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    28 Perfectly Packable Things You Won't Regret Bringing On Your Next Trip

    Because your tickets are booked, your itinerary is set, and now you've just got to pack those bags...

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    1. A lightweight, 20-liter backpack that folds up into a tiny sandwich-size bag so in the (very) likely chance you buy a bunch of souvenirs that don't fit in your already overpacked carry-on, you'll have somewhere to stow them on the way home.

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    Promising review: "I bought this bag in July 2017 and it is my favorite and go-to adventure bag. I bought it because I was moving abroad and needed something that was packable for the trips I would be taking. This thing has been with me to many countries and on dozens of other trips. I also use it as a river and beach bag. My husband loves it too as we often share bag duties. It fits easily as a personal item on a plane (under the seat). It fits in the lockers at all of the theme parks. It is extremely easy to clean by hand or throw into the washing machine and it air-dries quickly (and we wash it relatively frequently/when we travel). It is durable and water resistant. After three years of pretty intense use it is showing very little signs of wear. I came back to it as I'm considering getting a larger one from the same company and realized I should leave a review for the original one I love." —Christi Malone

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 12 colors).

    2. A set of TSA-friendly travel bottles and jars so you can bring your own shampoo and conditioner and not have to worry about your hair waging war on you for using the complimentary stuff in the hotel.

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    Promising review: "I've taken these on about five trips so far. They've endured air pressure and altitude changes from flying and have spent quality time in a hot car. Not even a hint of a leak so far — I love it. These are soft, durable, and seal well. They were easy to fill, as the mouths are relatively wide. They dispense well, although I've yet to test them on something with an extremely thin consistency. So far, I've filled them with lotion, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, and hair gel. Would buy again." —Ahvienda Kotura

    Get the set of four bottles and two jars from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in six color combinations).

    3. And a waterproof makeup bag you can store all your toiletries in so you don't have to worry about them exploding in transit. I'm serious — IDK what it is about hotel shampoo and conditioner, but my hair hatesssss it, so I always have to pack my own!!

    a model reaching into the waterproof bag to grab a bottle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have tried many of these types of bags, but this is one of the best! I use this to store my makeup and brushes for daily use, and it is great for travel! When I don't use it, I can fold it flat and store it away. If it gets dirty, I can throw it in the wash! It's perfect all around!!! Great for beginners in makeup looking for a cute, functional bag!" —N.S.

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

    4. A memory foam neck pillow that *looks* bulky but you know what they say about looks being deceiving! It actually reduces down 60% in size to pack into a drawstring bag that takes up next to no room.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. It is extremely comfortable and made of high-quality material. Definitely worth the extra money. I really like the Velcro connection on the front that allows me to make the pillow nice and tight. It takes all the pressure off my neck and allows me to sleep on the airplane easily. As someone who has never been able to sleep on planes, logging nearly 12 hours on back to back trips has completely changed my life. I would highly recommend." —Patrick

    My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague Maitland Quitmeyer is also a fan, saying:

    "I used this on a recent overnight flight and it, combined with my favorite melatonin gummies, helped me sleep for the first time E V E R on a long flight. EVER!!!!! And then I squeezed it into a *fraction* of the space in my backpack for the rest of the trip."

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in two colors).

    5. A luggage-mounted cup caddy because if you're anything like me, coffee is HIGH on your list of airport priorities and you could likely use an extra hand to carry it.

    gray cup caddy holding a Starbucks coffee and cellphone attached to a carry-on suitcase handle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This cup holder is perfect! It helps me a lot! Last time I took a plane with a suitcase and a cup of coffee, I dropped and spilled my drink everywhere when it was my turn to check my passport and ticket. It was a nightmare! This time, I bought this cup holder to do me a favor! I don't have to worry about where my cup and phone are! I can free my hands to do other things. I love it so much! Hope you love it too." —Philip

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in eight colors/designs). 

    6. A lightweight raincoat that packs right into its own pocket when not in use. It's so compact it'll take up less room in your bag than that extra T-shirt you *had* to bring just in case.

