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    24 Travel Products That Are Useful Even When You're Not Traveling

    Just because you don't have a lot of trips booked, doesn't mean you can't get your money's worth with these items.

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    1. A travel wallet that features a RFID blocking shield material to keep your info safe from skimming. It's an obvious must-have for the airport, but you can also use it as your everyday wallet if you tend to keep a lot of cards, receipts, coupons, etc. on you.,

    This trifold wallet can fit a passport, a boarding pass, three credit cards, an ID, and a cellphone (max 5.8 inches). It also has a SIM card pouch, a coupon/ticket slot, a money/coins zippered pocket, a key holder, a pen holder, and another slim pocket.

    Promising review: "Best travel wallet ever! I've been wanting it for a while and I had two trips where I regretted not buying this. For my last trip I decided to give it a try and bought it. It's amazing! The passport fits great, my green card has a special place, my credit cards feel safe, the phone chip fits great, and I used the small slot in from of the money compartment for my room key. It's portable, fits a pen, and it's a great asset in general. Don't hesitate if you're thinking of buying it!" —Rosangela Rodriguez

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

    2. A pair of compression socks to stop your feet from swelling up like balloons on long flights. But, if your feet or legs often swell on a normal day you can wear these to help with circulation while you're at home, going for a jog, or sitting at your desk.


    Promising review: "My doctor prescribed the use 20-30 mmHg compression stocking(s) to control swelling of my right leg due to a DVT and my left due to diabetes. I have spent a small fortune while trying to find the right one for me, and with Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks, I have. They fit snugly without binding at the top leaving deep red welts like most. Remember to buy the right size for you, and you'll feel comfortably secure all day while wearing these socks." —LionBill

    Get them from Amazon for $17.39 (available in sizes S/M–XXL and 10 colors).

    3. A twistable memory foam pillow that'll definitely make long car rides better, but it may even help you get more comfy when you're relaxing on the couch for a movie night.


    Promising review: "I bought this because I have been having neck pain when I wake up in the morning. I sleep using a foam wedge to keep me upright, and it's great if I'm just on my back, but I am a side sleeper and a wedge + side-sleeping = neck pain! I originally came on Amazon to buy one of those C-shaped pillows, but I saw this and liked that I could twist the shape into what I needed. I've used it for two nights now and have had a great night's sleep without any pain in the morning. Definitely worth it for me to buy. Covering is soft, and while you can feel the moveable rod that goes through it as you bend it, you don't feel it when you're resting on it." —Frugal Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    4. A travel organizer made of waterproof nylon to keep your phone cords, camera batteries, and SD cards, untangled, undamaged, and easy to find. Great for traveling, but also just great for keeping those pesky cords and batteries organized, instead of in a junk drawer.

    Promising review: "I bought this because I'm about to go on a couple trips and I wanted a way to organize my headphones and chargers and make them easy to find. This organizer seems to be really well made, it has several spots for charger cords and headphones, and also a zipper pouch for smaller things. I put some headphones and chargers in there, and still have a few slots to spare. I think this is going to be really helpful for traveling and keeping all my stuff untangled and in one spot." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in seven colors).

    5. A 3D contoured cup sleeping mask with earplugs and a travel pouch so you can rest peacefully whether you're in your bed or on a plane.


    This comfortable sleeping mask is padded with memory foam and the 3D design allows for there to be no pressure on your eyes.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best sleep mask I've ever had. I've had about 4 over the years, I use them mostly on the weekends to get that little bit of extra sleep time and when traveling. It blocks out the light extremely well and is very very comfortable. The memory foam is awesome. The seams are very smooth and I love that it's recessed over the eyes. I also love that the strap doesn't Velcro together in the back, which makes an uncomfortable bump. This has a small adjuster on the side so it isn't directly in the back of your head where you can feel it when lying on your back." —DoubleDan

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

    6. A travel makeup case for keeping all of your beauty essentials organized and ready to go at a moment's notice.

    This multifunctional makeup case has a large main compartment with six adjustable dividers. It also has elastic pockets for makeup brushes and a mirror.

    Promising review: "I love this makeup case. Not sure what took me so long to organize my makeup!!! The zipper is heavy duty. The dividers are removable and adjustable to your makeup. No more digging in my old makeup bag trying to find my brushes and favorite lip and eyeliners. Love this case." —Lil Mayo

    Get it from Amazon for $18.89+ (available in 10 colors and designs).

