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    34 Things You'll Never Want To Travel Without Once You Try Them

    I'm leavin' on a jet plane...but not without these things. ✈️

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    1. An anti-theft backpack to keep your belongings safe from sneaky pickpockets. How, you might ask? It's cleverly designed to open from the back rather than the front, so there's no unzipping it unless you take it off. It's also spacious enough to fit a tablet or small laptop and looks cute to boot!

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    Promising review: "I bought this backpack to use as a purse while on vacation, and it worked perfectly. The main pouch is protected when you’re walking around because the zipper is protected by your back. There are also two side zippered pockets, one of which kept my phone and the other perfect for sunglasses and a few other items that I wanted to access more easily. I loved that I could wear it as a purse to dinner but use it as a backpack during the day so that my shoulder didn’t get tired. I highly recommend this item!" —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two sizes and 12 colors).

    2. An iPhone dongle case that attaches to a keychain, because who here hasn't lost at least one of these tiny yet $$$ accessories? Honestly wish I'd had this brilliantly simple idea myself!

    Two of the black, flat, rounded triangular cases with a dongle-shaped slot, one of which is holding a dongle, clipped to a keyring
    CeeBee's Cases LLC / Etsy

    CeeBee's Cases LLC is the small Chicago-based business behind this genius product.

    Promising review: "I love it. I’m always losing my cord or leaving it in my other jacket or pants pocket. Now, all I have to do is put it back on my keyring. Brilliant!!!" —Mel

    Get it from CeeBee's Cases LLC on Etsy for $14.40 (originally $16). 

    3. And, a leather electronics organizer to neatly store larger accessories all in one place. It comes with four slots that can be used for USB cables, headphones, power adaptors, and any other cords you might need, and rolls up to stay nice and compact.

    Five of the closed organizers in different colors surrounding an open red organizer that's holding various electronic accessories
    HandMadeSome / Etsy

    HandMadeSome is a small business based in Port Reading, New Jersey, that makes personalized leather goods for people and pets. 

    Promising review: "I LOVE this holder! It holds both my short and medium cords, along with a place to tuck in extra earbud covers, and it looks very nice opened and closed." —Elise McKechnie

    Get it from HandMadeSome on Etsy for $24.99+ (originally $31.24+, available in six colors and with embossing or engraving options). 

    4. An in-flight foot hammock that might seem a little *extra* at first, but will make you a believer after one use. Simply hang it on the arms of your tray table and rest your feet on the cushion to help prevent soreness and swelling. Just make sure you're wearing a clean pair of socks before taking your shoes off.

    Reviewer resting their feet on the black foot hammock
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    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It's so simple but works incredibly to prevent swelling and pressure on legs while flying. I just flew the first leg of an international flight and used it, and I am on a layover now and had to pause to write this review. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! It easily attached to the tray table, and I adjusted to my desired height. It is like a hammock for your feet. You just prop them up inside the thing/swing/hammock — which is very cushiony — and your feet are hoisted up comfortably. I'm a big girl and weight is no issue. DEFINITELY MUST HAVE ON ALL MY FLIGHTS NOW. This thing is great!!" —Queen

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

    5. A solar-powered charger to bring on outdoor trips or anywhere outlets might be...hard to come by. It has two USB ports, so all you have to do is spread out the solar panels, plug in your device, and let some direct sunlight power it up.

    The solar-powered charger spread out on a beach, charging a portable speaker
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    Promising review: "I bought this for camping and road travel to keep electronics charged. I tried it out on a camping trip, and even in partial shade, it charged my smartphone enough to keep the charge level at full despite texting." —Amy K. Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    6. Or, if you're not the outdoorsy type, an external battery you can charge before your trip to keep your devices powered up on the go.

    Reviewer photo of the external battery being used to charge a smartphone
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    BuzzFeed Shopping's Rachel Dunkel says: "I know external batteries are a snore and $31 seems like a lot compared to the cheap 'lipstick' ones, but I cannot recommend this battery enough. It can charge my phone a full three times, which is crucial for someone like me: a frequent-flying, Twitter-loving, podcast-downloading, battery-draining millennial who feels like they're drowning if their phone dies for one damn second."

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors).

    7. A collapsible water bottle that'll save precious room in your suitcase AND money, since you won't have to pay an exorbitant amount for overpriced terminal H2O. Simply unroll it after you've gone through security and fill it up at a water fountain. Plus, it's lead, latex, and BPA free, is dishwasher safe, and can be used for hot or cold drinks.

