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    34 Products That'll Take Some Of The Annoyances Out Of Traveling

    If you love to travel, except for the part where you're actually traveling, try these products that will help you get from Point A to Point B with ease.

    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 bendy pillow capable of contorting itself to meet your ever-changing needs. Neck rest? No prob. Pillow to keep your face off the gross bus window glass? Of course!!! Round pillow to make sleeping on your cousin's floor more bearable? Almost!

    model sleeps with head on bendy boodle shaped travel pillow
    Amazon

    Promising review: "After reading a glowing review by a frequent international flyer, I decided the twistable travel pillow was exactly what my husband needed. That traveler returned from an overseas trip and immediately purchased his second one for his lumbar region. So I bought two up front, but not for air travel. My husband has osteoporosis with an overly curved upper back. It is uncomfortable for him to sit for long periods, even in his recliner. Well, many snores later, he decided these were the perfect solution! That evening I placed one behind my neck, just to test it out. Apparently, I had no idea how uncomfortable it actually was just sitting. My neck never had it so good! So I used the lumbar one as well. Felt like I was floating in the chair. Have shown them to everyone. A physical therapist friend went gaga over the concept, and plans to give them as gifts this year." —SMB

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    2. A leather passport case with room for IDs and your vaccine card so you can have all your important items in one place while going through security.

    black, blue, red, and white passport cases
    TheHennyStore

    Get it from TheHennyStore on Etsy for $10.

    3. A portable charger so you can watch Law and Order: SVU for the entire trip without Stabler and Benson having to come figure out why your phone died.

    model pulls charger out of bag
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've had this power cell for almost a year. I left it on my car for a few months in variant weather and never charged it or used it. This morning I plugged it in for maybe 45 minutes and after it was half-charged. My phone went down to 3% and I got terribly lost in an unfamiliar place and needed to use Google Maps and I knew that would kill my phone. I plugged in my phone to the charger and walked for over twenty minutes, using my phone, and got to where I was going. I then left my phone to charge more and it charged up to 80% before running out of juice. I am very impressed that even after sitting without use in a hot car for so long, this thing still worked great. I feel like it was definitely worth the money and I am so glad I bought it." —Holly P

    Get it from Amazon for $27.09+ (available in four colors).

    4. A LifeStraw that allows you to drink pretty much any water you can find in nature. Hiking trips are now just icky water scavenger hunts.

    model drinks water from gross algae water using straw
    Amazon

    Check out our closer look at the LifeStraw for more.

    Promising review: "I frequently hike and camp in the backcountry all over the United States. Carrying the amount of water that I need to survive during these trips is just not feasible due to the weight. I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. Every stream, lake, and every other water source that I came across I stopped for a drink. The one drawback to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer 'drink breaks' since you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking in mountainous terrain vastly outweigh this minor drawback." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47 (available in three styles).

    5. A colony of penguin bottles ready to hold your shampoo, body wash, lotion, and more.

    Amazon

    They each hold three ounces of whatever you want.

    Promising review: "These bottles after adorable. I used them when I traveled this Christmas. They didn't leak at all, and I loved the ability to turn the disk and assign a label for the contents. Unlike most bottles with this option, the label can't be turned with the lid on, so it's impossible to accidentally switch it to the wrong one. Every time I got in the shower, these little bottles made me smile. My only problem is that my kids tried to steal them a few times because they're so adorable." —Vanessa Brannan

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $17.99 (also available in bunnies).

    6. A mini trash can that fits in the cup holder because you can't just leave wrappers all over the rental car like you do your own car.

    mini trashcan in cup holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course it perfectly fits in the cup holder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart-sized Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" —Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. Delish blackberry-flavored gummies that have melatonin in them to help you get to sleep no matter how chatty your seat mate is.

    bottle of purple gummies
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these worked. Sleeping pills and things to help me sleep haven’t been very helpful in the past. So being skeptical, I took twice the dosage. I ate four of the gummies instead of two. I figured it would help me get a much-needed nap and instead it might as well have caused me to go into a coma. LOL. I don’t know what you guys created but...I’m a huge fan. Knocked me right out! P.S. Only take the correct amount." —Austin M

    Get it from Amazon for $12.42+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A teeny-tiny razor for travelers who like to shave on the move.

    teeny tiny razor
    Amazon

    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 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 $8.99.

