29 Best Travel Accessories That Are Game Changers

When looking for the best travel accessories, you should aim to pack things that are both functional and cute.  Whether you want a solution to save space in your luggage, certain makeup or skin care products packaged so that you can throw them in your carry-on without worries, technology to help you get through a long flight, or a little something to make your trip as effortless as possible, travel accessories can be true game-changers – and we’ll go as far as saying they can make or break a trip! The best travel accessories should be TSA-approved and of enough quality to last you multiple month-long vacations and plenty of weekend getaways. 

These days, there is also a must-have accessory that every responsible traveler should always carry: A face mask. Mask mandates are changing every day depending on your location and destination, which means face masks should still be your norm. The CDC is currently recommending the use of face masks indoors, even for fully vaccinated people, in places where transmission is high – and that includes airplanes. 

With that in mind, below, we have rounded up 29 travel accessories that will make your trip as simple as possible – from a pair of headphones to cancel out all the background noise to matching sets to reach your destination in style.

Best Beauty Travel Accessories

Makeup Bag

There’s nothing worse than your makeup or skin care products spilling all over your carry-on. Avoid this problem by putting your travel-sized beauty essentials inside of this versatile makeup bag. With a thoughtfully designed inside, the bag contains a detachable place to store your brushes and a spill-proof bottom compartment, so your liquid items can have their own special home (away from your clothing).

Set of In-Flight Essentials

Let’s be real: Planes can make your skin feel super dry and tight. To combat that, bring with you one of these sheets or eye masks. Since the set is TSA-friendly, you can pack it in your carry-on for easy access.

Compact Makeup Kit 

If you were to bring your entire makeup collection in your suitcase, it would weigh way too much. Simplify your makeup routine (and save money on the extra suitcase) and opt for this travel-friendly makeup kit. Arriving in a clear makeup bag, this set will help you achieve an entire face of makeup with only two products. The set comes with a cream eyeshadow, blush, contour, and highlight palette, and a 4-in-1 makeup brush, which is everything you need while away from home. Did I mention that you can customize the shades to your favorites? 

alleyoop beauty starter kit

Silk Eye Mask 

Planning to catch up on beauty sleep while en route? This eye mask might be your best friend. Made of high-quality silk, it’ll feel extra soft on the eyes and block out unwanted sunshine.

Sunscreen

SPF is your BFF no matter your destination. With its clear formula, this one is easy to reapply even on the go so you can enjoy brilliant sun protection all throughout without any worries.

Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++

Hand Sanitizer 

The pandemic is still very much a thing so it’s imperative to keep your hands germ-free — especially in crowded places like an airport or airplane. Thanks to its hydrating formula, this sanitizer won’t dry out your skin even if you use it too much. Another plus: it comes in a bunch of delicious scents.

Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera

Hand Cream 

Somehow, regardless of where we go when we travel, our hands seem to become dry. Avoid the problem altogether by bringing a handy dandy cream to keep your hands soft and smooth.

Toiletries Container 

If you decide to skip the compact makeup recommendation and your makeup bag is filled to the brim, you’ll also need another spill-proof container to store all your toiletries. This mini one from Away is perfect. Plus, if you don’t know which toiletries to bring they also have a Mini suitcase filled with travel essentials.

Best Travel Tech Accessories

Headphones 

To make sure your plane journey is as smooth as it can be, put on a pair of noise-canceling headphones. They’ll block out all the noise and help you fall asleep to the music or movie of your choice. Aside from the noise-cancelation feature, Apple’s AirPods Pro are also completely wireless and allow you to control the sound transparency so you can be aware of your surroundings if you want to. Plus, they are also great for taking phone calls while at the airport!

Portable Charger 

The worst thing to happen when traveling to a new place is your phone battery dying. Bringing a fully charged portable charger with you is a simple solution. 

Polaroid Camera 

There’s something nostalgic and exciting about capturing vacation moments on a Polaroid camera. The photos are truly in the moment with no room for editing, filters, or anything else. The best part? You can hang up all your photos as dorm room decor or in your apartment as mementos from your trip.

