Looking for a way to combat the travel ennui? Check out these 9 underrated travel items!

Remembering to pack a neck pillow is easy, but have you thought about the odd and underrated items travelers should have to make your life easier?

If we’re being honest, traveling these days is hard enough. Between unruly passengers, inflation and rising costs, including amenities on an airplane, it’s the little things that can help you have a smoother experience. 

Treat yourself. Here’s a list of nine odd and underrated travel items every traveler should have. 

Leak Locks Toiletry Skins

Okay, time to leave the Ziplock bags to avoid leaks at home. You can also keep the plastic grocery store bags underneath the kitchen sink.

Try Leak Locks Toiletry Skins instead for leak-proofing travel containers. These are universal fit and reusable.  

Beach Towel Clips

Beach Towel Clips
Beach Towel Clips

Thanks to Okeycosy’s Beach Towel Clips, you are no longer losing your beach towel. The pool towel clip can be used at the beach, swimming pools and cruise ships. Use them to hang towels, wet swimsuits, blankets, or clothing you wash while traveling. 

MZOO Luxury Sleep Eye Masks

One annoying thing about traveling is sleep can be uncomfortable on the plane or your first few nights as you try adjusting to not sleeping in your own bed. 

That’s why investing a good sleep mask for your eyes is so worth it. One of our favorite underrated travel items is the MZOO Luxury Eye Mask for 100-percent light blocking if you need total darkness for sleep. They’re great for side sleeps as the mask has unique tilt ultra-fit sides to keep pressure off your temples. 

Travel Power Trip

Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip

Travel power strips are a game changer and a great travel solution if you can’t keep up with where you are charging things.  

It’s lightweight and packs easily in your carry-on or personal bags. The One Beat power strip comes with USB and USB C fast charge. It’s also great for cruises, as cruise lines require that cruise strips do not have surge protection.

Leatherman Skeletool

We can all probably remember when we needed a bottle opener, scissor or tweezers was needed when traveling. This is why the Leatherman Skeletool is such a life-saver.

This compact, 5 ounce product is a plier, knife, pocket clip, carabiner, blade and bottle opener rolled up into one. It’s a lightweight product, but tough enough for those heavy jobs.

Be sure to pack this in your check-on luggage, for obvious reasons.



No nightstand? No problem. This sturdy and easy-to-put-together shelf is a hidden gem for keeping your things organized. 

You don’t need any tools to install it. The BedShelfie can fit your headphones, mug, phone, and tablet, up to 15 pounds. 

Moon Valley Lotion Bar

Don’t sleep on solid lotion! It’s one less thing you have to think about when you go through security.

Moon Valley’s Lotion Bar is made with beeswax. It’s heat-activated, and it melts right into the skin to restore and soothe. 

The lotion bar isn’t just for dry skin. It’s also an anti-inflammatory that you can use for joints, aches or pain following a long flight or intense activity. 

Hoomtree Luggage Cup Holder

Unless you’re a magician and extremely careful, there will come a day when you spill your drink because you have too much in your hands. 

Take the pressure off and free your hands with Hoomtree Luggage Cup Holder. It fits right on your suitcase and can hold a cup, cards, phone, and essential travel documents such as your passport.

Sharpie S Gel Pens

Sharpie S-Gel Pens
Sharpie S-Gel Pens

While not an odd item, pens are a necessity. Don’t count on your airline or fellow passengers to have a pen to sign custom documents. 

If you remember to pack a passport, you can remember to pack a pen or two. Make sure it’s a good pen, like these Sharpie S Gel Pens.