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Connecting Flights: 25 Travel Essentials For Men

We’ve all seen them. Carefree, laid back, and relaxed waiting in the airport terminal or train car. They’re the travelers we’ve always wanted to be. Everything they have is not only well put together, but it looks great to.

This isn’t by mistake. These guys are pros. They’ve at one point been in our shoes – wishing silently you’d brought a neck pillow, had remembered to pack a book, or just wished they could drown out that screaming baby five or six rows back. The only difference between them and us? They did something about it. They figured out what it took to pull together the right gear to get from point A to B comfortably and they pulled the trigger. We’re here to tell you that their ranks aren’t exclusive. There are plenty of great travel essentials for men out there that are well within most everyone’s reach. So before you book that next flight or hope on yet another long train ride – take a look at our rundown of the best travel essentials for men.

Monument Valley 2

Puzzles are one of the best ways to pass the time while on a flight or a long road trip. You can pretty much bet, however, that the Sodoku in the back of your in-flight magazine is all filled out. Fine by us, because the iPhone app Monument Valley 2 is a much more whimsical, engaging game anyhow.

Purchase: $5

Goodwell Company Premium Toothbrush

If you’re anything like us the last thing you want to do when you’re on a trip is bring along your electric toothbrush. It takes up too much space and frankly one is really tempting fate by bringing along yet another charging cord to be lost. Instead, consider Goodwell’s toothbrush. Designed to be more environmentally friendly, it features a biodegradable and replaceable head. Not bad for a travel brush.

Purchase: $10

A Good Magazine

Grab a great magazine before you head to the airport and you are guaranteed a solid few hours of entertainment. Being forced to pay for wifi may strike some as barbaric, but we love to take the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with great print publications.

Purchase: $20

Wildsam Field Guides

For a while there, everyone was convinced that things like guidebooks were a dying breed. Wildsam is here to prove them wrong. The small publishing house has rolled out 8 copies for cities ranging from Detroit to L.A. and Charleston. Much better than constantly Googling where to eat and what to do, in our opinion.

Purchase: $20

Luggage Tags

Make it unambiguous to all of the anxious, frustrated travelers circled ‘round the luggage carousel that the bag they’re about to grab up is, in fact, not theirs. A fun, lighthearted way to keep track of your suitcase with one of the best luggage tags out there.

Purchase: $26

Marvis Toothpaste

One of the best ways to make sure you never forget to bring toothpaste with you on a trip? Keep a dedicated tube for your dopp kit, and another for your home. While that may sound like a bit of a pain, if you order this tube from Marvis you’ll get not one, but two TSA-approved tubes of whitening mint for those chompers.

Purchase: $27

Tile Sport Key Finder

For those who’ve forgotten important items in the hotel room or at a great cafe in just about every city they’ve visited, there is the Tile Sport. This device will ring within a 200-foot range, and can even dial your phone if you are unlucky enough to misplace that, too.

Purchase: $29

Trtl Pillow

Not quite a fan of those goofy-looking neck pillows? Neither are we. That’s why we dig this quasi-pillow from Trtl. It features an internal support wrapped around a super soft fleece blanket for discretely hanging your head after finally finishing your book.

Purchase: $30

This Is Ground Cord Taco 5-Pack

Keeping your wires from getting all tangled up in your carry-on and luggage is a must. One of the best ways to do it? By using This Is Ground’s leather metallic snap cord tacos.

Purchase: $30

Outdoor Research Ultralight Compression Sack

Stuff sacks are for a whole lot more than just your sleeping bag. Need to make room in your pack? Have some dirty laundry you don’t mind wrinkling like crazy? Throw them in this 40D ripstop stuff sack and compress it down to size.

Purchase: $30

Heimplanet Monolith Dopp Kit

A great dopp kit is a travel essential if we’ve ever seen one. This particular example from Heimplanet features an incredibly tough 840D ballistic nylon, a feature that allows it to be hung from a towel hook, and a number of internal compartments for making organization super easy.

