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    “Buy It:” Just 48 Travel Products Reviewers Are Raving About

    Soon you'll measure your life in before and after you bought this gadget that connects your wireless ear buds to your plane TV screen.

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    1. hands-free (rotating!) phone mount to help you watch what you want or take advantage of the movies available online for those budget airlines without TVs in the back of the seats. It'll work on the plane *or* while you wait to board. 

    A phone mounted to the back of an airplane tray table
    Phone mounted on a carry on luggage handle and a chair arm

    Promising review: "Buy it. Period. I almost never take the time to write Amazon reviews. But for this item I will take the time! It is INCREDIBLE. My son and I just returned from a 10-day European school trip. We traveled by coach bus, train, and took 2 9-hour flights during that time. On every single leg of our amazing but long journey this phone clamp worked like a dream. EVERYONE on the tour wanted to know what it was and where to buy it. 5 stars all day!" —ASchmels

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    2. An airplane footrest that loops over your tray table so you can kick back, relax, and hopefully head off to Snoozeville as soon as you get comfy in your seat. 

    Promising review: "Buy it! I bought this on a whim for a 14-hour flight and am sooooo glad I did. In addition to being cozy comfy, it’s lightweight, lays flat in a carryon, and I’m pretty sure it reduced swelling in my ankles! I accidentally trashed the washing instructions so I’m not sure what is recommended but it washed nicely in the washer! I’ll never go on a long flight without it again!" —Sarah

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

    3. A weekender bag can easily slide over the handle of your wheeled suitcase in case you're in the market for a new personal item. (It'll also fit under an airplane seat according to reviewers.)

    reviewer's striped weekender bag with a loop that fits onto the handles of a rolling suitcase
    the weekender bag under an airplane seat

    Promising review: "Used this as my ‘personal’ carryon item with my carryon luggage. Fit three pairs of heels plus some other knickknacks, then I had to stuff my actual purse in it at the last minute to ‘hide.’ It all fit (my purse was small). The zipper storage is great for phone, boarding pass, charging cords quick access, and is not bulky to slip over luggage handle. Used it twice now and it’s holding up well. BUY IT. Fits all airline requirements and could be used as a weekend bag as well on its own. Buying another color for hubby." —Krystal J.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in 10 colors/patterns).

    4. A trifold travel wallet so all your important documents are in one place and you're not wearily holding up the line when it comes time to show the TSA agent your passport and boarding pass. 

    The wallet has a passport pocket, boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a slim card pouch, slim pocket, a ticket slot, a cellphone pouch, a coin zippered pocket, key holder, and pen holder. 

    Promising review: "Buy it now! I went to Europe and visited five countries, and was able to keep all my tickets/boarding passes here, along with all the important items such as passport, credit card, even phone! Loved it!!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 33 colors).

    5. A packing list pad so you can rest assure that you DID bring everything you intended, including which things you wanna include in your carry-on and which things you wanna check.


    Promising review: "You should buy it!!! This is what you need to organize your packing as a boss. I just love it" —Marnelis A.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    6. A portable door lock to attach to any regular old door for your hotel, vacation rental, room in a guest house, or, well, just any door. It's super easy to install and won't damage the door. It'll be a comfort for solo travelers, especially. 

    lock on door
    how to guide for door lock

    Check it out in action on TikTok here!

    Promising review: "Buy it! Went on a trip, and was going to see the hotel without my husband and was nervous. I bought this, and it was so easy to use and safe. I tried myself to open the door a few times and didn't budge. If anybody living in an apartments in needs of extra security or if they need to take a trip alone and need that extra security while being alone, don't hesitate to buy it!!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. A simple luggage strap will hold your essentials like a travel pillow, jacket, personal item, and more as you scoot along through the airport and once you land. Here's to quickly gathering all your stuff post-screen and freeing up those hands!

    The black strap attaching a backpack to a suitcase
    collage of pictures showing how the strap can be used to secure a lot of different travel items

    Promising review: "Buy one NOW! Strong, nice color and metal metals make this product something everyone should buy. Love it." —BP

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in four colors).

    8. Pedialyte powder packets because yes you are a grown-ass adult, but sometimes you indulge a little too much or start to feel a cold coming on from traveling and could use some electrolytes. I always pack these for trips and have never regretted it. And they're much tastier than electrolyte tablets you dilute in water. Go through security FULLY hungover knowing you can fill up your water bottle with this *right* after. 


