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    27 Useful Travel Products You’ll Pat Yourself On The Back For Buying Later

    Have the best trips EVER with these brilliant products.

    1. A backseat car video monitor if you've got a little one to watch over while driving but don't want to risk continually swiveling around and risking a wrong turn or a (GASP) car accident, heaven forbid. Parents rave it's easy to install and super helpful for having an extra watchful eye.

    Note: You should only ever look at the camera when the car isn't in motion! 

    Promising review: "I saw this product on TikTok and knew I wanted to try it. I LOOOOOVE this product! I hate trying to use my rear view mirror to look into her mirror to make sure she’s okay. The quality of the video is great for the price, and I can easily see if my infant has spit up or I can see her mouth to shove a paci in if needed. I can see details like if her eyes are open or closed. The night vision isn’t too bad but not as detailed but you can see enough. But overall for the price, I would buy this product again hands-down." —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49

    2. An amazing, leakproof portable pet water bottle one of my besties owns and *absolutely* loves (as does her furry friend) with a mini dish and dispenser in one that holds extra water your precious pooch may want for later. No need to waste any H20 with this handy device.

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

    Promising review: "I saw this on a TikTok video and checked on Amazon and ordered it. My toy poodle loves it and drank out of 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 $14.98+ (available in three colors and two sizes). 

    3. A vacuum-free space-saving compression bag if you're anything like me and want to bring practically your whole wardrobe with you on every trip but need a way to NOT take up tons of space. Simply put your clothes inside, zip up the bag, roll it, and watch all the excess air get pushed out until your clothes magically shrink. 

    before image of clothes taking up space in a suitcase
    After image of the clothes condensed in the bags

    Promising review: "These were the things I never knew I needed for traveling. They work just as advertised and are really useful when going on a trip. I always hate at the end of a trip having to mix dirty and clean clothes — a 'laundry bag' or plastic shopping bag never really felt like a good enough separation. These bags seal up and conceal the most stinky, wet clothes from your clean unused clothes. They are going to be one of my new necessities for my big family when traveling." —Sarbello

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $16.97

    4. A hands-free (rotating) phone mount designed to use on airplanes. Mount it above your tray table or anywhere you like in an airport (so long as it's a flat surface), sit back, and simply enjoy.

    A phone mounted to the back of an airplane tray table
    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 two colors).

    5. A vegan leather passport case complete with a protective side sleeve so you can keep your ID, credit cards, and vaccine card safe and sound along with an optional matching luggage tag. Truly, aren't these rainbow of colors it comes in just GORGEOUS? Might be hard to choose one.

    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: "Shipping was impeccable! The holder is sleek looking. It is nice and large. My COVID vaccine card fits snugly." —Alexandra

    Get it from Henney's Boutique on Etsy for $8+ (originally $16; available in a variety of colors and styles). 

    6. Burt's Bees sunburn soother ideal for outdoor trips and beach vacations where you're going to be spending a LOT more time in the sun than you're used to. Made with aloe and coconut oil, this hydrating formula is designed to gently relieve pain from the harsh UV rays (but don't skimp on the SPF, either).

    Reviewers says it also helps prevent peeling and itching.

    Promising review: "I ordered this two weeks ago after seeing rave reviews. So grateful I did. Yesterday I got the worst burn. It was unbelievable. I applied this four times over 24 hours. When I woke up this morning it was a lot better and has just gotten increasingly better throughout the day. The burn is mostly faded, and the pain is so much better. I hope to never burn this badly again, but I will be stockpiling this lotion all the same." —Carolina G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. waterproof pouch to keep your smartphone safe and dry even if you plan to be around pools, lakes, rivers, the ocean, and well...any body of water, really (though it also helps prevent dirt, sand, and grime from getting in the crevices). BONUS: You can still use your touchscreen with it on, so get ready for underwater photos galore. 

