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The travel industry is rife with high-end luggage and pricey gadgets, but travel gear doesn’t have to be expensive to serve you well. Many items I always pack are under $10, and some you may even have already laying around your house. Plus, all of these useful items are lightweight and compact enough to easily fit in a carry-on or weekender bag without giving up much precious packing space.
Of course, like most people, the pandemic has upended my travel plans over the past year, and I haven’t set foot on a plane since last March. While many of my favorite travel accessories continue to sit idle in storage, my inexpensive essentials continue to serve me well on shorter trips I’ve taken locally. From silica gel packets to a stuffable grocery tote, these cheap and oft-overlooked travel accessories will surely come in handy on your next getaway.