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    I bought this rain coat — in my go-to color: black — to use on a trip to the Peruvian Amazon and it came in super clutch! First off it did a great job of keeping me dry from rainforest showers, but it also took up like no room in my bag which was key since I had to bring so many random ~outdoorsy~ things that I wouldn't normally. I appreciate that the hood zips on/off, that there are adjustable drawcords at the neck and waist, and, ofc, that it packs up so tiny. If you're headed anywhere rainy, it's an invaluable accessory!

    Promising review: "This jacket is a great value. I bought it specifically for Iceland as an outer shell and it surpassed my expectations. It was both wind- and waterproof. The windproof element came in handy as there were 30 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph. I brought three rain jackets with me and this one was my favorite since it's wind- and waterproof and it dried very quickly. The red is also a very nice bright color." —wonderfulone

    Get it from Amazon for $34.90+ (available in women's sizes XS–XXL, 1X–3X, and 31 colors).

    7. A dual travel hair straightener/curling iron if you're so dedicated to your 'do, that whether you're at home or on vacation, it gets the same salon treatment.

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    Promising review: "This little thing is amazing! I have searched high and low for a travel flat iron that was worth saving suitcase space for and FINALLY found it. Switching between flat iron to curling iron is VERY easy... The switch is right by your thumb, but unlike other irons, it doesn't open at the slightest breeze. I haven't noticed any issues with the temp being too high." —bellewithab

    Get it from Amazon for $30.59+ (also available in white).

    8. And a silicone travel mat you can wrap your hot tools up in when you're finished so you don't have to pay your hotel a damage fee for accidentally scorching the bathroom counter. 😬

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great for travel! Love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now I can let it cool a little then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. Love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (also available in gray and in a pouch).

    9. A box of individual laundry detergent packets if you'll be on the road for a good amount of time and your clothes have seen better (read: fresher) days.

    the box of liquid laundry detergent which comes with eight individual pouches
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I pack really light, and wash clothes in the hotel sink/bath to rewear. These are great for that, even on my sweaty/stinky/sunscreeny bathing suit cover up that needs to be washed every day during tropical travel." —iheartmmp

    Get a box of eight packets from Amazon for $9.66.

    10. A RFID-blocking travel wallet with slots, pouches, and pockets for every form of currency and identification one would need to keep on their person. This way, you don't freak out when it's time to board and you have to track down your ticket and passport.

    amazon.com

    This wallet has a passport pocket, a boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a SIM card pouch, a coupon ticket slot, a cellphone pouch (max 5.8 inches), a money and coins zippered pocket (fits US dollars), a key holder, a pen holder, and a slim pocket.

    Promising review: "This holds everything I need all in one place, and it still closes nicely and stays flat! Boarding pass, passport, ID and credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, etc.! Yet it doesn’t bulk up or look like an overstuffed mess. Just amazing. The description says it only holds US money, but I just used the boarding pass flap to hold all my Japanese yen (¥), which are larger. I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot!" —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 28 colors).

    11. A set of compression cubes if — despite your best efforts — you're prone to packing everything but the kitchen sink.

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    Promising review: "My wife have and I have done considerable traveling over the past five years. During this time, we've each used a single carry on for trips long and short. We've found packing cubes a must on any trip. Simply put, they allow you to pack more clothes. Now, having said that, not all packing cubes are the same. Here's why I feel the Tripped Travel Gear Packing Cubes are better than others. The compression zip alleviates the back from adverse strain during the zipping process, which, with other packing cubes, causes broken zippers, broken zip straps, and torn mesh fabric. The nylon fabric used makes a HUGE difference compared to mesh and cheap fabric styles. I've gone through three compression bags from other manufacturers and the issue with other fabric is the stretch it gives. You want it to give a little bit then stop. This nylon fabric used in the travel gear packing cube is perfect. In addition, the handle has come in handy in many situations where we have to take bags in and out during customs, camping trips, etc. The positioning of where the handle is stitched into, as well as the size of the handle, makes a big difference down the line and it can handle wear and tear. All in all, we feel these compression packing tubes are the best product on the market and they make your packing experience less dramatic, and handle all the issues of a long or short trip. These are a MUST-buy." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in packs of two, four, or six and in seven colors/designs).

