If You Want To Be A Savvier Traveler, Go Ahead And Check Out These 39 Products

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1.An AirFly Pro, a handy gadget you can use to connect your wireless headphones to the headphone jacks on flights so you can stream The Fault in Our Stars and bawl thousands of feet in the air again without shelling out $$ for wired headphones.

the AirFly Pro plugged into a screen on a plane

AirFly Pro also comes with a USB-C charging cable, travel pouch, keychain holder, quick-start guide, and manual. Psst — you can also use this at the gym!

Promising review: "Ever since I purchased my wireless Bose earbuds, I always hated having to use another set when I was on an airplane with the seat-back entertainment system. I tried many different models to connect the system to my Bluetooth headsets until I came across this one, and it is amazing! It seamlessly connects to my headset, very clear and reliable audio, and it takes the stress away from having to carry multiple headsets! Thank you!!!" —Ryan Malloy

Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in five options).


2.A popular water-resistant Under Armour face mask designed to sit off your lips, giving you plenty of room to breathe without getting fabric sucked into your mouth — a perfect mask for anyone looking to relax on a long plane flight. It's also made with the company's Iso-Chill fabric, so it doesn't overheat despite being bulkier than other masks.

BuzzFeed editor in a black face mask that protrudes slightly off the face

FWIW, if you're planning to exercise in a mask while traveling, this mask also has the approval of a *ton* of runners and athletes in its reviews, but also runners IRL. I run in Central Park four days a week and I am constantly seeing other runners in this mask. I have two of them in my own run rotation, and I'm impressed not only by how well they stay in place and don't get over-sweaty and gross on long runs, but by how well they wash up and maintain their shape. The straps are super soft on your ears, too. I've gotten to used to straps chafing on longer runs that I was surprised by what a difference this made. I gifted one of these to my dad for Christmas, too, and it's his go-to for walks and errand running. It's just an overall easier mask to breathe in (while still maintaining a tight fit and keeping the people around you safe!).

Promising review: "I love this mask. It's comfortable and fits well on the sides. It's multilayer, which gives me peace of mind, but it's not hot nor does it trap my breath, making it uncomfortable when I'm working out. It washes and dries well, but just make sure you give yourself time for it to completely dry before planning to wear again...as I mentioned, it's multilayer, so it takes a little longer (to air dry). I also wore this mask on recent plane trips that I took for the extra peace of mind. So glad I spent the money on a better-made mask. I'm thinking of ordering another one." —Kristi S.

Type Of Fit: Around the ear loops

Pocket For Filter: No

Fabric Type: Iso-Chill fabric

Shipping Time: Standard shipping

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six sizes and ten styles; for reference, I'm wearing the Small-Medium above).

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3.Plus a soft silicone ear saver and mask extender you'll be grateful for on long flights, train rides, and bus trips — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don't *quite* fit your face, making them much comfier and more secure.

A model wearing a mask that is pulled together around the back of their head by the silicone ear saver, which has three different toggles on the back for sizing

People are also using these to prevent their hearing aids or earbuds from falling out and getting lost while they're taking masks on and off. Plus this silicone ear saver is anti-slip to keep it locked in place, and designed not to get tangled in hair.

Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this worked great for kids' masks, especially since sizing for kids' faces is all over the place and difficult to measure out when you're buying masks online!

Promising review: "I bought these for my second 10-hour plane ride because the back of my ears hurt so bad from the mask the first time! These are supper comfortable easy to use!! Love that it has three notches to adjust it better! Overall love the product!" —Carlee Wilson

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in seven different color combos).


