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    25 Useful Travel-Sized Products You'll Probably Be So Glad You Packed

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    1. This mini razor with a mini carrying case that'll put a big smile on your face when you realize how convenient a close, clean shave can be while you're away.


    Promising review: “This small travel razor is THE BEST thing you can buy if you are a woman who travels a lot! I was so pleased that it was just as easy and comfy to use as my regular-size razor, and it even comes in a cute, transparent, hard plastic case! Use regular Venus refills OR Gillette Mach 3 blades! It’s very versatile, so compact, and just as good as a full-size razor! I am SO HAPPY they made this in this size!!!” —Shani Palmer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    2. A bar of shave gel — it glides on as easily as shaving cream but without the hassle of taking up extra space. Just wet it under a faucet and move it across your skin before using your razor.


    Promising review: “I love that this is travel-sized and NOT a liquid or foam, so I can travel with it through security, no problem. I will say I expected the bar to last longer than it did, although I did not remove it from the shower, as recommended. I probably got 12 shaves out of the first bar. I like that it creates a smooth, thin layer and doesn't clog my razor. I am saving the second bar for my trip to Hawaii in the next week and will be sure to remove it from the shower this time.” —Sarah Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    3. This slim luggage scale so you'll never be caught with overweight luggage from all those souvenirs again. It's compact enough to fit in a bag or backpack for easy carrying.


    Promising review: “This is a very valuable tool to have for travel, especially if you are checking multiple bags or planning on bringing back stuff from the destination country. I travel to Europe frequently and always have friends and family asking me to bring them back things like chocolate, wine, or souvenirs of some kind. Since the weight limit on a checked bag (before they charge you an exorbitant amount) is 50 lbs, this requires some planning. Being able to precisely distribute your weight between multiple checked bags is invaluable for this. It also takes up negligible space and weighs next to nothing so I usually keep it in my carry on. In terms of accuracy, it's always within 0.5 lbs of whatever the airline scales read. I've packed a bag to 49.6lbs and had it weigh 49 even at the airport so I trust this scale.” —Marshall Drane

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. A mini hair straightener for smooth, pin-straight locks on the go. It's especially useful if you don't have a ton of space in your luggage, and don't want to bring your precious $100 hair straightener across the world.

    Promising review: “I love it! I purchased this for a trip to New Zealand and Australia. It’s so much more compact and lightweight than your standard straightening iron. The dual voltage is built in so I did not have to purchase a converter. Although smaller than my normal flat iron, the plates are still large enough that it only took me about five extra minutes to flat iron my hair. I would absolutely recommend.” —Lauren Vance

    Get it and the pictured carrying pouch from Amazon for $29.95 (available as a 1-inch or a ½-inch iron).

    5. This tiny, foldable hairdryer that collapses to half its size to give you extra bag space AND a cute 'do while you're exploring the world.


    Promising review: “I had one of these blow dryers that I used to use when I went backpacking through Europe and some of my other travels growing up. My daughter is now getting ready to go out on her first trip to Europe this coming summer and I found the same blow dryer I used to use. It’s small, but powerful. I love how it folds up and I can still use my European plug adapter on the end and it doesn’t change the speed or cause any power problems. This is one of the best blow dryers I’ve ever owned for traveling light.” —Hellcat Hinks

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. Some travel containers that — *deep breath* — are super colorful and adorable, durable and reusable, TSA-approved, and hold the perfect amount of product for a trip.


    You get five silicone travel bottles, five screw-top boxes for creams, one two-ounce spray bottle, one two-ounce pump bottle, two spatulas, a set of six pre-printed labels, and a zip-up clear plastic bag to hold it all.

    Promising review: “As soon as I opened the package, I was so happy because of the bottles’ vibrant colors. Also, the silicone has a non-slip texture and the lid is designed as non-spill. The quantity is large enough that I can shampoo for a week-long trip. Also, it does not exceed 100 ml (3.4 oz) each so you can bring them in the cabin of the airplane as well. They’re high-quality products and I highly recommend purchasing them!” —Hannah Lee

    Get a 14-piece set from Amazon for $10.99.

    7. A collapsible water bottle because it shrinks to barely the size of a mug to fit snugly in your backpack until you get through TSA. Plus, it's so darn cute that it'll motivate you to stay hydrated during your trip.

    Promising review: “This is a very useful water bottle! It’s a travel-friendly sized 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. It comes with a clip that is already on the bottle, so it is easy to just clip it on to a backpack. When it is small, it is the size of a six or eight 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 $13.59 (available in four colors).

    8. A miniature can of Batiste dry shampoo that delivers gargantuan results. It absorbs oil and adds volume to give day-four hair that ~freshly 'pooed~ look whether you're trudging through the Antarctic cold or braving the Costa Rican heat.

