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    36 Products Reviewers Confirm Are Great For International Travel

    Including a neck pillow to get you through that endless flight, a power converter so you can charge your phone, a tank top with secret pockets for safety, and more.

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    1. hanging toiletry bag you can store everything you're going to need while you're on your trip. Reviewers say this amazingly fits alll the skincare, makeup, *and* haircare products in one compact bag, which is especially great if you're going to be gone for 2+ weeks. Plus, it has a hook in the top, so you can hang it in the bathroom if there's very limited counter space. 

    reviewer image with all the contents spread out on the bed that they were able to fit in the bag
    the bag closed up and propped up on bed

    Promising review: "I love how it kept all my toiletries organized and in plain sight when hanging. It's very sturdy and great quality. I ordered this before I went on a two-week trip to Europe and was so happy that I did. This travel bag exceeded my expectations!" —Jackie Cooney

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in five colors).

    2. AirFly, a wireless transmitter that'll connect your AirPods (or any other wireless headphones) to the headphone jack on the flight so you can enjoy all the free entertainment without being forced to bring two sets of headphones or use the crappy ones they have the AUDACITY to charge for on some flights.

    It also comes with a USB-C charging cable, travel pouch, keychain holder, quick-start guide, and a manual.

    Twelve South is a small business that has been creating innovative tech accessories since 2009. 

    Promising review: "As an international traveler, I have multiple 8+ hour flights where I wanna watch movies or TV shows, but I hate using the airplane headphones as they’re painful. This device allows me to easily sync any of my own headphones using Bluetooth to have an enjoyable experience on my flight. I can’t not fly with this." —Rebecca M. Moyers

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in three styles).

    3. A waterproof satin-lined Hairbrella hat small enough to fold up and keep in your bag because you never know what the weather is going to do when you're on vacation. One minute it's sunny and the next it's down pouring. The satin-lined hat will protect your hair against snow, humidity, wind, and anything else Mother Nature decides to send your way.

    Reviewer wearing hairbrella
    Model pouring water on another model's head while wearing the hairbrella, then taking it off to show hair perfectly styled and dried

    Hairbrella is a Black-owned small business that has been creating fashionable hats that protect hair from all kinds of weather since 2016. 

    Promising review: "I traveled to London last month with a raincoat that did not have a hood, and wanted something that would protect my head/hair/blowout without lugging an umbrella. This definitely did the trick. Two of the 3 days were rainy (some quite heavy), and my hair stayed totally dry. It stows nicely, too." —Miss Information

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in nine colors).

    4. A pair of compression socks to stop your feet and legs from swelling up as much as Violet Beauregarde did in Willy Wonka's factory.

    (left) hand holding the packaging (right) two feet with the black and yellow compression socks on
    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I travel frequently internationally for work and often spend upwards of 20 hours on a plane as I fly to various locations. A few colleagues have told me that compression socks greatly improve travel, and I finally bought a pair to try them out. I finished a series of flights to get from Washington, DC, to Abuja, Nigeria, and after over 12 hours in the air and 24 hours in transit with my compression socks on the whole time, I feel great! It made a huge difference and definitely increased my comfort while on the plane. I plan to buy a second pair when I get back to the US." —Alexandra

    Get them from Amazon for $10.08+ (available in unisex sizes S–XXL and in nine colors).

    And check out our full Physix Gear compression socks review here.

    5. A packing cube with built-in shelves you can pack every single outfit in. When you arrive at your hotel you simply take it out of your suitcase, hang it in the closet, and you'll be G2G for the whole trip.

    reviewer image of packing cube with clothes in it
    packing cube hanging up in closet

    Plus, it has a zipper compartment at the bottom you can put all your dirty clothes in, so they don't get mixed together and you end up just washing everything when you get home (bc that's usually what happens to me).

    Promising review: "I used these while traveling around Europe with four children and then later on a cruise. They were super helpful in both cases." —Tucker Sw

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in four colors and also a smaller size).

    6. 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 $9.99 (also available in a two-pack).

    7. A portable door lock, a must-have for anyone who travels alone or just wants some extra comfort (while traveling or at home). It's super easy to install and remove, fits in almost all doors, and is small enough to stash in a bag.

    lock on door
    how to guide for door lock

    Note: This can get flagged with going through security, so you may want to put it in an easily accessible place in your checked bag to be safe. 

