16 Travel Items We Bought on Amazon and Tell Everyone to Buy.

16 Travel Items We Bought on Amazon and Tell Everyone to Buy

Though we’ve wandered our way through a long list of travel gear, there are only a handful of things we recommend to our friends over and over again. We’ve discovered some favorite travel items by scouring through industry recommendations, but others were just last-minute Amazon buys right before the big trip. Here are 16 of our favorites—but you don’t have to take our word for it, every pick on the list has also earned top marks from Amazon reviewers. So whether you’re planning ahead or just about to jet, make the most of your Amazon Prime account and order a few of our faves.

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Packing Cubes from Bagail

Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes,3 Various Sizes.

Our number one packing recommendation: luggage cubes. Not only do they help you make the most out of your carry-on by keeping your clothes compact, but they also keep you organized. This six-pack from Bagail features three convenient sizes of cubes. It’s a bestseller on Amazon (and has a special place in our hearts) thanks to smart details like double-zipper pulls and mesh paneling that keeps the cubes ventilated and gives you a sneak peek at contents. Consider getting two packs in different colors or designs if you’re sharing luggage space. Living out of a suitcase? Not so bad—if you're organized. 

$24.99 at Amazon

Travel Electric Toothbrush from Flexforce

FLEXFORCE Electric Toothbrush.

It's a bummer to pack a bulky electric toothbrush on a trip, especially if you have to recharge it overseas—where an adaptor might blow your charger (yes, it’s happened to us.) This electric toothbrush is a saving grace with a whopping 30-day battery life and a USB charger. Plus, it’s lightweight and small, and thus easy to pack. It’s well loved by users, some of whom say they prefer this little guy—even for everyday use—to their more expensive electric toothbrush.

$34.99 at Amazon

Collapsible Water Bottle from Nomader

 Nomader BPA Free Collapsible Sports Water Bottle.

A collapsible water bottle is both eco-friendly and space-saving. Our pick from Nomader gets love from over 1000 reviewers on Amazon for its smart design, including a leak-proof cap, a wristlet, and a wide-mouth that makes the bottle easy to refill and clean. Plus, it’s super durable and can be put in the freezer or the dishwasher. A bonus for those of us who refuse to travel (or function) without coffee: it also holds hot liquids.

$24.95 at Amazon

Digital Camera from Sony

 Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera.

The Sony A6000 is the darling of photography magazine editors and amateurs alike, in part because it offers the same quality photos as DSLR cameras without the bulk or weight (thank you, mirrorless technology!). Plus, the camera offers all the manual controls pros love, and all the point-and-shoot options amateurs need. The camera has a huge range of stellar features, including full HD video, the capacity to change lenses, and smartphone sharing, for instant Instagram updates that are a serious upgrade from you standard cellphone snaps. 

$648 at Amazon

Blister Bandages from Dr. Fredrick’s

Dr. Frederick's Original Better Blister Bandages.

A blister can turn any trip into a tragedy, so we like to come prepared. Blister bandages are a sturdier version of the classic Band-aid, offering cushioning and protection in spots where you have or are prone to getting blisters. This pick from Dr. Fredrick’s earns top marks for comfort and durability, with reviewers noting that they last through long-haul hikes, showers, and even multi-day wears. So, yeah, take a gamble on packing your new favorite shoes before breaking them in—as long as you have these blister bandages as backup. 

$12.34 at Amazon

Underwear with Secret Pocket from Barbra Lingerie

Barbra’s Women’s Travel Pocket Underwear Girdle Brief Panties.

While these undies may seem like a practical joke, wearers agree they’re actually downright practical. This is exactly why they made the cut for our 10 Comfiest Underwear for Travel. They’re an awesome alternative to the classic money belt—the front pocket fits essentials like cash, credit cards, and even a passport. Amazon reviewers are shocked by how much they love them, saying they’re comfortable and the granny-panty style, while not exactly sexy, offers a Spanx-esque slimming effect.

$25.99 at Amazon

Electronic Organizer from Bagsmart

BAGSMART 3-Layer Travel Electronics Cable Organizer.

We know how it is: your phone, Fitbit, camera, Kindle, wireless headphones, and wireless mouse somehow ALL have different proprietary cables, plus you need your back-up drive, USB sticks, and earbuds while you’re traveling. This Electronics Organizer from Bagsmart keeps everything untangled and easy to find while you’re on-the-go (or, honestly, at home). The organizers are available in five sizes, but we love the mid-sized pick, which can fit an iPad or Kindle in addition to charging cables, hard-drives, and other essential gizmos.

$21.99 at Amazon

Travel Body Wipes from Alcala

Deodorizing Body Wipes 100% Pure Bamboo with Tea Tree Oil.

