It’s Thanksgiving week, and many of you are packing up to fly for the holiday. Whether you’re putting the globe on a plane or keeping things low-key with a staycation, I’ve found some practical and fun travel-related buys on Amazon that fit budgets under $50. To make sure they are worth your money, I tested each product to make sure they are actually useful and live up to their claims. Watch me demo them all in the video on this page.
You must take some pictures while traveling. It comes with an ultra wide angle and a macro lens that mounts in the same mount. It’s perfect for single-lens phones if you’re not ready to spend the big bucks just to upgrade to more cameras. You can use it with Apple or Android phones with more than one camera, just place it on top of the wide main camera.
And it comes with a clip-on LED light, lanyard and polishing cloth ? Charm! I can’t believe this is only $40.
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What is a holiday without music? This is a compact 6.2 ounce Bluetooth speaker that you absolutely need to find space in your bag because it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It’s only $18 and the sound is impressive with well-rounded bass. Bonus points: the volume gets loud enough to fill a small room with music.
But it doesn’t stop there! It also acts as a remote shutter for your camera. It can act as a speakerphone from your Windows PC when connected via USB.
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You may need a portable charger for your phone. But you also have an Apple Watch. There is no need to take multiple cords and chargers because the iWalk Apple Watch and phone charger are equipped with a dual indicator. Your watch snaps magnetically to the charging pad, and there’s a built-in Lightning cable as well as an extra port for a second Lightning input on the side.
With a capacity of 9000 mAh, it is enough to charge your watch several times or charge your phone 2-3 times depending on the model. But never fear if you also need to charge your Android or USB-C device because it also has a USB-C port in and out on the side. There’s also a version that doesn’t have an Apple Watch charger on it for $29.
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This looks like a simple piece of cardboard, but it folds into various configurations to hold a phone or tablet. Perfect for the tray table on the plane, in the back of the seat in front of you or just relaxing and watching a movie in bed.
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Of course you need a bag to store all of these tools, so why this one from Matein? It’s designed for your technology first and foremost with a built-in USB port on the side that leads to a USB-A cable inside. So you can plug a portable power bank inside to keep your phone and other gadgets charged on the outside.
It has plenty of padding, especially for your laptop; It can easily fit 15 inch. There’s also a secret back pocket so thieves can’t get to it when you’re wearing it on your back, as well as a luggage strap to secure it to a handbag. It also seems a lot more expensive at over $30.
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Whether you are traveling alone or enjoy the peace of mind of sleeping in a different location, this travel door alarm is the perfect personal safety tool. Stick the metal prongs in the door while the door is closed so if someone tries to get in, the prongs disengage and hopefully deter a potential thief with a 90dB alarm. It also has a light to keep your tabs on and costs just $10.
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Why bother with packing cubes when you have a vacuum pump to do the work? If you’re familiar with space bags, it’s the same concept except you get a set of four bags (two medium, two small) plus a powered pump to help compress everything. Now all you need are the clothes, shoes, or things you usually sit on your suitcase to zip.
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When you travel away from home, you’ll likely agree that this creature comfort is one of the amenities you miss most. If you were addicted to toilets during the massive toilet paper shortage of 2020, this is a portable bidet that you can take on the go. At $32, it’s powered by two AAA batteries included, with two levels of intensity for maximum flexibility.
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Outlets can be scarce while you’re traveling, so it’s important to make the most of what you have. The USB Travel Strip allows you to use every port to charge your devices to the fullest. For just $12, you can charge your phone, laptop, and camera all at once.
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