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    25 Multipurpose Products That'll Make Any Traveler's Life Easier

    Packing, but make it smart.

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    1. A travel-size facial mist to add some hydration back to the skin and hair (flights can be draining). It can also be used as a makeup setting spray!,

    Promising review: "This is basically the new coconut oil. Is your face dry? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Are your legs ashy? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Makeup needs setting? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Hair frizzy and dry? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Boyfriend being a jerk? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. It is a cure-all. It is amazing and my skin is super soft and glowy, and I feel like a pretty pretty princess." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in two sizes or a value pack).

    2. An inflatable travel pillow with an attached hood that'll have your neck and your eyes covered when it comes to catching some Z's.

    Promising review: "Best purchase I could have made for international travel. The hoodie covered my head, and it was comfortable to wear. I slept better than on any plane trip I've ever had." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in five colors).

    3. A weekender bag with a ton of space for your clothes and necessities. It can ALSO carry your shoes in the bottom compartment! Your shoes touching your clothes? Ew.

    ItzyRitzyShop / Etsy

    This is perfect for traveling moms! It has 12 pockets, two of which are bottle holders!

    ItzyRitzyShop is a small business based in Naperville, Illinois. They have a ton of amazing bags and accessories that are aesthetic and great for new parents!

    Promising review: "I love this! It’s just the right size for the things I need to bring along for my newborn when I go out. The quality is amazing as well. I recommend buying the packing cubes and pacifier keychain! The cubes fit perfectly in the backpack and the pacifier holder is super useful and looks great on the bag. Buy this bag!" —K. Hewa

    Get it from ItzyRitzyShop on Etsy for $199.99.

    4. A compact sand-repelling blanket that's also waterproof so you can use it while hiking, at the beach, or for a picnic in the park. It even folds up into a super small carrying pouch., Amazon

    Promising review: "This pocket beach blanket is awesome!! We have one in every car and as my kids just started college, I sent one to their dorms because they are perfect for students! And campus life! I highly recommend this product! It’s so compact and lightweight and super easy to fold it back into its pouch. The quality of the material is great. It’s super soft, definitely waterproof, perfect for picnics, hikes and the beach too." —Suzanne Dersahakian

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in five colors).

    5. An RFID-blocking travel wallet — perfect for trips abroad to hold your tickets, currency, passport, and must-have credit cards and IDs.

    wallet holding cards, passport, and tickets

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this wallet. This holds everything I need in one place (boarding pass, passport, ID, credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, etc.) without looking bulky. Just amazing! I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot." —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 31 colors).

    6. A mini bottle of Dr. Bronner's liquid soap in case you don't have enough room for a ton of toiletries. This can be used as a body wash, face wash, shampoo, bath soak, deodorant, and ALSO...a toothpaste. *GASPS*

    bottle of soap

    Promising review: "Dr. Bronner's is great! I started using it when I was traveling a lot and found that it does have many uses other than just a body wash. I've washed my hair with it, washed my clothes, used it to shave my legs, and even used it as toothpaste in a pinch (I would use the peppermint scent for that). At home, I use it mainly for body wash, and it works great. My BF was a bar soap kind of guy, and he's been converted! It works great, smells great, and you don't need to use a lot." —komelina

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95+ (available in seven sizes).

    7. A Bluetooth-enabled selfie stick if you're going sightseeing and want to ensure you can get pics with your companions without having to bother strangers to take them for you.

    The remote control will assist you in taking pics from further away!

    Promising review: "This is one of the coolest little gadgets I've come across in quite a while. I was looking for a little tripod or something similar to hold my phone so that I could take pics or videos with it. This not only functions as a tripod but also a selfie stick! The way it fits together in such a compact form yet quickly and easily extends for use as a selfie stick or tripod is simply ingenious. If that isn't enough, it includes a tiny remote that detaches and functions as a shutter release through the use of Bluetooth. AND it includes a little cable for recharging that remote as needed! This item is offered at a VERY reasonable price for what you get. It even fits my huge iPhone 8 Plus, although it's a bit of a tight fit. But it does work. I like this selfie stick so much that shortly after getting one, I ordered a second as a backup. This thing is great!" —Outdoorman777

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    8. A do-everything moisturizer so you can nix having to pack a face mask, highlighter, lip balm, and hair treatment. This is your new skincare secret weapon.

    person holding moisturizer bottle

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I use it as an intensive face cream when my skin gets extra dry or just looks dull. It’s thicker than most lotions but melts right into the skin. If I put it on at night, I wake up to healthy, hydrated, glowing skin. It’s great for hands and cuticles, too. I only have to use a pea-sized amount to cover my face so this will last a long time. The fragrance is light and pleasant and fades quickly." —Polly Darton

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49+ (available in three sizes). 

    9. A travel adapter and voltage converter so no matter where your travels take you, you're able to use the outlets successfully. It features plugs necessary for Europe, the UK, the USA, and Australia.

    the travel adapter

    There are also four USB ports. It converts 220/240V to 110/120V.

