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    28 Products You'll Find Yourself Bringing On Literally Every Trip

    Packing can be a breeze...seriously!

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    1. A Conair folding hair dryer that has the drying power of a normal-sized hair dryer, without all that bulk (hello, carry-on). The tourmaline ceramic technology will help fight frizz during the process.


    Promising review: "I've only used this a few times but so far, it's a nice little dryer. It is lightweight and pretty small when folded up, it is just a little bigger than the palm of my hand. It is no-frills, just low and high speeds – no cool shot button, but that wasn't a feature I was looking for. It even comes with a removable concentrator. I love that it folds up and fits perfectly in my carry-on bag." —Suzanne

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49.

    2. A fashion first aid kit to keep on-hand for those emergency wardrobe situations that always happen at the most inconvenient time. When you're away from home, you want to be prepared for the worst!


    You'll receive blister pads, sweat shields, double-sided fashion tape, and an adhesive pocket.

    Promising review: "Unless you never leave the house, it's inevitable that life will throw a problem your way. Never fear, this kit has you covered! In my case, I was heading out for the evening after work and had put together what I imagined to be a great outfit. After freshening up, I changed into my outfit and lo and behold...a quick look in the mirror revealed some problems! After remembering I'd stowed my kit in the trunk, I quickly ran out to the car and thanks to this kit, I was good to go! You can't go wrong having this around to save the day when you need a hand!" —CJ

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    3. A mini Wet brush so you can detangle your hair post-shower in the least painful way possible. It won't rip out strands, unlike a lot of brushes. Hotel shampoo and conditioner isn't the best to begin with, so you should definitely treat your locks with some special TLC.


    Promising review: "WOW, I had no idea there could be this big of a difference with hair brushes! I am used to my hair getting pulled out by my hair brush, especially just after a shower. Even if I am gentle, my other old brushes would break off a lot of hair. The Wet brush is AMAZING, it pulls and breaks almost NO HAIR, even when my hair is wet! I honestly didn't think the Wet brush could live up to the hype, but it totally does. I purchased several more in both sizes to replace all of my old hair brushes. Excellent purchase, very happy!" —Kelly

    Get three from Amazon for $12.

    Check out our Wet brush review (and more product we loved last month) for all the details!

    4. A tiny sewing kit for that moment right before you leave your hotel room when your dress splits. It contains all necessary tools (needle, thread, scissor, seam ripper, buttons) for you to make quick fixes.


    Promising review: "For any amateur sewers out there, this is perfect for you. I always need something to sew back on buttons or little tears in my clothes and this has been the best solution. It comes with so many different sizes in needles and colors of thread. Mini scissors, safety pins and more! I highly recommend to take with you in your suitcase cause you never know when you’ll need it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A hanging toiletry bag you can take directly from your suitcase to the bathroom to make unpacking way easier. It'll be a compact place to keep everything, and although small, the deep pockets provide a ton of storage.


    Promising review: "Was surprisingly shocked at the quality and durability of this product. We were long overdue for a new travel toiletry bag and with an upcoming trip, we decided to give this one a try. This particular bag fit full-sized bottles, has a metal hanger, and was STILL small enough to not take up much space. Definitely a lot of bang for your buck!" —David Washburn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in five colors).

    6. Batiste dry shampoo so you can transform your greasy mane into textured, full locks for that vacay Insta you've been planning. It's lightweight, creates volume, and has a subtle fragrance.

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    When you're applying, tousle it with your hands to get rid of residue! And make sure to apply evenly through your roots. If you apply to one spot directly, you'll have a harder time spreading it out.

    Promising review: "I bought this product about a week ago and I'm so impressed! There's no sticky residue or buildup on my scalp. I've tried other dry shampoos from different brands and they only made my hair look even more dirty. They would clump all the oily sections together and my scalp would feel so weighed down. Not with Batiste! It's so lightweight and the smell is so light and fresh! My hair looks like I just finished blow drying it from a wash! It's not flat at all, which is surprising because my hair is very long. This is the best dry shampoo in the world." —Megamuffin

    Get a three pack from Walmart for $22.70+.

    It was also selected as the low-price point for the best dry shampoos on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    7. A set of packing cubes, because they'll help you increase space in your suitcase like no other. The double-stitching makes them incredibly strong, so no, they won't split from being over-stuffed with your belongings., Amazon

    In one set you'll get four cubes of varying size to accommodate different items!

