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    43 Ways To Make Traveling So Much Less Stressful

    Vacations should be relaxing — so should the way you get there.

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    1. Never have that "Did I forget something?" feeling again with a handy packing-list pad that'll have you checking off everything before you leave.

    The "Pack This!" notepad check list on a counter next to a pen

    Promising review: "I hate packing — I mean, I really hate packing! I am always afraid I am going to forget something and the entire ordeal is a stressful one for me. Since I have to travel a lot, this is a game-changer. No more guessing if I forgot my underwear — everything I need is on this list. I am thinking of just keeping one bag totally packed, filled with the items on the list, and just add my suit in when I am ready to travel. :)" —Dr. Oceanfront

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    2. Carry a twistable memory-foam travel pillow you can mold and shape into whatever form you need to stay comfy.

    A customer review photo of them on an airplane using the pillow

    Promising review: "I really liked how this could twist for support and be moved around for personal preference. Not only could you lean your head on it, you can also simply wrap it around your neck for general neck support. I didn’t 'feel' the bar at all on the inside when using it as a pillow. Also, I curled it up and carried it inside a gallon-sized plastic baggy to keep it clean." —J. Klaus

    Get it from Amazon for $21+ (available in two colors).

    3. Worried about inflight entertainment? Try a pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds with up to 35 hours of playing time in one charge — I don't know where you're headed but I think these guys will have you covered.


    Promising review: "My search for my everyday earbud is over. I've tried three different ones (more expensive than this) and just settled with one of those because I got tired of searching. Until I came across a review on YT for these. Due to the reasonable price, I decided to try it. That turned out to be the best purchase I made. They deliver great sound for the price. When I want to zone out, it gives me the right loudness and a little bit more. Next is comfort — eventually you won't even notice you're wearing them. They fit snugly in my ears. 👍🏽👍🏽 Try it and you'll love it!" —PoiNtBreAk Dennis

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99. Check out this waterproof version too.

    4. On that note, make sure your devices never die on you by packing a portable power bank that can hold enough power to fully charge your phone two times.

    A person charging their phone with the phone bank

    Promising review: "This is easily the best power bank I've ever used. It charges my phone quickly and gives me two to three full charges before it runs out. It takes a little longer to charge, but once it does it lasts a long time. Very lightweight and easy to pack when you're traveling. It is a must-have gadget for every smartphone user!" —The Doc

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

    5. Keep your luggage organized with a set of packing cubes capable of sectioning off and holding so much stuff, so that your suitcase is never an absolute mess.

    This set of water-resistant bags is perfect for the traveler who always overpacks. By using them, you'll be able to separate, organize, and store all your things within your regular suitcase, preventing your clothes from being crushed during the journey. It also comes with a laundry bag so you can separate your dirty clothes from your clean clothes.

    Promising review: "I travel frequently and travel light. My luggage is usually limited to a backpack that slides under the airline seat. For a two-week European cruise, I added a carry-on rolling suitcase. I've used these packing cubes twice so far and I am hooked. One cube holds everything (including clothing) I take on a three-night trip. The cube slides into my pack, saving massive amounts of room, and everything is easy to find during travel and at the hotel. Taking out one cube and unzipping is much better than digging through a pack! I will never leave home without these!" —Gura

    Get the set of five on Amazon for $25.99 (available in nine colors).

    6. Carry everything you'll need while you're exploring in a waterproof, anti-theft nylon backpack that's perfect for traveling — it has two exterior zipper pockets, two exterior side pockets, a main pocket, two interior pockets, and an interior back zipper pocket, along with two adjustable long shoulder straps, a detachable hand strap, and single-shoulder strap., Amazon

    Promising review: "This bag is a necessity for a trip to Europe! The material is really nice, it looks and feels great, and it held up really well for my trip! I kept my passport in the inside zip compartment of the main pocket, important items in the main compartment, water in one outside side pocket, and anti-bacterial wipes in the other. The best part is that the backpack becomes a shoulder bag, needed for when tourist attractions don’t allow a bag on your back (Buckingham Palace). Also one day I had to walk a bit in the rain and my contents stayed dry! I felt very safe and secure with my items in this bag! I want every color!" —JESSICA MARO

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 14 colors and two sizes).

    7. Use a digital luggage scale to weigh your big ol' bag before you're at the check-in counter and avoid that bajillion-dollar overweight luggage fee.