    ~Trust me~ when I tell you that these will work in a pinch. I bought them a few years ago to take on a bachelorette party to New Orleans, and everyone in the Airbnb was grateful I did. Since then, I've always had them in my carry-on bag when going on a trip. They REALLY came in handy when I went to the Greek islands for 10 days with an apparent mission to eat every piece of seafood and cheese within sight while washing it down with jugs of wine. These are powder in small individual packets, so they're so easy to pack! And also you don't have to lug around a bottle of Gatorade to feel better.

    Promising review: "Buy it! Must have for a night out. Drink before you go to bed after a night of drinking and you’ll wake up the next morning feeling like a million bucks." —SUSAN

    Get a 24-count from Amazon for $25.59.

    9. A TSA-friendly toiletries set you can easily fill, clean, and then refill with your go-to regular products. And the bag is sturdy as HECK.

    the set with bag and labels
    close up of pots with lid and liner, These are WONDERFUL bottles for traveling!!

    Yep, I also own and love this set! it includes the zippered bag, four soft silicone bottles with leakproof caps, three compact jars, an two toothbrush caps. I've used this set on more than five trips and and for trips when I don't require body wash or shampoo (like to visit my parents) I use the extra room in the bag to shove in all my beauty products and daily contacts. Plus! It comes with labels that stay on the containers really well despite my thoroughly washing these containers between trips. I bought this set in spring 2019 and have, admittedly, lost a container or two. But the ones that I've held onto over dozens of trips have all held up well!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in eight variations).

    10. A set of six Cadence containers that are magnetized and'll stick together in your toiletries bag. They're super sturdy, leak-proof, and even work great for a few days' worth of vitamins or holding small jewelry. They've quickly become one of my packing go-tos. 

    set of seven green small containers with little illustrations on the front

    Cadence is an AAPI woman-owned small business that was founded by Steph Hon as a way to eliminate single-use travel-sized plastics. The containers are made from recycled ocean-bound plastic. 

    But I'm not the only fan on the BuzzFeed Shopping team. My co-worker Abby Kass has these and loves them! Here's what she has to say about them: "I recently got a set of four of these, and, wow, I love them so much. I used them on a six-day trip recently, and they were perfect. I customized the label so I knew which one was my shampoo vs. conditioner and did a general label for any other things I wanted to bring along. They do hold a surprising amount. According to the brand, they hold approximately one to two weeks of skincare products, more than two weeks' worth of serum, two to three days' worth of haircare, and more than 15 tablets (for medicine and such). And while two to three days worth of haircare might not seem like enough, I found it held more than that for me, but I also don't wash my hair every single day. They were small enough to slip right into my toiletries bag and go through TSA with no problem. The container was easy to open in the shower (even with wet hands), and I had no leakage from them (like I did from my face wash bottle that will not be making the trip with me next time, SMH). These are an incredibly useful tool anyone who travels will want in their luggage."

    Promising review: "The Cadence capsules are worth the hype and money. I cannot wait to use them on upcoming trip to Disney. If you are on the fence about these, go ahead and buy them. It's such a quality piece to add to your travel collection.—Jennifer S.

    Get a set of six from Cadence for $74 (originally $84). 

    11. Or if you're not in need of containers, a clear TSA-approved toiletry bag to Lego-fit all your liquid and spreadable bbs in there with ease.

    clear bag with toiletries inside

    Promising review: "I really had a hard time justifying the price of this for what you's an upgraded plastic bag. However, size is absolutely perfect! The format is great and it fits all toiletries with ease. If you are thinking about it, just buy it." —PR

    Get it from Amazon for $12.86 (available in 11 colors).

    12. A set of homeopathic jet lag pills can help you fight off time zone changes and disrupted sleep schedules. Plus, you can actually sleep while taking these. I've taken them on a couple of red eyes and I think they help! 

    The jet lag pills

    According to the instructions, you should take them at take-off and then every two hours and then again once you arrive to help with relaxation and combat sleepiness. 

    Promising review: "So, I was skeptical about this product, but since it’s pretty cheap and I didn’t want to suffer from Jet lag on my short trip to India — I bought it. To my surprise, IT WORKS! I used as directed on my 14+ hour flight from Chicago to Delhi: one on take-off, two every 2 hours, one before landing. I also wanted to note that I slept twice — an hour each time. My flight left Friday at 1:30 p.m. Chicago time, landed late at around 3:45 p.m. Delhi time on Saturday. After I landed, I went sightseeing, ate food, checked into my hotel, and explored. Late that night, we went to a pub with some locals. Got to the hotel around 2 a.m. pretty drunk. We went to bed around 3am. Woke up the next day around 8 a.m. ready to rock. The rest of the trip my sleeping was never an issue. I was able to sleep fine at night, wake up in the morning easily, wasn’t tired during the day. No problems.

