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    47 Travel Products That Are Worth Every Penny

    Whether you're taking to the sky or hitting the road, we've got everything you need to make your trip go smoothly.

    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 pair of compression socks because that swelling in your feet after a long flight is no joke! Just pull these on before takeoff and rest assured you'll be comfortable the whole time.

    Gyan wearing the socks
    Gyan Yankovich/BuzzFeed

    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- to 15-hour flights. They are very comfortable, too!" —J. Beaty

    Get them from Amazon for $17.77+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 12 colors).

    Check out our full review of these compression socks here.

    2. A heat-resistant silicone mat so your still-hot curling iron doesn't burn the rest of your clothes when you throw it in your suitcase. Just wrap it around your hair appliance, and you're good to go! 

    reviewer image of the mat and their hair appliances
    the mat wrapped around a hair straightener

    Promising review: "This is great for travel! I love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now, I can let it cool a little then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. I love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in pink and gray).

    3. An AirFly Pro wireless transmitter that you can plug into the TV screen on the airplane so you can actually use your wireless earbuds and not have to shell out extra cash to buy those wired headphones they sell on the plane.

    hands pulling out an airpod while watching tv on an plane
    model wearing airpods and touching a tv screen while on a plane
    Amazon

    You can even pair two sets of headphones at once to the AirFly!

    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 $54.99.

    4. A seat cushion to keep your bum and back feeling great all day long, even after a cross-country red-eye or a 12-hour road trip.

    a reviewer holding up the cushion on the air port
    the cushion on a car seat

    Promising review: "This cushion is wonderful! I ordered two of these, one for me and one for my husband, before taking a long trip in our motorhome. I've been using mine almost daily for a month now and it truly takes away my low back pain while sitting on it. My main purpose was to use it while traveling, now I take it any place that I'll be sitting on hard surfaces or for extended periods. Some said it didn't fit them properly or raised them up too high, I have no complaints, only praise! My husband likes his as well. Says it gives him more support and comfort while driving." —Pat F

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

    5. A sleep mask perfect for the times when your seat neighbor on your flight refuses to pull down the window blind when you're trying to snooze. The smart design features contoured cups that don't put any pressure on your eyes, making your slumber so much more pleasant.

    front of a sleep mask that blocks out light
    back of a sleep mask with contoured cups that cradle eyes

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this mask for over a week now, and I must say that it’s the best mask I’ve ever used yet. I have used a sleep mask every night for... probably the last nine years, and it’s the most comfortable one I’ve ever used. I love the strap. No Velcro to get caught in your hair! It’s got adjustable wide elastic that is soft and comfortable. Not the stiff stuff! The mask has nice memory foam in it which cushions your face when sleeping on your side. It has nice deep eye pockets so there is never any pressure on your eyes or eyelashes, which I love. Overall, this is the best mask I’ve ever had. It’s made so well; I feel pampered in it." —DePlume

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

    6. Or this absolutely brilliant hoodie from Pond Los Angeles that has a sleeping mask built in to the hood. Are you about to be the most comfortable and well-rested person on your flight? Yes, yes you are.

    model wearing a hoodie with built in sleeping mask on a flight
    model wearing the dusty rose, oversized hoodie
    Pond Los Angeles

    It also has a secret pocket hidden inside the kangaroo pocket so you can store safely store your keys or phone. Reviewers say it's oversized, so if you want a snugger fit, size down.

    Pond Los Angeles is an Asian and woman-owned small business that creates bags and clothing perfect for traveling. 

    Promising review: "I fly a lot and am constantly trying to find a hoodie with a big hood to cover my eyes so I can catch up on some beauty sleep on flight. I saw this product on Instagram and knew it would be a game changer. I was able to use it recently for the first time on an early morning flight and let me tell you, it is EVERYTHING I was looking for and more. It’s comfy, cozy, oversized and the eye covers make you feel like you’re in a whole other world and not packed like a sardine on a plane. My over ear headphone fit perfectly under it and I got the best sleep I’ve had on a plane - EVER!" —Heather G.

