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13 essential travel products available under $30

Affordable and useful items that will make any trip go more smoothly.

  • This holiday season is expected to break records for domestic road travel.
  • More Americans are planning to travel abroad in 2020.
  • These affordable products will make your next trip less stressful and more efficient.


As we enter a new year and a new decade, it's time once again to set goals and plan for the coming months. For many professionals and families, a recurring resolution is to travel more than they did the year prior. International travel is high on the to-do list for Americans, with over one quarter of them looking to travel abroad within the next 16 months according to a survey by AAA. On the domestic front, holiday travelers are expected to break records as 2019 comes to an end and millions of people take to the roads. All that movement equals millions of bags packed, but before you cram a carry-on with everything in sight, you may want to have a plan of attack.

Whether it's a flight to Spain on business, or a road trip to a neighboring state to tour a National Park, it's important to pack light and pack smart. In addition to clothes, there are some travel essentials that should be on every packing list. From products that help with organization and saving space, to devices that will alleviate the pain that travel can have on the body, here are 13 products under $30 that you should buy.

A universal charger cable to keep the entire family's devices juiced.

Instead of packing USB cables for each of your devices, grab this 3-in-1 with swappable Lightning, USB-C, and Micro USB connectors. The adapters are connected to the cable so you won't lose them. The cable is braided and also comes with a velcro strap so you won't have to worry about knots.

This organizer makes living away from home easier.

Organization is key when it comes to maximizing your fun while on vacation. This packing organizer with a built-in hanger will save space in your bag and help you find toiletries quicker so that you can spend less time getting ready and more time exploring.

A multi-purpose passport wallet to reduce clutter and protect your identity.

This tri-fold wallet uses RFID blocking technology to stop thieves from scanning and stealing your information. It also has slots for a passport, credit cards, ticket stubs, a cellphone, and other travel documents.

Your Airbnb host will thank you.

We all have to go, but that doesn't mean that everyone has to know about it. This travel size toilet spray helps to mask smells before they are made, which is great for you and anyone you may meet on your trip.

Safety first, comfort second.

Long flights and train rides can be tough on your body. This neck pillow is lightweight, machine washable, and designed to keep your head in a more comfortable ergonomic position while lying down just isn't an option.

Having access to clean water will keep you hydrated and healthy.

You can try to carry clean water with you everywhere you go, or you can clean it on the go. This personal water filter removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.99% of waterborne protozoan parasites as you drink, without the use of harmful chemicals and with no pumping. One filter equals up to 1000 gallons (4000 liters) of clean water.

This teflon-coated umbrella is compact and windproof.

Be prepared for some of Mother Nature's surprises by packing this small umbrella in a backpack or in your carry-on. With over 11,000 reviews on Amazon, this best-selling product has a 4.5 star rating and has been praised for its build quality and how easily it opens.

Fresh breath and clean teeth no matter where you go.

The full-sized toothpaste tubes and mouthwash bottles in your bathroom at home unfortunately do not meet TSA guidelines. This affordable oral care kit does, and it also comes with breath spray for added freshness between brushing.

Pet hair and lint never stood a chance.

Small enough to stash in a purse or briefcase, this travel lint roller is perfect for business trips, weddings, or anywhere you want to look your best.

Never pay for overweight luggage again.

It doesn't matter if you travel once a year for the holidays or once a week for your job, saving money on luggage fees is always a good idea. This handy portable scale will tell you if your suitcase is over the airline's weight limit, or if you can afford to pack a few more outfits. As a bonus, there is also a built-in temperature sensor.

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