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    33 Things Under $20 You'll Never Want To Travel Without Once You Try Them

    No more dealing with the embarrassment of having to pull stuff out of your suitcase at the check-in line or throwing away your new bottle of lotion because it doesn't meet TSA guidelines.

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    1. A set of Sea Bands that target acupressure points on your wrists to help reduce nausea, perfect for anyone who gets motion sickness. I know I could've used a pair of these instead of taking (~drowsy~) medicine and accidentally knocking myself out for a three-hour ferry ride.

    Promising review: "These have been such a life saver! I have always had very intense car sickness almost as soon as I get into the car and these have really changed things for me. I was very skeptical but they really do work. I usually can’t even be a passenger for a trip to the grocery store and back. But with these, I was able to go on an eight-hour round trip vacation with no nausea issues at all. I have also used the motion sickness patches from the doctor in the past, and those didn’t help me at all. So I really can’t say enough good things about them!" —Devan

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.45.

    2. A leather passport case designed to also fit your vaccine card — you don't want to end up in a foreign country needing it and not having it, so better be safe than sorry and carry it with you.

    Passport holders in all different colors that open with a slot for your passport and vaccine card
    Henney's Boutique/Etsy

    Henney's Boutique is a California-based Etsy shop that specializes in passport holders. 

    Promising review: "Great quality and pretty color. Arrived fast and was packaged well. I have use this on two international trips so far and it still looks good as new. Recommended to family and they purchased some as well for their upcoming trip." —paigeblake96

    Get it from Henney's Boutique on Etsy for $8+ (available in 19 colors and extra slots). 

    3. A hands-free (rotating!) phone mount you can use whether you're traveling by bus, car, train, or hover craft. It clips on to any surface so you will be able to stay keeping up with the Kardashians no matter how long your journey is. 

    Reviewer using mount on back of a plane seat
    Phone mounted on a carry on luggage handle and a chair arm

    Promising review: "I bought this nifty gadget about six months for a multi-leg, ultra long haul trip and it more than held up the entire duration. I was able to finagle it to fit the tray tables on different planes and like others, I find the height just nice when clamped onto a stowed tray table. It also works on my roller carry-on handle during layovers. However, I find myself using it a lot outside of travel too! Work-wise, I've clamped it onto my office desk shelving to hold my phone at eye level beside my computer. At home, I simply clamped it to a deck of cards and it turns into a versatile stand that I can place on any flat surface. Heck, I've been using it to hold my phone comfortably at eye level while watching videos in bed. It's extremely well-built and I find myself fidgeting with it all the time. Thus far it still feels solid and I don't anticipate breaking it any time soon. Even if it does break, I'll be happy to buy another one or two of it!" —Earendil

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in three colors and a pack of two).

    4. An RFID-blocking travel wallet that holds basically everything you could ever need. Stay with me here, it has: a passport pocket, boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a slim card pouch, slim pocket, ticket slot, a cellphone pouch, a coin zippered pocket, key holder AND a pen holder. Mary Poppins called, she wants her wallet back. 

    reviewer's orange wallet
    Reviewer showing it snapped shut with contents inside

    Promising review: "Held all of my travel documents (passport, credit cards, cash, tickets). Small enough to fit into my purse and travel sling bag. It's very secure, I did not worry about anything falling out of it. RFID made me feel safe knowing my cards were safe from possible scanning devices. VERY happy with this purchase. Great price, great quality!" —S. Toll

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 41 colors).

    5. A luggage drink caddy so you don't have to worry about juggling your coffee, water bottle, snacks, and phone all while pushing your suitcase. This nifty thing attaches right onto your luggage so you can free up your hands to buy even more airplane snacks.

    Promising review: "I am always looking for something to make traveling easier. As I typically pick up coffee and water and fruit/snack before boarding, I sometimes am looking for somewhere to set down my things while walking. This is a great idea especially if I do not check my bag in. Enough room to carry the water/snack/phone/headset/newspaper/iPad, etc while getting to your gate. It lies flat when not in use and can slide in your purse/briefcase easily. Very good buy!" —Buzy Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in 30 colors).

    6. waterproof pouch designed to not only protect your phone but to also make sure you can still *actually* use it. Now you can actually prove you saw a giant turtle instead of just hoping people will believe you.

