10 Useful Travel Items Under $10
If you’re like me, having solid travel items that are both very useful and budget friendly are a necessity. That way, you can focus your energy on the experiences you’re having instead of on the things you wish you had to make the trip easier but forgot in the midst of all the crazy trip planning.
Well, here’s a list of 10 useful travel items under $10 that I like to always have on me while traveling abroad. I even use some of these at home everyday or venturing around the city.
They’re also my choice of gifts for others so I know you’ll find them helpful too!
This little carabiner doesn’t look like much, but it’s been extremely handy in a lot of situations to make my hands more free for other things like taking photos with my camera or eating a yummy but messy sandwich.
Use the carabiner to hook anything you can think of to your bag: a water bottle, another bag, your jacket, or any loose item. Also use the carabiner to keep two zippers together, fix a broken strap on a packet, or hook your purse to your backpack on the inside so it doesn’t fall out.
The possibilities are endless. You’ll never you needed a carabiner so bad until you have one and realize how handy it is. The best part about them is that they don’t take up any space!
Less than $10 on Amazon
Reusable Water Bottle
Having a reusable water bottle is about the best thing to have at an airport to save money. I fill my water bottle up at home, drink the whole thing on the way to the airport, then refill it as soon as I get through security. This way I don’t have to pay for a $5 bottle of water at the airport or need to keep pestering the flight attendants for a refill on my tiny cup of water.
Also, if you’re in a city where you know the water is good to drink, then you can save money by filling up your water in the sink before you journey out for the day.
Get this aluminum one because it’s BPA, BPB, and Phthalate free and is easier to clean when doing outdoor activities (as opposed to plastic ones).
As a bonus, this one comes with a carabiner (travel item #1 above) so it’s easy to hook onto your bag!
Foldable, Reusable Bag
A foldable, reusable bag is something I always have on me when traveling. There’s so many uses for it and not just for shopping.
The bag folds up into the size of your palm, which makes it easy to carry, and surprise, it has that beloved carabiner (travel item #1 above) so that you can easily attach it to a bag.
Ever stuff your carry-on as much as possible to meet the 1+1 or even 1 bag only requirement? Then do you get onto the plane and get flustered with sorting out what you need for your flight, and what can go in the overhead compartment? Yah I’ve been there. This is where I pull out my reusable bag.
At my seat, I take out the stuff I need for the flight into the reusable bag, then put the bag I don’t need in the overhead compartment. That’s how I work around the 1+1 or 1 bag requirement.
Or have you ever flown from a warm climate to a cold climate and carried a sweater, jacket, and your travel pillow through the airport? Put it into your reusable bag, then when you get on the plane, take your stuff out of the bag, and pack the bag away.
Of course, you can use keep this foldable bag in your small purse or even pocket, and pull it out for an impromptu shopping bag, especially in countries that charge for plastic bags.
Dual Port Travel Charger
Having a travel charger with at least two ports on it is very useful for travel because you only need to carry one charger instead of two. You can charge both your phone and camera or other device at the same time!
This especially comes in handy in Airbnbs or odd hotels with only one outlet in the room. Even better, you can make a friend at an airport who needs to charge something too but can’t find another outlet.
If you want one with two ports for a road trip, there’s a car travel charger for that too.
Universal Surge Protecting Adapter
It’d be nice if all the outlets in the world were the same, but since it’s not, we need to rely on adapters. Instead of getting multiple adapters for different countries, get this universal adapter that covers more than 150 countries AND includes a surge protector.
also featured on my post about using hair appliances broad
Luggage weight restrictions can put a major damp on your trip especially if the airplane employee is being stingy and making you pay an extra $50-100USD for an overweight bag! Then there’s also the hassle of unpacking your beautiful once-in-a-lifetime best packing job ever in the middle of a crowded backpack to rearrange your stuff from one bag to another.
Save all that hassle with this handy luggage scale that you can use to weigh your bag before you even get to the airport. This little scale can save you lots of moola in the future!
Reusable Travel Bottles
Only spending a $1 on a one-time use shampoo or body wash sounds like an awesome deal ’cause well, it’s only $1, but truthfully, for the amount of product you get, those travel size items are a rip-off! Plus, the extra plastic wasted on a one-time use item isn’t so great for the planet, and since you love traveling, I know you love the earth too.
Get these reusable travel bottles that you can put the products you use everyday in– you know, those nice natural shampoos and conditioners just for color treated hair that they don’t have in the travel aisle.
I love this set because they have a hand pump, spray, containers for makeup, and little funnels too!
When you arrive to Paris or New York, don’t you want to look somewhat chic, or at least, not look like you’re living out of a suitcase? Well, this little de-wrinkling and odor removing spray is perfect for making your clothes look fresh.
The best way to use this is by putting your shirt on a hanger, and spray the product on while you pull the shirt taut. Then let it hang overnight, but if you don’t have time for an overnight hang, then a couple of hours will suffice ’cause it’ll keep de-wrinkling as you wear it!
Alternative: If you have the money and the space, I absolutely love this travel size steamer. I actually use it everyday ’cause it beats any regular size steamer I’ve used. I’ve tried the cheaper brands, and at two times the price of cheaper ones, this one is the best. If you buy it with the converter + adapter kit (great for countries with 220V outlets), then it costs more but is a steal for something you’ll use everyday.
Organizing all the small things you need everyday is key, especially when you want to make sure all your attention is on being out as much as possible, not in the bathroom getting ready.
This toiletry bag is great because it’s compact, sturdy enough to sit on a counter, and has a hangar to hold it up on a doorknob or hook in the bathroom for easy.
Compression bags aren’t something I always travel with, but they’re handy in two settings: when I absolutely need to keep everything to a one bag minimum but can’t compromise some of my clothing, or when I know that I’m going to be shopping a lot abroad because the country I’m going to has amazing prices on commercial goods.
Do you have any useful items under $10 that you travel with religiously? Please share with me what you consider an inexpensive but useful must-have!
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