    On the way home, I did NOT use the pills and I am currently writing this review at 4:30 a.m. after waking up at 11:45 p.m. and not being able to fall back asleep. Buy them, use them. You will thank yourself!" —Erin S

    Get a pack of 32 pills from Amazon for $9.93.

    13. And a bar of natural, plastic-free solid shampoo you can easily make room for in your bag. Plus, it won't leak! 

    Promising review: "AMAZING! Buy it now! When I turned 30, suddenly my hair became super greasy at the base of my head. No matter what I did, nothing took the grease out. And then along came this shampoo bar. In just a single wash, the grease was gone and my hair was visibly healthier and touchably soft. It's a small bar, but it will last a long time. I've had it for a month and it still looks like I took it out of the box yesterday. Like any bar soap, you need to store it properly so it won't dry out and crumble (like you saw happen in some of the negative reviews). You can prevent this by spending $3 at Walmart on a soap saving sponge, they come in a pack of two. *PRO TIP* while doing research I found that if you follow with an apple cider vinegar spray the results are even better. And it's true." —M.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 12 varieties).

    14. Or a pack of laundry soap sheets you won't even have to slip into your toiletries bag if you're flying. This way you can save more room for souvenirs than three changes of underwear for every day of your trip. 

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

    Promising review: "These are perfect for backpackers and travelers. Wish I had known what these were years ago. Scent is light and cleaning power is surprisingly strong. Saved me euros while traveling because I didn't have to worry about if the laundromats would have detergent. Buy these if you travel for weeks at a time. You'll thank yourself later." —jeri dohnor

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

    15. A set of compression bags if you're not beholden to carry-on weight limits (v much more of a thing for European flying these days) and tend to overpack. Here's your sweet spot ;). And in the event that security has to go through your bag (it happens!), this'll make it a bit easier for them to sort through your stuff. 

    several clothing items folded and not in bag
    clothing items compact in the bag

    And they come with a hand pump for travel!

    Promising review: "SAVED OUR LIVES. IF YOU TRAVEL, YOU MUST BUY THESE. I bought two packages because two of us were doing some international travel to India from the USA. Had some fancy soirees, and dresses and tunics for a wedding. Rolled them up and literally made it a quarter of the size. There’s no need to have a vacuum pump but it just takes a strong arm and a table top to roll it out. It makes some funny sounds but really gets all the air out. Really good product and highly recommended. I have another package but not going to sell it back because I like them so much. They’re reusable too." —Victor Hammond

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in four sizes).

    16. Or a collection of compression packing cubes you can use over and over again without having to remember to pack a pump for sucking out the air.

    stack of thick sweaters and then it in the compression cube
    the full cube and then showing it zipped and compact

    Again, just be sure to look up any weight restrictions on carry-on luggage. I ran into that problem last summer (it was in Croatia while flying British Airways, btw), but the person at the airport check-in counter that gave me some trouble about my bag just seemed to care about my roller carry-on. So I'd suggest using these in a backpack or tote bag you plan to put under the seat.

    Promising review: "I am so glad I made this purchase. I couldn't believe how much I could fit into these packing cubes! So much so, I must have said that very same thing a 100 times after I packed! Definitely worth the $! Buy them!" —Kelly

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three colors).

    17. A handmade leather cord organizer to keep your wired listening BFFs from getting tangled up in your pocket, making it so much easier to empty said pockets for the security line.

    A person holding the cord organizer with their headphones wrapped neatly

    Promising review: "This is an absolute steal. I had this thing on my Amazon Wish List for way too long before I had a few bucks left over on a gift card and said, eh might as well. I am super pleased with the quality. It's a little thicker than I would have expected but it's really solid, pretty, and functional. I noticed in some of the reviews that people said they had issues with the snap. I have not had that issue. The strap works 100% and is a little stiff, but it's leather so it will work in well. If you are looking at this thing because you want something to keep your headphones from tangling, do yourself a favor and buy it." —Amazon Customer

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

    18. An electronics organizer with a place for just about every one of *your* and every member of your family's devices and corresponding cables so you don't get everything tangled up while searching for that ONE cord. 


