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    34 Truly Useful Travel Products You'll Be Glad You *Didn't* Leave At Home

    Including a luggage scale, top-rated packing cubes, and more essentials you'll definitely want for your next trip.

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    1. A handy packing list so you can remember to bring the essentials (clothes, toiletries, tech accessories, etc.) and not have the thought of, "oh wait, did I pack THIS!?" as you're boarding a flight or driving on a road trip. 

    image of the packing list

    Promising review: "I've been using packing lists for travel, camping, etc. for 40 years. That saves me from remembering to take my phone on a trip, but forgetting the charger or taking my camera and forgetting batteries. I compared this list to my own and found its got all my essentials on it, plus a few more things to think about. A great convenience when I can finally travel again." —Alaskaguy

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in 15 colors). 

    2. hands-free (rotating!) phone mount to turn your phone into a mini TV while you're traveling. It can mount on multiple surfaces, including tray tables, the arms of terminal seats, and luggage handles. Now you can stream Netflix or view videos whenever and wherever you want.

    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: "I bought this nifty gadget about six months ago 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." —Earendil

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in three colors and in two unit sizes).

    3. And an AirFly Pro wireless transmitter so you can watch movies and TV shows with your AirPods on flights. Plug it into the seat TV screen, connect your earbuds, and you'll be good to go. No more packing flimsy headphones or having to pay extra for a pair while you're on board. 

    hands pulling out an airpod while watching tv on an plane
    model wearing airpods and touching a tv screen while on a plane

    It also comes with a USB-C charging cable, travel pouch, keychain holder, quick-start guide, and a manual. Traveling with a family member or friend? They can also sync their earbuds to this gadget!

    See one TikTok user using it with their AirPod Pros here

    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 $32.29+ (available in three styles).

    4. A Trtl neck pillow because with it, you can finally rest in a plane seat without feeling uncomfortable. This cozy cocoon is adjustable, gently wraps around your neck, and prevents your head from bobbing side to side. Plus, it's space-saving, lightweight, and attaches to any luggage handle.

    pic of reviewer wearing black Trtl neck pillow on flight
    model wears bright red wrap-around Trtl neck pillow while sleeping in plane seat

    BuzzFeed editor Ciera Velarde owns this comfy pillow and said: "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.

    Promising review: "Used it for a 14-hour flight to Japan last week, and it helped tremendously. This was the first time I was able to sleep on the plane so this helped tremendously. Definitely a must have for travel. It is very light so I was able to easily pack it in my under-the-seat wheeled trolley. I want to emphasize how much the light warmth of the fleece (and I don't like being hot) was just right to help me nod off to sleep. Since this is primarily for sitting upright in the seat or someone in the middle or the aisle seat, this was ideal for me. I just got back yesterday. Again I used it — this time for a 12-hour flight." —Ambience

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in four colors).

    5. Or an inflatable travel pillow to help you sleep so well on your next overnight flight. Reviewers are raving about it so much, one even said it was the best sleep they've had on an airplane. It's also easy to use: it inflates in six to eight breaths and collapses into a pouch that'll fit in your carry-on. 

    Promising reviews: "Easy to inflate, easy to deflate and carry. Used it for a five-hour flight and it was best sleep I've had on an airplane. It was super comfortable. I also used to stuff my feet it in it when it got too cold on the flight." —rubi

    "This travel pillow was amazing! My flight was delayed 6 hours, and I even used this to sleep in my chair at the airport! I slept so good with this! I used it on the plane and was able to fall asleep within a few minutes because it was so comfortable! Your head is supported perfectly! I didn’t have a stiff neck when I woke up, like I normally would after sleeping on the plane! I won’t ever leave on a trip without this pillow!" —Kimberly Mozuch

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95+ (available in four colors).

    6. A portable charger you'll probably sing praises for, because it doesn't require any cords. When your phone battery is running low, plug it into the dock and it'll instantly charge it up. The dock also powers up while it charges your phone, so both will be ready whenever you need them on a flight or vacation stay.

