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    51 Ingenious Travel Products To Bring On Vacation In 2023

    These products will help make all your trips this year the best yet.

    1. A Béis seatback organizer that keeps all your in-flight essentials (e.g., phone, e-reader, magazines, etc.) in the pocket so you don't have to dig around in your bag on the floor throughout the flight.

    beige pocket with spaces for different spots for phone, iPad, passport, sunglasses, and more

    2. A digital luggage scale to calm your anxiety that your bag is overweight and that you won't have to redistribute your belongings with your suitcase open on the floor, for the whole airport to see. 😳 Maybe this is a very specific fear that I personally have...

    You can also switch between pound and kilogram measurements. 

    Promising reviews: "I cannot imagine how we would have managed a big international trip without this. It saved us so much stress and, I’m sure, surprise charges at the airport." —Potter Freak

    "This scale works and was accurate on four flights. First flight was a test at 46 pounds, and Delta scales said it was 46 pounds. The next two flights were at 49 pounds, and both United and Delta found it to be 49 pounds. The bag on the fourth flight weighed 49, but the United scale found it to be 48 pounds. Four different airports and scales proved that this scale is a good, low-cost, must-have item for air travel." —Robert

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors and also a two-pack).

    3. A Bandolier phone case with a wallet and a strap to keep your phone close to but out of your hands wherever your travel adventure takes you.

    4. pair of AirPod Pros designed with noise cancellation so clear, you'll feel like you're relaxing on a beach even before the plane lands. You really don't realize how loud a plane actually is (even if there isn't a baby crying) until you try these, trust me. 

    Promising review: "I absolutely love my Apple AirPods pro 2! They are the perfect headphones for travel. The sound quality is excellent, and they are very comfortable to wear. I can't believe how small they are and how well they block out noise. I would definitely recommend these headphones to anyone who travels frequently." —Malone

    Get them from Amazon for $199.99.

    5. Or a more affordable pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds with more than 200,000+ 5-star ratings, which reviewers say are similar to AirPods. You'll be able to block out all the surrounding noise on your flight (looking at you screaming toddler and jet engine noise!!!) and listen to some tunes that will help lull you to sleep so you can wake up rested and ready to take on your destination.

    reviewer holding the rose gold earbuds in their charging case
    reviewer wearing the rose gold earbud in their ear

    The earbuds come in a wireless charging case with up to 14 hours of charge. The earbuds themselves can play for up to four hours on a full charge. You also get different sized silicone tips to make sure these fit your ear perfectly. 

    Promising review: "Best decision! These are the greatest headphones ever! I saw them on TikTok months ago and added them to my wishlist. I got a new phone that doesn't have the headphone port so I decided it was time to finally buy them. They are amazing and I probably won't ever take them out of my ears! 😂" —Katlyn D Arnold

    Get it from Amazon $23.99+ (available in five colors).

    6. A portable lock box you can secure around two beach chairs to stash your wallet and phone in as you head into the ocean to snorkel — no more worrying about someone grabbing your stuff when you're face-first in the water.

    reviewer image of the portable lock box in white
    reviewer showing the inside of the lock box and how a wallet easily fits inside

    You can also use this in your room to keep valuables protected.

    Promising review: "This is a must-have for vacations. We took it to Atlantis in the Bahamas. It worked perfectly. Held our phones, room keys, etc while we were out enjoying the beach or pool. Just looped it to beach chair or table. Highly recommended." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in five colors).

    7. A water bottle cup holder adapter because the fact that your water bottle doesn't fit in your cup holder is one of the main annoying factors on your road trip. You can add this to your current cup holder to accommodate your bigger bottle so you stay hydrated the whole time.

    8. An inflatable wedge pillow because when it comes to getting sleep on planes, you should not be worried about how you look. This comfy pillow will make it so you can fully conk out and catch some ZZZs. Plus, if you aren't ready to sleep yet, you can put your phone inside it and use it as a comfy way to watch your favorite comfort show (that will hopefully help you fall asleep).

