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14 Things You Need To Make Traveling Way Less Stressful

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a Brooklyn, NY-based editor and writer, with a focus on lifestyle and entertainment content. She has bylines on MSN, HelloGiggles, Business Insider, Romper, Redbook Magazine, and more. In her free time, she enjoys watching (and talking!) about television and fostering dogs through a local rescue.

There are few things better than going on a nice, long, well-deserved vacation.

After weeks (or months!) straight of working tirelessly to provide for your family, you can’t help but look forward to the opportunity to get away from your normal, everyday life for a change.

Whether you’re going on a trip to a new place or you’re heading to a familiar destination to visit friends or relatives, traveling can be so fun and rewarding — but it can also be stressful.

Particularly when it comes to air travel, there’s a bit of chaos and nervousness involved. Navigating through airports can be a pain, and being squeezed into a flying metal tube next to a sneezing seat neighbor isn’t exactly comfortable. But in the end, it’s all worth it when you reach your final destination.

That said, there are some ways to make the whole ordeal less of a headache. Check out our roundup of 14 essential accessories every intrepid traveler needs!

1. Anker Power Adapter, $30.99

1. Anker Power Adapter, $30.99

You’ll never stress about a low battery again with this portable charger. It has five USB ports, including two Quick Charge 3.0 ports.

Buy it at Best Buy for $30.99.

2. Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle, $24.95

2. Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle, $24.95

Having access to a water container on the go is essential, but traditional bottles can be bulky and hard to carry. Not so with this collapsible option, available in a variety of fun colors.

Buy it on Amazon for $24.95.

3. BUBM Large Electronics Accessories Carry-on Bag and Organizer, $18.99

3. BUBM Large Electronics Accessories Carry-on Bag and Organizer, $18.99

This durable and waterproof nylon organizer will keep all your electronics in one place and help you avoid the dreaded cluster of tangled cables.

Buy it on Newegg for $18.99.

4. High-Altitude Flight Bag, $77.99

4. High-Altitude Flight Bag, $77.99

Have quick and easy access to all your in-flight must-have items with this handy carry-on bag.

Buy it on eBags for $77.99.

5. Grand Trunk Hooded Neck Pillow, $39.99

5. Grand Trunk Hooded Neck Pillow, $39.99

This unique neck pillow helps you shut out your surroundings as you try to catch a few zzz’s in the midst of a hectic travel day.

Buy it at Brookstone for $39.99.

6. Garmin eTrex 20 Waterproof Handheld GPS Receiver, $165.99

6. Garmin eTrex 20 Waterproof Handheld GPS Receiver, $165.99

This one is a bit of a splurge, but it’s essential if you have a poor sense of direction. There’s nothing worse than getting hopelessly lost on a trip to a new and unfamiliar place!

Buy it at Walmart for $165.99.

7. Ultralight Packing Cubes, 5-Piece Set, $64.99

7. Ultralight Packing Cubes, 5-Piece Set, $64.99

It can be a huge headache to have to dig through your suitcase to find the shirt you’re sure you packed. Keep everything organized and in its proper place by using the cube packing method.

Buy it on eBags for $64.99.

8. RFID-Blocking Travel Ticket Organizer, $29.95

8. RFID-Blocking Travel Ticket Organizer, $29.95

This handy organizer keeps your passport, money, credit cards, and tickets all easily accessible and in one secure place, so you’ll never be scrambling for that lost boarding pass as the gate is about to close. It also blocks transmissions from RFID readers, which identity thieves use to access information from your IDs and credit cards.

Buy it at LL Bean for $29.95.

9. Tile Bluetooth Tracker 2-Pack, $59.99

9. Tile Bluetooth Tracker 2-Pack, $59.99

You can attach this durable, water-resistant tracker to just about anything, and it will help you locate your lost item within a 300-foot range — perfect for misplaced luggage or carry-ons!

Buy it at Target for $59.99.

10. Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag, Family Size, $49.95

10. Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag, Family Size, $49.95

This durable hanging toiletry bag will keep your entire family’s travel-sized bottles in one easy-to-access, well-organized place.

Buy it at LL Bean for $49.95.

11. Leak-Proof Silicone Travel Bottles, Set of 4, $19.95

11. Leak-Proof Silicone Travel Bottles, Set of 4, $19.95

These bottles are the biggest carry-on bottles allowed, and their leak-proof design will help you avoid the awful experience of opening your bag to find all your clothes covered in shampoo.

Buy it on Amazon for $19.95.

12. Joby Griptight One GorillaPod Stand, $24.99

12. Joby Griptight One GorillaPod Stand, $24.99

Get the perfect tourist-y shot every time (without annoying the people around you) with this flexible, lightweight camera tripod.

Buy it at Target for $24.99.

13. Trtl Travel Pillow, $29.99

13. Trtl Travel Pillow, $29.99

This looks a little weird, but it’s scientifically proven to hold your neck in a better, more supportive position than the typical U-shaped travel pillow.

Buy it at Trtl Travel for $29.99.

14. Marpac Dohm Elite White Noise Machine, $49.99

14. Marpac Dohm Elite White Noise Machine, $49.99

If you struggle to sleep in a place with new and unfamiliar sounds, this small, portable white noise machine will be a godsend.

Buy it at Bed Bath & Beyond for $49.99.

Psst: If you choose to purchase an item on this list, LittleThings may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.