4.A handy RFID-blocking travel wallet complete with *deep breath* a passport pocket, boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a slim card pouch, slim pocket, a ticket slot, a cellphone pouch, a zippered coin pocket, a key holder, and a pen holder, all in one itty-bitty place so you're never scrambling to find anything when you're on the move.

reviewer photo of the wallet open, showing all the different pockets for passport, cards, money, phone, and more

Promising review: "I absolutely love this wallet. I needed a new travel wallet, and this holds everything I need all in one place, and it still closes nicely and stays flat! I can fit my boarding pass, passport, ID, credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, and more in it, yet it doesn’t bulk up or look like an overstuffed mess. It's just amazing. The description says it only holds US money, but I just used the boarding pass flap to hold all my Japanese Yen (¥), which are larger. I didn’t use the zippered pocket for coins as I much prefer a separate coin purse for that sort of thing. I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot!" —Anthony Luu

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 37 colors).


5.A set of homeopathic jet lag pills to show all time zones and weary post-travel limbs who's boss. This doesn't have any side effects and won't mess with your *actual* attempts to sleep, but may help you feel more refreshed after long flights or (sighs deeply) red eyes.

The jet lag pills

According to the instructions, you should take them at take off and then every two hours and then again once you arrive to help with relaxation and combat sleepiness.

Promising review: "My husband and I have used this product now for five years for multiple trips overseas and these really work. How do we know? We've forgotten to use them on a couple of legs and there has been a night/day difference in our energy levels. We use precisely as directed, setting timers on our phone when possible to remember the doses. On a few occasions we've slept through the timer, so missed the timing of a couple of doses, and we've been fine. Our last trip to Australia was 34 hours door-to-door on the outbound. We would have been a complete wreck without these. As it was, we arrived late morning, remained awake and lively (enough) through dinner, and then got a good night's sleep. The next day we felt as good as new. For the years before I used this, I would need to sleep for a few days after a leg like that. We never travel without this now. I highly recommend this product." —motokat

Get a pack of 32 pills from Amazon for $9.43.


6.A travel laptop backpack with plenty of room for everything you need, plus protection for your tech that has truly...thought...of everything?? It has soft, ventilated padding for a comfy fit, a luggage strap to fit on a suitcase, a whole slew of pockets (including a hidden anti-theft one), plus a built in USB charger outside and built in charging cable inside. OH! And it's also water resistant. If this backpack were a person, it would be the safest, smuggest person alive.

Reviewer wearing gray backpack full of items

Promising review: "This little backpack got me through 12 days of traveling Europe! I used a few space saver bags as well, but was able to bring four pairs of pants, seven shirts, and one dress, then wore a few things twice. It held up really well throughout, and fit dimensions for Wow, Vueling, and EasyJet." —CM

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).

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7.Or for the photogs out there, a compact, lightweight Brevite camera bag with expertly engineered padding and pockets to accommodate your camera and all of its fragile accessories. Psst — unlike some of your tech, this bag also comes with a lifetime warranty.

folded over bags in pink, green, blue, and black

Each backpack includes specific spots for an up to 16-inch Macbook laptop, a full frame DSLR camera, up to three lenses, a 70–200mm lens or drone, plus extra clothes, a passport, a tripod, water bottles, and SD cards.

Promising review: "I've always wanted a photography bag to put all my gear that doesn't look like the regular bulky photography bag. This is it! The Runner is discreet, super light and I can fit my X-T3 camera with a lens on, two additional lens and my compact X100F. But the most important feature to me is the laptop sleeve where I can put my 16" Macbook Pro. Great-quality bag with durable materials. Love it." —Lauriane M.

Get it from Brevite for $169.99 (available in multiple colors).

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8.An airplane footrest, because yes, it IS possible to sit comfortably on a plane — all you have to do is hook this onto the tray table and boom, instant elevation (and a LOT less foot swelling to deal with post-flight!).

reviewer using the black airplane hammock

Promising review: "My feet never touch the floor when I sit on airplane seats. For short flights, this is bearable, but I have been in misery on longer rides. I used this sling during a trip to Thailand from East Coast USA and it made the trip so much better. Between this sling and a pair of compression stockings, I survived 26 hours of consecutive flight with no swelling or pain. It's easy to use with any tray table or back-of-seat pocket. It folds up small enough into its pouch that I could carry it in my hand luggage, and it takes up about the same space as a set of over-the-ear headphones." —Holbytla

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three colors).


