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    35 Ingenious Travel Products To Bring On Your Next Vacation

    "Wow, why didn't I think of that." —you while reading this list

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    1. A BÉIS seatback organizer that keeps all your in-flight essentials (i.e. phone, e-reader, magazines, etc.) in the pocket so you don't have to dig around in your bag on the floor throughout the flight.

    BÉIS / Via instagram.com

    The seat back pocket on a plane is great and all, but with all the random magazines and other items, your stuff can get lost. This little thing has a hidden magnetic closure, an interior zip pocket, and four slip pocket to keep your essentials, such as your beloved lip balm, close to you and ready for whenever you need them.

    Get it from Nordstrom for $34 (available in black and beige).

    2. A portable lock box you can secure around two beach chairs to stash your wallet and phone in as you head into the ocean to snorkel – no more worrying about someone grabbing your stuff when you're face first in the water.

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    You can also use this in your room to keep valuables protected.

    Promising review: "I bought this to take on a vacation to the Virgin Islands because my husband is super paranoid about leaving valuables unattended on the beach. At first he scoffed that this little plastic thing wasn’t going to stop a thief, and I had wasted my money. Then he admitted that the plastic was pretty sturdy, and it was cool that we could secure the cable to our beach chairs, a fence, or a tree (most petty thieves don’t carry around cable cutters). Next thing I know, he’s storing his wallet, phone, room keys in it along with mine. He laced the cable through other things he didn’t want stolen, like the bags containing our snorkel gear. Neighboring beach-goers asked about it and where they could get one, and he was quick to demonstrate its features. And when we got home, I overheard him showing it to his friends, with as much approval as he could muster. Hate to say I told you so...okay, no I don’t." —Patsy

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95 (available in original and compact and in six colors).

    3. A mini steam iron ideal for throwing in your checked bag to have ready when you arrive at your destination and realize that the shirt you wanted to wear is wrinkled beyond belief. You'll look more put together and feel great with this.

    Amazon

    Yes, some hotels have irons in the rooms, but some don't, and it's better to be prepared (especially if you're traveling for work).

    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 that 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 USA."—Erica Kowsari

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. An Away carryon suitcase 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. Plus, it has a USB port, so you can charge your phone when there's no working plugs around you.

    Away

    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.

    BuzzFeed's Arielle Calderon says: "I had a really good experience and I personally thought the Away Bigger Carry-On was worth the $250. I was able to fit a large amount of items, the laundry bag was a lifesaver, the compression section really made everything fit better, and it looks stylish too. The fact that it has a lifetime guarantee also helps. Obviously $200+ can be a huge purchase for some people, but it's a good investment for my lifestyle. And if you hate it within the 100 days, you can always return it." —Arielle Calderon

    Read her complete review on the Away suitcase to see why it's worth it.

    Get it from Away for $245+ (available in nine colors).

    5. A travel wallet with a RFID blocking shield material to not only keep all your many important travel documents organized, but also safe and ready for you to grab when you need your ID quickly in the TSA line.

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    The wallet has 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 coin zippered pocket, key holder, and pen holder.

    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 $14.99 (available in 35 colors).

    6. AirFly, a wireless transmitter that'll connect your AirPods (or any other wireless headphones) to the headphone jack on the flight so you can enjoy all the free entertainment without being forced to bring two sets of headphones or use the crappy ones they have the AUDACITY to charge for on some flights.

    Amazon

    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 $39.99.

    7. 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 to avoid the Hunger Games-style fight for overhead bin space.

    Emma Mcanaw

    BuzzFeed's Emma McAnaw says "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"

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $79+ (available in five sizes and six colors).

    8. A travel pouch that attaches to your bra so you can keep the most important things closest to you (such as your money, credit cards, and a copy of your passport) without fear of some pick-pocketing wizard breezing past you, barely touching you, but somehow getting away with your stuff.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was a LIFESAVER while traveling. I kept my cards and cash in it and had no stress about thieves lifting my essentials while traveling heavily pickpocketed cities. I loved it so much, I actually continued to use it when I got home instead of carrying a purse! The top flap did start to unravel after about 6 months -but this was also after 6 months of everyday use." —Krista Hinz

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in pink and black).

