The Best Travel Gear of 2015

Ashley Rossi, December 10, 2015
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    Take it from us (because, well, we travel a lot): Any traveler on your list will love these products that we've tested in 2015. Whether they're an avid business traveler, a weekend warrior, or are on a trip around the world, there's something for everyone. From charging hubs (Yes, we promise it's a good gift!) to tiny video cameras, we've got something for every budget and need.


    This packable fitness kit includes a resistance tube, band, door anchor, jump rope, and a reflective armband for outdoor workouts, along with exercise cards and access to an online database of workouts. Weighing just two pounds, it's the perfect gift for any frequent traveler looking to get a quick workout in at the hotel. Fitness expert Amie Hoff has created over 250 exercises targeting strength, flexibility, and cardio.

    Price and Where to Buy: $35.99 on Amazon

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    The Stowaway Kit

    This set of six travel-sized makeup products is perfect for frequent travelers, as these products comply with the TSA's 3-1-1 liquids rule. The kit includes BB Cream, concealer, cheek and lip rouge, lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara. Read our review from Senior Editor Caroline Morse, for more details.

    Price and Where to Buy: $75 on

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    LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

    Whether it's a trip to a developing country, a backpacking trip, or you simply want to save money on water, the LifeStraw filtering bottle is the perfect gift. With the majority of reviews raving about the non-chemical taste, it's the leading brand among filtered bottles.

    Price and Where to Buy: $29.95 (on sale from $34.95 at the time of publication) on Amazon

    InnoFlask Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker with Travel Case

    This portable speaker makes a great gift for anyone who likes to take their music with them. The speaker, weighing in at less than one pound, won't take up more space than a sunglass case, and it isn't stingy on sound quality. All reviews compliment the sound given its size, as well as the durability of the case.

    Price and Where to Buy: $88.33 from Amazon

    Ventev Global Charginghub 300

    This makes the perfect gift for any international traveler, as charging electronics abroad—nevermind finding enough adapters—can be frustrating. This one comes with four AC-prong configurations and two USB ports, so you can charge more than one device at the same time. It's compatible in 150 different countries, so it'll keep electronics charged just about anywhere.

    Price and Where to Buy: $29 (on sale from $42.99 at the time of publication) on Amazon

    Biaggi Contempo Soft Tote

    This is Senior Editor Caroline Morse's favorite personal item and it's sure to be every traveler's go-to bag. The 16-inch tote fits most laptops and will hook over a rolling suitcase's handle. It even has a top zipper to securely hold belongings.

    Price and Where to Buy: $79.99 on Biaggi's website

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    MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

    The MiniPresso is an ideal way to get a caffeine fix on the go. Whether it's for an avid camper, business traveler, or coffee snob, this is the perfect gift. Weighing in at 10.4 ounces, the machine doesn't use batteries and won't take up much space. It lets you use your own ground beans … then all you need is hot water.

    Price and Where to Buy: $99 on Amazon

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    Skyroam Hotspot

    If you're looking to give any business traveler or international jetsetter the best gift ever, get them their own personal Wi-Fi hotspot, which grants them unlimited data coverage in more than 65 countries. While $10 day-usage passes are required for additional purchases, many international phone plans will cost more, and this lets a user connect up to five devices—so it's a great gift for those looking to stay connected abroad. Read our full review from Features Editor Patricia Magaña for all the details.

    Price and Where to Buy: $125 for the Skyroam device, including five free day passes (which are normally $10 per day) on Amazon

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    Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage

    If you're feeling extra generous this year, this smart suitcase does pretty much everything. Not only can it charge your phone and weigh itself, it can also lock itself, send a GPS location signal, and track your travel. The carry-on has a handy electronics sleeve and weighs less than nine pounds. Set to release on December 15, this carry-on is fresh on the market and may well be the next big thing in travel.

    Price and Where to Buy: $399 on Amazon available for pre-order and will be released on December 15

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    Polaroid Cube Lifestyle Action Video Camera

    Polaroid's latest product, the "cube," makes a great gift for any Go Pro lover or adrenaline junkie. It can fit in the palm of your hand but still records 90 continuous minutes per charge. If you're feeling extra generous, gift them one of the many nifty accessories, too—like a waterproof shock case or bicycle mount.

    Price and Where to Buy: $99.99 for Polaroid Cube HD 1080p and $149.99 for Polaroid Cube+ 1440p with Wi-Fi and Image Stabilization. Accessories average under $20. All available on Amazon.

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    iBattz Refuel Invictus Slim Battery Case

    This iPhone 6 case is the perfect gift for someone who is always on the go, adding up to 120 percent extra power to a phone. The rechargeable battery case is one of the slimmest we've seen, making it perfect for travel.

    Price and Where to Buy: $69.99 on Amazon

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