9.A ridiculously soft Essential Hoodie from Pond LA, which is basically what happens when a cozy sweater and and a sleeping mask join forces to create the ultimate lightweight piece you can use for everything from light naps to full-on workouts. Not to mention...it's got a secret kangaroo pocket 🦘.

Model in blush pink half zip hooded sweater with an eye mask installed in the hood obscuring their eyes

Pond LA is a California-based woman-owned, Asian-owned independent product design studio that produces in small, handmade batches from fabrics sourced in Los Angeles.

Promising review: "I fly a lot and am constantly trying to find a hoodie with a big hood to cover my eyes so I can catch up on some beauty sleep on flight. I saw this product on Instagram and knew it would be a game changer. I was able to use it recently for the first time on an early morning flight and let me tell you, it is EVERYTHING I was looking for and more. It’s comfy, cozy, oversized, and the eye covers make you feel like you’re in a whole other world and not packed like a sardine on a plane. My over-ear headphone fit perfectly under it and I got the best sleep I’ve had on a plane — EVER! Like other reviews have said it is big so size down if you want something a little more snug. I have been wearing it every day at home and can’t wait to get the black and blush one!" —Heather G.

Get it from Pond LA for $128 (available in women's sizes XS–XL and three colors).

Pond LA

10.A hands-free (rotating!) phone mount designed for use on all airlines — not only can you mount it to the tray table, but to the arm of a chair or any flat surface, so you'll be able to stream content easy as pie.

A phone mounted to the back of an airplane tray table

Promising review: "I bought this nifty gadget about six months for a multi-leg, ultra-long-haul trip and it more than held up the entire duration. I was able to finagle it to fit the tray tables on different planes and like others, I find the height just nice when clamped onto a stowed tray table. It also works on my roller carry-on handle during layovers. However, I find myself using it a lot outside of travel too! Work-wise, I've clamped it onto my office desk shelving to hold my phone at eye level beside my computer. At home, I simply clamped it to a deck of cards and it turns into a versatile stand that I can place on any flat surface. Heck, I've been using it to hold my phone comfortably at eye level while watching videos in bed. It's extremely well-built and I find myself fidgeting with it all the time. Thus far it still feels solid and I don't anticipate breaking it any time soon. Even if it does break, I'll be happy to buy another one or two of it!" —Earendil

Get it from Amazon for $12.97.


11.A TSA-approved toiletry bag for all your liquids and makeup so you can sail on through security without worrying about anything other than the fact that, oops, turns out your socks don't match.

hand holding the clear square bag with blue trim filled with toiletries

Promising review: "This bag held surprisingly more than expected. I put tiny travel jars for my skincare creams and other small toiletries in it with room to spare. I definitely feel like it was easier to pack and was also easy to grab out of my bag for security. It feels sturdy with nice, thick vinyl. The double zipper moved easily, and I was pleased that it opened completely for ease of getting the items I needed out of it." —Mrs M Tate

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 11 colors).


12.A waterproof pouch to keep your phone and other "doesn't play well with water"–type gadgets safe. Not only does this keep it safe, but you can still use the touchscreen with it, meaning you can take underwater photos galore 🐠🐟🐡.

Waterproof pouch

It fits any phone up to 100mm x 170mm (or about 3.9 inches x 6.7 inches). It's also a great fix for keeping out sand and dirt (and a great option for runners, if you're caught in the rain but still want to be able to toggle through your music options).