    Reviewer snorkeling while holding a phone in this case
    Reviewer holding phone in the case

    It fits any phone up to 100 mm x 170 mm (or about 3.9 inches x 6.7 inches). It's also a great fix for keeping out sand and dirt (and a great option for runners, if you're caught in the rain but still want to be able to toggle through your music options).

    Promising review: "I purchased this item for a trip I took to Jamaica with my niece. One of our excursions was climbing a waterfall and they had instructed us to bring a waterproof case. My niece ended up using this one and while we were snorkeling, she took it off of her neck to take video and pics and then ended up dropping it. It was at the bottom of the sea for a good 10 minutes. She had to take her life vest and snorkel gear off to get deep enough to get it and we considered it to be a loss for her phone since it submerged for so long. We got back on the boat and took her phone out and it was dry as a bone!! We couldn't believe it. We went and did the excursion which included us being in constant water and submerged in some places and her phone was fine afterwards! I wasn't expecting it to work as well as it did! I told her then and there I was writing a review when we got back because it saved her phone! Just make sure to keep the strap around your neck so you don't accidentally lose it at the bottom of the sea like she did!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    7. A hybrid travel planner and journal for those of us who may be a lliiittttllleee bit more Type A than our fellow travelers. Now you can have all your plans organized in one place, and when the trip finally comes around, you can add your collectibles here too!

    Model holding spiral notebook with minimalist gold map that says
    The Lamare/Etsy

    The Lamare is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in planners and journals. 

    Promising review: "I searched for a long time for a travel journal that would have all the prompts i needed. This journal has calendars (undated), research space, budget plans, travel thoughts, checklist, packing list, accommodations, and transportation space. Thank you!! This is beautiful on the outside & inside and has plenty of space for several trips. I absolutely love it. The size of the journal is perfect to carry with me in a backpack or purse. The paper is of good quality too. I am eager to start using it to prep for as well as use during upcoming trips." —Regina R.

    Get it from The Lamare on Etsy for $14.95

    8. A reusable water bottle that solves a major problem of taking pills on the go — never having anything to wash them down with. IDK about you but I am *not* about to be dry swallowing my medicine. With this, you'll never have to worry about that again, plus with the daily pill organizer, you don't have to bring all those bulky bottles with you.

    reviewer showing the open pill box at the side of their water bottle
    reviewer holding the pink water bottle

    Promising review: "Absolutely perfect, pill dispenser is removable for when you need to wash the bottle and each opening can fit up to six pills. I never forget to take a pill when having this bottle around and I drink a lot more water ever since purchasing this bottle. I definitely recommend this to all that are taking pills and need to hydrate because this is all you can ever ask for." —Lucy R.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four colors).

    9. A rechargeable, dimmable, light-up compact mirror to throw in your makeup bag for those trips where you inevitably wake up before everyone else and you don't want to turn on all the lights and disturb them.

    Promising review: "Important travel necessity for your makeup bag. One of my favorite features is that it’s rechargeable. The battery lasts a long time and the light is substantially bright. The fact that it comes in one of my favorite colors is an added bonus. It’s also reasonably priced. I’ve seen similar AAA-battery-operated mirrors that cost more. It’s perfect for tweezing those stray hairs." —Kisha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available as battery pack and in four colors). 

    10. A transparent TSA-approved toiletry bag so you can finally throw away that plastic baggie that's been with you for the past like seven trips.

    A bunch of reviewer's products laid on a toilet with the black bag next to it
    Reviewer's purple bag full of stuff

    Promising review: "Travel is chaotic and organizing helps balance the chaos. My goal was to find a product that would hold my liquids when traveling and go through the TSA. I especially wanted the option to reuse an item rather than continually replace my quart size bag. I have been through at least four different U.S airports with this toiletry bag with zero issues. I appreciate how the zipper opens around three sides of the case and the handle. The product feels well made and packs nicely in luggage." —Ms. M

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 11 colors).