    Promising review: "I purchased this case in July for an upcoming canoe trip with a friend, and as luck would have it, we flipped our canoe. Being the rebel that I am, I chose not to wear my phone around my neck, and so it, my ID, and my debit card ended up at the bottom of the river and I just assumed it would be discovered a thousand years from now and placed in a museum as an ancient artifact. Fast forward to this week. I was contacted via FB by an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office diver and guess what he found? Yup, my phone case with all of the contents intact and dry as a bone! He had to cut the case open, but there was not one single drop of water in it and he ended up purchasing a case for himself because he was just that impressed!" —Julie McDonald

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 14 colors).

    8. A five-compartment, dishwasher-safe snack spinner PERFECT for picky eaters who refuse to let different foods touch but also just incredibly fun for all snack lovers as it spins in the most delightful way and makes snacking on-the-go a cinch. 

    Reviewer spinning the container to reveal the snacks in each compartment
    The circular six compartment spinner with food inside of it

    Check out a TikTok of the snack spinner in action.

    Promising review: "I bought these before they were on Amazon. I’m obsessed. My kids think it’s a game, and they’re so intent on eating all the food inside. Even my picky eater. As a mom who absolutely hates to hand wash things, I’m so grateful that a) the entire thing comes apart for washing and b) it’s completely dishwasher-safe. This thing is awesome. One of a kind. I own five right now. Will probably be getting more in the future for when the baby is old enough to snack independently." —Jordan

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in six colors).

    9. A Saucemoto dip clip if you want to dip indiscriminately during long roadtrips without the risk of dripping honey mustard and ketchup all over your gorgeous dashboard.

    sauce dip clip
    reviewer dipping waffle fry in sauce being held by clip

    Promising review: "I don’t like to admit it, but sometimes I eat fast food in my car, particularly on long road trips. This holder is exactly what I would have designed if I had thought of it. There really is nothing I would change. It’s sturdy and I haven’t found a sauce yet that doesn’t fit; but if I do, there is a cup it comes with to hold 'loose' sauce." —Jr High Teacher

    Get set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A set of Sea Bands designed to target a specific acupressure point on your wrists that can help ease nausea and motion sickness. It's a great drug-free, holistic alternative to other methods whether you're *trying* to enjoy a cruise, car ride, or airplane ride without feeling sick.

    Promising review: "These were awesome! My entire family suffers from motion sickness, especially carsickness. My little one gets sick in the car on a regular car ride through the city. So I knew that a long road trip was going to be a disaster. I was amazed at how well these bands worked for everyone! Not one single person complained about being sick for 12 hours in the car. At one point I did have one child remove their bands because they said they were getting too tight. But after only a few minutes without them, a headache started to come on, so they immediately put them back on and the relief was instant. I have suffered for decades and now I know better. I will never travel without mine again!" —1SmartCookie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.53.

    11. A battery-operated flexible rotating fan for on-the-go, easy cooling that ALSO comes with a built-in light for extra visibility at night (um, amazing).

    The pink fan with flexible grippers attaching it to a car seat handle
    A black version resting on a table top

    Promising review: "We live in Florida and realized how badly we needed a fan for our newborn. We use it pretty much on a daily basis. We put it on her car seat and on her stroller when we go on walks. I’ve even propped it up on our desk when I’m working and holding our daughter. The three speeds are great: low usually offers just enough of a cool down and high is very impressive because it’s fast and quiet. The lights we didn’t really need but has been a nice feature to have. Our daughter hates going in her car seat and this helps to distract her sometimes. Plus, since we live in Florida we have to wait to go on walks until later in the day and the light lets us be seen easier. Overall, it’s a great and I’d definitely recommend!" —EmLe

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors). 

    12. A hands-free portable neck fan great for runners, hikers, and really anyone who wants to stay cool in the warmest months of the year while honestly setting a fun new fashion trend. Reviewers recommend putting your hair in a ponytail if it's long so it doesn't get caught.

    Promising review: "A++++++. This was a lifesaver during my WDW vacation this week. Temps felt like 105° and I was so happy to have this to help keep me cool. This made walking around the parks very manageable and I am so happy with my purchase. Charged it every night at bed and it was ready to go in the morning. Folds up nicely and the lights are so nice!!! Walked around the parks at night with my fan and lights on! A must-have!! Love this fan so much." —Jac

    Get it from Amazon for