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    33 Travel Products That Might Make You Forget You Didn't Get Upgraded To First Class

    That first class feeling without having to worry if you'll be upgraded.

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    1. 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.


    Promising review: "Ever since I purchased my wireless Bose earbuds, I always hated having to use another set when I was on an airplane with the seat-back entertainment system. I tried many different models to connect the system to my bluetooth headsets until I came across this one, and it is amazing! It seamlessly connects to my headset, very clear and reliable audio, and it takes the stress away from having to carry multiple headsets! Thank you!!!" —Ryan Malloy

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    2. 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: "With three weeks of international travel coming up, I purchased these to combat swelling in my feet during the flights. I had noticed swelling after three hour domestic flights, so I was worried about what almost 30k miles would do! I wore these on every leg of the trip and never noticed any swelling — even after the 10-15 hour flights. They are very comfortable, too!" —J. Beaty

    Get them from Amazon for $13.27+ (available in sizes S-XL and in nine styles).

    Check out our full review of these compression socks here.

    3. A twist memory foam pillow you can mold to in any position to help you sleep so you don't have to worry if the standard around the neck pillow really doesn't do much for you.


    Promising review: "Most travel neck pillows make me feel completely overwhelmed, but this one is especially great for those with shorter necks. It gives you control and once you get the positioning that you prefer, and it is really comfortable and provides the right support in the right places. Also, (and this was a selling point in the beginning,) having used this on several long-haul flights, I loved that after each trip, I could easily unzip the cover and throw it in the wash." —ltny

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in grey and blue).

    4. A Lano Face Base Flyer Mask made with lanolin, mint, caffeine, ginger – they work together to deeply hydrate your skin because there's just something in the air on planes that I swear is on a mission to ruin our lives (or at least our skin).

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    Promising review: "I use this in the morning at least 10 minutes before applying make-up (which, for me, typically consists of mineral veil, mascara, and a brow pencil). It leaves my face feeling hydrated but doesn't make me greasy. I love the glow I get after using it." —La B

    Get it from Ulta for $24.

    5. An airplane armrest extender and divider to, once-and-for-all, stop the in-air fight for the arm rest. 🙌This little thing makes it so you BOTH have enough room to put your arms down, thus making everyone happier.

    Promising review: "What a great product! If you fly as much as I do (three times a week or more), there will always be the battle of the armrests. It does not matter if you are sitting next to the window, aisle, or in that oh-so-comfortable middle seat where you usually have to share an armrest. Soarigami has been great to use on my weekly flights! It is light, compact, and folds up taking little to no room in my laptop bag. Soarigami is also EXTREAMLY easy to set up and use. It conveniently fits and is adjustable to every armrest size. Since I have been using my Soarigami, my co-armrest passengers have loved this design and the concept of having our own space a room! This has been great for my long flights and overall comfortability." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. Some homeopathic jet-lag pills to help you adjust to the time change in a better way than just getting there and hoping for the best. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾


    Promising review: "My husband and I have used this product now for five years for multiple trips overseas and these really work. How do we know? We've forgotten to use them on a couple of legs and there has been a night/day difference in our energy levels. We use precisely as directed, setting timers on our phone when possible to remember the doses. On a few occasions we've slept through the timer, so missed the timing of a couple of doses, and we've been fine. Our last trip to Australia was 34 hours door-to-door on the outbound. We would have been a complete wreck without these. As it was, we arrived late morning, remained awake and lively (enough) through dinner, and then got a good night's sleep. The next day we felt as good as new. For the years before I used this, I would need to sleep for a few days after a leg like that. We never travel without this now. I highly recommend this product." —motokat

    Get a pack of 32 pills from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. An Away carryon suitcase 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. Plus, it has a USB port, so you can charge your phone when there's no working plugs around you.


    Fill the right side up with your clothes and then use the left side for items such as toiletries, shoes, and the middle for thinner items like laptops or tablets.

    BuzzFeed's Arielle Calderon says: "I had a really good experience and I personally thought the Away Bigger Carry-On was worth the $250. I was able to fit a large amount of items, the laundry bag was a lifesaver, the compression section really made everything fit better, and it looks stylish too. The fact that it has a lifetime guarantee also helps. Obviously $200+ can be a huge purchase for some people, but it's a good investment for my lifestyle. And if you hate it within the 100 days, you can always return it."

    Read her complete review on the Away suitcase to see why it's worth it.

    Get it from Away for $245+ (available in nine colors).

    8. 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 zzzz's when you have a 6am flight you had to get up at 3am to catch.


