Posted: 2020-08-20

15 Multi-Use Travel Products That’ll Seriously Help Lighten Your Suitcase

All the better to drag it to multiple legs on your trip of a lifetime.

lip balm, pins, and other small items inside a reviewer's blue velvet scrunchie with zipper closurethe scrunchie on reviewer's wrist

1. A set of storage scrunchies to help you stash your lip balm, cash, keys, and more while you're out and about. You don't want to spend precious vacation time on making your hair look like you got a $$$ blowout.

Promising review: "perfect for raves!!! holds my money and keys perfectly. I could fit my keys, chapstick and eyelash glue. Works perfectly for both my wrist and in my hair, absolutely love it." — Ria

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the styling tool and storage holder

2. A 2-in-1 straightener and curling iron is perfect for when you won't leave home without them but detest how much space they take up in a carry-on.

Promising review: "Compact, versatile, convenient I looked through the reviews for various curling irons and flat irons and picked this one. The device gets very hot and there is no temperature control, however, I am happy with the heat setting. It's not that long, but I have short hair so I don't need it to be longer. It's a great size for traveling and comes with a travel pouch. It's easy to flip back and forth between the curling iron and flat iron option. It has two plastic feet to allow you to rest it on a counter without risking burning the counter. I was in Florida during heavy rains and my hair couldn't hold its style due to the humidity, so I bought this and have been using it ever since in place of my regular irons." — bahbahla

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Model applying orange shimmer to eyelids a different model wearing the shade celestial

3. Plus a Fluide universal crayon so you can add shimmer in all sorts of ways on your eyelids, lips, and cheekbones without weighing down your toiletry bag with another liquid. Reviewers say it's super hydrating and doesn't smudge thanks to its shea butter formula. Is it this universal product while you're on two hours of sleep? Or is it just that vaca glow?This Fluide universal crayon is super versatile - you can use it on your eyelids, lips, and cheekbones to create a range of looks, without having to lug around a separate liquid product. reviewers say it's really hydrating and stays in place thanks to its shea butter formula. So is it this product that's giving you a vacation glow, or is it just that you're getting more sleep on vacation?

Promising review: "Love it Love this! eyeshadow!! Goes on so smooth and looks amazing. It does start to crease and clump a little after about 10 or 12 hrs but I'm ok with that!!" — CrazyRN

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4. A universal travel adapter so you always have a way to juice up your devices or use your US-friendly plugged item in a different outlet. You can plug up to five devices in this at a time...and it covers 160 countries!

Promising review: "Very impressive device This is one truly neat device. We are traveling. A week before we left I packed the travel bag I keep full of heavy adapters, plugs for European outlets, and plugs for the USB cords. A day later I realized that I needed another adapter and ordered this one from Amazon. It arrived the next day. It is now beside me in Seville and my travel bag with all its stuff is still in my suitcase. The device is very light. You can plug it into any outlet apparently in the world without special plugs or adapters. You just pick a slide for where you are, slide it down and on the opposite side appears a plug suitable for that country’s outlets. Once you plug in the device, you can then plug any kind of plug into its other side. The really wonderful feature of it is that there are 4 USB ports on the top. And the ports are illuminated by a blue light so that you can plug into them in the dark. So this one, very light little device does every thing I need and next time I travel abroad I can leave my travel bag of adapters and plugs at home." — G.R. Dilg

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5. A versatile lightweight shawl that you can wrap up in on the plane, and at night when it gets a bit chilly, but it doesn't quite call for a jacket. Plus, let's be honest, this looks a little more elegant than your go-to denim jacket. (Says the person who LIVES in their denim jacket.)

Promising review: "Used for a costume. This is soft and very pretty. It was purchased for a costume for a play. It needed repeat washings due to stage makeup getting on it every night (My daughter had to cry and cough into it, she was a victorian era lady with "consumption" in the play) and it was in rough shape by closing night. Should be fine if you aren't expecting to treat it so harshly!" — JLAW

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reviewer pic of tote bag on bed beside of catanother reviewer's pic of pink bag hanging on wall hook

6. The following is a soft faux-leather tote that would be perfect for personal use on the plane as it does not need to be packed in a carry-on bag. This tote would also be useful as a day bag, as it has plenty of room for souvenirs and it can keep valuables concealed and tucked away.

Promising review: "Great versatile tote! I purchased this bag in grey to use for recent travel. It is so much nicer than I anticipated and I love it! Seems very durable and well made and I love that it has a pocket on the inside, where I ended up storing my cell phone and small odds and ends like a pack of gum and ear buds. The added bonus is that it is not only beautiful and fashionable, but also light weight and easy to carry." — Pattieflafla

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reviewer wearing the high-waisted suit in red with white flowers on ita different reviewer wearing the suit in pink

7. A bandeau bikini set made of quick-dry material that would also make a worthy crop shirt for all the mixing and matching you're doing while you island hop.

Promising review: "Love this!! I loved this bathing suit!!I got so many compliments on it when at the pool.Next time I order I will probably get a medium instead. I’m a size (6) the bottoms were a bit snug." — Taylor Shick

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8. A 30-pack of waterproof zippered pouches can help you organize a variety of things, and parents in the reviews rave about using them to get their family organized for travel. These transparent pouches also make it easy to sift through your carry-on to find items that need to be placed in a security bin, and to push aside what can stay in your bag.