    9. Or, if it's more your speed, a belt with secret pouch to help keep you from being in a ~cinch~ while traveling to a foreign country.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a trip to Cuba where I needed to carry all of the money I needed for that week in cash. Although I am not typically worried/normally cautious when traveling, the idea of carrying that much cash on me made me nervous. Traditional money belts/fanny packs just didn't seem like a fit for me. I was worried they would become uncomfortable in the hot sun. This security belt was perfect. It allowed us to carry most of they money for the trip hidden within the belt and carry in my purse on the money I needed for that day. It also worked like a breeze with no issues getting through security. I'm not sure how much I'll use this in the future, but it was perfect for our needs of a trip to Cuba." —fendi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A BÉIS transparent tote you can use as a carry-on when you're going on a beach vacation and don't want to 1) squish your hat into your suitcase and pray that it still holds up when you get to your destination or 2) be THAT person who wears their hat the whole flight. This tote will let you bring that sunhat in the most convenient way possible.

    Nordstrom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $38.

    11. The Airhook – it holds phones and tablets and attaches to the seat in front of you so you can be entertained on every flight, even the ones without seat-back entertainment. Plus, this has fold-down cup holder, so you don't have to worry about using your tray table and then panicking when you still have half a drink left and need to use the bathroom.

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    P.S. This also works just as great in cars for road trips!

    Promising review: "Wow! A product that does what it says it will! I’ve found that the easiest way to be distracted during a flight is to watch movies. But holding up my phone for hours is frustrating. Enter Airhook. It's easy to use (I experimented with it before the flight) and held my device securely. There are less expensive phone holders, but they didn’t look like they’d hold the device if the seat back was jostled (i.e. the passenger in front of you suddenly reclines their seat). My only complaint is that it doesn’t store flat, so it takes a bit more space in my carry-on. A minor inconvenience. Otherwise, I’m very pleased with this purchase." —Wilson Moses

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    12. Some biodegradable hypoallergenic wipes because flying can make you feel gross and these give you the chance to freshen up when there's not a shower in sight.

    Good Wipes / Via instagram.com

    These are made with natural tee tree oil, peppermint, ginseng, and oil and come individually wrapped, so they're super easy to stash in your carry on.

    Promising review: "I purchased this product for a recent trip to China so that I could freshen up between flights and also so that I could clean-up as needed. I predominantly used these to wipe my body between my long-haul flight and my connecting flight to a local destination. This was a nice alternative to a shower when one simply wasn't available. It just made me feel cool, refreshed, and slightly de-scuzzed. I'd recommend them for this purpose. As they are perfumed, I wouldn't recommend using them as a toilet wipe for fear of throwing off a critical pH balance for women, but as an overall body cleaner, they are great. :)" —Magdalene Sikora

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. A portable rain hood you can wear with any jacket so you don't have to try and pack both your cute and practical jackets when you're tight on space.

    The Grommet

    All it is is a hood attached to a vest you wear under *any* jacket to protect yourself (and your hair) from whatever the weather has planned.

    Promising review: "I am headed to Europe this summer with just a backpack. This is a great way to pack light but still be ready for unexpected showers. It is easy to put on and will pack up well. I love this product." —Krista

    Get it from The Grommet for $24.95.

    14. A waterproof kindle so you can take your reading anywhere, yes, even INTO the pool. This is a game-changer.

    Abby Kass/BuzzFeed

    ^ Yes, that is me sitting in a pool in Hawaii holding my Kindle over the water without fear or stress that if it falls in, it will break. Truly living my best life.

    I've been an avid Kindle user for the past four years, but when I saw the new version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it's lighter, has more storage, and the battery last for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn't have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book.

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (Available in 8GB and 32GB and in blue).

    15. A LifeStraw that's basically magic because it makes water drinkable by removing 99.999999% of bacteria and 99.999% of parasites so you can enjoy a fresh drink when you're on a hike or camping and are out of fresh water.

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    And it last for a long time! It will provide about 1,000 gallons of safe drinking water.

    Promising review: "This thing is no joke! I took it backpacking in Maine's Bigelow range. When I ran out of the water I brought, I was A-OK with this. On top of one of the lower peaks, I drank from the most disgusting-looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. IT TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER, better than any tap. I'm from Maine, and I've tasted plenty of water right from mountain springs, so take my word for it. One note: it can be a little challenging to use at first. You have to start by soaking it; if it still doesn't work, blow into it a bit. Get one for your outdoor adventures, and one for your bug-out bag, which everyone should have in case of natural disaster." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47.

    16. A swimsuit specifically designed to stay in place during water activities (i.e. surfing, wake boarding, etc.) *and* look super cute while relaxing by the pool. Gone are the days you have to pack multiple suits for vacation. Get you one that can do both.

    Left on Friday / Via instagram.com

    This is seriously one of the softest suits I own. I love the bright colors, and it seriously fits so good. When I took it out of the package, the top looked a bit small to me (like I couldn't possibly fit in it!!), but when I tired it on, it fit perfectly and held everything in place. So far this summer I've only worn this to relax by the pool, but I can tell that it would also be great for water activities because I wouldn't be worried about it going anywhere.

