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Best Silk Eye Bags 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated February 1, 2018
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Edwin GarrettMy name is Edwin Garrett. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. After considering 53 of the most highly rated silk eye bags and testing eight of them for more than 14 hours, we’re find the best silk eye bags of 2018.

Just read here for my top 3 recommendations. Why are these 3 silk eye bags on top of my list? Well read on… We take a close look at some of the best silk eye bags to help you get ripped.

Best Silk Eye Bags of 2018

There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below. If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a silk eye bags that suits your need. Below you can find 3 reviews of the best silk eye bags to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. Not all silk eye bags are created equal though.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Design
4 points
4 points
4 points
Versatility
5 points
4 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
5 points
5 points
Value
5 points
5 points
4 points
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№1 – Hugger Mugger Silk Eye Bag-Cobalt

 
Hugger Mugger Silk Eye Bag-Cobalt

Pros
Adjustable shoulder strap for an easy carry
Spacious in size with a full length zipper, easily holds all standard size yoga mats and all Hugger Mugger mats with room to spare
Handmade in India of 100% cotton
Cons
Absolutely no frills
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this silk eye bags win the first place?

The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.

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Design
4

4star

Versatility
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№2 – YogaAccessories Small Silk Eye Pillow

 
YogaAccessories Small Silk Eye Pillow

Pros
Luxurious silk
Organic flax seed filling
Lightly scented with relaxing lavender
Cons
It seems hot quickly.
Can be tedious to clean up.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this silk eye bags come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.

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Design
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Durability
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Hugger Mugger Flax Filling Silk Yoga Eye Bag

 
Hugger Mugger Flax Filling Silk Yoga Eye Bag

Pros
Luxurious, removable silk cover
Refrigerate or Microwave for a truly transformative experience
Flax seed fillings for a peaceful, calming effect
Cons
Not as good as some others we reviewed.
The manual is inaccurate and confusing..
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this silk eye bags take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.

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Design
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Durability
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

Silk Eye Bags Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy silk eye bags, right? No!

Material

Most sleep masks are made up of mulberry silk or satin which are soft and lightweight on the eyes. Choose a material which does not rub against your skin and is breathable enough to provide oxygen to your eyes. Do not buy masks which are made up of rough cotton which can tug on your hair. The material should be opaque enough to block all the light.

Continuous coil

The springs are made from one continuous wire intertwined so each coil draws support from those next to it. pocket sprung

Springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets which allow them to work independently and absorb weight individually.

Springs are firmer and more frequent in areas of the mattress where you need more support such as the hips and lower back, reducing pressure. memory foam

Memory foam adapts to your body’s shape to add extra support. It’s used on block foam mattresses or as a top layer for mattresses with springs.

Latex works likes memory foam but is more responsive and has more elasticity. The latex layer sits on top of a continuous coil spring interior.

Eye Pillows

Escape from it all with our 100% silk aromatherapy eye pillows. Made in India from ceremonial sari designs and solid colors. Filled with flax seeds and dried lavender, these soft and cooling eye pillows work as a mood tonic, antidepressant, headache remedy and detoxifier. Hand-washable, refillable, and adjustable (zippered opening). Used for deepening relaxation during Savasana, meditation or afternoon naps. Just surrender…

Try this quick test

If the bed is for two people, then make sure you shop together… you both need to be happy with the choice – otherwise you’ll have to live with the decision for years to come!

When shopping for a new bed, follow these simple points:

Mattress rating

To help you understand the mattress types available we’ve given each a rating, either (soft) (medium) or (firm). Try them out to find which is best for you, and then test different mattresses within your preferred rating. There’s no universal standard for comfort that bed manufacturers stick to, so our rating system will help you to easily compare between brands and styles.

Soft to firm

The comfort rating of your mattress really does matter. A mattress that is too soft can mean your body will slouch, leading to back pain; one that is too firm can cause discomfort at various pressure points such as hips and shoulders. So, make sure you test!

It’s your choice

Being comfortable is a matter of opinion. Some like the sensation of sinking into a bed, while others prefer a firmer option. There’s no right and wrong and there are lots of different “feels” around – just find out what you like and choose what works best for you.

