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5 Embarrassing Travel Gadgets That Actually Work

Whether you’re looking for a gag gift or you want to solve a specific problem and don’t give a hoot what people think, these embarrassing travel gadgets and gizmos are right up your alley.

Embarrassing Travel Gadgets That Work

Though they might cost you a bit of dignity, the following items are geared to make life a little easier for travelers.

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Sunany Female Urination Device

Sunany Female Urination Device set and the different parts of the funnel with the matching measurements

This is a female urination device (let’s be honest—it’s a funnel) that allows women to pee standing up. Why on Earth would you waste time looking for the nearest bathroom when you can cower behind a bush while using a hot-pink silicone funnel to pee?

Tush Wipes

Box of Tush Wipes and individual packets of Tush Wipes

Unlike its sister moist-towelette products like Wet Ones, Tush Wipes didn’t get the memo about delicate subtlety. If your conspicuously labeled packet of butt cleaner falls out of your purse, best deny ownership.


Claspies underwear on white background and Claspies underwear on a mannequin

You’ve fallen into the airplane toilet again. Blame traditional underwear. Fortunately for you, there are Claspies, underwear with clasps on its sides that allow you to quickly escape from your skivvies without picking up your feet and tumbling into the bowl. According to the product website, “While traveling, there is nothing better than putting on a fresh pair of panties in the middle of a long journey! Thank you, Claspies.” There is also nothing better than not falling into the toilet. Thanks again! Buy a pair for $14.95 from Claspies.

Ostrich Pillow

Ostrich Pillow on a white background and person wearing the Ostrich Pillow and napping on their desk

For a stylish in-flight nap experience, choose the Ostrich Pillow. This pod-like pillow allows tired travelers to sleep in a variety of positions with a convenient nose and mouth window for easy breathing (or snoring). With two additional openings on the sides for your hands and arms, you can cozy up in your own cocoon until you reach your destination.

Seat Sitters Airplane Seat Cover 

Seat sitter cover on airplane seat (left) and different sanitary items in the Seat Sitter kit

Create a barrier between you and the petri dish that is an airplane seat with Seat Sitters Airplane Seat Covers. The kit comes with a tray table cover, two sanitary wipes, and other accessories to keep you from picking up inflight germs.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2012. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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