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18 Multipurpose Products That'll Make Any Traveler's Life Easier

You won't regret packing these in your suitcase.

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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 measures 44"x28" when unfolded.

Promising review: "Its design is ingenious, and there is this stitched pattern which clearly shows you how to fold it back to fit in the pocket. I'm primarily using this for travel. It stays in my purse at all times. So far I have used it as a blanket on the airplane (surprisingly warm despite being thin) — it was dark enough to cover my face and block light for sleep as well. I also have used it as an emergency raincoat." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

2. A travel-size facial mist (formulated with aloe herbs and rosewater) to hydrate and refresh your complexion mid-flight — it can also double as a makeup-setting spray.

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Promising review: "This is basically the new coconut oil. Is your face dry? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Are your legs ashy? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Makeup needs setting? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Hair frizzy and dry? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. Boyfriend being a jerk? SPRAY THIS STUFF ON IT. It is a cure-all. It is amazing and my skin is super soft and glowy, and I feel like a pretty pretty princess." —Kate

Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in two sizes).

3. An electric kettle for boiling eggs, cooking noodles, steaming vegetables, making oatmeal, and reheating soup so you don't have to eat at a restaurant every night. Obviously, you can also use it to boil water for your coffee/tea.

This 32 oz. kettle has an easy-clean nonstick heating and cooking surface, so don't worry about food getting stuck in there. It comes with an egg tray for making hardboiled eggs and a steamer tray for steaming veggies!Promising review: "My second one in six years! I love this little steamer for hot water, eggs, and steamed veggies! I've also prepared miso soups with veggies. It's also great to bring on a hotel stay that lacks basic kitchen items for families! (Breakfast or dinner in minutes for hungry little ones.)" —Amazon ShopperGet it from Amazon for $14.29.
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This 32 oz. kettle has an easy-clean nonstick heating and cooking surface, so don't worry about food getting stuck in there. It comes with an egg tray for making hardboiled eggs and a steamer tray for steaming veggies!

Promising review: "My second one in six years! I love this little steamer for hot water, eggs, and steamed veggies! I've also prepared miso soups with veggies. It's also great to bring on a hotel stay that lacks basic kitchen items for families! (Breakfast or dinner in minutes for hungry little ones.)" —Amazon Shopper

Get it from Amazon for $14.29.

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

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." —MichelleGet it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in five colors).
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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 $24.95 (available in five colors).

5. 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: "I love this dress. It is super comfortable. I love the pockets, and the material is lightweight but enough to keep me warm. It can be dressed up or down. Great for traveling or just lounging around the house." —Anita K Cotton

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 12 colors).

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

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 LuuGet it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 35 colors).
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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 $15.99 (available in 35 colors).

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

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Promising review: "Small enough to throw in your bag and bring to work or wherever. You change the heat settings by double tapping the power button. Great at pressing my collars and can be folded outward to function as an emergency iron." —Malcolm C.

Get it from Amazon or The Grommet for $34.95.

8. 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.

Promising review: "Dr. Bronner's is great! I started using it when I was traveling a lot and found that it does have many uses other than just a body wash. I've washed my hair with it, washed my clothes, used it to shave my legs, and even used it as toothpaste in a pinch (I would use the peppermint scent for that). At home, I use it mainly for body wash, and it works great. My BF was a bar soap kind of guy, and he's been converted! It works great, smells great, and you don't need to use a lot." —komelinaGet it from Amazon for $7.86+ (available in five sizes).
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Promising review: "Dr. Bronner's is great! I started using it when I was traveling a lot and found that it does have many uses other than just a body wash. I've washed my hair with it, washed my clothes, used it to shave my legs, and even used it as toothpaste in a pinch (I would use the peppermint scent for that). At home, I use it mainly for body wash, and it works great. My BF was a bar soap kind of guy, and he's been converted! It works great, smells great, and you don't need to use a lot." —komelina

Get it from Amazon for $7.86+ (available in five sizes).

9. A Bluetooth-enabled selfie stick that can transform into a tripod so you can take amazing pics without having to ask for the help of strangers.

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It comes with a remote control so you can snap pics from afar.

Promising review: "This is one of the coolest little gadgets I've come across in quite a while. I was looking for a little tripod or something similar to hold my phone so that I could take pics or videos with it. This not only functions as a tripod but also a selfie stick! The way it fits together in such a compact form yet quickly and easily extends for use as a selfie stick or tripod is simply ingenious. If that isn't enough, it includes a tiny remote that detaches and functions as a shutter release through the use of Bluetooth. AND it includes a little cable for recharging that remote as needed! This item is offered at a VERY reasonable price for what you get. It even fits my huge iPhone 8 Plus, although it's a bit of a tight fit. But it does work. I like this selfie stick so much that shortly after getting one, I ordered a second as a backup. This thing is great!" —Outdoorman777

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

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

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 DartonGet it from Amazon for $9.49.
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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 $9.49.

