Useful Travel Gadgets for Under $20

Caroline Morse, December 10, 2014
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    These useful and inexpensive travel products help solve many of the most inconvenient aspects of traveling. Coming in at $20 or less, they're also a good investment toward a smooth trip.

    Editor's Note: The prices shown here are accurate at the time of publication but are subject to change.

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    Victorinox Jetsetter Pocket Tool

    Swiss Army knives are awesome—unless you're flying somewhere. That's why we love the Victorinox Jetsetter, which contains a magnetic screwdriver tip, a bottle opener, small scissors, a key ring, tweezers, and a toothpick—but no blades to bother the TSA.

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    Toothpaste 2 Go

    We hate spending money on travel-sized toothpaste every time we travel: It's overpriced and we always wind up with half-used tubes lying around afterward. (Why do we save them?) The solution: The $10 Toothpaste 2 Go system. It contains a travel-sized refillable tube and an adapter; just extract your regular toothpaste into the TSA-friendly tube and go.

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    Gopromate Monopod Selfie Stick

    Up your selfie game with the Gopromate Monopod ($4.19), a self-portrait stick that adjusts to fit most smartphones. The stick extends to take pictures from far away and retracts for easy travel.

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    RAVPower Ultra-Compact Portable Charger

    Never be caught with a dead phone or tablet again. The RAVPower Ultra-Compact Portable Charger ($14.99) can add more than a full charge to most smartphones, and it's about the size of a tube of lipstick. (Don't worry, guys—it comes in lots of colors, including black, and doesn't look like makeup at all.)

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    Nite Ise QuikStand Mobile Device Stand

    Tired of holding up your smartphone or e-reader while you view it? The Nite Ize QuikStand ($9.99) supports your mobile device, hands-free. It easily adjusts to your desired angle and then folds up to the size of a credit card for maximum portability.

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    OGIO Doppler Toiletry Bag

    Keep your toiletries organized and off the wet hotel sink with the OGIO Doppler Toiletry Bag ($18.02). It has a swivel hook that can hang onto pretty much anything, plus multiple compartments to keep everything separated.

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    Nalgene Travel Bottle Kit

    Nalgene water bottles have a devoted following, and their travel products get equally rave reviews. The Nalgene Travel Bottle Kit ($8.25) includes four bottles and two jars, all three ounces or less, that fit into one quart-sized bag for easy TSA inspection.

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    MAXAH Travel Universal Pug Adapter

    Not only does the MAXAH travel adapter ($6.69) have the ability to change your plug for every outlet in the world, it also acts as a surge protector to keep your electronics safe (and your kids safe—there's a child-protection safety shutter built in).

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    Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression Sac Set

    If there's a better way to stuff your suitcase, we haven't found it. Eagle Creek's Pack-It sacs ($16) compress your clothes and keep them organized, even in the smallest of carry-ons. This set includes a medium- and large-sized bag.

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    Downy Wrinkle Releaser

    Who has time to iron on the road? Instead, bring a travel-sized bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser ($5.72). Just spray your wrinkled items and then hang them up, and you'll be looking presentable in no time.

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    This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title 10 Surprisingly Useful Travel Gadgets for Under $20. Follow Caroline Morse on Google+ or email her at

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