    Promising review: “This dry shampoo is wonderful! I keep this in my travel luggage. It makes your hair look clean and full of body. And, there’s no telltale powder residue left on your hair from the product when it is used.” —Linda U.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.65.

    9. Some palm-sized bottles of wrinkle releasing spray because you'll always want a clean-smelling, smooth shirt no matter where your plane ticket takes you.


    Promising review: “I buy these small bottles for travel. When I get to my destination, the first thing I do is unpack, hang my clothes, and then spritz them with Wrinkle Releaser. It works really well, and fast. No more lugging a steamer in my suitcase or paying for pressing.” —D. Diemetric

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.17.

    10. An ultra slim first aid kit — you actually won't mind carrying it around while you're a tourist for those "just in case" moments. If you're headed on a solo trip, you might've just found a new travel buddy.


    This 27-piece set includes three antiseptic wipes, two sting relief wipes, two packets of antibiotic ointment, 10 small, latex-free bandages, two butterfly bandages, two knuckle bandages, one large safety pin, one small safety pin, and one razor blade all in one cute, little tin.

    Promising review: “This is a nice compact first aid kit. It's about the size of an Altoid container. I have used it many times. Just a tip! If you're taking it through airport security to remove the razor blade beforehand. The TSA won't take kindly to you trying to get the razor blade on the plane. There is a list on the back of the tin of its contents so I marked out where it listed the razor blade. I don't need the TSA messing up my organization trying to find a razor blade that isn't there.” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. This bottle of Tylenol that's literally the size of your finger and will literally rescue your entire trip from the hell that is headaches and migraines.


    I don't typically use pain meds, but for some reason decided to stash this little tube of Tylenol in my backpack for a three-week trip to Ireland. During my final week in the country, I came down with a massive headache from a lack of proper sleep, dehydration, and the fact that everyone in my hostel had gotten sick and germs were in the air. This worked fast to relieve my headache, and since then, I always make sure I add it to my packing list for emergencies.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.48.

    12. A set of refillable perfume atomizers so you can take your favorite fragrance with you no matter how many miles away from home you are. It'll fit perfectly into your one-quart bag.

    Promising review: “I am so excited to be able to have a perfume in my purse and for traveling. I love my perfume but with the glass bottle, I don't feel comfortable putting in a suitcase when I fly. I also hate how expensive small bottles of perfume are. It is awesome to be able to transfer perfume by just pumping from the original bottle into a metal container. Since this comes in a pack of three, I can keep one in my purse and one in my carry-on, and still have a spare bottle. I'm traveling this weekend to Seattle for the first time since I got this and am excited to be able to have my perfume with me!!” —Kimberly Grike

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. Toothpaste tabs — you can just chew them and then brush and not have to worry about re-packing anything for your return flight home.


    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 $7.34.

    14. A toothbrush that folds right into its very own carrying case so you can 1) save some space, and 2) protect the bristles from acquiring any germs.


    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 put it back in your bag immediately. 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 $5.36 (also available in packs of six and 12).

    15. Some conveniently-sized anti-chaffing balm so you can fight angry blisters and bumps whether you're climbing the Cliffs of Moher or walking the Great Wall of China.

    Promising review: “Earlier this year, I backpacked India and a slew of other countries in Southeast Asia, I had never really experienced chub rub before this trip but one of the girls I traveled with brought this along for just in case. Speaking from experience, there is nothing worse than wearing Harem pants that don't actually separate your thighs from each other in 105-degree humidity without anti-chaffing balm. This stuff saved my thighs, and my friends' thighs countless times from that fate. We used this little guy every day, and sometimes three times a day. We carried it in our daypacks almost every day and missed it on the days we forgot it. This is a nice size to keep in a day bag or purse in the summer, and it lasts a long time. My friend is still using the one from our trip six months later. Pro tip: you can totally use this as blister block if you notice your shoe rubbing while you're out and about.” —Luci

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available as 0.8-, 1.5-, and 2.5-oz tubes).

    16. A mini hairbrush (with its own cute, 'lil protective case!!!) that was basically made to fill that last tiny crevice in your carry-on.


    Promising review: “I love this brush! I travel a lot and always have to put my brush in a plastic bag. But this brush has a cover! Also, this brush does a good job — brushing is easy and it doesn’t make my hair frizzy. I recommend!” —successqueen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49 (available in four colors).

    17. This adapter cube because it'll take the stress out of converting voltages so you can contently charge your phone and use appliances in your hotel room in Greece without worry about setting anything on fire — hey, I can't be the only one whose paranoid mind stresses about these things!!!


    It can work for over 150 countries with its four different included plug styles (US, Europe, UK, and Australia), from Thailand to Israel to Spain to Hong Kong.