Spring interior mattresses

The majority of mattresses in the UK have spring interiors, which provide the ‘core’ support when you sleep. Changing the characteristics of the springs alters the tension, feel and weight distribution properties of each mattress. Spring interior mattresses can be ‘zoned’ meaning various areas on a mattress can be designed to be firmer or softer, helping those with back problems.

Continuous spring

The continuous spring unit is made from a single length of wire ‘knitted’ into a series of interwoven springs that run up and down the bed. Generally speaking the gauge of wires used is softer than the open coil, giving a higher spring count and a more responsive feel.

Pocket spring

Pocket springs are smaller, softer springs housed in individual fabric pockets, allowing them to work independently, fitting to the sleepers body shape. This means each partner has their own support system, so when one partner moves in the night, the other is less likely to be disturbed. Spring counts typically vary from 600-800 up to 2,500 but can go higher offering a range of tensions and comfort ratings.

Non sprung mattresses

The most popular non sprung mattresses are made from foam. Most of these are made from layers of different densities of foam. By varying their density and depth, it’s possible to achieve different levels of comfort and support. They are particularly suitable for use with slatted bases and adjustable beds and come in three main types.

Mattress fillings in sprung mattresses will settle over the first few months of use making your mattress unique to your body shape. This may be more obvious in more expensive mattresses with more fillings. Turning your mattress regularly will help even out any settlement.

Bunk beds

The children’s favourite! Bunk beds and cabin beds are a great, fun, space-saving option. Some bunk beds can be split to create two single beds, useful, as some children might not always want the top bunk! Cabin beds often contain a desk, drawers and cupboard, which often makes the smallest room in the house suddenly useful again!

Guest beds

There’s never enough space when friends or family come to stay! Guest beds are a practical solution with inflatable, folding and pull out options available. Whatever the type of guest bed, all are designed with one purpose in mind, to take up as little space as possible when not in use!

Pillows

Believe it or not, pillows are often the cause of a lot of sleep, neck and back related problems. Experts recommend investing in quality pillows every 2-years. Pillows that are lumpy, discoloured or that have lost their height can begin to cause issues – 10% of the weight of an old, unwashed pillow could be made up of skin scales, mould, dead and living dust mites and their droppings!

A good pillow will hold your head in alignment with your shoulders and spine, the same stance as if you were standing upright with good posture. The thickness and number of pillows you need all depends on the position you like to sleep in. For example, you’ll need a thicker pillow (or two thinner ones) if you sleep on your side than if you sleep on your back.

There is a massive selection of pillows available, from goosedown and duckdown to feather, fibre filled, and foam. You’ll also be able to find pillows in various shapes and sizes, including ones which are pre-shaped to support the head and neck. The choice is subjective – whatever works for you is going to be a winner!

How to Use Seat A

Expertflyer create an account for free and set up the alert which will notify you when the seat becomes available.

So if you prefer a window seat, aisle seat, exit row seats, or need seats next to each other just simply set up the alert. They will notify you and allow you to reserve it when your seat is available.

Seat Guru to choose your seats when you are booking your flight you should start now. As I have said before, not all economy seats were created equal so by using

Seat Guru it could make a big difference. For example, all of the economy aisle seats are not the same. Some might not recline, some may not have a personal TV, or some may be next to the bathroom. Seat Guru will tell you which aisle seat is best and which to avoid.

How to use it

Simply pick your airline from a drop down and type in the flight number. From there you will be prompted to select which type of plane it is because more than one flight may carry the flight number. Just check your flight details to see what type of plane you are flying and select it. From there you will be presented with a full layout of the plane.

The Seatmap Key will help you make the best selection. It will also tell you which amenities your flight includes such as wifi, food, AC Power, audio and video. All things that are handy in making a flight and seat selection. and take it to

Expert Flyer who will alert you when that seat you want is available.

Ear Plugs

The sleeping mask I suggested does come with one pair but these things love to fall out while you are wearing them. These are essential and cheap so pack at least a dozen of them. They block out the pilot, babies, loud talkers, and engine noise. This and the eye-mask should get the job done for most people.

