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    32 Useful Travel Products Under $20

    Including a jewelry organizer, tiny laundry sheets, a secret storage scarf, and other essentials you'll need to reclaim your title as "World Class Traveler."

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    1. A handy travel wallet complete with a RFID-blocking shield to stash and organize all your many important docs in one safe place. It's also great for having your ID readily available so you're not *that* person in line at security.

    reviewer image of the orange wallet

    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: "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 $13.99 (available in 35 colors).

    2. Some iddy biddy laundry soap sheets you'll need if you suddenly find yourself in a sitch where you've run out of clean undies, or spilled something on the *only* white tee you packed. Simply add some water for some on-the-go handwashing.

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

    3. A helpful "Pack this!" checklist that'll ensure you've got allllll the things you need for your trip — and some you may not have even thought of. So long to the haunting feeling of "did I pack my phone charger?!"

    the packing checklist

    Promising review: "I hate making lists trying to figure out what I need, and this is PERFECT for trying to figure that out. It has a lot more on the checklist than I would ever take on a trip, but it does accommodate for every kind a trip, from a simple vacation across state lines, to a business trip, to a wedding halfway around the world. I'm pretty pleased!" —Alyssa Kauffman

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    4. A nifty travel pouch to secure your most prized possessions and keep them ~abreast~ (sorry, had to). This thing attaches to your bra so your cash, credit cards, and copy of your passport are less vulnerable to pickpockets.


    Promising review: "This was a LIFESAVER while traveling. I kept my cards and cash in it and had no stress about thieves lifting my essentials while traveling heavily pickpocketed cities. I loved it so much, I actually continued to use it when I got home instead of carrying a purse! The top flap did start to unravel after about six months but this was also after six months of everyday use." —Krista Hinz

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in pink and black).

    5. Or, if you need something more accessible, a belt that looks like a regular ol' accessory to keep your jeans up and has a secret compartment that will fool any purse-snatcher.

    person holding a $100 note in the concealed zipper belt

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a trip to Cuba where I needed to carry all of the money I needed for that week in cash. Although I am not typically worried/normally cautious when traveling, the idea of carrying that much cash on me made me nervous. Traditional money belts/fanny packs just didn't seem like a fit for me. I was worried they would become uncomfortable in the hot sun. This security belt was perfect. It allowed us to carry most of they money for the trip hidden within the belt and carry in my purse on the money I needed for that day. It also worked like a breeze with no issues getting through security. I'm not sure how much I'll use this in the future, but it was perfect for our needs for a trip to Cuba." —fendi

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    6. An electronics pouch created to organize your most-used devices and their forest of tangled wires. Keeping everything in its place will not only ease the accessibility of your belongings, but also tame your disposition when you don't have to spend minutes (read: hours) unraveling cords.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect travel companion. It fits everything including an Apple TV, HDMI to VGA converter, and multiple lightening and Micro USB cables. I haven't been disappointed at all. Plus, it packs nicely in backpack and goes everywhere." —iamtheoneoff

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    7. Vacuum seal bags for a serious space-saving solution in your suitcase. Now you can get away with packing a couple extra things... just in case you end up going to a fancy dinner, or if there's a drop in temperature, or you end up swimming one extra day... It's always good to have options, right?

    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed

    I swear by these bad boys not only for general storage purposes, but also if I know I'm going to be traveling for an extended period of time. As someone who tends to pack for every eventuality (who doesn't like to be prepared?!), I have learned that it's better to travel with them than without — especially since it's more or less a guarantee that my clothes are gonna take up a ~substantial~ amount of room in my suitcase. And if I can use something that's gonna shrink the size of my bulky hoodies and/or big tees in order for me to create more space, I'm sure as heck gonna do it. Plus, the satisfaction is indeed guaranteed because when you see those chunky layers flatten into a pancake... it's just *chef's kiss*.

    Promising review: "I've used these bags before and they are so helpful. Even use the medium one for travel and I have tons of extra suitcase room. The clothes don't come out wrinkled at all as long as you fold them nicely before placing in the bag, then the air sucks out keeping them safe and sound and very compact. Arrived on time, would use this seller again." —Susie Kochsmeier

    Get a 3-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in multiple sizes or a variety pack).

    8. A heat-resistant silicone mat for when you don't have the time to wait for your hot curling iron to cool before your journey to the airport. Wrap it up and toss it in your carry-on without fear of it burning a hole in your bag. (It can also be used to protect countertop surfaces, too!)

    Promising review: "This is great for travel! I love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now, I can let it cool a little then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. I love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $14.29+ (available in pink and gray).