    Get the suit from Left on Friday: the top for $85 (available in sizes XS-XL and in three color ways) and the bottom for $85 (available in sizes XS-XL and in three color ways).

    17. A portable espresso maker because caffeine is an essential, even while traveling, and this lil thing lets you use Nespresso pods to make a delicious pick me up, no matter where you are in the world.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The best thing for traveling ever!! I have to have espresso every morning and most small hotels and gas stations don't have espresso coffee so this is perfect! Easy to use. The cleaning takes 30 seconds, just rinse with water and let it dry." —joanna alvarez

    Get it from Amazon for $38.94.

    18. Or a single serve french press in a travel coffee mug if coffee is more your speed—all you have to do is put grounds in, add some hot water, and press the mesh filter in to make a delicious brew.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is awesome for travel, hiking, or camping. I took this with me to Belize for a month, and everyone there wants one now. It's completely lightweight, the hard plastic is easy to clean, and I would recommend to anyone—even for everyday use if you just want to use for loose tea or french press coffee. I LOVE it!" —Dragonfly88

    Get it from Amazon for $7.86.

    19. A pair of Goats shoes that are both sneakers and slides—so you can pack one less pair of shoes when you head out on your fabulous vacay (because everyone knows that shoes weigh the most in your bag).

    Goats

    The slide is inside the sneaker and is easy to slip out and on your feet, so you can wear the sneakers on the plane or to walk around exploring and then transition to the slide when you head to the pool or the beach.

    Get them from Goats for $110 (available in sizes 5-11 and in black and white).

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

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    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It's so simple but works incredible to prevent swelling and pressure on legs while flying. I just flew the first leg of an international flight and used it, and I am on a layover now and had to pause to write this review. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! It easily attached to tray table, and I adjusted to my desired height. It is like a hammock for your feet. You just prop them up inside the thing/swing/hammock - which is very cushiony - and your feet are hoisted up comfortable. I'm a big girl and weight is no issue. DEFINITELY MUST HAVE ON ALL MY FLIGHTS NOW. This thing is great!!" —Queen

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

    21. A chic fanny pack that you won't feel like a tourist in when you wear it around. Plus, your shoulders will thank you at the end of the trip when they don't hurt from holding a heavy bag the whole time.

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    Promising review: "This is a perfect bag for lots of travel and comes with a shoulder strap as well as a belt! The bag fit my phone, my passport, some cards, cash, and small hand sanitizer. There is an option to choose your belt size in which I chose a M that was a bit large for my 29” waist line. The clasp held strong for my whole week of travel. I used both the shoulder strap and belt which worked well!" —Ariana

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    22. A TSA-approved fingerprint-enabled BenjiLock to make unlocking your bag so much easier – who can ever remember the 4-digit code they picked years ago?

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.95.

    23. A collapsible water bottle that'll take up wayyy less space in your bag pre-security, but also help you avoid paying approximately $20 for one water bottle *and* help you stay hydrated = all very important things.

    Nomader

    Promising review: "Well this is the coolest thing ever! I travel quite a bit, and I usually don't take a bottle with me because they are big and bulky, and I usually loose it! This collapsible water bottle is a perfect traveling accessory. It stays collapsed until after security, and then i fill it up for the trip. It's a good size and fits in my side compartment in my travel backpack and the cap screws in securely so i don't have to worry about it opening accidentally and spilling all over the place. I follow the instructions on how to clean it and it works just fine." —M. Lyons

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in eight colors).

    24. A splurge-worthy solar-powered charger you'll want to have on hand for any upcoming camping vacations where outlets are sparse but phones are needed.

    Amazon

    Reviewers also say this is great to have during/after a natural disaster, including a hurricane.

    Promising review: "I bought this for camping and road travel to keep electronics charged. I tried it out on a camping trip, and even in partial shade, it charged my smartphone enough to keep the charge level at full despite texting." —Amy K. Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

    25. An easy-to-use instant translator that works without Wi-Fi to translate from English to Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or Japanese so you don't have to worry about being completely lost in a country where you don't speak a word of their language.

    Uncommon Goods

    All you have to do is press the button and say what you want to say, and then release the button to hear it in either Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or Japanese.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $199.

    26. A cordless mini straightener you can use on the go—whether that's in the car, the airport, or standing on the sidewalk, this little baby will give you great hair anywhere.

