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    Updated on Dec 6, 2019. Posted on May 4, 2019

    38 Useful Products That'll Make Your Travel Problems Disappear

    A jade roller to help with post-flight puffiness, an LED ring light for professional pics, travel-sized shampoos that don't suck, and so much more!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A silicone travel mat that is heat-resistant up to 450°F and prevents you from ruining expensive things (like, gee, furniture). Feel free to wrap this around a hot tool before it's completely cooled down, with peace of mind that you won't burn anything in your suitcase.

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    Promising review: "Do yourself a favor and make this purchase! It has saved my vanity surface and bathroom granite from getting burn marks. I just wish I would have ordered this sooner! It's the perfect size and I use it every day with my straightener and curling iron." —Ken

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    2. Compression socks to keep your adorable little piggies (...your feet, duh) from swelling up while hovering about a billion miles in the air. Did I happen to mention that these have over 7,000 positive reviews? I didn't? Well, they do.

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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 $9.50+ (available in sizes S-XL and in nine colors).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of these compression socks.

    3. An emergency grooming kit because the only thing worse than a hangnail...is a hangnail while you're on vacation. How are you supposed to snap a picture holding an ice cream cone when your manicure is all kinds of messed up?

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    This kit comes with three nail clippers, multi-purpose scissors, blackhead needle and loop remover, a cuticle trimmer, an ear pick, an eyebrow tweezer, a nail file, a peeling knife, a singled-edged double side stick, and a v-shaped push stick.

    Promising review: "I travel 275 days out of the year, and this is the perfect kit to keep in your suitcase! It's well-designed, and the leather case all the tools come in is great!" —Angela Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. A jade roller you'll want to add to your in-flight skincare routine ASAP. This little facial massager is said to promote circulation, tighten skin, and help with lymphatic drainage to keep your face feeling glorious and de-puffed (which is especially helpful while flying).

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    Promising review: "I used this product for the first time with my face oil and it’s safe to say that I am obsessed! I put it in the freezer for a couple of hours before using and it was so refreshing. I currently have a head cold and this jade roller really helped relieve some of the pressure in my sinus areas. I suffer sever migraines and am looking forward to seeing if the roller can help relieve some of that pressure as well! My favorite part is the smaller side — I love to use it under my eyes and on my temples." —Karlie Velvick

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    5. A helpful checklist that will remind you to pack underwear, deodorant, contact lens solution, and all the other necessities that you forget to bring. Do you have 18 pairs of shoes? Of course. But did you pack your toothbrush? Hmm, probably not.

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    Promising review: "My girlfriend loves this! She suffers heavily from wanderlust as well as forgetfulness, so this helps her immensely with both. She loves the amount of detail this list has, and it really helps her remember the little things." —Adam Despen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    6. Hydrocolloid, tea tree, and calendula oil pimple patches you should slap on a zit to a) prevent picking, and b) speed up the ~draining~ process of said zit. No annoying I-need-to-pick-at-them blemishes to distract you from enjoying the sites of Paris, Italy, or wherever the heck you are.

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    I know, I know. You may feel robbed of the satisfying feeling that comes with popping a pimple, but this method is MUCH better because it won't leave a scar. To quote the Beatles, just let it be.

    Promising review: "I love these things! My acne-riddled, hormonal life is made easier by these beautiful little patches. The variety pack is best because the big squares can be cut to size, and boy do they stick! They do what they say. I've had cysts go down without popping. I've popped some (yes yes, I know, don't pick, people!) and patched em, and it'll drain. I've given them to friends who get cysts in the WORST places, and they always go down and definitely takes the edge off the pain overnight. If there's a spot that's weeping, stick one on there and it'll put an end to that." —Renee

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $8.07.

    7. An LED ring light that lets you bid adieu to crappy lightning that *no* amount of editing can fix. Just clip this onto your cell and voilà! Your #wanderlust Instagram posts will be at least 1000x stronger.

