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 anxiety at bay with these stress-reducing travel products that will help you relax on your trip, secure in the knowledge that everything’s just fine.
Stress-Reducing Travel Products
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 has cameras and home-monitoring accessories you can tailor 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.
Price and Where to Buy: Nest cameras, thermostats, and smoke alarms from $99 on their website or at Amazon.
RFID-Blocking Travel Wallet
Where to keep money and credit cards is a common source of travel anxiety, especially if you’re worried about pickpockets or scams like RFID-skimming. Get a designated travel wallet that will organize the few cards you need and can also block electronic theft of your credit card info. Leave spare cards at your hotel in case of loss or theft. Try Travelambo’s RFID Blocking Leather Passport Holder, which can also fit spare cards like hotel keys and even your passport if you need it on-the-go.
Price and Where to Buy: From $10 on Amazon.
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.
Price and Where to Buy: The most basic version is available on Amazon from $75, and saves your activity and sleep to your phone.
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 allows 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.
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.
Price and Where to Buy: MyCharge PowerCord from $18 on its website.
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.
Price and Where to Buy: 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 Scale
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.
Price and Where to Buy: Oaxis Air Scale from $60 on Amazon.
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Editor’s Note: All prices correct as of publication are subject to change.