    Get it from Pond Los Angeles for $128 (available in women's sizes XS-L; also available in black and oak)

    7. A six-port wall charger in case you're stuck in a hotel room with only one easily accessible outlet, but you and your travel buddies need to charge all your electronic devices. It's also great to use at a crowded airport when your phone, headphones, and computer all happen to be dying at the same time.

    the outlet with five chargers plugged into it
    the outlet placed in a suitcase
    Amazon

    Seriously though — why aren't there more outlets in hotel rooms?! Something I'll never understand.

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I travel frequently, and I am always challenged with the number of USB ports I can get with the number of outlets available (and where) in hotel rooms. With this product, the number of ports problem goes away, and what's great is that it extends the charger interface out from behind a bed or nightstand, or other inconvenient receptacle location, up onto a work surface for easy access. As far as power, I have had an ASUS transformer, two iPads, HTC one M8, and two iPhones connected to it at the same time, charging for hours with no heat on the device whatsoever. It works great at home too. I have always had good luck with Anker products, good quality." —bishop

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in black or white).

    8. A sun visor as stylish as it is effective at getting the sun out of your face and keeping sweat at bay. You'll love how the open design of this visor allows the breeze to hit your hair and neck while you wear this on your beach vacation or as you sightsee around a new town.

    model wearing a beige wide brim visor
    Amazon

    The wide brim provides much more UV protection than regular caps!

    Promising review: "I have long hair and always avoided hats because I hate having my hair sweating against my neck in a low bun or ponytail. With this sun visor–summer hat combo, I can keep my hair in a top knot and still keep my face and neck protected from the sun while catching a nice breeze. This is perfect (although a little large in circumference and I have a big head — 7 3/4 hat size) and it’s adjustable and can fit any head size. It rolls up well and has an elastic to keep it rolled. I’ll be recommending this item to all my friends!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in 14 colors).

    9. A TSA-approved transparent organizer so you can see all of your cute little travel-sized shampoo and lotion bottles at once. It even comes with a handle for easy carrying.

    reviewers orange bag with products inside
    reviewer holding orange bag

    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 $12.99 (available in 11 colors).

    10. Or this waterproof makeup bag that'll keep all of your bigger products standing upright for easy access. There's also plenty of space in this roomy bag to keep brushes, face lotions, or anything else you'll need as you're hopping around the globe.

    a model reaching into the waterproof bag to grab a bottle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have tried many of these types of bags, but this is one of the best! I use this to store my makeup and brushes for daily use, and it is great for travel! When I don't use it, I can fold it flat and store it away. If it gets dirty, I can throw it in the wash! It's perfect all around!!! Great for beginners in makeup looking for a cute, functional bag!" —N.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in eight colors).

    11. A Trtl neck pillow you'll find is 10 times more comfortable than those cheap, flimsy pillows you buy at the airport minutes before your flight. It's designed to keep your head in a comfortable position the entire time you snooze, which means no painful bobble-heading.

    model wearing a gray trtl pillow while sleeping on a plane
    Amazon

    I've used this for the past few years and swear by it! Before this, I always found traditional neck pillows uncomfortable and would end up ditching them halfway through the flight and getting frustrated. The Trtl pillow is adjustable — you wrap the pillow around your neck and secure it with Velcro, and if you find it's too loose, just make it a bit tighter! I've truly never slept better on a plane than with this pillow.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors and in a junior size).

    12. Or a twistable memory foam pillow designed to fit any sleeping situation you find yourself in during traveling. It's especially great for long road trips!

    a model using the twisted neck pillow in a car
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Most travel neck pillows make me feel completely overwhelmed, and this is especially great for those with shorter necks. It gives you control and once you get the positioning that you prefer, it is really comfortable and provides the right support in the right places. Also, (and this was a selling point in the beginning,) having used this on several long-haul flights, I loved that after each trip, I could easily unzip the cover and throw it in the wash." —ltny

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

    13. A phone and tablet holder so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy watching a movie on your phone without having to hold it in your hand.

