33 Products That Frequent Travelers Actually Swear By

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We asked the frequent travelers of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the products they swear by. Here are their best recommendations:

1.

A Dagne Dover duffle bag that’s worth the splurge because you’ll be able to fit everything you need for a flight in it, and then swiftly put it under your seat and avoid the Huger Games-style fight for overhead bin space.


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“My Dagne Dover duffle fits soooooo much more than it seems (especially when you fight to the death to fit everything like I do), and it’s a super easy carry-on! I just put it under the seat so I don’t have to fight people to get the overhead bin space. Also, I’ve gotten away with bringing it for free on airlines that try to charge for carry-ons because it looks so small” —Emma Mcanaw

Get it from Nordstrom (available in tan) or Dagne Dover (available in nine colors) for $185.

2.

A digital scale for anyone who always overpacks (like me 🙋‍♀️) so you know before you get to the airport that your bag is 52.5 pounds and you should probably rearrange.


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“For longer trips, this is essential! It saves money on those stupid overweight fees”. —jennifers4344314cb

Get it from Amazon for $10.99

3.

A foot hammock made out of memory foam because we can’t all afford to fly first class, but this little gadget can make you feel like it (even if it doesn’t come with free champagne).


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“Two words: foot hammock. I’m just short enough that my legs don’t *quite* reach the floor if I’m sitting all the way back in the seat. This has been a back saver for multiple international trips!!” —originaldc

This one can help prevent lower back pain, stiffness and leg swelling that comes from taking long flights. All you have to do is hang it on the arms of the tray table and give your feet a comfy place to rest.

Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in black, purple, and blue).

4.

An umbrella because no matter how much you try to plan your vacay, you (sadly) can’t control the weather (yet), so it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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“You never know what the weather’s going to be like, and hotels don’t always offer complimentary ones. I’ve seen a rainy day when the forecast had a 10% chance!” —sljos12

This one is lightweight and compact so it won’t take up a lot of space in your bag, but you’ll still be protected in a downpour.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 24 styles).

5.

A PopSocket to keep your phone upright so you’re able to watch the new season of Queer Eye you downloaded from Netflix while you’re on the flight (just don’t forget the tissues with that one!).


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“This is such a simple thing, but my PopSocket on my phone makes such a difference. I love to watch movies and download Netflix shows, and with the PopSocket I can just prop my phone up on the tray table. My new case doesn’t have one yet, and the last time I traveled I regretted not buying a new one.” —Kayla Suazo

Get it from PopSocket for $20.

6.

EarPlanes specifically designed to reduce the pressure in your ears because sometimes you can’t avoid getting an ~earful~ when the plane is taking off (and from the woman sitting next to you).


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“I never fly without EarPlanes! Best plugs ever, even if you never get ear pain in flying if you fly even once with sinus or ear planes you will never fly without them again!” —briannao3

“EarPlanes! My ears don’t pop on planes, so the pressure is intense and painful, lasting the entire ride and a while after. EarPlanes are like, earplugs designed to help with pressure changes and they are literally life saving.” —draculavarney

“I swear by those EarPlanes! The only way I can fly without suffering for weeks afterward, with diabolical ear pain. My first flight ever was by myself, and I thought I was dying.” —bethramseya

Get them from Amazon for $6.83+ (available in seven varieties).

7.

A set of packing cubes – once you use them, you’ll wonder how you’ve lived this long without them in your life. They help keep your clothes organized and allow you to pack more in your suitcase. I call that a win-win.


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“I just finished packing for a two week trip to New Zealand this morning, and these packing cubes made the whole process 100000x easier! Being able to separate clothing by category (and hopefully KEEP them separated throughout the trip) helped keep me from overpacking and made me feel prepared and organized. They also come with a large dirty clothes bag that will keep my crinkled, already-worn clothes apart from my neatly-packed clean ones. Already a 10/10!” —Rachel Dunkel

“I travel for work and for fun at least once a month and can confidently tell you you don’t need any kind of fancy travel gadgets. My lifesavers are a set of good quality packing cubes. I hate checking a bag, and cubes help me to fit twice as much in my carry-on and still stay organized.” —hcm517

Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

8.

Some sheet masks to not only hydrate your skin, but also to ensure that the passengers around you don’t talk to you.