    A person putting the small digital scale in their luggage bag

    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so convenient, lightweight, and easy to use. I no longer worry about my bag being overweight and having to rearrange my packing in the middle of the airport. The times I've used this, I make sure my bag is two pounds under the weight limit and have never had an issue!" —Sadie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.29.

    8. Keep your passport protected in a chic embossed leather passport holder that might just help you get you that upgrade you've always dreamed about.,

    Promising review: "It's a great size to hold all of your travel documents and protect them from RFID scanning. It was a little thicker than I expected but does have extra pockets to hold credit cards and other documents in addition to your passport, so I didn't mind while traveling. It's great to have so many different color options, everyone can pick their own unique color. It's really easy to find in my bag when I'm digging around. So far it's held up on a few trips with no marks so I'm happy with the quality." —Jenna C

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 15 colors).

    9. Splurge on a Airfly wireless transmitter designed to let you connect your Airpods or any wireless headphones to all those things that don't have Bluetooth — like an airplane seat!!


    Promising review: "These work amazingly well. I was surprised that you can charge and use them at the same time. I use them on planes to listen to the in-flight entertainment with my AirPods. I also use them to listen to music on my laptop with my AirPods. They work really well. Now, I don't have to carry my wired earbuds with me when I travel anymore. They really work as advertised. I have not had any issues with them since I started using them." —RPL

    Get it from Amazon for $33.08+ (available in five options).

    10. Prevent tangled earbuds while you're jet-setting with a handmade leather cord organizer.

    A person holding the cord organizer with their headphones wrapped neatly

    Promising review: "No more tangled headphone cables! I bought a pair for my desk at home, and I'm purchasing another pair for my office. I love how neat and untangled my earbud cords are when using this organizer. It's leather, which I'm sure will last many, many years for such a great price." —Jane M

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in three colors).

    11. Or get a pair of wearable headphones that wrap around your wrist, so you'll make sure you don't lose them.

    A person with the headphones wrapped around their wrist

    Promising review: "I bought one for each of my girls to help them keep track of their headphones. It's a little tricky to get them wrapped up the first few times but practice makes perfect." —Traveling Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $5+ (available in six colors).

    12. Don't stress about how you'll charge your devices when you're traveling overseas — just get a universal adapter that allows you to plug in anywhere in the world.

    The adapter plugged into a wall

    Promising review: "This is very handy charger/adaptor. It has four UBS charging ports and a universal outlet that fits any plug. Very ingenious design. The USB charge port provides very good current, charges much faster than the Apple charger that came with my iPhone. I don't need to bring an adaptor AND USB charger when I travel. One less thing to pack for the overseas trip." —Andy

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    13. Get a reversible vegan-leather travel tote that'll hold everything you might need at a moment's notice — or in the event your luggage doesn't make it.,

    Promising review: "I bought this bag for a trip I recently took and am extremely pleased with it. The versatility of being reversible (dark to light) was a plus, getting two for the price of one. It is soft and supple and holds a ton of stuff! My 13" laptop/tablet fit perfectly and there was still room for a lot of other travel stuff. The magnet that holds the flaps together was strong, too. I would definitely purchase this product again and will use it on future trips!" —D. Webb

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 17 colors).

    14. And consider a multi-pocketed handbag organizer to help you keep said tote from turning into a black pit of despair.,

    Promising review: "I have always purchased handbags with lots of pockets and sections because I hate having to dig around trying to find something in the gaping hole of purses with no sections. But I have passed up so many cute bags because of this and I was frustrated with having to do so. I purchased this medium size organizer and I couldn't be happier!! It is very well made and it has so many great pockets to organize everything I need. THE BEST PART is, I can easily lift it out of one purse and put it into another one and I always know where everything can be found. I wish I had gotten one of these years ago. When I first ordered this organizer I didn't realize it had two zipper compartments on each side and I was tickled to discover even MORE storage!!! With all the fun colors and patterns it was hard to select one, but I've always been partial to polka dots. I love it and can't imagine anyone not being has pleased with this as I am!" —Ronna

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–L and in 27 colors).

    15. Don't do the walk of shame off the plane with your shoes in hand: Avoid foot swelling with a pair of compression socks., Amazon

    Promising review: "Long travel day from SLC to the Netherlands! I bought these for the first day of travel. I loved having new socks and was very happy with the fit, comfort, and support. I could have spent a lot more on these socks. Great value and a great fitting compression sock. Will be getting more as gifts for fellow travelers." —Amazon Customer

    Find a full breakdown of how awesome these socks are here!

    Get them from Amazon for $17.38+ (available in 12 colors and in sizes S-XXL).

