23 Practical Things For People Who Are Always Traveling

23 Practical Things For People Who Are Always Traveling

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It has two zippered pockets for things like watches, four necklace hangers, two ring holders, a panel for 18 pairs of earrings, and an additional zippered pouch for bracelets.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this product!! Came exactly as advertised. The quality feels nice, and the zippers and pockets are all good quality. My favorite is the necklace compartment! The separate elastic bands really do prevent my necklaces from tangling together. Everything is easy to see and store. I highly recommend buying this for yourself or as a gift!” —kristid

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and in eight colors).

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Some not so ordinary–earplugs that’ll actually help you AVOID that painful popping that happens because of the difference in pressure. Now THIS will give you a reason to clap when the plane lands.


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Promising review: “My family first started using these several years ago, on the advice of a friend. My mom and I both suffer from extreme ear pain when we’re in an airplane during take-off and landing; that change in pressure is horrendous. The pain was bad enough that it made me seriously dread any flight. After I started using these Earplanes during take-off/landing, the pain disappeared! I put them in while we are on the tarmac. Once we are at cruising altitude, it’s not a problem and I take them out until I hear the announcement that we are preparing to land, and I put them back in. I was so impressed that I bought a pack of them for my mother, who had even more pain than I did, and after her last flight to come visit me, she happily reported no pain whatsoever with these magical earplugs. There is a little ceramic ball inside the plug that somehow keeps air pressure more consistent.” —A. Sperelli

Get it from Amazon for $6.79+ (available in packs of up to 10).

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A set of six packing cubes for anyone who hasn’t yet mastered the art of shoving a quarter of their wardrobe into a carry-on for a three-day trip.


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Promising review: “Wonderful! Totally my new favorite way to pack! I don’t know how I lived without these! The six-piece set fit amazingly in my luggage with room to add four pairs of shoes! It’s crazy how much stuff actually fits in these. (I fit 26 tank tops in the large one). Rolling clothing and stuffing them into these cubes made my bag organized and I was able to bring so much more! I went on to buy the four-piece set from the same company because I wanted more size options. Equally as amazing!” —Erin Burke

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 14 colors).

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This external charger that’s sure to keep your phone juiced up whether you’re out having a photoshoot on a gondola in Venice, or cruising in a Jeep through the Australian Outback.


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Promising review: “If you’re looking for peace of mind every time you leave the house, this power bank doesn’t disappoint. It’s the size of a credit card and only a hair heavier than my iPhone 6 making it extremely portable without being bulky and heavy. There’s a power button you press which shows how much power is left via four blue LEDs (when it’s dead, only one led will flash). You can only charge one device with this power bank but I’m always impressed by how quickly this charges my iPhone 6 (from 10% to near full takes approximately one hour). So far, I’ve been able to charge my phone about four times from near empty to full before having to charge the power bank. The power bank itself requires at least two hours to charge from empty to full but once charged, your phone will charge to full in less time.” —Patrick

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

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A block — yes, A BLOCK — of shampoo so you can have one less bottle of liquid to worry about accidentally spilling all over your belongings.


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Promising review: “Some time ages ago, I started trying out shampoo bars for traveling purposes. As I am a light packer and my international trips were lengthy, that 3 oz. bottle of shampoo was never enough for a two-plus week trip. Around the same time, I also started to care more about the ingredients in my beauty products. Recently during a two-week international trip, my preferred shampoo spilled everywhere at the beginning of my trip and so I revisited the shampoo bar possibility. I am SO glad I found this particular brand. When I saw that it was not soap-based, I had to try it. I got the Heali Kiwi as I have oily scalp that starts to itch on the second day post-wash. This stuff lathers and rinses out well like a commercial shampoo and I don’t have to use an ACV rinse. My hair is bouncy and shiny like I would expect from regular shampoo. Despite the fact this shampoo lacks typical dandruff shampoo chemicals like tea tree, zinc, tar, sulfur, etc., I have no dandruff and no itching even on the third day post-wash. I’m stoked that this has made my regular hair routine significantly easier with the added bonus that I don’t see spilled shampoo in my future travels.” —Gwyneth

Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in eight different formulas. The brand also makes solid conditioners for $18.)

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This collapsible water bottle because it’ll help keep you hydrated throughout your flight without taking up precious space in your carry-on.


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Promising review: “This is great for traveling, hiking, biking, etc. It’s very lightweight and I really like that as I drink it will collapse and take less space in my backpack or luggage. It also has a clip on it that makes it great for attaching to my bike. This is such a cool waterbottle! It’s very convenient to carry and utilize both on the trails and off. The quality is excellent and I haven’t had any issues with leaks or spills.” —R.Hama

Get it from Amazon for $13.59 (available in four colors).

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A secure backpack so you can be a tourist with the peace of mind of knowing that the zipper design makes it hard for thieves to open your bag.


