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.
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.
(Photo: Toothpaste 2 Go)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
(Photo: Eagle Creek)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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