The Best Packable Daypack for Travel

Packable daypacks are a perfect option if you need a lightweight spare bag to stash inside your luggage when you travel. They’re also great if you need an extra bag while running an unexpected errand during your daily commute. After testing 18 packable daypacks, we chose five lightweight, portable, well-constructed bags to fit a...

Our Favorite Slim Wallets

As everyone inches toward a futuristic cashless society where you can pay for everything with your smartphone, a slim wallet becomes all you need. (Say no thanks to a month’s worth of crumpled receipts, George.) A good one will also be comfortable in your pocket and bring you some pleasure—or maybe even a compliment—every...

The Best Carry-On Luggage

We’ve tested 47 bags over the past five years and are convinced that the Travelpro Platinum Elite is the best carry-on luggage for most travelers. It packs five days’ worth of clothes into standard US carry-on dimensions and has premium build-quality touches you’d expect from a $500 bag at about half the price. It’s...

The Best Suitcases for Checking

After researching 26 pieces of checked luggage and testing five finalists, we can say that the newest entry in Travelpro’s Platinum line, the Elite 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter, is the best suitcase for most travelers planning to check a bag. The spinner easily holds two weeks’ worth of clothes, looks and feels fantastic, and...

The Best Travel Pillow

Short of scoring a row of empty seats—dream on!—your best bet for getting at least a little sleep while flying is a travel pillow.  After asking 10 panelists to try on eight travel pillows and after taking four cross-country red-eyes in window, aisle, and middle seats, we think the comfortable and easy-to-pack Travelrest Nest Ultimate Memory...

Is Hotel Elite Status Actually Worth It?

Getting elite status with a hotel chain sounds aspirational and luxurious. And it certainly can be. But while many hotel rewards programs promise preferential treatment and freebies to their most loyal customers, actual benefits can be hit or miss....

The Best Sleep Mask

Falling asleep is hard enough without the thoughts of Monday meetings swarming around your head like a dementor. Sadly, a sleep mask can’t cancel those meetings, but it’s still a helpful tool for trying to get some rest. After asking nine panelists to try 11 sleep masks and four people to sleep two nights...

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