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    This has three levels of adjustable brightness, meaning it's perfect for whatever kind of natural lighting you have — whether you're in broad daylight or at some swanky nightclub.

    Promising review: "The difference in my photos with this is amazing! I absolutely love it, and so thrilled that I bought it. It's light weight, easy to carry, easy to use, and makes your selfies look amazing. Like you have professional lighting!" —Sherri Meyer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98 (available in four colors).

    8. A first aid kit because one minute you're enjoying a nice hike and the next minute your foot is bleeding. Being clumsy + enjoying the great outdoors = you should always have antiseptic on hand.

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    This 27-piece kit includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, and bug bite towelettes. Plus, the crush-resistant tin won't take up a ton of space in your bag.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect little first aid kit for bike rides or a quick hike in the woods. This kit comes with everything you need for the scrapes and bruises you get out in the backcountry, and the metal case is a definite plus in my book. Love it!" —Randy G.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    9. A lipstick-sized portable charger so that your phone DOES NOT DIE in the middle of that Law & Order: SVU season you downloaded SPECIFICALLY for this flight.

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    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 $14.99+ (available in five colors)

    10. A four-wheel underseater small enough to not feel like a *total* nuisance at the airport, but large enough to store all your in-flight essentials. Headphones! Tablets! Contact solution! This pretty BB can hold it all.

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    Promising review: "This is just perfect! I usually carry a large tote over my shoulder when traveling, but that gets heavy and things often get disheveled in a larger bag. Don't let the size of this fool you! The well-appointed storage pockets are great for organizing all your in-air needs. It will hold a tablet easily along with all the travel items we like to have at arms reach while flying, including a change of clothes! It even has a pocket for your ID documents so they are readily at hand when checking in. Very smart-looking, lightweight, and will fit easily under the seat in front of you. Plus, it has spinner wheels!" —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $68.94 (available in three colors and two sizes).

    11. An Acure essentials kit complete with hydrating shampoo and conditioner, as well as a cult-favorite facial scrub and day cream. Say "GOODBYE" to the days of those drying, hotel-specific mini formulas!

    Amazon

    These products are plant-based and cruelty-free, and the brightening facial scrub is considered a holy grail — the full-sized version has over 2,000 positive reviews.

    Promising review: "I have never been so happy with an Amazon purchase. I recently switched to to sulfate-free everything, so I bought this kit last-minute for a trip. I liked the products so much that I'm switching to this brand for daily use at home! The scrub and the conditioner are, in particular, better than any other sulfate-free products I've tried." —L. Sumpter

    Get it from Amazon for $8.53.

    12. Neoprene handle wraps available influorescent colors you can hypothetically spot from space. Or at the very least, you can spot them from baggage claim.

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    Promising review: "I love how these make it easy to see when my bags are at baggage claim. Everyone has a suitcase that looks alike, but we put this on every piece of luggage and spent only 30 seconds at baggage claim!" —Blunt Truth

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 11 colors).

    13. A TSA-approved transparent organizer so that you don't have to fish around your suitcase for liquids (and then stuff them in a clear baggy) while going through airport security. As if flying isn't nerve-wracking enough.

    Amazon

    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 nine colors).

    14. A Downy wrinkle-eliminating spray for the person who's travelling for business and doesn't feel like showing up to that meeting with a button-down that's wrinkled beyond repair. PLUS! This spray works to eliminate static and odor, which is especially lovely if you're a bit behind on laundry (which I totally am not hahah).

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    This spray is amazing for the situation written out above. Just spray a bit of this onto a piece of clothing, lay it out for a few moments, and BAM! The wrinkles will have all but disappeared.

    Promising review: "I purchased this because my husband does our laundry and he has no concept of taking our clothes out of the dryer before wrinkles set in. I was skeptical about it at first, but it actually works! I used it on a t-shirt and boom, the wrinkles came out." —Kindle Customer Jackie

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.78.

