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    Just 22 Affordable Things That Might Actually Have You Traveling Like A Pro

    Unless you actually like making things more difficult for yourself.

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    1. An RFID-blocking travel wallet to provide quick and easy access to your v important travel documents, credit cards, and money.

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

    I caved and bought this wallet for a recent trip, and while it was actually much bigger than I expected it to be, it really came in handy. I was able to store my passport, ID, credit cards, and cash all in one place and had easy access to any one of them when I needed them. I don't like having to worry about whether or not I misplaced any cards or documents, so this was a huge plus for me. The wallet itself is actually really sturdy, and I can definitely see it holding up to all the adventures I have yet to go on.

    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 because 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. Or this super-slim wallet you can slip inside your jacket pocket so you don't have to keep rummaging inside your bag to grab some cash.

    Sure, I had my travel wallet in my backpack, but I also kept a small credit card holder with cash in the pocket of my jacket so I wouldn't have to keep taking off my backpack every time I wanted to make a purchase. It saved me so much time and really saved my patience.

    Promising review: "This wallet is a really good size and is ultra slim. It adds a little bulk if you have too many cards, but this is meant for a minimalist. If you have just a couple of cards and a few bills, this will be perfect. It's especially good for specific cards or documents when you're traveling. It's also nice for the front pocket because it's not healthy for your spine to sit on a fat wallet all day. You definitely get a little more than you pay for." —Tate N.

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

    3. A helpful checklist to help ensure that when you say you've packed everything, you'll really mean everything. You won't even have to worry about whether or not you remembered to pack a toothbrush because this checklist pad is sure to remind you.


    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 every kind of 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. This anti-nausea ginger gum because you're tired of having to sit out all the fun cruise ship or road trip activities because your motion sickness keeps creeping up on you.


    I bought this gum for a recent getaway that I knew included a road trip because I get carsick on long drives and didn't want to become a miserable little gnat as a result. Let me tell you, this gum saved not only me but also almost everyone on my trip. Whenever someone started feeling nauseated, they just popped a piece of gum in their mouth and felt relief within minutes. The ginger taste is light, but it's still effective. It's actually really yummy! I can't imagine how many times we would've had to pull over so someone could get some fresh air or even throw up during our almost five-hour drive had I not brought this gum along.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.15.

    5. An essential oil stick that'll help prevent headaches from getting worse and forcing you to stay holed up in the hotel room for half the day instead of going out to explore.

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    Promising review: "Science? Witchcraft? Who cares! I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hot pack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5!" —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    BTW, my colleague Katy Herman wrote an in-depth review of the migraine stick with some additional deets.

    6. This electronics organizer so you no longer have to just shove your phone charger, smartwatch charger, earbuds, and portable power banks into any available backpack crevice, only to wonder where the heck they might be hiding when you can't find 'em when you need 'em.


    It's about the size of a hardcover book, so you can conveniently slip it inside a bag without having it take up *too* much space.

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

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

    7. A digital luggage scale that's compact enough to easily slip right inside your suitcase to prevent you from paying an overweight-baggage fee YET AGAIN because who knew clothes and souvenirs could be so heavy???


    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so handy and is great for weighing 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 on vacation, it was dead-on in matching 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.

    8. These compression socks to stop your feet and legs from becoming uncomfortably swollen when you have to sit through a long-haul flight.

    The socks can also be used for exercise, after surgery, during pregnancy, and even for sports.

    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 30,000 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 $10.54+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 10 colors).

    9. A reusable water bottle with an attached pill organizer so you pretty much have no excuse not to stay hydrated AND medicated (if applicable to you) during your trip. A vacation is no reason to skip out on essential pills and medication!!


    Promising review: "I really love this! It is great for travel. The pill tray slides out for easy filling, and the cap has a flat edge so it can be used as a cup! The bottle also has feet on the side so it can rest on the table while you take the pills out. Fantastic design! The bottle is made out of a thin plastic, so I would be careful with washing." —Amazon Customer

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

    10. This backpack that's roomy enough to serve as the perfect handpiece full of essentials on a plane (that you won't need to store in the overhead bin) AND as a day bag for exploring your destination.