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“I always bring these sheet masks with me on a long haul flight (more than five hours) because the plane makes my skin so dry! I find that if I use one of these mid-flight, I arrive looking a lot more refreshed. These ones are my faves.”—Yi Yang

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $13.10.

9.

An external battery so powerful that it can charge your phone up to three times before it needs to be charged itself (now that’s convenient).


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“I know external batteries are a snore and $31 seems like a lot compared to the cheap ‘lipstick’ ones, but I cannot recommend this battery enough. It can charge my phone a full three times, which is crucial for someone like me: a frequent-flying, Twitter-loving, podcast-downloading, battery-draining millennial who feels like they’re drowning if their phone dies for one damn second.” —Rachel Dunkel

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors).

10.

A travel bidet because even though your routine may be screwed up on vacation, that doesn’t mean your other routine should be. This little thing will keep you out of a ~crappy~ situation.


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“It never leaves my bag as it is, but it has made many a stressful morning ritual, and emergency bathroom visits, much more bearable and pleasant. Although mine is a battery-operated model by TOTO (the king of bidets), there are just as many squeeze-type versions out there!”—allisterroysioc

Get it from Amazon for $89.99 or a similar version for $9.99.

11.

An extension cord so you don’t have to worry about finding a nearby, usable plug in the hotel room (because that shouldn’t be a challenge, but somehow it is).


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“The wall plugs in hotels are either too far from the bed or there is not enough of them. It’s so frustrating. So I have two extension cords. I travel with a three foot and eight foot. I can charge my phone, plug in my CPAP machine, my little fan (for those rooms that are not cool enough), my iPod, etc.” —jkn

This one has three outlets so you can charge all your devices at once. It also has a braided cord that stops it from tangling.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in seven variations).

12.

A curling iron cover with a heat-resistant liner so you can make your hair look perfect and yet not worry about waiting for it to cool down before packing it away.


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“A heat-resistant storage pouch for my curling iron and straightener is a must have for me. I often need to leave in a hurry to make it to a meeting after checking out of a hotel. The pouch makes sure nothing gets burned or melted by hot styling tools.” —amandafeltsullen

I’ve used this Vera Bradley one for years. It’s held up great and has a convenient pouch in the front that you can stuff the cord in to. Plus, it comes in a bunch of fun colors and patterns.

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 19 colors and patterns).

13.

Some wipes to wipe down your seat, the tray, and anywhere else you touch to avoid that plague that comes after flying.


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“People look at me like a freak when I wipe down the tray (outside, inside, and seat back!), armrests, buckles, window, air adjusters, but you better believe I don’t get sick right after a flight! Some people don’t know that they sometimes only have like 10 minutes between flights, and no one EVER cleans your seat or disinfects anything. Make sure you do!”—thekatherine

Lysol disinfecting wipes will remove the bacteria and viruses that the person before you (and the person before them) may have left on the seat as their child put their feet all over the TV screen.

Get it from Amazon for $2.71.

14.

A shampoo bar so you can avoid using whatever they have at the hotel and also not worry about adding more liquids to your TSA-approved bag.


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“Everyone knows that hotel shampoo is really sucky, and it often comes in small ass bottles, which sucks for people with unruly or long hair. Shampoo bars don’t damage your hair as much as liquid shampoo, and can last for months on end. It’s perfect for a long trip overseas or for a quick wash at home.”—otakuthefangirl

Plus, shampoo bars are more eco-friendly! Over 1,000 people swear by this brand on Amazon for giving them soft, frizz-free hair.

Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in eight scents).

15.

An Away Carry-On which has three separate compartments to help you organize your things in the most efficient way possible to make the most use of your space.


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“The best carry on suitcase I’ve ever had, with an amazing backpack that slides right on. And when a flight gets delayed, I have an ejectable battery that has ‘charge’ and ‘quick charge.’ I would recommend this bag to anyone!” —mareo

Fill the right side up with your clothes and then use the left side for items such as toiletries, shoes, and the middle for thinner items like laptops or tablets.

Get it from Away for $225 (available in 10 colors) and get the backpack from Away for $145 (available in four colors).

16.

