Packing for a trip can be tricky. You want to be able to accommodate all the possible inevitables, but you have little space to put it all together. This is where travel hacks come in. Focusing on unique and (preferably) lightweight problem solvers and multitaskers sets you up for success when luggage real estate is at a premium.
If you can save a few dollars in the process? Even better. We’ve struck gold on Amazon with these 15 travel hacks — from a handheld frother that lets you be your own barista to a sleep mask that doubles as Bluetooth headphones — and each one is on sale, some up to 70% off. Consider these smart investments in your safety, comfort and convenience – or just a golden opportunity to impress your fellow travelers.
Tribe Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband
When you’re exploring, it’s easy to lose your phone. Keeping it in hand is dangerous, but storing it is inconvenient. So what is the solution ? Carry! This armband with over 34,000 five-star ratings fits almost any smartphone, from the latest iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy and beyond. Attach it to your wrist like a watch and be as active as you want. the Tribe armband is designed for runners, after all. And don’t worry if you get caught in the rain: it’s completely water resistant and even has a pocket to hold something tiny like a key.
To buy: amazon.com, $13 with onsite coupon (originally $30)
Vonovo Mini Portable Refillable Perfume Atomizer
At just 0.2 ounces each, these atomizers do the TSA by far, so feel free to carry your entire perfume collection in your carry-on. Or think outside the tube! These leak-proof, unbreakable containers allow you to travel with just about anything that can be sprayed, including hair product, makeup fixer, lens cleaning solution… the list goes on. “I thought they would be cheap and break easily since they were only $10,” said a skeptical customer. “They’re actually amazing and easy to use and they spray like a normal cologne-sized bottle.”
To buy: amazon.com, $10 (originally $15)
Renoj Resistance Bands
Become one of those people who work out on vacation and do it without a single visit to the hotel gym. This set of five latex resistance bands weigh next to nothing, so you might literally forget you packed them. But if you remember, you’ll be ready for some quick at-home strength training, yoga, and Pilates routines to start your day off right. They are also great for stretching sore muscles after a strenuous hike or a day of sightseeing. They come with a carry pouch so they won’t swim around in your bag and an instruction manual so you have no excuses.
To buy: amazon.com, $13 (originally $21)
Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Powder Sunscreen Brush
Do you always forget to reapply your sunscreen? It happens to the best of us, especially when we’re jumping all day. Here’s a quick, mess-free way to get the job done without skipping a beat: a few swipes of this brush-on Hawaiian Tropic mineral powder sunscreen provides hours of UV protection, even over makeup. Plus, it’s non-toxic, won’t clog pores, and smells like summer. Simply insert the lipstick-sized tube into your purse and go. One reviewer called it “probably the best sunscreen powder I’ve bought.”
To buy: amazon.com, $17 (originally $18)
Honeycomb Mesh Laundry Bags for Delicates
Even if you don’t plan on doing laundry while you’re away, take these mesh lingerie bags with you. Lightweight pouches are brilliant multi-taskers, allowing you to separate worn-out underwear from clean ones. They also provide smart coverage for small items you want to contain, such as wires, technical equipment, makeup, jewelry, and even medication. The transparent mesh allows you to keep track of your belongings without unzipping the bags. Each can hold up to 15 pounds, so the possibilities are endless!
To buy: amazon.com, from $6 (originally $11)
Bedsure Satin Hair and Skin Pillowcases
Amazon’s best-selling pillowcases have a superpower: they delay aging. Satin glides against your skin instead of rubbing, discouraging fine lines and wrinkles while preventing hair breakage and frizz. This set of two pillowcases is also light as a feather in your backpack and will quickly become the finishing touch to your beauty routine. “These are by far the softest satin pillowcases I’ve had the pleasure of touching my face on,” wrote one of the more than 191,000 five-star fans.
To buy: amazon.com, $10 (originally $13)
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Another number one bestseller from Amazon, the LifeStraw is the ultimate hack for campers. It instantly filters 99.99% of bacteria and parasites from streams and other natural water sources and turns up to 10,000 gallons into purified drinking water on the spot. Even the most prepared outdoor enthusiast can run out of water, but this gadget is a survivalist’s secret weapon and one that can save your life in the blink of an eye. “I hiked 14 miles with this bad boy and it worked out amazing,” wrote one of the more than 85,000 dedicated users. And with over 100,000 reviews, it still managed to earn an impressive 4.8 rating from buyers.
