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13 Multi-Purpose Travel Products That Will Save You So Much Space

More room in your luggage means you can *totally* buy more souvenirs on the trip.

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1. A waterproof Kindle so you can take as many books as you want on your trip without having your carry-on weight 100 lbs. Plus, you can take your reading anywhere, yes, even INTO the pool. This is a game changer.

the author sitting in a pool with the kindle in her hand

gif of the kindle in the water showing how it's waterproof

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^ Yes, that is me sitting in a pool in Hawaii holding my Kindle over the water without fear or stress that if it falls in, it will break. Truly living my best life.

Promising review: “I LOVE my kindle Paperwhite. I even upload the PDFs I have to read for school onto it and read them on there, because it’s so much nicer to not have to stare at a computer screen to read pages, and pages of a document. I love the Kindle Unlimited as well. That way when I travel, I can just pick a new book, trade it out and start reading something new. It makes traveling lighter so much easier, because I don’t have to grab and carry multiple books, I’ve got all of them right in my hand. The battery lasts FOOOOREVERRRR too! I don’t have to worry about charging it every night. I charge about once a week.” —Aryn

Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in 8 and 32 GB and in four colors). And get the newer version from Amazon for $139.99

2. A set of six Cadence containers here to revolutionize the way you bring your travel-sized products with you. These lil’ cuties are SO useful — they hold a surprising amount of product, are magnetic, and have a removable label you can customize so you don’t accidentally put body wash in your hair because you can’t remember which container has your shampoo in it. Plus, you can even use them to hold jewelry or even medication!

set of seven green small containers with little illustrations on the front

Cadence

Cadence is an AAPI woman-owned small business that was founded by Steph Hon as a way to eliminate single-use travel-sized plastics. The containers are made from recycled ocean-bound plastic. 

I recently got a set of four of these, and, wow, I love them so much. I used them on a six-day trip recently, and they were perfect. I customized the label so I knew which one was my shampoo vs. conditioner and did a general label for any other things I wanted to bring along. They do hold a surprising amount. According to the brand, they hold approximately one to two weeks of skincare products, more than two weeks’ worth of serum, two to three days’ worth of haircare, and more than 15 tablets (for medicine and such). And while two to three days worth of haircare might not seem like enough, I found it held more than that for me, but I also don’t wash my hair every single day. They were small enough to slip right into my toiletries bag and go through TSA with no problem. The container was easy to open in the shower (even with wet hands), and I had no leakage from them (like I did from my face wash bottle that will not be making the trip with me next time. SMH). These are an incredibly useful tool anyone who travels will want in their luggage. 

Get a set of six from Cadence for $74 (originally $84). 

3. Or a 16-piece travel toiletries set filled with everything you need to bring your hair, skin, and makeup products with you. No need to go waste any money on the expensive travel-sized versions of your go-to products. This set will make it super easy to transfer the right amount to comply with those pesky TSA rules. And as a bonus, everything fits right into the included compact bag!

reviewer image of the set of travel-sized containers, bottles, and accessories

The set comes with four bottles, four jars, two spray bottles, two scoopers (to help transfer creams), one funnel (to help transfer liquids), one cleaning brush, a page of labels, and a bag that everything fits in.  

Promising review: “I’ve purchased a lot of different travel sets for my toiletries over the years. Inevitably, they are hard to fill and tend to leak. This set was magic! The wide mouth made it easy to fill from a larger bottle, and the little scoops made transferring creams to the jar containers very easy and with much less mess. The only con (hardly worth mentioning) is that once you squeeze the bottle, it takes a few minutes to expand with air again, so the sides are a bit sunken. I solved that by unscrewing the top just a bit for a quick release of the vacuum pressure. I had no leaks, and plenty of containers for every toiletry.” —MDC

Get it from Amazon for $14.99

4. A JetKids ride-on carry-on suitcase I’m pretty sure is about to become your new favorite product for traveling with kids. Not only does it have wheels, but it’s designed so your toddler can sit on it, making it easy for you to wheel them through the airport. Then when you get on the flight, it easily transforms into a leg rest or in-flight bed to keep your kids comfy while in the air. How neat is that???

a child model sitting on the wheely suitcase with an adult model pulling them next to it

the suitcase in front of an airplane seat, with it raised up, creating a leg rest for kids to make the seat more comfortable

JetKids, Amazon

It’s recommended for kids ages 3–7 and fits most standard economy seats. Plus, it has an adjustable strap so you can carry it over your shoulder, a top handle, and a mattress inside that can be removed and used while in the flight. Parents have even used this product while in the airport waiting for the flight to keep their kids comfy and happy. 

