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Whether you're taking to the skies for the first time in two years or packing the car for a cross-country trip, travel is, well, back; perhaps not in the ways we're used to, but the ritual of leaving where you live for somewhere else has been changed forever. It has new steps; new rules; new things to consider, too. As such, you need to be ready for anything. Having the right gear makes every trip easier, even if it makes your luggage heavier.
The Spectrum Spectacle Case’s curved shape makes it easy to hold or slip into a pant pocket. Plus, the leather exterior will prevent dirt and grime from getting to your lenses, and the soft suede interior will cushion bumps or drops.
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Long rides in the car without stopping are known to incubate BO. Bravo Sierra’s body wipes can stand in for a shower in a pinch — whether you’re ultra-stinky or just sticky from a few laps in the pool.
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The AX9 helmet boasts incredibly lightweight carbon fiber construction, a versatile visor and an adjustable chin guard port for getting airflow where you need it. It also looks pretty badass.
The Temple Jacket’s combination of vintage style and lightweight nylon shell with mesh venting makes it the best option for keeping cool all summer long.
The Car Thing is the ultimate Spotify streaming device for your car. It has a big touchscreen that makes navigating playlists and podcasts super easy, plus a built-in voice assistant so you can control your music hands-free.
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This first-of-its-kind portable console allows you to play games you'd typically only be able to access on a PC or a next-gen console anywhere you want — no wireless mouse or keyboard required.
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Thanks to its support for MagSafe fast charging, this handy travel gadget can quickly and wirelessly charge your new iPhone, your Apple Watch and your AirPods Pro all at the same time. It also folds up into a compact, travel-friendly design.
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This duffel is straight-up clever: it’s made to be carried just about any way you could want; it’s packed with pockets for easy organizing; and it’s got a durable, waterproof shell.
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This is the Jansport backpack you know and love, but upgraded. The Right Pack features a padded laptop sleeve, a water bottle side pocket and legit old-school style.
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PD’s cube features a smart zipper system that adapts to how much you’re packing, shrinking and growing accordingly. Elegantly designed, it’s also easy to access and divide as necessary.
Hand sanitizer might as well be pleasant, right? Stay safe and healthy with this one — but also treat your hands and senses with moisturizer and scents of eucalyptus, magnolia and wet wood.