Essential Travel Items

These are the most unique travel items that we’ve found across the web. Some of these travel items are designed to provide comfort, convenience and relaxation. Others are aimed at improving security and safety, or simply saving space and staying organized while away from home. We try to include a bit of everything in our collection of the most essential travel items as long as it’s unique, useful, and made of high quality materials.

Travel Espresso Maker

If you enjoy great espresso, consider adding this premium travel-sized espresso maker (called Minipresso) to your list of items that you bring on the road.

It weighs less than 1 pound (0.8 if we’re being specific) and has a built-in cup. If you pack lightly or travel with just a carry-on, this is going to save you a lot of space and weight compared with some of the alternatives. It’s innovative design uses a hand pump rather than compressed air cartridges or electricity, meaning you can use this pretty much anywhere without carrying any extra gear.

This video shows exactly how to use the Minipresso espresso maker:

Rigid iPhone Cable

Pretty self-explanatory. This cable is a small invention that lets you hold your phone in a specific position. It’s great for GPS while driving, or keeping your screen visible while charging so that you can see when the charge is complete.

The cable works with iPhone 5 and newer, and connects via any USB charging plug. It’s also compatible with iPad 3 or newer.

If you like the concept but want a longer cable that stays rigid while providing more reach, check out this post from last month.


Ostrich Pillow

The Ostrich Pillow lets you turn the entire world into your personal nap-ground. Relax anywhere, anytime, in a portable calm zone.

Here’s a YouTube video from the maker of this product explaining the idea:

The Ostrich Pillow is made out of flexible fabric and filled with micro balls for added comfort. These soft materials and padding provide a soothing environment to relax in no matter where you happen to be.

It’s designed to contain your head and hands in separate compartments, temporarily relieving both your mind and body of stress and distraction whenever you need a short timeout. You can use this product to take a quick relaxation break while taking public transportation, working in the office, or even while in your own home.

To use the pillow, slip it over your head and align your mouth with the large front opening for easy breathing. The top two openings are there to enable you to rest your hands and arms. This position is extremely comfortable while napping or resting your head on a table or desk. The Ostrich Pillow turns these typically uncomfortable surfaces into an inviting nap area. Try it out!

Ostrich Pillow is hand-crafted in Spain and each order comes with a storage bag for when you’re not using it.


Windproof Umbrella

We’ve all held a regular umbrella in a wind storm and had it collapse on itself multiple times. Not a fun experience.

The Senz Stormproof Umbrella solves this issue. It’s probably the most high tech umbrella ever created. It has an aerodynamic wind resistant design that allows it to survive storms and high wind speeds without inverting or collapsing.

The design is built to withstand wind speeds of 50 MPH or 80 KMH. The Senz Stormproof Umbrella is extremely light as well, weighing in at just 400g, or less than 9/10 of a pound.

Each umbrella comes with a 1 year guarantee.

Here’s a YouTube video showing some of the amazing testing that this technology went through. You can see the umbrella shake but not collapse when exposed to high winds.


Luggage Tracker

Trakdot has received a lot of great press for its ability to protect your items while traveling. Hide it in your suitcase, laptop bag, guitar case or anywhere else while traveling and track your bag if anything bad happens along the way.

The device uses local cellphone networks around the world to provide location updates wherever your luggage may go. You can receive this info via your own cellphone, regardless of what type of phone or which service provider you use.

The Trakdot currently sells for around $49.99 and comes with a 2 year warranty and 1 full year of free tracking. After that, each year of tracking service costs $19.99.


Cocoon Travel Pillow

Featured in Wired magazine, the Cocoon Travel Pillow packs down to the size of an apple and inflates in only 3 breaths. It combines ultra comfortable down stuffing with an air bladder for support and fullness.

The pillow is made out of nylon and polyester. It weighs only 3.7 ounces, making it a must-have travel item even if your luggage space is very limited.


Flat Water Bottle

This reusable plastic bottle is specifically designed to fit into a briefcase or other bag.

It’s called MemoBottle and began as an idea on Kickstarter.

The product was designed with a mission in mind- reducing our consumption of single-use water bottles. The designers figured that if a bottle were finally shaped like the other objects we carry around, like laptops and tablets, it would also fit into the bags that we carry around. So they threw out the idea of a round bottle and started from scratch to come up with the MemoBottle design.



Car Power Converter

Convert your car’s power into a 120V AC charging station with this gadget called PowerCup. The innovative design makes it a perfect fit for any commuter, or for a long road trip.

The PowerCup conveniently fits into any cup holder in your car, so it won’t move around while driving, and it allows you to charge multiple devices at the same time, all with your car’s power.

In addition to the two standard outlets, the PowerCup provides a USB power outlet to charge a variety of USB devices including smartphones, tablets, cameras and more.


Smuggler’s Belt

Hand crafted leather belt with a hidden compartment for bills or other small items. Great for traveling or keeping objects hidden.

This is hand cut and hand sewn in Colorado, USA. It’s made from genuine leather and an iron buckle. Each belt is signed and numbered by the makers.

Multiple colors are available on their website including natural (shown in the picture), reddish brown, light brown, and black.


iPhone Cable

A picture is worth 1000 words. Check out the photo above to see what this cable can do.

The product is a sturdy but flexible iPhone lightning charging cable that allows you to keep your phone exactly in the position you want, hands-free. It looks amazing as well.


  • MFI certified iPhone lightning charge cable
  • Charge your phone by connecting to USB or a wall charger
  • High quality metal cable is virtually indestructable

Possible Uses:

  • Hold your phone’s GPS screen at eye level while driving
  • Keep your phone at eye level while using Facetime
  • Hold your phone steady for photography
  • Get creative, impress your friends, etc.

This is perfect for holding your phone upright while driving and using GPS, so that your hands aren’t occupied.

You could also use this cable to prop up your phone while watching a movie at home.

As a final idea, it’s a great way to make sure your phone screen is always viewable while charging so that you can keep track of messages or updates as they come in.

There are many more ideas and ways to use this, but the ideas above should get you started. This product also makes a pretty fun gift for any iPhone users.