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    45 Travel Products That Are Reviewer-Approved For A Reason

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    1. A hands-free (rotating!) phone mount designed for use on all airlines — not only can you mount it to the tray table, but to the arm of a chair or any flat surface, so you'll be able to stream content easy as pie.


    Promising review: "I bought this nifty gadget about six months for a multi-leg, ultra-long haul trip and it more than held up the entire duration. I was able to finagle it to fit the tray tables on different planes and like others, I find the height just nice when clamped onto a stowed tray table. It also works on my roller carry-on handle during layovers. However, I find myself using it a lot outside of travel too! Work-wise, I've clamped it onto my office desk shelving to hold my phone at eye level beside my computer. At home, I simply clamped it to a deck of cards and it turns into a versatile stand that I can place on any flat surface. Heck, I've been using it to hold my phone comfortably at eye level while watching videos in bed. It's extremely well-built and I find myself fidgeting with it all the time. Thus far it still feels solid and I don't anticipate breaking it any time soon. Even if it does break, I'll be happy to buy another one or two of it!" —Earendil

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    2. An AirFly Pro, a handy gadget you can use to connect your wireless headphones to the headphone jacks on flights so you can stream The Fault in Our Stars and bawl thousands of feet in the air again without shelling out $$ for wired headphones.

    the AirFly Pro plugged into a screen on a plane

    AirFly Pro also comes with a USB-C charging cable, travel pouch, keychain holder, quick-start guide, and manual. Psst — you can also use this at the gym! 

    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 $54.49 (available in five options).

    3. A fully waterproof, super lightweight Columbia travel jacket that folds into an itty bitty square, taking up very little real estate in your carry-on for something that you will be *sooooo* glad you thought to pack when the rain comes out to play. It also features zippered pockets, an adjustable drawstring hem, *and* adjustable sleeves.

    Reviewer in navy blue rain jacket

    Promising review: "I needed a lightweight, packable rain jacket for our trip to the mountains and this little number fit the bill! I love all of my Columbia gear and knew this product would be perfect. I ordered a large and it fit perfectly upon arrival as anticipated. I can cover the sleeves over my hands and the jacket can be pulled down over the top of my rear for extra coverage when needed. Love the hood option as well. Overall great purchase and expected cost for Columbia product. Highly recommend!" —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $30+ (available in women's sizes XS–3X and 36 colors). 

    4. A popular water-resistant Under Armour face mask designed to sit off your lips, giving you plenty of room to breathe without getting fabric sucked into your mouth — a perfect mask for anyone looking to relax on a long plane flight. It's also made with the company's Iso-Chill fabric, so it doesn't overheat despite being bulkier than other masks.

    BuzzFeed editor in a black face mask that protrudes slightly off the face
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    FWIW, if you're planning to exercise in a mask while traveling, this mask also has the approval of a *ton* of runners and athletes in its reviews, but also runners IRL. I run in Central Park four days a week and I am constantly seeing other runners in this mask. I have two of them in my own run rotation, and I'm impressed not only by how well they stay in place and don't get over-sweaty and gross on long runs, but by how well they wash up and maintain their shape. The straps are super soft on your ears, too. I've gotten to used to straps chafing on longer runs that I was surprised by what a difference this made. I gifted one of these to my dad for Christmas, too, and it's his go-to for walks and errand running. It's just an overall easier mask to breathe in (while still maintaining a tight fit and keeping the people around you safe!).

    Promising review: "I love this mask. It's comfortable and fits well on the sides. It's multilayer, which gives me peace of mind, but it's not hot nor does it trap my breath, making it uncomfortable when I'm working out. It washes and dries well, but just make sure you give yourself time for it to completely dry before planning to wear I mentioned, it's multilayer, so it takes a little longer (to air dry). I also wore this mask on recent plane trips that I took for the extra peace of mind. So glad I spent the money on a better-made mask. I'm thinking of ordering another one." —Kristi S. 

    Type Of Fit: Around the ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Iso-Chill fabric

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in five sizes and six colors; for reference, I'm wearing the Small-Medium above).

