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Oprah’s Favorite Things 2021: The 12 Best Picks for Travelers

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If it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for you—at least that’s our motto when it comes to gift-giving. Every year, Oprah manages to find the most unique, fun and unexpected presents on the market, and 2021 is no different. This year’s list focuses on small businesses owned by people of color and women—and it’s all available on Amazon for easy shopping.

Here are the top 12 picks for travelers from Oprah’s 2021 Favorite Things list. 

All of the products featured in this story were hand-selected by our travel editors. Some of the links featured in this story are affiliate links, and SmarterTravel may collect a commission (at no cost to you) if you shop through them.

Aura Carver Smart Digital Picture Frame

Aura Carver Smart Digital Picture Frame
Amazon

Do your travel snapshots just sit on your camera roll forever? Enjoy them every day (without the hassle of selecting ones to print and display) with the Aura Carver Smart Digital Picture Frame. Make a slideshow of your favorite travel pictures and be reminded of happy memories every time you look at the frame. The Aura frame uses WiFi and can store over 10,000 pictures, so you’ll never have to cull your photos again.

Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush
Amazon

Electric toothbrushes can be a hassle to travel with, but if you use one at home, downgrading to a manual travel-sized toothbrush feels wrong on the road. The solution: The Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush, a lightweight and slim portable electric toothbrush that can be charged via USB. One charge will last for 30 days, so you probably won’t even have to pack the cord. 

Apollo 1 XL Duffle

Apollo 1 XL Duffle
Amazon

The Apollo 1 XL Duffle is the perfect bag for weekend trips. This roomy carry-on can fit a surprising amount, but will still keep you organized thanks to six open-top compartments and one zipper pocket. The snakeskin faux leather exterior comes in four different colors and will help you look like you’re flying first-class with Oprah. 

32 Degrees Ultra-Light Down Alternative Water-Repellent Packable Puffer Vest

32 Degrees Ultra-Light Down Alternative Water-Repellent Packable Puffer Vest
Amazon

This magical vest is water-repellent, lightweight, and packable. Wear it on the plane or fold it up into the included pouch and use it as a pillow. The vest uses Cloudfill insulation that’s made from recycled plastic bottles and is warmer, more packable, and better for the environment than traditional down.

Bose Sleepbuds II

Bose Sleepbuds II
Amazon

We fly coach class and Oprah travels on a private jet, but we both pack the Bose Sleepbuds II on every trip. These magical earbuds are life-changing for anyone who has trouble sleeping. Designed by Bose’s world-class engineers, the sleepbuds play noise-masking sounds that are clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep all night. The soft silicone sleepbuds provide a comfortable fit all night, even if you’re a slide sleeper. 

Kelsey Crossbody

Kelsey Crossbody
Amazon

Crossbody bags are our favorite purses for travel, and Oprah agrees, putting the Kelsey Crossbody on her favorites list. Inspired by a camera bag, the Kelsey has three outside zippered pockets and two internal compartments to keep everything organized. RFID-protected card pockets keep your identity safe without adding extra wallet weight. This crossbody features an adjustable and detachable strap and handle so you can wear it multiple ways.

Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus

Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus
Amazon

Still dreaming about that pasta you had on vacation in Italy? Recreate your favorite travel meals at home with the Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus. This helpful little gadget automatically mixes, kneads, and extrudes delicious pasta—all you have to do is add in the ingredients. It comes with four shaping discs so you can make all kinds of pasta (including lasagna, dumplings, fettuccini, penne, and more). Bonus: the dishwasher-safe parts make clean-up a breeze.

Corkcicle Commuter Cup

Corkcicle Commuter Cup
Amazon

Throw your drink in your bag without worrying about leaks with the Corkcicle Commuter Cup. The 360 degree spill-proof lid really works—and can be used one-handed, as the lid automatically opens for a drink and then seals back up (no locks/sliders/levers required). The insulated stainless steel body and ceramic-coated interior will keep your drink at the perfect temperature for hours—5 hours for hot drinks and 18 for cold ones.

Head Lightz Beanie 

Head Lightz Beanie
Amazon

Winter means cold temperatures and early darkness—stay safe and warm with the Head Lightz Beanie. This cozy hat has a built-in headlamp to light your way and keep you visible on early morning winter jogs or after-work dog walks. 

Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2
Amazon

Give the gift of virtual travel with the Oculus Quest 2, an advanced all-in-one virtual reality headset that will let you explore the world remotely. Built-in speakers provide 3D cinematic sound, and the premium display features 50 percent more pixels than the original Quest. It’s easy to set-up with your smartphone, and no PC or consoles are needed to use the Oculus. 

Sigma Beauty Essential Travel Size Brush Set

Sigma Beauty Essential Travel Size Brush Set
Amazon

Take your makeup routine on the road without sacrificing space with Sigma Beauty’s travel-size brush set. The set includes seven high-quality brushes that pack into an included protective storage cup.

Samsonite & Sarah Jessica Parker Shoeful Convertible Duffel

Samsonite & Sarah Jessica Parker Shoeful Convertible Duffel
Amazon

Condense your travel bag collection into one versatile bag that can do it all. The Shoeful Convertible Duffel can be worn five different ways. Use the entire bag as a backpack, crossbody or handheld—or detach the removable purse and use it as a clutch or small crossbody. 

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