    Promising review: "Don’t sacrifice your backpack by fire in an angry rage, buy this. My backpack is finally manageable! No more cords in random places or, more often than not, bunched up in a massive ball together. For the price the quality is great and it fits all the sizes of cords I have!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    19. A bendy travel pillow that'll help you catch up on some sleep you sacrificed for that budget-friendly morning flight. Buy that window seat, bring this versatile pillow.

    model sleeping against car door thanks to bending travel pillow

    Promising review: "This travel pillow design is simply brilliant! You can bend it into whatever shape your heart (or neck) desires! The memory foam is 150x better than the beads or stiff foam you find in most travel pillows. Also, unlike most travel pillows, the case is removable for easy cleaning. The cover is also super soft; it reminds me of a jersey T-shirt material. Talk about versatile also — I use it as lumbar support/comfort and my son uses it as a lap pillow when watching his iPad. Just buy it!!" —Tiffany Lemoine

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (also available in navy).

    20. A lightweight, compact, and high-speed portable charger so you can keep that phone juiced for entertainment, communication, and just about anything else. 

    model holding charger next to phone, with diagram showing the charger is 0.57 inches thick

    This highly rated slim option holds about 2.25 charges for iPhone 12, 1.6 charges for Galaxy S20, and 1.2 charges for iPad Mini 5 and comes with a Micro USB cable (to charge the charger) and a travel pouch.

    Promising review: "Buy it! I bought this for a trip and it did not disappoint! I used it to recharge my phone every day during my five-day trip without having to recharge the charger once. It takes a while to charge it fully but it will last a while and charge your phone very fast. While reading other reviews it seems people were making the mistake of trying to charge in the wrong ports, it is very clear that two are for input only. The USB is the only one for charging. This product is a must buy, I carry it in my purse at all times and I use it often because of how quickly it charges." —Melissa

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

    21. Plus a six-port wall charger to help you get around a hotel room where you're having to share outlets with your travel companions. Also, just think about the airport possibilities! 

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

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

    Promising review: "Buy this and never worry about charging again. I have had issues with other chargers burning out cables incredibly fast. Even had issues with an external charger for batteries for vaping that is supposed to charge two batteries at 1 amp or 4 at .5 amps. The charger says it needs a 2.1a USB port. I have used dozens of USB outlets that are 2.1a and every one backs the amps down to .4-.8amps when charging so charging takes almost twice as long. I plugged my iPad Air, iPhone, Bluetooth speaker, iPod, Bluetooth keyboard, and the external battery charger in question all into this, and every single one charged quickly with NO loss in amps to the battery charger. I was blown away." —Bryan

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49 (available in two colors).

    22. A digital luggage scale can make sure that you aren't slammed with an overweight luggage fee (ugh) or having to move stuff from your checked bag to your carryon to avoid said fee (also, ugh). 

    hand held luggage scale

    Promising review: "Buy this if you travel a lot. I travel with scuba dive gear and this saved me from going over the weight limit both going to the island and returning. I was a hero with my friends. They had no idea how much their bags weighed. I helped them too from going over their weight limit. It's easy to use and worth them money." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    23. A weighted sleep mask that'll help block out the reading light and/or sunlight from your neighbor's open airplane window shade while you catch up on some of that sleep you sacrificed to get the early flight. Oh, and it's weighted!

    Model wears black mask over their eyes while curled up in bed

    Promising review: "Buy it. I’m obsessed with the comfort this provides. I accidentally left my original one at my parents’ house. I couldn’t imagine being without it, so I bought another one to keep at my home. I have recommended this to several of my friends. The gentle weight you feel when you first put it on instantly relaxes me. Easy to wash and comfortable to wear all night. I wake up in the morning with it still on my face. A regular eye mask is crazy inferior." —Casey Warren

    Get one from Amazon for $14.99

    24. retractable lint roller to easily sip into your bag (even your purse!) for quick touchups on the go. I own one of these and have sworn by it for a few years now. 

    small tube that's about the size of a lipstick tube in blue, pink, and gold
    Flint / Via

    Promising review: "Got lint? Buy one on the go! I haven’t found a lint roller that worked for me until I bought this. It’s so convenient to carry it with you when you go out. It’s easy to use because all you have to do is tear out the piece you used on your clothing. It catches every single lint or animal fur you have. Everyone needs this!" —