    Note: This small gadget can charge an iPhone 8 1.5 times and an iPhone X one full time on a single charge.

    Promising review: "The holy grail of portable chargers!!! I was traveling to Disney for vacation, and knowing me, I would drain my battery with just taking pictures alone. I wanted a portable battery but didn’t want to carry a cord either, so I was excited when I found this little baby! It does exactly as described and I get one full charge of battery for my phone. Get it you will not be disappointed!" —Meghan Doble

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

    7. set of packing cubes to help you organize everything you packed in your suitcase. Pants, shirts, dresses...whatever you're wearing on vacay, these compact containers will hold them all without taking up a ton of space and prevent them from turning into a messy pile.

    light blue packing cubes in different sizes
    light blue packing cubes filled with clothes in a suitcase

    This set comes with an extra large cube, large cube, medium cube, small cube, roomy shoe bag, and a laundry bag for dirty clothes!

    Promising review: "I found out about the packing cubes on TikTok from a woman that travels all over and she mentioned these travel cubes and knew I had to get them. I travel and usually stay in one spot for more than a month so packing gets tricky. I can now pack more neatly and have more room for all the clothes I travel with." —Magen Vaughn

    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 12 colors).

    8. And a digital luggage scale because it can easily weigh your suitcase (up to 110 pounds) to make sure it doesn't go over the limit. This handy gadget fits in a bag or pocket, so you can pull it out and check your luggage on the spot. You'll be relieved you didn't have to pay an overweight baggage fee at the airport.

    You can also alternate between pound and kilogram measurements. 

    Promising reviews: "This scale works and was accurate on four flights. First flight was a test at 46 pounds and Delta scales said it was 46 pounds. The next two flights were at 49 pounds and both United and Delta found it to be 49 pounds. The bag on the 4th flight weighed 49 but the United scale found it to be 48 pounds. Four different airports and scales proved that this scale is a good, low cost must-have item for air travel." —Robert

    "Love it! Lightweight and easy to read! It even gives you the climate temperature (not that I need it but a neat feature). It reads in both kg and lbs. Definitely recommend if you're a frequent traveler and have weight requirements on luggage." —Patricia Velasquez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and in a two-pack option). 

    9. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite that's like a digital library for all your favorite reads. You can take it with you if you're traveling by bus, car, or plane, and not have to stuff your bag with heavy books if you'll be gone for a few days. 

    gif of a waterproof kindle underneath the water
    model reading a kindle paperwhite
    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite! I recently upgraded from an old Kindle that didn't have a backlight and what a difference. I really love being able to read in bed at night without needing to have a light on. The battery life is fantastic. The Kindle is great for travel, so you don't have to dedicate luggage space to multiple books, but also great for just keeping with you or having around the house. It's so lightweight and thin. I added a PopSocket to the back of mine to make it even more comfortable to hold. I recommend for any avid reader!" —Marissa T

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99+ (available in three versions and with or without lockscreen ads). 

    Read more deets in our full review of the Kindle Paperwhite.

    10. A pair of joggers so you can be as comfy as possible and not wear constricting jeans while you travel. Just picture yourself relaxing in these soft babies that reviewers say are a great Lululemon dupe. And, that elastic waistband means you'll be less likely to want to change after sitting on a plane for hours. 

    Promising review: "I only write reviews when something really blows me away...and wow. These joggers are SO soft and comfy especially for the price! If you told me these were Lululemon I would believe you. I’m obsessed with these, I got two pairs! They are extremely stretchy material and the waistband stretches a lot but isn’t too big. If you want them a little looser size up. 12/10 recommend!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and in tons of colors).

    11. And a comfy and cozy hoodie you'll wear again and again on flights. Cotton-blended fleece fabric and a built-in sleeping mask will literally leave you on ~cloud nine~ when you fly. And, you can leave that bulky, hard-to-pack travel blanket out of your luggage for good.

    model wearing light pink hoodie with built-in sleep mask
    another model wearing the same hoodie in a gray color while doing yoga
    Pond Los Angeles

    BuzzFeeder Marquaysa Battle loves this hoodie and said: "I own this in black and I actually factually REFUSE to wear any other hoodie to the airport. I pull my sleep mask down and it's a wrap, OK?! Asleep before takeoff. When you're wearing it and dedicating your travel style to it like me, then be sure to shout out the Pond Los Angeles that makes it! It's a woman-owned and Asian American-owned clothing and accessories brand based in Cali that intentionally uses a woman-led manufacturer to create its lovely pieces."