Whether you’re hiking, sightseeing in the peak of summer, or taking an overnight flight, body wipes are the secret weapon to keep you fresh and clean sans shower. A whopping 92% of customers give the Alcala-brand wipes five stars for being “thick and durable,” “extra large, extra soft,” and residue-free. They’re also biodegradable, fresh-smelling, and aren’t made with alcohol, meaning they won’t dry out your skin—the last thing you need after a 10-hour flight. Available in packs of three or 30—we recommend going big.

$28.62 (for 30 wipes) at Amazon

Inflatable Neck Pillow from Purefly

 Purefly Inflatable Travel Pillow Soft Velvet Neck Support Pillow.

Yay—a comfortable neck pillow that doesn’t take up half the space in your backpack! This innovative neck pillow features push-button inflation and a raised back for better neck support. The super-soft cover is also removable, so you can wash it, and it all comes packaged in an easy-to-carry pouch. While you may still not get your beauty sleep on that red eye, at least you’ll get some sleep.

$16.99 at Amazon

Fanny Pack from SoJourner

SoJourner Black Rose Fanny Pack.

Fanny packs are having a fashion moment, which is great news for travelers who like to keep their hands free. This affordable option from SoJuourner has a mini-cult following on Amazon thanks in part to playful designs that run the gamut from dark florals to all-over donuts (yum!). The bag is also water-resistant and surprisingly spacious (you’ll be able to carry a water bottle and sunscreen in there). It has three pockets, including a hidden back pocket to help keep your most important items safe. Now: to wear it crossbody like the cool kids or rock it at the waist like a classic '80s mom?

$13.99 at Amazon

Waterproof Phone Bag from Hiearcool

Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Case.

Whether you're braving the tropics in rainy season, staying ocean-side, or floating in the pool, you need to protect your phone from water. This phone dry-bag isn’t just about protection, though—it actually turns your phone into an UNDERWATER CAMERA for under 10 bucks. Yes, touchscreen buttons will work while your phone’s in the pouch. A lanyard is also included to prevent your phone from going on its own bon voyage.

$8.99 at Amazon

Packable Tote from Baggu

BAGGU Standard Reusable Shopping Bag.

A packable tote is a traveler’s workhorse—it can be used to store wet swimsuits or muddy sneakers, it can transform into a last-minute laundry bag or a carryall for souvenirs. And if you’re going to Europe (where single-use plastic bags are banned), it’s destined to become your shopping bag. This pick from Baggu is our favorite because it’s made from super-durable ripstop nylon that can hold up to 50 pounds, plus it folds down into it’s own tiny bag. It's available in tons of playful colors and patterns ranging from stripes and polka dots to elephants and melons.

$10 at Amazon

Flexible Tripod from Ubeesize

 UBeesize Tripod S, Premium Phone Tripod.

Forget struggling to take selfies, this gorilla tripod turns every location into a photo-op, and you won’t have your entire arm in the picture. Not only does this versatile tripod stay up just as easily on solid ground as it does in the grass, but its bendy legs can wrap around posts or trees. A wireless remote allows you to take photos without taking that photo-timer sprint. Plus, it can mount to your smartphone or your digital camera (like our pick above).

$17.99 at Amazon

Hanging Toiletry Bag from D&D

Hanging Toiletry Bag for Men and Women.

For stays in hotels, on cruise ships, or just at your aunt’s house, this hanging toiletry bag is a godsend. Not only does it keep your toiletries organized, but it frees up counter space by hanging on a shower rod, door hook, or towel rack. The toiletry bag features a slew of zippered and open internal and external pockets to keep your toiletries organized and upright. The best part? It holds full-sized bottles of your favorite products—meaning you won’t have to keep buying those tiny travel-sized hairsprays.

$26.97 at Amazon

Super-Slim Nomatic Wallet from Basics

NOMATIC Men's Slim Minimalist Wallet.

If you carry everything in your wallet… this isn’t for you (actually, in that case, THIS is for you). But if you’ve Konmari-ed your wallet, mostly carry just credit cards, and love minimalistic design, then you, like over 1000 reviewers on Amazon, will give this sleek best seller wallet five out of five stars. This thoughtfully designed wallet holds up to 15 cards, and makes it a cinch to slip out your four favorites. There’s also a tiny elastic pocket for cash or a few stray coins.

$19.99 at Amazon

Super Durable Sunglasses from Distil Union

Distil Union Magnetic Seafarer Sunglasses.

Prone to breaking your glasses? These sunnies from Distil Union made our list of Best Sunglasses for Travel thanks to their insanely durable construction. They’re made from lightweight, rubbery, bendable material and feature scratch-and impact-resistant polarized lenses. But their most distinctive feature is the magnetic temples—slip them over a collar or into a pocket, and they’ll stay put. And they’re not just functional—the classic wayfarer frame is super stylish, too.

$79.99 at Amazon

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