    Promising review: “I had to get some last-minute supplies for a trip to Europe from NYC, and I ordered this. This product is easy to use and also includes a USB slot to make my life easier when charging things like a smartphone. It even came with basic instructions, but even without instructions, I was able to figure out the proper slots to use. I like that it's compact and has different types of plugs." —Paperie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in black and white).

    18. A pack of laundry soap sheets to make washing your clothes while you travel sooooo much easier than carrying around a bottle of liquid detergent.


    Promising review: “This is great for multi-week international travel for washing clothing in sinks or tubs. It is very rare to find self-service laundry centers in hotels or cruise ships. When handwashing items, I don't want a lot a soap or suds and I can completely control this by using one or multi sheets. Super lightweight packaging!” —Wendy H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19 (also available as body wash, hand soap, shaving, and shampoo sheets).

    19. Flexible foam rollers that fit conveniently in your bag and give you gorgeous, heat-free curls while you sleep. They're the perfect alternative if you want a volumized 'do without the risk of ruining your non-dual voltage curling iron in another country.

    Promising review: “These rods are fantastic; they hold the curls and give your hair body. The sizes are great. I highly recommend these rods for travel, extremely convenient and you only need a few to have a great hairdo 💁🏽‍. Comfortable during sleep and easy to use, durable. Keep making quality products, small is just a word, quality products are what matters!” —Benz

    Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. A travel-sized facial moisturizer because you shouldn't have to forego healthy, hydrated skin when you're on vacation. Plus, you won't have to worry about dry, flaky skin showing up in the photos you're gonna post on Insta.

    Promising review: “I was looking for a facial moisturizer with SPF because I’m using serums with retinol in them. I love this moisturizer. It goes on a little tacky, but it absorbs well into the skin and does not leave any greasy residue behind. I have combination skin that leans more towards dry skin. This has worked very well. My favorite part is that it doesn’t have that nauseating SPF smell or the gross residue.” —Jj

    Get it from Amazon for $14.44.

    21. These itty bitty makeup trays that form one convenient stack of your makeup essentials so you can have cheeks as rosy as the gardens in France *without* carrying your entire makeup collection from home.

    Promising review: “I love my new stack, which I purchased for my travel bag and handbag. The quality of the cosmetics is very good, as is the stacking container. I am frequently too sensitive to new cosmetics, but my skin stayed perfectly healthy with this. The concealer is effective and so lightweight. The blusher gives a nice glow, but still looks natural. Overall, I am pleased with this.” —Melanie K.

    Get it from Subtl Beauty starting at $12 per stack layer.

    22. Or a compact travel makeup bag for anyone who sometimes has trouble sticking to the REAL necessities (guilty as charged).


    Promising review: "Wow I cannot day enough about this purse/travel make up bag. It’s roomy, has individual pockets for lipsticks and concealer, and has a large pocket on one side where you can store medicine, glass cleaning wipes, etc. I’ve traveled with it and used it in my purse. It’s AMAZING!! You won’t be sorry for ordering!" —Kelly I. Johnston

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 14 colors).

    23. Some makeup-removing cloths because they effectively remove ALL of your makeup with just water, and all you have to do is wash and re-use them.


    I initially bought this set because I was tired of disposable wipes that would dry out my skin and make me break out, and I wanted a cheaper alternative to the Magic Makeup Eraser. These towels actually take EVERYTHING off. My 24-hour foundation, my setting powder, my eyeliner, mascara, AND lipstick — gone in a couple of swipes! And, I began breaking out less after I started using these cloths with just water. I even packed these when I traveled and it made for easy makeup removal at the end of the day — I just hung it out to dry on the rack in our hotel bathroom. Each towel can last a few months as long as you wash them regularly. I bought my first pack in January of this year and I’m only now on my last towel.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99 (also available as a pack of two, and as a cushion and mitt).

    24. This umbrella that's barely the size of a tissue box for those surprise rainy days. For some reason, we seem to forget that weather still exists when we're traveling and having the time of our lives??

    Promising review: “This umbrella is small enough to fit in my purse or my daughter's backpack, but it is very well-made and opens out to a pretty nicely sized umbrella. You can take it to the concert, travel with it, or just have it packed in your car without taking too much space." —Tetyana Carten

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 25 colors/designs).

    25. And, a bar of shampoo you'll have no problem packing because the TSA liquid rule does not apply. 🙌🏽

    Promising review: “I've been using the Heali Kiwi shampoo for over four months now and I'm in love! I've only used about 2/3 of the bar so it lasts a really long time. My scalp is always itchy and this is one of the few products I've found that actually soothes the itching. The smell is light and doesn't leave your hair reeking of perfume. It's really convenient for traveling, especially if you like to travel light. On top of that, NO PLASTIC. I'm never buying liquid shampoo again. Love this stuff!” —BlizzardWizard

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in eight scents/targets eight concerns and available as a conditioner bar for $18).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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