Promising review: "I purchased this case in July for an upcoming canoe trip with a friend, and as luck would have it, we flipped our canoe. Being the rebel that I am, I chose not to wear my phone around my neck, and so it, my ID, and my debit card ended up at the bottom of the river and I just assumed it would be discovered a thousand years from now and placed in a museum as an ancient artifact. Fast-forward to this week. I was contacted via FB by an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office diver and guess what he found? Yup, my phone case with all of the contents intact and dry as a bone! He had to cut the case open, but there was not one single drop of water in it and he ended up purchasing a case for himself because he was just that impressed!" —Julie McDonald

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 14 colors).

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13.A Bearaby travel napper for anyone who, like me, is common law married to their weighted blanket. Now you can take all that snuggly anxiety-reducing comfort on the road with this 10-pound version that fits easily into a compact duffel, making it perfect for adding some calm to long flights and road trips.

model sitting in a chair that looks like an airplane seat with a navy blue knitted blanket over them

Get it from Bearby for $209 (available in five colors).


14.A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm you can apply between your thighs so you can wear all your fashionable vacation dresses to touristy spots or hike in your more active excursions without worrying about extra ouchies.

A model applying the balm to their inner thigh

I swear by this to the point where if I can't find it in the morning on a summer run, I just won't go out, LOLOL. My boobs chafe SO BADLY under my sports bra bands, no matter what kind I'm wearing, but putting on a tiny bit of this before I leave works like a charm. Absolutely no more friction and no more going "OW OW OW" in the shower because my literal boob wounds were stinging.

Promising review: "I used this stuff on the Appalachian trail and it works amazing. Like marble on marble and instant relief. A must-have for any trail hiker." —Draco

Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in three sizes and two-packs).


15.Plus a foot blister-preventing balm that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your shoe, so you can go on all your hikes or long walks around new cities without worrying about getting big ole blisters on your feet without a Band-Aid in sight.

A model rubbing balm on their heel

Promising review: "Wow. I took this on vacation, during which we walked about 20,000 steps daily. And of course my shoes being to rub against parts of my feet, terribly. But I smeared this on and it was amazing. I did have to reapply a few times a day, in public, but I highly recommend this!! I used it on my toes, ankle area, etc., and my feet felt great (normal)." —Y.

Get it from Amazon for $9.


16.A vinyl plastic vaccine card sleeve with a resealable top just to make *extra* sure it won't rain on your vaccinated travel parade. (This also comes with handy holes for lanyards if you want to keep them close!)

Model holding vaccine sleeve with resealable top

Promising review: "Perfect for safeguarding the CDC COVID-19 vaccine card. Just HATE that the CDC didn’t produce wallet-sized cards to begin with.The plastic and the zip lock are sturdy and can be attached to a lanyard. It’s definitely sized correctly for the CDC card. I pass these out to family and friends when they get their dose of vaccine. It’s necessary to protect the low-quality cards with your vaccine batch number stickers." —B.

Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.98 (also available in 5-, 10-, 20-, and 50-packs).


17.A 50-count set of super-handy laundry soap sheets you can use to hand wash your clothes right in the sink, whether you want to refresh your undies or you sweated out some workout clothes and want to go on round two with them after letting them air-dry. TBH, one of these tiny things might save you a whole BUNDLE of packing space for extra clothes you don't need!

collection of shaving sheets, body wash sheets, and shampoo sheets

Promising review: "This came SO in handy during my vacation to Europe! I was making lots of different stops to places with different types of weather. With these laundry soap sheets I was able to wash my clothes in the sink — letting me pack just the right amount of clothes for all the different places I went." —Katie Fujarski

Get a set of 50 from Amazon for $7.19 (also available in hand soap and shaving).


18.A set of Sea Bands, which target an acupuncture point on your wrists meant to help reduce nausea — a must-have for anyone who gets motion sick on long car rides, cruises, buses, and trains.