    16. Forget your makeup bag and just bring along a genius little Pocket Palette — it includes mascara, BB cream, and blush/lip tint that'll have you looking fly without having to carry your entire makeup bag around.

    A photo of someone holding up the Pocket Palette

    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 two shades).

    17. Keep all your paperwork handy in a multipurpose travel wallet that has plenty of space for all the documents you need and a pen, because good luck finding one of those when you need to fill out all those customs documents!

    Promising review: "This is my new go-to travel wallet! It has slots for everything you need. The color is great and it's not bulky. If it had more than three credit card slots I would use it as my everyday wallet because that's how much I love it. My pen kept falling out so I would suggest using a pen that has a clip in it. The inside flap came in handy for my plane boarding passes." —Tee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 36 colors).

    18. Attach an adjustable footrest to the seat in front of yours to help turn your seat in steerage into first-class accommodations.,

    Promising review: "Loved this on my two five-hour flights this weekend! Made such a difference to prop my feet up. Plus I could swing them a little back and forth which helps to move around a bit and get the blood flowing. I used it both with shoes on and off and works great. The adjustable strap came in handy for the two different flights that had different heights of trays. I’m tall with long legs and was able to bend enough to feel comfortable. Highly recommend. Also rolls up small for easy carry on." —ZZZZ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. Invest in a collapsible water bottle you can take through security empty, fill up at a water fountain, and have enough water to stay hydrated throughout your flight.,

    Promising review: "We purchased two of these for our trip abroad and I have only one thing to say about it — it was the best purchase we made for the trip. They flattened down and fit into our backpack just fine. The minute we made it through the TSA checkpoint, we filled it up. It holds quite a bit of liquid, so we didn't have to fill up every five minutes during the trip like with some smaller-capacity bottles." —Sheryl

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

    20. Stay warm with an ultra-lightweight puffer jacket you can easily roll up and stuff into your carry-on.


    FYI, this jacket is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "This puffer jacket is a real problem solver during colder months where suitcase real estate just won’t accommodate a warm jacket. It’s also very light. The entire garment stuffs into an impossibly small ripstop nylon bag which is included. You’ll find it tied to the interior. With a little practice, you can leave the bag tied to the garment and repack quickly. I was very comfortable in moderately cold weather meaning 40–50-ish degrees, threatening rain. For the price, you'll be able to sport your favorite colors in style." —Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $25.10+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 15 colors).

    21. And bring a blanket scarf to stay nice and cozy without having to carry around a bulky blanket — or beg the flight attendants for one.

    The scarf in pink gray

    Promising review: "I love this shawl! It is the perfect size for traveling and is soft and cozy. It’s so versatile. I will use it on the plane as well as for chilly nights while on vacation. Thank you for a quality shawl at an affordable price." —Pam

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 30 colors).

    22. Or if you wanna get real fancy, get an investment-worthy cashmere travel set so you can sleep in the lap of luxury while you're cramped in a middle seat.


    Get it from Amazon for $360.

    23. Try a pair of no-tie elastic laces designed to make taking off and putting on your shoes a breeze — you'll be the envy of the security line.


    Promising review: "I'm a lazy person, and I've lost all patience in bending over to tie and untie my shoes. I almost exclusively buy slip-on shoes now, but I still had one pair that had laces and they took forever to tie. It probably took me 10 minutes to put the Xpand laces on, between lacing them up and tightening/loosening them to the right fit before clipping the ends. Now they look great, and I can wear those shoes at the airport without having to hold up security lines. I also appreciate that there are so many colors to choose from." —Ashley

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 30 colors).

    24. If you're short on space, try a washable and inflatable headrest you can roll up and store away — no more pillow necklaces for you, only diamond ones from now on.


    Promising review: "Just took this on a 14-hour flight to Australia. As someone who has great trouble sleeping upright, this definitely made the journey much more pleasant. I also used it on a bunch of short three- to four-hour flights, and it worked great as a chin rest or side pillow while I watched TV and read. It inflates and deflates MUCH quicker than the other travel pillows I have. I also didn't have the problem of falling forward when dozing off." —David

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

    25. Store your cords, chargers, flash drives, and cables neat and tangle-free in a water-resistant travel organizer.

    Promising review: "Great for holding all my cords. Everything stays organized and it's easy to slide into my briefcase. Glad I have it!" —Rochelle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 11 colors).

    26. Or if you're looking for a way to store your valuables, a discreet and foldable jewelry case that can hold your rings, stud earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches... you name it!

