Dec 02, 2023

26 Handy Travel Products Under $20

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Including things that'll make red-eye flights and long journeys a piece of cake.

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A nifty travel pouch to secure your most prized possessions and keep them ~abreast~ (sorry, had to). This thing attaches to your bra so your cash, credit cards, and paper copies of your passport are less vulnerable to pickpockets.

A jewelry organizer to store your vacation-ready accessories in one tidy spot. It also provides some assurance that your necklaces won't become a bundled up mess (which always seems to be a thing no matter how far the journey).

A compact and quick-drying microfiber towel that'll fit into your carry-on, backpack, or beach bag, so you're always prepared to have somewhere to sit and dry off if you happen to hike and take a dip in a remote body of water.

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 $13.99+ (available in 28 colors).

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 it from Amazon for $12.50 (also available in a hand soap style).

Promising review: "I hate making lists trying to figure out what I need, and this is PERFECT for trying to figure that out. It has a lot more on the checklist than I would ever take on a trip, but it does accommodate for every kind a trip, from a simple vacation across state lines, to a business trip, to a wedding halfway around the world. I'm pretty pleased!" —Alyssa Kauffman

Get it from Amazon for $7 (available in three styles).

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 six months but this was also after six months of everyday use." —Krista Hinz

Get it from Amazon for $18.47+ (available in pink and black).

Promising review: "Bought it for traveling as a safety blanket to house emergency funds. It's discreet and looks like a belt. Looks to be well built. Was worried about the clasp falling apart but it has held up very well. Turned out to like it a lot more than I thought. It's turned into my everyday belt for easy of use." —h2odeficient

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four sizes and seven styles).

Hustle Sew Shop is based in Oregon and hand-makes goods like face masks and scrunchies.

Promising review: "Love this scrunchie! This is perfect for when I walk my dog; it fits my house key, ChapStick, and treats, and STILL holds my hair up! I will be buying more for friends in the future. Highly recommend." –Sarah Dickinson

Get it from Hustle Sew Shop on Etsy for $8+ (available in nine fabric colors and three zipper colors).

Promising review: "Used this to keep cords and chargers organized for a family of four on a long trip. Kept everything super organized and is well made. I kept the cords organized by type in the same area. I will never go back to throwing all cords and power adapters in a backpack and then having to find them and untangle a birds nest of cords." —CU

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

Promising review: "This luggage scale is so handy and is great for weighing your luggage. I was a little concerned before I got it because I wasn't sure how accurate it would be. When I used it when I went on vacation, it was dead on to what the airport said, so I highly recommend this. Plus, it’s easy to pack in your bags." —Teresa Daniels

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in six colors and as a multipack).

Promising review: "This is great for multiple purposes. It’s great as a heat mat AND a travel guard to protect items from your styling tool! I’d definitely recommend to a friend! 10/10" —Shelbie

Get it from Amazon for $11.23+ (available in five colors).

Tower 28 is an Asian woman-owned small clean beauty brand designed for sensitive skin. Their products are nonirritating, vegan, and cruelty-free, so you can rest easy when applying.

Promising review: "HOLY GRAIL!! I tried this spray for the first time about a year and a half ago. I had moved from a dry climate to a humid climate and my acne was out of control! I tried so many products before SOS. When I tell you my acne cleared up within a week…. SHEESH! I haven’t been without this spray since! I keep a mini with me at all times and for travel and recommend to all friends with skin concerns. Don’t walk, RUN to Sephora to get it!" —KuhKristen

Get it a 1 oz. bottle from Sephora for $12+ (available in two sizes).

Promising review: "I was afraid these were going to be low quality and flimsy, but they are not. They are also large enough for my ankle boots to fit into. What I really like about these is that they have a plastic peep section so I can see what shoes are inside at a glance. It's very convenient. I debated a lot about what brand to buy. I'm glad I choose this one." —Sarah

Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.88 (available in medium and large and in five colors).

Promising review: "I love this product! Every couple of trips, no matter what tricks I try, I cannot clear my ears. The ear pain is immense at takeoff (I completely understand why those babies and toddlers wail!), and then I'm hard of hearing for days. With these, that has never happened. A few other people near me had ear pain and I did not, so I was very grateful I'd bought this product." —Amy Clark

Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

Promising reviews: "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

"Highly recommended. I am currently eight months pregnant and wear these beauties every single day. I come home from work, take them off, wash them, and hang them to dry for the next day. I never knew how painful the swelling in my legs and feet could be until recently, and these socks were a complete game changer. I stand for over nine hours a day at work, so I can't begin to explain how badly my legs and feet ached. I have a picture of what my feet looked like with (right) and without using the socks (left). The difference is tremendous!!" —OStocky

Get them from Amazon for $18.57+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 13 colors).

Check out our full review of these compression socks here. And if you're curious if these are the best fit for you, you should check out this article from the Cleveland Clinic and talk to your doctor before using them.