    the phone holder in black with white doodles on it
    the phone holder being used on a plane and in a car to prop up a phone in different ways
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is an incredible game changer to travel with. I used to work to try to come up with ways to prop up my phone, now that's not an issue. And when I'm done, I just press this flat again and it stores in the back pocket of my headphone case. Honestly, I don't think people are going to be surprised when they get these for Christmas with how much I talk about this convenient little piece." —Adrienne Cornfield

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A pair of lightweight, waterproof Birkenstocks that are way more supportive than those flimsy flip-flops you've been holding on to. Not only do these make a great beach shoe, they're comfortable enough to keep your feet feeling fantastic after a long day of sightseeing.

    a pair of black waterproof birkenstocks
    Zappos

    They have a contoured footbed so they give your foot total, flexible support when you're walking. Plus: if it starts to rain, you won't have to worry about your shoes getting ruined!

    Promising review: "Perfect for the beach and pool. They provide comfort, no scratchy sand getting between your toes in flip-flops, 100% waterproof! Easy to rinse off coming off the beach. Wore morning and night on my beach vacation. Perfect to bring littles to the pool in and play water games in outside." —Zappos Customer

    Get it from Zappos for $44.95 (available in women's sizes 5–15.5, narrow and regular widths, and 11 colors).

    15. A digital luggage scale because it's much better to spend $10 on this to make sure your luggage is under the weight requirement than to get to the airport and find out your bag is somehow 60 pounds and you get slapped with a $50 fee.

    the luggage weight
    Amazon

    Speaking from experience here! Always weigh your heavy bags before going to the airport!

    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so handy and is great for weighting your luggage. I was a little concerned before I got it because I wasn't sure how accurate it would be. When I used it when I went on vacation, it was dead on to what the airport said, so I highly recommend this. Plus, it’s easy to pack in your bags." —Teresa Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in four colors).

    16. A pack of laundry soap sheets if you'll be traveling for a few weeks but only have space in your luggage for a week's worth of clothes. Thanks to these dissolvable sheets, you can wash your clothes anywhere so you'll have fresh-smelling outfits, even on day 19 of your trip.

    collection of shaving sheets, body wash sheets, and shampoo sheets
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This came SO in handy during my vacation to Europe! I was making lots of different stops to places with different types of weather. With these laundry soap sheets I was able to wash my clothes in the sink — letting me pack just the right amount of clothes for all the different places I went." —Katie Fujarski

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19 (available in four other styles, including hand soap and shampoo).

    17. A travel tray to keep your little ones entertained on those long road trips. Stock the pockets up with their favorite toys, books, and craft supplies, and maybe, just maybe, they won't be asking "are we there yet?" 30 minutes in.

    Promising review: "The perfect addition to our road trip! We were constantly battling with dropped snacks, toys, etc. My kiddo loved the compartments to hold everything and the dry erase board was such a bonus! I love how well the removable pieces cling on, it’s not your typical Velcro, much stronger and doesn’t seem like it will wear down over time." —ARose

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in three colors).

    18. A cooling towel to soak in cold water and place around your neck to keep you cool as a cucumber all day long. Reviewers swear by these when traveling to theme parks during the summer!

    Reviewer with the towel around their neck
    reviewer's dog with a towel draped over it as it lays outside

    Promising review: "This is the best for the summer heat. I even wrap one around my dog in summer in the car. I've bought multiples and gave one to the mail carrier and maintenance guy...total game-changer for us." —Louie1000

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    19. A stunning belt pack for a travel-friendly way to carry all of your essentials on your trip. Strap this on around your body, and you'll be ready to hit all the sights — and look great while doing it.

    green belt bag with a floral design
    orange belt bag worn around a model's body
    Saly Limon USA / Etsy

    Saly Limon USA is a small business based in Hawaii that creates beautiful handmade wallets, bags, and accessories made from sustainable leather.

    Get it from Saly Limon USA on Etsy from $47.99 (available in four colors).