    7. A portable charger that can fully charge your phone more than two times before it needs to be charged itself. This way you don't have to stress about your phone or iPad dying whether you're watching Netflix on the train or out running errands all day., Amazon

    Promising review: "This charger is so lightweight. It came with a carrying bag, instructions, and USB cable. It was 50% charged on arrival. It took one hour and 39 minutes to fully charge it. My phone was on 2% and it too exactly one hour and 27 minutes to fully charge my phone. It has four lights to show you how much power it has. After fully charging my phone, it still has three lights. So lightweight and durable." —Lann Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    8. A memory foam foot hammock for optimal relaxation during a torturously long flight OR to make working at a desk all day *much* more pleasant.

    Promising review: "I received the foot hammock as a Christmas present and couldn't be happier. My job requires me to sit for hours a day which can get very uncomfortable. I typically rotated through a few different positions throughout the day to prevent my back from hurting. Since I installed the hammock at my desk, my legs and back have not been aching as much. I would recommend this to anyone who sits at a desk for their job. It's small enough to stay out of the way when I'm not using it but large enough to fit two size 12s when I am." —JacAttack

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in three colors).

    9. A heat-resistant silicone mat/pouch so you can safely store your hot hair tools without having to worry about them melting or burning anything. Use it in your suitcase, for storing under the bathroom sink, and even just for a safe place to set your straightener on the counter.


    Promising review: "Works good for what I need. Living in a furnished rental, I was worried that my new hair straightener that gets really hot would ruin the dresser. This is perfect to protect that, even at the hottest setting it doesn't seem to be affected by the heat. The fact it's a pouch as well is great for travel." —Maya

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

    10. A Béis faux shearling tote bag, because you can stuff it with all of your essentials, it has a convenient crossbody strap, lots of pockets, and it's just SO CUTE. Since it can fit a laptop, you can even use it as a work tote.


    I have this bag and I use it ALL. THE. TIME. I've taken it with me on planes, buses, NYC subways, and coffee shops. I love that it fits my laptop, planner, wallet, and more — plus, it looks super chic with just about any outfit. I was a little worried the beige/cream would look dirty after a while, but honestly it still looks great!

    Get it from Nordstrom for $68.

    11. A pair of noise-cancelling wireless headphones so you can block out the surrounding distractions and jam to your favorite playlist whether you're on a plane, at work, or just dealing with a loud roommate.,

    In addition to noise-cancelling technology, these headphones also have 90-degree swiveling ear cups, a built-in microphone, and 30 hours of playtime per charge in Bluetooth mode.

    Promising review: "I have tried many other brands of headphones and comparatively these look much nicer than some of the really expensive brands I have tried. The sound quality is also great and they block outside noise very well. I purchased these for a long haul flight I was taking and they were extremely comfortable and not super bulky and heavy. I am very pleased with the battery life too. Overall these are a great pair of headphones and I would recommend them to anyone, especially if you will be wearing for long periods of time." —lindsay ann

    Get them from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in six colors).

    12. A TSA-approved toiletry bag perfect for packing your liquids and other small products in your carry-on, keeping essentials sand-free at the beach, or for keeping the clutter under your bathroom sink somewhat organized.


    Promising review: "I ordered two of these and am going to order a few more! They are the perfect size for a purse, you can see everything in them and they are easy to grab because of the handle. As a certifiable organization freak, I can think of SO many uses for these." —mlowemom

    Get it from Amazon for $12.86 (available in 10 colors).

    13. Some fragrance- and chemical-free odor eliminators you can stick in your suitcase, gym bag, or just right into your shoes by the door to avoid any smelly aromas.


    These charcoal bags can absorb excess moisture to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria from forming on your clothes, shoes, and in your bag. To re-charge them, just stick 'em out in the sun for a bit.

