Amazon has announced its summer Prime Day(s) will be on July 11-12, 2023.

We’ve had a VERY busy travel schedule the last few months, with trips to Walla Walla for some wine tasting, San Antonio for a travel conference, Kazakhstan for a project with SATW (Society of American Travel Writers), and eastern Europe for a river cruise with Emerald Cruises.

Whew! That makes me tired just writing that.

And the schedule continues to stay full with scheduled trips to Maine and Puerto Rico on the books, and several other trips in the planning stages.

I noticed on this last trip that a few of our travel staples were getting a little tired after years of use. Amazon Prime Days were announced while I was sitting in an airport, so I thought it was the perfect time to look at updating and refreshing some of our travel items.

Whether you’re looking to do the same, or maybe are doing some early holiday shopping, here are 15 Prime Day bargains for travelers.

Shopping Tip: Prime Day sale prices can change frequently, given the nature of invitation-only, advance pricing, lightning deals, early access deals, etc. Take the time to search and click to find the best deals offered at the time you shop.


We’ve had a set of Samsonite luggage for a few years now. The 24″ size is perfect for longer trips when we’re checking luggage, and the 20″ is great for a carry-on. We each packed the smaller size as a carry on for 11 days in Europe.

Tip: Pick a bright or unusual color. It will make your bag easier to spot.

Kindle Paperwhite

I’ve been a Kindle user since they first came out, and have updated my device when there’s been a significant improvement. Yes, I still love holding a book in my hand. No, I don’t miss the bulk they add to packing. During our recent 11 days in Europe, I read six books, too much to lug around.

There are some great Prime deals on refurbished Kindles, so shop and compare.

Amazon Fire Tablet

Tony uses a Fire tablet for watching movies on the road., and occasionally for reading. Substantially less expensive than a iPad (although it doesn’t perform as many functions), it meets his needs at a bargain price.

Great Prime discounts makes this an easy yes.

Foldable Travel Tote Bag

This soft-sided foldable tote is a relatively recent addition to our carry-on collection. We tuck it into our luggage on our outbound flight, and use it on the way home when we want to pack souvenirs (or a bottle of two of wine) to take home.

It’s lightweight, reasonably durable, and takes up little room. Perfect for short trips around town as well.

Packing Cubes

I’m still working out how to best use packing cubes and am currently using a system of roll and fold to maximize space. Watch a few videos to find your style.

Tip: At this Prime Day price, choose a different color for each traveler in your household. Makes a great holiday gift as well.

External Charger

Are we the only ones that seem to blow through battery usage on our devices?! Whether it’s all the streaming we do, videos we make, or games we play, it seems like we’re always using our devices down to the last bit of juice.

I always keeps an external charger in my purse and my carry-on. NEVER pack in your checked luggage.

Laneige Lip Mask

I use this at home and keep one in my 3-1-1 liquid/gel bag for travel. This is a life saver on overnight flights when the air sucks every ounce of moisture out of my body. Slather it on before settling in and reapply as needed.

I’ve purchased this is mango, vanilla, and berry, and use it all the time.

Smart Toothbrush

We recently changed to this electric smart toothbrush and ditched the old fashioned ones. It has four cleaning modes, a UV sanitizer, and a snazzy travel case.

We’ve never had the charge run out on us (unlike with our other electronics), and have traveled with it for a couple of weeks.

Apple AirTags

These are, quite possibly, the best thing since sliced bread. I attach them to my checked and carry-on luggage and often know more about where my bag is than the airline staff. Yes, I knew my bag was at the Frankfurt airport, even though Lufthansa staff said it had been mis-routed.

Tip: Don’t forget to buy a case for the Airtags. We have these.

Crossbody Phone Case

A travel blogger friend was using a crossbody phone case when we traveled together last year. I immediately saw how handy it was when using the camera – no worry about dropping the phone in the water, off the side of a cliff, or wherever.

I picked one up when I got home, and friends who have seen it have ordered it as well. The one I have is no longer available, but I’m looking at this one. A whole lot cheaper that replacing a dropped phone.

Cotton Cropped Pants

This was another recommendation from a traveling friends and they were perfect on our recent river cruise. They’re cute enough for dining out and comfy enough for logging miles around town, even on a blistering hot day. Lots of colors to choose from.

If you want a dressier version, I wear these as well.

Basic T-Shirts

Can you ever have too many basic t-shirts? I keep well supplied in both black and white (they’re a staple in my travel wardrobe), but there a lots of fun colors if you want brighter choices. At this price stock up.

There’s a long-sleeve version, too, and I have those as well. Perfect for summer travel and keeping mosquitos at bay.

Mini Travel Bag

These practical mini-bags are inexpensive and serve numerous purposes. I’ve used them for keeping currency separate, keeping hair elastics neat and tidy, tucking away business cards, and for keeping receipts handy. An inexpensive way to stay organized.

Although they call it a makeup bag, it’s really too small to hold any of my makeup items. Your mileage may vary.

Cough Drops

This was another item that came recommended by so many friends that I had to give them a try.

These aren’t just for coughs and sore throats, either. When you start getting that tickle in your throat from the dry cabin air, pop one of these for near instant relief. Also great to have for the theater or movies. I put some in the mini-bags above.

Reusable Wine Bags

I promise myself that I’m going to be these, but always forget. So far, I’ve been lucky and have adequately swaddled my bottles of wine in my checked luggage. But you know that it’s just a matter of time before there’s a oops.

I need to pick up some and keep one or two in my luggage as I often buy local wine when I travel.