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    29 Products So Useful You'll Probably Wonder How You Traveled Without Them

    *adds PlaneAire to my cart immediately*

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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.

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    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 $33.76.

    2. 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.

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    My mom and I both used these on our recent trip to Paris and loved them. They're super convenient to use and since we visited in January, we actually kept them under our coats, so nobody (especially pickpocketers) could see them. I like how nice the case and strap looked and that I could hold my phone out over the ledge of the Eiffel Tower ledge for an epic sunset shot, and not worry about it falling to its death. Plus, the attached wallet is perfect to stash a credit card, ID, and even a subway ticket. Can you see it chilling at my side in the right photo? Yep, that's where it was the entire trip and will be every other trip I take.

    Promising review: "I’m obsessed with my Bandolier. It’s so useful having my phone and Metro Card so accessible so I don’t have to dig through my bags. I feel comfortable wearing it, and I love the hands-free aspect. I never worry about someone stealing it, and I don’t go anywhere without it!!!" —M.F.

    Get it from Amazon for $88 (available in eight iPhone sizes.) And check out all the phone case styles, straps, and purse attachments on the Bandolier site here or a similar style also from Amazon for $28.95 (available for six phone sizes).

    3. 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).

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    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 $6.89.

    4. A Wallet Ninja with 18 different functions designed specifically to fit in your pocket and save the day when your glasses break and you need a screwdriver to put them back together. Or to help your phone stand up so you can watch TV on the flight. (Both are pretty important TBH.)

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    The card includes an eyeglass screwdriver, letter opener, nail puller, ruler, bottle opener, can opener, box opener, cell phone stand, hex head nut and bolts, screwdrivers, and a fruit peeler. Reviewers said it is TSA-approved, but some had to remove it from their bag and put it on the belt by itself just to be safe.

    Promising review: "This is definitely helpful to have on hand! The ninja is small and slim but punches above its weight class in terms of usefulness. The tools are all things you might find yourself searching through a drawer for and are useful in a pinch. You obviously aren't going to be able to construct a deck with anything on this credit card-sized device, but it fits comfortably in your wallet and will help you open a beer or tighten a screw. The coolest feature that I couldn't find on most other similar products was the credit card phone stand. It is great for planes and other travel applications (I haven't had trouble bringing this on a plane anywhere I have traveled, FYI)."—Ned Chez

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    5. 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.

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    That's one of my many flight anxieties. 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 $24.95.

    6. An electronics organizer to not only keep all the wires from getting tangled into one giant mess but also make it super easy to reach into your bag and grab your headphones before the baby's crying gets too loud.

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    Promising review: "I normally put all of my cords and chargers in ziplock bags when I travel. When I need something, it's always at the bottom of my bag. This case has changed my life. Everything stays organized AND I can locate it in a second. Standing it on end in my purse allowed me to slip it in and out easily. On an airplane, it held every item I needed for my 8-hour flight so I could stow my bag overhead and have maximum legroom. It's durable and convenient." —Boys3Girls1

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors).

    7. A foot hammock made out of memory foam because we can't all afford to fly first class, but this little gadget will make you feel like you can (even if it doesn't come with free champagne).

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    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It's so simple but works incredibly 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 the 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 comfortably. 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 $17.97+ (available in black, purple, and blue).

    8. PlaneAire I saw Dan Levy from Schitt's Creek rave about, so if it's good enough for Dan, it's def good enough for me (and you) to use to easily spray and remove bacteria from the surfaces on the plane.

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    Just remember to shake before use so the essential oils can all mix together and kill the germs on contact.

    Promising review: "As a mom of 8 and a travel agent, I find that I travel at least 4 times a month. I highly recommend this product as I use it on all of my domestic and international travel. It is the perfect size product to place in a small bag to easily access on a plane, boat, or train. I began recommending this to all my clients after it was recommended to me by my son." —Beth Cox

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. 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.

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    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: "I bought this backpack to use as a purse while on vacation, and it worked perfectly. The main pouch is protected when you’re walking around because the zipper is protected by your back. There are also two side zippered pockets, one of which kept my phone and the other perfect for sunglasses and a few other items that I wanted to access more easily. I loved that I could wear it as a purse to dinner but use it as a backpack during the day so that my shoulder didn’t get tired. I highly recommend this item!" —Allison

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

    10. A Dagne Dover duffle bag 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.

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    I've been using the medium-sized duffle bag for a while now, and let me tell you, I wish I would have bought it years ago. The neoprene fabric feels and looks so nice. Plus, you can really fit so much inside. Seriously, I've fit my laptop, iPad, a book, all my toiletries, a crossbody purse, wallet, snacks, and more inside and have still been able to close it. And my favorite part: there's a really convenient small pocket on the outside that fits your phone perfectly. This means I never have to spend a good five minutes searching through all that stuff in the bag to find my phone somewhere at the bottom. I can just grab it and show the TSA agent my ticket in seconds.

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

    11. 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).

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    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." —Rachel Dunkel

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

    12. A dual-zip crossbody big enough to fit all the essentials you need for the day but thin enough to not weigh you down and not take up a ton of space in your luggage. And that's a win-win-win in my book.

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    Get it from Rothy's for $175 (available in black, green, and red).

