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    32 Things That'll Help Make Packing For Your Next Trip So Much Easier

    Forever packing 12 shirts for a 2-day trip because I might spill...a lot.

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    1. A helpful checklist so you can plan out everything you need to pack and not worry about that feeling of "What am I forgetting?"

    Amazon

    Honestly, that feeling haunts me no matter if I go somewhere for a weekend or a month.

    Promising review: "I hate making lists trying to figure out what I need, and this is PERFECT for trying to figure that out. It has a lot more on the checklist than I would ever take on a trip, but it does accommodate for every kind of trip, from a simple vacation across state lines to a business trip, to a wedding halfway around the world. I'm pretty pleased!" —Alyssa Kauffman

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    2. An electronics organizer with spots for all your cords, chargers, devices, and anxiety*.

    Amazon

    *Okay, there are not actual spots for your anxiety, but it will make you feel organized and put together!

    Promising review: "This is the perfect travel companion. It fits everything including an Apple TV, HDMI-to VGA-converter, and multiple lightning and micro-USB cables. I haven't been disappointed at all. Plus, it packs nicely in a backpack and goes everywhere." —iamtheoneoff

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    3. A waterproof Kindle so you can bring as many books as you want without worrying about going over the weight limit. Rory Gilmore is shaking.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I've been an avid Kindle user for the past four years, but when I saw the new version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it's lighter, has more storage, and the battery lasts for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. I used it every day and didn't have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. Plus, I was able to load more than five books on it for the trip, and it was so light to slip in my carry-on. That gets a big gold star in my book.

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99+ (available in 8GB and 32GB and in blue).

    4. Some laundry soap sheets so you can do your laundry and wear your clothes more than once, thus having to pack fewer clothes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This came SO in handy during my vacation to Europe! I was making lots of different stops to places with different types of weather. With these laundry soap sheets, I was able to wash my clothes in the sink — letting me pack just the right amount of clothes for all the different places I went to." —Katie Fujarski

    Get it from Amazon for $4.90+ (available in five styles).

    5. A set of packing cubes because you are so much better than just throwing your clothes randomly into your suitcase and hoping for the best. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Calpak / Via instagram.com

    The set includes four packing cubes and a water-resistant pouch to hold any wet items. Plus, the mesh fronts lets you see what's inside so you don't have to open each one when you're looking for that striped shirt you just KNOW you packed.

    Promising review: "I ordered these to pack for a cruise. I loved the different sizes as they accommodate all items. It made my packing so much more organized. And when I got on the cruise, I just put cubes in the drawers. I used large cubes for dirty clothes coming home. So unpacking was organized too. I would highly recommend these for traveling." —Mio1975

    Get a five-pice set from Nordstrom for $58+ (available in six colors) or a similar six-piece set from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 14 colors).

    6. A travel passport wallet with RFID blocking so you not only have a place to store your important things, but also to protect them.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I make many trips to Canada, and this case lets me keep all my necessary items in one place. It easily holds my passport, cash, and cards that I only need when I travel. Therefore, it's easy to just leave it all in one place and grab it again for the next trip. It makes packing easy, and I never forget anything. Plus, the product looks great and is durable." —Brian Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 36 colors).

    7. A set of shoe organizer bags to keep both shoes together and also make sure all the gross stuff on the bottom of those shoes doesn't get on your nice clothes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was afraid these were going to be low quality and flimsy, but they are not. They are also large enough for my ankle boots to fit into. What I really like about these is that they have a plastic peep section so I can see what shoes are inside at a glance. It's very convenient. I debated a lot about what brand to buy. I'm glad I choose this one." —Melissa

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.88 (available in medium and large and in four colors).

    8. Some packable shelves so when you get to the hotel you can simply hang the shelves up in the closet and be good👏to👏 go👏.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've been using this for about two years to organize my carry-on. I travel 2-3 days a week to Boston, and this thing is amazing. It takes me literally seconds to both pack and unpack. To unpack, I simply pull up and hang in the hotel closet. It collapses wonderfully and weighs next to nothing. If you are a constant jet-setter like me this is a must if you don't check bags. It was totally worth the cost from my standpoint." —RP

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    9. A BÉIS seatback organizer that keeps all your in-flight essentials (i.e. phone, e-reader, magazines, etc.) in the pocket so you don't have to dig around the floor throughout the flight.

    BÉIS

    Promising review: "I bought this before my 9.5-hour flight from Honolulu, HI to Narita, Japan on Hawaiian Airlines. I read reviews that said it didn’t fit in certain seat pockets, but I still chanced it. It fit perfectly, and I had my necessities at hand without having to constantly reach for my bag under the seat. I’m glad I got it, even though I only know that it fits that one airplane." — Kako_Mochi

    Get it from Nordstrom for $34 (available in five colors).