To buy: amazon.com, $31 (instead of $40)
Perytong sleep headphones
Maybe you want to take a nap on the plane while playing white noise in your ears. Or maybe you try doing a mid-day guided meditation to stay grounded when you’re away from home. Whatever the reason, this product is awesome enough to help you disconnect from the world and connect to your favorite entertainment. Perytong sleep headphones pair with your smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth, so you can enjoy HD sound while cradled in soft, breathable fabric.
To buy: amazon.com, $18 with onsite coupon (originally $40)
Alleyoop Portable Travel Shaver
An overloaded cosmetic bag can be a mind-blowing experience when traveling, so pack all your hair removal needs into this portable all-in-one shaver and save space (and sanity). The TSA-approved gadget includes a moisture bar containing coconut oil and shea butter, a water spray bottle, and two three-blade razors with built-in chamomile and olive oil strips that provide a smooth, nick-free shave. Customers are obsessed with the famous TikTok gadget which is “convenient and surprisingly easy to use”.
To buy: amazon.com, $14 (originally $16)
Zitahli Anti-RFID Wallet
Amazon’s best-selling men’s wallet is the anti-theft solution you need in your pocket. It has built-in RFID blocking technology, so it prevents the electromagnetic chips in your credit cards from being scanned by thieves. The handsome, hand-sewn vegan leather wallet is slim but offers enough space for 13 cards, and it even has a cool money clip to store your cash neatly. Everything is super secure too. One fan wrote: “It holds your credit cards perfectly. Like, they don’t move once [they’re] in there.
To buy: amazon.com, $20 (instead of $35)
Cricut EasyPress Mini Heat Press
It’s a reality when you travel: things get broken, awkwardly folded, or sometimes downright crumpled up in your bags. Accommodations do not always have irons. Your options are: either roll out like you’ve just rolled out of bed, or pack up this adorable travel-friendly heat press that’s extra small because it’s designed for tight spaces. Heat it up to 400 degrees to flatten anything from your outfit to the brim of your cap. It’s technically for crafting, so be sure to check its fabric settings before using it.
To buy: amazon.com, $39 (originally $69)
Mizon Under Eye Collagen Patches
Would you put snail slime under your eyes if it meant avoiding airplane-induced dehydration or that extra set of “bags” you picked up trying to sleep in a noisy Airbnb? Over 7,000 five-star customers swear by this divisive ingredient, but that’s not all in these rejuvenating under-eye patches. They’re also infused with collagen peptides and 24k gold – it’s a skincare trio! “They work magic on dark circles under the eyes [and]pockets,” wrote a fan of this cult Korean skincare star.
To buy: amazon.com, $18 (originally $26)
Blueenjoy Copper Compression Socks
Swollen feet, ankles and calves aren’t pretty, but these fashionable compression stockings certainly are. There are many “sleek” compression stockings on the market, but they tend to stick out like a sore thumb with designs that skew the juveniles. We love this set of five black and white designs because they pass for real knee-high socks, but they have a bigger job to do than just keep your toes warm during the flight (although that’s important too! ). One fan confirmed, “the socks easily stay in place without cutting off my circulation.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $20 for 5 (originally $28)
Jall Sunrise alarm clock
Jet lag can completely mess up a promising trip, so bring this compact clock abroad. It’s only seven inches in diameter and one pound, so it won’t get in the way of your style. What it will do is help reset your circadian rhythm to a different time zone with an LED lighting element that gradually intensifies to mimic the rising sun, waking you up organically – although it incorporates also nature sounds. You can even adjust the color (and yes, you can repeat). One of nearly 16,000 five-star fans pointed out, “I [don’t] having this anxious and shocked feeling in the morning now.
To buy: amazon.com, $38 (was $60)
ElitaPro High Speed Milk Frother
A cafe in your new neighborhood may be hard to find, but this portable milk frother lets you brew cappuccino and lattes from the comfort of your home. It’s a great way to start the day off right (read: caffeinated) on days when you’re sleeping or you’re late for the tour bus and can’t afford a pit stop. It creates froth in just 15 seconds and even doubles as an egg beater. “It lathered up so well it almost looked like cream,” one shopper wrote.
To buy: amazon.com, $11 (originally $19)
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