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27 Incredible Travel Products You Didn't Know You Needed

How to pack, fly, and explore like a PRO.

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1. Rolo ($50) is a great companion for minimalist travelers.

The mesh pockets keep clothes or cords sorted. After packing, simply roll up the Rolo to compress it. You can drop the pack in a larger suitcase as an organizer or just take the Rolo as is for a quick weekend getaway.

The attached hook lets hang it from a doorframe or tree branch (or basically anything else) and turn it into an instant mobile closet.

Get it on Rolo's website.

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2. Tile ($25 each) keeps track of your luggage, and can locate it when lost.

Tile is a phone-connected, Bluetooth-enabled tracker. You can prompt Tile to ring if it's within 100 feet of your phone. Conversely, you can press the Tile logo's "e" to ring your phone. The companion app also records the last location the tracker recognized your item. If someone else snatches your luggage and it goes out of Bluetooth range, you can expand the search using all Tile apps in the Tile community.

Tiles need to be replaced every year because the battery runs out, and can be bought at a discount in bulk ($70 for 4, $130 for 8, etc.).

Get it on Amazon.

3. MochiThing's Passport Wallet ($26) has a special film embedded that'll protect your documents from unauthorized RFID readers.

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RFID is a chip that transfers information wirelessly, and it can be found in your passports and credit cards. Scammers can easily buy RFID readers and swipe your data by walking alongside you on a subway or on the street.

This wallet, which has a big pocket for plane tickets and two smaller pockets for a passport and credit card, can store all of your most important papers, while protecting you from identity theft.

Get it on mochiThing's website.

4. The eBags Pack-It-Flat ($30) toiletry kit is a compact solution for overpackers.

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It holds a *lot* of items and keeps everything organized. I love that the side-pockets keep liquids in a separate, spill-proof compartment.

Get it on Amazon.

5. Eagle Creek's Tarmac Carry-On ($299) is super durable and full of conveniently located pockets designed for frequent fliers.

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There's a "quick stash" pocket for your 3-1-1 liquids on the outside, a side sleeve for a water bottle, an expandable main compartment, and a bungee cord up top to carry a coat or extra bag.

Most importantly, all Eagle Creek bags are covered by a Lifetime Warranty. They'll repair or replace your luggage, no matter what.

Get it on Eagle Creek's website.

6. The Bag Bungee ($15) helps you carry two bags with one hand.

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This accessory adds the Tarmac Carry-On's best feature to any rolling suitcase. You can attach a heavy coat or briefcase to your bag's handle with this cord. One end attaches to the luggage's hand carry handle and the other end slips over the expandable handle.

Get it at The Container Store.

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7. TomBihn's Aeronaut 45 ($295) is an incredibly versatile duffel/backpack/shoulderbag.

If you're going to a part of the world where there aren't great roads or you'll be hopping from bus to bus, you're not going to want a roller bag, so opt for a duffel instead.

The Aeronaut 30 is the maximum carry-on size. It has a spacious main compartment, lots of mesh stowaways for organization, and generous end pockets, large enough to fit size 12 shoes. The bag is waterproof and built with reinforced ripstop fabric, which prevents runaway tears. Tom Bihn also offers several packing cubes that'll help you get the most out of the space inside your bag.

Best of all, the duffel comes with a lifetime guarantee. If something happens, the company will repair it for free.

The Aeronaut 45 is best for weeklong (or longer) travel. If you're more of a weekend warrior, opt for the smaller 30-liter model ($285).

Get it at Tom Bihn.

8. Vapur ($7) is a collapsible bottle that'll keep you hydrated (the ultimate jet lag deterrent).

Flying? Try not to drink alcohol and stick with water. This bottle is great because it won't take up space when it's empty and has a handy carabiner for attaching to the outside of your pack. There are also a variety of alternative caps available.

Get it on Amazon.

10. The Kindle Paperwhite ($119) is an e-reader with a multiple weeks-long battery life.

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Because it's lighter than a paperback, the updated 2016 Paperwhite (which now actually comes in white) is my top pick for in-flight (and off-flight) reading. The screen is now 300 ppi (pixels per inch), the highest resolution Amazon offers. A single charge, with a half hour of reading per day, can last six weeks.

Get it on Amazon.

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11. The Travelrest Travel Blanket ($30) is the dorkiest, most luxurious thing you will ever buy.

OK, hear me out: airplane blankets are hardly blankets at all and, like your corporate office building in the summertime, plane cabins will crank up the AC no matter what. One cozy blanket will go a *long* way.

This blanket has an opening for your head so it can actually cover your shoulders without slipping down. It's kind of like a pajama poncho. I also love how packable it is. It folds into itself and doesn't need a separate carrying case.

Get it on Amazon.

If you don't mind something bulkier, definitely get this amazing blanket from Brookstone ($40) that's basically a portable comforter.

12. REI's Self-Inflating Pillow ($20) has a grippy bottom to prevent it from sliding down your shoulder.

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What's great about inflatable pillows is that they pack they so small, unlike bulkier neck pillows. This one rolls up into a stuff sack and inflates quickly. Its little nook is perfect for cradling on your shoulder so you can lean your head on it.

Get it at REI.

13. The Bose QuietComfort 25 ($299) are the best noise-cancelling headphones you can buy, in terms of sound and comfort.

Trying to get some rest? Noise cancelling devices are a must. This pair has been extremely well-reviewed by audiophiles and gadget fiends alike. Bose's noise-cancelling technology is perhaps the best in the industry. Most importantly, it's light (.43 pounds) and can be collapsed into the included carrying case for easy travel.