The sleeping mask I suggested does come with one pair but these things love to fall out while you are wearing them. These are essential and cheap so pack at least a dozen of them. They block out the pilot, babies, loud talkers, and engine noise. This and the eye-mask should get the job done for most people.

Neck Pillow

I will be the first to admit these usually suck. I had tried many and gave up on them for years until I gave this memory foam pillow a shot. The problem is these take up valuable space in my backpack and after the flight it is just wasted space. But this pillow is sturdy on the sides and actually supports my head. It compacts itself into the pouch but is still on the large side for my tastes. The tradeoff is comfort and I do take this on most long-haul flights overseas. The pouch has just become me sleep gear bag. I stuff the eye-mask and ear-plugs in there as well.

Alternative to a neck pillow is simply the window seat and a sweatshirt. If you hate neck pillows this may change your mind but if traveling light is your number one objective this may not be for you. I have found it useful on long train rides and bus rides as well. It makes a nice pillow even when not wrapped around your neck.

The White Company

If you and your partner can’t agree on how warm your bed needs to be, you’re not alone. Generally, men are far warmer in bed than women and companies like

Gingerlily have responded by creating half-and-half duvets, with different weights on each side to make sure you and your other half can both enjoy your shut-eye. * The best way to store duvets and pillows is in a breathable cotton bag. Plastic vacuum-pack bags are OK for synthetics, but they will squash feather or down quilts and ruin the bedding. are now washable, but it’s best to have them professionally laundered (different from dry cleaning). Professional laundering as opposed to home washing also prolongs the lifespan. Once a year is usually sufficient. * Pillows should fit in a domestic washing machine one at a time, and are easier to dry than a duvet (especially synthetics), so home laundering is an option. * Airing is an essential part of caring for a natural duvet, so give your bedding a regular shake. Also plump your pillows daily to circulate the filling so it doesn’t compact. * Pillow and mattress protectors are a sound investment, as they help to ward off wear and tear.

Duvet fillings * Natural materials tend to feel more luxurious, are more breathable as they draw moisture away from the body and, as a rule, last longer than synthetics. Most are stitched across the outer cover to stop the filling moving about and to create pockets, which help to trap

The most basic natural filling is duck feather and down. An affordable option, it tends to be heavier than a pure down duvet – ideal silk duvets naturally repel dust mites, so are a good choice for people with allergies. Also, as it’s the ultimate breathable material, it helps regulate your body temperature, too. * Synthetic Fibres are practical if your duvet may need regular laundering, as they’re easier to dry, so can be washed at home in a large-capacity washing machine. A 60º wash will kill off dust mites that can cause allergies.

There are several types of synthetic materials, many of which are non-allergenic. The

Microfibre Light Combination is the best-selling duvet in John Lewis and feels most like down for softness and drape.

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Washing your duvet

Wash your duvet once a year in a washing machine to ensure it’s kept fresh. Doubles may need to be taken to a laundrette. a small amount of detergent to a cool cycle. Use a netural pH formula

Tumble dry on a low heat and air the duvet (on a washing line if it’s a warm day) to ensure it’s

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Natural

Some people simply prefer natural for exactly that reason, because it’s natural, but it also has a lot of other benefits.

Natural fillings are a lot warmer, softer and more breathable than synthetic duvets

By natural we’re usually referring to feather (duck or goose) and/or down, which is a softer type of feather found underneath the tougher exterior.

Down is a lot lighter and fluffier than normal feathers, as well as being able to trap more heat, so keep an eye out for these as they’ll be light yet still nice and toasty.

Generally speaking, goose feather is of a higher quality than duck as they are bigger feathers and able to trap more air.

Duck on the other hand is heavier and cheaper, but still very warm and comfortable.

Worried about where your duvet filling comes from? Duvet manufacturers only use feather and down which have been sourced as a by-product of the food industry, so you don’t need to worry about any animals being mistreated.

