Posted: 2021-11-16

30 Inexpensive Products To Pack For All Your Weekend Getaways This Summer

This little "Sea Band" that targets pressure points on your wrist to prevent nausea is going to be your road trip MVP.

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1. Having a clear and TSA-approved toiletry bag for liquids and makeup will help you breeze through security without any other worries - like realizing your socks don't match.

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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2. Introducing the best wax ear plugs on the market! These ear plugs are super comfortable and mold to the shape of your inner ear like putty. They block out snoring noises when you're sharing a hotel room with friends, and they block out plane and car noises when you're trying to sneak a cat nap in on the road. Order your set today and enjoy the peace and quiet!

Promising review: "Way better than sticking an earplug in your ear These go ON your ears, not in them. I fly internationally nearly every year, usually across the Pacific, and wind up wearing earplugs for up to 13 hours (apart from meals), because the sustained drone of jetliners' engines are not good for your hearing. But your ear canals don't like that. They feature a thin layer of skin over bone and damage easily. That's why doctors say you should never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. And I can say from long experience that conventional foam earplugs are irritating during long use like what I describe here. But these silicone earplugs go over your ear canal, using the qualities of silicone to adhere to the ear around the ear canal. That's the theory. And in this case it's also the practice. I lost mine before returning on my last trip and had to make do with the free earplug provided by the airline, and it reminded me of how great these silicone on-the-ear plugs are. If you try them I doubt you'll go back, and they're cheap enough to try. You can dispose of a pair after using it, but I've found you can re-use them quite a bit BTW." — Ehkzu

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3. A luggage drink caddy for anyone who considers the Starbucks mermaid a copilot — this sticks right into your wheeled luggage and has two roomy pockets for drinks, water bottles, your snacks, your phone, and whatever else was taking up room in your hands on the go.

Promising review: "I was really hoping this would work. I'm a flight attendant, so you know I practically live out of my suitcase. There are times I have to sit in airports for hours waiting for flights, and there just never seems to be a place to put my coffee or phone when I sit in those awful airport chairs. I thought this product would be handy. Well, it just doesn't's too small to actually fit around the handle of my suitcase (a 21 inch Travelpro) and simply hold a cup. If I wrap it around the handles, it's good to hold my phone and stuff so I can keep track of it while it's charging, but it won't hold a cup of coffee.It uses Velcro as a closure...and it just doesn't work well. I gave it a couple of stars because it does help me keep track of my phone, but that's about all. It seemed too good to be true, and it was." — Steven Pereira

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4. A plastic vaccine card sleeve with a resealable top to keep your vaccines dry on rainy days. This sleeve also has holes for lanyards, so you can keep your vaccines close to you!

Promising review: "DOES NOT FIT These does NOT FIT. The vaccination card is too large. These are generic lanyard label cases that are being obacurely sold as vaccination card protectors. Do not waste your money." — Vincent B.

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5. This foldable jewelry organizer is made with a soft quilted cotton to keep all your baubles safe and untangled while you're on the move. It has special spaces for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, plus two zippered pockets for watches and other accessories.

Promising review: "Necklaces won't tangle! I absolutely love this product!! Came exactly as advertised. The feels is nice quaility and suppers and pockets all good quality. My favorite is the necklace compartment! The seperate 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

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6. A Saucemoto dip clip lets you enjoy the freedom of dipping your fries into ketchup on a road trip, without the mess.

Promising review: "This is the best invention ever This is the best invention ever! I’m a sauce queen and this allows me to have sauce in my car without wasting it! Who ever invented this knows my live language!" — Quintana

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7. A hybrid travel planner and journal , so not only can you organize all your plans for the trip in advance, but chronicle them in the same space for safekeeping. Extremely love to see it, especially because the planning and anticipating of the trip is every bit as fun as the trip itself!