    12. Or, if that's simply not enough, a set of space-saver bags so you can double down on your overpacking. The compressive storage bags are easy to use; just slide everything in, zip it up, and roll out all the air — no vacuum necessary!

    Amazon, amazon.com

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

    Get them from Amazon for $17.95+ (available in packs of 8, 16, and 24).

    13. A travel umbrella so you don't get soaked while wandering around a city you've never been in because Google Maps has no idea where that restaurant you made a reservation at is...

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I used this umbrella on a trip to NYC and it was such a lifesaver! Some days it's super hot in NYC and some days it would rain like cats and dogs. I was prepared for both with this umbrella and it fits into any purse that I was carrying and is super light! There is also a case that's included that's really cute. Highly recommend this seller and their umbrella! Will purchase again." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in 14 colors/designs). 

    14. A Hackwith Design House shirt that can be worn ~six~ different ways so you can pack a capsule wardrobe and not have to lug around a large checked bag.

    a model wearing the black long-sleeved wrap top in three ways: off the shoulder, tied in the front with a square neck, and tied in the back with a V-neck in front
    Hackwith Design House

    Hackwith Design House is a small, woman-owned business. Their sustainable designs are made to order and sewn in their Minnesota studio. Their sizes run from XS to 4X. On Mondays, they also release limited-edition designs so you can be one of only 25 people to own a piece! 

    I have this shirt and I *love* it. All credit for its discovery goes to TikToker @jennifer.bianca, who I happened to stumble across on my FYP. It checks all my boxes: black, comfortable, versatile, and durable. My initial worry was that I wouldn't feel secure in it (I have a 38DDD chest and most wrap tops/dresses I've tried haven't stayed where they're supposed to), but I haven't had an issue with this! I've worn it tied in the front giving me a square neck (like the middle picture) and tied in the back giving me a V-neck upfront (just like the photo on the right) — both were super comfortable and I didn't have to adjust myself at all. As someone whose weight fluctuates, I also appreciate that this piece can handle pounds gained and lost. The fabric is medium weight so I'll be wearing it season to season and there's just enough elasticity in the arms that if you roll up your sleeves, they won't fall back down. All that is to say trust that I will be buying additional colors!

    Get it from Hackwith Design House for $110 (available in women's sizes XS–4X and in four colors). 

    15. A personalized travel bag you can use to store your bathing suit, dirty clothes, or even toiletries if you're afraid of them leaking on your other stuff.

    a model holding a blue pouch with the initials CM
    Sprinkled With Pink / Etsy

    Sprinkled With Pink is a Dallas, Texas–based shop from Kendra Eaton. They suggest personalizing your bag with two to three letters. You *can* technically do more, but the font will have to be sized down. 

    Get it from Sprinkled With Pink on Etsy for $14.99+ (bags are available in five colors and lettering is available in 20 colors). 

    16. A digital luggage scale so you don't have to frantically move items from your checked luggage to your carry-on in a desperate bid to stay under 50 pounds so you don't have to pay an overweight fee.

    a hand holding the digital scale
    Amazon

    It measures in both pounds and kilograms.

    Promising review: "This luggage scale does everything that a luggage scale should do. First, and foremost, it is accurate. I tested it against two other scales, and it was spot on. The scale is smallish, which is nice because it is the last thing that I am going to stuff into my luggage after I have finished packing and weighed everything else. Everyone that travels on an airplane should own one of these scales. At a bare minimum, it will save you from having to repack your dirty underwear in front of a gate agent, at the most, it will save you being hit with a $50–$100 extra baggage fee which negates the cost of that cheap ticket that you spend days searching for." —ManFromDola

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29.

    17. A two-pack of refillable mini perfume atomizers because you spent $100 on your Versace eau de toilette and you're *not* about to have it confiscated by TSA because your forgot to put it into your checked luggage.

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    Filling them is super easy, too! Pull the leakproof bottle out of the aluminum sleeve and pour your perfume right in. Once you're done, just pop it back in and you're good to go.