    5. Plus a soft silicone ear saver and mask extender you'll be grateful for on long flights, train rides, and bus trips — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don't *quite* fit your face, making them much comfier and more secure.

    A model wearing a mask that is pulled together around the back of their head by the silicone ear saver, which has three different toggles on the back for sizing

    People are also using these to prevent their hearing aids or earbuds from falling out and getting lost while they're taking masks on and off. Plus this silicone ear saver is anti-slip to keep it locked in place, and designed not to get tangled in hair.

    Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this worked great for kids' masks, especially since sizing for kids' faces is all over the place and difficult to measure out when you're buying masks online!

    Promising review: "I bought these for my second 10-hour plane ride because the back of my ears hurt so bad from the mask the first time! These are supper comfortable easy to use!! Love that it has three notches to adjust it better! Overall love the product!" —Carlee Wilson

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight different color combos).

    6. A handy RFID-blocking travel wallet complete with *deep breath* 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 zippered coin pocket, a key holder, and a pen holder, all in one itty-bitty place so you're never scrambling to find anything when you're on the move.

    reviewer photo of the wallet open, showing all the different pockets for passport, cards, money, phone, and more

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this wallet. I needed a new travel wallet, and this holds everything I need all in one place, and it still closes nicely and stays flat! I can fit my boarding pass, passport, ID, credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, and more in it, yet it doesn’t bulk up or look like an overstuffed mess. It's just amazing. The description says it only holds US money, but I just used the boarding pass flap to hold all my Japanese Yen (¥), which are larger. I didn’t use the zippered pocket for coins as I much prefer a separate coin purse for that sort of thing. I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot!" —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 35 colors).

    7. A adorable hanging toiletries bag so you can have your own little makeshift "getting ready" station without using up too much counter space in a hotel — an especially nice hack when you're traveling with other humans.

    A hanging zippered pouch undone to show bottles, toothbrush and accessories inside
    J-BeautyLife Accessories/Etsy

    J-BeautyLife Accessories is a California-based Etsy shop that specializes in travel bags, cosmetic bags, and jewelry. 

    Promising review: "This is a great travel bag. I found myself lugging around three little bags and finally decided that I needed a cute, durable travel kit. Found it! Seems to be solid quality. fast shipping, and I love the grey lemon design." —clarev and mark

    Get it from J-BeautyLife Accessories on Etsy for $14.95 (available in four colors). 

    8. An airplane footrest, because yes, it IS possible to sit comfortably on a plane — all you have to do is hook this onto the tray table and boom, instant elevation (and a LOT less foot swelling to deal with post-flight!).

    reviewer using the black airplane hammock

    Promising review: "My feet never touch the floor when I sit on airplane seats. For short flights, this is bearable, but I have been in misery on longer rides. I used this sling during a trip to Thailand from East Coast USA and it made the trip so much better. Between this sling and a pair of compression stockings, I survived 26 hours of consecutive flight with no swelling or pain. It's easy to use with any tray table or back-of-seat pocket. It folds up small enough into its pouch that I could carry it in my hand luggage, and it takes up about the same space as a set of over-the-ear headphones." —Holbytla

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

    9. A set of homeopathic jet lag pills to show all time zones and weary post-travel limbs who's boss. This doesn't have any side effects and won't mess with your *actual* attempts to sleep, but may help you feel more refreshed after long flights or (sighs deeply) red eyes.

    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: "My husband and I have used this product now for five years for multiple trips overseas and these really work. How do we know? We've forgotten to use them on a couple of legs and there has been a night/day difference in our energy levels. We use precisely as directed, setting timers on our phone when possible to remember the doses. On a few occasions we've slept through the timer, so missed the timing of a couple of doses, and we've been fine. Our last trip to Australia was 34 hours door-to-door on the outbound. We would have been a complete wreck without these. As it was, we arrived late morning, remained awake and lively (enough) through dinner, and then got a good night's sleep. The next day we felt as good as new. For the years before I used this, I would need to sleep for a few days after a leg like that. We never travel without this now. I highly recommend this product." —motokat

    Get a pack of 32 pills from Amazon for $11.

