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22 expert-approved travel essentials to make packing easier — starting at $9

Don't forget to add these to your packing list!

Now that Memorial Day is officially behind us, it's safe to say summertime is in full swing, and you're probably preparing for your big getaway of the season. But don't let busy airports and crowded planes keep you from enjoying your trip. Instead, put your mind at ease with a packing list full of some much-needed essentials.

Lifestyle and beauty expert Ami Desai stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share her favorite travel beauty must-haves for your next getaway. From TSA-friendly, powder-based shampoo and conditioner to a multifunctional garment bag, Desai has you covered on the innovative beauty essentials you didn't think you needed.

Keep reading to see all the vacation essentials you'll want to add to your future packing list.

Beauty travel essentials

Kenra Professional Simply Add Water Shampoo

Desai loves this innovative shampoo as a beauty travel hack because it's packaged as a powder-based formula that you pour into your hand, add water and lather into your hair, just as you would with a normal shampoo. According to the brand, you'll get three times more product than most liquid shampoos. And Desai says you won't have to worry about TSA guidelines or spills in your luggage.

Kenra Professional Simply Add Water Conditioner


The brand also offers a conditioner counterpart to help keep your locks looking soft and shiny throughout your vacation.

Foxybae Mini Rose Gold Travel Kit

Hair tools can be bulky and take up a lot of space in your suitcases. That's why Desai likes this mini travel kit, which comes with a bag, small flat iron, curling iron and hair dryer — all of which you get for under $80. According to the brand, the tools have dual voltage so you can use them internationally.

Aloisia Beauty Deep Hydration Aloe Gel Mist

Desai says she keeps this cooling aloe mist with her whenever she travels. She especially likes it for sunburns since the misting nozzle is mess-free and you don't have to touch painful and sensitive skin while applying. According to the brand, it contains soothing witch hazel and green tea to help calm the skin. Desai also says that since it contains hydrating ingredients, you can even use it as a primer or setting spray.

Lazy Day All-In-One Moisture Pads

While you might want to keep up with your 10-step skin care routine while on vacation, that's not usually realistic. Desai says that when she's traveling, she likes something quick and easy and leans on these three-in-one moisture pads after cleansing. According to the brand, they're formulated to act as a toner while offering hydration.

Beis The Cosmetics Case

To keep organized, Desai likes this cosmetic case since it allows her to see everything at once and has tons of storage for her makeup essentials and brushes. According to the brand, it's made of faux leather so you can easily wipe it clean and it comes with a removable standing mirror so can apply your makeup on-the-go.

Modoker Convertible Garment Bag

This multifunctional garment bag is perfect for men's suits or lengthy dresses. The two-in-one functionally allows you to hang your outfit like a normal garment bag then zip it up into a duffle bag for the rest of your traveling essentials, from toiletries bags to clothing. According to the brand, it meets most airplane carry-on requirements, making traveling easier than ever.

More summer travel essentials

Lifestyle expert and author of "Looking Fly on a Dime" Patrice J. Williams stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share her favorite travel must-haves for your next summer getaway — and some even have a dual purpose.

Rollink Flex Vega Carry-On Suitcase

Since suitcases can take up a lot of storage space, Williams loves this genius collapsible option. According to the brand, it can fold flat and will only lay about two inches high. Williams says this makes it easy to store under the bed, in closets or inside other suitcases. Not only that, but it also is sturdy enough to hold all of your essentials for a weekend getaway or big shopping trip.

TaihuaXin Luggage Cup Holder


If you find yourself constantly juggling your luggage, coffee and water bottles through the airport, Williams likes this useful luggage cup holder. You can slip the adjustable sleeves over your luggage handle or wear it as a crossbody, which Williams says makes it a great option for hiking, too. And that's not all, there's even a zippered pouch to store your IDs and credit cards.

Bagail Compression Packing Cubes

Whether you're team packing cubes or not, Williams says compression cubes will help you pack even more items than usual, which is great news if you're a chronic over-packer. Coming in a set of four, these cubes feature an additional zipper to help allow the bag to lay flatter, but Williams notes you'll want to fill each cube only two-thirds of the way. She also mentions these cubes are a great travel hack to help keep your suitcase organized, especially if you're sharing a suitcase.

