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Vacation season is coming, and we could not be more ready. Whether your travels will take you to warm, sandy beaches, boating on a lake, hiking in the mountains, or shopping on Rodeo Drive, you're going to need most of the same travel essentials to thrive during your vacation (or vacations, plural, if you're bougie).
We sifted through our favorite flying and travel essentials, as well as through Amazon, to find some great deals for you ahead of vacation time. And while you can — and should — get yourself stocked up now, many of these items also make for amazing presents for the loved one who never quite knows what to pack.
So if you and/or your favorite traveler are gearing up for an exciting trip in the coming months, scroll below to save some coin on everything from hand sanitizer to new AirPods to a hanging footrest that makes cramped flights a little more bearable.
For anyone heading to wedding or a major event, this portable steamer is a must-have. We've previously rated it one of the best clothes steamers because of how easy it is to use. Now, you can get it for nearly 20% off, meaning for just $30 you can have peace of mind knowing that your formal attire will look sharp on the day — no matter how far you've traveled.
AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
If there is one travel essential we truly can't be without, it's a good pair of earbuds. And these AirPods Pro are one of our favorites.
Right now, you can get them — and all of their high-quality sound and noise-canceling goodness — for 20% off on Amazon. And with as much as 6 hours of juice at a time, these earbuds might help make a long journey that much more tolerable.
This backpack will woo any tech-heavy traveler with its 13 pockets and, our favorite feature, a USB charging port, which allows you to never have to wonder if the spotty ports at the airport might actually work this time.
This backpack comes in six colors and prints, but the black and gray options are the only ones currently on sale. At 45% off, the gray backpack in the 15.6-inch option is the lowest price it's ever been.
The traveler who has fallen down the #traveltok rabbit hole has probably seen some airplane footrests floating around. But what makes this one particularly unique is that it has one slot for each foot. And better yet, this memory foam footrest is 12% off right now.
Apple AirTag Secure Holder
With over 19,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this Apple AirTag case with a key ring makes it even easier to keep track of your most important travel essentials.
Right now, you can get a pack of two in black or blue for 15 to 25% off. Though, you can also get just one AirTag holder, if you prefer, in white, blue, pink, or black for 10 to 23% off.
Packing Cubes Set
Available in 13 colors and patterns, all but one are currently 15% to 39% off on Amazon right now. If you and/or your favorite traveler haven't delved into the world of packing cubes yet, start here.
This eight-piece set, which our beauty editor loves, makes organizing any suitcase so much easier with different-sized cubes that can help you find your toiletries, favorite jeans, underwear, and both pieces of your pajama set without practically excavating your luggage.
For those who prefer headphones to earbuds when traveling, these are the ones to go for — especially while they're up to 52% off on Amazon. The gold and gray option can save you over $180, but the other six colors are on sale as well, just at a lesser discount.
Whichever one you go for, you'll still get the same top-notch noise-cancellation function and a quick, but long-lasting, charge for those times when you get so busy packing that you forget to charge your headphones...
Airplane Phone Holder
You can score the lavender and black colors of this phone mount for nearly 40% off right now, so you might as well buy one for you and all your besties. Though you can use it in a bunch of different situations, we like it particularly for lengthy flights.
This phone mount attaches to the plane's tray table, so you can easily watch your favorite shows, movies, or downloaded TikToks.
Advanced Hand Sanitizer
In our post(?)-COVID world, hand sanitizer is one of the most essential items we bring with us anywhere, especially when we're traveling.
This six-pack of Purell is currently 23% off on Amazon, so you might as well buy a pack for you and your travel buddy to put in your backpacks, suitcases, car cupholders, fanny packs, beach bags... you get it.
OK, OK, so maybe a selfie stick isn't essential for everyone, but it is if you want to take group photos without asking a stranger to do it for you. This best-selling selfie stick is 51% off right now, which is a steal given that it also doubles as a tripod, just in case you want a non-selfie family photo for the holiday card.
Folding Lighted Makeup Mirror
Hotel bathroom lighting is a whole vibe all by itself. But if you're traveling with other people, you might not get as much time in front of that mirror, basking in that beautiful lighting, as you may need.
Enter this folding LED-framed mirror: Available in five colors — all of which are on sale for over 50% off — this mirror is super easy to pack away in your suitcase. Plus, it has three brightness settings, so you always have the necessary lighting to turn out Insta-worthy looks — even if your partner is hogging the bathroom.
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