Update Your Carry On: A Dozen Essentials for Business Travelers

 

If you travel frequently for work, you probably have a collection of tried & true travel accessories. But when was the last time you updated your most-used travel tools? Take a look at our list of twelve practical picks that should be included in your carry-on bag.

1. REAL-ID Driver’s License

Starting October 1, 2020, Americans will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification in order to board commercial aircraft. Get to your state’s DMV for a renewal this year! dhs.gov/real-id 

2. Waterproof Phone Case

Available for both smartphones and tablets, the Overboard waterproof case is perfect for safeguarding your most valuable travel accessory. over-board.co.uk

3. Super-suitcase

Resistant to the hardest of knocks, the Away ultra-light carry-on suitcase is made from German polycarbonate and features an internal battery with a USB charging port. awaytravel.com

4. Smart Lock

Secure or share exclusive access to your valuables remotely with the AirBolt Bluetooth lock and app. theairbolt.com

5. Fitness Tracking Insoles

Every fitness fan’s dream, the smartphone-monitored Tracker Series insoles count the number of steps taken, calories burned and activity-to-rest ratio of the wearer. digitsole.com

6. High-quality Headphones

Watch an in-flight movie or savor the silence with the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i wireless headphones featuring advanced noise-canceling technology and up to 18 hours of play time. bang-olufsen.com

7. Multi-tasking Wallet

Made from heat-treated steel, this robust 16-in-one device is a credit card-sized multi tool. Think screwdriver, bottle opener, wrench, ruler, peeler and phone stand. It’s TSA-approved and fits right into your wallet. walletninja.com

8. SANS Travel Bottle

Its new and innovative design keeps pressed juices and smoothies fresh longer. The bottle vacuum seals and slows down the process of fruits and vegetables oxidizing and losing nutrients. Sans-bottle.com

9. Packable Umbrella

Fox Umbrellas Ltd. was founded in 1868 and has been producing the world’s finest umbrellas for over 150 years. The British-made GT4 Malacca luxury umbrella has a crook handle and tip that unscrew making it easy to fit into a suitcase. foxumbrellas.co.uk

10. Stutterheim Raincoat

Handmade in Sweden from rubberized cotton in versatile and durable designs, their raincoats look stylish rain or shine. stutterheim.com

11. Blue Light Blocker

RetinaGuard’s anti-blue light screen keeps the subtle blue light that electronics emit from disturbing your sleep. Put the filter over your laptop or iPad screen to protect your eyes and your body clock. retinaguardstore.com 

12. Wellness Supplements

Amazing Grass’s effervescent tablets mix with water to form an immunity-boosting drink that contains a serving of vegetables, plus antioxidant-rich superfoods. amazinggrass.com 

While you’re packing, take a few minutes to download these handy apps:

PocketGuide: Explore any city like a pro while listening to the best stories and facts relevant to the area with this audio guide on your smartphone. 

Been: Allows you to check off US states and countries around the world as you visit them. Sharing options allow you to evoke envy on social media.

LoungeBuddy: Input your itinerary and this app will tell you what lounges are available at the airports along your route. Photos and reviews help users make informed decisions on what lounges to select.

Roadtrippers: Type in your road trip destinations and Roadtrippers will recommend restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations and spots to take a break at along the route, as well as estimating fuel costs.

For more particulars on how to make your next business trip more productive, check out this article.

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