    Get it from Pond Los Angeles for $102.40 (originally $128; available in women's sizes XS–XL and in more colors).

    12. A luggage-mounted cup caddy that'll make it so easy to travel through a terminal with drinks and snacks. Two slots fit water bottles, paper cups, and wrapped up food, so you can wheel your luggage and check texts without spilling anything. 

    Promising review: "This cup holder is perfect! It helps me a lot! Last time I took a plane with a suitcase and a cup of coffee, I dropped and spilled my drink everywhere when it was my turn to check my passport and ticket. It was a nightmare! This time, I bought this cup holder to do me a favor! I don't have to worry about where my cup and phone are! I can free my hands to do other things. I love it so much! Hope you love it too." —Philip

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 29 colors and patterns). 

    13. A water-resistant cosmetic bag for anyone who needs to bring a bunch of beauty products. It'll help keep everything organized on trips, thanks to four roomy compartments and a hook that you can hang behind a door *or* on a closet rod. The best part? You can quickly find whatever you need and you won't have to repack it all when it's time to leave.

    reviewer pic of all their products in a pile on a bed
    reviewer image of the toiletries holder filled with all the products and neatly organized

    Promising review: "I bought this bag specifically for when I travelled across the country with my two small children. One of whom is a medically complex child. I put ALL of my toiletries, ALL their toiletries, and ALL of my son's medications in this bag. Everything fit perfectly, and nothing was broken. The hanger is durable and carried lots of weight when it hanged on the back of the bathroom door. I bought the largest size, and it was 100% worth what I paid for. If you are traveling by yourself, I would recommend the smaller size. But if you are packing for others or just pack heavy, definitely buy the larger size. I absolutely loved it! And it was very compact in my suitcase. Very sturdy as I carried it. I HIGHLY recommend buying." —Hannah Funderburk

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors). 

    14. A fanny pack to stash essentials while you're on the go. Unlike a bulky purse or tote, you can strap it around your waist *or* shoulders for a comfy fit. There's also a hidden pocket in the back for any valuables, including I.D. cards and cash, that'll keep them safe and out of sight. 

    Reviewer wearing the black fanny pack as a crossbody bag
    Reviewer wearing the black fanny pack around their waist

    Promising review: "Very happy with my purchase. Got this for my trip to Colombia. I was looking at more expensive fanny packs but settled on this for the reviews. It’s very well-made for the price. It withstood many hikes to waterfalls, horseback riding, and city tours among others. I wore it as shown in the picture and love the fact that there’s a pocket that’s hidden that sits on my chest at all times where I kept my passport, extra cash, and travel documents. I was able to fit my camera, iPhone, earbuds, shades, charger, and a couple of other knickknacks without a problem. Wasn’t a fanny pack guy before now but I’m a believer LOL." —IWG MD

    Get it from Amazon for $14.77+ (available in two sizes and 32 colors).

    15. A Bluetooth-enabled mask so you can listen to music and drift off to dreamland before takeoff. It helps block light from electronics and comes with built-in headphones. Spare yourself from packing a separate sleeping mask and earbuds and bring this gem on your next plane ride. 

    a reviewer wearing the sleep mask
    two views of the eye mask from the front and back

    BuzzFeed editor Chelsea Stuart loves this travel essential and said: "After a bout of pandemic-induced insomnia I picked up one of these USB-chargeable masks and can honestly say it was LIFE-changing. If you're sensitive to light or sound, this mask is where it's at. The contoured, cool-to-the-touch eye pads are super cozy and extra padding on the bridge of the nose ensures no light seeps in. I was concerned about feeling the headphones through the mask and not being able to sleep in my usual position (mountain climber, the hands down comfiest position), but they really are unnoticeable. I can sleep through the night with it on and the Velcro straps have never once gotten stuck in my hair. The battery also lasts for a full 10 hours, so I don't have to worry about my audio going out right as I'm dozing off."