Promising review: "This system REALLY WORKS. I have been suffering from "money confusion". It began when my envelope system Failed working. I have been a mess ever since. Not long ago I saw this system, I bought it and set it up almost immediately. Within 24 hrs. I started using it and it Works!!!!!. I am considering buying another one for a different purpose, with discipline, and determination, this should work too. If you find yourself struggling please consider using this system, it WORKS!!!" — The Happy Cooker

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8. A hands-free (rotating!) phone mount designed for use on all airlines. You can mount it to the tray table, or to the arm of a chair or any flat surface, so you'll be able to stream content easily.

Promising review: "This is much MORE than flight phone mount; this is an everyday carry in my book! Okay, after a flight last month, I was convinced I needed a phone mount and ran into this. So I bought it.The crazy part was that I haven’t been on another flight yet and yet, I use this gadget every single day.So far, I found this to be durable and can contort to your needs. The different combinations of positions literally allows you to mount and position your device to nearly any position you need it to. I use the iPhone 11 as my device.I mount this on my standup desk at work, at my nightstand to watch movies while in bed, on my treadmill so I could watch something while walking, on a nearby counter as a “tripod” for my phone and of course, as a standalone stand when I’m sitting at a flat table.I’ll say this. This might be reproduced by many other sellers on here, but this seller was the first one that popped up in my searches. Either way, this is a MUST-own gadget. Though it is a little early to judge the true durability over the course of say, 1 year of daily usage, I’ll definitely say that the practicality of it alone makes this a must-buy.As long as it fits your device, get it. Don’t even think about it." — Justin E.

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9. A delightful little tool called the "Bug Bite Thing" that suctions on all kinds of bug bites to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness when you're traveling in new places and accidentally making new buzzing, bite-happy friends along the way.

Promising review: "You need this! I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times - so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived Monday and Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm... I used this little tool (3 x per the instructions) and documented with photos.- immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump / bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" — Rebecca

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10. A travel razor that takes up barely any space in your luggage and won't break the bank — perfect for long trips when you might want to do a few touch-ups.

Promising review: "Cute and small handle is ideal I love mini things and that's what initially attracted me to this razor. I figured it would be great for traveling too. It's adorable but not impractical at all. I use it as my regular shower razor. The short handle is actually more stable for shaving bc you hold it closer to the blades, which makes it easier to control. The wide handle also feels more secure. The blades cut really well, and the bkue stuff all around them is great for lubricating the area being shaved. All around perfect little razor!" — Lea H

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11. A popular water-resistant Under Armour face mask that sits off your lips, giving you plenty of room to breathe without getting fabric sucked into your mouth — perfect for anyone looking to relax on a plane flight. It's also made with the company's Iso-Chill fabric, so it doesn't overheat despite being bulkier than other masks.

Promising review: "Best workout mask I teach fitness classes at the gym and I've tried at least 30 different masks. This is the best one. Is it perfect, no. But, it's the only mask I can keep on during a whole one hour class without suffocating. The other masks get completely soaked inside/outside, which takes away from the effectiveness and I have to do mask changes at least 3-5x's during a cardio type class. Yes, this one still gets hot and sweaty inside but the outside remains dry and the mask keeps its shape away from my face so I can breath. It is the most soft mask and feels like a pillow. The top nose piece actually is loose and will slip when I start doing jumps and higher intensity workouts, however, I accidentally put it on upside down once and it's actually better. The chin piece is really secure and fits my nose perfectly. It's expensive but worth it to me, I ended up buying several more so I didn't have to handwash the one after each class to have it ready for the next day's class." — Angela C

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12. A dirty laundry bag that expands and zip-ups to make packing/unpacking a breeze. This bag can hold a week's worth of laundry and is made with moisture-resistant fabric so your dirty clothes don't muck up your clean ones.

Promising review: "Good for what it is and for the price Good for what it is and for the price. I also like the colors. For some reason I thought the word “laundry” was embroidered when I looked at the stock pic; not sure if anyone else thought that or it was just my eyes. So I was surprised to see it’s just vinyl. Nonetheless I like it and I’ll keep it. Another person said it can fit enough laundry for 2 people for 5-7 days and I can see that would be true but I havent used it yet." — Tiffany M.