A multipurpose microfiber towel that’s super thin but very absorbent. It won’t take up lots of room in your luggage, but you’ll find so many different ways to use it on your trip.


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“They fold up super compact compared to regular towels (but still are quite large when unfolded), so it is easy to pack in any size bag. They dry very quickly. They can be used as shower towels if you’d rather have your own towel than use a hotel, airbnb, or hostel towel, as a faster way to help dry your hair (for example, I’ll use accommodation-provided towels for my body and the microfiber towel for my hair). It’s also helpful to have in beachy or sandy areas (for sitting on or drying off). I’ve found the sand comes off much more easily than a regular towel. It’s also handy to have on hand for cleaning an unexpected mess or something like that!” —cristat

This one comes in a reusable and waterproof bag and has a loop so it’s easy to dry. It absorbs a lot of water and folds up very small. Plus, it has over 1,000 five-star reviews reinforcing how great it is.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six sizes and seven colors).

17.

Some bed bug spray because from now on, it will ~bug~ you to even think about going to a hotel (or Airbnb or another bed) without using this.


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“It leaves a bit of a strong cinnamon smell that lingers for a while, but it is worth it.” —jpowell617

Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (available in three sizes).

18.

Some compression socks so your feet and legs don’t swell up as much as Violet Beauregarde did in Willy Wonka’s factory.


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“Compression socks will change your life. From long plane rides to very long days walking, they keep your feet and ankles happy. When I was younger I never had issues, but now I find any flight over 6 hours makes my ankles and feet puff up. Compression socks don’t let it happen!” —susieunderpants

This pair has almost 10,000 five-star reviews, so you know they have to be good. You can read our full review of the compression socks here.

Get them from Amazon for $9.50+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 18 colors)

19.

Bose QC20 Earbuds that’ll ~cancel~ all the noise (i.e. plane sounds, crying babies, loud talkative seat mates) and let you focus on whatever new podcast you’ve been obsessing over.


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“These pack way smaller than over-the-ear models, and they do an awesome job of minimizing airplane engine drone (or road noise, if you’re traveling by car/bus).” —axj66

“Noise cancelling headphones drown out engine noise and help a ton when there’s a screaming child on the plane. I can’t go back to regular headphones now!” —torinicolet

Get them from Amazon for $249 (available for Apple and Samsung and Android devices).

20.

An empty water bottle to avoid paying at least $5 to stay hydrated at the airport and also from bugging the flight attendent every five minutes to bring you more water.


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“Water bottles are always so over priced in airports. After TSA you can refill your water bottle at a water fountain and get ice for free from any food stand! This is especially handy for long international flights that only give you a half water for the whole flight.” —sonniel

This one collapses so it will take up less room in your carryon when you’re not using it!

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

21.

Some anti-chafe balm you can glide on any part of your body you want to protect as your daily step count increases to more than 20,000 steps a day.


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“When I’m walking all day, I don’t want chub rub. It also helps with preventing blisters in shoes.—hannahl463c651ca

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm is made out of plant-derived ingredients that are allergen free. It’s also vegan friendly and can be used in both dry and humid weather.

Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in five sizes).

22.

AirFly, a wireless transmitter that’ll connect your AirPods to the headphone jack on the flight so you can enjoy all the free entertainment without being forced to bring two sets of headphones.


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“This connects my AirPods to the seat back entertainment!” —sarahh419f3ba26

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

23.

Pepto Bismol tablets to help avoid any ~stinky~ situations and keep things running smoothly.


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“Despite having never had diarrhea on an airplane, it a BIG FEAR. Knowing I have stomach medicine ~just in case~ puts me at ease. Plus wacky sleep schedules and new foods can make travel a topsy turvy time for your bowels. —chelshu

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

24.

Some spare underwear because you never know what’s going to happen with your flight/luggage, and you don’t want to be caught with your pants down.


Aerie, American Eagle

“Especially if you have long layovers. Airplanes are gross and can make me sweat, so about half an hour before I board the next flight, I change my underwear along with putting on scent-free deodorant and brushing my teeth so I know 100% I’m fresh. If it’s summer I also bring a fresh shirt. You may think you smell just fine because you showered the night before your flight, but airplanes will undo all of that really quick.” —saraf46cbcaf4c

Get the briefs (left) from Aerie for $9.50 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in five colors) or a similar five-pack of cotton briefs from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S-XXL).