    15. A Batiste dry shampoo to fool everyone into thinking that you actually washed your hair last night. This absorbs grease right up and leaves your 'do feeling (and smelling) as if it's actually clean.

    instagram.com / Via @batiste_us

    Not to mention this adds immediate volume to even the flattest hair.

    Promising review: "After trying several dry shampoos and thinking that none of them would work for me, I finally found a product that does what it's supposed to do — and VERY WELL!!! My flat hair had immediate volume and smelled great!!" —SD

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.97.

    16. A fast-drying, super-absorbent microfiber towel you can use in bathrooms and beaches. It even comes with an easy storage pouch that won't take up a ton of suitcase space.

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    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 seven colors and six sizes).

    17. A foldable hair dryer that packs something itself: a lot of POWER. This tool may be small, but it is damn mighty and can be folded down into a penny-sized speck that can fit in any corner of your bursting-at-the-seams suitcase.

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    Promising review: "This is the PERFECT size and POWER you need for traveling! I love that this is tiny, but is just as powerful as the bigger ones. I've been to 28 countries, and am heading to eight more this year. Get this — you will love it just as much as I do!" —DebLuv'sAmazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A travel wallet because there is NOTHING WORSE than losing a connecting boarding pass while on a plane. Is it underneath your seat? In the carry-on you stored in the overhead compartment? DID YOU DROP IT EN ROUTE TO THE PLANE?

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    This is designed with a passport slot and five card slots, a removable wristlet, a cellphone pouch, AND a pen holder — all while remaining slim enough to store in your tiny carry-on purse.

    Promising review: "Honestly, this is the perfect travel wallet. It fits both of my passports, my phone, a pen, and some cash. I bought it in a bright red color that meant I could find it right away, and the strap is also useful." —Suman S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 24 colors).

    19. A Palladio two-in-one tint you can swipe on your pout *and* your cheeks for a healthy flush that looks au naturale. This multi-use product is perfect for people traveling with an itty bitty carry-on...the kind that cannot accommodate your entire beauty arsenal.

    instagram.com / Via @palladiobeauty

    Ginseng, chamomile, camellia, and safflower are gathered into this tint to deliver a dose of color — but they also work to energize, hydrate, and soothe your skin.

    Promising review: "I love this product! It's great for a quick touch of color when running to the gym or running errands, plus it's so convenient to use and looks natural. The 'lovely' shade is perfect for me. I was afraid it would look orange or peach, but it's a very natural shade of blush pink." —Terria527

    Get it from Amazon for $7.58 (available in four shades).

    20. An Olympia rolling duffel bag perfect for the chronic overpacker. You can hypothetically shove 11 dresses, 19 tops, 18 sneakers, and your entire makeup bag in here — and you'll *still* have room to spare. Magic! It exists!

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    Promising review: "I did so much research when looking for a duffel for a recent five-day trip to NYC. I could not believe what a great bag this is for the price! It can fit an extraordinary amount of stuff inside. It's crazy. The zippers are great, the durability is great, and I haven't had any wheel or handle issues. Awesome bang for your buck!" —Jen Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $33.29 (available in 17 colors).

    21. A neck pillow with chin support designed to help your head remain upright. This'll prevent your noggin from falling down whenever you begin to snooze.

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    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 $29.97 (available in seven colors).

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

    22. Individually-wrapped antibacterial hand and face wipes you should carry with you on the go, just in case your lipstick smears or (surprise surprise) the sauce from your afternoon lunch still remains on your fingers.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am clumsy. If it can be spilled, tripped over, dropped, broken, dribbled, or smeared, I'll wind up doing it. Individually wrapped WET WIPES are fabulous at cleaning up what I inevitability mess up. I keep them in my purse, pockets, car, desk drawer, on the patio, and near my computer. I highly recommend you get some. You never know if I'm going to bump into you." —Burke

    Get a pack of 105 from Amazon for $9.45.