They're powered by a single AAA battery, which will need to be replaced after 35 hours of use. You can still listen to music with a wired connection after the battery runs out, but you won't be able to turn on noise cancelling.

Get it on Amazon – and make sure you select the right model for your device (iOS/Apple or Android/Samsung).

15. The Bucky Eye Mask ($13) is a must.

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Yeah, they look like eye bras but WHO CARES when you can get glorious sleep!

A good eye mask will block out light from screens or windows, plus they'll deter attendants from waking you up. What's great about Bucky's mask is that the shade is contoured, so it won't smudge makeup or put pressure on your eyes. They can also be folded in half and easily stowed in a pocket or purse.

Get it on Amazon.

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16. Laser Lite Foam Earplugs ($9 for 50) provide a quiet oasis but won't leaving your ears sore.

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This is my personal pick for plugs because they're actually soft enough to sleep in. To get the most out of them, pinch the tips repeatedly until they're very narrow the insert in your ear and wait for the form to fully expand. What I love about Laser Lites is how comfortable they are without compromising noise protection.

Get it on Amazon.

Pro-tip: Earplugs + noise cancelling headphones is an incredible combo that can drown out the loudest snorers and crying babies. It's ~magic~. Try it and you'll never be able to fly without them.

17. Sockwell's Compression Socks for Women and Men ($19 to $25) promotes circulation and minimizes swelling on long-haul flights.

These graduated compression socks are great for long flights or any situation in which you're sitting down for a length of time. The spandex integrated throughout the sock increases blood flow throughout your feet and calves – plus they'll keep your feet warm!

Get it on Amazon.

18. For post-flight recovery, I rely on two essentials: 1) e.l.f.'s daily hydration moisturizer ($8)...

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My face always feels dry and puffy after a long flight, and this is the only thing I've found that counteracts that post-plane feeling. It's a lightweight and ultra hydrating moisturizer with aloe and vitamin E to nourish the skin, while cucumber leaves it smelling fresh.

Its downfall is that it doesn't have SPF, so make sure your makeup does.

Get it at Target.

19. ...and 2) Benefit's It's Potent eye cream ($34), which will wake up your eyes immediately.

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I'm a huge fan. It works miraculously on dark circles and, after applying a tiny bit to my under-eye areas, I feel wide awake.

Its glass jar isn't super travel-friendly, so I put some in a small cosmetic container when I fly.

Get it at Benefit Cosmetics.

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20. This Traveller Icon shirt ($33) can help you communicate, no matter where you are.

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Don't know the words for gas, internet, or drinking water in the local language? Just point to the appropriate icon on the shirt!

Get it at Icon Speak.

21. The GoPro Hero Session ($200) is the most simple waterproof action camera for first time GoPro-ers.

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The new camera is incredibly compact and very easy to use. There's only one button to power it on, and it starts recording video immediately. When the Session is mounted on your head or on your chest while swimming, you barely know it's there.

Best of all, the camera is waterproof up to 33 feet deep and, unlike other GoPro models, you don't need a special waterproof case for it.

Like the GoPro Hero 4 Silver, the battery life is about 2 hours but, unlike it, the resolution is limited to 1440p while the Silver can film up to 4K. If you're planning on showing the footage on a large high res display (and have the extra cash), get the Hero4 Silver ($360). But if you want something simple and super portable, get the Session.

Get it on Amazon.

22. Yes to Facial Towelettes ($3 for 10-pack) can cool you down and clean sticky hands.

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You never know when messy hands or an unbearably sweaty brow will strike. These wipes will make your skin feel soft and clean on-the-go.

Get it at Target.

23. The GripTight GorillaPod phone stand ($17) is a portable tripod with flexible legs.

You can use it as a handheld grip for more stable filming, a selfie stick, or a tripod. It'll fit most phones, excepts for phablets like the 6S Plus, in which case you'll need the "large smartphone" version ($20, select before you Add to Cart).

There's a GoPro version ($29), too.

Get it on Amazon.

24. Patagonia's travel tote ($79) can be worn over the shoulder, on the back, or by hand – and it packs down into a super small square.

For excursions, you can quickly expand this tote and be on your way. There are a ton of organizational pockets, so you don't have to fumble around for your wallet or water bottle when you need it most. When you're done, empty the bag and stuff the material into its own pocket for easy packing. It's an excellent day pack that sits close to your body for hiking and converts easily into a tote bag for outdoor market shopping.

25. Anker's Premium Extended Battery Case ($58) will keep your phone powered and protected.

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You can find a link to the Samsung version here. For traveling, I recommend a battery case, instead of an external pack, because it cuts down on extraneous accessories. But you should know that this case charges through a micro USB cable, which non-Android owners may not have.

Get it on Amazon.

26. Lonely Planet eBooks ($8-$20) reduce weight, and are easily accessible by phone (now that it's all charged!).

The Lonely Planet eBooks are alos great because you can download select chapters (let's be real: you're probably not visiting the entire country).

I like buying them through lonelyplanet.com (instead of the Kindle store), which offers up to five downloads (makes sharing with your travel group easy) and in a variety of formats (pdf, epub, and mobi, so you can access it from your Kindle, iPhone, laptop, or whatever else suits you).

Get it on Lonely Planet.

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