    11. travel razor designed with its own case that takes up way less space than a traditional razor. Plus, maybe it's just me, but digging into my toiletries bag to find my razor is honestly one of the scariest parts of my trip (I have definitely nicked myself at least a few times).

    reviewer holding travel razor in its compact case
    Reviewer set out compact razor next to traditional razor to show the size difference

    Promising review: "Finally broke down and purchased the small handled, case included version for travel as we often do weekend trips away. Doesn't take up as much room in my toiletry bag as the long handled ones i used to carry. Very convenient for tossing in an overnight bag also. Easy to grip handle fits nicely in my petite hands too. Highly recommend if you travel as often as we do." —BCT

    Get it from Amazon for $7.09

    12. An expandable dirty laundry bag that will help make sure you don't have to put the sweaty bra and stinky socks in the same compartment as your nice (NOT dirty) sweater. This pack is tiny when zipped up and extends into a full-on laundry back that can hold up to a week's worth of laundry. 

    Reviewer showing laundry bag when it is folded up
    Same reviewer showing laundry bag while it's open

    Promising review: "Omg!!! Let’s see, where do I begin? So for starters, I bought this after seeing my mother’s. I was getting ready to take a trip and she had just come back from one. She had it sitting on top of her luggage getting ready to put it away. I knew I had to order one for myself. So just a little side note: I ABSOLUTELY HATE FOR MY DIRTY CLOTES TO BE IN THE SAME BAG AS MY CLEAN CLOTHES, ESPECIALLY DIRTY UNDER GARMENTS. I usually have some type of Walmart bag or something for my intimates or I have them wrapped in my dirty clothes in a corner until it’s time to pack up to go back home. I’m so glad I found this. It opens up to a large laundry bag so you can put almost your entire wardrobe of dirty laundry in it, depending on how long you’re going to be gone. But I definitely believe everyone who travels need this in their bag." —no brainer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94+ (available in three colors).

    13. A packing checklist so when you are frantically packing the night before a trip you don't have to keep thinking about if you've actually packed your underwear or not.

    packing checklist that says pack this
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We travel frequently and have two children. As any parent knows, packing for yourself and your children can be overwhelming (especially for trip longer than a few days). I have found this list to be a lifesaver and I also give it as a gift for other traveling families. It is easy to plan, organize, and list out items that are easily forgotten. You can also list the quantity of each item needed. It has a variety of clothing options and space to add more. Overall, wonderful purchase and has likely saved me many forgotten items!" —Mike D.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    14. hanging toiletries bag that will not only keep you organized while you're traveling but will prevent the hotel sink from becoming cluttered with all the beauty products you just *had* to bring on your three-day vacation.

    A hanging zippered pouch undone to show bottles, toothbrush and accessories inside
    J-BeautyLife Accessories/Etsy

    J-BeautyLife Accessories is a California-based Etsy shop that specializes in travel bags, cosmetic bags, and jewelry. 

    Promising review: "I finally found a great travel bag. This one is perfect. Plenty of spaces to keep things separate, happy pattern, appears very durable." —karen t. 

    Get it from J-BeautyLife Accessories on Etsy for $14.59+ (available in seven patterns and with or without personalization). 

    15. Or, if the thought of transferring your liquids into small bottles is too much, a fully stocked toiletries bag designed to take away at least some of the stress of packing. It comes loaded with everything you may need for your trip — shampoo, condition, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, flossers, a spare bag, and a styling comb — all in TSA-approved sizes. 

    reviewer showing all products that came in the bag
    reviewer holding clear bag with blue edges showing everything that comes inside the pack

    Pro tip! A lot of people brought these for their hospital stays to have their kids!

    Promising review: "This is amazing!!! Like imagine everything you would need for a short trip and visualize it in front of you. This kit: perfection! Everything you would need! They even supply you with a medium ziplock bag to put everything in if you were to go on a plane (since they request you put your toiletries in a see-through plastic bag anyway) this is amazing and I have nothing but nice words to say. This is such a genius idea and it’s perfect for any short trip!!! Five stars!!!" —Alexis 

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97+ (available in five varieties of products). 

    16. A foldable jewelry organizer because even though wrapping your necklaces in plastic wrap is an effective way to prevent tangles, unwrapping them can be a headache. Now you can keep all your jewelry tucked away nice and neat in their designated spots.  

    The light pink  fabric case laid out flat with jewelry secured in it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This helps me organize my jewelry easily while traveling. Everything has its proper place and is clearly visible. It doesn’t take up much room but is invaluable for its ability to keep your jewelry organized and necklaces tangle free. I wish I had gotten this years ago — if you’re on the fence, get it. You’ll be glad you did." —Kara R.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and nine colors). 

