For some, travel is primarily reserved for vacations and getaways. For others, globetrotting is a regular part of life, whether they happen to be avid jet setters and explorers or are routinely globetrotting for work. And for this latter group of individuals, normal everyday carry gear will seldom cut it, as an existence on the road, using foreign outlets and currencies, and living out of a suitcase necessitates a unique array of items — the latest and greatest of which we’ve rounded up for this handpicked guide to the best travel EDC essentials that money can buy.
Bellroy Lite Ready Pack
Cut from an eco-friendly ripstop fabric that’s derived entirely from recycled PET bottles — and is three-times lighter than the brand’s other shell construction — the Bellroy Lite Ready Pack is a foldable and packable 18-liter backpack that’s been engineered from the ground up specifically for jet setting and life on the road.
Field Notes Expedition Waterproof Notebooks 3-Pack
Printed in Illinois, the Field Notes Expedition Waterproof Notebooks 3-Pack is comprised of a trio of 3.5” x 5.5” all-weather EDC notepads that each contain 48 pages of dot-graph-style Yupo synthetic paper with saddle-stitch binding — a setup that’s been sandwiched between a set of special orange and black covers adorned in a subtle topo pattern.
Matador Waterproof Pill Canister
The perfect medication organization and storage vessel for modern-day globetrotters, the Matador Waterproof Pill Canister features a crush-proof aluminum shell that sports seven individual compartments and a robust IPX4 water resistance rating.
TEC Accessories Pico Pen
Sold with an included 12mm split ring and a snap ring for quick attachment and removal, the TEC Accessories Pico Pen is a travel and EDC-friendly writing instrument that boasts a machined stainless steel body that can easily be attached to a backpack or keychain — or carried in one’s pocket.
With global GPS tracking capabilities and compatibility with tech giant’s ecosystem of devices, the Apple AirTag is a must-have for any regular traveler, as it affords one the ability to discreetly keep tabs on your luggage, equipment, or any other crucial items that you may be traveling with.
Rolling Square inCharge X Portable Keychain
Another absolute must-have essential for frequent flyers, the Rolling Square inCharge X Portable Keychain is a cleverly-designed six-in-one gadget that features half-a-dozen different charging combinations — and does so while delivering charging speeds of up to 18 watts as well as the ability to rapidly deliver data transfers.
The James Brand The Halifax
Machined from grade 5 titanium billet, The James Brand Halifax is a minimalistic yet surprisingly utilitarian multi-tool that contains a 416 stainless steel bottle opener, a flathead and Phillips driver combo, and an integrated pry bar — all in a 2.875” package that’s 100% TSA-friendly and approved.
Whether you’re home or halfway around the world, staying hydrated is an essential part of daily life — which is why traveling with a well-made EDC bottle like the MemoBottle A6 is always recommended. Sporting a sleek leak-proof design cloaked in a matte black finish, this 16oz vessel is made from premium food-grade 304 stainless steel.
Twleve South Airfly
Equipped with up to 25 hours of battery life, the Twleve South Airfly is a wireless Bluetooth transmitter that can connect with up to two pairs of headphones. Offered in multiple versions including a Pro-spec, this item can also be used as an auxiliary adapter when driving a rental car — making it even more ideal for travel applications.
Peak Design Mobile Tripod
Sold with an included ballhead tuning tool and a travel pouch, the Peak Design Mobile Tripod is an award-winning photography tool that allows its user to carry a pro-grade tripod in their pocket or bag, offering ample functionality and utility in a super compact and travel-friendly package.
Bellroy Lite Sling
Made from the same lightweight yet rugged — and thoroughly sustainable and eco-friendly — shell material used to craft its Lite Ready Pack, the Bellroy Lite Sling is a featherweight 7.7oz crossbody bag that offers up to 7 liters of expandable storage space. This sling also includes several noteworthy features such as a raised pocket for sunglasses and a main strap secured using a magnetic clasp.
Though it was engineered for regular everyday carry use, the NITECORE EDC27 features a PVD-coated stainless steel housing that’s compact enough to make it more than conducive to travel applications — plus the fact that it boasts an OLED display, a weight of under 5oz, a TIR optic lens, a 720’ throw, and a maximum output of 3,000 lumens certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Bellroy Travel Wallet
Boasting room for ten or more cards, the Bellroy Travel Wallet is a classically-styled bifold that features a myriad of modern travel-focused amenities including RFID protection, a removable micro travel pen, a pocket for your passport, and a hidden compartment for space cash.
Anker 737 PowerCore 24K Power Bank
Despite its compact 6.13” × 2.15” × 1.95” dimensions, the Anker 737 PowerCore 24K Power Bank packs a massive 24,000mAh battery — with two-way charging capabilities — that allows user to juice up their iPhone 13 almost 5 times, or completely charge a 12.9” iPad Pro 1.3 times.
Sony WF-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Wireless Earbuds
With compatibility with smart assistants and what is unquestionably some of the best active noise canceling tech that money can currently buy, the Sony WF-1000XM4 are simply a fantastic choice for travel use — an area furthered by their extended battery life and super crisp audio quality.
Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK001
With a fourth hand that allow for the tracking of a second time zone, modern GMT watches are unequivocally the best choice for travelers, and the Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK001 is a fantastic four-hander that offers outstanding value with a 42.5mm stainless steel case with a rotating bezel, a multi-link stainless steel bracelet, 100 meters of water resistance, and a Japanese-made automatic movement.
The Best Travel Gadgets For Any Trip
Having the right devices on hand can massively improved your experience when globetrotting, which is why we’ve sought out the latest and greatest pieces of jet-set-ready tech in our guide to the best travel gadgets for any trip.