    10. A shampoo bar so you can avoid using whatever they have at the hotel — without adding more liquids to your TSA-approved bag.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was definitely skeptical about a bar shampoo and conditioner, but I travel a lot and really wanted to cut down the use of plastic products as much as possible. I honestly am in love! I got the Heali Kiwi shampoo bar and the Wonderbar conditioner, as well as one of their eco-friendly bamboo-and-sugar cane storage containers, and my very long, fine oily hair, which I do have to wash daily looks and feels great. I recommend anyone on the fence to definitely give it a try! It works! So wonderful for travel too!" —M.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in eight scents).

    11. A strap you can attach to your luggage to hold your carry-on or other items that are too big or awkward to pack (i.e. coat, scarf, neck pillow).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. It made my airport walks so much easier. Now that I'm back home, I've been using it daily to attach my jacket or cardigan to my work bag or purse." —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors)

    12. A contact kit so cute there's no way you'll forget your contacts because you'll be ~quacking~ up when you think about using this.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is so cute! It's much bigger than I thought, but it's still great for traveling. It's a cute little eye case and includes the teeniest tweezers and little tongs for your contacts! What a deal!" —CC

    Get it from Amazon for $1.55.

    13. A dirty laundry bag to put those smelly and gross clothes in to protect them from touching your still good, perfectly clean ones.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this bag for travel. It's the perfect size. Unlike so many travel laundry bags, this one is the perfect size for clothes and undies. So many are too small like a lingerie bag or too big like a bag to take to the laundry mat. This is cute and folds up into itself." —N. Newman

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four colors).

    14. A six-port USB charger that'll not only be super convenient at hotels (because you'll only need to find one working outlet), but will also ensure that you don't need to bring a small collection of bricks to charge all your devices.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This USB charger has been awesome for travel since it allows me to skip packing a separate USB brick for each of my devices. It is smart enough to determine whether the device has the capability to quickly charge via higher amperage output and automatically delivers the appropriate output to each device. The LED that indicates that the unit is receiving power is a nice touch, especially when many hotels I stay at seem to have dead power outlets. I use it with an iPad, iPhone, portable Bluetooth speaker, and a portable recharging pack. It handles those devices well and charges them quickly." —Sam Ellis

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in black and white).

    15. A tie and cufflink traveler because you can't hide a wrinkled tie no matter how hard you try.

    Uncommon Goods

    The case can hold up to four ties, two pairs of cufflinks, and two pairs of collar stays (which are included, score!).

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $45.

    16. A TSA-approved toiletry bag so you can easily stash your liquids and be ready when you go through security and not hold up the line because everyone hates that.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This bag held surprisingly more than expected. I put tiny travel jars for my skincare creams and other small toiletries in it with room to spare. I definitely feel like it was easier to pack and was also easy to grab out of my bag for security. It feels sturdy with nice, thick vinyl. The double zipper moved easily, and I was pleased that it opened completely for ease of getting the items I needed out of it." —Mrs M Tate

    Get it from Amazon for $12.86 (available in 11 colors).

    17. A carry-on garment bag for nice clothes you don't want to get wrinkled. Plus, it has three interior zipper pockets and one mesh pocket to hold all your other essentials.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I recently purchased this bag to be able to accommodate a couple of suits for business trips without having to check a large garment bag. This worked perfectly! It was easy to pack, I had no issues placing it in the overhead bins, and my suits were in great condition when I unpacked at the hotel. Overall, it's a great value." —PSTEENSON

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in black and gray).

    18. An Away carry-on suitcase which has three separate compartments to help you organize your things in the most efficient way possible to make the most use of your space.

    Away / Via instagram.com

    Fill the right side up with your clothes and then use the left side for items such as toiletries, shoes, and the middle for thinner items like laptops or tablets.

    Promising review: "I had a really good experience and I personally thought the Away Bigger Carry-On was worth the $250. I was able to fit a large amount of items, the laundry bag was a lifesaver, the compression section really made everything fit better, and it looks stylish too. The fact that it has a lifetime guarantee also helps. Obviously $200+ can be a huge purchase for some people, but it's a good investment for my lifestyle. And if you hate it within the 100 days, you can always return it." —Arielle Calderon

    Read her complete review on the Away suitcase to see why it's worth it.

    Get it from Away for $245+ (available in 14 colors).

    19. A digital luggage scale to prevent you from paying an overweight baggage fee ever again because sometimes it's hard not to overpack, OKAY!!!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so handy and is great for weighing your luggage. I was a little concerned before I got it because I wasn't sure how accurate it would be. When I used it when I went on vacation, it was dead on to what the airport said, so I highly recommend this. Plus, it’s easy to pack in your bags." —Teresa Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    20. A travel cup that fits both your toothbrush and toothpaste because, be honest, how many times have you only remembered to pack one or the other, but not both?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this travel case. I'm able to fit a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, nail clipper, and cotton swabs, and there is still space for more—even a tube of shaving cream. This is great for traveling. It's so convenient!!!!" —***Q-Ster***

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in five colors).

    21. A set of silicone travel bottle labels to help you remember exactly what is in each bottle. You don't want to end up mixing your lotion and shampoo together when you refill them when it's been six months and you don't remember what's in what bottle anymore.

