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The Best Affordable Travel Accessories

Five pieces of easy-on-your-wallet gear to make stays away from home more enjoyable

It doesn't cost much to make your travel experience significantly less irksome. (iStockphoto)
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Five pieces of easy-on-your-wallet gear to make stays away from home more enjoyable

Traveling is awesome. But navigating crowded airports and sitting on stinky buses can suck. Fortunately, there's lots of thoughtful but inexpensive gear that can make your journey a little more bearable. Here are few pieces, all under $50.

BUBM Travel Organizer ($20)  

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Keep your chargers, ear buds, and external hard drive tangle free and at the ready with this organizer that folds flat to fit inside your backpack. 

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Gerber Dime Travel Multitool ($25) 

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The Dime gives you 12 tools in a butterfly-style, stainless steel package that’s small enough to fit on your key chain. We particularly like the zipper hook, which helps open broken zippers on luggage. And it’s bladeless, so you can take it on the plane. 

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Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader ($120)

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This E-reader has enough space to store your entire summer reading list, without the bulk. We also like that the Paperwhite has twice as many pixels compared to some other readers in its category which allows for a clearer, more traditional reading experience. The USB-rechargeable battery lasts for weeks. 

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Joby GripTight One Tripod ($35)   

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A venerated camera accessory, this paired-down version of Joby's GorillaPod is designed to work with your smartphone so you can snap Instagram-worthy shots in low light.  

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The Carry-On Cocktail Kit ($20) 

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Each of these kits packs everything you need (except the booze) to make two cocktails on the go. There are kits for anything from a Bloody Mary to an Old Fashioned. 

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