If you’ve ever been stressed out during your family vacation, business trip or weekend getaway, you’d be in the majority. There are so many unexpected problems, annoyances and opportunities to account for – even if you’ve checked your packing list twice!
When you’re getting ready for your next trip, consider breaking out your items into categories, like Fun, Safety or Comfort. Think about what you’ll need to feel comfortable in a new environment, or what items take up too much space to bring. Paint a mental picture of what your ideal vacation looks like – it’ll be much easier to plan.
If you’re having trouble knowing what to look for, we’ve made a list below to help you out. We’ve included the best Amazon products for busy adults, families and pet owners who love to travel. You’ll find items like handheld espresso machines, waterproof speakers and surprisingly useful 2-in-1 products!
We hope you find these products as awesome as we do. Just an FYI: We are a participant in the Amazon affiliate program and we may have additional affiliate relationships with some of the products featured here – as such, our company may receive a share of sales from links on this page. Prices on Amazon fluctuate so anything mentioned below might change as soon as we publish it!
Cancel annoying people and sounds with these headphones
Travel doesn’t have to be hectic; it can be quiet and relaxing with the right accessories. These noise cancelling headphones will keep your world quiet and calm so you can sleep, relax or focus.
Fresh espresso anytime, anywhere? Yes please!
I got this for my dad for backpacking and he LOVES it. All you need is hot water and espresso grounds, since it’s a manually operated device.
Every home base needs one of these charging stations
No more swapping out cables for 30% charge a piece with this device – now you can charge everything 100% overnight, the way it should be.
Never settle for spotty WiFi again with this travel router
Troubleshooting the hotel WiFi is always a draining experience, especially if you’re trying to stream something or video chat. This device allows you to make WiFi out of Ethernet connections, set up your own private hotspot or fill in dead zones. Perfection.
This fanny pack is hiding a few tricks up its sleeve
With its water-resistant fabric, anti-theft pockets and added headphone jack, this fanny pack is prepared for anything – much like the group mom or dad who will likely be wearing it! (You know who you are.)
Keep the chill away with this sleeping bag
My dad got me one of these for camping, but I ended up using it for almost every other overnight occasion before I actually took it camping. I use it as a comforter during the winter for a little extra warmth, and it’s great for impromptu sleepovers!
It’s 2022! Ditch plastic bottles and invest in one of these stainless steel canteens
There’s really no reason to keep using those tiny, flimsy water bottles from the store when you could upgrade to one of these 40 oz. canteens. Stainless steel water bottles insulate from the cold/heat better and you can even throw them in the dishwasher!
Never be embarrassed of your messy trunk again
There are two kinds of people: people with spotless, empty cars and people who clean their cars once every five years. If you fall into the latter category, you should really buy one of these.
Long road trips will pass quickly with this multipurpose travel tray
I had one like this as a kid, and I used it every trip. They’re especially useful for playing video games or watching movies on long road trips – no more laptop burn! And if the kids need a snack on the go, this is the perfect place for it.
Soothe migraines with this aromatherapy heating pad
Tense days at the airport, vacation hangovers and long drives can leave you with a nasty headache. Tell your crew you need a little me time and slip into one of these for some extra relaxation.
I’ve Saved So Much Money And Time With This Nail Glue
I’m too busy to make an appointment at the nail salon and I can’t paint my own nails to save my life. So, I started using press-on nails and this nail glue works great! It’s easy to apply and is compact so I can take it everywhere with me. I also like their updated formula that is especially good for treating broken nails. The best part is they use healthy ingredients like Ethyl Cyanoacrylate.
Turn your favorite moments into instant souvenirs with this Fujifilm camera
This camera will be a hit at parties and on road trips! There’s no editing Polaroid shots, so you can just enjoy being your silly self and making fun memories together.
A fun way to light up your RV, Volkswagen or campsite!
These will look great in pictures and keep you from tripping in the dark.
Pack light with these collapsible dog bowls
These bowls are great for taking your pups anywhere! You won’t have to worry about taking bulky, heavy steel bowls with you everywhere you go – just hook these to your day pack and enjoy yourself.
A waterproof car seat cover to keep your upholstery fresh
The more time you spend romping around outdoors, the more you need this car seat cover. You may not mind the smell or the mud, but your date might.
