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    Sep 19, 2019

    19 Multipurpose Products That'll Help Make Any Traveler's Life Easier

    They're worth the luggage space.

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    1. A lightweight, water-repellent blanket that can truly do it all — you can use it as a picnic blanket or beach throw, on a hike or on a flight (to keep warm), or even as a makeshift rain poncho.

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    It comes with metal stakes to secure the blanket at each corner.

    Promising review: "Super lightweight and small. Fits in my crossbody for spur-of-the-moment picnics! Had to use it as a poncho when it started raining, and it kept me dry!" —Vivian

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

    2. A rosewater facial mist to hydrate and refresh your complexion post-flight — it can also double as a toner and makeup-setting spray.

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    Promising review: "Wonderful multi-use product. I use it on my face before moisturizer, as a setting spray for makeup, and a moisturizer for my hair. I even use it as lotion if I'm in a pinch. The smell is nice, although it does disappear within a few minutes. Highly recommend this for travel to replace several products!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon: a four-ounce bottle for $6.31 or an eight-ounce bottle for $8

    3. A silicone travel mat (that's heat-resistant up to 450 degrees) so you don't have to wait for your straightener to cool all the way down before packing it into the suitcase.

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    I recently bought this because I have a very small bathroom with no safe areas to set down my hair straightener. With this silicone mat, I can turn any flat surface into a resting spot for my heat styling tools. It's brought me so much convenience on a daily basis and I can easily take it with me on a trip as well. 10/10 would recommend.

    Promising review: "Great for travel! Love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now I can let it cool a little, then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. Love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $11.13 (available in two colors).

    4. A portable steam iron perfect for touching up a shirt collar or even ironing out a pair of pants on the go.

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    It has a 1.4-ounce water tank and heats up in 15 seconds!

    Promising review: "This little iron is a workhorse! Heats very quickly and produces lots of steam — exactly what I was looking for. All the functionality of a full-sized home iron shrunk down to easily maneuverable and ergonomic proportions. If I were traveling, this iron would be the first thing I'd pack!" —Maisy

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    5. A travel hair straightener that can double as a curling iron so you don't have to pack both.

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    Promising review: "This little thing is amazing! I have searched high and low for a travel flat iron that was worth saving suitcase space for and FINALLY found it. Switching between flat iron to curling iron is VERY easy... the switch is right by your thumb, but unlike other irons, it doesn't open at the slightest breeze. I haven't noticed any issues with the temp being too high." —bellewithab

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in two colors).

    6. An RFID-blocking travel wallet to hold not only foreign currency but also your passport, boarding pass, cellphone, and credit cards.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this wallet. This holds everything I need in one place (boarding pass, passport, ID, credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, etc.) without looking bulky. Just amazing! I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot." —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 35 colors).

    7. An inflatable travel pillow with an attached hood so you don't have to pack an eye mask for the flight.

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    Promising review: "Best purchase I could have made for international travel. The hoodie covered my head, and it was comfortable to wear. I slept better than on any plane trip I've ever had." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in five colors).

    8. A belt with a secret pouch for stashing your valuables. It doesn't have a metal buckle so you don't have to take it off for security checks.

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    Promising review: "I wore this on a recent trip abroad and had no issues in the airport, and the belt held up well on the nine-day trip. I was able to keep copies of important documents and cash inside the belt with no issues, and it's honestly a very comfortable belt even without the storage feature. The belt clip is strong and well-constructed. It doesn't set off the metal detectors." —Orville Tootenbacher

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two sizes and eight styles).

    9. A comfy T-shirt dress (with pockets!!!) that'll work for pretty much any situation. You can wear it with leggings on a flight, paired with a jacket for sightseeing, or on its own (or with a belt) for a night out.

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    Promising review: "Bought this for my daughter for Christmas at her request. She had this dress in another color and loved it, so she wanted a second one. She travels for her job around the world. This is her go-to dress to wear on the plane and while working. It washes beautifully and fits well." —Latin teacher

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 19 colors/patterns).

    10. A mini bottle of Dr. Bronner's liquid soap to use as body wash, face wash, shampoo, bath soak, deodorant, and even as a toothpaste in a pinch.

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    Promising review: "I've used it to brush my teeth, wash my hair, take a shower, and so on; it is quite useful for plane traveling, since it lasts quite a while, and you don't have to carry around multiple bottles. It also comes in handy for biking, since traveling light is always important. The peppermint has a decent taste and smell, so it's ideal for multipurpose use." —Chris S.

    Get the two-ounce size from Amazon for $5.85+ (available in two scents).

