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    31 Ways To Make Traveling So Much Less Stressful

    Trains, planes, and automobiles β€” however you're getting there, these will make your travels easier.

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    1. 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.

    Promising review: "I hate packing β€” 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 β€” 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. :)" β€”Dr. Oceanfront

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    2. Worried about crying babies or chatty neighbors? Try a pair of noise-canceling headphones designed with super-soft ear cuffs, Bluetooth capability, and a backup cord β€” just in case they use up all the juice mid-flight.

    PS: These are one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best wireless headphones!

    Promising review: "I'm not a techie or gamer, so this is just your average person's review. I love these because they are completely around the ear (your ear ends up in a little soft house), comfortable for my bigger-than-average head. I can wear them over my large plastic-framed glasses without issue, the controls on the side are great. They are mic-wireless and speaker-wireless, easy to set up with both PCs and Macs (I am using them across several devices at home and at work), rechargeable (no more need for constantly consumed batteries), and there is no sound leakage. For the money, these headphones are AWESOME! I'm seriously glad that I purchased them." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in seven colors).

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

    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!" β€”The Doc

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in four colors).

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

    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." β€”Chinderliter

    Get it from Amazon $11.99+ (available in 34 colors).

    5. Or try a chic embossed leather passport holder that might just help you get you that upgrade you've always dreamed about.,

    Promising review: "We travel every chance we get. After having been on about a dozen trips this year, I noticed my passport was a bit rough around the edges. I purchased this cover to help protect it since it’s usually thrown down in my purse or a backpack for usually a week at a time. This is well-made and pretty β€” both wins in my book. It also has slots for credit cards or ID." β€”sheila davis

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

    6. 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.

    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 2 pounds under the weight limit and have never had an issue!" β€”Sadie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

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

    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." β€”Andy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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

    Read our 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." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in sizes S-XL and in nine colors).

    9. Keep your corded earbuds tangle-free while you're jet-setting with a handmade leather cord organizer.

    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." β€”Jane M

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

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

    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." β€”Traveling Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six colors).

    11. 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.

    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." β€”Susie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. Try a pair of no-tie elastic laces designed to make taking off and putting on your shoes a breeze β€” 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." β€”Ashley

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 44 colors).

    13. Don't let the confines of an economy seat get the best of you β€” get an adjustable footrest you can attach to the seat in front of you to help turn yours into first-class accommodations.,

    Promising review: "As silly of a purchase as I thought this was, I will never again fly without it! I hooked it around the tray table in front of me and was even able to shut the tray table once attached. It makes flying so much more comfortable!!!" β€”Dishy24

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

    Goia Boutique on Etsy

    Get it from Goia Boutique on Etsy for $15.95+ (available in satin and silk).

    15. 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 the flight.,

    Promising review: "We purchased two of these for our trip abroad and I have only one thing to say about it β€” 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." β€”Sheryl

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

    16. Get a reversible vegan-leather travel tote to hold everything you might need at a moment's notice β€” 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!" β€”D. Webb

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in eight colors).

    17. Use a twistable memory-foam travel pillow that'll mold and shape into whatever form you need so you can stay comfy.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    18. Bring a blanket scarf to stay warm and cozy without having to carry around a bulky blanket β€” or beg the flight attendants for one.

    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." β€”Pam

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 34 colors).

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

    Promising review: "I travel two times a week on five- to six-hour trips. I am always cold. This cashmere is fantastic. I use the pouch sometimes by my neck as well. The pouch allows me to cram the throw into my large tote and it does not get caught or damaged." β€”MJCSeattle

    Get it from Amazon for $169 (available in eight colors).

    20. Bring along a pack of gentle Purell wipes to disinfect your hands *and* table tray (you'll never regret it).

    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. This year's flu is no joke. I love that they come in sealed packs of 20, 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 that 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." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a six-pack of 20 wipes from Amazon for $10.70.

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

    Promising review: "This case is perfect for the business traveler, or someone who has a home office away from work. Stores TONS of cords, charging plugs, headphones, and other small accessories. I keep it in my backpack and use it all the time. Great quality. All the straps, pockets, zippers, etc., are holding up great after repeated use, and the material and edging still look new." β€”M. Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $11.69+ (available in five colors).

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

    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." β€”Krycek

    Get two packs of 30 sheets from Amazon for $4.29.

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

    PS: These are one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best leggings!

    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. I am 5'7", 175 lbs, and an XL fit perfectly." β€”Danielle M. Fracassa

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 19 colors).

    24. 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.

    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."β€”Ashley M.

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. 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 β€” 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 β€” this is a lovely alternative to digging out a charging cord and a wall plug. Thumbs up on this one!" β€”L. Middleton

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors).

    26. Carry filling snacks, like Larabars, so you aren't hangry upon arriving at your destination.

    Promising review: "Larabars are the perfect healthy snack when traveling. Amazon had them at a great price. The peanut butter cookie bars have only three ingredients and are a great blend of savory and sweet. I recommend highly β€” just dates, peanuts and sea salt!!" β€”ad

    Get a box of 16 on Amazon for $13.97 (available in 28 flavors).

    27. 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.

    Learn more about T-Mobile One here.

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

    Promising review: "This is a must-have! I had one before, but we lost it and I just had to get another. This was the perfect companion for airplane travel β€” 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!" β€”Jaz

    Get it from Amazon for $20.49+ (available in 11 colors).

    29. 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.

    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." β€”M james

    Get it from Amazon for $4.92+ (available in pink and gray).

    30. Keep your valuables in a travel jewelry box with velvet lining and removable dividers that'll let you store all your accessories conveniently en route to your destination.

    Promising review: "Got these as gifts for my amazing bridesmaids. The quality was very nice! It's a really pretty shade of pink and the material feels much more expensive than it actually is! It's compact, so it's very travel-friendly but it has just enough compartments." β€”EJ

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

    31. 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.

    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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