10 Items Under $15 That You Should Always Remember to Pack

Our Backpack

Our Backpack

Before you head out on your next adventure, you'll want to stock your suitcase with these small, inexpensive accessories that can have a big impact on how much you enjoy your trip.

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Flexible Tripod

Joby GorillaPod Mini

Asking a stranger to take a photo of you and your traveling companions rarely results in a print-worthy picture. If you want to be in total control of how your vacation photos are framed, focused, and exposed, grab a flexible smartphone tripod like this GorillaPod from Joby, which can wrap around railings, hang from tree branches, and contort every which way to line up a picture exactly how you want it.

Smartphone Kickstand

Spigen Smartphone Kickstand

If you ever watch movies or TV shows on your phone while on a plane, Spigen's stick-on magnetic kickstand is a great way to prop it up on your tray table. Sure, a phone stand built into the back of every seat would be preferable, but this still beats holding your phone in your hand for the duration of a movie.

Nite Ize Gear Ties

Nite Ize Reusable Twist Ties

While I prefer keeping all of my cables in a Grid-It organizer, Nite Ize's reusable twist ties can keep your cords organized and untangled if you toss them into a pocket of your bag. Plus, you can wrap them around the end of the cable at your hotel to make them less likely to fall behind your nightstand.

Shout Wipes

Shout Wipes
Shout Wipes

Spills and stains are inevitable, but you probably won't have easy access to a washing machine while you're away from home. Shout Wipes are easy to toss into your suitcase, personal item, or day bag, and unlike the more ubiquitous Tide Pens, won't release an uncontrollable flood of detergent on a tiny, easily treatable stain.

Tongue Cleaner

Dr. Tung's Tongue Cleaner

Most bad breath is caused not by dirty teeth, but by bacteria on your tongue. Tongue cleaners like this one will hardly take up any room in your toiletry bag, and a few quick scrapes before you leave your hotel room will do wonders for your breath.

Water Resistant Phone Bags

Mpow Smartphone Dry Bags

These smartphone dry bags are so small, I think it's worth keeping them in your suitcase at all times, so you don't forget to pack them when you're headed to the beach. True, most phones these days are water resistant, but I still throw my phone in one of these bags any time I head to the coast to keep my scratch-prone screen protected from sand.

Melatonin Supplements

Amazon Elements Melatonin Capsules

Your body produces melatonin naturally to help you get to sleep, but if you're trying to doze off in a plane, get to sleep in an unfamiliar hotel room, or need help adjusting to a new time zone, a supplement tablet can really help. They cost less than $.05 per capsule, and I keep a small handful in an old contact lens container inside my toiletry bag, so I'm sure to never travel without them.

Portable Luggage Scale

Dr. Meter Luggage Scale

Balancing your suitcase on a bathroom scale before heading to the airport is just asking for an inaccurate measurement, and even if you're under the weight limit on your way to your destination, you might not be on the way back after you've added all of your souvenirs. This scale is small enough to toss into your suitcase, and its hanging design is better suited to measuring a weighing suitcase than a floor scale.

Car Charger

Anker Dual USB Car Charger

If you ever rent a car while you travel, it's worth tossing a spare USB car charger in your bag. Not only does this one include an extra port so your passenger can charge their phone at the same time, it'll also charge your phone much more quickly than most cars' built-in USB ports.

Shoe Bag

Eagle Creek Pack-It Shoe Sac 

Even if your shoes are spotless when you pack them, there's a good chance they'll get dirty during your trip, and you won't want them loose in your suitcase. This shoe sack from Eagle Creek can fit a full sized pair of shoes or two pairs of sandals, and can double as a wet clothes bag if your swimwear doesn't dry out before you have to head to the airport.

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