    9. A portable espresso maker so you can enjoy a nice hot drink while enjoying the view (whether that's from on top of a mountain or a motel room).

    tube-shaped coffee maker
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This works so well for camping for a quick coffee craving! Took this camping over the weekend and used it a few times at the office. Depending on the grinds you use, it's good for a light single espresso shot or if you reuse the same grinds and purge three capfuls of water through the filter, you'll get a full cup of coffee. Works great without lugging a glass press around in your backpacking or camp gear! Easy to clean and store away with the retractable priming handle." —WallyMonkey

    Get it from Amazon for $54.50.

    10. A school-inspired 4-in-1 makeup pen with everything you need — eyeliner, highlighter, lipliner, and eyebrow filler — so you can free up some space in your bag.

    Alleyoop

    This thing has all the benefits of four makeup items and all the fun of those four-color clicky pens. Click to your heart's content and travel with a lighter load.

    Get it from Alleyoop for $25.

    11. An Ostrich head pillow to fully block out the visual horror that is the airport.

    pillow that covered entire head
    Amazon

    This quilted travel pillow completely surrounds your head so you can block out most sights and sounds. There are two side pockets to keep your hands nice and toasty. The pillow doesn't have the best neck support, but it's great for straight-up conking out on the floor.

    Promising review: "This is the world's greatest product, hands-down! I lost my dignity a few years ago and have since been trying to find a way to face each day. Since I found this diver's mask I can finally be myself again. I'm not sure how many stars I gave this product because I'm wearing it now and can only see life through a 1/2-inch thick hole but it looks like I gave it 20 stars from my hole. Small children no longer ask me for things for some reason but at least I can't see the presidential election." —julio lopez

    Get it from Amazon for $96.27.

    12. A packing checklist for people who are simply garbage at packing. Never again forget all your socks but somehow remember to bring eight different hats.

    packing checklist that says pack this
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We travel frequently and have two children. As any parent knows, packing for yourself and your children can be overwhelming (especially for trip longer than a few days). I have found this list to be a lifesaver and I also give it as a gift for other traveling families. It is easy to plan, organize, and list out items that are easily forgotten. You can also list the quantity of each item needed. It has a variety of clothing options and space to add more. Overall, wonderful purchase and has likely saved me many forgotten items!" —Mike D.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    13. Sriracha packets to help make the bland airplane food taste sliiiiightly edible.

    small packets of sriracha
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used to love the other hot sauce, you know the one that started with a T and ended with an o-b-a-s-c-o. It was a beautiful summer day when I was introduced to Sriracha. I can't even remember what food tasted like before Sriracha came along. There were sad, and lonely times when I would be stuck at a restaurant, having to settle for ordinary hot sauce. But then these portable, little spice pillows caught my attention, and I will never be stranded without Sriracha again! You complete me." —Tommy Johnson

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $12.97.

    14. Or single-serve packets of Bachan's Japanese barbecue sauce, aka the most delicious thing in existence. Use these to punch up any meal, from pizza to fish to sandwiches.

    white packet of sauce on top of fries
    Bachan;s

    Bachan's is a Japanese-owned small business founded by Justin Gill. The sauce is inspired by his grandmother, Judy Yokoyama's recipe. Resisting advice to cut costs and water down this beloved sauce, Gill prioritized maintaining its integrity and only using clean ingredients. Their sauce is cold-filled, vegan, small-batch, non-GMO, BPA-free, and preservative-free.

    I've tried this sauce and immediately made everyone I know try it as well. It's the kind of sauce that makes you go "oh...wow, oh WOW" when you taste it. 

    Get 25 packets from Bachan's for $18.99.

    15. Bendy, small containers perfect for face creams, pills, or any other small items.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the coolest little silicone containers by far. I make my own lip balm and lotions, and needed something to hold them. I'm just so happy I found these. They are gonna come in handy. The are just the right size and seal up with no worries about drying out or leaking. I can't wait to get more." —Raymond and Lisa

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in three colorways).