Promising review:Traveling with a toddler is always a challenge. but comfort is key, and this little magic package makes the airport trip that much smoother. We can store small toys, pillows, and one throw blanket for our family of three. Great idea and great buy. We will be using this until it breaks.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $199 (available in two colors). 

5. A super-cool duffel bag that actually starts out as a garment bag, so you only have to pack one bag with everything you need *and* not worry about your suits or other clothes getting wrinkled during the trip.

Reviewer image of gray duffle bag on top of bed

Product unzipped with compartments shown

Plus, the bag is water-resistant and has two exterior zip pockets, two interior shoe pockets, and a padded handle wrap. Yes, this one bag really can do it all.

Promising review: “I purchased this in preparation for some day trips for work and it sure did the job. My suit stayed crisp, and I was able to fit everything I needed. The bag feels very durable, which I can’t say for some of my other bags that cost five times the amount. Although many bags have a separate compartment for shoes, be careful not to overlook the importance of this feature when shopping for luggage. The last thing you want is to wake up and get dressed, only to find that something on the bottom of your shoes found its way onto your clothes. The side pockets make it easy to get essentials out of your bag, including when it’s in the overhead bin on a plane.” —Ronald

Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in five colors). 

6. An international power converter here to make it a breeze to plug in your electronics in 150 countries. The converter has a 5-foot detachable power cable and four different sockets, plus voltage converters so you don’t short your curling iron…again. Reviewers find this so useful, they even use it when they’re traveling within the country!

Reviewer photo of the power converter

Not talking from experience…not at all. 😬

Promising review: “Prior to this purchase, we’ve killed an appliance or two in overseas travel. We bought the Sokoo Power Converter for a trip to the Philippines. It worked like a champ! We charged our iPhones and other high-end devices with peace of mind. My wife used her flat iron with this just fine. I like that it has plug adapters for outlets around the world, so I know wherever we go we can use this. I recommend this to anyone doing international travel.” —David Aiken

Get it from Amazon for $41.99

7. Subtl Beauty Stack, so you can keep up to *eight* makeup products in one convenient stack. You can customize your picks and stack anything from blurring face powders to brilliant lip and cheek tints! And while it’s a great travel companion, you’ll prob find yourself using it on the day-to-day, too.

a stack of makeup essentials

a gif of a closeup of whats inside the stack

Promising review: “I absolutely love how compact this product is. I have been pleasantly surprised at how natural the makeup feels and I love the natural look it provides. I originally purchased for traveling, but have been using it daily and love it!” –Paula Bowie

Get the Starter Stack from Subtl Beauty for $60 (available in 19 tones), or customize your own stack starting at $12 per layer.

8. A Hackwith Design House shirt actually made to be worn six different ways. This fact alone makes it a great shirt to travel with. But you’re going to like the styles so much that I can pretty much guarantee you’ll wear it more than once during your trip.

a model wearing the black long-sleeved wrap top in three ways: off the shoulder, tied in the front with a square neck, and tied in the back with a V-neck in front

Hackwith Design House

Hackwith Design House is a woman-owned small business that creates made-to-order apparel. This shirt can be worn as a V-neck, off-the-shoulder, boatneck, V-back, and even open as a jacket. And the color is simple, which means it can be paired well with many different bottoms. 

BuzzFeed Shopping Editor Chelsea Stuart says: “I have this shirt and I *love* it. All credit for its discovery goes to TikToker @jennifer.bianca who I happened to stumble across on my FYP. It checks all my boxes: black, comfortable, versatile, and durable. My initial worry was that I wouldn’t feel secure in it (I have a 38DDD chest and most wrap tops/dresses I’ve tried haven’t stayed where they’re supposed to), but I haven’t had an issue with this! I’ve worn it tied in the front giving me a square neck (like the middle picture) and tied in the back giving me a V-neck up front (just like the photo on the right) — both were super comfortable, and I didn’t have to adjust myself at all. As someone whose weight fluctuates, I also appreciate that this piece can handle pounds gained and lost. The fabric is medium weight, so I’ll be wearing it season to season, and there’s just enough elasticity in the arms that if you roll up your sleeves, they won’t fall back down. All that is to say trust that I will be buying additional colors!”

Get it from Hackwith Design House for $125 (available in sizes XS–4X and in five colors). 