    Promising review: "I used this on four international flights last month and it made all the difference in the world. It's compact, easy to inflate/deflate, very versatile in how you can position it, doesn't rely on the tray table, and works well for bulkhead seats as well as those with someone in front of you. I can't sleep with my head back without snorting myself awake, so this is a perfect alternative. I can very comfortably lean forward in my seat and sleep almost like I can in a bed. I'm 6'2" and this pillow is plenty tall enough to just rest on my lap and let me lean forward into it without feeling crunched over. This pillow will easily let me get enough comfortable periods of sleep on a nine-hour flight that I don't feel completely drained upon arrival. My wife tried mine out before we left on vacation and loved it so much she had me order her one. We both wouldn't travel without them now." —Still Chilly In Colorado

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99. 

    9. Or a Trtl neck pillow if you prefer to sleep sitting up but can never get your neck comfortable enough to sleep longer than five minutes (before you head falls over and wakes you up). This will support your neck so you can actually get some shut-eye.

    model wearing a gray trtl pillow while sleeping on a plane

    Promising review: "This thing is the greatest thing invented since chicken and biscuits. It's like a nice scarf with just enough support to keep your neck just in the right position. I highly recommend it. Works great with big headphones, too." —Deana Hero

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    10. An external battery so powerful that it can charge your phone up to three times before it needs to be charged itself. Now that's convenient when you're out and about all day using your phone as a camera to capture all the memories.

    the rectangle power bank in black with cord and mesh pouch sitting next to it

    Promising review: "This is an amazing rapid power charger! It charges an iPad faster than plugging it into AC, even while using it! The size is very manageable — about the size of a deck of cards. I travel frequently, and I'm not always near a power source. I just make sure to charge the Anker each evening and then none of my devices will be without power during the day. I was so happy with it, I purchased two more — one for my husband and one for my sister who can't seem to remember to keep her devices charged." —Cathy K

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).

    11. A travel wallet with an RFID-blocking shield material to not only keep all your many important travel documents organized, but also safe and ready for you to grab when you need your ID quickly in the TSA line.

    reviewer photo of the wallet open, showing all the different pockets for passport, cards, money, phone, and more

    12. Alleyoop's pen pal you may think is one of those super-cool multicolored pens you used in grade school, but is actually a super-cool 4-in-1 makeup tool. Throw this in your bag, and you'll have eyeliner, brow liner, lip liner, and a highlighter right at your fingertips. No need for so many makeup products to weigh down your bag. 

    GIF of Jasmin pushing down the lip liner function of the  pen
    Jasmin holding the pen
    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This pen is amazing. I travel a lot for work, and it's so nice to just have to grab this rather than four different pieces of makeup. The less things I have to remember, the better!" —Rachel B. 

    Get it from Alleyoop for $25 (available in three shades).

    13. An anti-blister balm for when you're in a ~pinch~ and want to make sure that you don't get blisters from walking all day.

    hand holding the balm
    person applying the balm to the back of their ankle

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for our one-week Disney World trip. I knew I’d be walking around A LOT, and my feet aren’t used to the many miles of walking a day in the hot and humid environment, so I didn’t want to be uncomfortable. I'm happy to say I put it on once in the morning, slipped on some socks and comfy shoes, and I didn’t get one blister or issue with my feet! I wish I knew about this a long time ago!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    14. And some anti-chafe balm to protect your inner thighs (or any other part of your body, really) from excessive rubbing while you're out on your adventure. 

    model holding the anti-chafe stick to their inner thigh

    Promising review: "I was in Arizona during a continuing 100+ heat wave on a vacay tour. I didn’t use it the first day and ended up with rubbed thighs due to rough seams on shorts and excessive heat. I then used this everyday without additional rubbing rash. This stuff is awesome!!!! I will not leave home again on travel without it. It was not wet or tacky, just glides very nicely. It held up in 113-degree heat. Without it, it would have been a very different vacation. Thank you for making this product!!!!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six sizes). 

    15. A roll-top dry bag, a must-have for your beach vacation when you want to ~soak up~ every last bit of sunshine before heading to the airport. This bag is made from a waterproof and watertight nylon, meaning you can stick your wet suit in it and not worry about it making everything else in your bag damp (and smelly) as you make the dreaded trip back home.

    the black roll-top bag
    Dagne Dover

    Promising review: "I bought this bag for a summer trip, and it exceeded my expectations. I had this with me when I was poolside, in the pool, on a catamaran, during water based excursions, and all items inside remained dry! This bag also works well for non water-based activities." —Deja C.

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $25 (available in two colors).