    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 them from Amazon for $24.99 (for a pack of four, available in eight colors).

    8. A migraine relief stick if you're someone who experiences the pain of a really, really bad headache way too often (um, me). It's made of a mixture of essential oils to help relieve tension. The last thing you want when traveling is a migraine.

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    This migraine stick is super easy to use! Just roll it on the back on your neck, forehead, and temples for some relief from the most annoying head pain.

    Promising review: "I have noticed throughout my work day I will begin to get the dreaded afternoon headache. This migraine stick is my new go-to. The second I feel a headache coming on, I just roll this on and within seconds I feel it working. Within a minute or so I feel fine again. I have also noticed it give a little boost of energy as well. I have also used it when I feel a full blown migraine coming on. All I can say is it really works. In addition to taking the pain away, it also provides a tingly sensation. Wherever you roll it on tingles after application. I am now a customer for life and love this product. I have also noticed that even if I use it often, it keeps working. You don’t grow a tolerance to it." —Corinne Beck

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Check out our full review of this migraine stick for more.

    9. A handy luggage tag, because you're tired of guessing which black suitcase is yours. The privacy flaps means your info won't be on constant view for all the world to see.


    Promising review: "Good quality, well made with a large card to write your info on. They match my leather bag perfectly." —Scott

    Get two from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors and as a set of four).

    10. Oil-blotting sheets so you never again have to worry about a greasy face halfway through the day. One sheet will soak up any excess shine, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft.

    And they won't strip away your makeup in the blotting process! Trust me – I own these and use them everyday. They're a great way to touch-up if you're feeling extra greasy and oily.

    Promising review: "I love these so much! Honestly I've struggled with an oily face my whole life and these face tissues are life-changing. I use them every day and they don't mess up my makeup at all. The pack is super tiny and easy to take with me. I went ahead and purchased the two pack so I can keep one in my work bag and one in my school bag. So happy with these!" —Breanna Warren

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in two scents and in larger packs).

    11. An anti-chafing balm to give your thighs some sweet relief during long days of sight-seeing. You can use it if your bra rubs, too. And the best part – it's made of Vitamins A, B, E, and F so it's hydrating and non-irritating to skin.

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    Promising review: "I love to wear dresses, but my thighs rub together when I walk. I don't always want to wear leggings. I also have very sensitive skin. I've only been using this for a day now, but it really is odorless, doesn't seem to be affecting my clothes, and is working well. So far it doesn't itch or burn or cause any issues with my sensitive skin. I haven't had to be reapply too often. So far it's a win-win!" —Ellie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    12. Belief's Aqua Bomb moisturizer, which'll keep your skin silky smooth and free of dry patches post-flight. It's super effective and can provide hydration up to 26 hours. It's also incredibly lightweight so it can be applied under makeup with zero greasiness or residue.

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    Promising review: "Aqua Bomb moisturizer is easily my desert island skincare product. Although I have dry-leaning combination skin, I hate most moisturizers because creamy formulas feel heavy and just yucky to me, especially under makeup. Aqua Bomb's gel-like consistency absorbs like a dream. It's soothing to stressed out skin in the winter and cooling through the heat of summer. I recommend it to friends of all skin types because it gives your skin that bouncy hydration it craves without feeling oily in the slightest. I've put it on every night and most mornings for years and have no plans of stopping anytime soon! —Rachel Dunkel

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in three sizes).

    And click here for our full review of the Belief Aqua Bomb.

    13. A TSA-approved transparent organizer so you don't have to struggle in airport security trying to find that one bottle of liquid. Since it's transparent, it can be easily inspected so you can get through quickly and to your gate on-time.


    Promising review: "I am a flight attendant, and this case is perfect for all my international flights that require going through security. Plus, love the handle. It makes it easy to pull out of my suitcase!" —Krissti

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

    14. A neck pillow with chin support to help stabilize your head while you snooze. It's flexible and moldable, so say goodbye to the awful stiff neck.


