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    Updated on Feb 16, 2019. Posted on Jan 25, 2018

    31 Ways To Make Traveling So Much Less Stressful

    Everything you need to turn into a traveling pro.

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    1. Keep all your cords, chargers, and electronic accessories organized and in one tangle-free, easy-to-access place with a storage bag designed specifically to give everything a spot.

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    Promising review: "This is a great little cable storage bag. It's small enough to fit into my purse or carry-on bag when traveling. This is especially helpful with my six kids and packing all their earbuds. I no longer have to straighten out a huge tangled mess inside my purse." —Curt and Jana

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. Bring noise-canceling headphones onboard your next flight so you can really enjoy the in-flight entertainment — and block out any crying babies.

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    Promising review: "They work great on my long flights overseas! It is amazing how much noise they cancel out for the price. I was able to actually get some sleep on my flight, which I am usually unable to do because of the engine roar." —KCMichaels

    Get them from Amazon for $39.

    3. Make sure your phone is always charged by packing a portable power bank that holds enough power to charge your phone two times.

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    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 $25.99.

    4. 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.

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    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 $17.99.

    5. If you're traveling to a destination where you're not entirely fluent in the language, download iTranslate Translator — it'll help you get a better understanding of what's being said in real time and help you give a response back.

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    Download it from iTunes for free.

    6. Airplane seats are the literal worst, so make them a little more bearable with a super soft pillow that wraps all the way around your neck and provides support to your chin. It'll help you get some rest on even the longest of flights.

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    Promising review: "Traveled to Southeast Asia and the flight times are borderline unbearable. This product did a great job keeping me comfortable and wrapped around enough to get under my chin and keep my head up if needed. Great buy." —tj211

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97 (available in three sizes and in seven colors).

    7. 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.

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    Learn more about the cost and application process here.

    8. Join the carry-on club and stop checking in luggage (if you can)! Get a sturdy and lightweight bag to fit all your stuff without having to pay fees, wait at the carousel, or break your back trying to carry it.

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    Promising review: "I'm a flight attendant so obviously I travel a lot. I've been searching for a chic, easy-to-roll hard suitcase that can handle an enormous amount of use. I'm traveling for the first time with my new suitcase and I LOVE IT!!! It rolls with complete ease!!! It's sturdy too — it feels like it's floating! My arms and back feel absolutely zero stress. I attach my smaller bag to the top and it still feels weightless." —Allison B.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in eight colors and two styles).

    9. Never have that "did I forget something" feeling again with a packing list pad that'll make sure you check everything off before you head out.

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    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 for me. 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.

    10. Get rid of all those germs that are trying to tag along on your trip with Purell wipes that can be used on your table tray and your hands.

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    Promising review: "I can't speak to the actual efficacy of bacterial/viral destruction that these wipes are capable of, but the packages are very convenient and the resealing, sticky cover works well. I use them when traveling, especially on planes, where I wipe down the tray table and hand rests. They're higher quality than the generic brand I picked up in the drug store, so I'm very pleased." —Young Fraa

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.88.

    11. Always know where to find a free hotspot with a global Wi-Fi map.

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    Download it from iTunes for free.

    12. Or get a T-Mobile ONE plan that includes international texting and data in over 140 countries and gives you free texting and an hour of data on any flights with Gogo.

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    Learn more about T-Mobile ONE here.

    13. Try a hanging beauty case that's big enough for all the stuff you need but folds down to easily fit in your suitcase.

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    Promising review: "Love this travel bag! It carries a ton of stuff, but it's compact and fits in my suitcase super easily. I love that I can fit all my makeup, full-size shampoos, contact lens solution, and a ton of other stuff in here. It's really good quality too! Strong, good zippers, and nice pockets! Would definitely recommend this and buy it again!" —BrandyLeigh

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

    14. Don't stress about searching for a plug. Get a roomy backpack that has a built-in USB charging port, plus plenty of room for everything you might need within reach during a long journey.

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    Promising review: "This backpack is majestic. It is simple, classy, and perfect for business or pleasure travel. It held up through six airports in 12 days, a business trip across the country, and numerous meetings in soggy, muddy solar construction sites and STILL looks like new. It has SO many nifty pockets, it expands to hold many extra items. The fabric is great, the color is spot on, and it was WELL WORTH the thirty bucks I dropped on it. Comfortable, dependable, expandable, and high enough quality to trick all the fellow airportees of my importance. I'd buy again in a heartbeat." —Brittany Staszak

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

    15. 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.

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    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 $9.99+ (available in four colors).

    16. Don't stress about what you're going to do during your long-ass flight; load your favorite movies, games, and books onto a tablet like the Amazon Fire 7 so you're not stuck with whatever censored movie the airline wants you to watch.

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    These are especially great for fussy kids on long flights. I've purchased three as gifts for my nieces and nephews before a long journey and their parents love me for it! They can download their favorite Peppa Pig episodes, coloring pages, educational games, and books — giving them hours and hours of entertainment for what would normally be an unbearable flight.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).

    17. Make the most out of your travel time with a set of moisturizing and hydrating masks designed to smooth pores and destress your skin — the people next to you might give you some looks, but your skin will love you for it.

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    Get the pack of three from Target for $8.99.

    18. Figure out the exact cost of your purchases in different countries with the XE Currency app.

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    Download it from iTunes for free.