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13. Period-proof underwear that can hold two tampons' worth of period blood are ideal for traveling and for when you might not have immediate access to a bathroom. They're also great for overnight protection (you can pair them with a pad if you have a heavy flow) and for people who are worried about ~leakage~ when they're on the move.

Promising review: "These are great period panties! I own 7 kinds of period panties. The Bambody period panties are my favorite!!!! They fit well and they absorb well. They compare to Thinx as far as absorbency. They possibly even hold more than my Thinx. I recommend them to anyone that is thinking of purchasing period panties. You get three pairs of these for the cost of one pair of Thinx." — M. L.

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the jetlag pills

14. A set of homeopathic jet-lag pills to help you feel more refreshed after long flights or red-eyes. These pills don't have any side effects and won't mess with your *actual* attempts to sleep, but may help you feel more energetic and alert after a long journey.

Promising review: "This product works. We took these pills according to the directions on a recent trip to the U.K. I've flown overseas before, so I am well aware of the jet lag feeling. We landed about 10 am in London after an 8 hour flight. I honestly felt fine until about 9pm - went to bed and slept well. Got up the next morning feeling no bad effects from the time change. I also did not sleep much on the plane, as it is hard for me to do. I will definitely use these again." — Kathy

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15. As thousands of reviewers will attest, this small power bank charger is an easy, highly portable way to get a quick charge on your phone – perfect for when you're on the go and can't afford to go back to the hotel to charge your phone.

Promising review: "Great Customer Service I really wanted to like this, especially for the price! I was able to charge up the pack with no problems, but after waking up a few nights now with the same battery level as before I went to sleep on my phone, this battery pack has proved to be useless.The pack lights up and stays on for only a minute at a time and hasn’t been able to charge a single device for me. I’m returning it today, such an inconvenience, I wouldn’t recommend wasting your money/time.UPDATE:First, I just want to say that the customer service is top notch! The company reached out to me and offered to send me another battery for free as they suspected I had a defective one. After having issues receiving the 1st one (mail theft suspected), they sent me another one! Well I wanted to wait a few weeks to update my review. The battery definitely works and I haven’t had ANY issues at all so I do think I just had a bad one. I’ve been able to fully charge my phone 3xs on one use! The customer service and product worked so well that I just ordered another one for my mom so she can have it for her flight home. Thanks INIU for caring about your customers!" — Christine Eze

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16. Or an 11-piece TSA-approved Kitsch travel container set that is so aesthetically pleasing that it will turn you into the TikTok travel influencer you were destined to be.

Promising review: "Perfect! I wasn’t sure what to expect out of these “pouch” style travel containers from Kit•sch but I instantly fell in love with them! I was not expecting two packs but was extremely pleased when I opened the package and had two sets! Super easy to fill (I didn’t even have to use the tools that it came with). I used the pouches for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, the pump bottle has lotion (it has a tap on it that ensures that it will not come out), hair serums and the other two bottles!" — Jess

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17. A 50-count set of super-handy laundry soap sheets to hand-wash your clothes right in the sink, whether you want to refresh your undies or you sweated out some workout clothes and want to go on round two with them after letting them air-dry.

Promising review: "Don’t waste your money Complete waste of money. Zero suds and it’s basically like just using straight water for cleaning. Travel sized but not worth taking. Used 2 packs while on a deployment in the first 3 weeks. They don’t even take the smell out of your clothes! Used these in a scrubba washbag. Got ahold of a small amount of laundry detergent after these were gone and used that on the same unworn clothes that I used these on.....the result was very dirty water. Dissatisfied in these to say the least." — J2

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18. A nifty leakproof, portable pet water bottle with a mini dish so your furriest friend can stay hydrated when you're on adventures in the big wide world together. Bonus: If there's any leftover water in the dispenser, you can press the button to swish it back into the bottle to avoid any waste!

