The holiday season is here and whether you are jetting off to some exotic location or planning an excursion closer to home or even putting your travel plans off for a less frantic quieter time, these nifty travel items is guaranteed to make your travels much easier.

1. Store. Protect. Love.

Making your way through most airports is no easy task. Why not save time on your next trip by adding a layer of protection to your bag from the comfort of your home.

Manufactured in South Africa by Love your Stuff, the Travel Glove is available at only R100 per reusable cover. Not only will you end up saving money on plastic wraps at the airport, but you get to choose from a variety of different designs to suit your personal style.

The Travel Glove is made from recyclable material and is reusable, durable, waterproof and unique.

Need more than just a Travel Glove? Love your stuff can further help you accessorise your travel style with many other items available such as folders, laptop bags, stationery bags, kit bags, shopper bags and more.

For more information on the Travel Glove and Love your Stuff, click here.

2. Rest easy

Yes, long layovers and airplane rides can quite literally be a pain in the neck. However, Edge Signature, known for its lineup of practical travel products, has designed a memory foam pillow that adapts to the contours of your head and neck.

According to an article published by Mentalfloss, the True Adaptive pillow as it is known, has been given an ergonomic M-shape, with the two bumps in the back providing some extra support for your neck.

The problem with many travel pillows is that they don’t hold your neck steady when you start to doze off. “The deeper we fall into unconsciousness or our sleep state, the more relaxed our muscles will be,” Edge Signature writes in its Kickstarter campaign for the True Adaptive pillow. “This makes it practically impossible for us to get a good rest or sleep while sitting upright as our neck muscle will have to keep working to support our neck.”

That’s where the pillow’s high-density memory foam comes in. It will stay in place even as you move around, and an adjustable string in the front makes it fit as loose or as snug as you’d like. There’s even a smartphone pocket on the side, so you won’t have to worry about finding your phone in a dimly lit aircraft cabin.

3. Fully charged

There are perhaps only a few things worse than your favourite travel gadgets running out of battery life. The answer: Polaroid Wireless Fast Charger.

It is compatible with most cellphones, including Apple, Samsung, LG, BlackBerry and Google Nexus and is available at most Dischem stores in SA.

4. Staying connected

Ok now that there is a solution for having a fully charged device, the next problem you may encounter on your travels is poor or no cellular service.

Again, problem solved. Designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there is no cellular service, goTenna Mesh lets adventurers communicate while off the grid. Made of rugged materials, this slick, pocket-sized device uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone, enabling users to share messages and location info instantly within a range of up to 4 miles in open areas.

5. Ditch the sand

Love the beach, but not taking bits of it home with you? Well then, have you ever thought of investing in the C-Gear Original Sand-Free Mat.

It is literally impossible to cover this accessory with sand.

According to Travel Away, the product was initially intended for military use, but now makes for a clever sand-free ground sheet that is perfect for a fun and stress-free beach outing.