Reviewer with gray band on their wrist

Promising review: "These were awesome! My entire family suffers from motion sickness, especially car sickness. My little one gets sick in the car on a regular car ride through the city. So I knew that a long road trip was going to be a disaster. I was amazed at how well these bands worked for everyone! Not one single person complained about being sick for 12 hours in the car. At one point I did have one child remove their bands because they said they were getting too tight. But after only a few minutes without them, a headache started to come on, so they immediately put them back on and the relief was instant. I have suffered for decades and now I know better. I will never travel without mine again!" —1SmartCookie

Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.53 (available in adult and children's sizes).


19.A chic but sturdy (and water-resistant!) weekend tote that's really thought of everything — it has a bottom compartment for shoes, a padded laptop sleeve, two interior sleeves, and an exterior pocket for your wallet and "stuff I need to grab fast" items. Bonus? It's got a wire frame to make packing *that* much easier.

Model using the crossbody strap to hold a black zippered duffel bag with handles

Promising review: "I love this bag! It's great for weekend getaways (road trips) or if you travel during the week like I do for work and you plan on going somewhere else during the weekend this is a great bag to bring along. I love the space available as well as the available compartments. It's relatively big but it fits on my carry-on with the back pocket that slides on to your suitcase. I would say if you are someone who travels a lot on the weekends or likes to have two carry-ons this bag is your best bet!" —sm95

Get it from Nordstrom for $98.


20.A mini steam iron you'll *definitely* want to invest in if you pack tight and you've got formal occasions or ~dressy outfits~ to show off. This is a much easier solution than wrangling a hotel iron or trying to run the shower steam over your clothes.

the compact steam iron packed in a suitcase full of clothes

Promising review: "The best travel item I have purchased this year! It irons so well. I took it on a trip to Germany a few weeks ago. I just placed a towel on the counter or on the bed, and it took minimal effort to iron out the creases. The steam works very well. I hardly had to use the max heat option because it’s pretty powerful. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who does business travel and are going to areas that don’t have irons available in the hotel rooms or for leisure travel as well. It doesn’t take up much room. It fits in the palm of my hand. I also had no problem getting through security in Germany, London, or the US."—Erica Kowsari

Get it from Amazon for $27.95.


21.An expandable dirty laundry bag that packs in a tiny zip-up and extends into a bag that can hold a week's worth of laundry, made with moisture-resistant fabric so your dirty clothes don't muck up your nice clean ones.

pink zippered bag that says "talk dirty to me" that expands out into a larger laundry bag

Promising review: "I love this bag for travel. It's the perfect size. Unlike so many travel laundry bags, this one is the perfect size for clothes and undies. So many are too small like a lingerie bag or too big like a bag to take to the Laundromat. This is cute and folds up into itself." —N. Newman

Get it from Amazon for $10.40+ (available in four colors).


22.An always handy international travel adaptor with a universal input that lets you charge four devices at once, so you don't have to triage charging all your electronics whenever you get back to the hotel.

The black charger with USB cords coming out of it

Promising review: "LOVE this adapter! I travel from time to time internationally and have always used just the 'standard' adapters found in airports. Could not pass up the opportunity to purchase this one after reading the reviews. Exceeded my expectations of what it was capable of. Used on a recent trip to Germany and it handled everything needed — laptop, cell phone (USB ports are so very welcome), alarm clock, dryer, etc. Did not miss a beat on the power provided. And, it is also attractive looking ;-) Thank you for making such a great, dependable product!" —Monkey

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


23.Plus a six-port wall charger that will make you the MVP of your fam or friend group whenever you've secured an outlet in the airport and all bajillion of your phones are dying at once. Also a great way to charge up multiple devices at once if there's an outlet shortage in the hotel room!

the outlet with five chargers plugged into it

Promising review: "This is a great product! I travel frequently, and I am always challenged with the number of USB ports I can get with the number of outlets available (and where) in hotel rooms. With this product, the number of ports problem goes away, and what's great is that it extends the charger interface out from behind a bed or nightstand, or other inconvenient receptacle location, up onto a work surface for easy access. As far as power, I have had an ASUS transformer, two iPads, HTC One M8, and two iPhones connected to it at the same time, charging for hours with no heat on the device whatsoever. It works great at home too. I have always had good luck with Anker products, good quality." —bishop

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in black or white).