    10. A waterproof pouch to keep your phone and other "doesn't play well with water"–type gadgets safe. Not only does this keep it safe, but you can still use the touchscreen with it, meaning you can take underwater photos galore 🐠🐟🐡.

    It fits any phone up to 100mm x 170mm (or about 3.9 inches x 6.7 inches). It's also a great fix for keeping out sand and dirt (and a great option for runners, if you're caught in the rain but still want to be able to toggle through your music options).

    Promising review: "I purchased this case in July for an upcoming canoe trip with a friend, and as luck would have it, we flipped our canoe. Being the rebel that I am, I chose not to wear my phone around my neck, and so it, my ID, and my debit card ended up at the bottom of the river and I just assumed it would be discovered a thousand years from now and placed in a museum as an ancient artifact. Fast-forward to this week. I was contacted via FB by an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office diver and guess what he found? Yup, my phone case with all of the contents intact and dry as a bone! He had to cut the case open, but there was not one single drop of water in it and he ended up purchasing a case for himself because he was just that impressed!" —Julie McDonald

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 14 colors).

    11. A vinyl plastic vaccine card sleeve with a resealable top just to make *extra* sure it won't rain on your vaccinated travel parade. (This also comes with handy holes for lanyards if you want to keep them close!)

    Model holding vaccine sleeve with resealable top

    Promising review: "These fit the current COVID vaccine cards perfectly. We got these for keeping the cards safe during a recent vacation. These are better than laminating because they will allow the paper to release gas and not break down." —Jonathon W. 

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in 5-, 10-, 20-, and 50-packs).

    12. A TSA-approved toiletry bag for all your liquids and makeup so you can sail on through security without worrying about anything other than the fact that, oops, turns out your socks don't match.

    hand holding the clear square bag with blue trim filled with toiletries

    Promising review: "This bag held surprisingly more than expected. I put tiny travel jars for my skincare creams and other small toiletries in it with room to spare. I definitely feel like it was easier to pack and was also easy to grab out of my bag for security. It feels sturdy with nice, thick vinyl. The double zipper moved easily, and I was pleased that it opened completely for ease of getting the items I needed out of it." —Mrs M Tate

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 11 colors).

    13. Or a ridiiiiculously convenient fully-stocked toiletries bag that does half your packing work *for* you. This clear TSA-approved bag comes complete with quality shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, flossers, a spare bag, and a styling comb.

    The items in a clear zippered bag

    Psst — a lot of people brought these for their hospital stays to have their kids!

    Promising review: "This is amazing!!! Like imagine everything you would need for a short trip and visualize it in front of you. This kit: perfection! Everything you would need! They even supply you with a medium ziplock bag to put everything in if you were to go on a plane (since they request you put your toiletries in a see-through plastic bag anyway) this is amazing and I have nothing but nice words to say. This is such a genius idea and it’s perfect for any short trip!!! Five stars!!!" —Alexis 

    Get it from Amazon for $10.59

    14. A reviewer-beloved travel laptop backpack worth every darn penny — it's fully waterproof to protect all your tech, and its main compartment includes a padded laptop compartment, an open pocket, two side pockets for umbrellas and water bottle, and three extra zippered pockets. The front pocket also comes with spots for your phone, wallet, and keys, and there's a space for a USB port.,

    A lot of nurses, teachers, and parents also swear by this backpack, since it's so well-organized, durable, and comfy!

    Promising review: "Bought this to use as a travel bag (wanted something a little larger than what I currently have). It's beautiful: the fabric is soft yet durable, I love the hardware, and there are SO many pockets and compartments. I feel like this bag is going to be my BFF for many trips to come. Can't wait to break it in!" —N Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $41.98 (available in 12 colors).

    15. A super-soft Trtl neck pillow designed to support your head while you're snoozing in midair so you don't land in a new city with a new crick in your neck to boot.

    model wearing a gray trtl pillow while sleeping on a plane

    Here's what BuzzFeeder Ciera Velarde has to say about this pillow: "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).

