After being postponed to October last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon Prime Day 2021 kicked off at midnight PT on Monday, June 21, 2021, and runs through Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Since the annual Black Friday–like sale—held exclusively for Amazon Prime members—started in 2015, it has grown from a one-day event with discounts on 100,000 items to a two-day event with over 2 million deals.
Before you can shop the sale, you’ll need to sign up for an Amazon Prime free 30-day trial account if you’re not already a member. (After the 30-day trial, Amazon Prime costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month.) In addition to qualifying for Prime Day deals, your membership also gets you free two-day shipping year-round, plus ongoing access to Prime Video, and free grocery delivery service from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Markets in select locations.
To help drive more money to small businesses, Amazon has created curated collections of small businesses to make it easier to shop them online. The collections, which you can shop now at amazon.com/supportsmall, are organized by product type, region (so you can shop locally), and by owner profile if you want to support women- or Black-owned businesses, for example.
Since Amazon Prime Day deals are rolled out over the course of the two-day sale, you can plan ahead and get a sneak peek by going to “Today’s Deals” on Amazon, clicking the “Upcoming” tab, and hitting “Watch this Deal” to get a notification via the Amazon app when the sale starts. (You can also install the Amazon assistant in your browser to get desktop notifications.) Some deals have limited stock, so you’ll need to act quickly to make sure you get what you want.
To help make finding the best deals easier, the editors at AFAR have dug through the sale to find the top travel tech, luggage, and camping gear—some of which are featured in AFAR’s Best of lists—that are marked down during Amazon Prime Day 2021.
Ostrichpillow Go Travel Pillow
Buy Now: $42 (was $60), amazon.com
The Ostrichpillow Go travel pillow is one of AFAR’s favorite travel pillows because it’s made with extra-comfy memory foam that supports your head on long flights or road trips. This Amazon Prime Day, it’s 30 percent off in the Midnight Gray and Blue Reef colorways.
BioLite Headlamp 330
Buy Now: $45 (was $60), amazon.com
Save 25 percent off BioLite’s top-selling headlamp this Prime Day. Designed with a sweat-wicking material to keep your forehead dry, this headlamp also provides 330 lumens of light and 40 hours of battery life on low or 3.4 hours on high. It’s also rechargeable via Micro USB so you don’t have to worry about lugging along spare batteries.
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This packable tote weighs less than a pound.
Baggu Cloud Bag
Buy Now: $40 (was $56), amazon.com
This lightweight packable tote—marked down 28 percent in a fun leopard print—folds up into an included pouch and expands to a roomy 14 x 10 x 11 inches. Use it as a beach tote, or as an emergency spare bag for bringing home souvenirs from your next trip.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Headphones
Buy Now: $248 (was $350), amazon.com
These best-selling wireless noise-canceling headphones are marked down nearly 30 percent during Amazon Prime Day 2021. Made with industry-leading noise-canceling Dual Noise Sensor technology, these headphones have a 30-hour battery life, making them ideal for even the longest travel days.
Ostrichpillow Bamboo Compression Socks
Buy Now: $21 (was $30), amazon.com
One of AFAR’s picks for the best compression socks, these unisex socks are made with an ecofiber blend of soft bamboo and recycled polyester and nylon. Marked down 30 percent, the socks have antimicrobial properties to prevent bad smells, cushioned soles for comfort, plus reinforced heels and toes for durability.
Thermacell MR450 Portable Mosquito Repeller
Buy Now: $26 (was $33), amazon.com
To make your next camping trip more comfortable, you’ll want to ward off bugs. If you don’t want to deal with bug spray, the Thermacell MR350 Portable Mosquito Repeller is a lightweight (less than half a pound!) device that heats up an included repellent mat inside. The result? A 15-foot zone of protection against mosquitoes. This Prime Day, it’s 20 percent off at checkout.
Marmot Duffel Bag
Buy Now: $97 (was $129), amazon.com
Save 25 percent on this durable duffel bag that can fit up to 50 liters of gear (that’s about a week’s worth of clothes or a long weekend’s worth of camping gear). It comes with removable shoulder straps so you can carry it like a backpack or a traditional duffel. When not in use, this travel bag folds up into an included storage sack.
Epicka Universal Travel Adapter
Buy Now: $19 (was $24), amazon.com
This travel adapter comes with switchable plugs covering more than 150 countries, including those in the United Kingdom and EU, as well as the United States and Australia. Plus, with an AC socket, four USB ports, and one USB Type C port, you can charge up to six devices at once. It’s marked down 20 percent right now.
GoPro Hero8 Black Retail Bundle
Buy Now: $279 (was $350), amazon.com
Take 20 percent off this GoPro bundle on Amazon Prime Day. It includes the Hero8 Black camera, plus head strap, a 32 GB SD memory card, two rechargeable batteries, and a “Shorty” mini extension pole and tripod.
Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket
Buy Now: $89 (was $270), amazon.com
With nearly 14,000 five-star reviews, it’s no surprise this jacket is Amazon’s number one seller in women’s outerwear. Even though you likely won’t need this coat for several months, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead.
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Keep your tech dry with this water-resistant laptop backpack.
Marmot Slate Everyday Travel Bag
Buy Now: $62 (was $89), amazon.com
This water-resistant backpack is big enough to fit a 15-inch laptop, but small enough that it’ll fit underneath the seat on an airplane. It can also be used as an everyday commute bag. This Amazon Prime Day, it is marked down 30 percent.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter 2-Pack
Buy Now: $20 (was $40), amazon.com
Anyone going on days-long hikes will benefit from having a Lifestraw Personal Water Filter along; this year, a two-pack is 50 percent off. Each straw can filter up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water, removing 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan parasites without the use of batteries.
SanDisk 256 GB Extreme SDXC Memory Card
Buy Now: $36 (was $47), amazon.com
It’s never fun to run out of camera memory while traveling. SanDisk’s highly rated memory cards are 22 percent off this year.
Mpowerd Luci Solar String Lights
Buy Now: $30 (was $45), amazon.com
A must-have for casual campers, this 18-foot string of LED lamps packs into a fist-sized spool and recharges via USB (8 hours) or direct sunlight (16 hours). Illuminate your tent in a soft, romantic glow, or string one up for ambient lighting around the picnic table.
Baggu Storage Cubes 2-Piece Set
Buy Now: $22 (was $30), amazon.com
Baggu’s two-piece packing cube set is 28 percent off during Amazon Prime Day 2021. Made from durable ripstop nylon, the set has one large and one small zipped cube that are great for using as packing cubes or keeping items organized in your drawers at home.
Bose SoundLink Revolve
Buy Now: $129 (was $199), amazon.com
You’ll always be thankful you threw a portable speaker in your bag, whether you’re on a solo getaway by yourself or renting a beach house with the entire family. The Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker is water resistant, weighs just over a pound, and delivers quality sound. It is currently marked down 35 percent.
Marmot Men’s Knife Edge Jacket
Buy Now: $158 (was $225), amazon.com
Select colors and sizes of this lightweight rain jacket are marked down 30 percent this Prime Day. It’s made with Gore-Tex that will keep you protected from both wind and rain during your outdoor adventures.
Jane Iredale HandDrink Hand Cream
Buy Now: $23 (was $29), amazon.com
Made with reef-safe mineral ingredients, this SPF 15 hand cream protects your skin without leaving it greasy like a typical sunscreen would. The two-ounce tube is small enough to fit in your purse or your pocket.
Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
Buy Now: $80 (was $130), amazon.com
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite e-reader comes with its own built-in light that makes it easier to read in both full sunlight and on dimly lit airplanes—and this year you can save big on it and other Kindle devices, including the Kindle Kids Edition, which is just $65 right now.
Larq PureVis Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
Buy Now: $71 (was $95), amazon.com
Marked down 25 percent this year, the 17-ounce Larq Bottle is one of AFAR’s favorite water bottles and is worth the price. The bottle’s cap is fitted with an ultraviolet light that disrupts the DNA in bacteria and viruses, rendering them unable to reproduce (which is how they cause diseases). Pressing the top of the cap activates the light: Tap once for normal purification, or twice for “adventure mode,” which is useful when you suspect your water may be loaded with harmful microorganisms. An added bonus? The double-walled stainless steel bottle keeps beverages cold for 24 hours or hot for 12.
Marvis Toothpaste Gift Set
Buy Now: $29 (was $36), amazon.com
Travel-size toothpaste isn’t exactly the most exciting gift. Unless it comes from Italian brand Marvis, that is. Between the beautiful packaging and flavors like Ginger Mint and Amarelli Licorice, anyone will be pleased to unwrap this. You can save 29 percent on this set of seven 1.3-ounce tubes at checkout.
Anker Solar Charger
Buy Now: $60 (was $80), amazon.com
This portable solar panel has three USB-A ports so you can keep your phone and other electronics charged when you’re nowhere near an electrical outlet. The entire device only weighs 2.5 pounds and folds up into a laptop-size package, so you can easily stash it in your backpack during camping trips. Since this is an Amazon Prime Day Lightning Deal, you’ll have to act quickly before the limited quantities sell out or the temporary sale period ends.
23andMe Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Service Kits
Buy Now: $99 (was $199), amazon.com
Heritage travel is on the rise thanks to the proliferation of DNA testing kits. The kit from 23andMe is $100 off during Amazon Prime Day once again.
Proraso Shaving Cream
Buy Now: $8 (was $10), amazon.com
At 5.2 ounces, this tube of shaving cream from Italian brand Proraso will need to be checked if you’re flying with it. But it doesn’t hurt to add a little Italian-made luxury to your medicine cabinet.
This article originally appeared online in July 2018; it was updated in July 2019, October 2020, and again on June 22, 2021, to include current sale information.
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