Anyone who’s ever tried to sleep on a long flight knows it’s hard to get comfy. This travel pillow is recommended by Lexie Sachs, associate director of the Textiles, Paper, and Plastics Lab. It has straps that attach to the airplane’s seat to prevent your head from falling sideways — that way you can actually sleep on the plane.

17 Best Travel Gadgets to Buy in 2019, According to the GH Institute
Getting ready for a vacation is never easy (there’s always something you’re bound to forget to pack), but once you’re there, you want the trip to be a breeze. To make your adventure easier than ever, all you need is a few of these fresh products ranging from smart luggage to the ultimate utility jacket. These are the best travel gadgets to buy for your next vacation in 2019, according to the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

An external battery is the one thing you should never go on a trip without. This one has two USB ports, so two people can charge their phones at the same time.
These 4-inch charging cords great for using with an external battery (like the Anker Power Bank above!). They are also way more comfortable to carry around than those 3-foot-long cables that always get tangled in your bag.
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal
Don’t forget to pack this gadget if you want smooth, stabilized footage of your next vacation. It holds your phone and has built-in controls that rotate it in one sweeping motion — a.k.a. Way steadier than a shaky hand. With this, you’ll quickly have professional-looking footage of your trip.

Are you worried about lack of coverage and wi-fi on your next vacay? With this Verizon Jetpack, you can connect up to 15 devices to your very own personal network. Our lab experts like that it works on a reliable system and has impressive battery life, plus it works as a charger, too!
This smart pouch safely stores all of your chargers, cables, pens, and headphones, and then rolls up to easily fit in your backpack or other luggage. No need to worry about misplacing your small items or having them fall to the bottom of your bag.

Packing cubes are a savior when it comes to keeping your suitcase organized. Our experts love how durable these Eagle Creek cubes are, while still being lightweight and thin (so you won’t lose any valuable space).

If you’re worried about losing your passport or plane ticket, tuck one of Tile’s tiny Bluetooth devices into your holder, and you can keep tabs on everything right from your phone. Testers raved about how easy the Tile app was to use.

This jacket is everyone’s dream: It has a ton of pockets (including some hand warming pockets!), each serving a different purpose. It’s perfect for traveling because you can keep most of your positions close to you, meaning you can worry less about getting something stolen or lost. Not to mention the fact that it comes with detachable gloves and a hood, an inflatable neck pillow, eye mask, a bottle opener/whistle keychain, and so much more!

This speaker may be small, but it still packs a punch when it comes to sound. It’s also water-resistant, so you can safely use it outdoors — and most importantly, while lounging by the pool.

With a Kindle Fire, you can download your favorite books and TV shows so you can stay entertained on the go. It’s lightweight and gives you many benefits of a tablet, minus the hefty price tag. Plus, they claim to have a battery life that lasts throughout 10 hours of reading books or watching videos.

This double-duty appliance works as both an iron and a steamer, while still weighing only 1.6 lbs. It did well in our Cleaning Lab tests but took some time to de-wrinkle a full garment.

These comfy, lightweight headphones make long flights and red eyes a lot more bearable. The excellent noise-canceling abilities and sound quality make tuning in to that in-flight movie much more enjoyable than with any pair you can buy on the plane. Plus, come with a cable so you can use the plane’s audio jack.

This device has a large four USB plugs, making it perfect for a family (or anyone who needs to charge their phone, tablet, headphones, and smartwatch all at once). Not to mention that it’ll even cost them quickly, too! It’s excellent for those hotel rooms that never seem to have enough outlets.

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