An alternative natural duvet filling is wool, the chunky nature of a wool duvet means that it is excellent at retaining air, keeping you warm while you’re cold and removing heat and moisture when you’re warm.

While natural duvets are incredibly comfy, it’s also worth knowing that they’re more durable than synthetic ones.

If you do choose to purchase a natural duvet, be sure to take note of the washing instructions that come with it, as one of the downsides of natural fills is that they can be a bit tricky to take care of.

Washing a natural duvet too often or at too high a temperature will reduce the duvet’s lifespan.

Synthetic

Hollowfibre is probably the most popular synthetic duvet material, and is a thick wiry strand made of polymers such as polyester and nylon with a hollow centre (as the name implies).

The hollow centre of the fibres gives greater loft and springiness to the duvet. Hollowfibre is extremely hardwearing, and can also be treated with a special anti-allergy chemical (which we will be looking at later).

Synthetic fibres also naturally wick away moisture and perspiration for a drier night during the summer.

While you have to be very careful when washing natural duvets, there’s less to worry about with synthetics, as they can be washed much more frequently.

Tog ratings

You may hear the term tog get thrown around when it comes to duvet buying, but what does it actually mean?

Essentially a tog rating measures the ‘relative’ warmth’ of your duvet, how much of your body heat is lost to the environment.

It’s an important number to bear in mind, as you don’t want to be shivering in the winter and sweating in the summer, which is important in making sure you drift into a deep restful sleep.

Tog ratings are calculated by placing a duvet on a metal plate at body temperature, and testing how much heat is lost through the duvet.

The scale of tog ratings goes from tog (the coolest) right up to 1tog (the warmest).

So which is the ideal tog rating? Of course this is ultimately down to the individual and how warm or cool you want to be in bed, but there are some rough guidelines you can follow.

Obviously, buying three different duvets is a bit unrealistic if you don’t have the space or simply don’t want to spend that kind of money, so what’s the alternative?

While many opt for a 13.tog duvet all year round, a 10.tog duvet is much more suitable and won’t have you sweating when summer rolls around.

You can also buy ‘all seasons’ duvets which usually consist of a 4.tog for summer and tog for autumn, and the two can be combined for a 13.tog winter duvet!

Remember: Your tog rating doesn’t necessarily relate to the weight of a duvet. Natural duvets have better thermal properties, so won’t need as much filling to achieve a higher tog rating.

So two duvets with the same tog rating might actually feel completely different, but achieve the same level of warmth.

Anti-Allergy Duvet

Do you suffer from allergies? Dread hay fever season? Your duvet could actually be part of the problem.

Duvets and the rest of your bedding can be home to hundreds of tiny dust mites, the droppings of which can trigger allergic reactions, eczema and asthma.

These pesky mites are attracted to your bedding as the body heat and perspiration that we produce is the perfect environment for them to thrive in.

Anti-allergy duvets are made with specially treated covers which create a barrier to stop dust mites getting in.

The synthetics which are used in anti-allergy bedding are also able to be regularly washed at high temperatures (usually 60°C), which can kill and get rid of the dust mites and allergens, without damaging the duvet.

On the other hand, natural fill duvets are too delicate to be washed at this temperature, and you may even be allergic to the actual duck/goose feathers themselves.

China’s got a solution for you.

Take that money you’ve been spending at thrift stores and head on down to any of China’s plentiful, labyrinthine markets to find: yes, of course, fakes, but also fantastic Chinglish t-shirts, blindingly bright lycra, shoes too small for most Western feet, Obama graphics in a Chairman Mao cap, and just about anything else under the sun. 

Qipu Lu

If you’re hunting for Chinese street fashion but can only spend a few hours; the Qipu Lu Market is your place. From the latest female fashion to knockoff sportswear, men’s jeans, fake couture bags, children’s toys, sneakers and cheap cosmetics, Qipu Lu is the best option for a shopping spree into the style à la chinoise. 

The Stuff

Inventory here skews more toward the female shopper. Apparel also runs in Chinese sizes, so you may have to buy a few sizes up to accommodate your hulking foreigner frame. Likewise, clothing tends to be more Chinese in style, too, so expect a little more flash than you might be accustomed to. For more variety, you may want to check out nearby STC Mall.

