Amazon Prime Days: Must-Have Items On Sale For Travelers

Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest deal of the year, with thousands of huge discounts happening across all categories. This year it takes place across 48 hours over July 16th and 17th.

Some of these discounts are on essential items for travelers. Whether you are traveling this year or planning a trip for the future, make sure you add these items to your Amazon cart.

Skin Care

CosRx Snail Mucin Essence

best selling snail mucin serum

This cult favorite is one of the most high performance skin care products on the market, hence the 93,000 5-star ratings! Don’t be put off by the low price point – Korean skin care is considered the best in the world, and is incredibly affordable. I swear by this product and use it every day. I also have a bottle of it at my house in Tuscany. This lightweight essence hydrates gives dull skin a beautiful glow ad is pure magic on days you’ve had too much sun or wind. You don’t get this level of global cult status without being a brilliant product.

Today it is on sale at half price. They did this last year too and I waited for Prime days, by which time it was back to full price.

CosRx Snail Mucin Essence on Amazon

Weleder Skin Food

welled skin food

This is another one that has been around for years. Skin Food is an intense, slightly heavier moisturizer that is great recovery for exhausted skin. I love using it after long flights or any time my skin needs some really intense hydration. As with the CosRx above this product is on sale now, so get it in your shopping cart!

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The following are devices I consider essential for travelers. Most of these are items I use myself. If you’ve been following me for a while you will have seen me talk about them before, so you know they are seriously legit!

Kindle Paperwhite

amazon prime day sale kindle

I’ve traveled with a Kindle Paperwhite for several years now. They make several models but this is the one I stick with. It can hold something like 5000 or 8000 books. You can use it anywhere – on the plane, on a beach or by the pool (the Paperwhite magic stops it from flaring, so you aren’t squinting trying to read in the sun). You don’t need to be in good reading light – you can read in total darkness with a Paperwhite. It is an absolute MVP for travelers.

An added bonus is reading eBooks is so inexpensive! The author (like me) still gets paid whether you buy the ebook, borrow it from the library, read it for free with Prime Reading or get it on Kindle Unlimited. Everybody wins.

See Amazon pricing here.

Portable Power Bank

Every traveler needs a portable power bank to charge up phones and devices on the go. This Loveledi 2-pack has already been discounted 78% (buy it now before the price goes back up). Each fast charging power bank gives 15,000 mAh and is compatible with all smart phones and USB devices. It also has both USB-C and MicroUSB input slots. See it here on Amazon.

Handheld Mini Fan

Whether your plane is parked on the tarmac for a couple of hours (happened to me last year) or whether you are braving the heat of a southern European summer, the Jisulife Handheld Mini-Fan is an absolute lifesaver.

handheld mini fan

I learned about this one from some Glam Italia Tour travelers a couple of years ago. I ordered one as soon as I got back to the U.S. and haven’t traveled without it since. It is USB powered, so there’s no messing around with batteries, and a single charge lasts a really long time. The fan is quite small so it slips into your handbag or pocket quite easily, but it is unexpectedly powerful. Put this one on the Must-Have list.

See Amazon Pricing Here

The Koonie Rechargeable Neck Fan

Many of my Glam Italia tour travelers have also used this Koonie Rechargeable Neck Fan. Long days spent sightseeing in the hot sun make this fan an essential for anyone who overheats easily.

See Amazon Pricing Here


I’ve heard there will be 40% off all Sony headphones on Amazon prime days. This includes both overear headphones and in-ear headphones. This is the perfect time to pick up another pair or a spare pair for travel.

If you use Apple iPods in ear headphones be sure to check the Amazon Prime Days pricing across all models. Some are already as low as $79, and big discounts are expected. The Air Pods 3rd Gen are already on sale see here.

apple AirPods 3rd gen Amazon Prime day

I’m always scared I’ll lose expensive earbuds while traveling so I travel with Beats Earbuds. This is a good time to buy a second pair for travel, so again check the Amazon Prime Days sale pricing.


I recently purchased this Anker Travel Speaker for my house in Tuscany. It is small and lightweight but has astoundingly good sound. So much so that I’m buying a second one for my Arizona home on Prime Days. Check Amazon Pricing here.

This one is already on sale at around 34% discount. It is available in 5 colors. See here.

iPads and Tablets

iPads/tablets are ideal for travel. Apart from being lightweight and portable (obviously), they are great for downloading movies and TV shows to watch while you’re away. This can be particularly comforting if you’re in a country that doesn’t speak your language. I speak Italian all day long while I’m in Italy, but sometimes at the end of the day my brain just needs to chill out and watch something in English. You can also plug your iPad into the TV wherever you are and stream your shows on a bigger screen. It’s a win every which way.

