Standing in front of an awe-inspiring natural wonder or historic site isn’t the moment to be thinking, “Did I lock the front door?” Put vacation stress at bay with these anxiety-reducing travel products that will help you relax on your trip, secure in the knowledge that everything’s just fine.
Best Vacation Stress-Reducing Products
The following products help reduce vacation stress by letting you monitor your home, keep track of your stuff, and protect yourself in case things go wrong.
Nest Home Monitoring
Forget assigning a friend to check on the house for you while you’re away. Whether you want to see who’s at the door on-demand or get notified only if something goes wrong, Nest home-monitoring accessories can be tailored to your needs. Install security cameras inside or out, opt for a smart thermostat, or upgrade your smoke alarms—all of which you can access on your phone through the Nest app.
A Reliable Travel Wallet or Purse
Do you know where your passport is at all times during a trip? Where to keep money and credit cards is a common source of vacation stress, especially if you’re worried about pickpockets or scams like RFID-skimming. Get a designated travel wallet or purse that will organize all the cards you need and has enough space for your cards as well as your passport when you need to have it on you.
Arden Cove’s anti-theft bags have enough space for all your necessities, plus a slash-proof chainlink strap to prevent even the most persistent thieves. Or try Travelambo’s RFID-Blocking Leather Passport Holder if you only need a few card slots to accompany your passport.
You never know when a luggage lock might come in handy—like leaving your bags at hotel reception, before getting on a bumpy flight, or for renting a locker at an airport or hostel. Finding somewhere to stash your stuff on check-out day or between lodging is a win, but only if you have a lock to protect it.
Depending on your needs, stash a small or more durable combination lock in your luggage just in case (you don’t want to be worrying about losing a key). This small heart-shaped version is TSA-approved for flights and can double for a locker, or go for a classic combination padlock if you depend on hostel lockers.
It’s easy to fall victim to unhealthy habits on vacation, but it’s just as easy to squeeze some walking or other healthy activities into your trip. If you’re looking to stay on top of your activity time or even track your sleep stats on your trip, a Fitbit and its accompanying app will help you do just that.
Don’t fret about whether or not your luggage will be at the carousel when you get to your destination. Luggage trackers have become an affordable accessory that allow you to see via your phone where your bags are at all times. I reviewed TrakDot’s version and still use it, but smaller trackers like the keychain-sized Tile are also great for tracking suitcases and smaller items like your keys or wallet.
Island life is meant to be relaxing, but some beach destinations might have you worried about leaving your valuables on the sand unsupervised. Consider SAFEGO’s portable beach safe, or for something lighter and more discrete, this purse-sizes alternative from Aqua Vault.
A Back-up Phone Charger
Offline maps, entertainment, and photo-snapping are all important on vacation, but they’re also all sure to drain your battery by the end of the day. Stash a spare charging bank in your bag or travel jacket so you can plug in on the go if you need to. MyCharge PowerCord even fits on your keychain, so you’ll never have to worry about packing extra battery power.
You probably forego travel insurance most of the time, but snowy or wet seasons are worth purchasing it to avoid missing out on a refund or rebooking if emergency weather cancels your plans.
It could cost as little as a few dollars per travel day, yet save you thousands. Consider purchasing the $20-$50 policies airlines can add on to bookings, or get standalone insurance on hotels and personal items through a provider that will help you find the right policy, like Allianz Global Assistance. Here’s how to get travel insurance in as little as five minutes.
Portable Luggage Weighing Power
Winging it as to whether or not the airline will let your carry-on past the check-in scale without a hefty fee is now a thing of the past thanks to tiny luggage scales. Oaxis’ Air Scale doubles as a phone charger and weighs only 5.5 oz. When it’s not charging your device, use it to lift your bag and get an instant digital reading of the suitcase’s weight.
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Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Prices are subject to change.