    Promising review: "I went on a solo trip to Europe and Africa and used the door lock to boost security. The lock fits and secures the lock. It's very easy to use. I would just suggest you watch the video and practice at home before your holiday." —Jae

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. An anti-theft backpack with the main body zipper on the inside (against your back while in use) so you can feel safer knowing that nobody will be able to unzip it when you're in a crowded unfamiliar space.

    reviewer sitting on a bench with the grey backpack with lighter grey stripe down the middle
    reviewer showing how the bag opens from the inside and holds a bunch of stuff inside

    Not only does the backpack open from the inside, but it also has a phone pocket, document pocket, front zippered pocket, and an exterior side pocket. It's also made of nylon, so it's waterproof and has a strap to change it into a shoulder bag.

    Promising review: "This is a must-buy for international travelers! I cannot say enough amazing things about this backpack. It’s surprisingly spacious for how small the bag is, which makes it portable/practical and comfortable while having it on. This backpack lasted an entire trip through multiple airports and layovers, and all across our trip through Europe. It was amazing. Because the main zipper sat against my back, I never worried about getting my items stolen. But I also had the luxury of having the two front zippers that were also surprisingly spacious to hold non-precious items such as water bottles or cheap sunglasses, etc. This backpack also is extremely durable. It was the perfect day pack to gather knick-knacks and souvenirs for friends and family and hold whatever I shoved in it! Can we also take time to appreciate how cute this backpack is as well! It went with all my outfits due to the neutral color and had the side strap if we went out to a fancy restaurant. I could easily turn it from a backpack to a purse in seconds! A MUST-HAVE!" —H Bradshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two sizes and 15 colors).

    9. A kids travel air mattress super easy to pack (it folds pretty small) so your kiddo has a comfy place to sleep that's not wedged in the middle of the bed with you. This is the perfect in-between bed for those too big for a pack 'n' play but too small to need a whole bed to themselves.

    Reviewer's child sleeping on the gray mattress and watching tv
    Reviewer's child watching tablet in the travel bed
    Reviewer's photo of the carrying bag for the mattress

    It's recommended for ages 3-6 years old.

    Promising review: "My daughter loves this bed!! We have taken it all over the world and find that it is the best thing for her. We did three weeks in Europe, and it was easy to set up and break down." —Ashley S.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.49.

    10. An Anker charging port with six USB ports so all your devices can get to 100% at the same time and only need to use one outlet. When you get to your room and realize there's only two outlets in the most inconvenient places, you'll be glad you packed this. 

    rectangle-shaped charging port with spaces for six usbs to be plugged into the front
    reviewer image of the charging port charging a variety of devices

    Promising review: "I bought one of these before an international trip to ease the charging needs of two phones, a tablet, and auxiliary power devices. It worked extremely well. I just needed one outlet and one plug converter, and I could charge all my devices. I started using it for all my travel. When not traveling, it stayed in a drawer until I realized that it was even more valuable at home. So, now it sits on a desk in the kitchen, usually with one or more devices charging. When our adult children were home for Thanksgiving, it really got a workout. That's when I decided to buy two more as a gift for each of the boys. Highly recommended." —Blabby

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in black and white).

    11. A 3D-contoured sleeping mask designed with a 3D-contoured shape, which just means there's more space where your eyes go, so there's no pressure on them (you can also even open them), but it still provides total darkness so you can try and catch some Zzzs on your flight so you don't arrive totally jet-lagged. 

    reviewer wears black 3D-contoured sleeping mask
    the same sleeping mask with ear plugs

    Plus, it comes with a set of earplugs to block out all the noise around you!

    Promising review: "This masks lets zero light in. I wore it on an international flight and forgot I had it on. I opened my eyes and thought I had died for a second. It’s that good." —Carrie Wils

    Get the set from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors).

    12. 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.

    a reviewer's phone, cash, and cards before being put in the wallet
    the same items all placed in the trifold wallet

    This wallet has a passport pocket, a boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a SIM card pouch, a coupon ticket slot, a cellphone pouch (max 5.8 inches), a money and coins zippered pocket (fits US dollars), a key holder, a pen holder, and a slim pocket.

    Promising review: "I recently took an international trip. I was gone three weeks. I needed a place for passport, COVID test, Vaccine card, credit cards, US and local currency. Not only did this wallet hold it all, but it snapped shut consistently and was easy to carry. I highly recommend!" —JCR

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 38 colors).

    13. Or a smaller travel card holder if you just need a place to keep your passport and vaccination card. You can easily slip this into your carry-on bag and know exactly where it is when asked for it.

    colorful travel card holder with vaccine card and passport inside
    Henney's Boutique / Etsy

    Henney's Boutique is a small business specializing in handmade personalized travel accessories, including passport holders and vaccine card holders. 

    Promising review: "I bought two of these in different colors for our last trip to the Caribbean. I was able to keep all my important travel documents (passport, vaccine card and Global Entry card) all in one easy to find passport holder. The different colors made it easy to identify which passport was which when checking in at the airlines and going through security." —Marsha Edgerton

    Get it from Henney's Boutique on Etsy for $8+ (available in 23 colors and styles).

