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    24 Things Our Readers Who Travel A Lot Absolutely Swear By

    They walked first, so you could ~fly~. ✈️

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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 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 Canada for $16.99

    2. 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 Canada for $15.99.

    3. 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 Canada for $23.99 (available in nine styles).

    4. A phone socket 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 phone socket on my phone makes such a difference. I love to watch movies and download Netflix shows, and with the socket 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 a set of six from Amazon Canada for $8.90+ (available in seven style sets).

    5. 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 Canada for $9.36 (also available in sets of three, five, and ten).

    6. 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 Canada for $31.99+ (available in four colours).

    7. 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 Canada for $22.40.

    8. 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 $30 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 Canada for $29.99+ (available in three colours).

    9. 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 Canada for $143.37 or a similar version for $14.99.

    10. 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 Canada for $23.67 (available in three colours).

    11. 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 colours and patterns.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.73+ (available in seven colours and patterns).

    12. 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. Plus, shampoo bars are more eco-friendly!

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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

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23 (available in eight scents).

    13. A multipurpose microfibre 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 400 five-star reviews reinforcing how great it is.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.99+ (available in four sizes and six colours).

    14. 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 1,400 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 Canada for $15.96+ (available in sizes S/M, L/XL and in nine colours).

    15. 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 Canada for $329.99 (available for Apple and Android devices).

    16. 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 and rolls up when it's empty, so it will take up less room in your carryon when you're not using it!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $27.95 (available in eight colours).

    17. 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 Canada for $22.38+ (available in three sizes).

    18. AirFly, a wireless transmitter that'll connect your AirPods (or an 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.

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

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $48.57.

    19. 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 Canada for $9.49.

    20. 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 Canada for $19.97+ (available in black, grey, and beige).

    21. A pair of comfortable 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." —victoriaa4e44cbb18

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $74.95 (available in sizes XS-XXL and various colours and styles).

    22. 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

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $2.39 (as an add-on item).

    23. 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 Canada for $39.99+ (available in black and white).

    24. 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 five from Amazon Canada for $10.37.

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

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