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Travel & Selling Tips / Best travel gear for 2023, from carry-on bags to headphones
USA TODAY asked a panel of experts to nominate the best carry-on luggage, checked luggage, fanny packs, travel headphones and TSA approved locks
The gear you choose for travel can make the difference between a stress-free, organized trip or a chaotic mess. To find the best trappings for trips, USA TODAY asked a panel of experts to nominate the best carry-on luggage, checked luggage, fanny packs, travel headphones and TSA approved locks. Then, they asked their readers to vote for their favorites over a period of weeks to determine the winners, and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best Carry-On Luggage: Delsey Paris Chatelet Air 2.0 Carry-On 21" Small
The Delsey Paris Chatelet Air 2.0 Carry-On 21" Small is an ideal travel companion. It includes a USB port for easy charging, two packing compartments with an antimicrobial lining, TSA combination lock and a bag for shoes. The polycarbonate exterior made from recycled materials is sure to protect what's inside, and its double-spinner wheels make it easy to move.
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Best Checked Luggage: Check-In by Roam Luggage
For your next big trip, try out the Check-In by Roam Luggage. They offer a 100-day trial, so if you don't love it, you can send it back. But USA TODAY is pretty sure you'll fall for the lightweight and durable hard shell, compression packing system, four spinner wheels, TSA combination lock, antimicrobial lining and the fact that it expands to let you pack 28% more. You can even customize the colors of each exterior component, from the zippers to the wheels.
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Best Fanny Pack: Waterfly Lightweight Fanny Pack
Slim and sleek, the Waterfly Lightweight Fanny Pack is made to hold just the essentials. It's water- and sweat-resistant, making it the ideal pack for travel and outdoor adventures. Even better, it includes a hidden anti-theft pocket where you can stash your most valuable stuff. Three front pockets round out this nylon pack.
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Best Travel Headphones: Soundcore Space A40 Earbuds
Soundcore Space A40 wireless earbuds have an extended playtime of 50 hours on one charge and include adaptive noise canceling, which adjusts to your surroundings. You'll enjoy hi-res audio and a 98% reduction in noise. You can choose from 22 different EQ settings within the Soundcore app, making for a more customized listening experience.
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Best TSA Approved Locks: Talonport Keyless TSA Approved Luggage Lock
The unique Talonport Keyless Luggage Lock is all-metal, making it extra durable. The lock releases by inserting one of the four accompanying cards, which you can carry in your wallet – much easier to keep track of than a regular key.