    16. Or an inflatable wedge pillow so you can fully conk out by turning that dead space between you and the chair in front of you into your own personal oasis — this is great for resting your head to watch stuff on your phone and also just for catching some ZZZs.

    reviewer with their head resting on an inflated pillow that rests on their lap and has room for their arms

    Promising review: "I used this on four international flights last month and it made all the difference in the world. It's compact, easy to inflate/deflate, very versatile in how you can position it, doesn't rely on the tray table, and works well for bulkhead seats as well as those with someone in front of you. I can't sleep with my head back without snorting myself awake, so this is a perfect alternative. I can very comfortably lean forward in my seat and sleep almost like I can in a bed. I'm 6'2" and this pillow is plenty tall enough to just rest on my lap and let me lean forward into it without feeling crunched over. This pillow will easily let me get enough comfortable periods of sleep on a 9-hour flight that I don't feel completely drained upon arrival. My wife tried mine out before we left on vacation and loved it so much she had me order her one. We both wouldn't travel without them now." —Still Chilly In Colorado

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99. 

    17. A set of two foldable waterproof shoe bags you will be soooooo glad you bought to keep your shoes separate from your nice clothes, especially when your last vacation day might end in a downpour or a muddy hike!

    The light blue rectangular shoe bag with a pair of sneakers in the main compartment and sandals in a mesh top one

    Promising review: "Took this on vacation and I bought two, one for myself and one for my boyfriend. My feet are women’s size 6 and my boyfriend's are men’s size 9. We were both able to fit one pair of slipper/slides and one pair of shoes. My boyfriend and I just placed on top of each other. We had mud on our shoes and sand but it didn’t get mixed up with the rest of our belongings (hence why I purchased the darker color, I knew the lighter one would stain/look so dirty). I will def use this every single time I travel." —OctoberPaperTrails

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99 (available in seven colors). 

    18. A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm you can apply between your thighs and on your feet so you can wear all your fashionable vacation dresses to touristy spots or hike in your more active excursions without worrying about extra ouchies.


    I absolutely SWEAR by this balm for breaking in new shoes and preventing blisters on days when I'm walking a lot! You have to reapply every few hours, but that anti-chafing barrier is supreme. I also use it for chafing from my sports bra and it has made a wooorrrld of difference.

    Promising review: "I don't know why it took me 30 years to do something about thigh chafing besides wearing nylons or bike shorts under dresses. This stuff is a game changer. I bought a stick before heading to vacation in Central America. I wanted to wear short shorts and comfy flowy dresses without an extra layer to melt me in the heat. It goes on a little sticky, but it is amazing. I walked around all day without ever feeling chafed or uncomfortable. Even after swimming I was fine to walk back to the hotel before reapplying with my dress for dinner." —R. Lien

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    19. A hybrid travel planner and journal, so not only can you organize all your plans for the trip in advance, but chronicle them in the same space for safekeeping. Extremely love to see it, especially because the planning and anticipating of the trip is every bit as fun as the trip itself!

    Model holding spiral notebook with minimalist gold map that says "Wander Always"
    The Lamare/Etsy

    The Lamare is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in planners and journals. 

    Promising review: "I loved the journals I received. They are gorgeous. They're well made and fun to use!" —Kristy

    Get it from The Lamare on Etsy for $14.95

    20. A small power bank charger that tens of thousands of reviewers swear by as an easy, highly portable way to get a quick charge on their phones — especially great for trips where you're on the go so much that there's no time to go back to the hotel and charge.

    A black charging bank connected to a phone

    Promising review: "I bought this for a two week vacation to South Africa seeing as I was out most of the day taking lots of pictures and nowhere to readily plug in my phone. This thing is super small, fits in my small purse and I did not have to recharge it at all the whole time I was gone. Granted I did not use it every day, but the fact that it holds charge that long is amazing. After about 11 days it still had 75% of the charge and I had used it at least four times. It does charge pretty fast which is a big plus and because it is so small, I don't even have to take it out of my purse." —Nellie F. 