24.A glare-free Kindle Paperwhite that is, bless its technological heart, fully waterproof, so you can take it on all your wettest, wildest travels without sending all the unsuspecting characters to an early watery grave. It's also a great solution for travel entertainment because it holds THOUSANDS of books in its slim, lightweight frame and holds its charge for weeks (plural!!).

A Kindle Paperwhite turned on to show the layout out six books on the menu screen

This will not only hold thousands of books, but will let you read the *chef's kiss* way you like best — you can customize it with all your favorite fonts and layouts, and organize your virtual shelves to your precise standards.

Promising review: "For Christmas I got the Kindle and took it on vacation. I loved having it! I was able to read three books that I otherwise would not have brought as they take up space. The screen really does look like a paper page and while you don’t flip a page, I found I didn’t miss it. The battery also truly does last about a week and that’s with me using it for hours a day. The ability to instantly get a new book was great and I am reading more than I was previously as I don’t have to wait for a physical book. The ability to check out books from your local library is also great. Another plus is not needing multiple book cases. I move a lot and each time I dread packing up and hauling box after box of books. I love seeing a big book case full of books but realized I only reread a few and the rest are basically an art piece. I will probably not buy another physical book again unless a very special case." —Photoculturist

Read BuzzFeed's closer look at the Kindle Paperwhite for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in four colors and with or without ad-support).

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25.A packing checklist so you never arrive in the middle of a brand new city and open the family suitcases to a whole lot of things that *aren't* your underwear ever again.

packing checklist that says pack this with a bunch of things listed

Promising review: "We travel frequently and have two children. As any parent knows, packing for yourself and your children can be overwhelming (especially for trip longer than a few days). I have found this list to be a lifesaver and I also give it as a gift for other traveling families. It is easy to plan, organize, and list out items that are easily forgotten. You can also list the quantity of each item needed. It has a variety of clothing options and space to add more. Overall, wonderful purchase and has likely saved me many forgotten items!" —Mike D.

Get it from Amazon for $7.


26.A super-soft Trtl neck pillow designed to support your head while you're snoozing in midair, so you don't land in a new city with a new crick in your neck to boot.

model wearing a gray trtl pillow while sleeping on a plane

Here's what BuzzFeeder Ciera Velarde has to say about this pillow: "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 three colors).


27.A reusable water bottle with a daily pill organizer so not only can you condense two very handy items into one sleek bottle, but you'll be less likely to forget to take your medication with your traveling throwing off your routine.

reviewer showing the open pill box at the side of their water bottle

Promising review: "Very nice! I love this bottle. I took it on a trip. It worked beautifully!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

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28.A quilted jewelry travel case to give you some peace of mind with your most valuable pieces when you're on the move — this handmade case is lined with LusterLoc, a treated suede that prevents jewelry from tarnishing, so your pieces won't lose their shine ✨.

The black zippered case open to show white interior lining holding rings, earrings, and necklaces

Promising review: "This is an exquisitely made case and keeps items safe for traveling. The craftsmanship is flawless, and the pink color is delightful. It fits neatly into the hotel safes, but you will need a large purse to carry it with you. It would make a nice gift." —Kimberly

Get it from The Grommet for $105 (available in four colors).

The Grommet

29.A pair of compression socks for anyone whose feet and legs are prone to swelling on long flights — these are a chic solution to keep you ready for action once you land.

Person holding the box with the socks in them

Promising review: "Took a 10-hour flight overseas, and I am usually prone to ankle/foot swelling on long-haul flights like that. Wore these for the entire flight and they worked perfectly! No swelling when I landed! They're definitely snug feeling, but not constrictive to the point where my calves or feet ever hurt. I wouldn't recommend wearing for longer than your actual travel time because they do get a bit uncomfortable if you're thinking of wearing all day, but perfect for those long flights!" —Shireen

Get it from Amazon for $17.95+ (available in 10 colors and three sizes).