Hong Kong Famous Shops Street

Hong Kong Famous Shops Street is located beneath People’s Square, so you can start shopping once you pass throught the exit turnstiles. Goods include youth fashion, including mostly women’s wear, shoes and accessories. There are fewer shops here compared to the other markets around town, but the goods are selected with more care and are competitively priced.

Capitol Hill

I have better-than-average luck at the neighborhood Goodwill (11Belmont Ave E). There is a large “Fashion Focus” section at the front with well-known labels, while the vintage racks in the back corner offer cooler finds. Downstairs you’ll find a packed housewares section for furnishing your place.

The Eye Region

Dermal fillers can be used to give a nonsurgical brow lift. Part of the reason why brows and eyelids sag is due to a loss of volume in the eye area. Restoring volume can turn back the clock, and may give even better results than surgery. Usually injected under the eyebrow, Juvéderm, Restalyne Lyft are all excellent choices for the because they can add enough structure to lift the brow.

Another common area where volume is lost is the region under the eyes. This can lead to a hollow that is shaded, giving the appearance that the skin under your eyes has become discolored, the so-called bags under the eyes. This is also described as a tear trough deformity because the curved line that runs from the inner corner of your eye looks like it’s designed to catch and guide tears. Using a very soft product like Restalyne Silk can add volume without puffiness to this delicate area.

Mouth Region

If you’ve never had luscious lips or if your lips have thinned with age, dermal fillers can be used for lip augmentation. Fuller lips are both more attractive and more youthful in appearance.

Dermal fillers can also be used for chin augmentation if you have a receding chin, want to create a cleft chin, or want to otherwise change the appearance of your chin.

Most of the time people see us at different angles, rarely straight ahead. It is actually the lateral two thirds of the face that require more rejuvenation efforts, particularly if one is thin, active or athletic. This is where the majority of our youthful volume is lost. Sunken temples, sharp cheek bones and hollows under the cheek are tell-tale signs of age-related volume loss. Look at a picture of a young model (or a picture of your younger self). They are full with soft contours around the sides of the face, with minimal shadowing. Jawlines are straight with no jowling. Jowls form as a result of loss of cheek volume. So when we volumize these areas, often the jawline will straighten out again.

Radiesse*

Hylauronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body and breaks down over time. How fast the filler breaks down depends on your own body chemistry – and so the figures provided are just estimates. We often find that our more athletic and/or sun loving patients “burn” through fillers more rapidly.

These can be used anywhere in the face and lips – but each has it’s own best use. Some are thicker and others are softer – affecting where they should be placed. If you use a filler that is too soft in an area that needs more structure – the filler can “get lost”. If you use filler that is too firm in an area that calls for a softer filler – your results can look unnatural or stiff. Also, the softer the filler, the more superficially (or closer to the surface) it can be injected -which is good for shallow areas – like under the eyes or in the lips. This is why it’s important to see a Dr. with extensive experience when deciding on filler treatment. *Radiesse is an a category of it’s own. It is a shorter-term filler, but is not made of hylauronic acid. Radiesse is made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (a substance that occurs naturally in human bones and teeth). It breaks down over time – usually after year. It’s a firmer filler and is good for people needing to add structure to aging faces – especially in the mid-face area. We also find it to be a great filler for me – who sometimes need a more structural filler because of their thicker skin.

Fillers can last a long time

With the above-mentioned collagen stimulators like Sculptra andBellafill, we now can provide results that last years or more. This completely changes how we think about these products, and how we perceive their value. Whereas traditional fillers will last typically a year, disappear, and then require full treatment again, collagen-stimulators are placed in a series of treatments, get better over the ensuing 6-1months, then require only minor touch-ups over the next 3-years. Thus the cost-curve is reversed: Sculptra and Bellafill get cheaper with time, where traditional fillers get more expensive.  I went to Dr Janowski for the first time for some lines around my mouth that concerned me.. The office is very nice and the doctor makes you feel very comfortable and helps determine what would be the best treatment for the issue that concerns you. He injected me with a filler he thought best and it turned out so great! Also, he is very gentle and is good at giving the injections, so it was not painful at all. I will definitely go back to him again. Thank you! – Pam P. 4/4/2015

