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    18 Travel Products That May Cost A Little Extra But Will Be *Totally* Worth It On Your Next Trip

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    1. A flexible neck pillow that's designed to support your chin so your head doesn't fall forward. In other words, you can catch up on some much-needed sleep during your flight without jolting awake to catch yourself every five minutes.


    The neck pillow is also machine washable!

    Promising review: "Awesome travel pillow! I normally have a very hard time dozing off on planes (especially as someone who prefers the aisle seat), and my head almost always drops forward when I do finally manage to sleep, ensuring I have neck pain when I wake up. This pillow totally prevented that from happening! It's also small, compact, and lightweight compared to other neck pillows I've tried in the past, which helped me pack light for a backpacking trip in Southeast Asia!" —Nola

    Get an adult-sized pillow from Amazon for $29.97 (also available in three sizes, a set of two, and 11 colors).

    2. An AirFly wireless transmitter so you can connect your wireless headphones to your in-flight entertainment when you don't wanna deal with tangled wires.


    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 $39.99+ (available in three styles).

    3. A durable lockbox with a flexible steel cable for anyone who wants a stress-free way to keep their valuables safe during their beach vacation.


    Loop the steel cable around a chair, fence, or other items to prevent thieves from taking it.

    Promising review: "I bought this to take on a vacation to the Virgin Islands because my husband is super paranoid about leaving valuables unattended on the beach. At first, he scoffed that this little plastic thing wasn’t going to stop a thief and I had wasted my money. Then he admitted that the plastic was pretty sturdy, and it was cool that we could secure the cable to our beach chairs, a fence, or a tree (most petty thieves don’t carry around cable cutters). Next thing I know, he’s storing his wallet, phone, and room keys in it along with mine. He laced the cable through other things he didn’t want stolen, like the bags containing our snorkel gear. Neighboring beach-goers asked about it and where they could get one, and he was quick to demonstrate its features. And when we got home, I overheard him showing it to his friends with as much approval as he could muster. Hate to say I told you so...okay, no I don’t." —Patsy

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    4. A Dagne Dover duffle bag that may seem small but can actually hold a ton of your getaway essentials — you may even be able to avoid hunting for the last of the cabin bin space since the bag is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.

    BuzzFeed's Emma McAnaw says: "My Dagne Dover duffle fits soooooo much more than it seems (especially when you fight to the death to fit everything like I do), and it's a super easy carry-on! I just put it under the seat so I don't have to fight people to get the overhead bin space. Also, I've gotten away with bringing it for free on airlines that try to charge for carry-ons because it looks so small."—Emma McAnaw

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $95+ (available in five sizes and 10 colors) or from Nordstrom for up to $215 (available in three sizes).

    5. Or a rolling carry-on bag you can use to take the weight of five days' worth of clothes off your shoulders but still store under your seat.


    Promising review: "This is the greatest traveling combo! It is sitting under the seat in front of me on the plane as I type this! I love how both pieces have the strap to slip over pull handles. Even a TSA lady complimented me!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in five colors and in sets including a duffle bag).

    6. A set of three hard shell spinners so you and your family members can easily evade other travelers (thanks to the multidirectional wheels) while you race to your gate in style.


    Promising review: "This luggage is awesome. We went to Hawaii for 10 days held all of our items plus a few extras on the trip home. The suitcases are lightweight and roll with ease. I loved the zippered section nothing fell out. The wheels roll well, especially in the busy airport. The outsides are very durable. You can pull the handle up and set your backpack or extra bags on top nothing falls off. This is the best luggage I have owned so far. I will be taking it to London in December." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $139 (available in 15 colors).

    7. A non-flimsy garment bag to keep your most valuable outfits (like a wedding dress or tux) safe and sound while you fly from point A to point B.


    Promising review: "This was seriously a lifesaver for my destination wedding. I was afraid that it would not hold my dress as I had a very large, puffy train, but the dress folded up smoother and I secured it with a luggage strap for fear I would have to check it. Thankfully, I was able to use it as a carry on when told it was my wedding dress. I would absolutely recommend it to any other brides who are looking for a sturdy bag to hold their dress." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    8. A mirrorless digital camera that'll totally have you taking Insta photos like a pro (even if you have no photography experience whatsoever).


    Promising review: "I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. I have owned my camera for just over a year now and it has been nothing short of perfect. I am a beginner photographer and it has taken high-quality, professional photos. The basic lens is limited in terms of the scope of photography but it has taken excellent basic landscape and people photography. I purchased an additional lens to take night photography and this camera has been amazing. If you're a beginner photographer looking to get into either landscape or portrait photography, this is the camera for you! It's smaller and lighter than most DSLRs and it's very intuitive to learn the settings and controls." —Zack Nicol

    Get it from Amazon for $498+ (available in four colors and four different lens attachments).

    9. An airplane footrest so you can kick back with your feet up to prevent any painful swelling during those long haul flights.

    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 $19.97 (available in three colors).

