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    20 Things That'll Make You Feel Right At Home When You're Traveling

    There really is no place like home.

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    1. A packable hanging shelf so you can stop living out of your suitcase and actually settle into your temporary abode. Now it's like you actually live there!

    This foldable shelf fits 20" and larger suitcases including standard carry-ons. There are compartments for clothes, underwear, and toiletries, plus a zippered pocket for shoes and dirty clothes.

    Promising review: "This organizer makes packing and unpacking so fast! It keeps my business clothes wrinkle free, too. For one or two nights business trips, I can easily fit my work, gym and leisure clothes folded into one compartment. My cosmetics go in another, belt and jewelry go in the convenient top pockets, and there's still room for dirty clothes on the bottom section. I can pack and unpack in five minutes now. It also only takes 30 seconds to go from hanging to packed when I need to leave. I love this product and highly recommend." —Heidi Slocumb

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

    2. A sloth heating pad to soothe you when you're feeling a bit stressed or maybe have a sour stomach or cramps.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    3. A mini diffuser for when your hotel room or car smells a bit...smelly (insert Mr. Krabs).


    This little gadget runs via USB cable (included) or two AA batteries (not included). A big plus? You don't need to carry your essential oil bottles with you. Just put of few drops on each pad, put them in a ziplock bag, and slip it into your suitcase for later use!

    Promising review: "Love love love this little guy. What a workhorse! I use it for a few hours, or for a full day. It just keeps sending out the scent you drop on the pad and does so quietly and unobtrusively. The black color is better than the white, in my opinion. What a great little product." —Emjay P.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors) and get extra diffuser pads for $8.15 (18 pads total).

    4. A set of resistance bands that'll keep you feeling like your fit self when you're far from your gym and your normal routine.


    I have a set of these bands and absolutely love them! You can perform a wide variety of moves involving your lower body and upper body. I use them for banded squats, lunges, and arm exercises. They range in resistance so they'll accommodate everyone, plus they're clearly labeled so you'll never mix them up. The tiny travel bag makes them easy to throw in your suitcase. I often take them on trips for a quick workout before my day starts.

    Get them on Amazon for $10.95.

    5. A Homesick candle to remind you of home sweet home even if you're across the country (or on another continent).


    These candles are crafted to smell like the state you grew up in, and what could be more comforting than that?

    Promising review: "I got this candle as a gift for my friend who recently moved from Northern California to Colorado. He's been homesick and I thought this candle would be the perfect gift. It came in a cute black box. The candle is a nice size and does not have a lid. The candle smells really good. He LOVED it and even started to tear up after smelling it. He said he had no idea how it worked, but it smelled exactly like home. It is packaged very nicely, smells amazing and is a thoughtful gift."Pen Name

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in all 50 states).

    6. A face mask so you can get rid of dirt and impurities after a long day of sightseeing or meetings and get back to feeling like your fresh-faced self.

    Free People

    Intended for all skin types, this mask is made with charcoal, volcanic ash, and green tea. It'll exfoliate your skin, leaving you feeling fresh-faced and ready for the next day. Just leave it on for 20 minutes before peeling off.

    Get it from Free People for $5.

    7. A pair of fuzzy socks to have you feeling super cozy when you're in an unfamiliar place and just want to curl up and snuggle.


    These socks have non-slip grips on the bottom so you never have to fear about losing your footing.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 20 styles).

    8. A mini knitting and crocheting tote bag for those who feel most at home while creating a beautiful scarf, hat, or pair of gloves.


    This tote holds one standard ball of yarn for small projects. It has a mesh pocket for needles, a clip for easy carry, and a slit in the top for quick access.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.41+ (available in three colors).

    9. A gold locket so you'll always have a photo of your loved ones close to your heart no matter where you are in the world.

    Get it from All Danae on Etsy for $59.50+ (available in 16–40 inches chain lengths).

    10. An espresso machine any and every caffeine lover can appreciate when they no longer have to worry about getting their daily intake while exploring the wilderness.


    This espresso maker is manual which means you can take it absolutely anywhere. To use, fill the filter basket with fine coffee grounds, screw it onto the main body, add boiling water into the water tank, unlock the pump from its travel position, and pump!

    Promising review: "I have been using my machine for about six months and cannot be more pleased. I have to travel for a living and to many locations where decent coffee is not always available. Well, I tried the Nanopresso and there is NO GOING BACK. It's easy to work and if you use the amounts as instructed, you will be grandly rewarded. The espresso is better than most of the very large complex machines." —Simon

    Get it from Amazon for $64.90.

    11. A Kindle ideal for those who want to continue their great read while out and about. Just because you're traveling doesn't mean you have to abandon your most beloved hobby!


    With built-in light, this baby can be used night or day. It's glare-free, super lightweight, and long-lasting (one charge lasts up to weeks).

