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    25 Flight Attendant Approved Travel Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    They get so much experience with travel, they know what's truly worth it.

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    We asked flight attendants in the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about all the best travel products, and here are their recommendations!

    1. A collapsible, refillable, leakproof water bottle that won't take up a ton of room in your bag when you don't need it (like when you're going through security) but expands to hold a full 22 ounces that you can fill at a water fountain. TBH, pretty much every flight attendant who commented mentioned a refillable water bottle, because it's true that flying seriously dehydrates you!

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    "Hydrate so much! I love to drink lots of water — bring your own bottle!" —melialexander

    It's easy to drink from because it has a wide spout that's protected from random dirt and germs by a little plastic cap, but it's also simple to refill because the entire lid unscrews, so you have a wide mouth that can even fit ice cubes with no problem. Both caps seal, so the entire bottle is leakproof, and it has a strap for attaching to your bag (although it's BYO carabiner). It can handle hot drinks like your morning coffee but is also completely freezable. Reviewers love it for cruises, flights, and, of course, everyday use.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in six colors).

    2. Or a water bottle with a filter so you can fill your bottle at pretty much any sink or water fountain and KNOW that it's going to taste delicious, not funky or chlorine-y.

    pink transparent water bottle with easy-sip straw, leak-proof lid, and a filter that fits inside the straw
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    "Can’t trust that hotel water." —cecelial4d8a192cd

    "Always have a refillable water bottle with you. You may need water before takeoff, but we are always struggling so much to have everyone put their bags away and close the door in time that it’s not a priority for us, so PLEASE bring and fill water before getting on the plane." —michellee48b2133e7

    This is a good option for travel because if it accidentally gets dropped, the plastic won't break, although you do have to squeeze it a little bit to get the water to come through (you can't just, like, tip it in your mouth and expect it to come out). Several reviewers specifically mentioned loving these for Disney World because you can fill them with ice and water at the restaurants and have great-tasting water all day. They do require replacement filters every two months; you can find a pack of five of those for $15.99.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and five colors, and in insulated stainless steel for $34.99).

    3. A resealable travel-size pack of antibacterial wipes because planes and airports can get germy, and these can wipe up a tray table and your hands before you eat, potentially saving you from someone else's cold.

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    Promising review: "As a flight attendant I always need wipes. These small packs are great for putting in your purse and having on the go. The bundle pack is a great value. " —SJ1326

    Get 20 packs of 10 wipes each from Amazon for $12.99+ (also available in unscented and a tropical splash scent).

    4. A tube of Weleda Skin Food, which is an ultrarich, plant-based moisturizer that helps combat the dry skin that goes along with all the dehydration flying brings.

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    While many people use it on especially dry places like their elbows, hands, and knees, others (especially reviewers with dry skin) also love it for an intensive overnight cream. Reviewers say it's incredibly thick — kind of like cream cheese — but incredibly effective on dry patches. (Also, the company will recycle your empties for free.)

    Promising review: "I am a flight attendant and this is my go to hand cream! It is a little greasy when you first start rubbing it in, but it absorbs quickly and that along with the smell (a bit medicinal) dissipates before you know it. It doesn't take much of this at all. I rub a little on my tired feet at the end of the day as well, and trust me I have tired feet after being on them for 14-plus hours. This stuff works great for this as well. Win-win, Weleda!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. And for those extra-long flights, a pack of sheet masks to help give your skin an extra boost of serious moisture and hydration.

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    "SHEET MASKS for long flights. Flying dehydrates you and your skin will feel dry; sheet mask and a TON of water will do the trick." —kaylab4c9863587

    These sheet masks use snail secretions (yes, really), which supposedly contain hyaluronic acid (which helps your skin absorb and hold on to water), glycolic acid (which gently exfoliates skin), and collagen (which can help firm skin).

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $23.95.

    6. A set of four packing cubes so you can efficiently fit lots of clothing in your bag without messing up your careful folding and organization just because you need that one pair of pants that happen to be all the way at the bottom, beneath your neatly stacked tops.

    reviewer's clothes all laid out in a pile on their bed before; then after, everything fit into the packing cubes
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    "Less is MORE. Seriously, packing cubes and choosing clothes that can be mixed and matched go a long way!" —michellee48b2133e7

    With these, you simply remove your bag of tops and your bag of socks and undies, unzip your bag of pants, get what you need, then throw the other bags back in! Zero mess, zero stress.