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30.A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you'll finally be able to take long car rides and plane flights without cursing every bone in your back for making themselves known.

A reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it

Promising review: "A few weeks into working from home five days a week I started having a lot of hip/leg/back pain. I have a good Herman Miller task chair that had been fine for one to two days of WFH a week, but wasn't working for me full time. In the early afternoons my lower back would start cramping. I did some research and bought this pillow and it immediately helped! I also took it on a two-week road trip since a three day road trip earlier this year had made a mess of my lower body that lingered for weeks — and no pain! What really drove me to write this review was that yesterday, unknowingly, I worked all day sitting on my chair without my cushion. I had removed it to use as a spare chair at my dinner table and forgot to put it back. At the end of the day hip was aching and I realized why! Today it's back on my chair and I'm already feeling better." —Lorene

Get it from Amazon for $43.95+ (apply the "20% off" coupon on the product page for this price; available in two colors).


31.A "crush-proof" carry-on suitcase that you might actually develop a crush on? Not only is it designed for easy maneuvering, it comes with an ejectable battery to charge your gadgets, a compression system so you don't have to play the "smush everything in here, so help me god" game, and even features a sneaky odor-proof laundry bag.

three wheeled carry on suitcases in gray, pink, and olive green

Promising review: "I've been looking for a carry-on replacement for some time. My last carry-on was from 2007, so it was super old and not very good. Now that I have my July Carry On, I couldn't be more pleased. It's so good from functionality to style. I love the laundry bag — it's great that I don't have to remember to take my own separate laundry bag with me anymore — and the charging is so useful. The wheels are silent and smooth — so much so that on the slightest decline the bag will 100% roll away from you. The bumpers are a bit scratched after some use, but it's hardy/designed to protect what's inside, and I accept that there will be some of that happening on long-haul flights. I really enjoy the personalization as well — I had my name and a little frog etched on the top — so cute!" —Ameeka N.

Get it from July for $245 (available in 12 colors; plus you can add personalization for free).


32.A hybrid travel planner and journal, so not only can you organize all your plans for the trip in advance, but chronicle them in the same space for safekeeping. Extremely love to see it, especially because the planning and anticipating of the trip is every bit as fun as the trip itself!

Model holding spiral notebook with minimalist gold map that says "Wander Always"

The Lamare is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in planners and journals.

Promising review: "I loved the journals I received. They are gorgeous. They're well made and fun to use!" —Kristy

Get it from The Lamare on Etsy for $14.95.

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33.A super-soft Makeup Eraser to wipe makeup right off your face with nothing but water and a gentle scrub — a perfect solution when you'd rather not wrangle makeup remover in your carry-on or you're worried about messing up other people's towels.

A reviewer with half their face with makeup, and the other half makeup free after using the eraser

It's got two sides — one that can wipe off all your makeup with water and a light scrubbing, and another that exfoliates your skin. Plus, all you have to do when you're done using it is wet it and hang it up to dry! No more wasting money on icky washcloths that hurt your skin!!! I can hear your pores singing from here.

Promising review: "Good quality and sewing/finishing. Gets every trace of makeup off without any stress. Love these! Love taking them on trips so I don't ruin other people's towels and such with removing my makeup. These wash up fresh and beautiful all the time. Got the black ones, so they look as fresh as the day I bought them." —HeartofAvalon

Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in nine colors).

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34.A set of small travel containers that are *super* versatile, since you can use them for anything from holding small amounts of sunscreen or lotion to storing pills to stashing away earrings.

A blue plastic container with a twist cap

Each set of nine containers also comes with two small spatulas and a storage bag.