Wine & Whiskey Co. is a Texas-based Etsy shop selling a wide range of adorable phone cases and T-shirts, plus genius car accessories (obvi).

Promising review: "Love it. Perfectly holds my 40-ounce Hydro Flask. No more rolling around the truck cab. Arrived quickly and works as described." —Jason J. Mease

Get it from Wine & Whiskey Co. on Etsy for $12.99 (available in multipacks).

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

Promising review: "This has all the basics. It is the perfect size for hiking trips or times when I can carry it in my purse. I love it." —Tammyla

Get it from Amazon for $8.06.

Promising review: "I would give this more stars if I could. It's exactly what I've been looking for forever!!! It has plenty of room for my clunky jewelry, and enough separate pouches that things don't get tangled. I LOVE it." —Carrie Minturn

Get it from Amazon for $9.09+ (available in two colors).

Promising review: "I love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. It made my airport walks so much easier. Now that I'm back home, I've been using it daily to attach my jacket or cardigan to my work bag or purse." —Michele

Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in six colors and in packs of two).

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 $15.99 (available in five colors and also in a two-pack).

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 $11.99+ (available in two colors).

Promising review: "I hardly ever write product reviews. I had heard of reverse-closing umbrellas but when I looked at them they were just too large, so I never bought one. Then appeared this travel size reverse-closing umbrella. The price was good and the reviews were very good. It arrived and a couple of days later it was pouring sheets of rain in Philadelphia. I had to get to my car — could not wait. Decided to try out my new umbrella. I walked a block to my car. This gave me good cover from the pouring rain and I stayed dry. When I got to the car I closed the umbrella and voila, the outside (=inside really) was dry. No wet umbrella next to me in the car. Great. While I have only had it a couple of weeks I am really happy with my purchase. I recommend this product." —Maurits Taytelbaum

Get it from Amazon for $19.19+ (available in two sizes and 40 styles).

And this comes in so many shades you'll easily find one to match the interior of any of your bags!

Promising review: "When you spend a LOT of money on a good bag, the last thing you need is a pen to leak or a dirty mark to ruin the lining. I couldn’t believe my luck when I discovered the EXACT product I was thinking of right here. I have the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM with a light pink lining I wanted to protect, and right here a pink liner fits perfectly. You can remove the middle section if you wish, to hold more books, folder etc or keep it in (it has strips at each end to hold it in place). I love that everything has a place, including a zipped compartment and the key strap lanyard, and of course if you want to change bags you can just lift it out and place all those essentials right into another. Highly recommend this item." —BritGirlUSA

Get it from Amazon for 13.02+ (available in sizes S–XL and 23 colors).

Promising review: "I took this towel on a two-week trip through Austria and Slovakia, and I am SO glad I did. It was perfect: it didn't take up much space, and it dried SUPER quickly. If you are a backpacker or even just a casual traveler, this thing is made for you! Also, I bought the lime green color which made it VERY easy for me to find my towel." —brandon short

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in XS–XXL and 11 colors).

Promising review: "I purchased two of these for our one-week Disney World trip. I knew I’d be walking around A LOT, and my feet aren’t used to the many miles of walking a day in the hot and humid environment, so I didn’t want to be uncomfortable. I'm happy to say I put it on once in the morning, slipped on some socks and comfy shoes, and I didn’t get one blister or issue with my feet! I wish I knew about this a long time ago!" —Michelle

Get it from Amazon for $9 (also available in a two-pack).

Promising review: "These are great! I travel around a lot for work, and also have Invisalign, so I like to keep one in my work bag as well as my travel bag. The best part is the convenience. I used to carry a toothbrush in a case that took up a lot of room in my work bag as well as my travel bag. Now I just use these. They are small, durable, easy to use, and the brush is full covered when it is fully closed, which is what I was a little worried about at first. It was exactly what I was looking for in a travel toothbrush. I highly recommend, and I will be purchasing again." —Demetri

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in either soft or medium bristle styles).

And it comes with a handy, clear zipper pouch!

Promising review: "Just took a trip to the Dominican Republic and used carry-on luggage only throughout the entire trip, never once was questioned about the size. The bag they are in seems thin but it worked great to put bottles back in as well as some smaller items fit in the bag too, like lip gloss, mascara and such. The holes are big enough to get your product in to the bottles without any complications. My fiancé and I had plenty of shampoo, conditioner, sunblock and lotion for seven days. Highly recommend these bottles, they are perfect for carry-ons!!" —Stephanie Miller

Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in eight styles).

Promising review: "I travelled extensively with this pillow (four eight-plus-hour flights), and I got more sleep than expected (five to six hours). It works great for bus rides as well. It also helps you nap anywhere when you turn it into a normal pillow. It doesn't smell either." —Pratik

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

This is our pick for the best cheap travel pillow!

Note: The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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