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9 travel essentials that will keep you and your stuff safe

If you’re going on a road trip or flying cross-country with family, you’ll want our list of unique accessories to make travel safer.
/ Source: TODAY

Whether you’re catching an early flight at the airport or embarking on a short weekend road trip, you’re going to want to make sure you’re packing smarter — and safer.

It’s worth your time and money to invest in functional items that will serve a purpose long after you step off the plane from your returning flight.

Lifestyle expert Jenn Falik stopped by TODAY to showcase these innovative travel accessories that will solve many of the problems that you didn’t even know you had — or could run into — on your summer escape. Now, you can take her tips on your upcoming getaway for this Labor Day weekend.

1. Stashbandz Unisex Travel Belt, $23, Amazon

A travel belt is a more discrete way of carrying your personal items, no matter where you are. This travel belt from Stashbandz pulls on like pants and stays in place all day, whether you are sightseeing or going for a quick run around the neighborhood. "I used it for 2 smart phones, a portable charger, cables, ear buds, a wallet, a pen and a snack," one reviewer wrote. "I hardly noticed it was on me — super comfortable."

2. PacSafe Anti-Theft Backpack, $100, Amazon

Falik suggested this anti-theft backpack that is equipped with smart zipper security to keep wandering hands from getting into your bag. The smart design allows for easy conversion into a crossbody bag, depending on your needs. It offers security and protection without compromising style.

3. Safego Portable Safe, $45, Amazon

This innovative find is no bigger than your average water bottle, but don't let its size fool you — Falik found that this portable safe can hold your smartphone, keys, cash, wallet, camera, sunglasses, jewelry and more! With over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, this product has a 4.7-star rating, and reviewers are raving about its practicality.

4. Humutu Personal Alarm, $20, Amazon

Attach these personal alarms to your purse or keychain for anytime protection in the palm of your hand. Simply pull the pin from the top of the device to activate the ear-piercing alarm and reinsert it to deactivate. Falik said that it is "really convenient for the elderly and children."

5. Fingerprint TSA Lock, $50, The Grommet

Keeping your items protected while you're on the go can be a stressful ordeal, but this biometric TSA-approved lock makes it easy. The rechargeable BenjiLock can store up to five fingerprints and can also be unlocked with a unique programmable code. It's not only great for traveling, but it's also a great keyless option for the gym.

6. Travel Wallet, $75, Nordstrom

This travel wallet is the accessory that you have been waiting for. It is more than just a wallet — it is also a purse, clutch, fanny pack and a crossbody bag. It boasts multiple pockets and six card slots that offer RFID protection to help prevent card skimming. Falik chose this stylish and compact bag as it is perfect for anytime travel or as a practical everyday bag.

7. Women's LED Beanie Hat, $15, The Grommet

Whether it's an early morning run or a late-night walk with the dog, stay safe with this LED hat. The light is not only rechargeable but operates at three levels of brightness for your convenience. To clean the hat, simply remove the light before throwing it in the wash.

8. Handbag Handcuff, $39, The Grommet

Tired of picking up all the items that fall out of your purse when you hit the brakes during your morning commute? This "handbag problem-solver" attaches to nearly every surface and will keep your bags secure at all times. If you want to avoid taking multiple trips to the car after a shopping excursion, detach the carabiners and take it on the go.

9. Pickpocket Proof Travel Shirt, $80, Clothing Arts

If you're not looking to carry around a fanny pack or a backpack, Falik suggested this fashionable button-down for a more functional approach. The button-secured front pocket is concealed under the lightweight and moisture-wicking fabric, adding to the sleek look of the top. For protection from more than just pickpocketing, the top doubles as a sun protectant with a UPF 30+ rating.

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