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    30 Things That Frequent Travelers Use While Traveling (So Maybe You Should, Too)

    What the experts use when they hit the road.

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    1. A collapsible water bottle that'll take up wayyy less space in your bag pre-security, but also help you avoid paying approximately $20 for one water bottle *and* help you stay hydrated = all very important things.

    Nomander

    Promising review: "I'm a frequent traveler that tries to stay frugal on the road. I love this bottle because it can be rolled up to a nice small size and put in my backpack without taking up much room. I use it at the airport and in my room along with a small water filter." —Chad Vegas

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in seven colors).

    2. Some wipes to wipe down your seat, the tray, and anywhere else you touch to avoid that plague that comes after flying.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I travel a LOT. I also tend to get sick after being on an airplane. We all know 'airplane' is just a fancy word for 'traveling germ machine.' Those planes maybe get cleaned once a day, if that. I bring these wipes on the plane to wipe down the tray table, screen, seat belt, and seat. The scent of the wipes is pleasant and not very strong, which is great, because I don't want to cause nausea or anything to my seat neighbors. The package is just small enough that I don't feel it adds much weight to my bag either!" —mak196

    Get it from Amazon for $3.71.

    3. A packable puffer designed to fold up into a convenient travel pillow so you don't have to worry about carrying around a super heavy coat when traveling between different climates.

    Madewell

    Promising review: "I love this jacket! I bought two of the colors last year and bought the black one now that it's back. I travel a lot for work, and it's the perfect airplane layer and great for when the weather isn't too warm or cold. The only thing I would love (if you make it again next year), would be to add hidden snaps to the outside pockets. The pockets are nice and roomy, but I am nervous something will fall out." —sfinsf

    Get it from Madewell for $128 (available in sizes XXS-3X and in four colors).

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

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    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 just finished a series of flights to get from Washington, D.C. 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 $13.77+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 10 styles).

    Check out our full review of these compression socks here.

    5. A shampoo bar so you can avoid using whatever they have at the hotel and also not worry about adding more liquids to your TSA-approved bag.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was definitely skeptical about a bar shampoo and conditioner, but I travel a lot and really wanted to cut down the use of plastic products as much as possible. I honestly am in love! I got the Heali Kiwi shampoo bar and the Wonderbar conditioner, as well as one of their eco-friendly bamboo and sugar cane storage containers, and my very long, fine oily hair, which I do have to wash daily looks and feels great. I recommend anyone on the fence to definitely give it a try! It works! So wonderful for travel too!" —M.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in eight scents).

    6. An Away carryon which has three separate compartments to help you organize your things in the most efficient way possible to make the most use of your space.

    Away / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "This is the best suitcase ever. I travel a lot for work and need something durable. This suitcase is very hardcore, and I know it won't break in two years as the last two did. I'm super happy with this purchase as I hate waste and needed something that lasts and looks good too. Also, love the USB battery charging pack!" —Claire M.

    Get it from Away for $225 (available in 11 colors).

    7. A TSA-approved toiletry bag to easily stash your liquids and be ready when you go through security (and not hold up the line because everyone hates that).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I travel frequently and have been looking for a TSA liquids bag that opens on three sides like a case, as opposed to just on the top (like a zip-top bag.) This case fits the bill. At first, it seemed much smaller than the other toiletry bag I had been using, but I found I could fit the same amount in this case. The items were much easier to access in this case because it opens on three sides instead of just one." —CJ G-E

    Get it from Amazon for $12.86 (available in 11 colors).

    8. Bose QC20 Earbuds that'll ~cancel~ all the noise (i.e. plane sounds, crying babies, talkative seat mates), and let you focus on whatever new podcast you've been obsessing over. Before you know it, you'll be at your destination.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the best earbuds I've ever owned. They're really fantastic for noise cancellation. I travel frequently to Europe for work and use these religiously for helping me to sleep on the plane (drowns out the jet engine noise—all I hear is my relaxing music). I love these so much, in fact, that I've purchased additional pairs for my husband and daughter for family travels. My husband loves his pair especially when he's mowing the lawn." —Scout0421

    Get them from Amazon for $249 (available for Apple and Samsung and Android devices).