    14. A Dagne Dover fanny pack that looks super sleek but is made of a neoprene fabric, so it will look just as nice with a dressy outfit as it does with a casual one. Plus, it's the perfect size to keep everything you need close while you hit all the "must-see" sights. 

    model wearing the fanny pack in camel
    Dagne Dover

    Promising review: "I went to Rome for a week last month and bought this fanny pack to take with me. It was perfect! I wore it in the front across my chest, and I never felt unsafe. It was super convenient when I needed to grab something! It fit my phone, wallet, keys, and even GoPro! It was the perfect size while also being super stylish and complementing all of my outfits. Highly recommend!" —Stephanie C. 

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $95 (available in six colors). 

    15. A compact iPhone portable charger you do not need a cord to make work. Simply plug your phone into the dock, and it will give it the juice it needs after you drained it by taking 58,357 pictures. Also, you can charge the dock while it charges your phone!

    It's able to charge an iPhone 8 1.5 times and a iPhone X one full time on a full charge. 

    Promising review: "This was the best gadget I bought for a long international trip! It's small, compact, fast charging, and easy to carry! It met all expectations and kept my phone juiced daily!!! Highly recommend!" —Colleen Flaherty

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in six colors).

    16. A Trtl pillow made with fleece so you can sleep cozily in whatever position is the most comfortable for you. Plus, it only weighs half a pound and can easily be thrown in your carry-on without taking up a ton of space.

    model wearing a black trtl pillow while sleeping on a plane
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I travel on international and domestic flights quite a bit and have tried different kinds of travel 'pillows.' This is by far my favorite. I've read lots of reviews about an inferior brand. My first time to order the Trtl Pillow, I received the style most people prefer; the 3 finger style. Anyway, it's an amazing product, and it really helps me actually sleep on long flights! I won't use anything else now. It fits in my backpack fine, but I can also strap it to the outside if I'm packed full. I bought it on the recommendation of a friend who also uses one for long distance air travel. I'll also be taking this on car trips as well!" —M. Summers

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (available in three colors).

    And check out our full Trtl Pillow review here.

    17. Or 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).

    reviewer with their head resting on an inflated pillow that rests on their lap and has room for their arms
    reviewer showing how small the pillow is when it's not inflated

    Promising review: "I am a very frequent traveler and had lived through many 13+ hour flights prior to purchasing this pillow. After using it for the first time on my 13 hour flight to Tokyo, I will never fly without it again! It was comfortable not only for sleeping leaning forward, but also for leaning against the window on the larger international plane. If you're traveling with a companion, it was also very comfortable being used between two people. I especially love how there are holes for your arms and can be used at different angles/positions. It made for a very restful flight overall." —Elizabeth B

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99. 

    18. A pair of Thigh Society cooling shorts just perfect for saving your legs while wearing a dress and walking 20,000+ a day hitting all the big spots. Sure, that dress looked super cute, until you realized your thighs would be rubbing together every step you take. Good thing these shorts are thin and won't cause you to overheat. 

    model wearing the shorts in black
    Thigh Society

    Promising review: "I bought these to wear under dresses for a trip to Europe because it was supposed to be really hot, and they worked great. They were light, stretchy, and there was no chafing. Maybe not the most moisture wicking, but they were very comfortable, and I wore them several times." —Meghan O'Leary

    Get it from Thigh Society for $37 (available in women's sizes XS-2XL, four lengths, and in eight colors). 

    19. Some laundry soap sheets to have on hand when you realize you've run out of clothes because you've decided to extend your trip even longer. There's no way you were going home without visiting the Eiffel Tower.

    Promising review: "I took this with me on international travel. I did laundry by hand for five weeks and made it through 'til the end with this one package. They do not sud up, but they work just fine. When I was doing a big bucket of laundry, sometimes, I put in multiple sheets. I felt like these did help to clean and freshen, but don't expect bubbles. Also, don't handle the soap sheets with wet hands because they do stick together." —R Mack

    Get it from Amazon for $5.27 (also available in a hand soap style).

    20. And some expandable hangers you can use to help hang dry your clothes after you wash them, as one reviewer did. But these are also just super handy to have in case wherever you're staying only has, like, two hangers to utilize during your 10-day trip.

    Reviewer photo of the hanger completely folded in
    Reviewer photo of the handle partially expanded

    Promising review: "These worked well for drying clothes in hotels during an extended international trip. Durable and easily stored in luggage when folded. Highly recommend for travel." —DD

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.99