Here at the SKI offices, we’re busy planning for next winter’s ski travel. We bet you’re starting to think about it, too. In light of that, we surveyed the editors and put together a list of our favorite gadgets and accessories that really do make the travel process easier and more enjoyable. From portable tunes to the slimmest on-the-go phone charger, these 5 items have earned coveted spots in our carryons and backpacks for the coming season.
SKI’s Most Useful Travel Accessories for Next Winter
Anker Powercore Slim 10000 PD
We never head out for a day on the slopes without a portable charger. The cold saps phones batteries, and even when we switch our devices to low-power mode, they’re still limping back to the lodge at the end of the day at less than 10 percent. The Anker Powercore Slim 10000 PD is super-portable, easily sliding into a jacket chest pocket, and will charge all iPhones plus many Android models. It takes just under five hours to get this charger to full power, and with a 10,000mAh capacity, the Powercore will charge multiple phones before it needs to be juiced up again. [$30]
JBL Go 3 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
The completely updated JBL Go now has a much more durable fabric outer case and a new design that’s improved the sound on this 8-ounce mini bluetooth speaker. The JBL Go 3 will last up to five hours on a charge, is water- and dustproof, and comes in several fun colors. [$40]
Razer Opus Wireless Headphones
Gaming brand Razer’s Opus Wireless Headphones are a great all-around travel headphone at a very reasonable price point considering all of the features. They have noise cancelling, last 33 hours off of a single charge, offer great sound, and are one of the most comfortable pairs of headphones we’ve used. All of that for only $200.
Tumi Luggage Scale
If you’ve ever been dinged with an overweight baggage fee on your return flight because you don’t have a scale handy to weigh your bags, this portable Tumi luggage scale will easily save you its price in fees. The lightweight and compact scale will weigh up bags to 100 pounds in an easy-to-use one-button functionality that’s accurate and travel-friendly. [$50]
TravelRest The Nest Memory Foam Travel Pillow
OK, they’re pretty dorky looking. But if you’re flying to, say, Japan or even the Alps next winter, you won’t care how silly you look when you’re fast asleep while your seat mates can’t get comfortable. The Nest is seriously the best travel pillow out there, with memory foam that molds to the contours of your neck and a clever non-slip backing to keep it from moving around. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to drug-free guaranteed sleep on long flights or drives. [$40]