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    Promising review: "Well this is the coolest thing ever! I travel quite a bit, and I usually don't take a bottle with me because they are big and bulky and I usually lose them! This collapsible water bottle is a perfect traveling accessory. It stays collapsed until after security, and then I fill it up for the trip. It's a good size and fits in my side compartment in my travel backpack, and the cap screws in securely so I don't have to worry about it opening accidentally and spilling all over the place. I follow the instructions on how to clean it and it works just fine." —M. Lyons

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

    8. A pair of Apple AirPods Pro with noise cancellation to keep you from losing your mind every time your flight neighbor alternates between chomping down on pretzels and snoring. They come with three sizes of silicone tips to comfortably fit your ears and a charging case that provides more than 24 hours of listening time. 

    Side view of a BuzzFeed editor wearing the airpods
    A BuzzFeeder holding the earbuds in their hand
    A BuzzFeeder holding the airpod case
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I’m thrilled. I love the fact there’s multiple ear tips and the small ones fit my ears great. Thrilled with the noise canceling feature while I stare at a family member yapping loudly on the phone and I don’t have to crank my volume up to drown them out. The controls are easy. It pauses music when I take an earbud out, so I’m not fumbling to pause and then yanking an earbud out while yelling 'what?' I’ve never spent this much on headphones but these are worth the sub-$200 I paid." —Pixie

    And here's more from BuzzFeed Shopping editor Emma Lord: "I have a pair of these, and they're not playing around. Once they're securely in your ear, you can toggle the headphones between noise-cancelling and regular sound, depending on your situation. I've been working from home, and the noise cancelling is so effective that I can work next to a window where my neighbor is doing heavy construction and I don't hear anything louder than a faint buzzing. It's quieter than if I'd just plugged my ears with my own fingers. I'm also a runner, and these don't budge when you're sweating, which is nice. It's also handy that these toggle out of noise cancellation mode, because I feel better being able to hear traffic and other people around me when I'm out and about. The TL;DR is I love these so much I have zero interest in owning another pair of headphones for as long as I live." Read her full review of the AirPod Pros here!

    Get them from Amazon for $189.99.

    9. And, an AirFly Pro wireless transmitter so you can connect your new favorite earbuds to the plane's entertainment system. Who cares if you've seen You've Got Mail upward of 50 times, that piece of cinematic gold deserves better than those flimsy airline-distributed headphones.

    Reviewer photo of the AirFly Pro plugged into the headphone jack on the back of a plane seat
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    Just plug it into the headphone jack to hear Megan Ryan say, "That caviar is a garnish!" the way it was meant to be heard. You can also connect up to two earbuds at a time!

    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 $49.99 (also available in four other models).

    10. A Trtl neck pillow that'll actually keep you from awkwardly dozing off on your neighbor's shoulder, thanks to its ergonomic design and soft fleece support. Plus, it'll double as a scarf (planes be COLD), and it's way less bulky than those puffy U-shaped pillows.

    Model wearing a gray Trtl pillow while sleeping on a plane
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    Promising review: "This thing is the greatest thing invented since chicken and biscuits. It's like a nice scarf with just enough support to keep your neck just in the right position. I highly recommend it. Works great with big headphones, too." —Deana Hero

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

    11. A mini white noise machine for when your hotel room is right next to the ice machine and the other guests on your floor appear to be recreating Elsa's palace in their suite. Choose from 11 sounds to help you drift off or connect to your phone via Bluetooth to stream your own audio. 

    Reviewer's white noise machine
    Reviewer holding the white noise machine to show how small it is

    Promising review: "I travel a lot for work and need some kind of noise to cover up sounds from the hallway in hotels. This little device is the best one I've found. I've found one of the sound options that sounds just like an AC unit that puts me to sleep in an instant. And no worries that the hotel AC stops running in the middle of the night as they usually do and you wake up to a silent room and can't go back to sleep. The sounds on this little guy are the best ones I've heard. Buy this for travel and you won't be sorry!" —KJ

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A few mini tubs of tried and true Vaseline lip therapy cocoa butter you can apply before your flight to prevent the inevitable chapping and cracking that comes from exposure to that super-dry recycled air.

    Package of lip therapy cocoa butter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Really good for dry lips, also very handy and suitable for any kind of purse. A really good 'on the go' lip balm. :)" —Lara Maria

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.36.

    13. Some in-flight earplugs that won't only drown out the sound of the screaming toddler in back of you, they'll also help prevent air pressure discomfort and popping. 