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "Without my glasses on, I have a tough time separating the shampoo from the conditioner when they are in the same size travel bottles without labels. I leave the conditioner as is without a band and put one on the shampoo, by feel I can now easily identify which one I have in hand." —SimpleHappyLife

    Get a pack of four from The Container Store for $5.99. And if you don't have a set of travel bottles, you can get those from The Container Store for $0.79+ (available in six sizes).

    22. A reusable water bottle with an attached pill organizer so you stay hydrated (and medicated, if applicable) the whole trip.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really love this! It is great for travel. The pill tray slides out for easy filling and the cap has a flat edge so it can be used as a cup! The bottle also has feet on the side so it can rest on the table while you take the pills out. Fantastic design! The bottle is made out of thin plastic, so I would be careful with washing." —AmazonAddict

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in teal and black).

    23. A jewelry organizer to keep your necklaces from becoming a tangled mess because that somehow always happens, no matter how far you travel.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I would give this more stars if I could. It's exactly what I've been looking for forever!!! It has plenty of room for my clunky jewelry, and enough separate pouches that things don't get tangled. I LOVE it." —Carrie Minturn

    Get it from Amazon for $10.82.

    24. A mini flat iron with its own case to easily slip in your bag so you have more room for other important things...like more clothes.

    Eva NYC

    Get it from Target for $23.99.

    25. A drawstring toiletries bag you'll use in a ~cinch~ because it's the perfect way to store all your toiletries.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I wanted. It isn’t super fancy, but I love that all my toiletries can stay standing up. It makes it easy to pack, move and when you get to where you are going, you can just open it, fold down the outside and see everything inside. It also has some handy organizing features like mesh side pockets, elastic along the inside edges to bundle things, and a little mini pouch that I use for hair ties. I would buy again, to have another, but probably won’t need to replace it for a while." —Maryan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four colors).

    26. A curling and flat iron cover with a heat-resistant liner so you can make your hair look perfect and yet not worry about waiting for it to cool down before packing it away.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this product. I should have bought it years ago. It would have eliminated a lot of hassle while traveling. The best part is that it fits my very fat curling iron. Also, the pocket for the cord is a huge help." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in 17 styles).

    27. A foldable backpack to have on hand when you inevitably buy too many souvenirs on your trip and need a way to get them home.

    Scout

    Promising review: "I bought this bag for a trip and it worked like a charm! The quality of the material is outstanding, and the folding aspect made it extremely easy to store after I got home. I highly recommend this bag." —Caroline R.

    Get it from Scout for $49.50+ (available in 11 styles).

    28. A compact lightweight travel blanket that won't take up your whole carry-on bag but *WILL* keep you warm when it's -7 degrees on your flight.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This blanket is the perfect size and weight. It even fits in my briefcase. It has truly become a travel necessity, and I use it on every trip I take." —Melissa Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in light blue, dark blue, and gray).

    29. A felt bag organizer to turn your purse or carry-on into a neatly organized place where you can find everything you're looking for instead of the black hole of disaster it usually is.

    Amazon

    *Takes 10 whole minutes to search through bag looking for earbuds.*

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE this felt organizer! It's strong, yet lightweight and has many, many pockets to stash and organize the contents of my bag. I use mine for when I travel and need quick access to my items. My only issue is that I should have chosen a color other than black because my tote is black, my organizer is black, and most of my items are black! Buying the green would have offset my items deep inside the tote. Other than that, I LOVE LOVE LOVE!" —Kathy D

    Get it from Amazon for $13.88+ (available in five sizes and 16 colors).

    30. A Dagne Dover duffle bag that's worth the splurge because you'll be able to fit everything you need for a flight in it...and then swiftly put it under your seat to avoid the Hunger Games-style fight for overhead bin space.

    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Shopping's Emma McAnaw says "My Dagne Dover duffle fits soooooo much more than it seems (especially when you fight to the death to fit everything as I do), and it's a super easy carry-on! I just put it under the seat so I don't have to fight people to get the overhead bin space. Also, I've gotten away with bringing it for free on airlines that try to charge for carry-ons because it looks so small"

    Get it from Dagne Dover for $95+ (available in five sizes and eight colors).

    31. A set of space-saver bags that work miracles when it comes to squeezing your clothes to basically nothing so you can pack even more! Yay!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These were lifesavers! We took a 10-day trip to Europe and were able to pack only in a carry on using these! I used 2 medium in my carry-on and my husband used 3 in his carry-on. I packed all my undergarments, 5 dresses, 4 pairs of jeans, multiple blouses, 3 pairs of shorts and a few other pieces of clothes. And still has room for my shoes. These will definitely be used each time we travel now. Well worth it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $17.95.

    32. And a book with different scenarios to help you get the job done, no matter what kind of packing job it is.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little books gives the traveler lots of suggestions of what to pack for various locations as well as how to pack. It was full of great hints that I plan to add to my packing routine." —Susan R

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39.

    TBH sometimes just packing yourself would be easier than packing for a trip.

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