Purchase: $75

Davek Traveler Umbrella

One of the best umbrella brands is without a doubt Davek. Unlike a whole lot of other labels out there, these are actually built to be used multiple seasons in a row without showing any wear and tear. A great pick for those who do a lot of traveling during the rainy or wet season.

Purchase: $90

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

A light windbreaker can go a long way to keeping you comfortable in way-too-dry airports or overly air conditioned train cars. This one from Patagonia is made from a featherweight nylon with a DWR finish and boasts a chest pocket that can be converted to a stuff-sack.

Purchase: $100

Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Don’t get us wrong, we love books, but man oh man are those things annoying to try and fly with. They’re way too heavy and they take up a bunch of space. Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, however, suffers from none of those issues. Designed to be read in sunlight or dark, it’s an ideal companion for travel.

Purchase: $120

Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Wallet

Looking to keep your everyday carryall neatly organized in one spot for when you shuffle through TSA? Consider this wallet from Bellroy. The water-resistant, zippered wallet is large enough to store a passport, headphones, a phone, cash, cards, and even a little notebook.

Purchase: $140

Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Classic

These shades from Ray-Ban look like they could’ve been sunglasses worn in a movie, but they feature one slight difference – they’re foldable. The frames boast hinges along two points on the temple as well as along the nose for fitting in your breast pocket or backpack.

Purchase: $153

Powerstation AC

We’ve all been there. You’re planning on getting some work done on the plane or are expecting to use your phone to call a cab when you get off at your destination but – *ghasp* – you are running way too low on juice. If you have this giant powerstation from Mophie, this will never be an issue. It’s large enough to power a MacBook and well suited for juicing up just about any other device.

Purchase: $200

Eastpak Tranzshell Multiwheel Suitcase

Not looking to shoulder a bunch of bags on your trip? Consider this carry-on sized suitcase from Eastpak. The bag features a telescoping handle, a 360-degree wheel system, and internal compartments for keeping your clothing and other items well organized. A solid travel essential for sure.

Purchase: $200

Aer Travel Pack

For those who want something between a backpack and a duffel bag, there is the Travel Pack from Aer. the bag is made from a 1680D ballistic nylon, boasts waterproof zippers, and ample storage space for packing a weekend’s worth of clothing and more.

Purchase: $220

Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Backpack

One of our favorite bag makers rolled this item out not long ago and it has quickly become a staff favorite. The 46-liter bag is made from a 600D ballistic nylon exterior, features a padded laptop sleeve, and the option to wear it as a backpack or shoulder bag.

Purchase: $245

Western Digital My passport Wireless SSD

For those who can’t afford to write those hours on the road off as non-working, there is this wireless SSD from Western Digital. The external drive boasts a memory card slot for uploading images, the ability to stream 4K content to up to 8 devices, and has a battery life of up to 10 hours. A travel essential purpose-built for creators.

Purchase: $300

Ministry of Supply Kinetic Blazer

You can stop looking for the perfect travel blazer now. Made from a primeflex polyester fabric that is designed to flex and stretch with your body, this jacket is ideal for those who don’t want to restrict their movement even when dressing formally. And as if that wasn’t enough, this travel essential is totally wrinkle resistant.

Purchase: $325

Sony Noise Cancelling WH1000XM2

Screaming babies happen. It’s just a fact of life. Instead of getting annoyed at an exhausted mom who’s doing all she can to try and quiet down her newborn, throw on a pair of noise cancelling headphones and drown it out. One of the best out there now? Sony’s new WH100XM2. They feature a Bluetooth connection, 30 hours of wireless play, and an included voice assistant.

Purchase: $348

D R Harris Grained Leather Travel Grooming Kit

A toothbrush and a comb not quite enough for your taste? Consider this grained-leather travel grooming kit. The incredibly high-end setup features everything you could want from a grooming kit in a wonderful package.

Purchase: $482

Fujifilm X100F

One-up your phone camera with this point and shoot from Fujifilm. It features a CMOS III APS-C sensor that captures 24.3 MP images, a built-in ISO dial, and a classic look you’d be proud to strap around your neck.

Purchase: $1,300

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