Promising review: "Great way to make your dog drink water! My dog just loves drinking from this. it's kind of fun for her I assume. You have a lock option and the coolest thing is that you can re-use the water left in the scope, it just goes back to the bottle when you hold the item upright and press the button." — Dor

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19. This waterproof pouch is perfect for keeping your phone and other water-sensitive gadgets safe. You can still use the touchscreen with it, meaning you can take underwater travel photos galore.

Promising review: "Waterproof for OVER A MONTH I lost my phone in the ocean over a month ago. A big wave knocked it from my grip and I thought it was lost forever. A diver found it in perfect condition, in 8 feet of water and a foot under the sand. Once it charged up, it was like nothing happened. If that doesn't convince you to buy this, I don't know what will! Highly recommend 👌" — Rachael

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20. Plus a foot-blister-preventing balm that basically acts as an extra layer between your skin and your shoe, so you can go on all your hikes or long walks around new cities without worrying about getting big ole blisters on your feet without a Band-Aid in sight.

Promising review: "Saved my feet in less-than-perfect-fit shoes! I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS, I was like pssh what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING. Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day, INTACT! Highly recommend. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!" — Jamie

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21. An international travel adaptor that is always handy, with a universal input that lets you charge four devices at once. This way, you don't have to triage charging all your electronics whenever you get back to the hotel.

Promising review: "Best Adapter Yet! LOVE this adapter! I travel from time to time internationally and have always used just the "standard" adapters found in airports. Could not pass up the opportunity to purchase this one after reading the reviews. Exceeded my expectations of what it was capable of. Used on a recent trip to Germany and it handled everything needed - laptop, cell phone (USB ports are so very welcomed), alarm clock, dryer, etc. Did not miss a beat on the power provided. And, it is also attractive looking ;-) Thank you for making such a great, dependable product!" — Monkey

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22. A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm can be applied between your thighs so you can wear all your fashionable vacation dresses to touristy spots or hike in more active excursions without worrying about extra ouchies.

Promising review: "I’m a believer! I am a lifelong curvy lady whose thighs have rubbed together since the beginning of time, probably, so I’m no stranger to chafing. I heard about this product a long time ago, but for some reason I didn’t trust it - it wouldn’t work for me, somehow, and so I disregarded it. I wear cotton bike shorts under my dresses, and that helps a little, but there’s still bare parts of my skin that touch and I can’t wear them with denim shorts, rompers, etc.I continued to read good things, and as summer was fast approaching and we were set to have our first Very Hot weekend of the year, I ordered the smallest size and told myself I’d give it a shot. This morning I applied the balm to my inner thighs under a sundress and spent a day walking around in the heat and sunshine; it was hot, and I was sweating, but miraculously, my thighs felt fine!I applied the balm at around 11:30 am and as I write my review it’s almost 7:30 pm but my legs are going strong. Other parts of me have definitely reacted to being out and about but not my thighs - without this stuff, they would be pink and tender, but they feel soft and happy. I am absolutely impressed.Long story short, this stuff absolutely worked for me; I plan to buy a larger size when this smaller one runs out. Don’t be a doubter like I was!" — Gina

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23. A set of Sea Bands that target an acupressure point on your wrist can help reduce nausea. This is a must-have for anyone who gets motion sick on long car rides, cruises, buses, and trains.

Promising review: "Highly recommended for Vertigo I have bought this for the third time not because it is a great idea because I wear them 24 hours a day seven days a week I suffer from extreme vertigo and having these on I have no vertigo whatsoever they say not to wear them all the time but I say screw them if it works do it!" — C51

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24. A vacuum-free space-saving compression bag so easy to use that all you have to do is stick your clothes inside, zip up the bag, roll the bag, and watch all the excess air get squished out of them until your clothes magically shrink. Yes, maybe it's only a weekend trip, but some of us need OPTIONS!!

Promising review: "I absolutely love these! These were the things I never knew I needed for traveling. They work just as advertised and are really useful when going on a trip. I always hate at the end of a trip having to mix dirty and clean clothes- a "laundry bag" or plastic shopping bag never really felt like a good enough separation. These bags seal up and conceal the most stinky, wet clothes from your clean unused clothes. They are going to be one of my new necessities for my big family when traveling." — Sarbello

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25. A packing checklist to avoid arriving in a new city and opening your luggage to find that all you have are your underwear.

