Travelers eager to upgrade gear after years of pandemic restrictions
After two years of pandemic travel restrictions, 2024 is shaping up to be a year of wanderlust and upgraded gear for travelers. Recent surveys show leisure travelers planning to spend 16% more on travel this year, with a focus on products that will make future trips more comfortable, convenient, and safe.
According to a new report from Travel + Leisure, the latest and greatest in travel are items that make time in transit easier. From neck pillows to noise-canceling headphones, hydration packs to hard-shell luggage, travelers are shelling out for products that (comfortably transport them from point A to B.
T+L’s 2024 Amazon best-sellers report shows Bluetooth trackers, compression socks, and packable puffer jackets topping the list. “After limited travel for the past two years, people are ready to invest in products that will enhance their upcoming trips,” said market analyst Jessica Bryant. “We’re seeing very high demand for items that provide comfort, hands-free convenience, and security.”
Key factors driving travel gear purchases
Convenience – Travelers are looking for products that make transit smoother, like Bluetooth trackers to prevent lost luggage, packing cubes keep belongings organized, and portable chargers ensure devices stay powered up.
Safety – After years of travel volatility, items that provide security are in demand, like hard-shell luggage less prone to damage, packable outerwear for variable weather, and RFID-blocking gear to deter digital pickpockets.
Health – Travelers are also prioritizing self-care and health with immune-boosting supplements, hydration-aiding water bottles, neck pillows that ensure better rest, and compression socks to increase circulation on long flights.
This focus on health and safety is also reflected in 2024’s hot new destinations, with outdoor, nature-based vacations surging in popularity after years of being cooped up indoors. National parks saw record visitors last year, a trend poised to continue with travel experts predicting 30% growth in eco-tourism for 2024.
Travel industry insiders reveal hot products for 2024
|Coolife Luggage 3-piece Set
|Scratch-resistant, durable hardshell exterior with TSA lock
|Mobile Edge Laptop Backpack
|Checkpoint friendly, fits under airplane seat
|Bagsmart Cable Organizer
|Multiple pockets keep chargers & cables tangle-free
|Wicked Good Slippers
|Cross-band style, genuine shearling lining
|Emergen-C Immune+ Vitamins
|Essential vitamins & antioxidants support immune health
“We’re seeing high demand for hardy gear that keeps travelers connected, secure, and comfortable,” said flight attendant Mae Young in a recent Buzzfeed interview.
Young touts products like the Coolife Luggage Set which features a durable, scratch-resistant exterior able to withstand the rigors of travel. For jetsetters wanting to speed through airport security, she recommends the Mobile Edge Backpack which unfolds to lay flat for TSA scanning.
What’s next for the travel industry
With many countries relaxing pandemic restrictions in 2023, the boom in travel product purchases is expected to continue this year. Experts predict a permanent shift toward convenient and utilitarian gear meant to smooth transit and safeguard health.
Sustainable travel products are also on the rise, as eco-conscious consumers increasingly factor environmental impact into purchasing decisions. Expect to see more luggage and accessories made from recycled materials, as the broader travel industry continues its push towards more sustainable operations.
The latest pandemic surge in China looms over 2024 projections, with some analysts warning new travel bans could derail the industry’s fragile recovery. But others remain buoyant on leisure and business travel rebounding strongly this year.
Most experts agree the lifting of China’s strict zero-COVID policies is inevitable, which portends a surge in outbound tourism when restrictions ease. That bodes well for global destinations and travel retailers catering to pent-up wanderlust, even if current virus spikes cause temporary setbacks.
One thing is certain after years of turbulence and uncertainty – 2024’s travelers are gearing up with products to make future odysseys more seamless. From luggage to headphones, water bottles to organizer bags, upgraded accessories promise to revitalize and revolutionize the travel experience this year.
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