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    31 Useful Things Adventurers May Want On Their Next Trip

    Flying? Cruising? Road tripping? Here's a little somethin' for ya.

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    1. A scratch-off map you can hang in your room to remind you of all the places you've been and inspire all the places you'll go.

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    Promising review: "I ordered this as a Valentine’s Day gift for my boyfriend who is a pilot. My thought was we could use it to scratch off places we visit together or even places he has flown to for work. He absolutely loved it! It is the perfect size, perfect for framing and hanging on the wall, he plans to get an open frame and scratch off places while it hangs on the wall. I highly recommend this map for anyone, I’m not sure I could’ve found a better quality map either!" —Ashley C.

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

    2. This journal for recording all your thoughts and experiences from the trips you go on. Even years later when you look back on the entries, all the memories will come flooding back.

    Amazon

    I got this journal years ago because of its vintage feel, and because I wanted a way to hand-write my memories from all the trips I went on — totally worth it!!!! I never go on a trip without this journal. Every night in my hotel room, I sit down and write a detailed recap of the day before I go to bed. Years later, I still read my journal entries when I want to get excited about a future trip.

    The pages are unlined so you can write, draw, paste photos, etc. I like pasting small postcards (larger ones will not fit) and polaroid photos from my trip. It's the perfect little journal for traveling!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two sizes and in five designs).

    3. An RFID-blocking travel wallet so you don't have to fumble around different backpack pockets for your passport or ID card when you're in line at the security check.

    Amazon

    I love things that organize all my essentials in one convenient place, and that's exactly what this wallet does. I like that I can have my cards, ID, passport, money, phone, and boarding pass (and a few other things) in just seconds — no more having to open up multiple bag pockets searching for what I need. The wallet feels sturdy and is actually a little bigger than I thought it was going to be, but I'm cool with it since it serves its purpose.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 36 colors).

    4. This packing list notepad because it'll take the stress out of remembering what to pack — down to the last band-aid — and even help you consider items you might never have thought of before.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I just used this for a recent trip to Florida from California. It made it easier to remember things. This helped me think of things I NEVER thought to put on my list. It has extra lines for you to add anything extra items, like a crochet project, handicapped parking plaque, etc. It's not too big, but can easily be read. There are boxes to check off as you go and room to add quantity to clothing items. I hope these are ALWAYS available!" —Connie Woods

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    5. A book that'll give you some sightseeing ideas when you're planning a trip to a new city and have no idea where to start.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been using this book as a resource for planning travel. Ms. Schultz has some great, out of the way spots that I would never have known to even look for! I've taken several trips in the past couple of years that when I looked at this guide, I missed some stuff that I really would have enjoyed if I had known about this book sooner." —cathasninee

    Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $13.29 (also available for the Kindle and in library binding).

    6. This fanny pack because it's perfect for when you just have a few small valuables you want to tour the city with but don't want to carry them all in your giant duffel bag.

    Amazon

    BTW, it's also water-resistant so it'll protect your items even when you're walking through the streets in a light drizzle.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy a fanny pack at first because I've always thought they were lame. I usually travel with a backpack and have a big fear of losing my passport during my travels so I always put it back in my backpack as soon as I'm done with it. I was getting sick of constantly having to take my backpack out to get my passport out so I decided to look into getting a fanny pack. I'm glad I did because it made my traveling experience so much better. The only time I took my backpack off was to sit and if I wanted to check to make sure I had my passport all I had to do was feel my fanny pack. The size was perfect too — it fits my passport, phone, portable earphones with charging case, coin purse wallet, and Chapstick. It's lightweight and the quality is good, especially for $8." —Julian

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 18 colors/designs).

    7. Or! A Fjallraven Kanken backpack if you're like me and love to be extra prepared so you need to carry around water bottles, extra shoes, and half a first aid kit — hey, it's all fun and games till you find yourself hiking around in painful shoes and you need to change 'em!

    Urban Outfitters

    I *finally* caved and got a Fjallraven Kanken backpack specifically for traveling. I like bringing my DSLR camera on trips, as well as other items to make sure I'm prepared when I'm taking tours and walking around all day. Unfortunately, those items can't fit inside a little crossbody bag, and carrying around a tote bag puts a lot of weight on one shoulder. So I got this bag because it's simple yet stylish, holds a lot of stuff comfortably, and is definitely gonna last through all my trips. I packed this baby up and I still have extra room for souvenirs!