    23. A toiletry bag you'll be able to hang up in the hotel bathroom for easy access to all of your, well, toiletries. The compact size means it doesn't take up a ton of room in your suitcase, but the deep pockets allow for a TON of storage.

    Amazon

    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 $18.98 (available in five colors).

    24. An essential oil roll-on stick with a pretty bizarre appetite. The main thing it craves? Your migraines. This will gobble 'em up and get rid of all those annoying headaches with pleasure.

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    This roll-on stick is packed with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils. How do you use it? When you feel a migraine coming on (ugh), just apply this to your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck — it'll give you a blast of cool relief that will lessen that pesky headache (and in some cases, get rid of it completely).

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of this migraine stick.

    25. A magnifying mirror that folds into a travel-friendly compact OR can be adjusted to stand upright. This compact is designed with LED lights to ensure bad lighting doesn't get in the way of your killing the makeup game.

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    Promising review: "This mirror is just what I have been looking for! In fact, I just ordered another one for a gift and may order more. The mirror is sized perfectly for every day use and for travel (since it's so small when it folds flat). Both mirrors are high quality, the lighted portion is perfect for makeup application, and I like the fact that this mirror uses four 'AAA' batteries (which are included) because they are more readily available than button batteries." —Penny C. Tanquary

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

    26. A silicone spool because tangled headphones are the second most frustrating thing on the planet (forgetting your headphones at home is #1). Imagine being able to pull these out of your purse without having to unknot them for five minutes? Wow.

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    Promising review: "I really, really love this little cable ring thing! My headphones were always such a pain to untangle at the gym. Now, I keep them in this holder and clipped to my water bottle, so I can grab both as I'm getting out of the car and be on the treadmill with my music on in no time!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three colors).

    27. Mini Wet Brush brushes designed with flexible bristles to detangle your (very tangled) 'do without painfully pulling chunks of hair out in the process. And yep, these portable babies are perfect for both wet and dry manes.

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    Promising review: "We have placed these in every place that we end up brushing our hair — bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, swim bag. This is the best hairbrush ever! Does not pull your hair and is easy for my young girls to use on their own." —KM

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. A compact travel umbrella you'll want to pack for when the destinations you're visiting are KIND OF RUDE when it comes to rainy weather. *cough London cough*

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    This one os great quality, small enough to fit in your bag, and won't take up a ton of room in your suitcase. PLUS, it's inexpensive. Woo!

    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 $12.96.

    29. A Gillette Venus on-the-go razor that guarantees a close, smooth shave while taking up almost 0 space in your luggage. Goodbye, horrible disposable razors I *used* to pack!

    Amazon

    This razor is designed with five blades, and comes with an extra blade and a compact storage case with holes at the bottom (that way water doesn't get trapped inside the blades AKA it won't rust). Woo!

    Promising review: "I cannot express how much my daughter and I love these razors! They are perfect for traveling, and the little grip is much easier to hold on to than I expected. Now there is no need to take those awful disposable razors on vacation — we can use the same quality razor that we used at home." —Anitra W.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.39.

    30. Luggage tags available in a bunch of vibrant, distinguishable colors that make spotting your suitcase at baggage claim into a no-fuss breeze.

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    Promising review: "Bought these for a trip across the country (I went through five airports) and these made it easy to identify my suitcase at baggage claim. Happy with the quality for money spent!" —AnnMarie Johnston

    Get a pack of two for $6.39 (available in 19 colors).

    31. A Mario Badescu facial spray because flying wreaks absolute havoc on your skin, please don't tell me otherwise. This lovely option is packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water for a blast of hydration and dewiness.

    instagram.com / Via @mariobadescu

    Psst, this facial spray comes in a set of two! One with four fluid ounces, the other with two fluid ounces (AKA travel-sized).

