Lonely Planet, Bose and Samsonite among top travel brands: TripAdvisor

Lonely Planet is the favorite guidebook brand for TripAdvisor users.

Can’t decide on which travel guide to take with you on your trip to Thailand? Or which brand of camera to buy for your backpacking trip across Europe? The results of a new TripAdvisor survey could help narrow down the shopping list, with globetrotters naming their favorite travel brands in categories like GPS device, luggage and camping gear.

For the fourth edition of their Travelers’ Choice Awards for Travel Favorites, nearly 188,200 members from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, the UK and the US cast votes on brand names they trust the most when on the road or in the skies.

In the US, some of the stand-out choices included a handful of perennial favorites, brands that have won their category every year since the survey began in 2012.

For example, for compact digital cameras, the most trusted brand is Canon, while Lonely Planet edges out rivals like Fodor’s and DK Eyewitness every year in the category of guidebook.

Among the 61,470 US respondents, the preferred luggage brand is Samsonite, which has dominated its category since the inception of the awards, while the top noise-canceling headset is Bose.

Planning a summer camping trip? According to the survey, stick to OFF! to repel the blood suckers; Coleman for camping gear; The North Face for outdoor apparel and backpacks; and Neutrogena for sunscreen.

Other big winners include Southwest, which bagged the title of favorite airline; Enterprise-Rent-A-Car for car rental service; Nikon for DSLR; Garmin for best GPS device.

Meanwhile, Travel + Leisure, which was also voted the best travel publication, offers a few tips on how to pack your suitcase.

For example, to maximize space, the magazine advises the ‘roll-up’ method, best for a largely casual trip, while the ‘layer cake’ method -- which involves placing sheets of tissue paper or dry-cleaner plastic -- is best for keeping wrinkles at bay and more formal attire.

Likewise, CN Traveler magazine also offers a few packing tips, that includes a preference for Travelpro Crew and Briggs & Riley Baseline brands for carry-on bags.

And for de-wrinkling clothes, the author is a fan of the spray Downey Wrinkle Releaser.

Here are some of the favorite travel brands in the TripAdvisor survey:

Perennial favorites:
Compact digital camera: Canon
GPS device: Garmin
Guidebook: Lonely Planet
Headphones: Bose
Swimwear: Speedo
Luggage: Samsonite
Insect repellant: OFF!

In 2015:
Airline: Southwest
Energy bar: PowerBar
Fishing gear: Bass Pro Shops
Ski equipment: K2
Snowboard equipment: Burton
Transportation app: Uber
Adhesive bandage: Band-Aid
Backpack/daypack/Outerwear/Duffel bag/Sport/equipment luggage: The North Face
Lip balm (women’s): Burt’s Bees

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