    Promising review: "These sprayers are great for traveling. They are small and compact, great for a weekend trip. Definitely nice as they lighten my load and I only have to take the quantity I need. I fill them with my favorite perfume. They are easy to fill; I have not had to deal with any leaks and they close shut tightly after filled. One bottle is good for nearly a hundred squirts. I like that these are lidless because I can’t keep ahold of a lid ever. The top will twist open when you are ready to use it. They are very pretty and stylish." —Momma

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in two color combinations).

    18. A mini white noise machine so you can get a good night's sleep on the road instead of being kept up by unfamiliar noises like creaky Airbnb floors or rowdy hotel neighbors.

    a reviewer's white noise machine
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    The small device has 11 nonlooping sleep sounds (including fan and ocean sounds) and it can connect to wireless devices via Bluetooth so you can use it as a portable speaker and play your own audio.  

    Promising review: "Bought one of these for my hubby for Christmas and he loved it. Then I bought one for my daughter days later. A few days later, I bought our third — I had to have one also for when I travel. Love all the options to select from with the various sounds, volume control is great, love the Bluetooth. Brought it with us to a hotel on vacation and used it at night to drown out the noise of other guests walking and talking in the halls, and during the day rocked our music on Bluetooth!! Added plus, we used it with our new puppy to get him to sleep and stay asleep through the night. Only downside is I wish the battery life was longer. It lasts about three nights before you need to recharge." —Romeo's Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $26.48+ (also available in black). 

    19. A solid lotion bar you can keep in your purse or even in your pocket because although they're free, those lil' hotel bottles just ain't it.

    Wild Poppy Soap Co. / Etsy

    Wild Poppy Soap Co. is a Bradford, New Hampshire–based small biz from Julie Bursey.

    Promising review: "I ordered three lotion bars for upcoming trips. They arrived very quickly and are very nice, softening for my skin and smell wonderful. I’m very happy with my purchase!" —Karen Slack

    Get it from Wild Poppy Soap Co. on Etsy for $6 (available in 22 scents).

    20. A travel jewelry case because last time you threw all of your necklaces in a sandwich bag and ended up with a giant knot that took hours to undo. Like seriously, you could have solved a Rubik's Cube faster.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this box for a weekend getaway. In the past I have just thrown all of my jewelry into little make up bags, but then everything gets tangled and disorganized. I love that this box keeps everything organized and leaves all my necklaces tangle free!" —Dogmom206

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A BPA-free water bottle that's completely shatterproof and collapsible so it takes up next to no room in your luggage!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Now that I've used it for hiking and on a trip, I'm sooo glad I picked it. I walked all over New England, and this bottle was with me everywhere. It is very sturdy, stands up on its own, holds hot and cold liquids, and you can add flavor packets or essential oils to it. It can be a little tricky to roll up, but the bottle does collapse well enough to stick in the carry-on going through airport security or in your backpack when it's empty." —WriterGirlNM

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in eight colors).

    22. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite because stuffing your backpack full of paperbacks definitely isn't the move. Instead, this guy lets you download as many titles as you want and there won't be any regret if you don't make it through them all (or even manage to crack the cover of one...).

    a hand holding the kindle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm the kind of person who used to always buy the printed copies (I love the smell and feel of books). But I've got to admit this is a really practical way to carry around your books when traveling (it's really light and easy to take everywhere), and it really does feel like reading an actual book (compared to tablets and reading on your phone). The waterproof feature it's really just a wonderful plus." —Daniela

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors). 

    23. A pair of Apple AirPods Pro ready to play hours and hours of whatever playlist you're currently digging so you can distract yourself whilst sitting at the airport. The accompanying charging case delivers 24 full hours of playtime, or — if your mind works like mine — enough juice to play the entirety of Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia 38 times.

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Best earbuds I’ve ever purchased. For years I wanted wireless noice canceling earbuds after using the Beats Studios and Bose QC lines. Being an iPhone, user I always saw the appeal of AirPods but never could use them due to them not fitting my ear correctly and always falling out. As soon as I saw the design of the AirPods Pro, I instantly came to Amazon and ordered them. If you’re at all contemplating ordering these, I 100% recommend them. The noise canceling is slightly above average and the transparency mode is extremely useful on the go or whenever you need to hear your surroundings with your music. Amazing product definitely worth the steep price." —Corey P.