I bought a 9th gen iPad on sale on Prime days a couple of years ago. I probably wouldn’t have bothered if I had to pay full price, but I picked it up for about $200 so it was well worth it.

Check Amazon Prime days Pricing for iPads here

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Travel HairDryer

best travel hair dryer

Again if you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I bought this Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium travel hairdryer back in 2019. It has been round and round the world non-stop since then and has never failed me. Don’t be put off by its size – it is tiny, but it is powerful. I have as much hair as 3 people combined and it still blows my hair pit perfectly. The Nano Titanium technology helps give you a professional, smooth blow out. Definitely a Must Have.

Check Amazon Pricing here

Essential Travel Items

International Power Adaptor & Converter

I can’t stress this one enough. If you are heading overseas you need a unit that not only changes the plug configuration but that also converts the electricity so your electronics don’t instantly fry. An Adaptor only changes the plug. A converter changes the voltage. IN the U.S. we have 110 volts but Europe has 230-240 volts. Without a converter your electronics will fry as soon as you plug them in.

I travel with this adaptor+converter from Doace. It is currently already on sale. Check pricing here.

Apple AirTags

apple air tags

Apple Air Tags are a travel MVP. You cannot beat the peace of mind of being able to track your luggage from the app on your phone! Over the last couple of years with the massive amounts of luggage getting lost, travelers were able to locate their missing suitcases before the airlines could, and were able to get them (the airlines) to get moving on it faster. Personally I had my suitcase put on the wrong carousel twice in the past 18 months, and was able to locate it inside the airport quite quickly.

AirTags invariably go on sale on Amazon Prime days. Be sure to stock up on them! See pricing here.

Conair Travel Steamer

best travel steamer for international travel

This is another of my personal MVPs. The Conair Travel Steamer is small and lightweight, but does an incredible job getting the wrinkles out of your clothes. If you are traveI swear by mine and take it on all my trips.

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Paravel Foldable Duffel Bag

paravel Best foldable duffle bag for travelers

This Paravel foldable duffle has been one of my best travel purchases of all time. It folds to roughly the size of an iPad and zips into itself, taking up no space and making it easy to throw in your suitcase. When you need it (in my case when I’ve shopped too much) it turns into a deep rectangular duffel that holds an amazing amount but is still small enough to come on board with you as cabin baggage.

I bought mine in boring black, but one of my Glam Italia tour travelers bought a red one with her a couple of years ago. Unfortunately they are super sturdy and seem to last forever, so I can’t justify swapping mine out for a cool color.

At this time it is not on sale, but every travel website is recommending you get one on Prime Days, so put it in your shopping cart just in case. See Paravel Foldable Duffle Bags on Amazon here.

Between now and Prime Day

If I see more Prime Day items I think are MVP status for travelers I will add to this blog post, so keep checking back.

Happy shopping!

5 Important Things You Need To Know About Renting Cars In Italy

Are you contemplating renting a car in Italy? I do this all the time and have driven the length and breadth of the country, both the mainland and Sicily. Having a car gives you incredible freedom and opportunity to get to many towns and villages that don’t have train access. And it’s super fun!

Fiat 500 Italy

However, it’s not quite the same as renting cars in the U.S, so here are 5 important tips when renting cars in Italy:

1. Get A Really Small Car

If you live in much of the U.S, especially in the south and southwest, you will be used to really huge cars, trucks and SUVs. I live in Phoenix and most cars on the road here are really big. So it can feel really odd to rent a teeny tiny car when you’re in Italy. But trust me – it is crucial!

Parking in Rome. Note how tiny the spaces are.

Almost all the towns and villages you’ll visit have very narrow and frequently steep roads. Often your tiny car will take up much of the road. Parking spaces in Italy are ultra tiny, both for street parking and for parking lot spaces. Even a medium size car can be murder to park there. Also, they tend to park their cars with 6 inches clearance at each end – good luck trying that with a medium or large vehicle!