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $80 (available in 10 colors) or Amazon for $79.95 (available in 57 colors).

    8. This working compass pendant that could come in handy for establishing your cardinal directions while you're on a camping or hiking trip.

    madebymoe / Etsy

    Get it from madebymoe on Etsy for $28.25+ (available in seven chain lengths and with the choice of seven charm combinations).

    9. An insulated, leakproof travel mug for when you don't have time to sit down and drink your coffee and need to leave your Airbnb ASAP to get an early start on your road trip.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The only things that could make these cups better would be if they offered them in pretty patterns or if they gave them away for free. Otherwise, this cup is pretty much perfect! It’s beautifully designed and fits well in the cupholder of my car. The powder-coated finish is very durable, isn't slippery, and is fingerprint-proof. Contigo has redesigned the lid so that it’s now easy to clean. It keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for a long time. But most important, it is truly leakproof, and it’s designed very intuitively with the button that you press to drink right where you naturally hold the cup." —Alex :-)

    Get it from Amazon for $14.67+ (available in two sizes and in 20 colors).

    10. Or a collapsible silicone coffee cup because traveling is expensive enough and you can save so much money on coffee or tea by brewing your own and taking it on your adventures.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is GENIUS! I travel quite a bit and this cup cuts my waste production down a lot because it is small enough when collapsed to fit into any bag. I bring my own teabags and it also saves money! The lid secures very tightly and the extra sleeve makes it easy to hold without feeling the heat of the cup. I have owned a lot of reusable cups and this one is by far the best!!" —Alex Milne

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in two sizes and in 14 colors).

    11. And these silicone straws because you can take them pretty much anywhere so you can enjoy a cold drink even if the restaurant you're at has a no plastic straw policy.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Okay...I'm in love lol. I got this because I have incredibly sensitive teeth and prefer using a straw. I was tired of 1) using plastic ones constantly, and 2) saving every extra straw from fast food places just so I could use them later or even worse, not have any and have to deal with my teeth hurting. I keep some of these at home and some in my purse so I have them wherever I go. They're so easy to clean — pop them in the dishwasher and you're done. Bottom line, this is one of the best purchases I've ever made and I highly recommend!" —Mandy H.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. An adjustable smartphone car clip that'll mount your phone at a comfortable, convenient height when you need to use the GPS for your road trip.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This fits perfectly on the air vent and does not shake while driving. The turning option is great for slanted air vents. It's easy to pop the phone in and out. Going on a road trip or driving a rental? No problem, just insert the clip into the new car vent and you're good to go. It firmly grips the phone and the plus is that it prevents the phone from overheating!" —Shaya D

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    13. And a tiny portable charger so you can always make sure your phone battery has a safe percentage because you never know when you may need to make a call in a hurry.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm loving this power bank that 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 on me for travels, conferences, and parties." —StarshineWF

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

    14. These Pottymints for when you have no choice but to use the airplane bathroom but you find yourself pinching your nose as you enter.

    Urban Outfitters

    Each set comes with six individually wrapped mints in two scents (Arancia, which smells like nectarine, orange blossom, water lily, and caramel; and La Fleur, which has notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, citrus, and sandalwood). And, the smell of one mint lingers for two or three flushes, so even the person who uses the bathroom after you will be in for a pleasant surprise.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $5 or a pack of three from Amazon for $20.99.

    15. An anti-nausea band you won't leave home without if you get seasick easily but still refused to stay home while your other friends go on a Caribbean cruise.

    amazon.com

    The band uses acupressure to help relieve nausea from morning sickness, chemotherapy, surgery, car sickness, and sea sickness.

    Promising review: "It’s all fun and games until you don’t leave your bathroom...thank goodness for these sea bands. I leave them on almost all the time (I take them off to shower and sometimes forget to put them back on after) and my body never takes long to remind me when I’ve forgotten. It doesn’t take away ALL the nausea, but they certainly serve their purpose in a safe, natural way. Perfect for pregnancy. If I could I’d give them an extra half star. Buy them!!" —Meredith

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. These biodegradable body wipes that'll give you a quick refresh if you're traveling around a city, out backpacking, or TBH anywhere where showers aren't easily accessible.

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    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. I didn't have the Club access and 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.

    17. A roll-up down jacket that packs down to the size of a burrito(!!!) for when you've booked tickets somewhere with much colder weather and you want to be warm without having to carry around a bulky coat.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Reviewers recommend sizing down for the best fit, but if you decide to stick with your usual size, you can also layer up a ton underneath the jacket!