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Promising review: “I originally bought this backpack for the sole purpose of traveling. However, after receiving it and seeing/feeling the quality of it, I’ve decided to use this my work bag as well! As pictured, the opening of the backpack is found on the back side rather than the front, which that’ll keep your belongings secured when traveling. Inside the backpack, there are three open pockets, and one zipped pocket found on the opening flap. There are also additional zipped pockets found on the left and right exterior of the backpack, meaning more storage space! This backpack can be carried as usual or also as a handbag with the (removable) single strap above. If you’re debating on whether to purchase this or not, I’d say go for it. It’ll be worth the money!” —Nouci

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in 12 colors).

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Some anti-chafe balm that’ll let you walk around snapping pics ALL DAY without so much as a blister, bump, or rash.


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Promising review: “This product works as advertised. I walked about 80 miles in seven days, in hot/sweaty weather, in only skirts and dresses and this product kept me from being in unbearable pain (or any pain at all). NO bumps, NO rash, NO irritation. This is a great product. The size was perfect for traveling, too. If you’re ordering for everyday use, I would order the largest size.” —BakerSarah

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 1.5 oz. and 2.5 oz. packs).

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A luggage lock for anyone who’s paranoid about leaving an unlocked suitcase in their hotel room while they’re out for the day. Now you can tour all day knowing that no one can break into your suitcase even if they wanted to.


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Promising review: “We travel often and these locks give us a sense of security that helps us enjoy our trips. They are easy to set and use on the suitcases and easy to take off. Extremely sturdy. Just choose a number you can remember but others can’t figure out!” —mspete1

Get it from Amazon for $8.63+ (available in four colors and in packs of one and two).

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This super cute passport holder that doubles as a place to store important credit cards. So instead of rifling through your bag for your wallet, you can easily whip out what you need when going through security AND when killing time at the airport bar.


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Promising review: “Cutest passport cover ever. I looked around at various options and decided on this one, and I’m so glad! It is very sturdy and feels like quality materials, the color is exactly as pictured, and it has so many useful compartments. I love that it doesn’t just hold the passport, but also has room for credit cards and a boarding pass!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (available in 21 colors).

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A waterproof phone pouch to bring on vacations by the sea. It’ll keep your phone dry so you can snorkel, kayak, and swim, but still get the Insta pics to prove it. *flips hair*


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I bought this case for a trip to San Diego when I knew I was going to go kayaking and wanted photos without the risk of getting my phone wet in case I got splashed by giant waves or fell in the water (yeet). I liked that this case came with a lanyard so I could wear my phone around my neck while kayaking, and it promised that you could still use your phone as you normally would even though it’s in a plastic case. When it arrived, I tested it the case by putting paper towels inside the case (not my phone!!) and submerging it in water. The paper towels came out completely dry! So the case performed exceptionally well during my trip. I got clear photos and videos with the case on and my phone was dry as a bone. I literally tell all my friends to get this case!

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 14 colors).

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Some toothpaste tablets so you can chew your way to a clean mouth while on vacation. They take up less space in your bag than a normal tube of toothpaste, and if you just take the number of tabs you need, you don’t have to worry about re-packing them.


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Just pop a tablet in your mouth, chew, and brush with your normal toothbrush!

Promising review: “These are part of my standard conference travel packing. I use a single hard-cased suitcase that fits in an overhead bin, and the only thing I hate worse than checking a bag is having to fish out a baggie of liquids for inspection by the TSA. So I pack these for toothpaste, use the hotel products for other hygiene needs (conditioner makes for great shaving cream), and never worry about it. My bag stays closed, one less thing to meddle with.” —An Ever-Fixed Mark

Get it from Amazon for $7.34.

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This convenient mini first-aid kit because you never know when you might need a bandage in a pinch — just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen!!!


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Promising review: “I carry this with me every day in my bag. It comes with an absurd number of bandages so I emptied some out and replaced with hand sanitizer and some eye drops. I put a rubber band around the case just because it gets tossed around a lot, but the tin is awesome.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.96.

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A foldable laundry bag that easily slides right into your luggage so you’ll always have a place to collect your dirty clothes because no one wants their worn underwear piled on top of clean shirts. Rookie mistakes? Don’t know ’em.


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When you aren’t using it, you can fold up the bag and store it in the conveniently attached pouch.

Promising review: “Love this laundry bag. My husband and I used it when we went to Aruba. It is a good size for two people to use for a week of dirty clothes.” —Patti Watkins

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A rain poncho you can conveniently sneak into your luggage to keep you dry during any surprise showers while you’re on vacation.


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It comes with a small pouch to keep it condensed and packable until you need it.

Promising review: “So I ordered this poncho because we were going on vacation in Florida and the Caribbean. I knew rain was likely in the forecast between all the hurricanes. I had the opportunity to wear it at Universal studios. We wanted to go on the river raft ride which is supposed to get you soaking wet. I wore my poncho and my husband wore a cheap dollar store poncho(basically a garbage bag) I was the only person on that ride that came out dry with the exception of my shoes. I also love the compact carrying case that it came with. It’s perfect for when you are traveling.” —Sweetifur73

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 44 colors/designs).