    Promising review: "I travel a lot for work and have tried sleep masks to help me sleep on flights and in hotels...typically they are too heavy, don’t breathe, or my eyelashes rub against the inside of the mask. So, I was skeptical when I bought another mask. But I am so glad I did not let my skepticism get the best of me. I cannot remember the last time I slept this good. The mask is lightweight, has ample room for my eyelashes, and even comes with a carrying case when I travel. It is extremely breathable and does not feel the least bit constricting. I use this mask every night now...even at home! Just this week, I bought a second one and had it shipped to my final destination because I forgot to pack it the day before." —Jason

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69+ (available in four colors).

    9. A blanket scarf with snaps at either end that make it so versatile, you'll be able to wrap it around your neck when you're getting on the plane and then turn it into a blanket when you try to nap.


    I've owned this scarf for YEARS. It's one of my absolute favorite travel products. It's very soft, versatile, and chic. I usually start with it as an infinity scarf and then use it as a blanket on longer flights when they don't give me one. It's large enough to cover most of my body (I like to sleep curled up if I can) and not so heavy that it takes up a lot of space when I'm not wearing it.

    Promising review: "I love this scarf. It's such a perfect blend of soft and light fabric. This scarf is great for travel because it can be opened up to act as a blanket. I also use it as a scarf/hood combo for quick jaunts outdoors when it's rainy." —ASHNPDX

    Get it from Lululemon for $48 (available in four colors).

    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).


    BuzzFeed's Rachel Dunkel says: "I know external batteries are a snore and $31 seems like a lot compared to the cheap 'lipstick' ones, but I cannot recommend this battery enough. It can charge my phone a full three times, which is crucial for someone like me: a frequent-flying, Twitter-loving, podcast-downloading, battery-draining millennial who feels like they're drowning if their phone dies for one damn second."

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

    11. Glossier Balm Dotcom that will not only make you feel like a ~cool~ person who's ahead of the trends on your flight, but will also keep your lips nourished with antioxidants and natural emollients *and* add a touch of color so you don't feel like a total hot mess.


    Plus, it's a universal balm, so you can also use it on chapped knuckles or elbows or anyone else as well. And it's small, so it won't take up a ton of space in your carryon.

    Promising review: "As a professional lip balm collector I would like to go out on a limb and say that this is probably the best balm I have used. It stays forever, doesn't wipe off with food or drinks or life, and is super nourishing. It's also really good value for money and lasts forever (mine has been with me since July 2018)." —Aayushi S.

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight flavors).

    P.S. This was our pick for best mid-priced tinted lip balm on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    12. 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

    BuzzFeed's Emma McAnaw says: "My Dagne Dover duffle fits soooooo much more than it seems (especially when you fight to the death to fit everything like I do), and it's a super easy carry-on! I just put it under the seat so I don't have to fight people to get the overhead bin space. Also, I've gotten away with bringing it for free on airlines that try to charge for carry-ons because it looks so small."

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $95+ (available in five sizes and six colors) or from Nordstrom for $155.

    13. An On The Fly Kit that's totally TSA-approved, so you can feel like your favorite celeb who LOVES to post photos putting on face (and eye) masks during their first class flight because they are def on to something when it comes to skincare.


    The kit includes an illuminating sheet mask, hydrating sheet mask, rejuvenating eye gels, and hydrating lip gels.

    Promising review: "My skin hates when I travel. It gets super dry, and my lips get ridiculously chapped no matter the amount of water I drink or the chapstick I apply. I got this kit to use while traveling, and used the hydrating face mask and the lip mask after getting to the resort and my skin drank it up and looked great the entire time and my lips were great as well. I then used the other face mask before getting on the plane to travel home and my skin handled the flight with no problems. I had to be back at work the next morning and used the eye masks before heading in and it took away any appearance of jet lag! This is a must have for all future trips of mine." —Marissa F.

    Get it from Pathology or Ulta for $20.

    14. A foot hammock made out of memory foam so you can REALLY sit back, relax, put your feet up, and enjoy your flight.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It's so simple but works incredible to prevent swelling and pressure on legs while flying. I just flew the first leg of an international flight and used it, and I am on a layover now and had to pause to write this review. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! It easily attached to tray table, and I adjusted to my desired height. It is like a hammock for your feet. You just prop them up inside the thing/swing/hammock - which is very cushiony - and your feet are hoisted up comfortable. I'm a big girl and weight is no issue. DEFINITELY MUST HAVE ON ALL MY FLIGHTS NOW. This thing is great!!" —Queen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in black, purple, and blue).

    15. 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).


    Promising review: "I love this product! Every couple of trips, no matter what tricks I try, I cannot clear my ears. The ear pain is immense at takeoff (I completely understand why those babies and toddlers wail!), and then I'm hard of hearing for days. With these, that has never happened. A few other people near me had ear pain and I did not, so I was very grateful I'd bought this product." —Amy Kleinpeter

    Get a pack of one from Amazon for $6.79.

    16. A felt bag organizer to turn your purse or carry-on into a neatly organized place where you can find everything you're looking for instead of the black hole of disaster it usually is.