    19. Carry all the documents you'll need in a super handy tri-fold wallet designed with plenty of space — making for a super-easy check-in.

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    Promising Review: "I like the way this wallet is organized; it opens up flat and you can see exactly what you need for easy retrieval. I also like how I can put my iPhone 6 Plus inside and still be able to snap the purse shut. My passport fits neatly inside. This wallet is nicely built and feels sturdy to hold. I used this wallet while traveling through Europe for a month and it held up great." —Chinderliter

    Get it from Amazon $14.99 (available in 25 colors).

    20. Nothing shows the stresses of travel more than a messy hairdo. Try Eva NYC's travel set that includes dry shampoo, texture spray, and hair spray to make it seem like your hair is flawless even after a long journey.

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    Get it from Anthropologie for $15.

    21. Know exactly where you're headed during your connections with the Flio app — it provides you with maps, lounge information, Wi-Fi access, and all the deets you'll need to make the most of your time at the airport.

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    Download it from iTunes or Google Play for free.

    22. Don't mix hunger and travel. Pack filling snacks when you're on the go so you're not stuck having to chow down on whatever airport offerings are in front of you.

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    Promising review: "I travel a lot for work, and airports don't always offer the best food, so I always try to bring my own. These are fantastic — simple, filling, and with enough protein that I don't feel like I'm starving in an hour. I love the pumpkin spice and the chocolate sea salt — those are my two favorite flavors! The chocolate sea salt can head off those occasional candy craving too, which is a bonus. I find the consistency varies from bar to bar — some of them are softer, some a bit chewier — but they are all great. No chalkiness or nasty aftertaste with these!" —California Mom

    Get a box of 12 from Amazon for $20.32 (available in 20 flavors).

    23. Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off when going through security.

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    Promising review: "Great shoes, I bought these for Cancun and actually wore them to the airport like regular shoes. I had a lot of compliments on them they are very comfortable. We did a hiking/zip lining excursion and they were perfect! They clean very easily. We recently went to Cabo and I wore them on our fishing trip and plan on taking them on our trip to Hawaii next week. Best purchase. They are very functional and look nice!" —D.Aragon

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes 6-11 and in 23 colors).

    24. Get a global hotspot so you always have data on your phone, even when there isn't any Wi-Fi.

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    Promising Review: "Just bought this to help with our family travels. Works perfectly just like it is described. We are able to plug our portable HD in and my children have access to every movie we own. They can all watch what they want on their iPads. Couldn't be happier with this purchase!" —Ventura9496

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in two colors).

    25. If you're traveling with a kiddo who might need a fresh diaper at some point, try a portable changing station that unfolds to give you a clean space.

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    Promising review: "This is a must-have! I had one before, we lost it and I just had to get another. This was the perfect companion for airplane travel, I could fit my son's diapers, wipes, extra clothes, travel size Lysol spray, diaper trash bags and hang a hand sanitizer on the outside. A complete all-in-one changing station. Plus it didn't take up any space in the diaper bag because I could easily clip it onto the outside. You won't regret this purchase!" —Jaz

    Get it from Amazon for $19.03+ (available in 11 colors).

    26. And avoid having to measure out formula with a storage container designed with removable dividers so you can have up to three feedings all figured out.

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    Promising review:"I love this formula holder. Unlike a previous storage container I had purchased, it does not spill into the other compartments. The formula stays put the way you measured it. Another nice feature is it can act as snack storage, as the compartment divider is removable. Clearly great for travel, on the go, or grandma's house." —M james

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in two colors).

    27. Keep your valuables securely stored in a travel jewelry case that conveniently rolls up so it doesn't take up all your suitcase space.

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    Promising review: "Just returning from my first trip using this. I love it! So easy to use and keeps everything nicely organized." —mccare

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five colors).

    28. Don't do the walk of shame off the plane with your shoes in hand — avoid foot swelling with a pair of compression socks.

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    Get a full review of how awesome these socks are here!

    Promising review: "I purchased these in my second trimester for a trip to Ireland. I knew that being pregnant I was more likely to experience swelling during the long fights. I put them on as soon as I was seated on the plane, and my feet did not swell at all! They are difficult to put on because they're supposed to be tight, but they were very effective." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $10.46+ (available in sizes S-XL and in nine colors).

    29. Treat yourself to a moment of calm with one of the many services XpresSpa offers at nearly every airport.

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    XpresSpas are located at over 50 locations worldwide and offer a variety of services from showers to manicures. Many of the treatments take less than 20 minutes, making them super easy to get while you're on the go. Get more information on pricing and services here.

    30. Suffer from minimal jet lag by adjusting to your destination's local time with the Entrain app.

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    Developed by the University of Michigan, Entrain helps you schedule your light and darkness exposure. By the time you arrive, you can be in sync with the local time.

    Download it from iTunes for free.

    31. And stash your valuables in a small safe for a little added security while you travel.

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    Promising Review: "I really like this! It's not too big, not too small. It's easy to set up and to open and close. I think it's great for poolside, etc. I would attach it to something large and cover it with a towel or something. If you're like me, and travel alone, it's always hard to use the pool, or take a swim at the beach, because you're aware that your valuables are just sitting there. With this, you have some peace of mind and can enjoy your swim." —handicapped shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $17.90 (available in three colors).

    You're about to be leaving on a jet plane totally stress-free!

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