    A backpack is actually my favorite thing to travel with because I can toss anything into it that won't fit into my carry-on. And while I'm touring around the city, I can easily fit everything I need for the day without being forced to leave behind anything important in the hotel.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for in a bag! I wanted something to carry on a plane that would fit a laptop or iPad with enough room for a couple of days' worth of clothes and toiletries. I always plan ahead if my luggage gets lost, but I always had packs that were too bulky or hung too low on my back. This one sits higher, has the perfect amount of room, and still feels like I’m traveling light." —David N.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.89 (available in 12 colors).

    11. Or a chic fanny pack/convertible shoulder bag if you'd rather just go on tours with the bare essentials: your phone, ID, and some cash., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a perfect bag for lots of travel and comes with a shoulder strap as well as a belt! The bag fits my phone, my passport, some cards, cash, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. 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 $6.99+ (available in three sizes and in six colors).

    12. A dirty-laundry bag so you can actually separate your smelly, sweaty clothes from your clean ones (and so you have a convenient way to carry what needs to be washed to the local laundromat, if you're going away for a much longer period of time).


    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 $7.99+ (available in four colors).

    13. This compact umbrella because it's small enough to carry around in your bag for those surprise torrential downpours that can really make a happy day of roaming around go south pretty quickly., Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this umbrella to take with me on my honeymoon to London, and boy, am I glad I had this with me — it rained like crazy! What I love most about this umbrella is how portable it is: It's small enough to just throw into your backpack, it comes with a sleeve to keep the rest of your bag dry, and the price is so reasonable!" —Lindsay Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $13.12 (available in 10 colors).

    14. A five-piece packing cube set to help take the stress out of trying to fit almost a week's worth of clothing into a carry-on for a four-day trip. These will also keep your suitcase more organized in general.


    You'll get one small cube, two medium cubes, and two large cubes. Plus, they're for more than just compressing your clothes enough to actually be able to close your suitcase! Instead of rifling through layers of folded clothes to get to a pair of pants all the way at the bottom of your bag, you can just remove the cubes on top. And you can use 'em as drawer organizers in your hotel room, since zipping up five cubes is a breeze compared with refolding and packing each individual pair of pants.

    Promising review: "I had never tried packing cubes before my last trip (10 days, so I had a lot in my checked and carry-on bags). What a revelation! Once I figured out how to pack the cubes (by rolling items rather than folding), I saw how it made packing, unpacking, and repacking a lot easier. I also found that living out of the cubes in the vacation condo made for a quick unpack and repack when I left. I'll never travel without using these again! DISCLAIMER: I fold my socks and sort them by color, so maybe I'm just wired to love this kind of thing." —Will Pearce

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

    15. This anti-chafing body balm so you can prevent any painful chafes and blisters that are bound to rear their annoying heads while you walk around and have you desperately searching for a place to sit down for a break every 15 minutes.


    Promising review: "OMG, this stuff is the best! I am a chubby girl, and I recently went to Thailand, where it was 90 degrees with 70% humidity every single day I was there. This stuff got me through! I was able to wear dresses and shorts with no chafing! And I only ever had to apply it in the morning and once in the middle of the day! My life is forever changed; I’ve already ordered two more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in three sizes and in packs of two).

    16. A pair of EarPlanes ear plugs that'll help you avoid that v uncomfortable sensation in your ears (that sometimes stays with you for hours) every dang time the plane descends for a landing.


    Promising review: "I suffer from ear pain when I fly, and it hurts so badly that it brings me to tears. My ENT specialist recommended these, and they are lifesavers! I clean them, store them in the provided container, and reuse them for much longer than it says on the box, and they still work fine." —Calicofatcat

    Get them from Amazon for $6.31 (also available in packs of 5 and 10).