    *Takes 10 whole minutes to search through bag looking for ear buds.*

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE this felt organizer! It's strong, yet lightweight and has many, many pockets to stash and organize the contents of my bag. I use mine for when I travel and need quick access to my items. My only issue is that I should have chosen a color other than black because my tote is black, my organizer is black, and most of my items are black! Buying the green would have offset my items deep inside the tote. Other than that, I LOVE LOVE LOVE!" —Kathy D

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88+ (available in three sizes and 11 colors).

    17. 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.

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    These are made with natural tee tree oil, peppermint, ginseng, and oil and come individually wrapped, so they're super easy to stash in your carry on.

    Promising review: "I purchased this product for a recent trip to China so that I could freshen up between flights and also so that I could clean-up as needed. I predominantly used these to wipe my body between my long-haul flight and my connecting flight to a local destination. This was a nice alternative to a shower when one simply wasn't available. It just made me feel cool, refreshed, and slightly de-scuzzed. I'd recommend them for this purpose. As they are perfumed, I wouldn't recommend using them as a toilet wipe for fear of throwing off a critical pH balance for women, but as an overall body cleaner, they are great. :)" —Magdalene Sikora

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. The Airhook – it holds phones and tablets and attaches to the seat in front of you so you can be entertained on every flight, even the ones without seat-back entertainment. Plus, this has fold-down cup holder, so you don't have to worry about using your tray table and then panicking when you still have half a drink left and need to use the bathroom.


    P.S. This also works just as great in cars for road trips!

    Promising review: "Wow! A product that does what it says it will! I’ve found that the easiest way to be distracted during a flight is to watch movies. But holding up my phone for hours is frustrating. Enter Airhook. It's easy to use (I experimented with it before the flight) and held my device securely. There are less expensive phone holders, but they didn’t look like they’d hold the device if the seat back was jostled (i.e. the passenger in front of you suddenly reclines their seat). My only complaint is that it doesn’t store flat, so it takes a bit more space in my carry-on. A minor inconvenience. Otherwise, I’m very pleased with this purchase." —Wilson Moses

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    19. Or a smaller holder that folds flat, so you can stash it into your bag super easily and be on your way as soon as it's your turn to get off the plane.


    It's designed to fit iPhone, Android, and Kindle devices.

    Promising review: "When it comes to planes, I have tried just about everything to setup my phone to watch it. I even tried some of the more expensive things that are supposed to hold phones well, but don't. This is BY FAR my new number 1 pick. It's moldable so you can literally make it fit ANYWHERE! It is also strong enough so that when you fold it the things stays that way. When you are done just flatten back out and toss it in your bag. It doesn't weigh anything, and it's only about as thick as a thin piece of cardboard so it can live in a purse, backpack or even be used as a big bookmark. I love this things. Now I just have to find out how many folds it's good for!" —Kasey Cassone

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three styles).

    20. A splurge-worthy Slip silk beauty sleep travel set because even if you do get a pillow on the flight, this one is wayyyyy better for your skin and hair, prevents wrinkles and breakage, and will def make you feel like you're an A-list celeb.


    The kit includes a pillowcase, pillow, and sleep mask.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $119.

    21. A strap you can attach to your luggage to hold your carry-on or other items that are too big or awkward to pack (i.e. your coat, scarf, neck pillow, etc.).


    Promising review: "I love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. It made my airport walks so much easier. Now that I'm back home, I've been using it daily to attach my jacket or cardigan to my work bag or purse." —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors).

    22. A self-inflating lumbar support pillow to give your back the support it needs to survive even the longest of flights.


    Promising review: "Airplane seats are mostly horrible and even short flights were a pain in my back. I just came back from Africa and used the pillow on the small and very uncomfortable inland flights, and it helped tremendously. The pillow is now permanently in my hand luggage. I would recommend it to anybody with back problems and it is also a great pillow for layovers." —Roland Ruesch

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

    23. Weleda Skin Food, which is a plant-based moisturizer that leaves your skin feeling hydrated, moisturized, and smooth. Plus, it has the stamp of approval from flight attendants, so you know it has to be good.

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    Promising review: "I am a flight attendant, and this is my go-to hand cream! It is a little greasy when you first start rubbing it in, but it absorbs quickly and that along with the smell (a bit medicinal) dissipates before you know it. It doesn't take much of this at all. You can't go wrong with this hand cream. I rub a little on my tired feet at the end of the day as well, and trust me I have tired feet after being on them for 14 plus hours. This stuff works great for this as well. Win-Win Weleda!" —Lori Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $10.82.

    24. A Kindle Paperwhite you can fill with as many books as you want but without weighing down your carry-on. That way, no matter what mood you're in on the flight, you'll have a book to match it. Rory Gilmore is shaking rn!!!

