Some of my most useful travel products are also the cheapest. Some are high tech, and others are about as low tech as it gets. One will prevent a repeat of the “I squashed a bug with your toothbrush” incident on St. George Island. Here are 10 of the best travel products for under $20.
I know I’m not the only one who has sniffed a sock or two to tell if it’s clean. With this six-piece travel storage bag set I can separate the clean from the dirty. The set comes with three packing cubes in different sizes and three pouches. Have fun deciding between the 20 colors and patterns available. $12.99
I love Matador products as they are useful and durable. Touted as adventure gear, they can be also come in handy if you just need a blanket to sit on at a picnic or need a towel for going to the gym. This DryLite Towel is really soft, super absorbent and comes packaged in a mesh bag. The towel comes in five sizes, extra-small to extra-large, starting at $8.00
I’ve tried out a plethora of pillows. Many were a pain in the neck to carry and caused a pain in my neck when I used them. Then I found the inflatable pillows from Cabeau and my travel pillow problems were solved. When not in use it fits in a pouch the size of a soda can. When inflated it has two levels to really support your neck. $19.99
I loved Lisbon and hope to visit again some day, if only for the most magnificent custard tarts I’ve ever tasted. But I still recall how the housekeeping staff would knock once on my door then barge in. So for privacy and for safety, I travel with a door wedge that I slip under my hotel room door to eliminate surprise visitors. $11.99
It was one of those impulse purchases at TJ Maxx, you know the kind you make while you wait in line? This one I really use, as so many times I’ve crawled around on hotel room floors looking for outlets or had to choose between having a lamp to see or charging my phone. This three-outlet strip from Belkin has two USB ports on the top. $17.50
I love these handy, foldable toothbrushes. No more hair in my toothbrush or wrapping a wet one with a tissue to pack it! These fold over to protect the brushes. And they don’t have those annoying bumps on the back of the heads that bother my gums. $14.48 for a package of 4.
How exciting can a USB cable be? Pretty exciting if you don’t have one and you need a charge. I like cables from Paracable because they are colorful so I’m less likely to leave them behind. Plus they are 5’ so they are plenty long enough to reach behind desks, and made of durable material so they don’t fray. $23.95
We took this backpack with us on our trip to Greece and it was perfect. It takes up very little space when folded up, but folds out into a full-size backpack. It was hot and we needed water so the two pockets for water bottles are perfect. It comes in eight colors. I debated between pink and blue, then realized if I wanted my husband to carry it sometimes, I better oft for something less feminine than pink. Tip: Whenever I purchase something foldable, I unfold it partway and take a photo so I have some clue how to get it back together. $15.99
Yeah, I could use a rubber band to keep my chargers in lines. But I don’t. What I do use are these small cord tacos. These simple leather circle snaps shut to keep those multitude of chargers organized. Comes in a five-pack with black, brown, tan, red, blue, cream and gray tacos. $20
Yep, the lowly clothespin. About as low tech as you can get. Yet I always travel with a few. I use them to close that annoying gap in the curtains in a hotel room. I use them to close up a cracker bag to keep the air out after I’ve opened it. I use them to hang clothes to dry in the bathroom. You can also use them to anchor your beach towel or a tablecloth. These clothespins are just $7.99 for 100. At that price I’m sure you can think of plenty of other uses for them.
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