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14 Items Under $25 That You Should Never Travel Without

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Who says essential items have to be expensive? When we’re traveling, it often seems the things we rely on the most come with the smallest price tags. This list of items you should never travel without for $25 or less is the perfect example. 

Royal Moist Wet Wipe Towelettes 

Royal Moist Wet Wipe Towelettes

If you’re traveling with kids, Royal Moist Wet Wipe Towelettes are a must. They’re great for wiping grimy hands and faces or cleaning off tabels. They’re also good for cleaning up after a drive-through meal or freshening up on the airplane without standing in line for the bathroom. Buy this 1,000 pack and toss them in your bags, glovebox, suitcase, and pockets so they’ll be there when you need them. 

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus 

“I want to iron my clothes when I travel,” said absolutely no one. But that doesn’t mean we want to walk around looking like crumpled messes, either. Luckily, there’s an easy alternative. Just spray your garment with a light mist of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, give it a couple of quick shakes, and your garment is crisp and presentable again. The travel-sized bottles are even small enough to fit in a purse or carry on. They’re a must for trips where you’ve brought at least one dressy outfit. 

EcoVessel Water Bottle 

EcoVessel TriMax Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Bottled water is expensive, especially at hotels and airports. Perhaps more importantly, more than a million plastic water bottles are purchased every minute around the globe and less than half of them are recycled. This is why it’s important to bring a reusable water bottle when you travel. The EcoVessel TriMax Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle is triple-layered with food-grade stainless steel and copper to keep drinks cold for 100 hours and hot for 20 hours. It’s also leak-free and sweat-free so you can throw it in a bag with electronics or other valuables without worrying about moisture damage. The design is smooth, sleek, and as stylish as it is practical. 

Singer 00279 Sewing Kit In Storage Box 

Singer 00279 Sewing Kit in Storage Box

There was a time when sewing kits were part of the standard hotel vanity package. Those days are over. Sure, there are a few places that still offer them, but they’re few and far between. If you lose a button, or worse, split a seam while you’re away from home, a small sewing kit like this is a lifesaver. The Singer 00279 Sewing Kit in Storage Box fits easily into a purse or carry-on bag and it comes with 20 small spools of different colored thread, needles, replacement buttons, miniature scissors, and more. 

STM Must Stash Organizational Bag 

STM Must Stash Organizational Bag

Digging around your bag for small items like phones, cords, chargers, pens, etc. is so frustrating. The easiest way to keep track of your most essential items is to round them up into one place. The STM Must Stash Organizational Bag measures 3.9”x7.9”x4.3” – it’s large enough to hold your goodies but small enough to fit inside purses, laptop bags, and backpacks. It’s sturdy, water-resistant, and lightweight. At last, you’ll be able to count on finding a pen when you need one. 

Green Goo Hand Sanitizer Gel 

2020 taught the world the importance of hand sanitizer. Green Goo Hand Sanitizer Gel contains 70 percent alcohol to kill germs and viruses, infused with nourishing botanicals like lavender and aloe vera. Use it to disinfect your hands after you’ve touched the security bins at the airport or before eating. The 2 ounce tubes fit easily into pockets and bags so you can bring them wherever you go. 

Portable Charger 

INIU portable charger

As much as we like to unplug when we’re on vacation, the truth is, our phones still come in handy. They’re great for directions, looking up information, and of course, taking photos to remember your trip. The INIU portable charger will charge your devices when you’re not near an outlet. It’s thin, lightweight and easy to carry. Most importantly, it’s fast. This handy device will charge virtually any brand of phone, tablet, smartwatches, and more and it features two USB ports so you can power up to two devices at the same time. 

Philips Dual Port Charger 

Phillips Dual Port Charger

No more arguments over outlets. The Philips Dual Port Charger will allow you to recharge portable chargers, phones, tablets, smartphones, and more, once you get back to an outlet at the end of the day. There are two ports, so no one needs to fight over who gets to charge their phone first. If you’ve purchased chargers in the past only to have them give out after a couple of months, you’ll be happy to learn that this one comes with a limited lifetime warranty. 

OFF! Botanicals Mosquito And Insect Repellent Towelettes 

OFF! Botanicals Towelettes

Nothing ruins a pleasant evening by the lake or a hike through the woods like a swarm of mosquitoes. OFF! Botanicals Mosquito And Insect Repellent Towelettes repel bugs without Deet so you can use them on small children and synthetic fabrics. Each towelette is individually-wrapped so they’re easy to stuff into your pockets or carry through airport security lines. Best of all, they allow you to enjoy the great outdoors without waking up to angry red bites the next day. 

PRICARE Mini First Aid Kit

PRICARE Mini First Aid Kit

Whether it’s something as simple as a scraped knee or something a bit more serious, you’ll always be grateful for the presence of a first aid kit when you need one. They come in handy anywhere, but they’re especially essential on active adventures like hiking and camping trips. The PRICARE Mini First Aid Kit is only 6.2” x 4.4” x 2.1” so it’s easy to carry. It’s durable, waterproof, and contains 95 pieces of bandages, burn gel, iodized pads, burn cream, tweezers, and more. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you were prepared. 

Forij Superfood Granola 

Fôrij Superfood Granola

No one ever regretted traveling with a snack but plenty of people have lamented traveling without one. Forij Superfood Granola is the perfect snack to bring on trips. It’s delicious by the handful and each serving has 5 grams of protein to keep you going. It’s full of healthy foods like oats, nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and mushroom extract to provide a nutrient-rich snack and stave off hunger in between meals. 

Table Topics To Go: Road Trip

Road Trip Table Topics To Go

It’s no secret that kids get bored on long car rides or waiting to board the plane at the airport. A game like Table Topics To Go: Road Trip keeps the whole family engaged, happy, and interacting. This travel-size card set consists of 40 cards with discussion ideas. Although it’s recommended for age 6 and up, the questions will spark lively conversation among children and adults alike. 

Nautica Auto-Open Umbrella 

Nautica Auto-Open Umbrellas

Sometimes it rains while you’re on vacation. It’s a sad but true fact. A little rain doesn’t have to spoil your fun, though, especially if you’ve got an umbrella on hand. This Nautica Auto-Open Umbrella 2-pack repels both wind and water. They’re compact enough for a bag, backpack, or glove box and open with a push of a button. Since they come in a set of two you can leave one in your carry-on to make sure you’ll always have one when you leave for a trip. 

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Wipes 

Tide to Go Wipes

Not everyone has access to a washing machine when they travel and hotel laundry services are notoriously expensive. Fortunately, If you’ve just spilled coffee on your shirt, there’s another option. Simply pack a few Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Wipes when you go on a trip or to a restaurant. The bleach-free formula works on most fabrics to instantly penetrate tough stains before they have a chance to set.

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