    Promising review: "Awesome travel pillow! I normally have a very hard time dozing off on planes (especially as someone who prefers the aisle seat), and my head almost always drops forward when I do finally manage to sleep, ensuring I have neck pain when I wake up. This pillow totally prevented that from happening! t's also small, compact, and lightweight compared to other neck pillows I've tried in the past, which helped me pack light for a backpacking trip in Southeast Asia!" —Nola

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97+ (available in seven colors, three sizes, and in packs).

    This is also our pick for the best mid-priced travel pillow on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    15. A basic umbrella that won't take up a ton of real estate in your bag, but will come in clutch when the weather takes a turn for the worse. You can plan ahead as much as you want, but the weather is one thing you can't control while traveling.


    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 $14.99

    16. A portable electric razor you can use on both dry and wet skin to make morning touch-ups easy breezy. This is great to bring along during a beach vacation!

    I own one of these, and I love it! I've tried it on both wet and dry skin, and both sensations are comfortable. I was a bit hesitant to try it on my legs without shaving cream, but it didn't hurt at all. It's great for travel, the gym, or really anytime you want a quick touch up along your bikini line or underarm. I highly recommend!

    Promising review: "I love this thing so much! If you are in a rush or if the your hair under your arms is too short to fully shave, this thing is perfect. I wear tank tops to work every day, so I always make sure that my underarms are shaved. This has saved me from so much razor burn. You can also use it on your bikini line, legs, and your arms! It’s super easy to clean too and I have taken it on multiple airplanes!" —Kasey Mogavero

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A colorful wallet with literally a zillion slots for cards and two zippered pockets for cash and change. It also features RFID technology, AKA you'll be protected from possible unauthorized card scanning and theft.

    Promising review: "Just received it and love it! All my credit cards went on one side; all my gift card went on the other. I have room for cash, coins, and the keys to my car and home. When it is snapped shut at bottom, I can still access both zipper compartments if I'm getting cash, without opening the entire wallet. I'm very impressed." —Elizabeth M. Boggis

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 29 colors).

    18. A sturdy piece of Away luggage that won't lose a wheel while you're speeding to your boarding gate. It's an investment piece with a durable shell, ejectable battery, combination lock, and hidden laundry bag that you'll use for every future trip.


    Promising review: "Never have I taken a trip that was as smooth and easy as this last one with my Away bag. It held everything perfectly and orderly. The bag is beyond light, so for the first time I walked through airports without sweating and struggling with my bag. The design is FIERCE! Super stylish and even strangers were complimenting. The wheels are so smooth. And my favorite part of course is the battery pack. Not only does it charge my phone faster than any other charger I have; I was able to charge all of my devices on the one juice pack. Life saver. This is the smartest bag ever. Intelligently designed and perfect!" —Valerie R.

    Get the carry-on bag from Away for $225 (available with or without ejectable battery and in nine colors). Upgrade to the bigger carry-on for $245.

    For even more, check out luggage options that'll make traveling so much easier or check out our full review of Away luggage. And check out a bunch of amazing travel essentials from BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. A lipstick-sized portable charger so that your phone lasts the entire plane flight, train ride, bus trip, and cab ride. Yep, all of it. You'll also get a USB cable and travel pouch.


    Promising review: "I've been using this charger for a while now on road trips and music festivals, and it works absolutely great. I'm able to get at least one full charge of my iPhone out of it and usually more (depending on how much I'm using my phone at the time). Plus, it's small and I can usually find somewhere to keep it safe while I'm carrying it around." —Joey L.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. A bottle of Poo-Pourri to conceal any bathroom smells you may leave behind. When you're traveling with family, friends, or your S.O., this will be your saving grace. Trust us.

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    Promising review: "Poo-Pourri products are perfect for masking bathroom odors and the 4-ounce size lasts several months. In addition, spraying the scent directly onto the toilet water takes care of all odors while leaving a nice, fresh scent. The great bonus is they deodorize the bathroom so you can stop using standard spray air fresheners/deodorizers which you inhale as you spray and are a particular problem for anyone with nasal or respiratory issues. Poo-Pourri also does not leave sticky residue on your toilet, walls or floors. Great invention!" —Gemelli2

    Get it from Amazon for $11.94.

    Check out our highlight of Poo-Pourri here.

    21. Disposable silicone earplugs, because ear pain during flights can be really uncomfortable. They'll reduce that annoying cabin noise and relieve pressure.


