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Keep Calm and Pack These Stress-Relieving Essentials

It’s no secret that traveling is stressful. Even the best travel day isn’t as chill as a day relaxing in a spa, but these 10 gear finds can help you unwind — even when you’re on the go.

From essential oils to sound spas, take these picks along to make your next trip a joy instead of a stressor.

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Ellia Soothe Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

Turn up the chill in your hotel room after a long travel day with the Ellia Soothe Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser. The diffuser’s calming, colorful glow brings a peaceful vibe as it diffuses natural aromas into the air for up to 13 hours. Includes three bottles of Orange, Fight-it and Tune-in oil blends for whatever mood you’re in at the day’s end.

Ellia Essential Oils 3-Pack Therapeutic Grade

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Whether you’re looking to energize with peppermint, unwind with lavender or rejuvenate with lemongrass, this Ellia Essential Oil 3-pack is the perfect partner. Diffuse a few drops to refresh your hotel room, use a drop or two topically or simple breathe in a few whiffs from the bottle to reinvigorate your mind and body. Carry-on friendly bottles mean you’ll never have to ditch them at a TSA checkpoint, and the well-sealed lids keep oils in the bottles and out of your bag.

NuvoMed Dual Foot Massager

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Traveling almost always means long days on your feet, leaving your arches and toes aching by day’s end. Instead of suffering throughout your trip, bring the NuvoMed Dual Foot Massager to stimulate and relieve tired feet in just a few minutes. A combination of vibration and rolling massage nodes ease tension, and the whole unit packs down small for travel. Just rest your foot on the unit to activate the soothing buzz. Ahhh.

TravelSmart by Conair Microbead Neck Rest

A good neck rest is as essential for frequent fliers as a solid set of luggage is, and the TravelSmart by Conair Microbead Neck Rest is our favorite. Thanks to its bead-filled design, your head and neck feel supported — even when you’re stuck in the middle seat on a red-eye flight.

Philips Wake-Up Light with Sunrise Simulation

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Instead of being violently awoken by a ringing hotel wake-up call, get up naturally with the Philips Wake-Up Light. Its clinically proven technology combines increasing light and sound to stir you from dreamland gradually by filling the room with simulated sunlight. Feel refreshed before you start the day, and reverse the action at bedtime with a soothing sunset simulation. This pleasant wake-up is worth the space it takes up in your bag.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Headphones

Nothing kills airplane dreamin’ vibes like a screaming baby. Drown distractions out with Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Headphones using noise-canceling technology to muffle outside noises and improve the sound of music and movies. Travel around the world on a single charge thanks to the 20-hour battery life, and boss the headphones around with voice assistant access via Alexa or Google Assistant.

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Say goodbye to the droning sounds of airport announcements and blabbering Bettys with Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones, which reduce outside noise by up to 95 percent. A budget-priced offering that doesn’t skimp on quality, these headphones play quality sound wirelessly for up to 80 hours on a single AAA battery. Forget spare batteries? These also operate as a plug-in pair when a battery’s not available.

TravelSmart USB-Powered Travel Humidifier

Nothing makes you feel worse on a trip than waking up in the middle of the night with a dry throat or cracked lips. Fight dry hotel rooms with this easy-to-use TravelSmart Travel Humidifier, which pairs with nearly any water bottle to produce five hours of soothing mist.

HoMedics SoundSpa with Nature Sounds

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Sometimes quiet is too quiet when it’s time to sleep. If you need white noise to drift off, HoMedics SoundSpa is worth bringing along. By replicating natural world noises like the ocean, rain, thunder, a babbling brook and the mysteriously named Summer Night sound, it’s ideal for nature lovers looking for a sleep aid. Plus, its auto-off 15-, 30- and 60-minute settings means it won’t keep playing after you’re snoozing.

Dean & Deluca Knipschildt Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

Nothing soothes your travel woes quite like finding Dean & Deluca Knipschildt Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels tucked in your carry-on. And the sweet taste isn’t chocolate’s only benefit. Indulging in the sweet stuff can fight free radicals, reduce your risk of stroke and lower your blood pressure. What’s more relaxing than that?