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    Updated on Dec 6, 2019. Posted on Oct 5, 2019

    18 Travel Products Flight Attendants Actually Swear By

    Because they have way more experience traveling than most of us.

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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 on Amazon for $24.95.

    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.

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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 $16.99.

    Get a pack of two of these bottles on Amazon for $19.99 (according to reviewers, it seems like the colors vary and you can't choose your own).

    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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    Get 20 packs of 10 wipes each on Amazon for $14.70 (available in two scents or in a nonantibacterial sensitive-skin formula).

    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.)

    Get it on Amazon for $11.23.

    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.

    Via amazon.com

    "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 on Amazon for $24.95.

    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.

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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.

    Get a highly rated set of four zip-up packing cubes on Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

    7. 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 on Amazon — the kettle for $19.99 and the travel mug for $24.99.

    8. 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 on Amazon for $22.99-plus (available in sizes S–XXXL and 22 colors/patterns).

    9. 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."

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    Get it from Amazon for $17.90.

    10. 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!

    Get them on Amazon for $14.66-plus (available in sizes S/M or L/XL, based on shoe size, and in nine colors).

    Read more about these in one BuzzFeeder's compression sock review.

    11. 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.

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    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 on Amazon for $14.25.

    12. A lightweight and compact 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 one holds about three and a half iPhone 8 charges and two and a half Galaxy S8 charges and comes with a micro USB cable (to charge the charger) and a travel pouch.

    Get it on Amazon for $29.99.

    13. Some tasty melatonin sleep gummies that can 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."

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    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 $12.88 (also available in two larger sizes).

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

    14. 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."

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    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 on Amazon for $49.99.

    15. 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 $129.99-plus (available in two sizes and with 8GB or 32GB of memory).

    16. A pair of Clarks heels so you can look plenty professional but still stay comfortable on your 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 block-heeled Clarks on Amazon for $51.09-plus (most pairs around $70; available in sizes 5–10, including half sizes, and four colors, although not all sizes are available in all colors).

    17. 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)."

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    The Kiehl's comes in a TSA-friendly 2.5-ounce travel size, can be used over makeup, and is made with a blend of lavender, geranium, and rosemary essential oils.

    Get the travel-size Kiehl's Cactus Flower and Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist from Nordstrom Rack or Kiehl's for $17. (If you prefer the Mario Badescu, you can get a combo pack of the full-size spray and a travel-size 2-ounce spray on Amazon for $12, or a pack of three travel-size sprays from Mario Badescu for $15).

    18. 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.

    Via amazon.com

    "I’ve been a flight attendant for about six months, and I just recently bought the Ebags Crew Cooler ||, and honestly it has made long trips so much better for me. I can fit a ton in it: I have snacks in the top, and I can pack enough salads and yogurts and fruits and veggies for a four-day trip! This works a lot better than just stashing snacks wherever in a tote, and it’s honestly been so nice to not have to wonder what I can order at the hotel! It’s a bit expensive, but it’s totally worth it with how much I’m saving by not eating out!"

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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).

    By the way, the bag has a strap on the back that slides on to secure it to your rolling bag.

    Get it on Amazon for $54.99 (available in six colors).

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