11. 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.

Promising review: "For me, the two key features in a travel belt are the ability to get through security checks without taking the belt off, and the ease of storing and retrieving cash from the belt. This belt succeeds on both counts. I've breezed through the TSA lines without having to remove the belt, and it's easier to put bills into the money compartment than on any other money belt I've used. One other feature I appreciate is the tapered end of the belt: having a rounded, narrowed tip makes it easier to slip the belt through the belt loops on my pants than with belts that have full-width tips and 90-degree corners." —SchoolmasterGet it from Amazon for $18.95.
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Promising review: "For me, the two key features in a travel belt are the ability to get through security checks without taking the belt off, and the ease of storing and retrieving cash from the belt. This belt succeeds on both counts. I've breezed through the TSA lines without having to remove the belt, and it's easier to put bills into the money compartment than on any other money belt I've used. One other feature I appreciate is the tapered end of the belt: having a rounded, narrowed tip makes it easier to slip the belt through the belt loops on my pants than with belts that have full-width tips and 90-degree corners." —Schoolmaster

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

12. A travel adapter and voltage converter so you can use heat styling tools and charge electronic devices in other countries without worry.

It comes with one EU power cable and three international adapters (US/UK/AU). There are also four USB ports. It converts 220/240V to 110/120V.Promising review: "I took several adapters/converters on my recent trip to Europe but did not need them. I was able to charge everything at once with this converter/power strip. The cord has a European plug, but adapters for other countries are included. I used it in England, France, and Spain with no problems. This is hands down the best product I have purchased for travel, and I recommend it 100%. Love it for home needs also." —Ch@it@nY@Get it from Amazon for $38.98.
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It comes with one EU power cable and three international adapters (US/UK/AU). There are also four USB ports. It converts 220/240V to 110/120V.

Promising review: "I took several adapters/converters on my recent trip to Europe but did not need them. I was able to charge everything at once with this converter/power strip. The cord has a European plug, but adapters for other countries are included. I used it in England, France, and Spain with no problems. This is hands down the best product I have purchased for travel, and I recommend it 100%. Love it for home needs also." —Ch@it@nY@

Get it from Amazon for $38.98.

13. A 4-in-1 canvas bag that can be worn a backpack, tote, shoulder bag, or crossbody bag — you don't have to pack 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 $30.99 (available in five colors).

14. A 3-in-1 portable razor to 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 Free People for $15 or Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

15. 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 $8.19+ (available in eight colors).

16. A packing cube that can be hung up and used as an organizer.

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It comes with a zipped hamper compartment for storing dirty clothes.

Promising review: "I travel for business and am always looking for easier ways to pack. The Stow-N-Go Luggage System is the answer to many of life's packing issues. I used it recently for a three-day trip, and it easily stowed dress pants, two pairs of shoes, lightweight sweaters, underclothing, and a few other small items. Simply hang the Stow-N-Go up, pack clothes, and then compress. I threw it into my suitcase and off I went. There was a shortage of drawer space in the hotel I stayed in, so I hung the Stow-N-Go in the closet and used it as a mini dresser. I'll be using this item whenever I travel!" —CeeEmm

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (also available in a smaller size).

17. A pack of rubber twist ties to keep your headphones and cords organized. It'll also come in handy in a variety of different situations.

Promising review: "I use these for travel. I use two different sizes, 12" and 18". They have a gazillion different uses. You can tie a bag to a fixed object and keep it from getting stolen. You can create an 'S' shape hanger for hanging wet clothes. You can wrap it around a snack bag to keep the bag shut. You can prop up your tablet or phone. You can keep the vent on a broken air conditioner wired open! In short, this gadget has a million and one uses when you are on the road. You gotta get these!" —TampamanGet a four-pack from Amazon for $2.98+ (available in six lengths and seven colors).
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Promising review: "I use these for travel. I use two different sizes, 12" and 18". They have a gazillion different uses. You can tie a bag to a fixed object and keep it from getting stolen. You can create an 'S' shape hanger for hanging wet clothes. You can wrap it around a snack bag to keep the bag shut. You can prop up your tablet or phone. You can keep the vent on a broken air conditioner wired open! In short, this gadget has a million and one uses when you are on the road. You gotta get these!" —Tampaman

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

18. 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 $18.95.

Happy traveling!

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