Promising review: "I have traveled twice now with these little jars and have had no issues with leaking. I love the two mini spatulas that come with the set for getting thicker products out of the jars. I only wish I could buy more of the smaller ones without having to purchase the larger. Great product and highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

Get a set of nine from Amazon for $9.95.


35.A bar of natural, plastic-free solid shampoo you can easily slide into your carry-on without worrying about it getting flagged at TSA *or* it exploding mid-flight and drowning your laptop in Garnier Fructis.

eight different ethique shampoo bars going into a toiletry bag

Promising review: "I was definitely skeptical about a bar shampoo and conditioner, but I travel a lot and really wanted to cut down the use of plastic products as much as possible. I honestly am in love! I got the Heali Kiwi shampoo bar and the Wonderbar conditioner, as well as one of their eco-friendly bamboo and sugarcane storage containers, and my very long, fine, oily hair, which I do have to wash daily, looks and feels great. I recommend anyone on the fence to definitely give it a try! It works! So wonderful for travel, too!" —M.A.

Get it from Amazon for $14.39 (available in 12 scents).


36.A fingerprint recognition lock, because why go on a regular trip when you can go on a self-insert James Bond fan fic of a trip instead? Good LUCK to anyone who thought they were going to steal all the VIPS (Very Important Plane Snacks) from your carry-on!!


Promising review: "This lock comes with excellent directions and it's very easy to use. At times, I need to wipe the fingerprint sensor for it to read my fingerprint, but not so much where it's a hassle. My wife and I share this lock between us and we love it. It's so much easier than remembering a combination or having to have an extra key." —Ron Andres

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (also available with Bluetooth).

37.A quick-release vegan leather travel belt to securely cinch your carry-on or duty-free goodies to the top of your rolling suitcase so you can shop around the airport between layovers (and/or sprint to reach said layovers) with ease.

pink travel belt with a latch

Cincha Travel is a California-based small business that specializes in adjustable travel belts made out of vegan leather. The brand donates 100 airline miles for each purchase, which are used to reconnect separated migrant families.

Promising review: "Love this! I am constantly struggling between holding my jacket and two carry-ons. This is the perfect solution! I can’t wait to start using it when I’m back to regular business travel." —Allison

Get it from Cincha Travel for $35+ (available in 17 colors, can be monogrammed for an additional $15).

Cincha Travel

38.A trusty Tide To-Go stain removing pen, because nobody wants to get a stain on their One Nice Top the first day of traveling and have it be out of commission for the rest of the trip. Enter these tried-and-true bad boys, which will take care of the problem in a pinch.

white shoe with a red stain in a before pic, with the stain gone in the after pic

Promising review: "These were a lifesaver. I was walking to the bus and decided it was a great decision to drink coffee while walking. Like a scene from an infomercial, I spilled coffee all over my white shirt. Yes, the classic coffee on the white shirt. Luckily I had one of these in my bag (I put one in each of my most-used purses in anticipation of my clumsiness). I went into a store bathroom and quickly scrubbed the Tide To-Go on my shirt. All of the coffee blobs went away and once the awkward wet splotches dried up, my shirt was perfectly white again. You've got yourself a big fan, Tide." —NAD

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.97.

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39.A small power bank charger that tens of thousands of reviewers swear by as an easy, highly portable way to get a quick charge on their phones — especially great for trips where you're on the go so much that there's no time to go back to the hotel and charge.

A black charging bank connected to a phone

Promising review: "I bought this for a two week vacation to South Africa seeing as I was out most of the day taking lots of pictures and nowhere to readily plug in my phone. This thing is super small, fits in my small purse and I did not have to recharge it at all the whole time I was gone. Granted I did not use it every day, but the fact that it holds charge that long is amazing. After about 11 days it still had 75% of the charge and I had used it at least four times. It does charge pretty fast which is a big plus and because it is so small, I don't even have to take it out of my purse." —Nellie F.

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).


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