    The jewelry case in gray showing what it looks like unfolded and then how compact it is folded
    Buzzy B Design on Etsy

    Buzzy B Design is a Fairfield, California-based, husband and wife Etsy shop.

    Get it from Buzzy B Design on Etsy for $15.99 (available in eight colors). 

    27. Get a T-Mobile Magenta plan that includes international texting and data in over 210 countries (without having to call ahead, it just works when you get there) and gives you free texting and an hour of data on any flights with Gogo — plus your phone works just like normal in Mexico and Canada.

    A graphic saying, "Travel to 201+ destinations. Unlimited data and texting work when you arrive."

    Learn more about T-Mobile Magenta plans.

    28. Protect your stuff in a water-resistant backpack designed with a USB charging port, more than a dozen pockets in multiple sizes, and an anti-theft lock to help keep your stuff safe., Amazon

    Promising review: "Great backpack for travel. I can comfortably fit my 15" laptop, water bottle, a small pair of flat shoes, a course reader, and a bunch of other little things (agenda, iPad, journal, pens, pencils, iPhone.) Really an awesome backpack that looks professional, clean, and holds a LOT. I use it for my frequent travel (airplane) and it fits perfectly under the seat." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in six colors and two sizes).

    29. If you do a ton of traveling, chances are you probably spend a fair amount of time in rental cars; bring a universal air-vent magnetic car mount that'll hold your cell phone while you're driving and using it to navigate.

    A person attaching their phone to the car mount

    Promising review: "One of the best purchases I have ever made. Seriously. I have an iPhone 6 Plus, and it attaches onto the mount very firmly. The mount also attaches firmly into my air vent. No jiggling or slipping. I can touch, swipe, etc., on my phone screen without any risk of the phone falling or sliding." —Susie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    30. Never miss out on complimentary snacks, drinks, and food again with a blackout, satin sleeping mask that'll let the flight attendants know they shouldn't pass you up during meal service — because once they do, good luck getting them to come back.

    A person wearing the eye mask that reads, "Wake me for snacks"

    Get two from Amazon for $12.99.

    31. Keep your vaccine card safe with a leather holder — it also has a key ring for safe travels in the event you need to bring it with you somewhere.

    A person holding all the color options of the vaccine card holder
    Familiar Paws on Etsy

    Familiar Paws specializes in personalized leather dog collars and other accessories.

    Get it from Familiar Paws on Etsy for $12.99+ (available in eight colors and personalization options).

    32. If you know you'll be airborne for a while, pack some soothing and refreshing body wipes for that I-just-showered feeling after an all-night flight.

    A customer review photo of the wipes in their toiletry bag

    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 $9.97.

    33. Invest in a machine-washable Trtl neck pillow that's soft and flexible to not only fit you perfectly but fit into any tiny space you have available.

    A model wearing the neck pillow while sleeping on an airplace seat

    Promising review: "I used it for an 18-hour flight and it worked great. That being said, you have to find the sweet spot when wrapping it around your neck. If you just slap it on, it won’t be in the proper position and won’t give you the support you need. First get the upper edge area aligned comfortably with your jaw bone (this area is where your chin will be resting while asleep) then while holding in place with one hand, relax your neck/head like you're sleeping — at this point wrap the fleece around and lock into place. Find the right tightness for your comfort — super snug didn’t work for me, so mine was more relaxed. I would alternate between sides depending on the angle I wanted my head at. I wore it when awake as a scarf because it was chilly on the plane. My friend used it as neck support in a place we were staying by just placing it on the bed. I used it for a phone prop to watch videos and a neck support to read my book while laying down. It has become a surprisingly universal tool for me and I have no regrets about purchasing it." —B. Everson

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in five colors and in adult and children sizes).

    34. Hit the ground running with a pack of homeopathic tablets to help you combat the fatigue and stress overwhelming your body after a long journey.

    The box of Miers Labs No Jet Lag Homeopathic Jet Lag Remedy

    Promising review: "I don’t know how or why, but these absolutely work. We used these on a flight from Houston to Belfast, including one short layover at Heathrow. Total travel time was almost 16 hours and we lost six hours coming into Belfast. My husband and I both had zero jet lag, stayed up until about midnight on the day we landed, and woke up feeling great on our first full day. I’m normally really susceptible to jet lag so I’m completely sold on these. They’re cheap too, so if you suffer from jet lag I feel like this is one of those things where it can’t hurt to try it." —DGS

    Get a pack of 32 from Amazon for $12.

