Traveling this holiday season?
Most of us will travel during the holidays, whether that's a drive across town or a plane across the country. Even the shortest trip requires a bit of planning to account for anything you need to bring along with you.
Instead of waiting until the last moments before departure, you can buy your travel essentials ahead of time to save yourself some money, not to mention a good deal of stress.
We're already seeing a lot of great deals on our favorite winter travel must-haves. Here are some you should take advantage of now so you're well prepared for any trips in the coming months.
Anyone who travels needs something to put their belongings in, and nothing protects and organizes your items better than a nice set of hard-sided luggage.
This is one of our favorites, with features like built-in TSA-approved locks, easy-to-maneuver spinner wheels, pockets to separate smaller items and shoes from clothing, a nice range of color options, and the three most useful bag sizes all in one set. Several colors are discounted up to 42% off, so it's time to buy if you don't already own a good luggage set.
If you're looking for something trendier, we highly recommend the Away line of luggage. This brand is newer than Samsonite, but we expect them to be around for awhile. After testing several different sizes, we've found them to be one of the easiest bags to navigate through an airport -- regardless of how jam-packed it is. We also love that the products are guaranteed for life.
We do recommend personalizing your Away luggage (with a sticker or something similar) so you can tell yours apart from others.
Even when it's not flu season, travel exposes you to all sorts of germs that can lead to illness. From airplanes full of coughing passengers to hotel rooms with questionable cleaning practices, having some disinfecting wipes on hand can be very handy.
We recommend wiping down surfaces like arm rests, light switches, remote controls, and anything else that might not be so sanitary. This three-pack is a great deal and lets you have one for your bag, in your car, or anywhere else you want a quick, easy way to clean up.
Nothing is cozier than wrapping yourself up in a soft, warm blanket on a chilly day. Stay snug as a bug during a long car ride with this heated blanket that is powered by plugging it into your vehicle's 12V outlet. It's especially worth the value right now while it's half off.
No matter how expert of a packer you are, clothing is likely to get wrinkled in your suitcase or duffle bag. You definitely don't want to do a full ironing job with the old steam iron at your hotel, so a tiny clothes steamer can come in handy and works quickly and easily on most fabrics. This top-rated steamer is on sale, plus you can apply an extra 5% with a coupon at checkout.
Is your best furry friend coming along on your holiday travels? Don't forget that they need their own travel bag, too. This one has room for all your pet's essentials, from food and water to toys and treats. Save up to 44% on this handy bag, which comes in four colors.
Even if you're supposed to have a power source built into your airplane seat or you plan to head out with your devices fully charged, things rarely stay powered as planned. Between weak signals and constant use while traveling, you'll want a small portable charger to keep your phones, tablets, and other essentials powered up.
Even if you plan well, your travel companions may not, and you can earn some good karma by letting them use this lipstick-sized charger.
Who is going to housesit while you're away? If you don't have someone checking in, a Ring security system gives you peace of mind and can even help in an emergency.
Not only can you check on your home from the app, if something goes awry (like your smoke detectors deploy or someone breaks in), the Ring system can actually call for help. It's marked down $60, so get this five-piece security system and protect your home with ease.
If you don't want to use that 80s-era steam iron in your hotel closet, you probably won't be impressed by the tiny wall-mounted hair dryer, either. Plus, you want to look your best around family members and childhood pals.
This hair styling kit includes every tool you need to tame your tresses into their best styles. This set is worth $400, but you can get it now for $179.
If you want to bring your favorite liquid-based cosmetics like hair conditioner and face cream along but don't want to end up with said products leaked all over your clothing or tossed out by a TSA agent for being over the maximum allowance, this four-pack of leak-proof 3-ounce travel bottles is a steal at $12.99. It's sure to make your life easier when you pack.
Why lug a few heavy, bulky books along when you can carry hundreds on one slim, lightweight e-reader? Our favorite is the Kindle Oasis, and right now it's discounted 20%. This device stores thousands of books, lasts weeks on one full battery charge, and it's even waterproof.
Not a reader? Most airlines offer free in-flight entertainment even if you're flying the most basic economy -- but you need an app for that.
Bring along a tablet so movies, TV, and games will be at the ready for when you need to pass the time. The top-rated iPad is marked down $100 -- a great deal on a powerful device.
Sure, you can use the freebies at your hotel or tap into the bottle in the shower at your host's place, but this set of premium products will have you feeling more refreshed and pampered -- and it's a great value for four ample-sized bottles of skincare essentials.
Why spend a lot more for a lesser-quality travel pillow at the airport? The Aers travel pillow if one of our all-around favorites for its comfort, durable construction, and handy size. Get one now for only $24.90.
Plastic is out, reusable bottles are in. Most airports have filling stations of filtered water once you get through security, so bring along a water bottle like this one by Simple Modern, which retains the drink's original temperature well after your flight.
It's handy to throw in your bag (empty, of course) and fill with water or whatever drink you buy post-security.
Keep your tired feet comfortable with a soft pair of slippers that you can take anywhere. We love all the fun patterns and the fact that they come with their own travel pouch. Having these Snoozies slippers along will make any flight or hotel stay cozier.
A great set of headphones is a must when traveling. And despite these being wireless, you can still use them in the air. We love AirPods for numerous reasons, from their super compact size and low-profile design to their great sound.
The price is steep, but they're versatile and will likely become a daily accessory for you, so we think they're worth the investment. Right now, the latest generation model is on sale for 15% off, so it's a great time to buy.
You're going to want to sip a warm beverage during the holiday season, and there's no better way than in a well-insulated mug that you can bring with you anywhere, from the shopping mall to a walk in the woods. Plus, $24.99 is one of the lowest prices we've even seen on this top-selling product.
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