Kindle 

Are you ready to pop open a book (or two) at the beach or do you have a long flight ahead of you? Pack a Kindle. You’ll have access to new reads and old favorites, and will be able to purchase another book even if you forget before packing (or finish your selection).

Tech Organizer 

Don’t sleep on technology organizers. They will keep your wires, cords, and chargers from getting tangled – not to mention safe and dry from any accidental spills.

Dagne Dover Arlo Tech Organizer

Best Lifestyle Travel Accessories

Collapsible Water Bottle 

While you can’t pack a water bottle for your flight, you can bring a refillable one with you. With this one, you can fill and refill it as many times as you want, then collapse and fold it away when you’re done.

que The Collapsible Bottle

Neck Pillow 

If you plan to get some sleep on the flight, bring a neck pillow. It’ll avoid the uncomfortable neck pain from any awkward positions. All in all, it’s a must. 

Calpak The Home Edit Travel Neck Pillow

Passport Case 

Easily find and protect your passport in your bag with this passport case. Since it’s customizable, you can choose its colors and initials to match your carry-on.

Mark and Graham Fillmore Vegan Leather Passport Case

Carry-On Bag 

Heading on a quick little weekend getaway? Fit everything you need for the trip – and some more— in this carry-on duffle bag. It is lightweight, has not one but nine pockets, including one for your laptop  (in case it’s a work trip). Not to mention, it has a little spot to tuck away your shoes, too!

Carry-On Suitcase

Similar to a carry-on bag, carry-on suitcases are great for avoiding baggage fees and bringing along on shorter trips.  If you’re a light packer, this suitcase can easily fit enough outfits for a week with room to spare. Save yourself some coins and put this suitcase in the overhead bin on your upcoming trip. 

Set of Sanitizing Wipes 

Wipe down your seat, tray table, and other surface areas with these lavender-scented sanitizing wipes. You’ll eliminate all those unwanted germs so you can fly worry-free. 

Public Goods Sanitizing Lavender Wipes

Best Fashion Travel Accessories

Disposable Face Mask 

Mask on! These disposable masks are great because they come individually packaged so you can throw them in your carry-on without worrying about them getting dirty. 

WeCare Individually Wrapped Disposable Face Masks

Compression Socks

Do you get extremely puffy after a flight? If so, invest in a pair of compression socks. Slipping them on pre-flight will help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling from the journey.  

BOMBAS Triblock Marl Crew Socks

Matching Set 

This luxuriously soft set from Bleu Salt is not only incredibly comfy but also looks chic. TBH, it’s basically a set of elevated pajamas that you can wear in public. 

BleuSalt The Oversized V-Neck

BleuSalt The Cindy Pant Regular

Oversized Hoodie 

For some reason, airplanes are always freezing — even after you close the vents above. Keep yourself warm and toasty by wearing this oversized hoodie from Alo. Made from plush, cashmere-like material, it’ll keep you warm — but not sweaty — and look super cute with any pair of sweats or leggings. 

Alo Aloulux Soho Full Zip Hoodie

Bralette 

Wired bras are beyond uncomfortable. Nobody wants a piece of metal digging into you during your entire flight – so why not go for this butter-soft bralette instead? While providing just enough support, this bra feels like you aren’t wearing one. The best of both worlds, no? 

Commando Butter Soft-Support Bralette

Slippers 

Sneakers (and other shoes) can be extremely uncomfortable if you’re trying to doze off during your flight. These UGG slippers are great for the trek through security (just slip them off and throw them into the bin) and comfortable enough to wear while you sleep on the plane. 

UGG Oh Yeah Slingback Slipper

Travel Shoe Bag 

If you are into fashion, chances are your bag will be overweight. Take out a few pounds by throwing a pair (or two) of shoes in your carry-on. The only problem? Your shoes will get your entire carry-on dirty, so make sure to place them into these travel shoe bags. 

pack all Water Resistant Shoe Bags for Travel

Wrinkle Releaser Spray 

When you throw your clothing into a bag that gets tossed, turned, and shifted, wrinkles are inevitable. Get rid of them by spraying a couple of spritzes with this wrinkle releaser spray. Problem solved!

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