    20. A luggage-mounted cup caddy because every seasoned traveled knows the struggle of trying to pull your luggage, carry a hot coffee, and answer a text at the same time. This handy addition will free up your hands so you don't end up with coffee all over your white shirt.

    gray cup caddy holding a Starbucks coffee and cellphone attached to a carry-on suitcase handle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This cup holder is perfect! It helps me a lot! Last time I took a plane with a suitcase and a cup of coffee, I dropped and spilled my drink everywhere when it was my turn to check my passport and ticket. It was a nightmare! This time, I bought this cup holder to do me a favor! I don't have to worry about where my cup and phone are! I can free my hands to do other things. I love it so much! Hope you love it too." —Philip

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

    21. A stretchy drawstring jumpsuit if you wish you could travel in your pajamas — trust us, this comfy get-up is the next best thing. Get ready to make this your travel uniform for the rest of time.

    a reviewer wearing the jumpsuit in grey with white stripes
    a different reviewer wearing the jumpsuit in green

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical and afraid of buying this online at first but when it arrived I was relieved. It’s soooooo soft and comfortable. And it fits true to size which is great since I was worried about it being small and form-fitting in all the wrong places. I love, love, LOVE that it has pockets. It looks great with a light top layer. I will be wearing this on my trip to Hawaii. Maximum comfort!" —STEPHENRH

    Get it from Amazon for $24.79+ (available in women's sizes S–2XL and in 23 colors/prints).

    22. A waterproof pouch to keep your cellphone dry, even if you take it in the water during your snorkeling trip or kayaking ride. You don't want to end up with a water-logged phone on your trip — how else will you take photos?!

    black joto waterproof sleeve for your phone
    reviewer with the black waterproof case around neck while in the water

    Want to take pictures or answer a text? The clear sleeve still gives you full touch-screen capability! It also comes with a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck.

    Promising review: "This product is incredible. I purchased to use while in Key West for an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, and Galaxy S6 Edge and it fits perfectly for each phone (but a little more snug with the iPhone 6 plus). It is completely waterproof and takes great photos and video through the case but you have to press record prior to submerging the case underwater. My family went snorkeling and kept the case with the phone inside submerged almost the entire time and had no issues with leakage. My family and I got stopped numerous times being asked where we purchased this product. Perfect even if just on the beach and you do not want to get sand or sunscreen on your phone and want to still take photos/text/browse the internet while on the beach. I will be purchasing this for everyone in my family as it has become a travel must-have! I highly recommend this product." —Jennifer Roman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 14 colors).

    23. A rechargeable handheld fan you'll want to whip out the second you feel the first drop of sweat descend down your face. Reviewers swear by this on summertime trips to hot and humid places!

    I bought this to take on a summer trip to Disney World and let me tell you — it's the only way I survived!! Every day got well into the 90s, but I kept this pointed at my face whenever I wasn't soaking up air conditioning. I was seriously impressed with how powerful it was and how I instantly felt less sweaty. The charge lasts about a day if you use it sparingly (or a few hours of continuous use), so make sure to charge it nightly if you're on a trip. The fan has three speed settings, and it folds so you can prop it up on a table.

    Promising review: "I have ZERO complaints!!! My sister got married outdoors and I decided I needed a fan as I sweat a lot. Suffice to say I LOVE IT! I was cool the entire time in the sun, it has a handle and is not too big which makes it easy to tag along any- and everywhere. You won’t regret this purchase." —DIONNE HOOK

    Get it from Amazon for $14.59+ (available in four colors).

