completely blocking out light so you can sleep anywhere during your trip. The hypoallergenic silk also helps rejuvenate the skin around the eyes to prevent wrinkles and dark circles.

Cotopaxi Allpa travel package


$200+ at Cotopaxi

A comfortable and durable backpack is essential for travelers. TPG Senior Writer Bill Fink is a fan of Cotopaxi’s Travel Packs for his off-road trips. He finds that the different compartments make it easy to find things quickly. He also likes that the packs feature a sturdy, padded laptop sleeve.

These colorful packs are a fun alternative to typical black luggage and bags. Interior mesh compartments almost look like an all-in-one backpack and storage cubes. Plus, the four reinforced handles make it easy to carry in different ways if you just don’t feel like carrying it on your back.

Moment phone lens, case and case stand


Lens, $99+, case, $39.99+, and frame, $4.99+ at Moment

We’ve already discussed how the new iPhone 14 Pro’s camera really kicked things up a notch. If you want to take the world of travel photography even further, consider Moment’s iPhone photography accessories.

TPG senior photo editor Wyatt Smith swears by the lens of his Moment phone because it allows him to get more diversity in his photos. Although you may need to upgrade the case and mount it when you switch phones, the lens should last you forever, providing extra sharpness, clarity and range to your travel shots.

Addalock portable door lock


$17.95 on Amazon

Safety is very important, especially for those traveling alone. TPG Content Operations Editor Madison Blancaflor always travels with this portable door lock.

“It provides an extra layer of protection and peace of mind at night, especially when I’m staying at an Airbnb where I have no idea who has all the access keys to the rental,” he said. she declared.

This particular security tool is easy to slip into your suitcase and simple to stick to a door, whether you’re staying in a fancy hotel, budget rental, or anywhere in between.


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