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    Updated on Dec 6, 2019. Posted on Aug 18, 2019

    33 Useful Travel Products Under $20

    "How did I ever travel without these?" —me the whole time I was writing this post.

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    1. A travel wallet with a 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.

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    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: "I absolutely love this wallet. I needed a new travel wallet, and this holds everything I need all in one place, and it still closes nicely and stays flat! I can fit my boarding pass, passport, ID, credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, and more in it, yet it doesn’t bulk up or look like an overstuffed mess. It's just amazing. The description says it only holds US money, but I just used the boarding pass flap to hold all my Japanese Yen (¥), which are larger. I didn’t use the zippered pocket for coins as I much prefer a separate coin purse for that sort of thing. I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot!" —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 35 colors).

    2. 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 because there was no way you were going home without visiting the Eiffel Tower.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This came SO in handy during my vacation to Europe! I was making lots of different stops to places with different types of weather. With these laundry soap sheets I was able to wash my clothes in the sink — letting me pack just the right amount of clothes for all the different places I went." —Katie Fujarski

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95+ (available in five styles).

    3. A helpful checklist so you can plan out everything you need to pack and not worry about that feeling of "What am I forgetting?"

    Amazon

    Honestly, that feeling haunts me no matter if I go somewhere for a weekend or a month.

    Promising review: "I hate making lists trying to figure out what I need, and this is PERFECT for trying to figure that out. It has a lot more on the checklist than I would ever take on a trip, but it does accommodate for every kind a trip, from a simple vacation across state lines, to a business trip, to a wedding halfway around the world. I'm pretty pleased!" —Alyssa Kauffman

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    4. A travel pouch that attaches to your bra so you can keep the most important things closest to you (such as your money, credit cards, and a copy of your passport) without fear of some pick-pocketing wizard breezing past you, barely touching you, but somehow getting away with your stuff.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was a LIFESAVER while traveling. I kept my cards and cash in it and had no stress about thieves lifting my essentials while traveling heavily pickpocketed cities. I loved it so much, I actually continued to use it when I got home instead of carrying a purse! The top flap did start to unravel after about 6 months -but this was also after 6 months of everyday use." —Krista Hinz

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in pink and black).

    5. Or, if it's more your speed, a belt with secret pouch to help keep you from being in a ~cinch~ while traveling to a foreign country.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a trip to Cuba where I needed to carry all of the money I needed for that week in cash. Although I am not typically worried/normally cautious when traveling, the idea of carrying that much cash on me made me nervous. Traditional money belts/fanny packs just didn't seem like a fit for me. I was worried they would become uncomfortable in the hot sun. This security belt was perfect. It allowed us to carry most of they money for the trip hidden within the belt and carry in my purse on the money I needed for that day. It also worked like a breeze with no issues getting through security. I'm not sure how much I'll use this in the future, but it was perfect for our needs of a trip to Cuba." —fendi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. 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: "This is the perfect travel companion. It fits everything including an Apple TV, HDMI to VGA converter, and multiple lightening and Micro USB cables. I haven't been disappointed at all. Plus, it packs nicely in backpack and goes everywhere." —iamtheoneoff

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

    7. 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. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $10.84 (available in pink and gray).

    8. A mini steam iron ideal for throwing in your checked bag to have ready when you arrive at your destination and realize that the shirt you wanted to wear is wrinkled beyond belief. You'll look more put together and feel great with this.

    Amazon

    Yes, some hotels have irons in the rooms, but some don't, and it's better to be prepared (especially if you're traveling for work).

    Promising review: "The best travel item I have purchased this year! It irons so well. I took it on a trip to Germany a few weeks ago. I just placed a towel on the counter or on the bed, and it took minimal effort to iron out the creases. The steam works very well. I hardly had to use the max heat option because it’s pretty powerful. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that does business travel and are going to areas that don’t have irons available in the hotel rooms or for leisure travel as well. It doesn’t take up much room. It fits in the palm of my hand. I also had no problem getting through security in Germany, London, or USA."—Erica Kowsari

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A digital luggage scale to prevent you from paying an overweight baggage fee ever again because sometimes it's hard not to overpack, OKAY!!!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so handy and is great for weighting your luggage. I was a little concerned before I got it because I wasn't sure how accurate it would be. When I used it when I went on vacation, it was dead on to what the airport said, so I highly recommend this. Plus, it’s easy to pack in your bags." —Teresa Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

    10. A set of shoe organizer 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was afraid these were going to be low quality and flimsy, but they are not. They are also large enough for my ankle boots to fit into. What I really like about these is that they have a plastic peep section so I can see what shoes are inside at a glance. It's very convenient. I debated a lot about what brand to buy. I'm glad I choose this one." —Melissa

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.88 (available in medium and large and in four colors).

    11. 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: "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.

    12. 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 $12.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and in single pairs in nine colors under $20).

    Check out our full review of these compression socks here.

    13. 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)_/‾

    Amazon

    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 $11.99.

    14. A reusable water bottle with an attached pill organizer so you stay hydrated (and medicated, if applicable) the whole trip.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really love this! It is great for travel. The pill tray slides out for easy filling and the cap has a flat edge so it can be used as a cup! The bottle also has feet on the side so it can rest on the table while you take the pills out. Fantastic design! The bottle is made out of a thin plastic, so I would be careful with washing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four colors).

    15. A 27-piece first aid kit because somehow and someway you're probably going to get some sort of injury while on vacation, and it's better to be over-prepared than under.

    Amazon

    The kit includes antiseptic wipes, sting relief wipes, antibiotic ointment, assorted bandages, safety pins, and a razor blade.

    Promising review: "This has all the basics. It is the perfect size for hiking trips or times when I can carry it in my purse. I love it" —Butler

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. 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.