Get the boxers (right) from American Eagle for $15.95 (available in sizes XS-XXXL) or a similar five-pack of boxer briefs from Amazon for $13.80 (available in sizes S-XXL and in five color variations).

25.

A RFID neck wallet made with a liner that’ll stop people from being able to skim your credit card information just by passing you (because that’s a scary thing that shouldn’t happen ever, especially not when you’re on vacation).


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“It’s so much more secure and convenient than carrying a purse.”—amyrousep

This one can be worn multiple ways and has the protection built into the fabric. It also has a $250 theft insurance and global lost and found tags.

Get it from Amazon for $16.97 (available in black and grey).

26.

A backpack with a sleeve to fit your laptop perfectly and save your shoulders from getting too run down by carrying your bag on one side.


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“It’s pricey, but I always carry on this backpack (has a cushy laptop sleeve that makes it easy to go thru security).” —Elizabeth Lilly

Get it from Incase for $39.95 (available in red and navy).

27.

A pair of Fabletics leggings with a pocket on the side to put your cellphone in. I now think this is a feature that should be on all leggings because I am tired of sticking my phone in the waistband. Listen up, world!


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“These are incredible. They’re comfortable, keep their shape despite long flights and layovers, and look cute. I’ve worn them over and over again to travel and they’ve never let me down.” —victoriaa4e44cbb18

Get them from Fabletics for $74.95 (available in sizes XXS-XL, Short, Regular, and Tall, and in red, black, and blue).

28.

Some hand sanitizer because getting up to go to the bathroom whenever you need to wash your hands or eat isn’t really realistic on a flight where hundreds of people are sharing only a handful of bathrooms.


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“I always feel super gross on airplanes, and it is inconvenient to keep going to the bathroom to wash your hands every time you want to eat. Plus, airplanes are super dirty!”—jpowell617

This hand sanitizer is vegan and cruelty free and includes essential oils and a misting to get an even clean all over your hands.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in four scents) or a similar three-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

29.

An Anker charging port with six usb ports so all your devices can get to 100% at the same time. Now that’s luxury.


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“I cannot survive travel without my Anker charging port. I always need USB ports for my phone, watch, iPad, and headphones. I’ve had mine for four years and haven’t had any issues.” —annag467496824

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in black and white).

30.

An XOUXOU phone lanyard to keep your most-prized possession close to your heart, no matter what.


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“My sister bought one for herself as a tool for her while she is on maternity leave and got me one for traveling! It’s so great on a quick domestic flight or long international ones when you fall asleep or had to do a walk on the plane. It’s awesome for your phone just be on you without putting it in your pockets, leaving on the seat pockets or in your carryon. It’s so easy to access to listen to your fave songs, watch your shows, or take a quick photo! Also, pro-tip—this is so clutch for Disney days!!!!”—anneuyc

Get it from XOUXOU for $28 (available in 21 phone models) or get a similar style from eilennaThelabel on Etsy for $17.42+ (available in 33 phone models).

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A travel first aid kit because you never want to experience an emergency while on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for it.


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“I recently bought this for my Greece vacation, and I luckily didn’t need it, but it had most everything I WOULD need for a first-aid emergency.” —Elizabeth Lilly

The kit includes three antiseptic wipes, two sting relief wipes, two antibiotic ointment, 16 assorted bandages, two safety pins, and a razor blade.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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Don’t forget some blister bandages, too! These are specifically designed to cover blisters and make it bearable to walk.


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“It is NOT worth trying to tough out your blisters if you’re going to be walking around a lot!” —juliac4749950b2

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $3.97.

33.

And Global entry that’ll expedite the process of going through TSA (and customs). You may never want to go back to the regular line after using it for the first time.


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“Global Entry (or TSA Pre if you don’t do international trips) is worth it. It’s nice to never stress about long security lines, plus the last thing you want to do after a long-haul flight is stand in that long ass Customs line. Even if you’re only taking one or two trips a year, any of the trusted traveler programs are very worth it.” —hcm517

Find out if you’re eligible for Global Entry here.

Okay, now I need to go book my next vacation. Excuse me….


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