    17. A super-soft MakeUp Eraser to remove ALL your makeup by just adding water…yes, even waterproof makeup. How does it make sense? IDK, maybe it's magic, but whatever it is, it *works.* Say goodbye to the makeup remover you always worry will spill in your suitcase, or the fear of ruining yet another hotel washcloth. 

    A reviewer with half their face with makeup, and the other half makeup free after using the eraser
    A pink washcloth with an erase and exfoliate side

    It's got two sides — one that can wipe off all your makeup with water and a light scrubbing, and another that exfoliates your skin. Plus, all you have to do when you're done using it is wet it and hang it up to dry, or throw it in the washing machine! 

    Promising review: "Good quality and sewing/finishing. Gets every trace of makeup off without any stress. Love these! Love taking them on trips so I don't ruin other people's towels and such with removing my makeup. These wash up fresh and beautiful all the time. Got the black ones, so they look as fresh as the day I bought them." —HeartofAvalon

    Get it from Amazon for $13.36+ (available in 13 colors).

    18. leakproof, portable pet water bottle that allows you to easily carry water and give it to your furry friend without making a huge mess (or trying to use your hand as a makeshift bowl — yeah, we've all been there).

    dog drinking out of a spout attached to a small water botlte
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I saw this on a TikTok video and checked on Amazon and ordered it. My toy poodle loves it and drank out it with no hesitation. With the heat wave we are having in California right now I want to be sure she is well hydrated. Before I leave the house I fill the holder with ice and water and I am set. Easy to clean and no spilled water in the car. Easy to throw in my purse and have it when we are out walking around. I know what people with dogs are getting for Christmas this year." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes). 

    19. A pair of compression socks perfect for anyone whose feet tend to swell on long flights. Just throw these on before you fly and you're ready to hit the ground running as soon as you land.

    BuzzFeed writer holding the box with the socks in them
    Same person in long black socks with geode patterns on the heel and toe
    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I used these socks for travel recently as I would have had several connecting flights and waits in airports which would have exceeded 24 hours. In such situations my feet and ankles swell to the point where it is uncomfortable by end of a trip of less than 12 hours. After wearing these compression socks for over 24 hours my feet and legs felt no fatigue, soreness or discomfort as there was no swelling. I was amazed. I shall unhesitatingly recommend this product to anyone. The fabric quality of the socks is superb." —Alana

    Get it from Amazon for $18.11+ (available in 13 colors and sizes S–XXL). 

    20. A bar of natural, plastic-free solid shampoo that you can easily throw into your carryon without worrying about if it will make it through TSA, or more importantly, through the flight without exploding all over your clothes.

    eight different ethique shampoo bars going into a toiletry bag
    Reviewer's bar of soap sitting in a soap container

    FYI: the bar will last longer if you store it in one of Ethique's shower containers.

    Promising review: "A friend recommended this soap as a travel solution for our three week walking tour in Italy. I was very skeptical, but it has far exceeded my expectations. Frankly, it has become my everything soap. I use it as shampoo, body wash, and for sink washing my clothing. It suds up beautifully, leaves no residue, my hair is squeaky clean and soft and the smell is pleasant and subtle. I have already vowed to never travel with anything else again." NanaJP

    Get it from Amazon for $15.27+ (available in 12 scents and as a pack of two).

    21. waterproof soap travel case to protect all the rest of your toiletries from getting ~sudsy~ when you shower right before leaving without realizing you have to take home a wet bar of soap.

    Fabric soap holders in yellow, green, and blue
    Mamazita/Etsy

    Mamazita is a Canada-based, woman-owned Etsy shop establishing in 2017 that specializes in zero-waste products. 

    Promising review: "Love it! It is perfect for the soap bar I take on trips. It is very well made with quality materials and shipped quickly too!" —Brianna Konz 

    Get it from Mamazita on Etsy for $5.80 (available in four colors). 

    22. A set of small travel containers that are perfect for the lotions you just cannot live without, but that are too big to take in their original containers. Or, if you always come prepared and have the travel size of everything, these are perfect for stashing away small jewelry or bringing your pills so you don't have to carry the whole bottle.