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

    21. A 50-count set of super-handy laundry soap sheets you can use to hand wash your clothes right in the sink, whether you want to refresh your undies or you sweated out some workout clothes and want to go on round two with them after letting them air-dry. TBH, one of these tiny things might save you a whole BUNDLE of packing space for extra clothes you don't need!

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

    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 a set of 50 from Amazon for $7.19 (available in four other styles, including hand soap and shampoo).

    22. A set of Sea Bands, which target an acupuncture point on your wrists meant to help reduce nausea — a must-have for anyone who gets motion sick on long car rides, cruises, buses, and trains.

    Reviewer with gray band on their wrist

    Promising review: "These were awesome! My entire family suffers from motion sickness, especially car sickness. My little one gets sick in the car on a regular car ride through the city. So I knew that a long road trip was going to be a disaster. I was amazed at how well these bands worked for everyone! Not one single person complained about being sick for 12 hours in the car. At one point I did have one child remove their bands because they said they were getting too tight. But after only a few minutes without them, a headache started to come on, so they immediately put them back on and the relief was instant. I have suffered for decades and now I know better. I will never travel without mine again!" —1SmartCookie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.53 (available in adult and children's sizes).

    23. A mini steam iron you'll *definitely* want to invest in if you pack tight and you've got formal occasions or ~dressy outfits~ to show off. This is a much easier solution than wrangling a hotel iron or trying to run the shower steam over your clothes.

    the compact steam iron packed in a suitcase full of clothes

    Promising review: "The best travel item I have purchased this year! It irons so well. I took it on a trip to Germany a few weeks ago. I just placed a towel on the counter or on the bed, and it took minimal effort to iron out the creases. The steam works very well. I hardly had to use the max heat option because it’s pretty powerful. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who does business travel and are going to areas that don’t have irons available in the hotel rooms or for leisure travel as well. It doesn’t take up much room. It fits in the palm of my hand. I also had no problem getting through security in Germany, London, or the US."—Erica Kowsari

    Get it from Amazon for $21.69.

    24. An expandable dirty laundry bag that packs in a tiny zip-up and extends into a bag that can hold a week's worth of laundry, made with moisture-resistant fabric so your dirty clothes don't muck up your nice clean ones.

    pink zippered bag that says "talk dirty to me" that expands out into a larger laundry bag

    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 Laundromat. This is cute and folds up into itself." —N. Newman

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

    25. An itsy bitsy travel razor you can bop right into your checked lugged for a fraction of the space — perfect for when you're on long trips when you might want to do a few ~touch ups~.

    Mini razor in a pink case

    Promising review: "I cannot express how much my daughter and I love these razors! They are perfect for traveling and the little grip is much easier to hold than I expected. Now there is no need to take those awful disposable razors on vacation. We can use the same quality razor that we used at home." —Anitra W.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A Bearaby travel napper for anyone who, like me, is common law married to their weighted blanket. Now you can take all that snuggly anxiety-reducing comfort on the road with this 10-pound version that fits easily into a compact duffel, making it perfect for adding some calm to long flights and road trips.

    model sitting in a chair that looks like an airplane seat with a navy blue knitted blanket over them

    Promising review: "Love my travel napper. I fall into a deep sleep so fast and wake up refreshed. Highly recommend!" —sarah f. 

    Get it from Bearby for $209 (available in five colors). 

    27. A durable, claw-resistant portable litter box so your furriest friend doesn't have to compromise when the two of you go on adventures together.

    Cat climbing out of a black and white gingham litter box
    The Grommet

    Necoichi is a Japan-based small business that specializes in cat-friendly travel products (fun fact: its name combines the Japanese words for “cats” and “first”!). 

    Promising review: "The litter box folds to a compact size that fits into a carry on. We purchased plastic litter box liners at a box box pet store, lined the box and then collapsed it to fit into carry on. We pack a small bag of litter, enough for two uses, and set up the box in a bath stall before boarding and then again upon landing, tossing the used liner and litter each time. The cat was very happy with this litter box!" —Wayne

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.99

    28. An always handy international travel adaptor with a universal input that lets you charge four devices at once, so you don't have to triage charging all your electronics whenever you get back to the hotel.