    9. A mini steam iron you'll want to take with you so that your vacation attire can stay wrinkle-free... even after it's been smushed into your suitcase for the entirety of a long-haul flight.

    the compact steam iron packed in a suitcase full of clothes

    Yes, some hotels have irons in the rooms, but some don't, and it's better to be prepared (especially if you're traveling for work).

    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 that 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 $19.99.

    10. A digital luggage scale that I, a consistent overpacker, would not have been able to travel without. I can't tell you how many times my scale has saved me from the inconvenience (and embarrassment) of paying overweight fees...

    the luggage weight

    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so handy and is great for weighting your luggage. I was a little concerned before I got it because I wasn't sure how accurate it would be. When I used it when I went on vacation, it was dead on to what the airport said, so I highly recommend this. Plus, it’s easy to pack in your bags." —Teresa Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    11. A set of shoe organizer bags so your sneakers can stay neatly packed and your fancy suede shoes can remain scuff-free while traveling. Plus, it's a great way to keep the dirt on the bottom of the soles from going anywhere near your clean, folded clothes.

    the drawstring bags with a clear window so you can see which shoes are inside

    Promising review: "I was afraid these were going to be low quality and flimsy, but they are not. They are also large enough for my ankle boots to fit into. What I really like about these is that they have a plastic peep section so I can see what shoes are inside at a glance. It's very convenient. I debated a lot about what brand to buy. I'm glad I choose this one." —Sarah

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.88 (available in medium and large and in four colors).

    12. Silicone earplugs that work to relieve discomfort experienced on airplanes, whether that's a change in air pressure or the sound of a screaming baby that just happens to be sitting in the seat directly behind you...


    Promising review: "I love this product! Every couple of trips, no matter what tricks I try, I cannot clear my ears. The ear pain is immense at takeoff (I completely understand why those babies and toddlers wail!), and then I'm hard of hearing for days. With these, that has never happened. A few other people near me had ear pain and I did not, so I was very grateful I'd bought this product." —Amy Clark

    Get a pack of one from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. Some compression socks to comfortably keep your ankles and legs from ballooning mid-flight. Because let me tell you, having to squish swollen toes back into boots after some time in the air is no easy feat...

    Gyan wearing the socks
    Gyan Yankovich/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "With three weeks of international travel coming up, I purchased these to combat swelling in my feet during the flights. I had noticed swelling after three hour domestic flights, so I was worried about what almost 30k miles would do! I wore these on every leg of the trip and never noticed any swelling — even after the 10- to 15-hour flights. They are very comfortable, too!" —J. Beaty

    Get them from Amazon for $15.61 (available in sizes S–XL and in single pairs in nine colors under $20).

    Check out our full review of these compression socks here.

    14. Some homeopathic jet-lag pills if you, like me, have a hard time adjusting to changes in time zone. These may help speed up the process and reset your energy levels so you don't wind up sleeping through most of your trip.

    the jetlag pills

    These vacation-savers are made with all-natural ingredients that work to alleviate feelings of fatigue from lack of sleep experienced with jet lag. They're best if taken at the time of take-off, every two hours after that, and once when you land so you can relax during your flight and arrive feeling less groggy for the rest of your trip!

    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 $12.95.

    15. A reusable water bottle with a daily pill organizer so you can stay hydrated and stay on track with medications — even when you're a few thousand miles away from home!,

    Promising review: "This water bottle has helped me so much with the convenience of taking my meds at night. I always forget or say I’ll do it later bc I have to grab a drink for the meds. So I have a daily alarm now and my meds and water are right at my bedside. No issues whatsoever. I love that I can stand the bottle or lay it down, it doesn’t spill or leak, and the top doubles as a cup. Worth every penny." —Natalie Hayes

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

    16. A 27-piece first aid kit you'll be patting yourself on the back for packing since, I don't know why but, we seem to be more accident-prone when we're away from home.


    The kit includes antiseptic wipes, sting relief wipes, antibiotic ointment, assorted bandages, safety pins, and a razor blade.

    Promising review: "This has all the basics. It is the perfect size for hiking trips or times when I can carry it in my purse. I love it." —Butler

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. Some biodegradable hypoallergenic wipes that'll come in handy when you're traveling all day and there's no chance of taking a shower before you head out to dinner. One quick swipe with this in the airport bathroom and you'll feel refreshed and ready to take down some international cuisine.

    hand holding the packet of wipes
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    These are made with natural tee tree oil, peppermint, ginseng, and oil and come individually wrapped, so they're super easy to stash in your carry on.