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I travel a fair amount, and I can bring tons of books with me wherever I go. The screen is easy to read in a dark room or in the bright of day. The battery lasts forever (weeks,) and if you do some digging you can find books for a buck or two all day long." —MissyMouse

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in black and blue).

    25. Some Evian facial spray to hydrate and refresh your skin even if you don't feel hydrated and refreshed after a delayed flight.


    Promising review: "I am never without a bottle of Evian mist in my makeup bag. Love the mini size for travel. I use it after I apply my makeup to help it set, giving me a light dewy finish. I spray my face with it at night, after cleansing and before and after applying my HA serum. The mini bottles are also a must for my carry-on bag when traveling. A little spritz during a long haul flight is perfect for a refreshed feeling and quick pick me up!" —CeCe Cavanaugh

    Get the mini travel duo from Amazon for $16.

    26. A pair of earbuds that'll ~cancel~ all the noise (i.e. plane sounds, crying babies, loud talkative seat mates) and let you focus on whatever new podcast you've been obsessing over.


    Promising review: "Seriously, these make traveling a joy. They cut out the noises that ruin your trip, whether the roar of the engines on a plane or the racket of trains, subways, whatever. It's amazing. The quality of sound is so fine, and you can choose to block it all out, or not. At home, I use them when my teenagers have all their friends over. They are great for phone calls as well, as you can block the extraneous noises when you need to." —M. Todd

    Get them from Amazon for $249.

    27. A seatback organizer that keeps all your in-flight essentials (i.e. 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.

    Walter + Ray

    And if it doesn't fit in the pocket, it also has loops and straps so you can attach it to the tray table or seat. Plus, it has five interior pockets, a Smartflap for your phone, and a crossbody strap to carry it easily when not on the flight.

    Promising review: "I bought this seat back organizer specifically for an overseas flight to Europe. I LOVE sitting in the bulk heat seats but hate the fact that there is never anywhere to put all the stuff I need for the flight. I was pleasantly surprised how much this holds. It may appear to be thin, but it really expands to hold a lot of stuff. I had my iPad, headset, chargers, hand lotion, chap stick, passport, etc. right in front of me the whole time. And BONUS, it even was wide enough at the top for me to put my water bottle! This worked through the airport as a 'purse' and then worked fantastic on the flight. I highly recommend this for air travel!." —HRHJennyJ

    Get it from The Container Store for $59.99.

    28. A spAIRTray travel shelf you can attach to the window and have a place to set your drink and phone *without* having to put down the tray table. Now that's luxury.,

    Promising review: "I used this on a few flights so far. It fit into some most of the windows, but not all. It is really nice to be able to put your drink on the shelf, and put up the tray table so that you can get to the things you have on the floor. One of the flight attendants really loved it and wanted to know where I got it. It folds flat, so it's easy to carry with you. It doesn't take up a lot of room or weight in your carry on. It's a worthwhile purchase and worth taking with you if you like the window seats like I do." —SoCal Lady

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    29. A passport holder because anyone who sits in first class def has one to feel like an ~official~ traveler.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $26.

    30. A compact lightweight travel blanket that won't take up your whole carry-on bag but *WILL* keep you warm when it's -7 degrees on your flight.


    Promising review: "This blanket is the perfect size and weight. It even fits in my briefcase. It has truly become a travel necessity, and I use it on every trip I take." —Melissa Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in light blue and dark blue).

    31. A travel set of disinfecting wipes because it actually grosses me out to even think about all the germs that are on a seat. Using one of these not only may help prevent you from picking up some sort of sickness, but also ease your mind.


    Promising review: "These are essential for anyone who travels by air or train. The seats on planes are not clean. Between flights, a cleaning crew is given 10-15 minutes to clean a plane with ~100 seats, which would probably not result in a thorough cleaning. Take two wipes to clean the arms rest, tray table and seat prior to getting comfortable will go along way in avoiding getting sick. Planes are basically the equivalent of a child's daycare center for adults, germs and sickness are rampant, protect yourself." —Alex C

    Get it from Amazon for $3.65.

    32. A pair of knit socks to keep your feet warm on a long flight because no matter what the weather is outside, airplanes always think you need to feel like you're in a department store in the middle of summer.


    Promising review: "I'm very happy with this purchase. I bought these because my feet get so cold on airplanes, even inside the sneakers, and I'm unable to sleep on long flights. They definitely served the purpose and even through breathable sneakers, I was very warm and comfortable." —A Kez

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six colors packs and variations).

    33. And a carry-on cocktail kit so you can fully enjoy your travel experience as you sip on a Moscow Mule...or whatever your go-to drink is.

    Uncommon Goods

    *Just a note that the alcohol is not included.

    Get the Moscow Mule kit from Uncommon Goods for $24 or check out all five varieties here.

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