    The box of earplugs
    A reviewer wearing the blue earplugs

    Promising review: "Never fly without these! Before I found these, I endured excruciating pain in my ears upon descent and landing. Felt like a hot poker being driven into each ear. My ears would also be plugged up, and it would often take two to three days for them to resume their normal state of being. I insert them about an hour before landing, as the plane is making its slow descent. I'm comfortable, and the most discomfort I experience is a slight adjustment of pressure feeling in my sinus. NO PAIN. NO TEARS." —K. Tombrella

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $17.77 (also available in five and ten-packs). 

    14. combination travel blanket/pillow/poncho because flying on a plane should really be considered a form of Arctic voyaging. Bringing multiuse products on trips is always a smart way to save space, and this one is just the thing for anyone who wants to avoid in-flight shivers. And if you tend to run hot, you can also use it as a comfy seat cushion.

    Model wearing the poncho
    Amazon

    P.S. It's also machine washable!

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my 13-hour flight and would highly recommend it. The blankets provided by airlines are usually reused and made of itchy fabric. They also tend to slide off while I'm sleeping and fall to the floor several times, making them unsanitary to use. This Travelrest blanket has a slit that you put your head through. It rests on your back shoulders and stays on until you take it off. There's a front pouch that you can put your valuables in... this was very useful. Without this, I used to put my passport, wallet, phone, etc in the seat pocket in front of me...which is risky since the stuff can fall out of those pockets (very easy to lose/forget things). Also very lightweight and soft." —sartra

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    15. A digital luggage scale so you'll know just how many souvenirs you can cram into your suitcase without having to pay some hefty over-capacity fees. Just hook the scale to your luggage handle, lift up, and the LCD display will show the weight. You can also switch between pound and kilogram measurements. 

    Model's hand holding the digital scale
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This luggage scale does everything that a luggage scale should do. First, and foremost, it is accurate. I tested it against two other scales, and it was spot on. The scale is smallish, which is nice because it is the last thing that I am going to stuff into my luggage after I have finished packing and weighed everything else. Everyone that travels on an airplane should own one of these scales. At a bare minimum, it will save you from having to repack your dirty underwear in front of a gate agent, at the most, it will save you being hit with a $50–$100 extra baggage fee which negates the cost of that cheap ticket that you spent days searching for." —ManFromDola

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A Brevite camera backpack, because you've finally decided to upgrade your photos to beyond smartphone quality and your new DSLR deserves a safe space. This sturdy bag has dedicated compartments for a full-frame DSLR and three lenses, along with a 16-inch laptop pocket, a water bottle holder, and a few other pockets. TL;DR: You NEED this!

    Brevite

    Based in Brooklyn, New York, Brevite is a family-owned small business that makes both camera and everyday backpacks that don't sacrifice style for functionality.

    Promising review: "AMAZING! I've always complained about how I never seem to have my camera on me when I find myself in a situation with opportunities for incredible photos, but now I'll be able to carry my camera alongside everything I usually carry and always be ready! There's plenty of space inside, I love the color, and I love how it looks like a totally unsuspecting campus-type backpack so I'm not running around with a camera bag slung over my shoulder. Consider this to be my new favorite carry-on bag!!!" —Charles M.

    Get it from Brevite for $119.99 (originally $149.99, available in nine colors).

    17. Some vacuum seal bags in case you've ever been accused of "overpacking" and want to prove that bringing ten sweaters on a weeklong trip is perfectly acceptable and doable. Place your garments into the bags and use the included travel pump to suck the excess air out. Now, you'll have plenty of extra room for the eight dresses you absolutely need to bring along as well.

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    BuzzFeed Shopping's Jasmin Sandal says: "I swear by these bad boys not only for general storage purposes, but also if I know I'm going to be traveling for an extended period of time. As someone who tends to pack for every eventuality (who doesn't like to be prepared?!), I have learned that it's better to travel with them than without — especially since it's more or less a guarantee that my clothes are gonna take up a ~substantial~ amount of room in my suitcase. And if I can use something that's gonna shrink the size of my bulky hoodies and/or big tees in order for me to create more space, I'm sure as heck gonna do it. Plus, the satisfaction is indeed guaranteed because when you see those chunky layers flatten into a pancake...it's just *chef's kiss*."

    Promising review: "I've used these bags before and they are so helpful. Even used the medium one for travel and I have tons of extra suitcase room. The clothes don't come out wrinkled at all as long as you fold them nicely before placing in the bag, then the air sucks out keeping them safe and sound and very compact. Arrived on time, would use this seller again." —Susie Kochsmeier

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in multiple sizes or a variety pack).

