The Best Travel Accessories for 2019

From the best in tech to travel bags that do more, here’s the gear you need to up your packing game this year.

1. The Travel Compressor by Vago

With an automatic sensor that detects when your gear is fully compressed, this tiny travel compressor (it’s barely bigger than an egg) will suction the air out of your packed luggage to make sure that everything fits inside your carry-on – including the souvenirs you picked up along the way.

$89.64, amazon.ca
Available in different colours

2. The Beoplay P2 by Bang & Olufsen

Without compromising on sound quality, B&O has released their smallest portable speaker yet. The Beoplay P2 connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth device, and its battery offers up to 10 hours of uninterrupted playtime. The pocket-size speaker also supports Apple Siri and Google Now, and has a conference-call functionality that will get you caught up on business in no time.

US$169, bang-olufsen.com
Available in four colours

3. The Adjustable Bag by Uncommon Goods

Scrunching up to nearly nothing when empty, this sturdy travel bag adapts to your needs with three size settings and 10 configurations, from padded-strap backpack and cross-body carry-on to a 62-litre duffle. Pack it in your luggage empty, use it as your gym bag upon arrival, and for the trip back, expand it to the max – it’ll handle even the biggest shopping spree.

$197.88, uncommongoods.com
Available in black and military green

4. The Carry-on by Away: Aluminum Edition

Stretch the limits of carry-on capabilities with this aluminum wheeler, guaranteed for life and TSA-compliant for most major airlines. Designed in unbreakable shiny silver aluminum, it can fit up to 35 litres and is equipped with 360-degree Hinomoto wheels, a removable phone-charging battery and an interior compression system to squeeze the most bang out of your buck.

$695, awaytravel.com

5. The Port Kitt Toiletry Bag by Boundary

Made from Hypalon, one half of this sleek toiletry bag is waterproof and leakproof to protect all your liquids from pressure explosions. The other half keeps your sundries and nail tools bone-dry. Separate the two compartments to lay them flat in your carry-on to save space, or keep them together to hang in the shower at your hotel.

US$79.99, boundarysupply.com
Available in five colours

6. The Travel Wallet by MUJI

Minimize your load on the go by transferring your essentials into this light-as-air travel wallet. Washable and compartmentalized to fit multiple currencies and all your necessary cards, it matches a series of MUJI travel gear (we love a monochrome look), including double-zipped fastener cases to keep your luggage organized.

$15, muji.com
Available in three colours

7. The Cashmere Travel Wrap by White+Warren

Cozy up inflight with this ultrasoft unisex accessory that can act as blanket, shawl or scarf – also perfect for any chilly night on the road. The “mini” version is still large enough to keep you warm and ensure that this basic wrap makes its way into your daily rotation at home.

US$258–$298, whiteandwarren.com
Available in multiple colours and two sizes

8. The Glass Drinking Straw by Glass Slipper

Do your bit to fight microplastic pollution with this unbreakable, made-in-Canada glass straw, available in various lengths and shapes. Apart from the sleek look, glass has the advantage of not leaving any aftertaste the way paper or metal does, and is much easier to clean than bamboo. The travel pack includes a straw cleaner.

From $6, glasssipper.ca
Available in various sizes

9. The Ultrasonic Travel Essential Oil Diffuser by CAMPO

Keep your space feeling and smelling like home thanks to this travel-size, USB-powered essential-oil diffuser. Roughly the size of a can of soda, it will purify the air around you in addition to filling it with the scent of your favourite essential oils. Its automatic safety shut-off means you can fall asleep without worry.

US$49, campobeauty.com