    Promising review: "These are exactly what I wasn’t looking for and didn’t know I needed but I am SO HAPPY I stumbled upon them. I’m a flight attendant and these have helped compress two weeks worth of clothes in my bag, easily. I’m a big guy. My clothes aren’t small. If you’re petit I bet you could pack a month or more in these guys. Happy with my purchase!" —Michael A.

    Get a highly rated set of four zip-up packing cubes from Amazon for $21.99 (available in nine colors).

    7. A mini-steamer to quickly coax all the wrinkles out of your clothes, no ironing board required — even if your clothes have been stuffed into packing cubes for just so. many. hours.

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    For more on why this particular one's great, read a BuzzFeed editor's mini steamer review. TL;DR, this steamer's incredibly useful: it heats up in about 90 seconds, steams about five garments before needing refilled, and is all around perfect for anyone who doesn't want to wait too long or work too hard to get the wrinkles out.

    Promising review: "This steamer is very compact, easy to use, and well-made. I am a flight attendant so this has helped my life tremendously. I never even pick up an iron anymore. It works extremely well on my uniform and also just to get wrinkles out of my clothes while on layovers. The best part is that it doesn't take up too much space in my bag. I hate ironing with a passion, so I am so glad that I found this product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    8. A little collapsible travel kettle and a French press travel mug because hotel coffee is decidedly not tasty most of the time, and this lets you genuinely enjoy your morning caffeine boost.

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    "For saving some $$$ on coffee while on the road, I’ve bought a collapsible travel kettle from Amazon and a travel French press mug and made fresh coffee in my room. Just fill a sandwich bag up with the grinds you desire; I use a foldable flask by Vapur to hold the creamer I like. The kettle comes in multiple uses to make tea, oatmeal, and ramen as a backup food option." —michellee48b2133e7

    Get them both from Amazon — the kettle for $39.89 and the travel mug for $23.99 (available in five colors).

    9. A black sweater that you can rely on to keep you cozy pretty much however you happen to be dressed so you can pack light and stay warm every time the plane, hotel, museum, or restaurant is just a tad too chilly.

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    "A sweater that goes with everything!" —kaylab4c9863587

    Reviewers who traveled with this sweater said it looks good through multiple washes in a hotel room sink, is cozy enough to sleep in if a hotel room happens to be way too cold (which would work on a flight, too), and holds up without snagging or pilling even if it ends up wadded up in the bottom of a bag for a bit.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXXL and 39 colors/patterns).

    10. An Add-a-Lock, which will give you a little extra peace of mind (without taking up much space in your luggage), especially if you end up staying somewhere with a wobbly security chain.

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    "For security in a hotel room, Add-a-Lock. It’s a fantastic door stopper just in case. Trust me, once you’ve had someone walk in while you're undressing, it’s pretty hard to shake." —michellee48b2133e7

    Get it from Amazon for $17.90.

    11. A pair of compression socks — if your feet, ankles, or legs usually swell or ache when you have a long flight, these just might help prevent it next time.

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    "Compression socks!" —rosem443e8bba5

    Compression socks may also help prevent deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot that starts in the legs and can be serious); to know if you're really at risk of that, however, you'll have to talk to your doctor. 

    Reviewers say they're tight but still comfortable! This default pack comes with one solid black pair, one solid gray pair, one solid white pair, and one pair each in black with white accents — either stripes, polka dots, or hearts. 

    Get a pack of six pairs of varying patterns from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S/M and L/XL, and 21 color/pattern combos). 

    12. Some silicone earplugs so you can completely avoid that terrible discomfort during landing and block out a bunch of the background noise without completely muting everything around you.

    box of the original ear planes plugs that claim to reduce harsh noise and help inflight ear discomfort
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    The review below is from 2017; hopefully if a flight attendant felt sick these days, they wouldn't have to fly! 

    Promising review: "As a flight attendant, I recommend that anybody who is a frequent traveler keep a pair of these in their bag. I have problems with my ears because I flew while congested, and use these all the time. If you have to fly while having a cold, you should use these just to avoid the pain and problems you could possibly have during descent." —Vanessa

    Get a pack of three pairs from Amazon for $17.77.

    13. A perfectly clear reusable bag designed specifically for packing all your carry on liquids under three ounces so security's a breeze. It'll be both much more durable *and* at least a little bigger than that one beat-up Ziploc you've used for going on three years now!