    The black charger with USB cords coming out of it

    Promising review: "LOVE this adapter! I travel from time to time internationally and have always used just the 'standard' adapters found in airports. Could not pass up the opportunity to purchase this one after reading the reviews. Exceeded my expectations of what it was capable of. Used on a recent trip to Germany and it handled everything needed — laptop, cell phone (USB ports are so very welcome), alarm clock, dryer, etc. Did not miss a beat on the power provided. And, it is also attractive looking ;-) Thank you for making such a great, dependable product!" —Monkey 

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99

    29. A packing checklist so you never arrive in the middle of a brand new city and open the family suitcases to a whole lot of things that *aren't* your underwear ever again.

    packing checklist that says pack this with a bunch of things listed

    Promising review: "We travel frequently and have two children. As any parent knows, packing for yourself and your children can be overwhelming (especially for trip longer than a few days). I have found this list to be a lifesaver and I also give it as a gift for other traveling families. It is easy to plan, organize, and list out items that are easily forgotten. You can also list the quantity of each item needed. It has a variety of clothing options and space to add more. Overall, wonderful purchase and has likely saved me many forgotten items!" —Mike D.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.12.

    30. A set of two teensy pastel soap sheet dispensers perfect for when you're on the move — just add water, and one of these will suds right up so you can get your hands squeaky clean.

    Model holding a green pocket sized dispenser full of soap sheets

    Each soap sheet dispenser comes with 50 sheets, so you definitely get some hygienic bang for your buck!

    Promising review: "We purchased these prior to a 2,000-mile road trip. They were incredibly convenient, especially when we went to Niagara Falls and other public and potentially dirty places. They lather pretty well when water is added and the scent is not gross or too strong. I highly recommend these!" —Courtney

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.49.

    31. An ultra breathable memory foam neck pillow that comes with (gasp!!) a 3D-contoured eye mask for sleeping, plus a set of ear plugs. Basically the dream team for airplane power naps if there ever was one.


    Promising review: "I owned a couple of neck pillows previously, but none are nice and soft as this. It is like the memory foam pillow used at night. I used this during my trip to Japan, it is a 12-hour flight and thanks to this travel pillow, it helped me sleep most of the time. I can't really describe how soft the pillow is... but it's super soft. The fabric is nice and doesn't seem like it would irritate over long trips or flights. There's a zipper for the cover as well, so you could remove it and wash it if you really needed to. Other than the pillow, the black carrying bag also came with an eye cover (I'm obsessed with these, and they're better quality than the ones you get from the airplanes) as well as earplugs and case for it, which is nice because I sometime lost my earplug or get it dirty. Overall, extremely comfortable, so it's worth the price if you want a better quality pillow." —Dang

    Get the set from Amazon for $21 (available in four colors).

    32. A reusable water bottle with a daily pill organizer so not only can you condense two very handy items into one sleek bottle, but you'll be less likely to forget to take your medication with your traveling throwing off your routine.,

    Promising review: "Very nice! I love this bottle. I took it on a trip. It worked beautifully!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50 (available in four colors).

    33. A pair of compression socks for anyone whose feet and legs are prone to swelling on long flights — these are a chic solution to keep you ready for action once you land.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Took a 10-hour flight overseas, and I am usually prone to ankle/foot swelling on long-haul flights like that. Wore these for the entire flight and they worked perfectly! No swelling when I landed! They're definitely snug feeling, but not constrictive to the point where my calves or feet ever hurt. I wouldn't recommend wearing for longer than your actual travel time because they do get a bit uncomfortable if you're thinking of wearing all day, but perfect for those long flights!" —Shireen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50+ (available in 10 colors and sizes S–XL).

    34. A compact, lightweight Brevite camera bag with expertly engineered padding and pockets to accommodate your camera and all of its fragile accessories. Psst — unlike some of your tech, this bag also comes with a lifetime warranty., Brevite

    Each backpack includes specific spots for an up to 16-inch Macbook laptop, a full frame DSLR camera, up to three lenses, a 70–200mm lens or drone, plus extra clothes, a passport, a tripod, water bottles, and SD cards.