    Promising review: "This jacket is awesome! It's so lightweight it folds up and fits into a little bag that it comes with. It's great for travel. I traveled from Los Angeles to NY and needed something warm for when I got to NY but easy to travel with — not too big and bulky. This jacket was perfect. It was cold and windy today in New York. I felt no cold or wind through this jacket. I also got caught in the rain, but no rain penetrated the jacket and it dried fast. The zipper pockets kept my belongings secure, especially the chest zipper pocket. I highly recommend this jacket!" —Brooklyn

    Get it from Amazon for $53.97 (available in sizes S–XL and in six colors).

    18. This wanderlust-inducing beanie that's warm enough to become your new go-to travel hat when you're exploring colder cities.

    BrushandBird / Etsy

    Get it from BrushandBird on Etsy for $29.50 (available in three colors).

    19. Or this cute baseball cap to deflect the sun's harsh rays so you can enjoy your beach vacation that much more.

    KellcieandCompany / Etsy

    Get it from KellcieandCompany on Etsy for $18 (available in 10 colors and two color options for the lettering).

    20. A pack of laundry soap sheets that'll really come in handy when you realize you've run out of clean clothes because you decided to extend your trip for a week.

    Amazon

    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 to." —Katie Fujarski

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19 (available in five styles).

    21. A 27-piece first aid kit because you never know when you'll need a band-aid or an antiseptic wipe in a pinch. And it'll fit pretty much anywhere you need it: your carry-on, a purse, that fanny-pack, or even in your pocket.

    Amazon

    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.

    22. A compact umbrella you can actually fit in your bag because torrential downpours shouldn't come in between you and your city tour.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    It's super lightweight and is just 11 inches long (aka, the perfect size for keeping in a tote bag or under the seat of a car for road trips). And, you can open and close it with just the press of a button.

    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 $9.55.

    23. A microfiber towel that's fast-drying and super compact so you can take it to the beach, pool, and campsite.

    Amazon

    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).

    24. This essential oil stick to help stop a headache from escalating because no one wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a trip just to be bed-ridden in a hotel room because of a lousy headache.

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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 hotpack, 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 wrote an in-depth review of the migraine stick with some additional deets.

    25. A tube of anti-chafe balm because it'll make it possible to trek around the city without the painful thigh rub that could inevitably slow your sightseeing down.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This is my GO-TO product for thigh chafe. Seriously ladies. It lasts forever, and it's worth the price. I've worn it all day, after one application, while walking at Disneyland, used it for running 5Ks, and wear it for everyday summer skirts and dresses. I've even started using it on my heels for tight shoes. Great find and product!" —CollegeGirlBookSeller

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. This rolling carry-on bag that you can store under your airplane seat or use for short weekend trips when you don't feel like carrying the weight of your clothes and shoes on your shoulders.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $66.89 (available in four colors and in sets including a duffle bag).

    27. A set of six packing cubes to make packing two weeks' worth of clothes for a four-day trip just a little easier.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: “Wonderful! Totally my new favorite way to pack! I don't know how I lived without these! The six-piece set fit amazingly in my luggage with room to add four pairs of shoes! It's crazy how much stuff actually fits in these. (I fit 26 tank tops in the large one). Rolling clothing and stuffing them into these cubes made my bag organized and I was able to bring so much more! I went on to buy the four-piece set from the same company because I wanted more size options. Equally as amazing!” —Erin Burke

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 17 colors).

    28. This digital luggage scale so you can weigh your luggage before you get to the baggage check line and avoid paying any overweight fees. Plus, it's compact enough to stow away in your carry-on and bring to your destination — for strategic souvenir packing, of course.

    Amazon

    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 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 $8.39.

    29. A stainless steel luggage tag that'll give flimsy luggage tags a run for their money and really stand up to the stress of banging around a luggage carousel.

    Toughtags / Etsy

    Get it from Toughtags on Etsy for $14.91 (available in seven colors).

    30. This AirFly wireless transmitter so you can connect your wireless earbuds to the headphone jack for your ~free~ in-flight entertainment.

    Amazon

    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 $40.49.

    31. And a memory foam foot hammock because it can actually help alleviate pain and swelling that you may experience during long-haul flights and make an economy class seat feel a little extra comfy.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It's so simple but works incredibly 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 the 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 $19.97 (available in three colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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