    11. A travel adapter and voltage converter so you can use and charge your devices in other countries without worry.

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    The adapter mode works for dual voltage devices like your cellphone, laptop, tablet, and camera. The converter mode works on devices using a simple heating device or mechanical motor (like electric kettles, hair dryers, etc.). It covers almost all plug types from A to N, which are used across 190 countries.

    Promising review: "I just came back from a two-day trip to Europe, and I traveled with another adapter that I had ordered as a backup. I specially ordered this one for voltage conversion and especially for hair dryer usage. I was able to avoid the crappy hotel hair dryer and use my high tech 1850-watt hair dryer with ease. I am always skeptical of voltage convertors are they literally fail on the first attempt itself. This one did not disappoint or get dangerously hot. I had no problems with its usage, and it also ended up providing me with multiple ports to charge my other devices." —PA

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99.

    12. A luggage strap for attaching your backpack to your suitcase. It can also be used to secure a jacket or neck pillow to your bag so you can keep your hands free.

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    Promising review: "Love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. Made my airport walks so much easier. Now that I'm back home, I've been using it daily to attach my jacket or cardigan to my work bag or purse. Love it!" —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in eight colors).

    13. A 4-in-1 canvas bag that can be worn a backpack, tote, shoulder bag, or crossbody bag — you don't have to bring a separate purse for places that don't allow backpacks.

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    Promising review: "I bought many other convertible bags through the years, but they all required you to unhook and rehook straps. With this bag, all that is needed to change bag type is the way you grab the straps. They slide quickly and easily, making my life so much less complicated. I recently went to a museum where backpacks needed to be worn on the front or carried by hand, but all I needed to do was grab my bag from the top to turn it into a shoulder bag. No need for me to pull over to the side and futz around while my group leaves. I am known to over-pack purses, luggage, candy bags, etc. and this bag has been able to handle it all. I'm very pleased." —Daniela Capolongo

    Get it from Amazon for $20.09 (available in four colors).

    14. A do-everything moisturizer to use as a face mask, glitter-free highlighter, hair treatment, lip balm, hand cream, foot cream, and cuticle oil.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I use it as an intensive face cream when my skin gets extra dry or just looks dull. It’s thicker than most lotions but melts right into the skin. If I put it on at night, I wake up to healthy, hydrated, glowing skin. It’s great for hands and cuticles, too. I only have to use a pea-sized amount to cover my face so this will last a long time. The fragrance is light and pleasant and fades quickly." —Polly Darton

    Get it from Amazon for $11.38.

    15. A 3-in-1 portable razor so you can get a quick and clean shave no matter where you are.

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    It comes with a refillable water spritzer, a pre-shave moisturizing bar, and two individual razor blades.

    Promising review: "This travel razor came in handy when I showed up to the gym and realized I forgot to shave my underarms when wearing a tank top. I was able to shave in my car and be on my way. Super handy to have because I’m always rushing to shave and miss spots. I now keep it in my car for future uses, and the pre-shave doesn’t melt!" —Riquel

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

    16. A 2-in-1 quilted organizer with separate compartments for both makeup products and accessories.

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    Promising review: "TONS of room in this compact little bag! I managed to carry more than enough makeup and jewelry for a six-day trip!" —Wiffqeen

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    17. An inflatable travel pillow that cleverly disguises itself as an infinity scarf. It'll easily fit in your backpack, too.

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    Promising review: "Perfect for traveling! Temperatures are constantly changing from trains, to planes, and into cars but this scarf/pillow is great as it provides a little added comfort along with the ability to take the chill away for any direct air. Clearly wearable with anything and folds nicely into bag." —Kpwalker03

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $38 (available in two colors).

    18. A green tea cleansing stick to save you from a double cleanse — it'll wash away dirt and makeup and gently exfoliate your skin all in one go. Plus, it's TSA-friendly.

    Soko Glam

    Promising review: "This cleansing stick is the best product I’ve used for removing my makeup. Usually when I use a cleanser or makeup remover, there’s still some residue from my mascara leftover, but this cleanser is able to remove all of my makeup without making my skin feel dry. I also travel a lot for work, and the stick form makes this really easy to take with me. Plus, it smells great!" —Lucille H.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $22.

    19. A pack of rubber twist ties so you can keep your headphones and cords neat and organized. They'll also come in handy in a variety of different situations.

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    Promising review: "I love these things. I've used them for years, indoors and outdoors, and on all types of equipment and they never disappoint. If you travel a lot and need to keep cords tidy (think bulky laptop chargers), you'll love these. I also use them to keep a lot of my hiking/camping equipment neat. Even though they're textured, they still get a little slippery when wet, but they've never been so slippery they're unmanageable. I'd recommend these to anyone." —Amazon Customer

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $2.98+ (available in six lengths and seven colors).

    Only one thing left to do — pack your bags!

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