    18. A fingerprint recognition lock so anyone who wants to steal the contents of your luggage would literally have to cut it open (good luck, buddy). It can be used up to 2,500 times on a full charge, and when it runs out of juice, simply connect it to a USB power supply.

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    Promising review: "This lock comes with excellent directions and it's very easy to use. At times, I need to wipe the fingerprint sensor for it to read my fingerprint, but not so much where it's a hassle. My wife and I share this lock between us and we love it. It's so much easier than remembering a combination or having to have an extra key." —Ron Andres

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (also available with Bluetooth).

    19. A fanny pack you can also wear as a crossbody bag for hands-free schlepping. It's surprisingly spacious, and comes with a hidden back pocket to keep valuables safely tucked away.

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    Promising review: "Very happy with my purchase. Got this for my trip to Colombia. I was looking at more expensive fanny packs but settled on this for the reviews. It’s very well-made for the price. It withstood many hikes to waterfalls, horseback riding, and city tours among others. I wore it as shown in the picture and love the fact that there’s a pocket that’s hidden that sits on my chest at all times where I kept my passport, extra cash, and travel documents. I was able to fit my camera, iPhone, earbuds, shades, charger, and a couple other knickknacks without a problem. Wasn’t a fanny pack guy before now but I’m a believer LOL." —IWG MD

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in two sizes and 29 colors).

    20. Or, an unassuming money belt with a hidden zip-up pocket if you're still not convinced that fanny packs are, in fact, "cool."

    Model putting a $100 bill into the concealed zipper belt
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a trip to Cuba, where I needed to carry all of the money I needed for that week in cash. Although I am not typically worried/normally cautious when traveling, the idea of carrying that much cash on me made me nervous. Traditional money belts/fanny packs just didn't seem like a fit for me. I was worried they would become uncomfortable in the hot sun. This security belt was perfect. It allowed us to carry most of the money for the trip hidden within the belt and carry in my purse the money I needed for that day. It also worked like a breeze with no issues getting through security. I'm not sure how much I'll use this in the future, but it was perfect for our needs for a trip to Cuba." —fendi

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in pant sizes 26"–50" and in two colors). 

    21. A box of Mighty Patch pimple, blemish, and zit patches to spot-treat those pesky skin eruptions that always seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times. My skin tends to have a mind of its own whenever I'm in a new environment, so it's helpful to have an overnight remedy on hand juuust in case.

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    Leave them on for at least six to eight hours, then remove once they turn white (aka filled with gunk). They can be used on any skin type, and are UV-sterilized, nontoxic, and allergy-tested. Plus, they're all natural, drug free, cruelty free, and vegan friendly.

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick pick pick." — Adg

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. A travel-size steamer you'll want to have on hand in case your S.O. surprises you with a reservation to the swankiest restaurant in town during what was supposed to be a "laid back" beach vacation. Don't worry, just get out that maxi dress you threw into your suitcase at the last minute, steam out those wrinkles, and hope that they don't have a no-flip-flop policy. 

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    Reviewer photo of the same shirt without wrinkles after using the steamer
    Reviewer holding the steamer

    Promising review: "I’ve had it for a few months now and I couldn’t be more happy with it. I travel a lot for work and it is the perfect size for my carry-on suitcase, and it works great. It’s easier and faster to steam my shirts than having to iron them like I was doing before I got the steamer." —David Trejo

    Get it from Amazon for $31.97.

    23. A luxurious silk eye mask to help you get some serious shut-eye while you're away from home. Its soft fabric will protect your hair and skin and, best of all, it's machine washable!

    Brooklinen

    I was never one for eye masks UNTIL I tried this super-soft silk mask from Brooklinen. Eye masks always seemed like more of a hassle rather than something that would actually help me sleep better, but lo and behold, this mask has changed my mind. It's been really helpful when it comes to blocking out distracting lights while I'm trying to sleep, and the gentle silk fabric actually feels like a cooling treat for my eyelids. I don't feel any pulling and tugging on my hair, which makes me believe the silk really is an upgrade from a standard cotton mask. Also, if you're already planning your holiday shopping, the price point puts it into perfect gift-giving territory!

    Promising review: "I'm not traditionally an eye mask person, but I really enjoy this one! It's great for naps, and I plan to take it with me when we travel in case the places we stay don't block out the light very well. It isn't tight, but it stays put. I'd recommend!" —Stacey B.