    Promising review: "I purchased this product for a recent trip to China so that I could freshen up between flights and also so that I could clean-up as needed. I predominantly used these to wipe my body between my long-haul flight and my connecting flight to a local destination. This was a nice alternative to a shower when one simply wasn't available. It just made me feel cool, refreshed, and slightly de-scuzzed. I'd recommend them for this purpose. As they are perfumed, I wouldn't recommend using them as a toilet wipe for fear of throwing off a critical pH balance for women, but as an overall body cleaner, they are great. :)" —Magdalene Sikora

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A jewelry organizer to store your vacation-ready accessories in one tidy spot. It also provides some assurance that your necklaces won't become a bundled up mess (which always seems to be a thing no matter how far the journey).


    Promising review: "I would give this more stars if I could. It's exactly what I've been looking for forever!!! It has plenty of room for my clunky jewelry, and enough separate pouches that things don't get tangled. I LOVE it." —Carrie Minturn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+.

    19. A foot hammock featuring some thick, comfy memory foam so your feet can get the first class treatment — even if you're stuck at the back of economy.

    reviewer with their feet up in the hammock

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It's so simple but works incredible to prevent swelling and pressure on legs while flying. I just flew the first leg of an international flight and used it, and I am on a layover now and had to pause to write this review. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! It easily attached to tray table, and I adjusted to my desired height. It is like a hammock for your feet. You just prop them up inside the thing/swing/hammock, which is very cushiony, and your feet are hoisted up comfortably. I'm a big girl and weight is no issue. DEFINITELY MUST HAVE ON ALL MY FLIGHTS NOW. This thing is great!!" —Queen

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in black, purple, and blue).

    20. A chic, fuss-free fanny pack with a slim and versatile design that will go with virtually every outfit... so you can blend in with the locals and not look like so much of a tourist when you're carrying your all-day essentials around.,

    Promising review: "This is a perfect bag for lots of travel and comes with a shoulder strap as well as a belt! The bag fit my phone, my passport, some cards, cash, and small hand sanitizer. There is an option to choose your belt size in which I chose an M that was a bit large for my 29” waist line. The clasp held strong for my whole week of travel. I used both the shoulder strap and belt which worked well!" —Ariana

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 20 colors).

    21. A buckled luggage strap you can add on to any bag for carrying extra items like scarves and jackets, which are usually super annoying to hold when you're on the move.


    Promising review: "I love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. It made my airport walks so much easier. Now that I'm back home, I've been using it daily to attach my jacket or cardigan to my work bag or purse." —Michele

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

    22. A portable lock that fits in the crack of a door and is designed to provide you with extra security (especially great for places that don't have an alarm system). Once this is looped and in place, if anyone tries to come into your room it'll sound with a loud ring guaranteed to stop intruders in their tracks.

    the alarm system looped onto a door handle

    Promising review: "I have two of these, and they are amazing. The loop goes around the door handle and two thin metal prongs go in the crack of the door. If the door opens even a little, the prongs are separated, and it lets out the loudest, most obnoxious wailing sound in the history of the world. It's great for a single girl traveling on her own!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49 (available in six colors).

    23. A designated dirty laundry bag so that your gross, sweaty, sight-seeing clothes can be neatly zipped up and kept away from you still-clean items.

    the white 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 laundry mat. This is cute and folds up into itself." —N. Newman

    Get it from Amazon for $10.69+ (available in five colors).

    24. A compact, reversed umbrella you can toss in your bag and whip out to shield you from an unexpected rainstorm. A bonus? This baby folds from the outside and keeps droplets contained so you'll stay out of the splash zone even when you go to close it.

    Promising review: "I hardly ever write product reviews. I had heard of reverse closing umbrellas but when I looked at them they were just too large, so I never bought one. Then appeared LANBRELLA a travel size reverse closing umbrella. The price was good and the reviews were very good. It arrived quickly and a couple of days later it was pouring sheets of rain in Philadelphia. I had to get to my car — could not wait. Decided to try out my new umbrella. I walked a block to my car. The LANBRELLA gave me good cover from the pouring rain and I stayed dry. When I got to the car I closed the umbrella and voila the outside (=inside really) was dry. No wet umbrella next to me in the car. Great. While I have only had my LANBRELLA a couple of weeks I am really happy with my purchase. I recommend this product." —Maurits Taytelbaum

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two sizes).

    25. A TSA-approved toiletry bag that'll stash all your travel-sized liquids and ensures they're easily identifiable. No holding up security lines here!

    hand holding the blue see-through bag

    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 $12.99 (available in 11 colors).