    17. This portable charger so you can always have your phone fully juiced up, since being in an unfamiliar city with no way of looking up directions, reporting an emergency, or calling for an Uber or Lyft is certainly, er, less than desirable.


    Promising review: "I'm loving this power bank, which allows me to put my phone down for a charge wherever I am. It's really, really fast. Its cylindrical body makes it an easy choice when you're low on storage space and have to slide it in your pocket or clutch purse. This is usually with me for travels, conferences, and parties." —StarshineWF

    Get it from Amazon for $16.55+ (available in four colors).

    18. A collapsible water bottle because it shrinks to barely the size of a mug and won't take up too much space in your backpack in between refills while you're hiking around and exploring.

    Promising review: “This is a very useful water bottle! It’s a travel-size bottle that can be both compact and full-size. I'm bringing this to the plane with me, and I love how easy it is to carry. It comes with a clip that is already on the bottle, so it is easy to just clip onto a backpack. When it is small, it's the size of a 6- or 8-ounce cup. At its max with air and water, it is 18 ounces. I tested it out on multiple days in different scenarios, and I love it so far! No spills or leaks, easy to use, folds easy! I would only use it for room temperature water, though.” —Mike

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

    19. These shoe inserts to fight plantar fasciitis and other causes of pain, since you're bound to be walking around most of the day, and nothing makes for a sour trip quite like struggling with persistent pain for half of it.


    You can cut them with a pair of regular scissors for the best fit.

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with this product. I had a bout of plantar fasciitis years back that was corrected with some regular arch supports. This time it was worse, and I couldn't fix it with the normal arches. After a simple and easy sizing of these inserts (with regular scissors), I put these in my shoes, and initially, the pain was worse...but after a few hours, it melted away. It's like night and day with these — if I go without these inserts one day, by the evening the pain is back. While using these, I am virtually pain-free." —Peter James Erikson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97, either in men's (fits sizes 8–13) or women's (fits sizes 6–10).

    20. A toothbrush that folds right into its very own carrying case so you can protect the bristles from acquiring any germs without dishing out extra cash for those removable toothbrush caps that you'll inevitably lose.


    Promising review: “These travel toothbrushes are a neat invention, and they get the job done! I love that they fold to save space in your toiletry bag but unfold to a full-size toothbrush while you use them. The handle is vented with holes so you do not have to leave your brush out to dry. You can fold it up and immediately put it back in your bag. The price and space-saving features make this a travel toothbrush that I would definitely purchase again! Plus, it comes in a set of two brushes if you need more than one for a travel buddy or if you travel frequently.” —Kindle Customer

    Get a pack of two brushes from Amazon for $6.97 (also available in packs of 6 and 12).

    21. These toothpaste tabs — you can just chew them and then brush, which means you don't have to worry about stowing them away to pass the TSA liquids rule the way you would with normal toothpaste.


    Promising review: “These are part of my standard conference travel packing. I use a single hard-cased suitcase that fits in an overhead bin, and the only thing I hate worse than checking a bag is having to fish out a baggie of liquids for inspection by the TSA. So I pack these for toothpaste and never worry about it. My bag stays closed — one less thing to meddle with.” —An Ever-Fixed Mark

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    22. And this latex clothesline you can easily suction to the walls of your hostel to hang-dry any clothes you don't want shrinking in a dryer while you're abroad.

    Though you could pack some hangers or clothespins if you really wanted to, they're really not necessary! The braided design of the clothesline firmly grips clothing to keep it on the line.

    Promising review: "Some of the hotels in Italy and Portugal had tiny clotheslines outside on the room balcony, which was nice, but the majority of the great places we stayed in did not. So we were happy to have this one. It was small, easy to use, and easy to pack back up. The Velcro fastener stuck and the carabiner came in handy a few times for sure. Gotta have it if you're going to be out and about over there for a month." —Sparkling Tess

    Get it from Amazon for $5.56.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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