    Get it from Brooklinen for $26.10 (originally $29, available in seven colors and three prints).

    24. Or, a headphone eye mask if you like winding down with some music or an audiobook. It has a goggle-like design with space for your eyes, and is made with memory material for a comfortable fit. Connect it to your phone via Bluetooth, and doze off to whatever makes you sleepy (it works for more than eight hours on a full charge!).

    Reviewer wearing the headphone eye mask in bed
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    You can also remove the Bluetooth wiring to clean it in the washing machine!

    Promising review: "This thing is the best for when we travel. I love white noise at night, and nobody else does! I get the light blocking and my soothing sounds, and sleep so well, even on the road!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.59

    25. A sparkly iPad case that just snaps on to protect your tablet from getting scratched up in transit. It also folds up to act as a little stand, so you can prop your iPad up on your tray table for easy reading and streaming.

    The sparkly iPad case being used to prop up an iPad, along with just the case itself
    Saks Fifth Avenue

    Chic Geeks is a Black- and woman-owned small business that makes stylish cases and covers for Apple products. 

    Get it from Chic Geeks or Saks Fifth Avenue for $65+ (available in nine sizes for iPads and also in many other colors and styles via Chic Geeks' Saks Fifth Avenue page). 

    26. A passport and vaccination card holder, because if there are two things you don't want to be without while traveling, it's those. For convenience, the vaccination card slot is see-through so you can easily flash it whenever you need to.

    The case in all 13 colors fanned out, along with one open case to show how the items fit inside
    Henney's Boutique / Etsy

    It's made by Henney's Boutique, a small biz based in LA!

    Promising review: "I love this! I bought one for myself, then one for my husband, then I've been sending the link to everyone who asks me where I got it... They're the best for keeping both your passport and your vaccine card safe for travel." —Paige Devlin

    Get it from Henney's Boutique on Etsy for $10 (available in 13 colors). 

    27. A pair of ultra-comfy Allbirds sneakers for that walking tour you signed up for without realizing it was scheduled to last six hours. They're designed to be flexible so they move with you, and can be tossed in the washing machine when they start to get smelly. Plus, they're made with renewable materials. ♻️

    Model wearing the white sneakers with a dark gray midi skirt
    Allbirds

    Promising review: "Just spent a week in Paris and these were the most comfortable shoes for hours of sightseeing and trekking around the city every day! My feet were happy, and they looked so cute with jeans and casual skirts, and were easy to keep clean, too. My new favorite shoes!" —Jessica G.

    Get it from Allbirds for $98 (available in women's sizes 5–11 and in six colors). 

    28. A rolling under-seat carry-on bag fitted with a USB charging port for when your cell's battery is at 13% and the plane hasn't even taken off yet. It's also roomier than its compact size might suggest, and comes with various side and front pockets for storing small essentials.

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    Note that this bag does not include a USB cord or power bank.

    Promising review: "To date, this is one of my absolute favorite Amazon purchases. Not only is it beautiful and high quality, but it fits a TON of stuff for something so seemingly tiny. It has several pockets, and the charging port is something you'll wonder why every bag doesn't have one! All you need is a mobile charger. It doesn't tip over when standing up straight, and the back band allows you to slip it over other luggage easily. There are no cons, only pros! Never worry about a personal item size again." —Sherri

    Get it from Amazon for $76.87+ (available in two colors).

    29. A sleek little leather jewelry case that actually comes with snaps to secure bracelets and necklaces, so they're not being aimlessly jostled around to leave you with a nightmarish knot to untangle. Plus, it's got a strap you can stick earrings onto, a ring holder, a removable zippered pouch, and a pocket for odds and ends.

    Photo of the closed black jewelry case, along with two cases that are open to show the different features
    Case Elegance / Etsy

    Case Elegance is an Indianapolis-based small business that crafts small storage vessels and leather goods. PS: This item ships for free!

    Promising review: "Just got this today and so happy with it! I always end up putting my jewelry in plastic baggies and then in a big makeup bag when I travel, and the most frustrating thing is that the necklace strings get tangled! This will totally solve that. Love that it's bigger so there's a detachable pouch inside for me to hold more bulky bracelets. The quality is extremely high for the price, and a nice surprise upon receipt was a warranty protection program for a year and that a tree is planted when I activate my one year warranty." —sammc29

    Get it from Case Elegance on Etsy for $39.99+ (available with or without monogramming). 

