Planning a family vacation can be stressful enough, so we’ve rounded up the best travel accessories to make sure that flying doesn’t add to it. While many of us dread air travel — long security lines, no leg room, and the heart-dropping turbulence — you can make the experience as enjoyable as possible with a few affordable purchases.
Little treats, like hydrating face masks and luxurious pillows, can transform your experience and make you feel like you’re sitting in first class rather than economy. Now you can be one of those people who steps off the plane feeling (and looking!) like you’ve just left a spa.
Keep scrolling to shop FIRST‘s picks for the best travel accessories for summer so you can enjoy the journey.
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Best Travel Accessories For Long Flights
Where to buy: $15.99, Amazon
When you're finally ready to sit down and enjoy your inflight feature presentation, nothing is more annoying than digging through your purse to find your earbuds are in knots. Save yourself the frustration of detangling them with an earbud organizer, which neatly holds your headphones. This portable cord wrapper works with most standard size earbuds and won't take up much room in your already crowded travel purse. Plus, it comes in a variety of eye-catching colors so you're less likely to misplace it.
Best Travel Accessories For Europe
Reusable Ear Plugs
Where to buy: $17.99, Amazon
Get some much-needed shuteye the next time you fly with Softvox's ear plugs. They're smaller than foam ear plugs so they're less obtrusive and won't hurt your ears. The head is designed to be permeable so air can circulate within the ear canal and keep them dry. It's fine to wash and reuse them as they're made of a soft silicone, plus they come with a handy carrying case so you can use them anywhere.
Best European Travel Accessories
Where to buy: $9.98 (originally $14.99), Amazon
A sleep mask is another item that's critical for restful sleep on a plane. This luxurious eye cover is made of five layers of breathable fabric so you don't have to worry about overheating. Where traditional eye masks rest against the nose is a small piece of fabric that effectively blocks out light so you can sleep no matter the time of day. The smooth seams will never scratch or irritate your face, and the thick strap will secure the mask around your head.
Best Air Travel Accessories
Airplane Foot Rest
Where to buy: $9.99, Amazon
Sitting for extended periods of time, like when you're on a long-haul flight, can lead to swollen extremities as a result of blood pooling in the legs. This is totally normal, but it can cause some discomfort. One comfy solution is to bring a foot rest with you the next time you fly to wrap around your tray table. Just prop up your feet and get the blood circulating.
Best Travel Accessories Amazon
Where to buy: $29.97, Amazon
A neck pillow is a travel must-have — but they're not all created equal. One common problem is they don't stop your face from tipping forward, which can create some embarrassing situations if you're seated next to a stranger. The solution: BCOZZY's chin-supporting travel pillow. This cushy option props up your chin so you don't awkwardly lean forward as you sleep and wake up with a sore neck.
Best Travel Accessories For Women
Inflight Face Mask
Where to buy: $25, Amazon
If your skin goes berserk when you fly, you can spare yourself the dryness and breakouts with an in-flight sheet mask. This set from AYSWE comes with five masks (one for the flight there and back plus some extras) that are packed with hyaluronic acid essence, which is know to hydrate skin as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Best Travel Accessories For International Travel
Moisturizing Hand Cream
Where to buy: $12, Amazon
The low humidity levels in an airplane's cabin can cause dry skin, but you can fight back with a hydrating hand cream. We and thousands of other women love L'Occitane's hand cream, which is made with nourishing shea butter, coconut oil, and honey and almond extracts. Take that dry hands!
Best Travel Accessories On Amazon
Where to buy: $11.88 (originally $15.47), Amazon
Airplanes are crawling with germs, but you can minimize your risk of getting sick by wiping down your seat, tray table, window, you name it. Purell's wipes deliver the hand-sanitizing formula we all trust to kill germs and bacteria. This travel pack easily fits in your purse and is made without harsh chemicals that dry and irritate the skin.
The Best Travel Accessories
Where to buy: $15.99, Amazon
A travel-size bottle of dry shampoo will serve you well if you want to look semi-put together after a long flight. Batiste's dry shampoo formula is beloved for its ability to sop up grease and oils on the scalp and so second- and third-day hair looks fresh.