Promising review: "Must get if you travel I highly recommend this to the people that are always traveling, it helps make sure that you have everything you need without questioning yourself whether if you packed something. Gives you that peace of mind you need going on big trips." — Jacqueline

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26. You'll be especially grateful to have a rechargeable, dimmable light-up compact mirror in your arsenal for trips that are of the go! go! go!! variety, when you don't have much time to touch up your makeup or fiddle with your hair in a hotel bathroom.

Promising review: "This is a Cosmetic Necessity Important travel necessity for your makeup bag. One of my favorite features is that it’s rechargeable. The battery lasts a long time and the light is substantially bright. The fact that it comes in one of my favorite colors is an added bonus. It’s also reasonably priced. I’ve seen similar AAA battery operated mirrors that cost more. It’s perfect for tweezing those stray hairs" — Kisha

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27. A reusable water bottle with a daily pill organizer so not only can you condense two very handy items in one sleek bottle, but you'll be less likely to forget to take your medication with your traveling throwing off your routine.

Promising review: "Unnecessary but not a bad product It's not as sturdy as i would like but it does the things. Water bottle/pill orginizer. That's exactly what it is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯" — Raeanne Taylor

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28. A bar of natural, plastic-free solid shampoo that won't get flagged at TSA or explode mid-flight, so you can worry less about your laptop getting drowned in Garnier Fructis.

Promising review: "I'm going to keep looking for a better bar. First of all, this product smells great and definitely cleans my hair! But I'm about half way done with this bar and I don't think I will buy this brand again. While I do love how soft my hair is, that's about the only benefit I see. My hair is naturally wavy, and this product strips my hair of it's texture making my lovely curls non-existent which makes styling in the morning really hard. I end up with a frizzy mess of hair that wants to be curly but can't be. Ive figured I can shower at night and just sacrifice my curls... but that's a very unsatisfying feeling. And the WHOLE reason I bought this product was because I wanted to go plastic-free... But they shipped it in SO MUCH PLASTIC. Way more waste was created by ordering this product than if I had just gone to the store and bought a plastic bottle. I was bummed out by that. I hope they stop packaging with so much Plastic. If you have thin hair, I also don't recommend this product. My hair is very thick, and because it softens it so much, its greesy much faster. I think once this bar is done, I will continue my search for a product that's right for me. I really wanted to love this bar, too. Oh well." — Rashmika Eisenberg

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29. A backseat hook is perfect for road trips when you're trying to pack in as much as you can without squishing the folks in the backseat. This keeps the smaller bags and backpacks off the ground to give their legs some more room. This also makes for a great perch for the inevitable Giant Road Trip Trash Bag that will start to accumulate each day.

Promising review: "Great way to keep your purse off the floor! SEE PIX What a great idea! I hate having to put my handbag on the floor of my car. I usually put it on the passenger seat, but if there is someone sitting there the floor it goes. Blech.This is the handiest contraption ever. You simply raise your headrest about 1/2" and clip this to the headrest's post.It is firm and secure. My handbag is often heavy and this didn't make it tilt at all when it was on. I gave one to my daughter who uses it in her car, too. She loves it as her car doesn't have much floor space as her center console is wide and she often has passengers.Great value for something so useful!If you found my review helpful, please click 'yes' below. Thank you." —

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30. A handy RFID-blocking travel wallet that 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 a pen holder, all in one itty-bitty place so you're never scrambling to find anything when you're on the move.

Promising review: "in beyond happy with this Guys, in beyond happy with this. I've been looking for a passport and ticket holder for a while but had never found the right size until I decided to try out this one. I'm attaching a picture of it next to my iPad mini so you guys can get an idea of it's dimension. Besides, the material feels high quality and long lasting, the red color is even better in person and it's crazy pretty." — BazantSol

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