Wirecutter Staff

Traveling well can be one of life’s great pleasures, whether you’re alone or with friends and family. But what does it mean to travel well?  Avoid hassle, pack a single bag, and bring only the necessities. “Traveling well is a fine balance between finding inspiration in the unknown while being grounded in something,” says Wirecutter founder Brian Lam. “Sometimes that is a memory of home, a family, a significant other, friends, etc. Sometimes it’s just the familiar, reliable stuff in your bag.”

We’ve reviewed this piece and after updating many of our full guides, we’ve made adjustments to several picks in this one. We’re confident in all of our recommendations for the best gear for travel.

A lightweight but durable option

This simple, lightweight, and well-stitched bag was the toughest packable we tested.

Duffel is a town in Belgium, once known for producing a strong woolen cloth that was perfect for making hard-wearing luggage. Though duffel bags are still popular to this day, wool has since been replaced by lighter, more-durable nylon cloth. Indeed, the lightest duffel bags now weigh less than a pound and pack into a side pocket. They’re perfect for extra storage when needed yet take up almost no space otherwise. To find the best packable duffel bag for your next trip, we hauled a bunch of awkward gear around in six top-rated bags, filling each with 30 pounds of rocks, stabbing them with Sharpie markers, scraping them on sidewalks, and overstuffing them to make sure the zippers can handle those last-minute gifts that you shouldn’t have waited to buy at the airport. In the end, L.L.Bean’s Lightweight Packable Duffle emerged as the best way to haul up to 40 liters of your unanticipated purchases and still fit it under your airline seat. It’s not the lightest or the toughest, but it strikes the best balance between the two.

Packable duffels we tested starting at top, going clockwise: High Sierra PackNGo, Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler, Eagle Creek Packable Duffel, Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil, L.L.Bean Packable Duffle, Granite Gear Packable Duffel.

L.L.Bean’s Lightweight Packable Duffle has great ergonomics, solid yet lightweight construction, and just the right size and feel. (It feels like a lighter version of a typical gym bag.) Despite its voluminous capacity, it’s about the size of a small bag of potato chips when packed into its pocket and weighs just ounces. That means it’s a bit lighter and smaller than the otherwise excellent Eagle Creek. But whereas the Eagle Creek developed pin-sized holes when scraped against the sidewalk, the L.L.Bean’s thinner fabric came away with only slight abrasions. Otherwise, they’re both great bags.

As far as ergonomics go, the L.L.Bean’s well-stitched side and end handles feel comfortable and balanced, even when overstuffed. Although it doesn’t allow for a shoulder strap, like the Eagle Creek, you could wear it as a slightly awkward backpack in a pinch. Overall however, we think the L.L.Bean’s tougher material and lighter weight make it the superior packable duffel for most uses.

If you want something even lighter, Sea to Summit’s Ultra-Sil weighs a mere 2.ounces and compresses down to the size of your fist. The parachute-like fabric has more tensile strength than the extremely thin material would appear to offer. Although it is very well stitched and was able to handle an awkward load, we suspect (and the manufacturers admit) that this bag wouldn’t survive the potential punctures or scrapings of a baggage handler’s toss—there were small tears after our sidewalk scrape test and the handles appeared strained under the weight of our 30-pound testing load.