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

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    Promising review: "This bag held surprisingly more than expected. I put tiny travel jars for my skincare creams and other small toiletries in it with room to spare. I definitely feel like it was easier to pack and was also easy to grab out of my bag for security. It feels sturdy with nice, thick vinyl. The double zipper moved easily, and I was pleased that it opened completely for ease of getting the items I needed out of it." —Mrs M Tate

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

    14. A six-port USB charger that'll not only be super convenient at hotels (because you'll only need to find one working outlet), but will also ensure that you don't need to bring a small collection of bricks to charge all your devices.

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    Promising review: "This USB charger has been awesome for travel since it allows me to skip packing a separate USB brick for each of my devices. It is smart enough to determine whether the device has the capability to quickly charge via higher amperage output and automatically delivers the appropriate output to each device. The LED that indicates that the unit is receiving power is a nice touch, especially when many hotels I stay at seem to have dead power outlets. I use it with an iPad, iPhone, portable Bluetooth speaker, and a portable recharging pack. It handles those devices well and charges them quickly." —Sam Ellis

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

    15. 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.

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    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 $9.99+ (available in six colors).

    16. A travel-size steamer so you don't look a mess when you realize that super cute shirt you packed actually wrinkles really easily in your suitcase.

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    Promising review: "I’ve had it for a few months now and I couldn’t be more happy with it. I travel a lot for work and it is the perfect size for my carry-on suitcase, and it works great. It’s easier and faster to steam my shirts than having to iron them like I was doing before I got the steamer." —David Trejo

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    17. 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, which is always important in my opinion.

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    Promising review: "I am officially sold on packing cubes!! These things are amazing! I can believe I've been packing without them my whole life. The mesh lining allows you to peek inside, and I was able to pack all my clothes, shoes, and toiletries for a 10-day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was SO much more room in my luggage after packing everything in the cubes! Items I fit in the cubes and bag include two jackets, one jean vest, four pants/capris, two pairs of shorts, one romper, four dresses, one maxi skirt, seven tank tops, four shirts, three camisoles, three pajama sets, 15 undies, six pairs of socks, and four pairs of shoes. But why are you still reading?? Go buy these cubes!" —Tiffany

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

    18. Some travel shoe bags to keep both shoes together and also make sure all the gross stuff on the bottom of those shoes doesn't get on your nice clean clothing.

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    And now I'm thinking about how my dirty shoes have touched my clean clothes for years...excuse me.

    Promising review: "I don’t know how I traveled without these for so long!!! These make packing shoes and heels SO MUCH EASIER. I don’t have to worry about your shoes touching your clothes so it’s easier to organize your suitcase. MUST BUY." —Breana Favors

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six styles).

    19. 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.

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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 wore these on every leg of the trip and never noticed any swelling – even after the 10- to15-hour flights. They are very comfortable, too!" —J. Beaty

    Get them from Amazon for $16.49+ (available in sizes S–XL and in nine styles).

    20. A tray table cover with four pockets (that stretch) so you can keep whatever you need to get through the flight close by and not even touch the gross seat-back pocket once.

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    Promising review: "I used this on my trip recently, and I’m never traveling without it again! Usually, I have to keep reaching into my backpack for all my essential items on the plane ride, but this was so convenient as I was able to keep my journal, book, earbuds, and snacks all in one place! I was able to fit all of my belongings within the pockets which allowed me to stay organized. On top of it all, I didn’t have to use to back seat pocket—it was such a clean alternative. I highly recommend it!!" —Leslie Alvarado

    Get it from Amazon for $37.90.

    21. 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!!!!!)

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    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 $29.92 (available in three styles).

    22. A heat-resistant silicone mat so you can wrap up your hot curling iron and straightener and throw 'em in your bag as you run out the door to catch a cab to the airport because you're late...again.

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    Promising review: "This is great for travel! I love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now, I can let it cool a little then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. I love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. I definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $10.78 (available in pink and gray).

    23. 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.

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    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.

    24. A travel passport wallet with RFID blocking so you not only have a place to store your important things, but also to protect them.

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    Promising review: "I make many trips to Canada, and this case lets me keep all my necessary items in one place. It easily holds my passport, cash, and cards that I only need when I travel. Therefore, it's easy to just leave it all in one place and grab it again for the next trip. It makes packing easy, and I never forget anything. Plus, the product looks great and is durable." —Brian Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 36 colors).

    25. 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.

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    *Takes 10 whole minutes to search through my bag looking for earbuds.*

    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 $13.88 (available in five sizes and 16 colors).

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

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    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, dark blue, and gray).

    27. 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.

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    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).

    28. A jewelry organizer you'll be so thankful for because enough is enough when it comes to just throwing your jewelry into a bag and thinking it's not going to end up in a complete knot.

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    Oh, that's just me, sorry, carry on!

    Promising review: "I love this!! It was perfect for my travels. It held everything nicely. I really liked the see-through compartments. It beats how I used to travel with all the separate bags that you can’t see what you are carrying. The necklace part was what I really was looking for. It worked well with the bag underneath it to hold it." —Cents For My Scents

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five sizes and 10 colors).

    29. 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.

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    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-month-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).

    How I walk on the plane every time I travel:

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