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    Promising reviews: "I am a flight attendant and it's perfect for my international flights going through security. I love the handle, easy to pull out of my suitcase." —Kristi

    "I travel very frequently and had never heard of a liquid travel bag like this before. I was a little worried because the back is not see through, so I brought a 1-quart plastic baggie as back up just in case. But everything I needed fit perfectly and I had no issues in TSA/China security. So far I have been through MSP, IAD, NKG, and PEK airports using this pack already and it's a life changer! I will never again have to worry about having to scramble to buy baggies just for liquids, and it is much more durable." —Courtney Swanson

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

    14. A lightweight, compact, and high-speed portable charger because your phone takes SO much stress out of travel — between providing entertainment, helping you find a good restaurant to try, and guiding you from A to B — and this will keep your battery out of the red.

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    "A power bank! Bringing along too many cords and an international adapter is such a hassle that you sometimes leave it in the hotel room, so a power bank is my go-to power source. It’s light, compact, and can charge a lot of items on the go! I always carry mine during layovers." —fritziebeatricen

    This highly-rated slim option holds about 2.25 charges for iPhone 12, 1.6 charges for Galaxy S20, and 1.2 charges for iPad Mini 5 and comes with a Micro USB cable (to charge the charger) and a travel pouch.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    15. A Velcro-powered Trtl travel pillow that you can easily adjust into the *perfect* position to help stop your head from doing that painful slow bobbing nod as you try to somehow sleep while sitting up.

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    Promising review: "As a flight attendant for a major airline I have heard from passengers how much they like this pillow. So I ordered it...I LOVE IT. I lost my U-shaped memory foam pillow recently so I thought I would give this a try. It's smaller than a U-shape pillow and easy to pack up. Lots of fun colors to match your outfits. But most of all it works. It's cheap enough to give it a try...so just do it." —Franny

    Ciera Velarde, an editor here at BuzzFeed, also loves this! She says: "I've used this for the past few years and swear by it! Before this, I always found traditional neck pillows uncomfortable and would end up ditching them halfway through the flight and getting frustrated. The Trtl pillow is adjustable — you wrap the pillow around your neck and secure it with Velcro, and if you find it's too loose, just make it a bit tighter! I've truly never slept better on a plane than with this pillow.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in black and gray).

    16. A weighted sleep mask so you can block out even the tiniest bit of light from your seat mate's overhead light, and get a little bit better sleep even in generally uncomfortable circumstances. Plus the weight could help you destress, like a tiny weighted blanket!

    Model wears black mask over their eyes while curled up in bed
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    Promising review: "I am a flight attendant and have a wacky work schedule. I frequently have to sleep during the day. These are SO comfortable and cool as well. I have ordered and tried out at least 10 eye masks off of Amazon and have found these to be the best. They are SO comfortable and do not have Velcro on the straps, for which I am thankful, because I usually sleep on my back and am sensitive to the thickness of eye masks that have the Velcro straps." —sw

    Get one from Amazon for $13.54

    17. Some tasty melatonin sleep gummies that could help boost your natural sleep hormones and help you feel relaxed so your international or red-eye flight doesn't leave you quite so exhausted on the other end.

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    "Melatonin for long red-eye flights! Take one before takeoff so you feel great getting off the plane." —rosem443e8bba5

    BTW, some Amazon reviewers report their gummies arriving melted, so if you live somewhere hot, consider finding these at a local store instead. But others whose gummies arrived intact say these help them sleep the whole night through with no hangover feeling.

    Get a jar of 50 gummies from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in two larger sizes).

    Learn more about the link between melatonin and sleep at the National Sleep Foundation.

    18. Or some homeopathic jet lag pills because reviewers say they help you feel at least a little less groggy and disoriented when you land, without messing up your sleep (or at least your attempts at it) on the plane.

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    The instructions say to take one at take off, every two hours during the flight, and then again after you arrive. One box is good for 50 hours of flying! 

    Promising review: "I swear by this stuff — it works if you take the doses exactly as indicated. I set my timer on long flights to make sure I wake up on time for my next dose. And drink plenty of water, which sucks on long flights having to use bathroom all the time, but it's worth not getting jet leg. I was a flight attendant for six years and always used this when I worked long flights!" —Jvelez

    Get it from Amazon for $10

    19. An Amazon Fire TV Stick — it's especially useful if you travel regularly, because all you need is an HDMI port to turn any room's TV into your personalized smart-TV.