    10. A travel coffee press you can use to brew your favorite coffee from the comfort of your plane seat.


    It's kinda like an on-the-go French press so all you have to do is add your favorite coffee grounds to the tumbler, add water, and press down to trap the grounds away from the brew. The insulated stainless steel tumbler keeps your drink warm for up to three hours, BUT the outer wall stays cool so you don't burn yourself!

    Promising review: "I got one of these for myself and for my fiancé to reduce our plastic consumption (no more k-cups) and wow is this underrated! It brews perfectly, it is easy to brew and press, and it's even easier to clean. My java stays hot during my 40-minute drive into work in the tumbler and is cool to the touch on the exterior." —Ankur Patel

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $47.99.

    11. A rechargeable mini hair straightener so you can create a frizz-free style literally anywhere in your hotel room — it's especially perfect if everyone's hogging the bathroom and you can't get to an outlet to plug in a normal straightener.

    Promising review: "This two-in-one travel straightener has both a flat iron and a curling iron feature. It is small, compact, and easy to carry. Most importantly, it is rechargeable (dual voltage), so you can use it anywhere outdoors and don't have to worry about the power situation." —eudora

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    12. A bar (or five) of natural, plastic-free solid shampoo that'll make packing your bag soooo much easier since you won't have to worry about your liquid shampoo spilling all over your bag.

    Promising review: "I was definitely skeptical about a bar shampoo and conditioner, but I travel a lot and really wanted to cut down the use of plastic products as much as possible. I honestly am in love! I got the Heali Kiwi shampoo bar and the Wonderbar conditioner, as well as one of their eco-friendly bamboo and sugar cane storage containers, and my very long, fine oily hair, which I do have to wash daily looks and feels great. I recommend anyone on the fence to definitely give it a try! It works! So wonderful for travel too!" —M.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in eight scents).

    13. A lock that uses fingerprint recognition to open up so you can add an extra layer of security to your luggage and other items. It basically eliminates the need for keeping track of keys or memorizing a number code.

    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 $25.99+ (available in two colors).

    14. A collapsible water bottle that folds up so you can stick it in your backpack and fill it up after you get through the security check.

    Promising review: "Well this is the coolest thing ever! I travel quite a bit, and I usually don't take a bottle with me because they are big and bulky, and I usually lose it! This collapsible water bottle is a perfect traveling accessory. It stays collapsed until after security, and then I fill it up for the trip. It's a good size and fits in my side compartment in my travel backpack and the cap screws in securely so I don't have to worry about it opening accidentally and spilling all over the place. I follow the instructions on how to clean it and it works just fine." —M. Lyons

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in eight colors).

    15. A stroller that folds up to a suuuper impressively tiny size so you can quickly and easily board your family onto the plane and exit without worrying about a bulky stroller.

    Promising review: "'What stroller is that?' The daily question we got during our recent trip to NYC. Great for folding quickly to get down subway stairs and on the plane. We didn't have to check it at the gate. I highly recommend it!!! My son is 2 years old and big for his age (41 inches and 37 pounds). He fit comfortably in this stroller and even fell asleep a few times in the middle of the NYC hustle and bustle! Oh, and my husband LOVED it too!" —Jenna

    Get it from Amazon for $174.88 (available in seven colors and four styles).

    16. A Fitbit Alta you'll never want to leave at home because it's sleek-looking and durable enough to handle any adventure you throw at it.


    My Fitbit Alta has seen six different cities with me this year and it hasn't failed me yet. It's waterproof, so I've kayaked with it on, gone to the beach, and stayed in pools and hot tubs while wearing it and it's never been damaged. And because it's so slim and the band is so durable, I'm never worried about it getting scuffed up on hiking trips or while doing outdoor activities. I love watches and have owned several over the years but, y'all, this has been the one to stay!

    Get it from Amazon for $75.33.

    17. A six-port wall charger because it'll solve the age-old problem of too many people in the hotel room with not enough outlets for charging everyone's phones.


    Promising review: "This is a great product! I travel frequently, and I am always challenged with the number of USB ports I can get with the number of outlets available (and where) in hotel rooms. With this product, the number of ports problem goes away, and what's great is that it extends the charger interface out from behind a bed or nightstand, or other inconvenient receptacle location, up onto a work surface for easy access. As far as power, I have had an ASUS transformer, two iPads, HTC one M8, and two iPhones connected to it at the same time, charging for hours with no heat on the device whatsoever. It works great at home too. I have always had good luck with Anker products, good quality." —bishop

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two colors).

    18. And a travel wallet with enough compartments to hold your passport, boarding pass, cash, ID, credit cards, and more so you can have easy access to all your essentials at any given moment.


    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: "This wallet is durable, chic, and spacious. The lining is very soft and feels expensive. From the design to the material, to the zippers and snaps, it's well made. I ordered it in rose gold, and it's a beautiful color. I travel frequently and love the boarding pass pocket. I recommend it to my sister and mom who also love theirs! They ordered in yellow and bronze and were also happy with the color." —Brianna graham

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 35 colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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