2. Pick Up/Drop Off At The Airport

No matter where I am in Italy I always pick up and drop off my rental cars at airports, even when there are rental car offices closer to me or in the heart of town. I have a few reasons for this:

  • Just because there is an office in town doesn’t mean they’ll have your car there, or that they’ll have the car you ordered. The airport always has cars and at least have something close to the car you ordered.
  • Just because you have a timed reservation at the in-town office, it doesn’t mean they’ll actually be there. I’ve arrived to the in-town office before and found them closed for the day. This could be particularly difficult if you are returning your car to the in-town office and could have you missing your train/plane/whatever you had scheduled.
  • The in-town office is likely to be on a busy street and you may not be able to find parking. (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.) This can be super stressful when returning the car.
  • Airport rental car places tend to be very close to the motorway. This means you can get in and out quickly and easily and with no stress.
  • There are always gas stations as you exit the motorway to go back to the airport, which is convenient when you need to fill the tank.
  • Collecting and dropping off your car at the airport means you avoid the ZTLs and nerve racking one way systems.

3. Get The Super Cover Insurance

Rental cars in Italy come with high insurance deductibles. I’ve seen them at €3000 and even €5000. The chances of your car getting dinged are quite high, even if you are a great driver, so it makes more sense to get the full insurance and have no deductible.

Roads are narrow, frequently cobblestoned, and parking can be challenging. Trust me – get the super cover insurance!

In my books Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy I tell the story of when my friend and I were on the Amalfi Coast Road and a tourist came flying around the bend too fast and too wide and hit our car. He came and had a look then got back in his car and took off. Had we not had the full super cover insurance we would have been on the hook for the €5000 deductible.


4. Watch Out For ZTLs and Speed Traps

While driving in Italy you need to be aware of these two very expensive items. Expensive because of the fines that come with them.

The first are the speed traps on the motorways and some of the rural roads. Keep an eye out for signs saying Autovelox. These are camera monitored speed traps and come in many different shapes and sizes. Fines always catch up with you and can be steep.

ZTLs are limited traffic zones normally found inside the historic center of towns and cities. Only taxis, delivery vans and local residents with special passes can drive inside the camera monitored ZTLs. Your GPS is likely to send you straight into a ZTL, and the complex one way systems inside the historic centers can make it tricky to make a last minute change, or to get back out of them.

This can get really expensive as the camera catches you each time you cross in and out of the ZTL, which can easily be multiple times in a single drive or a single day. The size of the fine varies, according to Google from roughly €80 to €335. My ZTL fine was €276.

Inside a ZTL in Tuscany

A few months after the speeding or ZTL infraction you receive a letter with an inconvenience fine from the rental car company. The inconvenience being them having to track down who had the car that day. Then at some point after that – either weeks or months – you get the fine from the local municipality. It can get very expensive very quickly. My best advice is watch your speed and don’t drive inside the towns and cities.

*** One of my private drivers told me that if you accidentally get yourself inside a ZTL, drive straight to a public parking building. If your car gets registered as coming in to park it can get you out of the fine.

5. Shorter Off-Ramps and Fewer Exits

A simple mistake on the motorway can take you a very long way out of your way. The motorways have very many fewer exits than ours do, so you can find yourself 10 miles along the road before you can turn off and head back.

Also, the exit ramps are much shorter than those in the U.S, so you need to move into the exit lane quickly. This also applies when a motorway splits into several motorways. You get only a short warning and most of the time you’ll be in traffic trying to merge across multiple lanes. I recommend having someone sensible riding shot gun and working the GPS directions for you. If your spouse or significant other is an idiot, put them in the backseat and get someone quick, efficient, and not easily distracted up front with you.


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Speak Italian with Ease: 5 Powerful Techniques to Improve Your Language Skills

Are you trying to learn to speak Italian? Or any other language for that matter. Maybe you’re taking classes or doing an online course, perhaps like I did in the beginning you’re teaching yourself. Whichever method you are using, in this week’s 5 Things Friday we are going to look at 5 things you can do to super-charge your learning process.

Over the years I have used multiple methods to learn to speak Italian. In the beginning I bought some text books from Amazon and started teaching myself. At some point I got Rosetta Stone (which I loved) but at the time as a single mom I could only afford the first DVD, so that one didn’t get me too far. Then I had a spell of taking a weekly lesson on Skype with a teacher in Italy, which was definitely more economical than trying to take classes here in the U.S. Then I ran out of money again and had to go back to trying to teach myself, and eventually I bought a good online course and worked with that.

Along the way I have learned that you need more than just one learning system to get you speaking another language confidently and well. Every method has its strengths and one way or another they all work. So along with whichever method you are using to learn to speak Italian (or any other language) try adding these 5 tricks and watch how quickly your Italian improves!