    35. It probably goes without saying but bring along a pack of gentle Purell wipes to disinfect your hands *and* table tray, seat, armrests...everything when you board your flight.

    A customer review photo of one of the packs of wipes

    Promising review: "I ordered these prior to a bunch of air travel to wipe down my seat/tray table/seat belt buckle, etc., as well as things in hotel rooms. I love that they come in sealed packs of 20, the perfect size for travel, and I can easily use a pack before they dry out. They have a really subtle fresh scent, not overpowering. The cloth is nice and soft. While I didn't run any scientific tests, I can attest that I didn't get sick after all my travel! We've thrown a pack into our camping gearbox, and I've put one in the car. I'll definitely be ordering these again when we run out." —Amazon Customer

    Get a six-pack of 20 wipes from Amazon for $17.99.

    36. Help your tired eyes feel refreshed and enriched after an exhausting journey with collagen-infused under-eye masks.

    A series of customer review photos showing their tired eyes before using the eye masks, during, and then after looking refreshed

    Promising review: "These are very moist and leave the area under the eye feeling refreshed and hydrated for a long time. They stay exactly where you place them; I can even slip my glasses on if I need to and they don't interfere." —Krycek

    Get two packs of 30 sheets from Amazon for $3.15.

    37. Transition from sleeping on your flight to sprinting to catch your connection straight to a first-class upgrade with a comfortable pair of leggings.

    A series of photos showing a model wearing the leggings in different colors

    Promising review: "Holy crap these are awesome! I don't wear leggings on any kind of regular basis and I don't do yoga, but I wanted these as comfy travel pants and they really delivered. They're opaque, long enough, and sturdy." —Danielle M. Fracassa

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 37 colors).

    38. Always have a charging cord on hand with this discreet leather keychain that has a USB and lightning plug (for iPhones) hidden within its tassels.


    Promising review: "I have to say, for the price my expectations were low. As it turns out, I couldn’t be more pleased! There’s great 'flow' to the tassel — very soft with a nice feel to it. The charger works great for my iPhone and even fits with my Lifeproof case! I always keep my portable charger with me while traveling — this is a lovely alternative to digging out a charging cord and a wall plug. Thumbs up on this one!" —L. Middleton

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+.

    39. Carry filling snacks, like Clif Bars, so you aren't hangry upon arriving at your destination.

    A customer review photo of the box of Clif Bars

    Includes 16 total energy bars, with 2 of each flavor: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie, Sierra Trail Mix, Crunchy Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Flavor, Cool Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter Banana with Dark Chocolate, and Blueberry Crisp

    Promising review: "Taste great! They're ideal for traveling and when I'm on the go!" —lynch

    Get a box of 16 on Amazon for $15.99.

    40. Get your toiletries in a super portable kit that includes everything from your toothpaste, face wash wipes, deodorant wipes, perfume wipes, to hand sanitizer wipes — all designed so you don't even need to be near a bathroom to use them.

    The kit laid out on a table showing everything you get
    Eqwipt 2 Go on Etsy

    Each kit includes four of each of the products.

    Eqwipt 2 Go is a Parker, Colorado-based Etsy shop specializing in travel-friendly toiletries to help you freshen up without needing a restroom.

    Get it from Eqwipt 2 Go on Etsy for $10

    41. And speaking of travel-friendly, bring along compact packs of laundry detergent that'll make traveling with fewer clothes way easier — now you can just wash what you bring.

    The box and packets of Sink Suds detergent

    Promising review: "I pack really light and wash clothes in the hotel sink/bath to re-wear. These are great for that, even on my sweaty/stinky/sunscreen-y bathing suit cover-up that needs to be washed every day during tropical travel." —iheartmmp

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon $10.46+.

    42. If you're traveling somewhere weed-friendly, a compact and sturdy honeycomb silicone smoking pipe (with glass bowl), grinder, and stash bag so you have the tools you need to chill out.

    The kits in all the color options laid out on a table
    Jadesola ULTD on Etsy

    Jadesola ULTD is a Chicago-based Etsy shop.

    Get it from Jadesola ULTD on Etsy for $20 (available in seven colors). 

    43. And avoid waiting in security and customs lines by signing up for Global Entry. You'll have to fill out an in-depth application and have an in-person interview, but once approved you'll be able to bypass all those dreaded security lines.

    A graphic showing customs lines with the text "Skip the lines with Global Entry"
    Global Entry

    Learn more about the cost and application process here.

    Bon voyage, everyone!


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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