Alternatively, if you know you’re in for some rough travel and want something tougher and water-resistant, Granite Gear’s 20-inch Packable Duffel (40 L) is a good investment. It costs a bit more, weighs a bit more (about 1.pounds), and packs significantly larger (about twice the size of a cheap chip bag), but it can also do more. For example, its tote straps uncouple to become padded backpack straps that are actually pretty comfy. And there’s more organization, including a felt-lined sunglasses or gadget pocket. There’s also a ton of webbing on the outside should you want to strap or clip anything onto it. We liked it a bit more than the similarly-equipped Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler (4L), but only because the Granite Gear offers a better value. If the Eagle Creek falls in your price range and you like it’s extra end pockets and more-technical look, by all means go for it. Both bags give you easy access to all your gear, unlike the High Sierra PackNGo 2-Sport Duffel, which inexplicably adds a pair of buckles that makes opening and closing it a two-step process. —Jack Chance

Over the past four years we’ve researched several dozen suitcases and went hands on with the 4most promising candidates in a variety of tests—including having active Virgin America flight attendants test bags for us in a fake plane fuselage in their training facility. After testing was completed, we determined that for most people the Travelpro Platinum Magna offers the best balance of features, durability, and price for most flyers who log less than 25,000 miles annually.

Compression sacks

Originally designed for reducing the bulk of lofty sleeping bags, compression sacks are stuff sacks modified with additional nylon end caps that can be pulled together by strings or straps to remove air and create a smaller, denser package that’s easier to pack. Most travelers use compression sacks to condense socks, underwear, and other stuff you don’t mind getting wrinkled into a package with half as much overall volume. For example, an 8- to 12-liter sack can compress a fleece jacket and a long-weekend’s worth of socks and underwear into something that fits in one hand. They also make a decent pillow in a pinch.

Clothing

Buying the right gear can help organize your existing travel kit, but it’s a red herring if your goal is better portability. “It’s mostly the clothing that allows you to reduce what you need to carry,” explains veteran traveller Eytan Levy, better known as the

Snarky Nomad. That’s because clothing, which is very voluminous, makes up the bulk of what’s in your bag. He recommends traveling with basic-looking clothes because you can always buy or rent something nice in a pinch, whereas lugging around formalwear just in case will always be a pain. It also helps if you can avoid cotton and stick to merino and synthetic fabrics, which dry faster. This allows you to do laundry by hand in the sink as needed to reduce the amount of clothes you need to carry.

For women

Similar fabric to the Men’s Airism, with a no-ride cut for women, these underwear are the least expensive of any we tested and among the best performing.

If you want to spend as little as possible without sacrificing performance, the Uniqlo Airism line is a great choice for men and women who can wear sizes small and medium. With the next update, we’ll look for a budget pick with more size options. But if these fit, you can replace an entire underwear drawer on a tight budget, as long as you can deal with its slightly odd fit and less-effective odor-control treatment. —Liz Thomas

Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Light Cushion (women’s)

Clothesline

While doing laundry at home can be a large weekly event, OneBag author Doug Dyment recommends approaching travel laundry as a part of your daily routine, especially if you’re trying to pack as little as possible: “The laundry should be more like cleaning your teeth—something you do everyday. It only takes about five minutes to do it. Every night, do your socks and underwear and you’ll have clean socks and underwear everyday.”

Going In Style Travel Laundry Clothesline Kit Model GIS-C101

Hygiene

Being on the road is no excuse to be sloppy. It’s always easier to make a good first impression (especially if you’re traveling on business, or to an event like a wedding) than to fix a bad one. It’s possible to build a travel hygiene kit out of the same products you use at home, but before you rush to buy a toiletry kit and little bottles, think about your goals for the trip and whether you need all that. If you’re traveling for business, you want to make sure you have everything to freshen up and look your best. But problems can arise when you feel the need to bring a bunch of stuff for leisure travel. Dyment laments that many travelers make the mistake of trying to bring all the comforts of their homes with them when they go on vacation—the hotel’s provided washcloth might not be your favorite, but it will be good enough. He remarks, “What’s the point of even leaving if you’re just trying to feel like you’re at home anyway?” So the next time you’re going on vacation, think about leaving the fancy (and heavy) liquid hair products and grooming tools at home.

Toiletry kit

We’ve researched dozens of travel toiletry bags and dopp kits over the past several years and tested nine top-rated contenders in our most recent round of tests. After packing and unpacking a week’s worth of travel-size toiletries, conducting spill tests, and living out of the top performers on the road, we think the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby (small) is a great option for carry-on travel. It’s leak-resistant, ultralight, efficiently organized, and features a huge swiveling hook that’s easy to hang from almost anywhere—even a shower rod.