    9. Some melatonin sleep gummies made with L-Theanine, chamomile, and lemon balm to boost natural sleep hormones and help you fall asleep at a respectable time and be rested to take on the next day.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These work great! I travel a lot for work and can never fall asleep easily in a hotel room. I have no problem getting a good night's sleep using these." —Ashley

    Get a 50-count from Amazon for $12.88.

    10. 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.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "There's just nothing to dislike about this bag. It's very stylish, and as a frequent traveler, the little side (hidden) pockets are perfect for my boarding passes, passport, etc. to give you quick access! Love it, love it, love it!! It's exactly what I wanted!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in 14 styles).

    11. An Anker charging port with six USB ports so all your devices can get to 100% at the same time. Now that's luxury.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I travel frequently, and I am always challenged with the number of USB ports I can get with the number of outlets available (and where) in hotel rooms. With this product, the number of ports problem goes away, and what great is that it extends the charger interface out from behind a bed or nightstand, or other inconvenient receptacle location, up onto a work surface for easy access. As far as power, I have had an ASUS transformer, two iPads, HTC one M8, and two iPhones connected to it at the same time, charging for hours with no heat on the device whatsoever. It works great at home too. I have always had good luck with Anker products, good quality." —bishop

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in black and white).

    12. A compact umbrella that comes with a convenient carrying case for when it starts to downpour out of nowhere because that happens quite a bit on vacations for some reason.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I almost could not believe how small this umbrella was when it arrived. It was really amazing, and the case is very nice. It is small but as long as the rain is vertical, it should keep you mostly dry. It is only big enough for one person. I travel a lot and do not like carrying an umbrella, and this is perfect for my needs. Also, it easily fits into my glove compartment, briefcase, messenger bag, etc." —Frank

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in nine styles).

    13. A sleep 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 zzz's when you have a 6 a.m. flight you had to get up at 3 a.m. to catch.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this eye mask. I've purchased 4! I travel a lot, so I keep one in my suitcase and one at home, and sometimes I forget it at a hotel or a cat runs away with it at home. I love the eye pockets—I can blink, and it really feels like it's completely dark. I use it to fall asleep and typically take it off while I'm asleep. The strap is adjustable. Overall, it's very comfortable, and I'll be sticking with this mask." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five colors).

    14. 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.

    amazon.com

    The wallet has a passport pocket, boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a slim card pouch, slim pocket, a ticket slot, a cellphone pouch, a coin zippered pocket, key holder, and pen holder.

    Promising review: "This wallet is durable, chic, and spacious. The lining is very soft and feels expensive. From the design to the material, to the zippers and snaps, it's well made. I ordered it in rose gold, and it's a beautiful color. I travel frequently and love the boarding pass pocket. I recommend it to my sister and mom who also love theirs! They ordered in yellow and bronze and were also happy with the color." —Brianna graham

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 35 colors).

    15. A Trlt 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this travel pillow! As someone who travels frequently for work and leisure, I try to get sleep on planes whenever I can so I am ready to go when I land. However, when bulging discs in my neck developed a few years ago, I tested 6 or 7 different types of travel pillows and couldn’t find a pillow that gave proper support and didn’t aggravate my injury. Then I found this cozy little gem!!! I have now had my Trtl for about 6 months, and it’s been a game-changer. I am able to get some of the best sleep I’ve gotten on planes without further aggravation to my neck. I’ve recommended this to so many people who all have reported back their equal appreciation of the Trtl. It’s easy to pack around once you get to your destination, so you don’t have to have a travel pillow hanging off your bag. I also appreciate how easy it is to take apart to wash—with so many germs on planes I like that I can wash it without worrying about ruining it. I’m buying another for my mom who is getting ready for an overnight flight to Europe. I highly recommend this product!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in adult and junior and in 20 variations).