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    Promising review: "This two-in-one travel straightener has both a flat iron and a curling iron feature. It is small, compact, and easy to carry. Most importantly, it is rechargeable (dual voltage), so you can use it anywhere outdoors and don't have to worry about the power situation." —eudora

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    27. A sand-free beach blanket designed so that sand rolls right off it, so you can pack it up and put it back in your luggage without worrying that you'll find sand covering everything else in your suitcase for weeks later.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I recently purchased this blanket for a family vacation to Florida, and everyone LOVED it! It's lightweight, big enough for the whole family to lay out on, and the sand rolled right off. One of the things I loved most about it is that it rolled up super compact and light so it was easy to pack! When you are going to the beach with kids, you drag along a lot of equipment! It was nice that this was easy to pack and travel with. Fun fact: if you have one of those canopies to bring to the beach, this blanket fits perfectly under it!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $29.85+ (available in blue, pink, and white/blue).

    28. An insulated phone case designed specifically to keep your phone at a comfortable temperature in both hot and cold climates so you never have to worry that it will stop working because it's overheated or frozen.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I bought two of these for friends who ski and snowmobile together and with family. The phone cases are really well insulated. When they are able to get reception in the mountains their mobiles work perfectly because they have been protected. The colors are bright and easily seen in the snow. And there's room for ID." —Helen

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.95.

    29. A foldable backpack to have on hand when you inevitably buy too many souvenirs on your trip and need a way to get them home.

    Scout

    Promising review: "I bought this bag for a trip and it worked like a charm! The quality of the material is outstanding, and the folding aspect made it extremely easy to store after I got home. I highly recommend this bag." —Caroline R.

    Get it from Scout for $54 (available in eight patterns).

    30. A super-light yoga mat made from biodegradable rubber that can be rolled or folded, so it's perfect for stashing in a suitcase or duffle.

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    Promising review: "This is a wonderful travel mat. It folds and fits in a carry-on with no problems. Any light creases from travel fall out quickly. The grip is amazing, and the mat is easy to clean. Being a travel mat, it does not have much padding, but as a travel mat, I didn't expect it to. It works great on hotel room carpets. A few others have complained about the rubber smell. It was more faint than other new mats I have purchased in the past, and it went away quickly. I have taken multiple trips with it, and it is working well. I have had no issues with it at all." —V. Dellone

    Get it from Amazon for $38.39+ (available in purple and gray).

    31. A stroller so lightweight and compact it can fit in the overhead bin on a plane, so you don't have to wait around for it to be retrieved from storage after you deplane. You can just open the stroller and go.

    Amazon

    It folds up so small that it was awarded a Guinness World Record in 2014 for most compact stroller. It can hold kids who weigh up to 55 lbs. and only weighs 9.5 lbs.

    Promising review: "'What stroller is that?' The daily question we got during our recent trip to NYC. Great for folding quickly to get down subway stairs and on the plane. We didn't have to check it at the gate. I highly recommend it!!! My son is is 2 years old and big for his age (41 inches and 37 pounds). He fit comfortably in this stroller and even fell asleep a few times in it...in the middle of the NYC hustle and bustle! Oh and my husband LOVED it too!" —Jenna

    Get it from Amazon for $199+ (available in four styles and eight colors).

    32. A retractable lint roller in a super sleek case you can keep stashed in a bag or purse to grab at a moment's notice when you realize that you're covered in hair.

    Flint / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I purchased this recently for a trip. It's a great compact roller. It's easy to use and carry with you. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the sticky sheets work! A bonus that it looks cool. I plan to keep it in my purse or car now!" —brittpro

    Get it from Target for $6.99.

    33. A portable door lock to help you feel extra secure in your room. If triggered, this lets out a loud alarm sound, which will wake you (and maybe everyone else around you) up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have two of these, and they are amazing. The loop goes around the door handle and two thin metal prongs go in the crack of the door. If the door opens even a little, the prongs are separated, and it lets out the loudest, most obnoxious wailing sound in the history of the world. It's great for a single girl traveling on her own!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $10.71 (available in blue and purple).

    34. Some compression socks to stop your feet and legs from swelling up as much as Violet Beauregarde did in Willy Wonka's factory.

    Gyan Yankovich/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "With three weeks of international travel coming up, I purchased these to combat swelling in my feet during the flights. I had noticed swelling after three hour domestic flights, so I was worried about what almost 30k miles would do! I wore these on every leg of the trip and never noticed any swelling — even after the 10-15 hour flights. They are very comfortable, too!" —J. Beaty

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 18 colors)

    Check out our full review of these compression socks here.

    35. And a high-tech water bottle that comes with an app that leads you to nearby water stations so you can always have fresh water to stay hydrated.

    Uncommon Goods

    Plus, it has a stretch silicone flap to wrap around a bag, bike, or stroller to secure it.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49.

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