For a silky feel and extra warmth

The Sea to Summit silk liner wicks moisture, doesn’t retain smells, packs down to the size of an apple, and even weighs less than one. It makes scratchy motel and hostel linens a lot more bearable.

Our favorite is the Sea to Summit Silk Stretch Mummy Liner, which we bought after researching all the options three summers ago. It’s held up great ever since, accompanying us to trips across China, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Japan, and Hawaii, and on camping trips up and down the West Coast of the United States. It’s available in a variety of sizes, including regular, long, and even double for sharing. Whichever you pick, it will pack down to about the size and weight of a medium-sized apple. You won’t need it everywhere you sleep, but you’ll be glad you have it the next time you run into a set of scratchy sandpaper sheets at a cut-rate boarding house. (We have also used this for sleeping on long plane flights with great success.) Cocoon is the only other option when it comes to 100 percent silk liners backed by a real company with a warranty, but those come in only one size. The length of 9inches is enough for anyone, but that’s a lot of excess material for people who aren’t tall. —MZ

Connecting

Having Internet access when you’re in unfamiliar surroundings can be invaluable. Wirecutter publisher Chris Mascari flies about 70,000 miles a year, and he made a great case for connecting whenever possible: “No matter where I’m going in the world, I always like to have a working smartphone with lots of data to use. It’s so world opening to have the power of the internet in my pocket when in completely unknown places.” Maps alone can be worth the cost, not to mention the ability to access countless recommended local spots and itineraries with just a few swipes. Check out our Mobile Extras section for reviews of the best battery packs, cables (Lightning and Micro-USB), LTE hotspots, Bluetooth speakers, and more.

Exploring

If you’re traveling for leisure, try not to get too wrapped up in technology because you might miss what you’re actually there to do: experience a new place. OneBag’s Doug Dyment said in an interview, “Wearing headphones and staring at a screen is like putting a digital wall around yourself when you’re traveling. It makes you seem unapproachable and uninterested in what’s around you.” That may be a good thing if you want to be left alone while traveling for business, but Dyment went on to say that some of his most memorable traveling experiences were the result of just looking lost and getting help from the locals. “One minute, you’re a lost foreigner in an unfamiliar village, then someone asks if you need directions. Before you know it, you’re eating dinner with his family and he’s introducing you to his sister.” On second thought, maybe that digital wall isn’t such a bad thing after all…

Although the Celestron TrailSeeker binoculars don’t offer a clear edge-to-edge view to the same degree of the Athlon Optics Midas EDs, they’re a comparable runner-up model that’ll be lighter on your wallet if having binoculars while traveling is a must. The TrailSeekers are equipped with great light-gathering qualities, close focus, and impressive optical resolution. —MZ

Cameras

When traveling, the right camera has to put flexibility above all else. These days, a decent smartphone might be all you need. But if you want something with more zoom or that will look nicer if you decide to print your photos, check out our “Which camera should I get” guide. You’ll find advice on everything from cheap and pocketable point and shoot cameras to pro-ready interchangeable lens bodies—with information on which lenses to get, too. And we also have advice on camera-carrying equipment as well as accessories to improve your photography. —MZ

A weather-resistant option

Weather-resistant Expedition Field Notes are great if you’re writing in wet conditions, but don’t get them if you don’t need them. The synthetic paper feels weird and can cause some inks to smear.

If you think you’re going to be writing in foul weather, Field Notes also has the waterproof Expedition version with pages made from a synthetic water-and-tear resistant paper. You should only get these if you really need them, because otherwise, they just feel unnaturally slick and are more prone to smearing ink. At least one user has said that the paper shows less soaking through when wet than the similar Rite in the Rain books. Our own Seamus Bellamy has taken the Expedition to Spain, Costa Rica, and Ireland, saying that he hasn’t bothered with Rite in the Rain since getting it. The one caveat is that the synthetic paper will only work with pencils and certain inks; thankfully our pick for best pen definitely makes the grade. —Tim Barribeau

 

 

 

 

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