    Promising review: "I took several adapters/converters on my recent trip to Europe but did not need them. I was able to charge everything at once with this converter/power strip. The cord has a European plug, but adapters for other countries are included. I used it in England, France, and Spain with no problems. This is hands down the best product I have purchased for travel, and I recommend it 100%. Love it for home needs also." —Ch@it@nY@

    Get it from Amazon for $35.98.

    10. A 4-in-1 canvas bag because you probs don't have the space to bring numerous bag options. Use it as a backpack, tote, shoulder bag, or crossbody bag.

    Promising review: "I bought many other convertible bags through the years, but they all required you to unhook and rehook straps. With this bag, all that is needed to change bag type is the way you grab the straps. They slide quickly and easily, making my life so much less complicated. I recently went to a museum where backpacks needed to be worn on the front or carried by hand, but all I needed to do was grab my bag from the top to turn it into a shoulder bag. No need for me to pull over to the side and futz around while my group leaves. I am known to over-pack purses, luggage, candy bags, etc. and this bag has been able to handle it all. I'm very pleased." —Daniela Capolongo

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in four colors).

    11. A mini portable iron that's basically an iron and steamer rolled into one tiny tool. Easy to remove wrinkles from dress pants, dresses, and those tees that may have gotten all creased from travel.


    It has dual voltage and heats up in a fast 15 seconds!

    Promising review: "This iron is absolutely the best! Didn't know I would use it so much. Sure, I knew I would use it for quilting/sewing, but I find it being my go-to iron for fast pressing and touching things up. By the time my big expensive iron is filled with water and heats up, I'm about finished using this one. You won't be disappointed." —rainbowbrite

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A clear travel case to store makeup products and toiletries or for organizing your underwear and socks in your suitcase. You'll easily be able to spot the item you're looking for.

    makeup inside grey case

    It's TSA-approved!

    Truffle is a women-owned small business specializing in bags and accessories that are perfect for travel and prevent the utilization of single-use plastic bags. 

    Promising review: "I love the items I purchased in Dove Grey! I will be buying the rest of the collection and more! Not only am I using them for travel, but for everyday use. Very stylish and great for organization!" —Cassandra S.

    Get it from Truffle for $58+ (available in three sizes and nine colors). 

    13. A luggage strap to free up your hands so you don't have to continue to hold your hoodie, purse, or briefcase when you're making your way through the airport. It also works to secure your neck pillow!

    Promising review: "Love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. 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. Love it!" —Michele

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

    14. A packing cube you can hang up once you arrive at your destination to utilize as an organizer for your toiletries or clothes.

    There's also a zippered hamper compartment so when clothes get dirty, you can separate them in your suitcase from your clean ones.

    Promising review: "I travel for business and am always looking for easier ways to pack. The Stow-N-Go Luggage System is the answer to many of life's packing issues. I used it recently for a three-day trip, and it easily stowed dress pants, two pairs of shoes, lightweight sweaters, underclothing, and a few other small items. Simply hang the Stow-N-Go up, pack clothes, and then compress. I threw it into my suitcase and off I went. There was a shortage of drawer space in the hotel I stayed in, so I hung the Stow-N-Go in the closet and used it as a mini dresser. I'll be using this item whenever I travel!" —CeeEmm

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (also available in a smaller size).

    15. A pack of rubber twist ties to keep your chords wrapped securely around your hair tools and your headphones wires from getting in a tangled mess.

    twist tie used to organized headphone wires

    Promising review: "I use these for travel. I use two different sizes, 12" and 18". They have a gazillion different uses. You can tie a bag to a fixed object and keep it from getting stolen. You can create an 'S' shape hanger for hanging wet clothes. You can wrap it around a snack bag to keep the bag shut. You can prop up your tablet or phone. You can keep the vent on a broken air conditioner wired open! In short, this gadget has a million and one uses when you are on the road. You gotta get these!" —Tampaman

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $3.06 (available in seven lengths and 10 colors).

    16. A smart tile tracker because you may have more peace of mind knowing exactly where your luggage and carry-on are. This also works attached to your wallet, purse, phone, and pretty much anything you need to keep track of during your travels.


    It syncs up to an app on your smartphone for exact location deets.

    The starter pack comes with one mate, one slim, and two stickers.

    Promising review: "I'm constantly misplacing my wallet, and then panicking. This completely alleviates that stress. It's extremely easy to set up and use. It shows me where my wallet is on a map. And if I'm close by and still can't find it, I can press a button on the app, which causes it to make an audible beep." —Meeshee

    Get the starter pack from Amazon for $65.61.

    17. A refillable stainless-steel mug so whether you're in the mood for a hot or cold beverage during your travels, the mug will hold its temperature. It's also big enough to fit full-size ice cubes!

    Promising review: "I’ve used a lot of different water bottles and this is the absolute best! I’ve had it for a year. I carry water with me all the time. The lid is simple to disassemble for easy cleaning — so important for not having bacteria growing in your water bottle. The profile is slim, simple, and good-looking. I got the smokey blue color. The paint seems to be like automobile paint — it doesn’t chip off easily. I’ve dropped it a time or two — no damage. I put a silicone handle on mine because I always seem to have my hands full and hanging it on one finger works well." —N. Pugh

    Get it from Amazon for $26.96+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    18. A belt with a secret pouch to keep your pants up and your cash safely stowed. Pickpocketers don't stand a chance against this smart solution.