Promising review: "Very pleased with these. 👍👍 I like to be organized in a world full of chaos. These bags help me to do that. I love the fun colors, all the different sizes and that they were affordable. They are thick and sturdy. I keep everything in them from photos, old greeting cards, to certain jewelry, office supplies, hardware items, anything small and sentimental like sea shells, short notes and doodles from friends, small toys and even the tiny round stone my then 3 yr old put up his nose. (That’s a keeper!)👃 They really are for everything! 😆😆 Definitely recommended for the highly organized or those folks hoping to become organized! 👍👍 I would buy these again. 🙂" — NewJerseyBabysitter

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9. If you don't have to worry about weight limits for carry-on baggage, and you tend to overpack, then a set of compression bags will be helpful. They can make traveling easier, and they're also great for storing clothes that you don't need during certain seasons. This way, you can make better use of the space in your home.

Promising review: "These bags are a must! These bags are WONDERFUL!! I have two kids and have saved a lot of their clothes because we are expecting to have more children sometime and I would love to not have to rebuy everything but they seriously take up so much space! I recently shattered 3 of my bins I use to store the clothes in (thanks to below freezing temperatures) and instead of buying more I bought these bags instead and I am SO glad I did. They save so much space and I love that the hand pump is included, easy to use and doesn't take long at all even on the large bags. Directions printed on each bag so you are reminded how to use them without keeping a box or instruction manual. Thank you for a great product!" — Angela Urrutia

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10. Plus a set of four *washable* market bags that'll ball up really tiny in your bag and can serve as a beach bag without getting too gross or a way to carry souvenirs. (And if you need to store some things a little more securely inside, use an opaque pouch.) I have one of these and will throw it in a coat pocket or my purse when I know I'm going to need it later.

Promising review: "Not at all like the listing These are nothing like the listing photos. The handles are super short, the colors are way brighter, and the bags are quite small." — zomg

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11. A romper that will make you look like you're not sweating it, even if you are sweating it a lot on your summer trip. Plus, this makes a cute day outfit and a swim coverup for when you go to lunch.

Promising review: "Cute Romper made really well This romper is cute, comfortable and completely lined. The neck tie and belt are adjustable for custom fit. And it has pockets. I already ordered another print. Sizing is accurate. I'm a size 10-12 and the large firs perfectly." — stacey

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12. A clear TSA-approved toiletry bag will help you easily fit all your liquid and spreadable items in there. When it's time to head to the pool or beach, you can carry your essentials in a manner where you can easily access your SPF lip balm.

Promising review: "A must-have for fliers, no matter how frequent This is a game-changer. I work in consulting and travel 50-75% of the time for my job. I've burned through many a quart baggie over the last few years and dozens of flights. It's nearly impossible to use the full volume of a quart baggie without breaking the zipper, and this toiletry bag allows me to bring about 150% of what I was able to fit in my crappy press-and-seal bags.The attached photo shows all the toiletries my husband and I brought for a recent 10-day trip. This was the only liquids bag we brought. Shown in the photo is my ultra-elaborate skincare routine, sunscreen, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, body lotion, two deodorants, husband's hair gel, and toothpaste. The prescription cream was left out of the bag because prescriptions in their original container are exempt from the 3-1-1 policy, and I've never had a problem with my sheet masks outside the liquids bag.I do not regret this purchase one bit, and have already recommended it to several friends and family members." — Ainsley H.

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13. A handy dandy bandana that just so happens to be printed with survival info on it. If your idea of adventure includes hiking and camping, this is worth a buy.

Promising review: "The BEST bandana out there I purchased this thinking I would getting a usual bandana with a few tips scribbled on it. I was pleasently surprised when I received the actual product. It is already cut into a large triangular shape so that it is easier for you to tie around your head and it is big enough where people with big heads, like me, won't have any issue. Although I do feel like it could have more information on other stuff like medical, fishing, plants, etc... I feel like this is the essential information that you need to be reminded of when stuck in a bad situation. This isn't something to rely on, and you should have a survival guide or some other informational material with you. This is more than plenty information and the material it is made from is very durable and absorbent. I love this product and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice bandana to go camping or hiking." — UrbanOutdoorsman

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14. A set of cooling patches that'll work some soothing magic for a variety of uses including (perhaps most importantly), sunburn. But it'll also help with itchiness from bug bites and poison ivy. And! They're TSA-friendly. So you can probably leave your aloe vera gel at home.

Promising review: "Just buy them! Just buy these to have on hand! Trust me, as a Mother of 4, you’re going to want them! My 3yo daughter is still cutting her molars so she will randomly have days where she is super hot and feverish and I pop one of these on her forehead and she loves it! She’s slept all the way through the night with it on, which is amazing given the fact that my kids usually won’t ever keep an ice pack on their skin for more than the 15 seconds I try to hold it down on them before they can escape! Ha!I also used these on my 9mo old after he took a big topple. He somehow didn’t grab it off! If I kept him distracted he forgot about it.I’ve even used these on myself when I got a burn on my arm! It worked wonders. The burn hurt when I took it off but didn’t hardly when it was on. I purchased another more expensive brand with Mickey on them and this is comparable but a lower price so I’ll just be buying these from now on. LOVE!!" — Rachel & Austin Holt

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reviewer wearing the high-waisted bottom and strappy top in blacka different reviewer wearing the suit in bright pink

15. A strappy bikini with an interesting top can be paired with a cute high-waisted skirt. Just make sure to wear sunscreen!

Promising review: "I ordered a 2x and it fits perfect. I'm 245lbs I have very chest heavy and ... I ordered a 2x and it fits perfect . I'm 245lbs I have very chest heavy and it's fits perfect . I love it can wait to wear it this summer 😍😍😍😍" — Keisha87

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