    16. 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.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I don't normally have trouble with blisters or pain from my work shoes, but I travel regularly to Washington DC for work. I walk a lot while I'm there, including when it's hot and muggy in the summer, and any kind of shoe I've tried gives me blisters when I walk five miles a day with extremely sweaty feet and no socks. I thought my only options were to coat my feet in band-aids, or bite the bullet and start wearing tights or socks in the heat, but then I found this stuff. I just got back from a week in DC in shoes that have given me blisters before, and my feet are completely fine. I did reapply in the evenings going out for dinner, but otherwise, just a few swipes on the problem spots, and I was ready to go, with no painful rubbing. And of course the size is convenient for travel, and to keep in my bag in case I do need to reapply." —L. Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. 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).

    Amazon

    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 $27.99+ (available in four colors).

    18. A spray hand sanitizer you'll want on ~hand~ basically your whole flight because planes are gross. Trust me, I've seen my fair share of babies (and grown adults) putting their feet over the tray table and in-flight entertainment.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this stuff!! I have been using this since last year, and I am a believer. I have bought it for my family, friends, and coworkers. I travel a lot for work and am in airports and crowded airplanes all the time. I used to get sick a lot. But I don’t get sick that often anymore. I tell everyone about this stuff because I know it works. Hand sanitizers dry out my hands, and they only last a few seconds, so you have to use them frequently. The great thing about this is that I only have to use it once a day, and it doesn’t dry out my hands." —B. Gadd

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99.

    19. A Dagne Dover duffle bag (now with a sleeve you can put over suitcase) that's worth the splurge because you'll be able to fit everything you need for a flight in it...and then swiftly put it under your seat to avoid the Hunger Games-style fight for overhead bin space.

    Dagne Dover / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I travel a lot for work—usually for only two or three days at a time. This is the perfect size to take everything I need—even my laptop fits in here. It also fits in every plane overhead bin regardless of how small the plane is. The color is beautiful and just as pictured. I always get compliments. Love it!" —Rachel P.

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $95+ (available in five sizes and six colors).

    20. A portable white noise machine that'll work hard while you sleep at night to block all the noises that come with staying in a hotel room. (Looking at you elevator and ice machine!!!!!)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first about how well this little noise machine would work in my hotel room (I am a frequent business traveler). However, skepticism gave way to satisfaction. This little sound machine blocked out hotel noises very well and helped me sleep through the night. For a little machine, it provides very good volume and different noise options. I highly recommend this product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in three styles and white and grey).

    21. Some biodegradable hypoallergenic wipes because flying can make you feel gross and these give you the chance to freshen up when there's not a shower in sight.

    Good Wipes / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I travel a lot, and these are perfect to keep in my purse and carryon when I need a quick refresh. These were also PERFECT for a recent trip I had with 24 hours of travel. I will definitely buy again." —SimplyC

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. An electronics organizer with spots for all your cords, chargers, devices, and anxiety*.

    Amazon

    *Okay, there are not actual spots for your anxiety, but it will make you feel organized and put together and hopefully ease your anxiety knowing exactly where all your important electronics should be!

    Promising review: "I travel a fair amount and am an admitted tech gadget junkie and became tired of dragging around a jumbled bag of cables, connectors, adapters, earbuds, thumb drives, card readers, MP3 players, and other necessities that resembled an episode of Hoarders. This little pouch tamed the beast—a place for everything and everything in its place. The other side of the double-sided pouch holds a power pack, multi-port USB charger, and even a short extension cord. This is a great set-up if you're frequently on the road, and you don't have to worry about forgetting that 'critical' connector..." —Snowbound

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    23. A set of packing cubes—once you use them, you'll wonder how you've lived this long without them in your life. They help keep your clothes organized and allow you to pack more in your suitcase. I call that a win-win.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I travel frequently and travel light. My luggage is usually limited to a backpack that slides under the airline seat. For a two week European cruise, I added a carryon rolling suitcase. I've used these packing cubes twice so far, and I am hooked. One cube holds everything (including clothing) I take on a 3-night trip. The cube slides into my pack saving massive amounts of room, and everything is easy to find during travel and at the hotel. Taking out one cube and unzipping is much better than digging through a pack! I will never leave home without these!" —Gura

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

    24. A slim RFID-blocking wallet to hold the essentials close to you and protect you from anybody trying to take advantage of tourists.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I travel a lot and was looking for something slim and lightweight with easy access to the two things I use the most —my driver's license (at TSA and hotel check-in) and my Amex card. This wallet is perfect. I have the license in the see-through window, which is great at the hotel check-in. TSA, of course, makes me take it out of the wallet, but with the handy thumb-slide, I can do it with one hand. The credit card slot can also be accessed easily with a thumb slide. For the price, the quality is quite good. I bought two and would recommend them to others." —DJW

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 29 colors).

