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International travel, from a distance, can seem like one big graph — replete with peaks and valleys. The peaks are almost exclusively confined to the trip, and the deep valleys occur in the preparation, airport, and ensuing jet lag.

But thanks to my work as a product reviewer, I see a high volume of great tools and products designed just to make traveling easier. And on my recent trip abroad, I decided to put a few of them to the test. What I got was a trip that was markedly easier — and more enjoyable — from start to finish than any other I've planned before.

Below, you'll find 15 purchases that made my last international trip a breeze — just in case any of them might be helpful to you, too:

Som Sleep, 12-Pack, $30

Som Sleep is a drink formulated with melatonin, magnesium, vitamin B6, GABA, and L-Theanine that was created to help you get to sleep faster and, hopefully, sleep better. It helped get to sleep early enough on my return date to avoid the worst of the jet lag. You can see our full review of the drink here to decide if its right for you.

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