    Promising review: ""The redness on my cheeks has gone way down and I have a much more even complexion after just four days. I've been lightly spraying this on my face after cleansing with the Mario Badescu Rice Milk Carnation Cleanser and again first thing upon waking. It smells very nice and magically fixes skin problems — even my acne has cleared up! I'm very impressed." —Terryoke

    Get it from Amazon for $7+.

    32. A palm-sized Crystal deodorant stick that banishes BO + smelly bacteria to the ~pits~ of HECK (you can thank the mineral salt formula for that). It's also cruelty-free, aluminum-free, fragrance-free, and vegan, and won't leave any white marks on your black top.

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    Promising review: "I kept trying to figure out who the guy was at the gym who wasn't aware of his B.O. Once I learned that it was my own stink following me around, I went on a quest to find a solution. Several different over-the-counter antiperspirant/deodorant products failed me, so I finally tried this on a whim. I tend to avoid most of this 'natural' hippy dippy stuff. In this case though, I've become a believer. This works better than anything I've ever used. It doesn't stop the sweating, but has totally killed the stink. It's been totally effective and I haven't had any irritation." —myrrick

    Get it from Amazon for $3.06.

    33. Lightweight Baleaf jogger sweats with a tapered silhouette that looks *way* more polished than your old high school gym pants — but shhh, they're equally as comfy.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

    34. A spray hand sanitizer because planes breed bacteria and I highly recommend you disinfect everything. This travel spray kills — Destroys! Obliterates! — 99.99% of icky germs that cause all **cough cough, I can't come, I'm sick** situations.

    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 it from Amazon for $6.99+.

    35. A Rockalnd two-piece set with a carry-on that'll fit perfectly into any overhead bin, and a smaller bag you can comfortably stuff under the seat in front of you. That's right, folks! No more sharing legroom with your slightly-too-large backpack.

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    Promising review: "This set was amazing for my 11-day trip to five countries. It went through many airports, into trunks, out of trunks, into overhead bins, then out of overhead bins. Up and down escalators, through customs, on and off of trains and buses. It survived! I used packing cubes that allowed me to fit a large selection of clothes. The smaller bag also holds a lot of stuff, has the right amount of pockets, and fit perfectly under the seat in front of me. This was an excellent value for the price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $40.41 (available in 60 colors).

    36. Silicone sleeves you can slip on over the arms of the angel — er, your eyeglasses. This will help prevent all headache-inducing discomfort that comes from your frames digging into your head.

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    I prefer contacts to glasses, but always try to wear my glasses during long flights. The frames always tend to dig into the side of my head after a while, which is so painful — but these silicone sleeves are here to help.

    Promising review: "Finally, the solution to my issue! My eyeglasses would always dig into the back of my ear on one side, not to mention they would silp down my nose from time to time. I purchased these and my glasses have never fit better, and oftentimes I forget to take them off because they're so comfortable! Best purchase EVER." —Andrea Lincoln

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

    37. Individual floss picks, because that hunk of airport pasta stuck between your two front teeth is just not appealing. These nifty little things are perfect for slipping into your carry-on and preventing all oral hygiene disasters.

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    Promising review: "These are the best in my opinion, and I've been using these for years! Plus, these make it easy to floss those very back teeth, which we neglect a lot. I've got arthritis and these are the easiest way to floss for me!" —Cy Hy

    Get a pack of 150 from Amazon for $8.99.

    38. Biodegradable body wipes made with tea tree oil, peppermint, aloe, and ginseng that will leave your skin feeling refreshed, clean, and not dry or sticky. Plus, they're lavender-scented which basically means you're already relaxed.

    instagram.com / Via @goodwipes

    These wipes are also hypoallergenic and won't irritate sensitive skin. Hip hip HOORAY!

    Promising review: "I LOVE these things! I like to workout over my lunch hour to break up the day, but don't have time to get lost in my thoughts in a post-shower. I just use one of these! The scent is not too overpowering, but it's strong enough so that no one knows I got my sweat on at the gym." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $12.99.

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