9. A strap you can attach to your luggage to hold your carry-on or other items that are too big or awkward to pack (i.e. coat, scarf, neck pillow). Then when you get to your destination you can continue using it to clip your coat or scarf to your bag in case you get cold. 

The black strap attaching a backpack to a suitcase

collage of pictures showing how the strap can be used to secure a lot of different travel items

Amazon

Promising review: “I love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. It made my airport walks so much easier. Now that I’m back home, I’ve been using it daily to attach my jacket or cardigan to my work bag or purse.” —Michele

Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in two colors).

10. A pair of shoe covers you can slip over your favorite sneakers to make them not only waterproof but also protect them from getting dirty. You won’t have to pack yet another pair of shoes that most definitely will not fit in your carry-on *and*  your favorite shoes won’t get ruined during the trip. 

reviewer wearing the white shoe covers over tennis shoes

reviewer showing how the shoe covers keep their white sneakers white

Promising review: “My husband and I were going to Alaska and we wanted to take boots with us. Long story short after packing everything, we found that our boots were weighing us down, and we took them out. Meanwhile, my husband came across these shoe covers while he was flipping through the Amazon pages, and we decided to order each of us a pair. These shoe covers were perfect! They are lightweight, come in a variety of colors, and easily slip over any style of shoe. They come in their own resealable pouch and tuck perfectly in our backpacks. We used them in the rain, in the snow, and in the mud. They easily rinse off and can be refolded to go back in their pouch. Best of all, they are affordable and look good too!” —Margaret A. Dreshman

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes and eight colors). 

11. reusable water bottle with a daily pill organizer on the side to keep you hydrated *and* on top of your medications no matter where you are.

reviewer showing the open pill box at the side of their water bottle

reviewer holding the pink water bottle

Promising review: “This water bottle has helped me so much with the convenience of taking my meds at night. I always forget or say I’ll do it later bc I have to grab a drink for the meds. So I have a daily alarm now and my meds and water are right at my bedside. No issues whatsoever. I love that I can stand the bottle or lay it down, it doesn’t spill or leak, and the top doubles as a cup. Worth every penny.” —Natalie Hayes

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five colors).

12. A 2-in-1 hair tool you can switch from a curling iron to a straightener with one push of a button. This means you only need to add one hair tool to your luggage, but you’ll have the option to curl or straighten your hair the whole trip (because it’s always a good thing to have options).

the curling iron and straightener

reviewer showing how straight their hair got using this tool

Promising review: “Don’t be fooled by the tiny price or size, this little baby is serious. If you are looking for a small travel option rather than lugging your big straightener and giant curling iron around the world, than I think you’ll love this. It performs really well, turning my frizzy wavy hair into a smooth and sleek style. The curling iron option also creates shiny, silky lasting curls! It’s easy to transition between both. I also like the grippy handle and the fact that the curling iron clip is a different color than the straightening bars because that helps me see how I should be maneuvering it around. The voltage goes up to 240m, so you are good using it internationally without a converter (but you will need an adapter just to fit it into various foreign outlets). At this price, definitely give it a try and flaunt your tresses abroad.” —Christine

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

13. A Hairbrella small enough to fold up and keep in your bag because you never know what the weather is going to do when you’re on vacation. One minute it’s sunny and the next it’s down pouring. The satin-lined hat will protect your hair against snow, humidity, wind, and also ensure it doesn’t frizz, so it will look nice when you show up to dinner. And you can just slip it in your bag when you get there!

Reviewer wearing black flexible cap with small plastic visor on their head

Model pouring water on another model's head while wearing the hairbrella, then taking it off to show hair perfectly styled and dried

Hairbrella is a Black-owned small business that has been creating fashionable hats that protect hair from all kinds of weather since 2016. 

Promising review: “I traveled to London last month with a raincoat that did not have a hood, and I wanted something that would protect my head/hair/blowout without lugging an umbrella. This definitely did the trick. Two of the three days were rainy (some quite heavy) and my hair stayed totally dry. It stows nicely, too. I’m still learning how to adjust it while it’s on my head (easier to adjust first and then put it on). Also, when I do have it tightened/pulled to the right place, the loop/slack from where I adjusted it sort of sticks out and gets in my peripheral vision. I wish the adjustment/clasp was on less prominent. But, all in all, this is perfect for anyone who wants to keep their blowout fresh in the rain.” —Miss Information

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in eight colors).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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