    And here's more from BuzzFeed shopping editor Emma Lord: "I have a pair of these, and they're not playing around. Once they're securely in your ear, you can toggle the headphones between noise cancelling and regular sound, depending on your situation. I've been working from home, and the noise cancelling is so effective that I can work next to a window where my neighbor is doing heavy construction and I don't hear anything louder than a faint buzzing. It's quieter than if I'd just plugged my ears with my own fingers. I'm also a runner, and these don't budge when you're sweating, which is nice. It's also handy that these toggle out of noise cancellation mode, because I feel better being able to hear traffic and other people around me when I'm out and about. The TL;DR is I love these so much I have zero interest in owning another pair of headphones for as long as I live." Read her full review of the AirPod Pros here!

    Get them from Amazon for $197.

    24. A three-pack of noise-reducing in-flight earplugs that naturally regulate air pressure in your ears so don't have to deal with popping or pain during takeoff and landing.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Never fly without these! Before I found these, I endured excruciating pain in my ears upon descent and landing. Felt like a hot poker being driven into each ear. My ears would also be plugged up, and it would often take two to three days for them to resume their normal state of being. I insert them about an hour before landing, as the plane is making its slow descent. I'm comfortable and the most discomfort I experience is a slight adjustment of pressure feeling in my sinus. NO PAIN. NO TEARS." —K. Tombrella

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $17.77.

    25. A dress weight because dresses take up like no room in your suitcase, buttttt if the weather takes a turn for the windy, you could be in trouble. With these, you can avoid a Marilyn Monroe moment when a rogue gust or vortex-like subway grate tries to take your skirt for a spin.

    DressStrong / Etsy

    The adhesive weights come in a pack of four and each weighs 0.5 ounces or — what Etsy seller Christina of DressStrong equates them to — 13 jelly beans. To use, just peel the label from the weight and stick it the hem of your dress or skirt. When you're done for the day, you simply peel it off and store it. When stored properly, you should get at least six uses out of each.

    Promising review: "Such a great product, kept my lightweight summer dress down during friend's outdoor wedding. They are the perfect weight — heavy enough to keep your skirt down when it's very windy, but not too heavy that they pull it in an awkward way. They're also absolutely invisible and stayed on the whole time. PS: Fast shipping and a cute handwritten note from a seller, just great." —Marina

    Get it from DressStrong on Etsy for $15+ (available in individual or bulk quantities).

    26. A portable steamer so it doesn't look like your luggage ate your clothes and threw them up into a wrinkled pile. Regardless of if you folded them nicely, creases and crinkles are inevitable, so it's worth having on hand.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This steamer does a great job of getting out tough wrinkles with little effort, which is great when you have a business meeting to go to that morning. This product is now an essential part of my travel gear on every trip." —Iffat

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    Want to know more? Read our full review of the PurSteam Elite Steamer!

    27. A handheld fan to ensure the SPF you so liberally applied doesn't melt off your face the second the sun hits it. Add it to your mental check list before you head out the door — you know, phone, room key, wallet...handheld fan — and you'll be good to go.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The fan has two speeds and can be recharged by any USB cable.

    Promising review: "I have used this mini fan for more than three months now. It’s good quality and works well so far. The fan is small in size but powerful enough that it blows out a large amount of air. I took it with me to Disney World and, thanks to this fan, I had a nice vacation, and I will use it this whole summer. It’s really a lifesaver on really hot days — highly recommend!" —Cruz

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four colors).

    28. And a leather cable organizer so your phone charger doesn't get lost in the void that is the bottom of your bucket bag.

    leather cable organizers in various sizes and colors
    Author L / Etsy

    Author L is a Kyiv, Ukraine–based small biz with all sorts of handmade leather accessories. 

    Promising review: "I love this cable organizer! I had about six cables/chargers floating around my bag getting tangled, and this pouch fixed all of that! It fits SO MANY cables, and the quality is fantastic. The seller was really nice and shipped out pretty fast! 10/10 would recommend!" —moondevil1

    Get it from Author L on Etsy for $27.88+ (originally $69.70+; available in 11 colors and with or without personalization). 

    You promising yourself you'll pack light this time:

    TLC / Via giphy.com

    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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