10 Travel Essentials Worth an Extra Bag

Packing is the worst part of travel. (Yes, even worse than those inevitable delays.) But with a few upgrades to your gear repertoire, you can turn your trek not just into something bearable—but something fun.

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BUBM Waterproof Travel Gear Organizer

It comes in five cool colors and will protect your precious electronics from any accidental in-suitcase spillages (let's face it: Who hasn't had one of those unfortunate events happen at least once throughout their travels?). Best of all, it helps you stay organized. No more wondering where that one absolutely essential USB cord went. ($15; amazon.com)

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id America LED Portable Charger

Sleek is always better than bulky. What's more, this stylish charger can double as a lamp. And it has magnets, which means it can easily be mounted on a fridge or a desk; in other words, it's extremely hard to lose. ($19; amazon.com)

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Altec Lansing Mini LifeJacket 3 Wireless Speaker

A portable speaker can make any boring trip that much more exciting; after all, few things are better than an impromptu dance party in your hotel room. It is completely waterproof and can take a lot of punishment, which is perfect for those times that impromptu dance parties get out of hand. And you can dance into the night: The battery lasts for 16 hours on a single charge. ($49; bestbuy.com)

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Malin + Goetz Travel Set

Taking care of your skin and hair is essential after a long journey, which is exactly why Malin + Goetz have invented this travel set that has all of your basics covered—from body moisturizer all the way up to facial cleanser. It's lightweight, it's compact, it smells delicious, and it's especially perfect if you're packing for a short but intense adventure. ($30; anthropologie.com)

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Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Air travel dries your skin out. Staying active dries your skin out even more—the skin of your hands especially so. Kiehl's tried-and-tested formula is a fantastic choice for the traveler who doesn't want to contend with the possibility of discomfort. ($15; kiehls.com)

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Tide To-Go Instant Stain Remover

No matter how smooth you are (you could be Bond himself), accidents happen. This is why leaving the house—let alone going on a journey—is simply inadvisable without a Tide To-Go liquid pen. It's practically a scientific fact that leaving this trusty pen behind is tempting fate. ($5; amazon.com

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AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

Whether you're dreading hotel breakfast coffee or are simply unable to trust anyone to make your coffee just as you like it, this gadget may just save your morning. And your afternoon. And whatever time of day you prefer to indulge in that perfect cup. ($30; amazon.com)

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L.L. Bean Sea to Summit Tek Towel

The colors are cool and there are three sizes to choose from, sure. But most importantly, this towel is fast-drying, so you don't have to fret about a soggy towel gathering mildew in your luggage. ($25; llbean.com)

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Samsonite Converter/Adapter Plug Kit & Pouch

If you're a jet-setter who simply has no time for figuring out just what kind of adapter you might need at any given place traveling takes you—from France to Fiji—this complete kit is for you. As far as bonus perks, it has replacement fuses, comes with a travel pouch, and actually looks pretty good. ($20; samsonite.com)

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The Carry On Cocktail Kit

You may have heard the old joke: "Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly—and they use too much vermouth." Well, how about letting plane passengers mix drinks? That one frankly sounds like fun, especially after hours of tedium thousands of feet up in the air. ($24; wandpdesign.com)

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