    Promising review: "This was great for traveling. The biggest headache my son has had is taking off his belt or belt buckle. This eliminated that headache and going through TSA was a breeze. Also, the hidden money compartment made running through the airport worry free. The material that the belt was made of was very durable. The zipper was a little larger which added to the durability. I am a big fan of the belt and the concept. I will be purchasing for other travelers in my life. Bravo, Great product!!" —Jodi M.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    19. A bottle of Urban Decay All Nighter Spray that's great as a primer before applying your makeup and also as a long-lasting setting spray for after.

    person refreshing makeup with spray

    Promising review: "This setting spray is my all time favourite! It definitely keeps my makeup on longer and also reduces transfer (so helpful when having to wear a mask!) It doesn't break me out or have a weird scent. I would definitely recommend it if you need your makeup to last all day." —sukhi13

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes). 

    20. A Fjallraven Kanken backpack featuring two sets of straps so you can tote it around effortlessly. Use it as an arm bag with the top handles, or as a classic backpack.

    Nordstrom, Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed

    My friend Lindsey swears by this backpack so much that I had to snag one for myself. It's so nice having the top handles to give my shoulders a break especially when I'm on trips that I have to carry heavy cargo. It also comes in a slew of super gorg colors so you're sure to find one you love. (It also features a foam insert for cushioning and it's water resistant!)

    Get it from Nordstrom for $80 (available in 32 colors).

    21. A Michel Mercier detangling brush with 428 bristles (gasps) to be used on wet or dry hair for a less painful brushing experience. If you have thick hair like me, you know the struggle. This will be a game-changer for blowouts and detangling your hair after a shower.

    reviewer image of blue hairbrush with screenshotted review headline on top

    Promising review: "This detangled my hair in seconds. I have very tangled hair but this only takes about two to three strokes and that side/knot is out!!! You finish your hair in minutes. Very extremely knotty hair will take about seven to 15 minutes, but if you have only a knot and other little knots, it only takes about two to five minutes!" —Naomi

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (available in two colors). 

    22. A wet bathing suit bag you can use to pack extra accessories or skincare must-haves in, but also utilize as a place to keep your damp suit after a trip to the pool. Not a pouch goes wasted when traveling with a carry-on!

    pattern wet bathing suit bag
    fashionablefarmgirl / Etsy

    fashionablefarmgirl is a small business from Bloomington, Minnesota. Their pouches come in a handful of stunning fabrics. 

    Promising review: "So incredibly nice to work with! I ordered a couple around the holidays for a family trip we are taking in June. We added another traveler at the last minute and Kara was so helpful in making sure it was received in time. Her products are beautiful, well made, the fabrics are high quality, colors are vibrant and she’s very accommodating! All reasons to order from her! You’ll love her products." —Simonette Persin

    Get it from fashionablefarmgirl on Etsy for $16+ (available in two sizes with or without customization). 

    23. A PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger because your phone, keys, and headphones carry a ridiculous amount of germs, so it's worth a shot to give this guy a whirl. It kills up to 99.99% of germs and can also charge your phone.

    A black square case (the size of a large tablet but way thicker) is sitting on a surface. It has a lid which is open. The case has a phone sitting inside of it with a blue screen

    Promising review: "What a perfect gadget for getting your phone clean. After touching who knows what while commuting to work and it being that time of year everyone around you gets sick, this comes in handy. After the first use, it looked great and then I wiped it down with the sponge that came with it. I feel so much better about using my phone now." —Crystal Gardner

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    24. An iPad case with additional storage pockets (including an apple pencil/stylus slot!) so you can keep you tech-needs with you wherever you go. It's well-padded so you won't have to worry about it getting crushed in your bag.

    Ipad case with organization pockets for cords and notebooks
    DubuDumo / Etsy

    Case fits iPad 11" and 10.5".

    DubuDumo is a small business with some of the cutest stationary and accessories imaginable. How CUTE is this washi tape?

    Promising review: "Great case! Well-padded and lots of pockets. The elastic on the spine for the Apple Pencil even fits my pencil with a silicone sleeve on it! My iPad fits very nicely in the sleeve, even with a thin case on it as well. 😊" —Karen McElheny

    Get it from DubuDumo on Etsy for $37.50 (available in four colors/patterns).

    25. Or a leather travel organizer with an abundance of storage spots for cords, cables, stylus pens, extra camera batteries, and lenses. It can even be personalized if you want to make sure everyone keeps their paws off your tech toys.

    brown leather travel organizer used to store tech accessories
    CapraLeather / Etsy

    CapraLeather is a small business based in Colombia that prides itself on crafting high quality leather goods with a mission to source their materials locally.

    Promising review: "Wow. Love at first sight! I've been looking for a Travel Tech Organizer for a long time. This is awesome. Beautiful leather, smells soooo good and has enough space for all my stuff. The personalization is the icing on the cake." —LeLo

    Get it from CapraLeather on Etsy for $109+ (interior can be customized as well as personalization).

    Just here to make the most of the space in our carry-on bags...


    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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