9 of the best travel gadgets you can get under $50

As the holidays approach, you may be thinking about gift-giving and taking trips. But no one likes chaos when it comes to travel (or shopping). I’ve found some top-notch travel-related buys on Amazon for every budget, and to make sure they’re worth your money, I’ve researched and tested each product. Here are some items that can make your trip a lot more comfortable, whether you’re visiting distant destinations or taking a well-deserved staycation.

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You should take some photos when you travel. Comes with a super wide angle and macro lens that can be screwed into the same holder. It’s ideal for single-lens phones if you’re not ready to spend a lot of money just to upgrade for more cameras. You can use it with Apple or Android phones with more than one camera, just place it over the wide main camera.

And it comes with a clip-on LED light, lanyard and cleaning cloth? Magic! I can’t believe this is only $40.

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What’s a holiday without music? This is a tiny 6.2-ounce Bluetooth speaker that you should definitely find room for in your carry-on, as it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It only costs $18 and the sound is quite impressive with a rounded bass. Bonus points: It 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 even act as a speaker from a Windows PC when connected via USB.

Prefer a better known brand? The excellent JBL Go 3 has dropped to just $30 in recent months. Otherwise, check out our full list of the best mini Bluetooth speakers.

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Maybe you need a portable charger for your phone. But you also have an Apple Watch. It is not necessary to carry multiple cords and chargers, because the iWalk Apple Watch and phone charger is a double. Your watch snaps onto the charging pad magnetically, there’s an integrated Lightning cable plus, 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 your phone 2-3 times, depending on the model. But don’t fret if you also need to charge an Android or USB-C device, as it also has a USB-C input and output on the side. There is also a version without an Apple Watch charger for $29.

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This looks like a simple piece of cardboard, but it folds into different configurations to hold a phone or tablet. Perfect for on the tray on the plane, in the back of the seat in front of you or just to kick back and watch a movie in bed.

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Of course you need a bag to store all these gadgets, so why this one from Matein? It’s designed primarily for your tech with an integrated USB port on the side leading to a USB-A cable inside. So you can plug in a portable power bank inside to keep your phone and other gadgets charged on the outside.

It has a lot of padding, especially for your laptop; it will easily fit a 15-in. There’s also a secret back pocket so thieves can’t get to it when you’re carrying it on your back, plus a luggage strap to attach to your carry-on. It also looks much more expensive than $30.

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Whether you are traveling alone or enjoy extra peace of mind when sleeping off site, this travel door alarm is the ideal personal safety tool. Insert the metal prongs into the door while the door is closed, so if someone tries to get in, the prongs will fall apart and hopefully scare off the would-be thief with a screeching 90-decibel alarm. It also has a light to keep an eye on your stuff and only costs $10.

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Why bother packing cubes when you can let a vacuum pump do the work? If you’re familiar with space bags, this is the same concept, except you get a set of four bags (two medium, two small) plus a powered pump to compress it all. Now all you need is the clothes, shoes, or items you would normally leave on your suitcase to compress.

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When you travel away from home, you’ll probably agree that you miss creature comforts the most. If you got addicted to bidets during the major toilet paper shortage of 2020, this is a portable bidet that you can take with you. For $32, it runs on two included AAA batteries, with two intensity levels for the most flexibility.

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Outlets can be a rarity when traveling, so it’s important to make the most of what you have. With a USB travel strip, you can use any power outlet to charge your devices to the maximum. For just $12, you can charge your phone, laptop, and camera all at once.

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