The Tube Travel Pillow


If you're looking for the ultimate travel hack, then look no further than this travel pillow that you can stuff with clothes. Featuring two zippers on each end to make packing easy, Williams says she was able to stuff this pillow with three outfits and swimsuits for a week-long trip. However, she does note it's best for stuffing with lightweight clothing items. If you're wondering if it's comfortable, she says it offers great support for your neck or back.

Sidecar The Duo Hat Clip and Clasp

Williams says hats can be tricky to pack and often a hassle to carry, especially if your hands are already full and you don't feel like wearing it at the moment. That's why she loves this handy, 14-karat hat clasp, which securely attaches your accessory to your belt loop or bag without causing any damage to your hat, she says. And right now, you can grab it on sale for 50% off.

CHI Handheld Garment Steamer

If you're looking to quickly de-wrinkle your clothing while traveling, Williams likes this compact steamer by CHI as a quicker and easier option than the hotel iron. According to the brand, it will heat up in about 35 seconds and it only weighs about one pound, so it won't take up much of that extra needed weight.

More travel essentials for the vacation

Makeup artist Ashlee Glazer previously stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about some of her favorite products to pack when she travels.

Bumkins Wet/Dry Bag Hearts

Bumkins' wet and dry bag elevates beach bag technology with two zipper compartments that separate wet and dry items using waterproof fabric and heat-sealed seams, the brand shares. Whether you are carrying a wet swimsuit or your little one's pool toys, this bag can keep those dripping items secure in one compartment, while organizing your dry belongings in the other. Glazer loves the product's ability to snap onto a suitcase or stroller.

Portable Mini Refillable Perfume Atomizer Bottle

Glazer doesn't waste an ounce of her favorite fragrance when she travels with these portable perfume bottles that keep her perfume safe, portable and TSA-approved. Since the container is made of high-quality aluminum and durable glass, you can take a broken perfume bottle off your worry list.

Rechargeable Travel Makeup Vanity Mirror with 72 Led Lights

A reliable mirror is a necessity to create your sun-kissed vacation glow. However, Glazer says most bathrooms aren't designed with beauty in mind. This affordable travel makeup mirror has 72 LED lights that can glow in white, warm and cool settings. Now you can do your makeup anywhere and everywhere.

Apple AirTag (Pack of 4)

As more people travel this summer, lost baggage is on the rise. Keep track of your luggage with Apple's AirTags. After syncing the AirTag with your Find My map, place it in your bag so you can keep track of your luggage as it travels from point A to point B. Glazer loves putting it in her makeup bag!

Unidapt Universal Travel Adapter

Whether you have a lot of devices to charge or need to convert to a foreign outlet, this universal travel adapter will satisfy your charging needs while fitting in thr palm of your hands, according to Glazer. In addition to including five USB ports, the adapter can charge devices in countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, the brand shares.

Essentials for the airport

To make your life easier and organized, lifestyle expert Bahar Takhtehchian previously stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about some of her favorite products to pack for the airport and plane. Whether you are traveling light or have to keep track of a thousand little things, Takhtehchian has you covered.

Travelon Bag Bungee

If you have trouble balancing your carry-ons while rushing through the airport, you can use this hassle-free travel hack. This bag bungee is adjustable and easily fits between your suitcase handle for a secure fit, allowing you to easily roll your luggage around.

Stojo Collapsible Water Bottle

Takhtechian says you won't get in trouble with the TSA by bringing your own reusable water bottle. You can also save on plastic and money by refilling at any airport water fountain. When full and expanded, this bottle fits up to 20 ounces of water and collapses down to under four inches when emptied, making it easy to throw in your carry-on.

Essentials for the plane

John's Crazy Socks Compression Knee High Socks

Compression socks are a must-have for long-haul flights. According to the brand, these knee-high socks increase blood flow, prevent swelling and reduce the risk of blood clotting. Living up to the brand's name, you can choose from classic black or a fun, crazy print.

Twelve South AirFly Duo

If you travel with wireless headphones, this Shop TODAY-approved portable wireless transmitter connects to the plane's TV and allows you to watch the in-flight entertainment. It also works as a headphone splitter, so you and your travel buddy can connect and enjoy together.

So-Mine Commuter Essential Bag

Keep all of your personal items in one place with this commuter bag. Featuring six open pockets, it is slim enough to attach to your airplane seat and holds your phone, tablet, chargers and more!