    26. A simple yet remarkable felt insert created to slip into any sort of bag and *poof* instantly organize it. Overcrowded purse or carry-on? All now neatly arranged with roomy compartments, so you can stop burrowing in a black hole for your keys and specs.

    the large pink insert inside a LV Neverfull MM bag

    And this comes in so many shades you'll easily find one to match the interior of any of your bags!

    Promising review: "When you spend a LOT of money on a good bag, the last thing you need is a pen to leak or a dirty mark to ruin the lining. I couldn’t believe my luck when I discovered the EXACT product I was thinking of right here. I have the Louis Vuitton neverfull MM with a light pink lining I wanted to protect, and right here a pink liner fits perfectly. You can remove the middle section if you wish, to hold more books, folder etc or keep it in (it has Velcro strips at each end to hold it in place). I love that everything has a place, including a zipped compartment and the key strap lanyard, and of course if you want to change bags you can just lift it out and place all those essentials right into another. Highly recommend this item." —BritGirlUSA

    Get it from Amazon for $8.18+ (available in sizes S–XL and 15 colors).

    27. A compact and quick-drying microfiber towel that'll fit into your carry-on, backpack, or beach bag, so you're always prepared to have somewhere to sit and dry off if you happen to hike and take a dip in a remote body of water.


    Promising review: "I took this towel on a two week trip through Austria and Slovakia, and I am SO glad I did. It was perfect: it didn't take up much space, and it dried SUPER quickly. If you are a backpacker or even just a casual traveler, this thing is made for you! Also, I bought the lime green color which made it VERY easy for me to find my towel." —brandon short

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six sizes and seven colors).

    28. A travel toothbrush that folds and stores easily so you can keep your smile fresh (especially if you time traveled and missed your nightly brush).

    the foldable toothbrush

    Promising review: "These are great! I travel around a lot for work, and also have Invisalign, so I like to keep one in my work bag as well as my travel bag. The best part is the convenience. I used to carry a tooth brush in a case that took up a lot of room in my work bag as well as my travel bag. Now I just use these. They are small, durable, easy to use, and the brush is full covered when it is fully closed, which is what I was a little worried about at first. It was exactly what I was looking for in a travel tooth brush. I highly recommend, and I will be purchasing again." —Demetrios

    Get it from Amazon for $5.29+ (available in three colors).

    29. A scarf built with a couple of sneaky zipper pockets so you can keep your essentials close by without having to lug around a handbag.

    model wearing the scarf and showing her phone, passport, and money can fit in the scarf

    Promising review: "This hidden pocket infinity scarf was surprisingly very nice. I liked the weight of the material. It is well made and the pocket is a nice size to fit my phone, ID, cards, and cash. The scarf feels soft around my neck as well. The zipper is hidden. I ordered the navy blue and you can't even see the zipper because of the dark thread. I recommend it!" —Bec4

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 19 colors).

    30. A travel pillow that will allow you to comfortably doze off the moment your head hits it. Before you know it, you'll have reached your destination!

    the travel pillow

    Promising review: "I travelled extensively with this pillow (four eight-plus-hour flights), and I got more sleep than expected (five to six hours). It works great for bus rides as well. It also helps you nap anywhere when you turn it into a normal pillow. It doesn't smell either." —Pratik

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

    This is our pick for best cheap travel pillow!

    31. An anti-blister balm for when you realize you forgot to break in those strappy sandals before your trip. Rub some of this on and keep it on hand so you can walk along cobblestoned streets with confidence *and* comfort all day long.

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for our one-week Disney World trip. I knew I’d be walking around A LOT, and my feet aren’t used to the many miles of walking a day in the hot and humid environment, so I didn’t want to be uncomfortable. I'm happy to say I put it on once in the morning, slipped on some socks and comfy shoes, and I didn’t get one blister or issue with my feet! I wish I knew about this a long time ago!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    32. Some squeezable silicone travel bottles with pre-printed labels so you can fill them up with all your usual products and never be without your holy grails.

    reviewer hand holding the pouch of silicone containers

    And it comes with a handy, clear zipper pouch!

    Promising review: "Just took a trip to the Dominican Republic and used carry-on luggage only throughout the entire trip, never once was questioned about the size. The bag they are in seems thin but it worked great to put bottles back in as well as some smaller items fit in the bag too, like lip gloss, mascara and such. The holes are big enough to get your product in to the bottles without any complications. My fiancé and myself had plenty of shampoo, conditioner, sunblock and lotion for seven days. Highly recommend these bottles, they are perfect for carry on's!!" —Stephanie Miller

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.99+.

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