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    "To keep up with my TV bingeing, I love that I bought an Amazon Fire Stick. Just plug it into the TV and connect to the hotel Wi-Fi and you’re set to go. Almost all hotels have flat screens with HDMI ports now." —michellee48b2133e7

    If you have Amazon Prime, it gives you access to literally thousands of TV shows and movies. This version lets you stream in ~4k~, which means you get a true HD picture.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    20. And of course a Kindle Paperwhite because it lets you carry dozens of books with you at once but weighs just a little over 6 ounces — *and* can 100% handle it if you want to take it in the bath with you.

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    "E-readers are awesome to have a book with you on the go without taking up too much space." —michellee48b2133e7

    Yes, that means it's waterproof! Its black-and-white screen reads like paper, even in direct sunlight. If you're a Prime member, you get free access to over 1,000 books and magazines.

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in two physical sizes, with 8 GB or 32 GB of memory, and in four colors).

    21. A pair of Clarks heels so you can look plenty professional but still stay comfortable on any business trips...even if you have to stand in a long line when you get to the airport and an even longer line at security.

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    "Clarks shoes have been the best, hands down, for all-day footwear and comfortable heels!" —michellee48b2133e7

    Get these 2-inch Clarks from Amazon for $70.99+ (available in sizes 5–11, including half sizes and wide options, and ten colors, although not all sizes are available in all colors).

    22. A hydrating skin mist to help your skin hold on to moisture through long layovers — and to give yourself a moment where you can feel super fresh and maybe even relaxed.

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    "For skin hydration, I’m a fan of spritzing throughout flights (just bring your fave...I’m loving ones by Kiehl’s and Mario Badescu)." —melialexander

    The Mario Badescu sprays each have slightly different scents and ingredients, although they all have aloe for hydration — the pink has rose water, the green has cucumber and green tea, the purple has lavender and chamomile, and the orange has orange blossom and sage. 

    Get a travel-friendly pack of four Mario Badescu sprays from Amazon for $20 or the travel-size Kiehl's Cactus Flower and Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist from Kiehl's for $17

    23. An oversize travel cooler so you can prep and pack up to several days' worth of meals, if you prefer, and know they'll stay fresh and cold during the flight, stashed under the seat in front of you.

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    Yes, you can bring food through security! Although to bring big water bottles or ice packs through, you have to freeze them and make sure they stay frozen solid the entire time you go through the checkpoint (so if you plan to do this for a vacation, be sure to have a way to freeze them for your way home).

    Promising review: "I use this bag for work all the time and LOVE it. I’m a flight attendant, so I pack for several days at a time. It gives plenty of space for all the food I need for three days, plus room for ice. The top dry storage is very spacious and fits all sorts of stuff. I love the removable lining, makes it very easy to wash. I’ve never had the bag leak. It keeps the ice cold easily overnight and throughout the day. Mix this bag with the Hot Logic Mini and you’ve got the perfect kit for all your meals" —Lindy

    Get it from Amazon for $68.95.

    24. A tiny pack of 200 hand soap sheets because you never know when you'll run into a bathroom with no soap and be incredibly grateful to pull these out of your bag. Just one sheet is enough to get a nice and sudsy wash!

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    Multiple reviewers note that you'll want to pull the sheet out of the container *before* you get your hands wet, though! 

    Promising reviews: "Love them. So convenient. I give them as presents to my friends I fly with. Being a flight attendant in these changing times you never know what to expect at the hotels. Soap on the go." —Mona

    "Exactly what I wanted! Hands feel very clean after wash! Highly recommend! Each sheet of soap produces enough soap to give the comfort of knowing your hands are throughly clean." —Clippin4You

    Get them from Amazon for $9.69+ (available in three sizes). 

    25. An airplane footrest — you can loop it over your tray table and *immediately* feel SO much more comfortable. My mom bought one of these to use on a long flight earlier this year, and she said it worked really well! Some reviewers say it even helps prevent their feet from swelling, too.

    reviewer on a plane, with feet in the sling-like flexible foam footrest
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    Promising review: "I’m a flight attendant and travel A LOT! This is a game changer! Folds up super small in the cute bag they provide and really makes a difference when on those long flights. The people in front of me had no idea I was using it. Thanks for the great product!!!" —sarah rubin

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

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