This packable towel belongs in your trunk
This lightweight, packable beach towel is a day trip essential. Use it for beach yoga, pool time or picnics.
Keep cool with the cutest handheld fan
How cute is this fan? The case even looks like a little pink bear! This 3-in-1 fan is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, perfect for taking on the plane or on a hike.
Prevent messy makeup or sunscreen spills with this water-resistant cosmetic bag
Your makeup wasn’t made to endure the hot Hawaiian rain. Grab one of these cute water-resistant bags to keep your favorites clean and dry.
Barbecue from anywhere with this camping stove
I have one of these and I love it! I live in an apartment complex and this gas stove is perfect for grilling in my tiny backyard. It’s portable and works with small propane tanks, ideal for use on the go.
Light your way, hands-free, with this headlamp
Explore caves, hike after dark, or search for your son’s lost phone in the car at night with this.
Hit the trail with confidence with these trekking poles
You never know when you might need an extra hand. These trekking poles are great for backpacking trips, rugged trails and anyone who might need a good poke (Grandpa’s been waiting for his moment).
Don’t forget to pack a pillow for the road!
Motel pillows are the worst, but you don’t want to lose your nice chiropractic pillow. Buy a couple of these for travel and you’ll never wake up with a sore neck again.
Soothe scrapes, bites and bruises with this ice pack
Ice packs are one of those things you’ll need throughout your life. From the time you were a clumsy toddler to an adult with crunchy knees, gravity will always be one step ahead.
The perfect lightweight, collapsible cooler for families on the go
Hot, squashed snacks are out, ice cold drinks are in! This leak-proof cooler can keep ice from melting for up to 12 hours in 77 degree weather, which is pretty impressive. Summertime excursions can be exhausting, but you’ll be the hero of the day with one of these at your side.
Set up an awesome vacation vibe with this waterproof Bluetooth speaker
You’ll have to be creative to get this speaker away from your siblings, but you have the advantage because you’re the youngest. Because it’s waterproof, you can enjoy music in the shower, at the beach or even in the pool!
Gamers: Protect your Nintendo Switch with this hard shell case
You spent hundreds of dollars on a Switch for yourself (or your kids) in 2020. Keep it safe in between uses with this case.
This 2-in-1 mini lantern flashlight is a must-have for campers
If you’re a seasoned camper, you know less is more when it comes to packing and unpacking everything. This 2-in-1 flashlight is a great space-saving option for your next trip.
Take this pocket hairbrush anywhere
I had one of these when I was a kid and I regret not replacing it when it finally broke – it was SUCH a lifesaver! Invest in one of these babies before your next music festival, flight or day trip.
Sunscreen, but better
Did you know you can buy sunscreen that doesn’t smell like sunscreen? Shocking, I know. Sun Bum lotions apparently smell like coconut water, banana or ginseng – yum!
I’m all about this all-in-one hairbrush dryer!
Finally, this tool gives me a way to curl-dry your bangs with one hand.
Smoke your favorite veggies and meat at the campsite
Smokers are usually HUGE – no way you could ever take one on a trip. This little stove-top smoker is perfect for single portions; you can use it over a fire or a stove, no problem.
Contain the backseat disaster with this spill-proof car trash can
I’m guilty of having a super messy car, but even I have one of these. Even if you fail to use it, you can shove everything into it last-minute before giving rides and pretend you have your life together.
Let your kids explore the world with these binoculars
This one is for the excitable kids who always scare off the deer and bunnies by accident. Come to think of it, parents may need a pair of these too…
Break the ice with these clever road trip games
This may not look like much, but after a week of spotty cell service, everyone will be more than ready to get creative on the next drive. Also a great find for people who are ready to unplug or get to know new people!
Leave pet hair at home with this mini lint roller
You’ve got your business best on and you’re ready for whatever comes your way. You’ve spent too long preparing for this opportunity to let a stray piece of carpet or paper distract anyone from your speech. Carry this with you to avoid any little linty disasters.
Keep it secret, keep it safe…
I’ve never had a problem with anyone trying to steal my passport or boarding pass, but this case is classy as heck. Her confidence and sense of style inspires me.
This essential oil bracelet will diffuse the tension in your life
This is a great accessory for anyone who finds travel or crowds to be overstimulating. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to this arm band and send frayed nerves packing.