1. Watch Italian TV Shows

One of the best ways to enhance your learning and your speaking skills is to watch lots of Italian TV with English subtitles turned on. Find episodic TV shows – there are tons of them on Amazon and Netflix. As you follow a TV series you will learn the characters, their behavior and the cadence of their speech. This largely parallels conversation that happens in real life, so you’re not just hearing spoken Italian – your brain is picking up on the rhythm of the language, the inflections of the words, idioms and slang, and how it all flows.

When you find a good TV show – one that you enjoy – somewhere along the way you forget you’re reading subtitles. Instead you just get caught up in the story while your subconscious mind soaks it all in. I have enjoyed Don Matteo, Inspector Manara, and more recently Luna Park.

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2. Listen To Italian Language Podcasts

This is another method I have found super helpful and very easy to take advantage of. There are literally tons of learn-to-speak-Italian podcasts out there. (Same with other languages.) Coffee Break Italian has been my go to language pod, and I know they teach loads of other languages too. The trick is to find a podcast where the host’s voice resonates with you, so you are happy to keep clicking in and following along. My brain responds to the timbre of the host Mark’s voice, and the format of the podcast works well for me.

Listen to a few different learn to speak Italian podcasts, find the one that works for you, and then become a regular listener. This is a great tool to add to your learning arsenal.

3. Get Italian Reader Books

I love these. Learning a language well involves not only being able to speak it, but also being able to read it and have some reading comprehension. Remember doing reading comprehension in grade school? You would read a passage and then answer questions about it, to make sure you were understanding it properly. Amazon has lots of different Italian reader series (you can see some of them here.) What I like about these is they are all short stories. They take up about 3 or 4 chapters, so you’re not buried in the weeds with some giant novel.

The short stories are in multiple genres, so one might be a murder mystery and the next might be a lifestyle story. You read a chapter or a section, then do a comprehension quiz to see how much you understood. Then you go back through it again doing various exercises and keep doing that small section until you get it. I have used this one and this one and this one. All of them have multiple books and I personally think that all three of these are great. You can make them a very inexpensive but effective addition to your Italian learning program.

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4. Listen To Italian Music

This is another really effective way to boost your language skills and comprehension. Back in the beginning I used to play Radio Italia when I was working at my computer or doing work around the house. It was broad enough and general enough to give me a sense of artists whose music I enjoyed. When I found songs I liked I would use Lyrics Translate to learn the song and try to understand what was going on. If you think about songs in English, they don’t always make sense. Sometimes they’re just strings of words that would be hard for someone learning English to make head or tail of. It’s the same with Italian.

In the early days I found that artists like Eros Ramazzotti and Laura Pausini wrote lyrics that made sense to someone learning the language, and were in the rock/pop genres that I enjoyed anyway.

Listening to music that you enjoy, in the language you are learning is a great tool to add to your learning methods. When you find songs you really like, don’t just listen to them over and over, but also do the Lyrics Translate thing. This way you can follow along with the song as you listen to it, but also with Italian and English side by side you can understand what the story of the song is.

5. Join An Italian Conversation Group Online.

I haven’t done this for a while, but over the years I have joined online language groups where either everyone is learning Italian like I am, and you have a chance to practice on each other, or, Italians who want to improve their English will trade out with you. You take turns conversing in Italian and in English, so everyone benefits.

When you join an online conversation group it takes away the nervousness you get when trying to speak another language. Once you break through the fear/embarrassment stage of trying to speak a foreign language and are comfortable to just go for it, make mistakes and move on, speaking a foreign language becomes super fun.

Personally, my goal with learning Italian is not to speak flawlessly – most of us don’t even speak our own language flawlessly. I just want to be able to participate. I want to understand what’s going on around me, understand conversations and jokes, join in and be a part of it all. When I took the fluency pressure off myself and just made it all about fun, my Italian language skills took off.

One of my favorite things is practicing on taxi drivers in Rome. There is invariably traffic, so they’re stuck with me for a while. They always teach me new words and phrases that then surprise people when I drop them into conversation. For example, one day I was telling the driver I liked the “little wind” coming in the window, but I didn’t know how to say it in Italian. He told me the word for breeze is venticello. It’s kind of a gorgeous word really.

Employing all the things we’ve talked about here today has helped me improve my Italian so much. I hope they will help you to improve your Italian language skills too and act as a booster help you to supercharge whichever learning program you are doing!

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