Our Favorite Travel Accessories
We won't take a trip without these essentials.
1. Built NY Laptop Portfolio Case ($70 - $80)
Carrying a laptop around can be a hassle. But our onlineeditor, Gayle K. Christopher, totes her Dell in sleek, coastalstyle. "The Built NY Laptop Portfolio Case is made of cushy,neoprene scuba-suit material," Gayle says. "It protects my laptopbeautifully and gives me the feeling of being near theocean―no matter where I am." Call 212/227-2044 or visit builtny.com.
2. Travel Toothbrush ($20)
Gayle, an outdoor enthusiast, looks for products that makethe transition from trail to travel. Her must-have accessory forbackpack or carry-on is the space-age Travel Toothbrush. "I canfill the handle with my favorite toothpaste rather than settlingfor the stuff I can find in an airline-approved quantity," Gaylesays. "This may be overkill for a toothbrush, but I love the 007gadget-like quality." Call 800/458-4438 or visit sahalie.com.
3. MOTORAZR2 V9m for Verizon ($250)
When it comes to cell phones, our world-traveling executiveeditor, James Schwartz, needs international service. "I'm a totalconvert," says James about his Motorola RAZR2 V9m. "Having aquad-band phone that works worldwide makes every part of traveleasier. I can call ahead when I'm running late for dinner, phone myairline to change flight reservations―even check with the petsitter to make sure my dog is faring well in my absence. A luxury?No way. My cell phone is a travel essential." Call 866/289-6686 orvisit www.store.motorola.com.
4. QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones ($349)
Maybe it was the cross-country flight when James was seatedin row 27, directly in front of the 2-year-old twins in row 28. Or,it could have been the time he was surrounded by the high schoolhockey team while his plane was stranded for six hours on therunway. "One of those aural adventures convinced me to spring fornoise-canceling headphones―and they're worth every penny,"James says. "Colicky infants? I don't hear them. Boisterousathletes? Haven't noticed. These days I sit down, buckle up, anddrift away into silent bliss." Call 800/999-2673 or visit bose.com.
Also worth trying, audio-technica's ATH-ANC7 QuietPointheadphones. Call 330/686-2600 for dealer information or visit audio-technica.com.
5. The Extra-Roomy Opening DreamSack ($75)
Managing editor Vicki Weathers requires a DreamSack to gether beauty sleep on the road. "I just like to have somethingbetween me and the last person who was on those hotel sheets,"Vicki says. Sleeping in a sea of 100-percent silk is great, but notworrying about turndown service is priceless. Call 800/670-7661 orvisit dreamsack.com.
6. Save Your Back Bag ($54―$99)
Former senior editor Susan Haynes isn't a clotheshorse, butwhen it comes to traveling she believes nothing is more importantthan having the accessories. "I would like to purchase an entirewardrobe from Norm Thompson and TravelSmith," Susan says. In fact,she loves the Norm Thompson Save Your Back Bag so much she ownstwo―one black, one red. "Over the years I've watched womenhauling around their $700 designer hobo bags, and I simply grin tomyself as I healthfully march along," Susan says. Visit normthompson.com.
7. Marc Modavi Moccasins ($65)
Lifestyle editor Sarah Brueggemann exits planes in coastalstyle in sea-blue Marc Modavi Moccasins. These flight-friendlyshoes are light on her feet and in her luggage. "What a greatidea!" Sarah says. "With metal detectors everywhere, no one wantsto fumble with laces or worry about setting off alarms.""Call800/950-1600 or visit travelsmith.com.
8. Buzz OFF Canvas Sun Hat ($26)
"I can't tell you how many times I've been eaten up by bugsduring photo shoots in the Carolinas," Sarah says. Things aredifferent now that the Canvas Sun Hat is perpetually atop Sarah'shead when she's on location. Not only is this floppy hat infusedwith the odorless BUZZ OFF Insect Shield, it also has Sun Guard30+, which block 98 percent of the sun's harmful rays. Call800/644-7303 or visit exofficio.com.
9. Essential Starter Kit ($30)
Features writer Susan Kim practically lives out of hersuitcase. To save time and space, she relies on the EssentialStarter Kit by Malin + Goetz, which is perfect for travel. "The1-ounce bottles of lightly scented face cleanser, face and bodymoisturizers, bergamot body cleanser, shampoo, and conditioner notonly comply with airline carry-on restrictions, but they also havean easy push-top opening," Susan says. Call 212/244-7771 or visit malinandgoetz.com.
10. Bucky Shades ($25)
The one item Susan won't leave home without is her BuckyShades, which cradle her eyes with a plush and curvy silhouette."Unlike the thin airline eye masks, this one has a thick,100-percent-light-blocking lining that doesn't put pressure on myeyes," Susan says. Call 206/545-8790 or visit bucky.com.