    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 Clark

    Get a pair from Amazon for $6.44+ (available in packs).

    22. A contoured 3D eye mask that won't put pressure on your eyes as you sleep. With an adjustable head strap and deep pockets, no amount of light will sneak through. Hey — sometimes your plane seat mate decides to keep their light on ALL flight. It happens.


    Promising review: "I was looking for a good mask that was very lightweight and didn't press on your eyelids. The cup sizes on this mask around eyes are very large. My eye lashes didn't even touch. It has velcro in the back so you can adjust it to your head size. It does a very good job blocking out the light. I did not even see the sun come up in the morning. I like that this mask doesn't have a nose strip, because the ones that cover your nose push down. This one goes around the nose, but doesn't cover it." —Gina

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in seven styles).

    23. A hand sanitizer, because the amount of germs around during public transportation and hotel rooms is sky high — which is honestly horrifying. To combat getting sick on your latest work trip or vacation, a reliable hand sanitizer is a must. This one kills 99.9% of germs and creates a barrier for up to 24 hours.


    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 two from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in packs).

    24. A foot rest so you can elevate your feet on a plane for a more comfortable sleep. Just hook it around your tray table and adjust the buckle for the right height.


    Promising review: "I bought this foot rest for a long flight (LA to Dublin), even though it felt somewhat gimmicky at the time. I have to say that combined with a neck pillow, it is literally one of the best night's sleep I've ever gotten. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much a difference it made to have my feet/heels cradled during the flight. I slept a solid seven hours and had no jet lag at all. Highly recommend this for flying! It is a little bit tricky getting into it with the tight quarters of an airline seat, but it was totally worth it." —Megan L.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.57.

    25. Visine eye drops for your next work trip when you've been staring at your laptop or phone screen for too long. Your eyes start to feel like sandpaper, and that's when these drops become a lifesaver.


    These drops will lubricate your eyes, relieving burning. It can protect your eyes for up to 10 hours.

    Promising review: "My eyes usually get really tired and dry due to excessive computer usage. I tried another eyedropper and not only it did not help, it hurt my eyes even more. Visine gives the relieving feeling and I would definitely buy a new one after this one run out!" —Quang Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $8.20.

    26. A pack of energizing mints you can pop for a burst of renewed focus after you've been out and about all day. They're sugar-free and leave your breath smelling minty fresh.


    Promising review: "I tried both flavors. The spearmint is a strong flavor whereas the wintergreen is milder. Regardless of the flavor, they both work! These mints are more convenient, require no water, are easy to carry, and have a formula that works! I get up every morning at 5:30 a.m., and pop one mint. It gets me through my morning exercise routine and stressful 45 minute drive to work. It's perfect." —Rajiv

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in five flavors and three sizes), or check out coffee-flavored gum here.

    27. Noise canceling headphones ideal for drowning out the busy, and often annoying, sounds of airport terminals and long bus rides. You're already tired, you might as well listen to some of your favorite tracks before you arrive to your destination.

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    Promising review: "Damn. I love these headphones. I wear them every day after work. I wear them every day to the gym. Someone asked me what brand they were, and when I told them, he said "Anker. They're awesome. They have customer service as good as Larue." Zero problems with the headphones – solid construction. Worked immediately out of the box. Great sound, very responsive controls and very comfortable. Overall impression – would buy again, two or three times over at this point." —Richard Mc

    Get them from Amazon for $79.99.

    These were chosen as out low-price pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    28. An insulated Hydro Flask stainless steel bottle that'll keep your beverage hot for 12 hours and cold for a full 24. It's BPA-free, incredibly durable, and spill-proof. Plus, it's incredibly important to stay properly hydrated while traveling, so click "add to cart" right now!


    I took my Hydro Flask on a hiking trip and it was sheer perfection. It kept my water cold for hours on end, never leaked in my backpack, and took numerous falls without denting. And I never had to use a plastic water bottle the entire trip!

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my Hydro Flask! I use it every day and carry it with me anywhere I go. It's been great at keeping my water cold. I left ice in this thing overnight and woke up to ice cold water with still plenty of ice left in it. I've also purposely left it in my car on a 90-degree day in California and I came back to find that the water was still cold. I was amazed!" —Isaias

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in four sizes and 22 colors).

    Good luck with your bags!

    Kaling International

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