    25. Silicone earplugs to reduce the pressure in your ears because sometimes you can't avoid getting an ~earful~ when the plane is taking off (and from the woman sitting next to you).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product has changed my life. I travel fairly frequently and always have issues with ear pressure on the plane. My ears will be clogged up, and it is painful to swallow for a day or two after short distance flights. But now, I use these and fly incident-free. You are supposed to insert them before the plane takes off and then before landing. I have found that it works best if I leave them in the entire flight from before take-off until landing, but they work almost as well if you take them out once you reach cruising altitude." —Thomasina

    Get a pack of one from Amazon for $6.84.

    26. Some reusable bottle bags to help protect any breakable purchases (i.e. wine or alcohol) you make so you can enjoy the deliciousness back home without worrying about it spilling in your checked bag.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these bags. I frequently travel overseas and always want to bring olive oil, wine, or the like back. These bags are perfect at protecting my finds, and I am comfortable that they will absorb the liquid if it does get broken. My husband actually put a bottle of cracked open wine in the bag to test it, laid the bag on its side and it absorbed the liquid!" —JHN

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.45.

    27. A stroller so lightweight and compact, it can fit in the overhead bin on a plane. This means you don't have to wait around for it to be retrieved from storage after you deplane. You can just open the stroller and go.

    Amazon

    It folds up so small that it was awarded a Guinness World Record in 2014 for the most compact stroller. It can hold kids who weigh up to 55 lbs. and only weighs 9.5 lbs.

    Promising review: "We are frequent travelers. I've been on 15 flights with my 17-months-old toddler. I wish I would have bought this a long time ago. It's the best purchase we have ever made. It is sturdy, folds very easy, has a great design, and can literally fit in a reusable grocery bag. Highly recommend!" —Kateryna

    Get it from Amazon for $169.99+ (available in four styles and six colors).

    28. Individually wrapped makeup removing wipes you can easily stash in your purse or carry-on for when you just can't take another minute in your makeup while flying. Fresh face = best face.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a perfect item for busy travelers. I travel a lot and have been pleased to find that some hotels now give you a sachet of makeup remover with the toiletries, but not all do. I decided to find my own and after a couple of not so good options, I found the La Fresh brand had a good size towelette and worked well at removing all my make up." —Gillian Russell

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $12.95 (also available in 200-, 600-, and 1200-count).

    29. A HappyLuxe travel wrap designed to be used as both a chic scarf and then as a blanket when it gets super cold on the plane and you want to sleep comfortably.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I travel a lot internationally, and so I love the duality of a scarf that's also a blanket. It does come with a pocket to put a hand-heater pack into, but I never use that. It's very comfortable, not scratchy at all, and it's easy to wash. It's great to wear traveling or as an awesome big scarf. I use it all the time." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $48+ (available in seven colors).

    30. A 4-wheel underseater small enough to fit under the seat in front of you but large enough to fit everything you need for the flight. Plus, because it has wheels, you don't have to worry about it weighing down your shoulder when you get through TSA and realize your gate is about 1.4 miles away.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I travel a lot. I bought this to reduce my carryon load and also so that when I go to a tradeshow, I could wheel it around without it looking ridiculous. When I first got it I thought it was too flimsy. But after taking it to Amsterdam, London, Vancouver, and three tradeshows, I’m happy to say it’s perfect for the job. The wheels are a very good quality, which is key. The bag has some very practical pockets that work well. I pack a Surface Pro, Kindle, iPad, large external charger, headphones, and scarf and still have room left. It is very nice for the overhead and in business and Comfort plus, and it fits under the front seat very well. Not sure it would for economy. The handle feels a bit flimsy, but so far so good. It says it has a 10-year warranty." —Flawrad

    Get it from Amazon for $76.82+ (available in black, purple, and blue).

    Booking my next vacation in 3, 2, 1...

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