    Promising review: "I bought these to use in my car. We have been going to play in a river a lot lately, and after a few weekends of the family being in the car with damp clothes, and water shoes, my little Hyundai has started to smell bad. I am a big Ozium user, and even the Ozium didn't permanently rid the car of the sour smell that had developed it. I placed a charcoal bag on the floor in the front, one on the floor in the back, and one in the trunk after coming home Saturday after another day playing in the river. I did not use the car again until Monday morning. When I got in the car, I noticed that the bad smells were gone. I didn't notice any chemical-like smell that I have noticed with some other charcoal filters. All I could smell was my not-so-strong air freshener! So far I am very happy with these, and will be buying more to place in my home office, and some other areas of the house!" —George

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99.

    14. A phone and tablet holder perfect for relaxing and watching YouTube videos on the plane, in the car (not while driving of course), at your desk, or even just while you're cooking dinner.


    Promising review: "This is awesome. It is very rigid and holds up well. It also packs flat, which works great in a carry on. I love it! As someone who travels a bit, I am very satisfied!" —jz

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A bar of solid shampoo made with natural ingredients to help you minimize the amount of liquids you bring on trips, as well as just make your hair feel amazing on a normal day. Ethique is a sustainable brand that uses all natural ingredients.

    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 $15.99 (available in eight scents).

    16. A pair of washable, breathable, and easily packable knit sneakers that'll keep your feet comfy in almost any environment, without cramping your style. Say hello to your new go-to sneakers.

    Promising review: "I am so excited about these! They are so comfortable and still have good arch support for being compact shoes. They are true to size and very breathable. perfect for traveling! I cant wait to buy another pair!" —Jenna J.

    Get them from Suavs for $95 (available in sizes 5-12 and two colors).

    17. A Béis seatback organizer, because not only is it perfect for holding your stuff on the plane, but it can also be used next to your bed, in the living room, anywhere you might need a bit of convenient storage.

    Béis, Nordstrom

    It has a hidden magnetic closure, an interior zip pocket, and four slip pockets to keep your essentials safe and organized.

    Get it from Nordstrom (available in three colors) or Béis (available in seven colors) for $34.

    18. A portable lock box you can use to secure expensive possessions, like your camera, phone, headphones, etc. It's great for keeping stuff secure in a hotel room, but you can also hook it to your desk at work, your bike, and more.


    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, 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 (available in original and compact and in five colors).

    19. A hidden travel pouch that attaches to your bra so you can keep your money safe while you're commuting or out at night with your friends.


    Promising review: "This was a LIFESAVER while traveling. I kept my cards and cash in it and had no stress about thieves lifting my essentials while traveling heavily pickpocketed cities. I loved it so much, I actually continued to use it when I got home instead of carrying a purse! The top flap did start to unravel after about six months — but this was also after six months of everyday use." —Krista Hinz

    Get it from Amazon for $10.17+ (available in pink and black).

    20. Some biodegradable hypoallergenic wipes made with natural tea tree oil, cooling peppermint, aloe, and ginseng that come individually wrapped for you to keep in your carryon, purse, or backpack for anytime you need to freshen up.

    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. 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.

    21. A TSA-approved fingerprint-enabled BenjiLock so you can keep your stuff secure without forgetting the random combination that came with the lock you bought three years ago. Of course this is perfect for your suitcase, but it also doubles as a great lock for the gym!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.95.

    22. A portable rain hood you can wear with any jacket so you don't have to try and pack both your cute and practical jackets when you're tight on space.


    It's basically a hood attached to a vest you can wear under ANY jacket to protect yourself (and your hair) from the elements.

    Promising review: "LOVE this hood! I've been looking for something like this for a long time — what a great idea!! Most of my coats and jackets don't have a hood, and this is the best way to keep my hair dry when wearing them. My hair frizzes like crazy if even one drop of rain hits it (or fog or wind) so this is definitely a must have for my wardrobe and life. I really like the way it looks too — like wearing a hoodie under a jacket but it's not bulky or hot. I can throw it in my purse or pocket and it's there to keep my hair just the way I like it. Love it, love it, love it!!!" —Terry Thornburgh

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    23. A collapsible water bottle that you can pretty much always carry with you. Throw it in your gym bag, a carryon, or your daily tote bag and you'll never have to buy a plastic water bottle again.


    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 loose 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).

    24. And a cordless mini straightener so you can touch up your hair any time, any place. This genius rechargeable device is perfect for a quick fix-up in the bathroom at an event, at your desk... ANYWHERE.,

    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.

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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