    Promising review: "I've always wanted a photography bag to put all my gear that doesn't look like the regular bulky photography bag. This is it! The Runner is discreet, super light and I can fit my X-T3 camera with a lens on, two additional lens and my compact X100F. But the most important feature to me is the laptop sleeve where I can put my 16" Macbook Pro. Great-quality bag with durable materials. Love it." —Lauriane M.

    Get it from Brevite for $129 (available in multiple colors).

    35. A LifeStraw, aka a personal water filter perfect for hiking and camping trips (or accidentally getting drafted into The Hunger Games). This compact gizmo cleans up to 1,000 gallons of water *without* using any chemicals or batteries, so you can safely stay hydrated in the heat wherever you roam.

    Model drinking out of blue tube directly from the river

    Promising review: "I bought this item for a hiking/camping trip in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and did it work amazingly! It is an advantage to carry this around with you instead of bottles of water or a hydration pack. I was not afraid at one second to stick this into a random creek we came across and start to drink. The initial drink was a little tough. (Just need to get the water through the filter) But I would rather it be like that, so I know that the filter is doing its job. After that, the rest of the sips were easy. Make sure you clean this according to the instructions after each use. Do not hesitate to purchase this product and use it in a water source when you are thirsty." —Gadde15

    Get it from Amazon for $14.83.

    36. A bar of natural, plastic-free solid shampoo you can easily slide into your carry-on without worrying about it getting flagged at TSA *or* exploding mid-flight and drowning your laptop in Garnier Fructis.

    eight different ethique shampoo bars going into a toiletry bag

    Promising review: "First time I bought this soap it was for traveling. Lugging around large bottles of shampoo for six people for a four- to six-week vacation is just not an option and buying shampoo is sketchy since a couple of us have soap allergies. The little bar packs up perfectly in a little baggie and takes the smallest amount of luggage space. One bar washed six heads of hair for five weeks!! Everyday!! Suds well and cleans well." —Dominique B. 

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in eight scents).

    37. Plus a waterproof soap travel case so you don't have to worry about it splish-splashing with everything else in your toiletries bag when it's time to pack it back up.

    Fabric soap holders in yellow, green, and blue

    Mamazita is a Canada-based, woman-owned Etsy shop establishing in 2017 that specializes in zero waste products. 

    Promising review: "Love it! It is perfect for the soap bar I take on trips. It is very well made with quality materials and shipped quickly too!" —Brianna Konz 

    Get it from Mamazita on Etsy for $5.80 (available in four colors). 

    38. A set of small travel containers that are *super* versatile, since you can use them for anything from holding small amounts of sunscreen or lotion to storing pills to stashing away earrings.


    Each set of nine containers also comes with two small spatulas and a storage bag.

    Promising review: "I have traveled twice now with these little jars and have had no issues with leaking. I love the two mini spatulas that come with the set for getting thicker products out of the jars. I only wish I could buy more of the smaller ones without having to purchase the larger. Great product and highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $9.99.

    39. A hands-free portable neck fan you can charge with a USB and take wherever you roam on long hot vacation days, because you know what?? Staying cool is the new fashion and fans are the hottest accessory.

    Reviewer with two white fans propped around their neck

    It has three speeds to choose from and also lights up, making you more visible at night. Reviewers note that you should definitely put your hair in a ponytail (but that it's easy to unsnag if it gets caught).

    Promising review: "I took this on vacation to a tropical vacation and it was the smartest move ever. It looks like headphones so no one looks at you weird and the airflow is great. They have rolling blackouts here but I have not skip one beat. I pop on my fan and keep it breezy. I have also used it while applying my makeup so I don't start sweating before it sets. I take this thing all over the island and people ask where I got it once they figure out it's a fan. Plus the light makes me feel a little safer if I'm still outside during night time. I love the convenience of the charger but I've used it continuously for two hours so far and the battery held just fine. The places you can take this and stay cool are just amazing. BUY THIS!" —Tiarra Reyes

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in six colors).