    Promising review: "After a lot of research on e-readers, I decided to get the Paperwhite, and I am glad I did! It is sleek and well-made. The screen does indeed get very bright (and very white). I also like how it can be dimmed, which seems easier on my eyes. The font selection is also very good. I like that there are no buttons and that the touch screen is responsive. The battery life is obviously excellent. This is, in my opinion, the best e-reader on the market at a pretty reasonable cost. I have already borrowed many books for free from my library onto my Kindle. I always told people I enjoyed real books more, but the sleekness and customizable options have officially changed me into a Kindle girl and I'm sure most of my reading will be done on my Paperwhite from now on. The portability and ergonomic feel of this e-reader make reading much more enjoyable. I highly recommend this product!" —Amanda M

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

    12. A lavender and chamomile essential oil spray that'll coat your hotel pillow in a calming aroma so you can actually fall asleep easily in your new surroundings.


    Designed for all skin types, this spray has no toxic chemicals, no phosphates, no alcohol and is hypoallergenic. It's cruelty-free as well.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six scents).

    13. A personalized luggage cover so your suitcase will be easy to spot on the dreaded baggage carousel, which means you can get home faster. Use your pet's face for a heartfelt "awwwww" when you go to collect it.


    This cover is the perfect gift for anyone who travels a ton and is tired of their boring black suitcase. This cover allows them to take a bit of home with them wherever they go!

    Get it from Firebox for $26.19+ (available in three sizes).

    14. A pair of noise-cancelling headphones because sometimes you just need to drown out the world and center yourself by listening to your favorite tunes while on public transportation.


    With a foldable design, these headphones are travel-staples. They have music controls on the ear cup, super soft ear pads, and are best for reducing crowd, metro, and background noises.

    Promising review: "Listening to music is very important to me and listening while working can make even the most mundane task seem not all so bad. While I don't have the budget for Bose, these came with good recommendations and at a price I could handle. I listen to many different genres of music and these headphones handle all of it with good tone, lows and highs. The clarity of music is good. For the price range, they arrived quickly and well packaged. I have had no issues with connection. They pair quickly when I'm ready to use them." —Tractor Spa

    Get a pair from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in three versions).

    Also check out our top picks for the best bluetooth headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    15. A snack pack you absolutely swear can make you feel like you're sitting in your own kitchen munching away rather than a terminal waiting area. Plus bringing snacks that are part of your normal diet will help you feel more balanced when trying new foods.


    Included in this pack are cashews with pomegranate and vanilla, almonds with cranberries, honey and sea salt, a classic fruit and nut blend, a berry macaroon almond mix, a raspberry crumble cashew mix, and a mango tango almond mix. They're gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO with no trans fat.

    Get a pack from Amazon for $11.48+ (available in larger sizes).

    16. A Sriracha bottle for your keychain so you can walk around and proudly announce, "I got hot sauce in my bag, swag" to make Queen B proud. It'll also allow you to add a bit of home-style ~heat~ to whatever you're eating in the airport.


    Get two bottles from Amazon for $8 (Sriracha sold separately).

    17. A seat belt animal pillow that'll help calm fussy kids, store their snacks, and can also be taken on buses, trains, and planes!


    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in five animals).

    18. A Carry-On Cocktail Kit because sometimes you need to distract yourself and think of your favorite dive bar back home where all your besties convene for happy hour.


    These little kits are TSA-approved, so no worries about making it through airport security. Options include an Old Fashioned, Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule, Bloody Mary, Hot Toddy, or Champagne cocktail. To complete your drink, just order a mini bottle of booze from your drink cart, and these kits will do the rest.

    Get one from Amazon for $16.45+ or get all seven from Food52 for $144.

    19. A trusted flannel pillowcase to replace whatever you've got going on in your *hotel, motel, holiday inn* room. Goodbye, germs!!


    Made from 100% cotton, these pillow cases are like sleeping on a cloud.

    Promising review: "Nice feel. I have washed them several times as I use them daily during the colder months, and they have not faded, thinned, or pilled. They have a nice weight/thickness to them. They are warm and feel soft. I bought the blue and they look just as they do in the picture of them – a deep blue. Very pretty!" —Pat1540

    Get a pair of two from Amazon for $7.55+ (available in standard or king sizes and 11 styles).

    20. And finally, an incredibly soft pair of fleece pajamas so you can end each day curled up in a ball of fluffy heaven. You may not be in your bed, but at least you've got these pajamas to lull you to sleep.


    Get a set from Amazon for $24.97+ (available in 18 styles and sizes S–4XL).

    And in case you're a sweaty sleeper, check out these cotton pajamas for $28.49+ (available in 13 styles and sizes S–3XL).

    Now all you gotta do is pack. Good luck!

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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