Between long security lines and crowded airports to weather-related flight delays, holiday travel can be a major hassle. Thankfully, you can mitigate some of the stress by packing the following items in your carry-on bag.
Sleep for Success! Travel Pillow
When unfolded, this down pillow designed by Dr. James B. Maas Strees Ease measures 540 square inches. Thanks to its unique folding pattern, however, it can be easily be rolled into a compact shape that will easily fit in your purse, backpack, or other carry-on. The pillow also features hot and cold packs to provide a temperature to match your surroundings―so on those frigid flights, your neck and head will stay nice and warm. The pillow is available for $29.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Speert Fold-Away Comb
When all of your toiletries are packed in a travel kit, broken or bent comb teeth are all but inevitable. This folding comb from Speert effectively solves that problem. The comb is also designed to be compact; when folded, it measures 4 inches long and 1.25 inches wide. All Speert Fold-Away combs are handmade in Switzerland, and available online for $17.
If you’re traveling with two pieces of rolling luggage and only one set of hands, this elastic device can be used to connect both suitcases and make your journey much smoother. Simply place the smaller bag in front and use the handles to link both pieces of luggage together, and you’ll be able to pull both simultaneously. Train Reaction is available online for $14.95 apiece, or $49.95 for a pack of six.
Slippers perform two important functions during air travel. They not only provide comfortable in-flight footwear, but can be easily slipped on and off, which serves a practical purpose at security checkpoints. Acorn provides a wide range of traditional men’s, women’s, and children’s slippers, as well as unconventional offerings like unisex Slipper Socks, the Rambler Moc for men, and the Chinchilla Bootie for women. Prices vary per item, but all Acorn slippers are priced between $10.80 and $140.
If you find the idea of waiting in long lines positively detestable, then you’re a strong candidate for Clear Card membership. The card allows you to bypass the lengthy queues at security checkpoints and complete the TSA inspection in five minutes or less. The card is available for passengers on all airlines. Membership for the Clear Card is $15 each month, plus an annual fee of $50 per spouse, child, or any other additional relative.
By Brad Nehring