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This super detailed packing checklist because it’ll turn you into the Type A you never knew you were, and you’ll never forget anything important at home again.


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Promising review: “I just used this for a recent trip to Florida from California. It made it easier to remember things. This helped me think of things I NEVER thought to put on my list. It has extra lines for you to add anything extra like a crochet project, handicapped parking plaque, etc. It’s not too big, but it can easily be read. There are boxes to check off as you go and room to add quantity to clothing items. I hope these are ALWAYS available!” —Connie Woods

Get it from Amazon for $7.

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A compact travel bag that’ll help you keep all of your cords for electronics in one neat place. Nothing hits harder than that mini panic attack when you’re at the gate about to turn your bag inside-out because you can’t find your phone charger.


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Promising review: “This is the perfect travel companion. It fits everything including an Apple TV, HDMI to VGA converter, and multiple lightning and Micro USB cables. I haven’t been disappointed at all. Plus, it packs nicely in a backpack and goes everywhere.” —iamtheoneoff

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four sizes and in four colors).

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This simple but stylish carry-on bag because it’s spacious enough to hold all of your weekend necessities, has a back pocket specifically for your passport, boarding pass, and other important travel documents, *and* fits conveniently on top of your suitcase so you can get from gate to gate with ease.


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Promising review: “This was a great bag for travel! I used it as my personal bag and was able to fit a lot in it! Two clear TSA quart-size liquids bags, an iPad, Beats headphones, a makeup pouch (the size of the iPad) an empty mini water bottle, a quart size bag of M&M’s, a change of clothes, a crossbody bag, an empty belt bag, a word search book, two portable Anker chargers, two sunglasses cases, one eyeglass case and I’m sure a few other things! I took this on Air Canada and had no problem getting it to fit underneath the seat in front of me. And the little zipper pouch in the back was VERY convenient for keeping my passport, boarding pass, phone and money in. I also use this bag as a beach bag while on vacation! It was like a two-in-one!” —Jennifer C

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in 15 colors).


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Promising review: “I’m a flight attendant so obviously I travel a lot. I’ve been searching for a chic, easy to roll hard suitcase that can handle an enormous amount of use. I just received my suitcase this week. Currently, I’m traveling for the first time with my new suitcase and I LOVE IT!!! It rolls with complete ease!!! It’s sturdy too!! My arms and back feel absolutely zero stress. It feels like it’s floating! My smaller bag is attached to the top and it still feels weightless.” —Allison B.

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).

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This TSA-approved bottle of Mario Badescu moisturizer because your skincare routine doesn’t need to come to a halt just because you’re traveling.


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I was in the market for a new oil-free moisturizer with sunscreen and thought that this size would be perfect for when I traveled so I wouldn’t have to squirt product into ANOTHER smaller container that fit TSA rules. This moisturizer keeps my oily skin matte all day long, has a very light consistency, and the bottle is the perfect size for trips and traveling. This was my first Mario Badescu buy, and now I see why the brand is so popular.

Get it from Amazon for $24.

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Some ~sweet~ looking luggage tags with a durable steel loop so you’ll be able to spot your bag from luggage claim a mile away.


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Promising review: “If I could give these higher than five stars, I would. These are so adorable and such high quality. I was completely shocked when they arrived because I don’t really think I was expecting that good of quality. They are nice thick pieces of silicone, each with its own place to write a name, address, etc. and then the pieces to hold them on! They are a nice thick piece of braided wire!! I am blown away by how great these are and might have to go check out what other tags that they sell. I 100% recommend!!!” —Sam25

Get a set of three from Amazon for $8.99.

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A clear, quart-sized bag that takes the guesswork out of the dreaded 3-1-1 rule so you won’t hold up the security line tossing products that don’t fit.


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Promising review: “I travel a lot and this bag is the best I’ve ever used. You can fit a TON in this little bag. The quality of the materials and the construction is a little better than expected and will likely last many trips. Since they come in a three pack I toss an extra empty in my bag in case the loaded one springs a leak. I can fit all of this in the bag with just a bit of room to spare.” —Houston Dweller

Get three of them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 11 colors).

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And this pair of compression socks with over 10,000 five-star reviews to help you avoid any excruciating swelling during your 13 hour–flight.


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Promising review: “Let me start off by saying the only reason I purchased these is because of being paranoid about my first transcontinental flight and the suggestions by various travel blogs to wear compression socks. This was one suggestion that I will admit made me cringe. I hate knee socks, pantyhose and knee-highs due to the binding around the back of the knee area. Therefore, I dreaded compression socks but figured wearing them was better than deep vein thrombosis or whatever it is that the compression socks are supposed to do on really long trips. However, I was more than surprised to find these are very comfortable after doing a trial run. In fact, I ended up wearing them all day and never once thought about ripping them off. My legs actually felt better with the socks on than off. So, maybe not all socks are bad.” —J. In NC

Get it from Amazon for $16.89+ (available in sizes S/M–L/XL and in nine colors).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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