    Get it from Amazon for $17.89+ (available in seven colors).

    16. An acupressure anti-nausea wristband for bouts of morning or motion sickness that inconveniently pop up on vacation. 😒 It exerts a little pressure on the P6 acupressure point, which is said to help alleviate nausea and vomiting. Slip one on your wrist whenever you're feeling a bit queasy.

    a reviewer wearing the gray anti-nausea wristband
    another angle of the wristband on the reviewer's wrist

    Reviewers swear by these nonmedicated bands for nausea relief: they've used them while traveling on airplanes, boats, and cars and for morning sickness during pregnancies.

    Promising review: "I bought these for an upcoming cruise, but thought I would try them out when flying (as I tend to get motion sickness even after taking Dramamine). I was very surprised that I had no motion sickness after wearing these on two different work trips. I also took these on a cruise and only had to use them once. Once I felt the motion sickness coming on, I put on the bands and the sickness was gone in about 15 minutes. They came in a nice plastic case and are reusable." —Jessica

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.53.

    17. An RFID-blocking travel wallet to hold your passport, IDs, credit cards, cash, and boarding tickets in a safe place. You won't have to worry about holding up the line at security because everything you need will be organized and ready to take out.

    reviewer image of the orange wallet
    reviewer carries same travel wallet closed up

    The wallet comes with a boarding pass compartment, a passport compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a slim card pouch, a ticket slot, a slim pocket, a cellphone pouch, a coin zippered pocket, a key holder, and a place to put your pen.

    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 $9.99+ (available in 39 colors).

    18. A lightweight stroller designed to make traveling with tiny humans a breeze: It easily folds up into a portable handbag-shaped package and fits in plane overhead bins, meaning you can just carry it on and go. 

    reviewer image of the stroller in grey
    reviewer image showing how the stroller folds up small enough to be considered a carry on on a plane

    This stroller only weighs 9.5 pounds and is designed for kids who are 6 months+ and weigh up to 55 pounds. Other features include an adjustable seat for comfort, a UPF50+ sun canopy, and a roomy shopping basket area to hold belongings. 

    See it in action on TikTok here

    Promising review: "The best stroller for traveling! We bought this on a whim for our last-minute trip to Houston. Our toddler is 2-years-old, and what a breeze this was to stroll through the airport and fold up so it can stow away under our seats on the plane. It is so compact, so easy, and my husband enjoys entertaining everyone and showing them how small it gets. If you have a little jet setter and fly frequently with a little one, I highly recommend!!" —Kimmie Paulo

    Get it from Amazon for $223.96+ (available in two colors and four styles).

    19. A Hairbrella that folds up and fits in a bag, just in case there's a chance of rain and wind on your trip. Whether it's drizzling, down pouring, or a misty day outside, this satin-lined accessory will be there to protect your hair. 

    pic of reviewer wearing black flexible cap with small plastic visor on their head
    Model pouring water on another model's head while wearing the hairbrella, then taking it off to show hair perfectly styled and dried

    Hairbrella is a Black-owned business known for their stylish hats that also help protect hair from various weather conditions, including humidity, rain, and snow.

    Promising review: "I traveled to London last month with a raincoat that did not have a hood, and I wanted something that would protect my head/hair/blowout without lugging an umbrella. This definitely did the trick. Two of the three days were rainy (some quite heavy) and my hair stayed totally dry. It stows nicely, too. I'm still learning how to adjust it while it's on my head (easier to adjust first and then put it on). Also, when I do have it tightened/pulled to the right place, the loop/slack from where I adjusted it sort of sticks out and gets in my peripheral vision. I wish the adjustment/clasp was on less prominent. But, all in all, this is perfect for anyone who wants to keep their blowout fresh in the rain." —Miss Information

    Get it from Amazon for $31.19+ (available in four colors).