    16. A U-shaped pillow you'll love cuddling up with even more than the stranger sitting next to you.

    u-shaped pillow that is worn crossbody to offer neck support
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was the best travel pillow ever. It worked perfectly on the plane and while we were cruising on a motor coach around Spain it came in handy again. I wanted to tell people on the plane using different brands that they were missing out but I decided they would notice how relaxed I was with my travel pillow." —AnitaW, Los Angeles, CA.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in four colors).

    17. A credit card-sized game of chess for entertainment emergencies.

    tiny flat plastic with pieces that pop off to become game pieces
    Shapeways

    Get it from Shapeways for $17.38.

    18. A foot hammock so at least one part of your body can kick back and relax.

    reviewer uses hammock on airplane
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This was a lifesaver on a recent non-stop flight from LAX to Paris, and back. Not only was the footrest super comfy and easy to use, it really made the long flight bearable. At the end of the flight my feet and legs were not swollen at all, like they usually are after a long flight. I like to kick off my shoes during long flights and when I put my shoes back on, they fit like they normally do, no swollen feet, ankles or legs. I will never fly again without this footrest." —Dawn Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in black, purple, and blue).

    19. A pack of makeup remover pads for blasting away every speck of makeup with ~just~ water. Leave the big pack of remover wipes at home and just bring a few of this handy lil' circles.

    a pack of round mini pads
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have been using these reusable bamboo makeup pads this past week and I really like them! First, these come with a little bag to put them in to wash. I loved that I didn't have to search for all of them in the laundry! Drying took a little while and I had to put them back in the dryer. What drew me to these pads is being able to wash and reuse. Between removing makeup and using toner or micellar water, I could use up to six cotton pads a day!!! 😱😱 These pads have definitely helped me reduce how many pads I use in a day!" —Rachel

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in two colors).

    20. A travel icon shirt so you can just point and nod when trying to speak to locals in a foreign country.

    IconSpeak, youtube.com

    Get it from Iconspeak for $29 (available in sizes S–XXL and 14 colors).

    21. Body wipes to help you stay fresh and clean when you're looking at hour 20 of travel with no shower in sight.

    model in fitness clothing opening a package of body wipes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used these on a 22-hour international flight so I could freshen up. I loved it for that purpose, but also for excursions while on vacation. I took them when I went horseback riding, or if I was away from my hotel all day in very hot climates. They really did a great job of refreshing me just enough so I could be comfortable until I could actually shower."—Ashley M.

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.49.

    22. A Pocket Palette with mascara, lipstick/blush, and BB cream so you can leave the bulky makeup bag at home.

    a three pack of mascara, lip/cheek, and bb cream
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I travel often for work, and it’s so much easier to pack a few pocket palettes than tote my regular makeup — they’re super carry-on bag/airport friendly! I love my Lancôme but I’d much rather not tote around heavy glass bottles, so I keep a palette at the ready for the gym, in my purse, at my desk at work, etc. — they’re that convenient. For the makeup itself, the quality of the BB cream is great. It’s light, feels and looks natural, you can get at least two full uses out of the quantity. The lip/cheek color amount is also generous. I personally go for a darker lip generally, but this is good for blush and will last me a while. I love how handy the mascara applicator is, so fun-sized. For someone on the go, who isn't soooo makeup savvy that I'm contouring all the time, this product is really practical!" —Maureen

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four shades).

    23. A pair of charcoal deodorizing bags that are ready to eat up all the bad smells lingering in your suitcase.

    rectangular packs in shoes
    Amazon

    These deodorizing bags can prevent mold and mildew. You can recharge them by leaving them in the sun when they lose some of their appetite for smells.

    Promising review: "These are the best travel buddies! I always pack one of these in my luggage and one in my boyfriend's. While traveling, we sometimes don't get to wash all our clothes, but these bags are brilliant at absorbing the smell of sweat on our clothes and shoes!" —J.L.

    Get two from Amazon for $9.95.

    24. A foldable hair dryer or mini straightener so you can have all your favorite tools nearby without sacrificing your entire carry-on.

    Amazon

    Promising review (hair dryer): "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

    Promising review (straightener): "This does the job and is small enough to keep in my toiletries bag so it's always there when I travel. Ordered it while I was away, arrived quickly and saved the day!" —Cathy L

    Get the hair dryer for for $16.99 or the straightener for $13.99.