    30. A set of TSA-approved squeeze bottles you can pour your favorite shampoos, conditioners, and body products into, rather than spending money on travel size versions. And, since they're made with food-grade BPA-free silicone, they're safe for storing baby food.

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    Promising review: "I love these travel bottles and am so happy to get rid of our old bottles! They are so easy to squeeze so you can get every bit of soap from the bottom. Also, the lids are very secure and have not opened while traveling, which has happened in the past with other bottles I have used. I used to have to use rubber bands to stop my old bottles from leaking, so luckily I no longer need to do that! In addition, I like that the lids twist off for easy cleaning. As an extra plus, we use them to rinse my toddler's head in the bath since the stream is much less than using a typical rinsing cup and does not get in her eyes!" —LoLo Ma

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five color schemes). 

    31. And, to store them in, a waterproof toiletry bag with a hook to hang in the hotel bathroom (because you know the idea of a hotel bathroom having more than an inch of counter space is laughable). It comes with four compartments and packs up into a cute little purse.

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    Promising review: "I. Love. This. Bag. Seriously, I had a cheap toiletry bag from Target that essentially did the same thing, only way worse. It was too small, the hook didn't rotate so you could only hang it at an angle, if anything ever leaked it would seep right through the bag, etc. But THIS bag has NONE of those issues! It fits everything I need and then some, meaning I don't have to skimp on my 10-step Korean skincare routine when I travel anymore. It never leaks. And I love that the hook swivels so you can hang it anywhere and your stuff hangs perfectly. I also love the handle and the overall flatter shape. It makes it so easy to travel with! Cannot recommend this bag enough." —KaiEli

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two sizes and six colors).

    32. An in-flight phone mount in case whatever airline you're flying doesn't have any good viewing options (if they even offer them at all). It just attaches to the top of your seat-back tray so you can keep up with Succession even when you're midair.

    Reviewer photo of the phone mount attached to a stowed seat back tray and holding a phone
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    Promising review: "I bought this nifty gadget about six months ago for a multi-leg, ultra-long-haul trip and it more than held up the entire duration. I was able to finagle it to fit the tray tables on different planes, and like others, I find the height just nice when clamped onto a stowed tray table. It also works on my roller carry-on handle during layovers. However, I find myself using it a lot outside of travel too! Work-wise, I've clamped it onto my office desk shelving to hold my phone at eye level beside my computer. At home, I simply clamped it to a deck of cards and it turns into a versatile stand that I can place on any flat surface. Heck, I've been using it to hold my phone comfortably at eye level while watching videos in bed. It's extremely well-built, and I find myself fidgeting with it all the time. Thus far it still feels solid and I don't anticipate breaking it any time soon. Even if it does break, I'll be happy to buy another one or two of it!" —Earendil

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 (also available in a set of two).

    33. A fancy-looking but inexpensive duffel tote bag with...wait for it...a shoe pouch, so you won't have to worry about scuffing up that crisp white blouse you brought. It also has seven pockets and compartments, and comes with both a shoulder strap and handle.

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    Pro-tip: Many reviewers also said they use the shoe compartment for storing dirty laundry when they travel. 

    Promising review: "GREAT bag! I initially thought it was smaller than expected, but it just seems to keep expanding! The perfect little 'weekender' bag — yep, I'm the gal with more than one pair of shoes for a weekend so the dedicated shoe pocket keeps them separate and away from anything they might get dirty. This bag is also stylish and easy to carry with either the short or shoulder strap. Highly recommend." —Keri

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in seven designs). 

    34. And a seriously genius travel clothesline in case you accidentally have a few too many frozen daiquiris and fall into the hotel pool. Or to just, you know, hang up your wet bathing suit.

    The travel clothesline hanging in a shower and holding a washcloth and a pair of socks
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    It comes with suction cups to attach to shower walls, and you can stick the fabric of whatever you're drying into the braided elastic, no clothespins required. 

    Promising review: "I love this travel clothes line. I bought my first one on recommendation from my world-traveler sister before a long overseas trip. I have one for travel and one for home laundry where I hang it between two drying racks for small hand washable items, saving space on the drying racks for larger items. But it also works great for large clothing items. The twisted elastic cord makes it so easy to hang items — no clips required — and holds very well. Even wet swimsuits stay in place. I have also given many as gifts to travel friends. Also, having the multiple attachment options is a must that you don't see on all travel clothes lines." —Fran

    Get it from Amazon for $5.75.

    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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