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Must-Have Travel Items That Cost Under $10

by SharonKurheg

We have several things we always bring with us when we travel. They’re not very large and we don’t need them every trip but we’re very glad we have them when we do. By this point, we don’t even bother to take them out of the suitcases when we unpack after a trip, because if we did, there’s a chance we’d forget to put them back. The best thing about these items are they all cost under $10 each and you might already have some of them in your own home.

Chip Clip


Have you ever stayed in a hotel where the window curtains have a 1/2 inch space that stays open? No matter what you do or how you pull the two sides together, some light always gets through. I find it amazing how that narrow sliver always lines up exactly so the light source outside the room shines directly where you rest your head when you’re lying in bed.

I bet you have an extra one of these lying in a drawer but if not, you can pick up a 2 pack of OXO brand clips from Amazon for $5.99.

(Our reader Eric P. doesn’t even bother with a chip chip – he says if the pants hanger in the hotel room’s closet have alligator-style clips on them, he just uses that).


When you’re sharing a room with someone, the last thing you want to do at night is wake them up by turning on the lights so you can go to the bathroom. Previously, we’d leave the bathroom light on and slightly crack the door so we could see our way. However this caused problems of having to regulate the light levels before we went to bed and caused conversations like this one:

“Too Bright!”
(move door by 1/64 inch)
“Too Dark!”
(Yes, we really used to do that)

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We bought this nightlight at Walgreens for less than $10 and it’s worked like a charm. It even lets you change colors of the light from green to blue if you want to set some mood lighting.


This is a Sharon addition to the list. I never would have thought of bringing a flashlight but it’s so easy to throw this in the bag and you never know when you’ll need it.


A simple one like this LED Energizer flashlight goes for $8.99 on Amazon.

Nail Clippers

I don’t know what is about going away that makes my fingernails split and my cuticles peel. It just automatically happens and I’m horrible about remembering to bring my clippers with me. I’ve purchased 4-5 of them on different trips so I’ve started to keep a pair with my luggage and that way I won’t end up forgetting them (wait for it) again.

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Even if you splurge for the fancy Revlon ones, like I did, it’ll still only set you back $7.79 at Walgreens.

Phone Charger

There’s nothing worse than leaving your phone charger at home. You probably have an extra one lying around so go and put it in your suitcase right now, I’ll wait.

What, you can’t find it? If you have an iPhone, here’s one on Amazon for $9.99

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You might want to spend a few more bucks on this one, but I said in the article the items were under $10 and I’m sticking to that. If you’re a person who has another brand of phone, well you’re on your own ;-).

Flushable Wipes

Here’s where the post can get into the TMI (Too Much Information) area really fast. I’ll just say that if your hotel has toilet paper that was sandpaper in a previous life or if eating away from home has cause you to develop some digestive issues (either way), these can save your ………. you know.


A pack of 10 is going on Amazon for $9.99 but if it were me, I’d splurge and get the 12 pack for $15.75.

Stuff to Clean Your Clothes

If you’re not going to do a full load of laundry, you may want to get some packets of detergent made specifically for hand washing in your sink.


Amazon sells these for $6.99 for a pack of 6. Thanks to Lisa H. for the idea!

So there you have it. Some of the items we bring with us every time we travel, each of them costing under $10. Do you have any things that you think we should add to the list? Let us know and we may add it to the list and give you credit!

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ER April 22, 2018 - 6:05 pm

We always bring a few Tupperware containers and various sizes of Ziploc bags. We like to go to grocery stores instead of eating out all the time, and these always come in handy!

SharonKurheg April 22, 2018 - 8:37 pm

Great ideas. We always have few Ziploc bags too…especially quart and gallon sized ones! 🙂

Billy Bob April 23, 2018 - 1:54 am

Single use laundry soap

nationalparkswitht April 23, 2018 - 9:38 am

Yup, I actually carry a sandwich size ziploc in my wallet, in case I need to protect my phone and gallon size ziplocs in my backpack to protect my camera and lenses


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