The Best Travel Accessories for 2017
From the best in tech to functional and stylish luggage, we look at what the road warriors will be packing in the New Year.
Here One Wireless Earbuds
Created with input from over 10,000 audiophiles, Here One wireless smart earbuds allow you to stream music, make calls and use voice-activated programs. With the connected app, you can also adjust the amount and type of noise cancellation you want – whether it’s chatter, traffic or background music – making them safe to use when you still need some sound to orient yourself. In a crowded setting, you can even amplify speech to better hear the person you’re listening to. The Here One app also learns how you use your device and provides you with suggested settings based on your environment.
A maker of film cameras since the early 20th century, Leica remains popular with photography enthusiasts due to its unique lenses, durability and classic esthetic. Made in Germany, the company’s new digital camera is small and light with a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor that produces crisp high-quality photos. The rangefinder-style camera has a three-inch screen and an ISO range from 100 to 50,000. Equipped with Wi-Fi, it works with an iOS app for wireless image transfer and lets you control the camera remotely to take better selfies and group shots.
The makers of high-end strollers are delving into the luggage industry with the Bugaboo Boxer, made up of interlocking cases (either sold separately or as a system) that snap together to create one very manageable bag. The Travel and Cabin cases (the latter are smaller) can be added to the base or to one another, depending on how much you need to pack. A luggage strap secures your coat or other bulky items outside the suitcase, and an inner bag can double as a backpack (which you can also conveniently hook onto the outside). Push or pull the suitcase on two or four wheels. When it’s time to stow it, the handlebar and wheels fold easily away.
Beeline Smart Compass for Bikes
Cycling can be a great way to explore a new city, but you don’t necessarily want to stick to one route or have your nose in your phone while you do it. With the Beeline compass, cyclists plug their destination into the linked app, and as they roam the streets, the compass displays an arrow pointing the way as well as the distance from the goal. Beeline fastens to your bike’s handlebar with a silicone strap, and its plastic case is water- and shock-resistant. The gadget comes in red, grey or blue and works with both Apple and Android phones.
Mophie Battery Packs
Try one of Mophie’s portable external batteries and make sure you never run out of juice when a plug isn’t near. The 10,000 mAh battery provides up to 48 hours of additional battery life, and the extra USB port lets you charge a second device at the same time. It can also be used with wireless-charging-enabled smartphones and the Mophie phone case with Charge Force wireless power.
Available in rose gold or grey, Motiv Ring is the perfect size for those who prefer to pack light. This discreet waterproof fitness tracker and its corresponding app provide wearers with continuous data (the idea is to never take it off) on their active minutes, active and resting heart rates, calories burned, distance travelled, sleep duration and daily steps. The three-to-five-day battery comes with a magnetic charging dock that plugs into a USB port.