    25. A hanging toiletry case that's basically like having a personal assistant who hands you things as you need them.

    soft case filled with toiletries
    amazon.com

    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).

    26. And packing cubes that will bring peace and order to your messy luggage.

    Amazon

    One set = four different packing cubes, each a different size that accommodates to 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 $25.99 (for a pack of four, available in nine colors).

    27. A pair of shoe covers for when you only have room for one pair of shoes and they are NOT rain boots.

    silicone cover over shoe
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My husband and I were going to Alaska and we wanted to take boots with us. Long story short after packing everything our boots were weighing us down and we took them out. Meanwhile my husband came across these shoe covers flipping through the Amazon pages and we decided to order each of us a pair. These shoe covers were perfect! They are lightweight, come in a variety of colors, and easily slip over any style of shoe. They come in their own resealable pouch and tuck perfectly in our backpacks. We used them in the rain, in the snow, and in the mud. They easily rinse off and can be refolded to go back in their pouch. Best of all, they are affordable and look good too!" —Margaret A. Dreshman

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes and eight colors). 

    28. AirFly, a wireless transmitter that'll connect your AirPods (or any other wireless headphones) to the headphone jack on the flight so you can get access to the free entertainment without having to shell out for those tinny-sounding ear buds they sell during flights.

    model with wireless ear buds on plane
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Ever since I purchased my wireless Bose earbuds, I always hated having to use another set when I was on an airplane with the seat-back entertainment system. I tried many different models to connect the system to my Bluetooth headsets until I came across this one, and it is amazing! It seamlessly connects to my headset, very clear and reliable audio, and it takes the stress away from having to carry multiple headsets! Thank you!!!" —Ryan Malloy

    Get it from Amazon for $33.76.

    29. A Dagne Dover duffle bag with a sleeve to neatly fit over your rolling luggage for easy travels. It's even small enough to fit under your plane seat!

    duffel bag with sleeve that fits over the handle of rolly bag
    Dagne Dover / Via instagram.com

    BuzzFeed's Emma McAnaw says: "My Dagne Dover duffle fits soooooo much more than it seems (especially when you fight to the death to fit everything like I do), and it's a super easy carry-on! I just put it under the seat so I don't have to fight people to get the overhead bin space. Also, I've gotten away with bringing it for free on airlines that try to charge for carry-ons because it looks so small."

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $95+ (available in five sizes and six colors) or from Nordstrom for $155.

    30. A universal travel adapter you should buy now before you one day end up in a foreign country with no way to charge your stuff.

    a converter with many different ports
    Amazon

    This adapter covers over 150 countries. Keep in mind this is not a voltage converter!

    Promising review: "Used this on a trip to Sweden and London. It worked great. Charged three things at a time with no problems. I love the compact design and not having to keep track of all the adapters." —tiffanyann7

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

    31. A travel knitting bag to keep your crafts all together when jumping on a plane or train. Last thing you want to do after a hectic trip through security is have to worry about detangling yarn or wondering where your other needle went.

    a model knits while holding a tote with yarn in it
    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    32. A portable cutlery set in a beautiful matte color for meals on the go.

    rectangular cases with fork spoon and knife inside
    ECOParadiseGoods

    Get it from ECOParadiseGoods on Etsy for $15.99+ (available in four colors). 

    33. A coconut rice cake shampoo bar. This tropically-scented bar is packaging-free and can easily get through security, unlike some liquid shampoo bottles I know.

    pink circular bar with yellow dried flower on it
    Lush

    This bar is made for color-treated, heat-processed, or generally stressed out hair. It also smells really, really good. 

    Get it from Lush for $12.95.

    34. And a biodegradable and compostable soap carrying case with a bamboo insert that allows the bar to dry out after use. No one wants to tote around a soggy bar of soap!

    soap box with bamboo grid on the bottom
    BrooklynMadeNatural

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed for my bar soap and conditioner. Luckily they both fit in one (smaller sized bars) so the second holder is on standby. It is VERY well made and fits together beautifully." —sierra17

    Get it from BrooklynMadeNatural on Etsy for $14.

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