    40. A foldable jewelry organizer made with a soft quilted cotton to keep all your baubles safe and untangled while you're on the move — this has special spaces for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, plus two zippered pockets for watches and other accessories.

    The light pink  fabric case laid out flat with jewelry secured in it

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this! I purchased it for a week long vacation and it kept my jewelry safe and untangled. I had stopped traveling with necklaces because they always wound up a tangled mess. No more! Bonus is that the soft pink case is beautiful and classy looking. It is also very slim so it’s easy to pack or carry in your purse. Highly recommend this product! My favorite purchase in a long time!" —Petite and Pampered Boutique 

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in two sizes and seven colors). 

    41. A travel security belt with a sneaky pocket at the waist perfect for holding emergency cash, copies of documents, and small maps that you might want to have on hand in an effort to Always Be Prepared.

    Model pulling cash from hidden pocket of gray belt

    Promising review: "I just got back from an overseas trip using this belt. I went through TSA three times wearing this and had no issues. It's able to hold several bills if you fold them carefully. I would buy this again. It's definitely worth the money." —Neutron

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99

    42. A "crush-proof" carry-on suitcase that you might actually develop a crush on? Not only is it designed for easy maneuvering, it comes with an ejectable battery to charge your gadgets, a compression system so you don't have to play the "smush everything in here, so help me god" game, and even features a sneaky odor-proof laundry bag.


    Promising review: "I've been looking for a carry-on replacement for some time. My last carry-on was from 2007, so it was super old and not very good. Now that I have my July Carry On, I couldn't be more pleased. It's so good from functionality to style. I love the laundry bag — it's great that I don't have to remember to take my own separate laundry bag with me anymore — and the charging is so useful. The wheels are silent and smooth — so much so that on the slightest decline the bag will 100% roll away from you. The bumpers are a bit scratched after some use, but it's hardy/designed to protect what's inside, and I accept that there will be some of that happening on long-haul flights. I really enjoy the personalization as well — I had my name and a little frog etched on the top — so cute!" —Ameeka N.

    Get it from July for $245 (available in 12 colors; plus you can add personalization for $50).

    43. A fingerprint recognition lock, because why go on a regular trip when you can go on a self-insert James Bond fan fic of a trip instead? Good LUCK to anyone who thought they were going to steal all the VIPS (Very Important Plane Snacks) from your carry-on!!

    Promising review: "This lock comes with excellent directions and it's very easy to use. At times, I need to wipe the fingerprint sensor for it to read my fingerprint, but not so much where it's a hassle. My wife and I share this lock between us and we love it. It's so much easier than remembering a combination or having to have an extra key." —Ron Andres

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (also available with Bluetooth).

    44. A quick-release vegan leather travel belt to securely cinch your carry-on or duty-free goodies to the top of your rolling suitcase so you can shop around the airport between layovers (and/or sprint to reach said layovers) with ease.

    Cincha Travel

    Cincha Travel is a California-based small business that specializes in adjustable travel belts made out of vegan leather. The brand donates 100 airline miles for each purchase, which are used to reconnect separated migrant families.

    Promising review: "Love this! I am constantly struggling between holding my jacket and two carry-ons. This is the perfect solution! I can’t wait to start using it when I’m back to regular business travel." —Allison

    Get it from Cincha Travel for $35 (available in 15 colors, can be monogrammed for an additional $12).

    45. A Lay-n-Go cosmetic bag – it fans out to become a mat, saving you both the time of rifling through a bag to find your beauty prods *and* the hassle of putting them all back when it's time to boogie.

    Lay-n-Go / YouTube / Via

    Promising review: "I was tired of fumbling around in my cosmetics case and saw this. I was skeptical, but...WOW! On my recent two-week trip to Europe, with constant laying out and packing up, this item was wonderful. I could find what I wanted quickly, right away. Packing up was just a matter of pulling the drawstring. At first I wasn’t sure about changing to this bag, but now I could not do without it." —Mojosharkey

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in 12 colors).

    When the jet lag-preventing tablets put a pep in your step:


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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