    17. A jewelry organizer to keep your necklaces from becoming a tangled mess because that somehow always happens, no matter how far you travel.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I would give this more stars if I could. It's exactly what I've been looking for forever!!! It has plenty of room for my clunky jewelry, and enough separate pouches that things don't get tangled. I LOVE it." —Carrie Minturn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+.

    18. 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 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).

    19. A set of space-saver bags that work miracles when it comes to squeezing your clothes down to basically nothing so you can pack even more! Yay!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These were life savers! We took a 10 day trip to Europe and were able to pack only in a carry on using these! I used 2 medium in my carry on and my husband used 3 in his carry on. I packed all my under garments, 5 dresses, 4 jeans, multiple blouses, 3 pairs of shorts and a few other pieces of clothes. And still has room for my shoes. These will definitely be used each time we travel now. Well worth it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $17.95.

    20. A chic fanny pack that you won't feel like a tourist in when you wear it around. Plus, your shoulders will thank you at the end of the trip when they don't hurt from holding a heavy bag the whole time.

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    Promising review: "This is a perfect bag for lots of travel and comes with a shoulder strap as well as a belt! The bag fit my phone, my passport, some cards, cash, and small hand sanitizer. There is an option to choose your belt size in which I chose a M that was a bit large for my 29” waist line. The clasp held strong for my whole week of travel. I used both the shoulder strap and belt which worked well!" —Ariana

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    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. coat, scarf, neck pillow).

    Amazon

    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 portable door lock to help you feel extra secure in your room. If triggered, this lets out a loud alarm sound which will wake you (and maybe everyone else around you) up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have two of these, and they are amazing. The loop goes around the door handle and two thin metal prongs go in the crack of the door. If the door opens even a little, the prongs are separated, and it lets out the loudest, most obnoxious wailing sound in the history of the world. It's great for a single girl traveling on her own!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $9.35+ (available in blue and purple).

    23. A dirty laundry bag to put those smelly and gross clothes in to protect them from touching your still-good, perfectly clean ones.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this bag for travel. It's the perfect size. Unlike so many travel laundry bags, this one is the perfect size for clothes and undies. So many are too small like a lingerie bag or too big like a bag to take to the laundry mat. This is cute and folds up into itself." —N. Newman

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

    24. A compact umbrella small enough to stash in your bag for when the unexpected afternoon rainstorm hits and you want to avoid looking like a drowned rat for the rest of the day.

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    Promising review: "I bought this umbrella to take with me on my honeymoon to London, and boy am I glad I had this with me — it rained like crazy! What I love most about this umbrella is how portable it is: it's small enough to just throw into your backpack, it comes with a sleeve to keep the rest of your bag dry, and the price is so reasonable!" —Lindsay Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $13.75.

    25. 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).

    Amazon

    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).

    26. 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.

    Amazon

    *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 $10.70+ (available in three sizes and 12 colors).

    27. A microfiber towel that's absorbent, fast drying, *and* folds up small. You'll find so many uses for this on trips – using it at the beach, pool, or even just in the hotel room.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I took this towel on a two week trip through Austria and Slovakia, and I am SO glad I did. It was perfect: it didn't take up much space, and it dried SUPER quickly. If you are a backpacker or even just a casual traveler, this thing is made for you! Also, I bought the lime green color which made it VERY easy for me to find my towel." —brandon short

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

    28. A travel toothbrush to have on hand when you're in a b-rush and need a minute to freshen up.

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    Promising review: "These are great! I travel around a lot for work, and also have Invisalign, so I like to keep one in my work bag as well as my travel bag. The best part is the convenience. I used to carry a tooth brush in a case that took up a lot of room in my work bag as well as my travel bag. Now I just use these. They are small, durable, easy to use, and the brush is full covered when it is fully closed, which is what I was a little worried about at first. It was exactly what I was looking for in a travel tooth brush. I highly recommend, and I will be purchasing again." —Demetrios Louca

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44+ (available in three colors).

    29. A scarf with a secret pocket (to stash your phone and money and credit cards in) so you can walk around without a bag and still have your essentials with you.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This hidden pocket infinity scarf was surprisingly very nice. I liked the weight of the material. It is well made and the pocket is a nice size to fit my phone, ID, cards, and cash. The scarf feels soft around my neck as well. The zipper is hidden. I ordered the navy blue and you can't even see the zipper because of the dark thread. I recommend it!" —Bec4

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 26 colors).

    30. A travel pillow that will make falling asleep a breeze — the next thing you know, you'll be at your destination.

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    Promising review: "I travelled extensively with this pillow (four eight-plus-hour flights), and I got more sleep than expected (five to six hours). It works great for bus rides as well. It also helps you nap anywhere when you turn it into a normal pillow. It doesn't smell either." —Pratik

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in black, blue, and purple).

    This is our pick for best cheap travel pillow on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    32. Some silicone travel bottles you can fill with the products you use at home because you really never know what the products in the hotel room are going to do to your hair.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I travel a lot and always go carry-on. I use a specific hair shampoo brand that is never sold in a travel size. This is the best solution for me. I like how you can switch labels in each tube to differentiate which is which (though I just remember based on the tube color), and the tubes already come inside a 3-1-1 travel bag so there's no need to buy one (like I did). It's a great investment and an essential carry-on item." —Alex V

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.95.

    33. 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: "Umm, this stuff is amazing. I usually hate hand sanitizer because of the way it makes my hands feel after, but this leaves zero film on your hands and it also smells delightful. I also love that it's a spray. Easy for kiddos and adults alike!" —Rebecca Rucker

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99.

    How I walk on the plane every time I travel:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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