    24. A travel jewelry case because nothing's worse than finding your necklace all tangled up around a sweater when you open your suitcase. This will keep all your jewelry organized and easy to access.

    a reviewer's green velvet case holding two sets of earrings and three rings
    the blue case in a purse

    Promising review: "I purchased this box for a weekend getaway. In the past I have just thrown all of my jewelry into little make up bags, but then everything gets tangled and disorganized. I love that this box keeps everything organized and leaves all my necklaces tangle free!" —Dogmom206

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

    25. A nifty travel pouch so you don't have to worry about pick-pocketers swiping your valuables on vacation. Make sure to put things like your passport, wallet, and ID cards in here, attach it to your bra, and no one will even know anything's hidden underneath your shirt.

    model wearing the pouch clipped onto the side of her bra
    another view of the pouch clipped onto the front area of the bra
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was a LIFESAVER while traveling. I kept my cards and cash in it and had no stress about thieves lifting my essentials while traveling heavily pickpocketed cities. I loved it so much, I actually continued to use it when I got home instead of carrying a purse! The top flap did start to unravel after about six months but this was also after six months of everyday use." —Krista Hinz

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in pink and black).

    26. A Pocket Blanket capable of folding up so small, it can literally fit in the palm of your hand. It's perfect to take on flights, but you'll also want to take along this waterproof blanket on any outdoorsy trip — it has tethered corner stakes, so it'll stay put no matter how windy it gets.

    model holding up the folded up blanket that can fit into a palm
    person sitting on the blanket while overlooking the ocean

    Matador is a small business that creates innovative, durable, and long-lasting travel and outdoor products, and in fact, the Pocket Blanket was the first product they ever created.

    Promising review: "I love this product because the blanket can fold into a small pocket and I can bring it with me while traveling. I plan to order more to put in the car, to put one in an emergency kit, and give out as gifts. It’s so convenient being pocketable." —Evelyn

    Get it from The Grommet for $29.95 (available in three colors).

    27. A collapsible water bottle that can be rolled up to a super small size so it won't take up precious cargo space when it's not full.

    reviewer holding up the water bottle all rolled up
    reviewer showing the water bottle full of water

    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 it! 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 eight colors).

    28. Or this reusable water bottle equipped with a built-in pill organizer — a two-for-one deal! This will make it easy to keep up with your daily pill regimen when you're away from home.

    reviewer showing the open pill box at the side of their water bottle
    reviewer holding the pink water bottle

    Promising review: "This water bottle has helped me so much with the convenience of taking my meds at night. I always forget or say I’ll do it later bc I have to grab a drink for the meds. So I have a daily alarm now and my meds and water are right at my bedside. No issues whatsoever. I love that I can stand the bottle or lay it down, it doesn’t spill or leak, and the top doubles as a cup. Worth every penny." —Natalie Hayes

    Get it from Amazon for $12.80+ (available in three colors).

    29. A designated dirty laundry bag because you don't want your smelly socks to get near your clean clothes! This can expand to hold many days of dirty clothes.

    the white laundry bag
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this bag for travel. It's the perfect size. Unlike so many travel laundry bags, this one is the perfect size for clothes and undies. So many are too small like a lingerie bag or too big like a bag to take to the laundry mat. This is cute and folds up into itself." —N. Newman

    Get it from Amazon for $10.87+ (available in three colors).

    30. A compact, reversed umbrella because you never want to get caught in a random downpour and have your travel day ruined. This smart umbrella also closes in on itself, so you don't have to worry about it getting your bag all wet when you're done with it. 

    Reviewer holding the compact, closed umbrella
    same umbrella partially open showing the reversed design
    inside of the umbrella when it's opened

    Promising review: "I hardly ever write product reviews. I had heard of reverse closing umbrellas but when I looked at them they were just too large, so I never bought one. Then appeared LANBRELLA a travel size reverse closing umbrella. The price was good and the reviews were very good. It arrived quickly and a couple of days later it was pouring sheets of rain in Philadelphia. I had to get to my car — could not wait. Decided to try out my new umbrella. I walked a block to my car. The LANBRELLA gave me good cover from the pouring rain and I stayed dry. When I got to the car I closed the umbrella and voila the outside (=inside really) was dry. No wet umbrella next to me in the car. Great. While I have only had my LANBRELLA a couple of weeks I am really happy with my purchase. I recommend this product." —Maurits Taytelbaum

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two sizes).

    31. A felt handbag insert so you don't have to go digging in your bag to find your boarding pass or passport. Now you'll be able to find whatever you need with just a quick glance inside thanks to all the dividers and compartments.