Barracuda Luggage - Although it hasn't debuted on the market yet, it doesn't mean that we don't have our eye on this bag. It appears to be every travelers' dream with a built-in laptop tray, a USB charging port, an ergonomic handle and when not in use, collapses down to four inches. Our favorite part may just be that you get all of those capabilities in a hard-sided piece of luggage. Considering that it has raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter, we aren't the only ones waiting for them to start shipping. (Barracuda Luggage is open for preorders.)
Anker 2nd Gen. Astro G4 Portable USB Charger - Unless airports start linking their walls with USB ports and plugs, chances are you or someone you know will end up in a far-flung airport with 5% battery life and no available charging stations. Well, it's time you did your future self a favor and purchased the Anker 2nd Gen. Astro G4 Portable USB Charger (Say that five times fast.) We love it because it has the capability to charge devices (Android and Apple smartphones and tablets), multiple times. Yes, multiple times. No one charge and you're done for us. It is a lifesaver for travelers, especially those in the middle of binge watching House of Cards when their tablet decides to die a fast death. (Anker 2nd Gen. Astro G4 Portable USB Charger $29.99 on Amazon.)
Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack - One day, a friend couldn't stop talking about this elegant, Italian leather company's backpack, so we figured the least we could do is give it a look. To say we were impressed is an understatement. Supple leather, the kind that looks better with age, a place to organize pens, notebooks, chargers, a nice allowance for a 15" MacBook as well as the ability to convert it from a backpack to shoulder bag with just a quick adjustment of the straps gave us bag envy. No more clunky messenger bags and laptop sleeves for us anymore. (Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack €210.00)
Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones - There are many noise-canceling headphones on the market, but we just love Bose's QuietComfort headphones. We have tried many headphones, but it is nothing like what we have experienced with the QuietComfort line. We know when we wear these on a flight, that we are going to get all of our work done on the plane and then settle in for the best sleep we will ever have on a flight. They're compatible with Apple and Android products, so you can control your life without having to remove your gear. (Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones $299.95)
Smartphones - Yes, Apple, Samsung and everything in between. We love smartphones. They've revolutionized the way we travel with apps that can tell us everything we need to know and get us there on time. So although we will leave the smartphone brand up to personal discretion, we couldn't leave it out of our travel gear section. Downloading travel apps is a necessary part of our life, and we are grateful that we have a device which can handle it all.
There you have it, some of our favorite travel gear to keep us on the move and let us arrive relatively fresh to our destinations. We can assure you that this gear will make you feel like you can conquer the world since all you need is peace and quiet, organization and a fully charged smartphone!