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    Here's Everything You Need To Travel Light

    You're vaxed, waxed, and ready to go — you're not about to start lugging around big ol' bags.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A multipurpose travel wallet that has plenty of space for all the documents you need and a pen, because good luck finding one of those when you need to fill out all those customs documents!

    Promising review: "This is my new go-to travel wallet! It has slots for everything you need. The color is great and it's not bulky. If it had more than three credit card slots I would use it as my everyday wallet because that's how much I love it. My pen kept falling out so I would suggest using a pen that has a clip in it. The inside flap came in handy for my plane boarding passes." —Tee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 17 colors).

    2. A set of packing cubes capable of sectioning off and holding so much stuff, so that your suitcase is never an absolute mess.

    This set of water-resistant bags is perfect for the traveler who always overpacks. By using them, they'll be able to separate, organize, and store all their things within their regular suitcase, preventing their clothes from being crushed during the journey. It also comes with a laundry bag so they can separate their dirty clothes from their clean clothes.

    Promising review: "I travel frequently and travel light. My luggage is usually limited to a backpack that slides under the airline seat. For a two-week European cruise, I added a carry-on rolling suitcase. I've used these packing cubes twice so far and I am hooked. One cube holds everything (including clothing) I take on a three-night trip. The cube slides into my pack, saving massive amounts of room, and everything is easy to find during travel and at the hotel. Taking out one cube and unzipping is much better than digging through a pack! I will never leave home without these!" —Gura

    Get the set on Amazon for $25.99 (available in five colors).

    3. An ultra lightweight puffer jacket you can easily roll up and stuff into your carry on.


    FYI, this jacket is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "This puffer jacket is a real problem solver during colder months where suitcase real estate just won’t accommodate a warm jacket. It’s also very light. The entire garment stuffs into an impossibly small ripstop nylon bag which is included. You’ll find it tied to the interior. With a little practice, you can leave the bag tied to the garment and repack quickly. I was very comfortable in moderately cold weather meaning 40–50-ish degrees, threatening rain. For the price, you'll be able to sport your favorite colors in style." —Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $12.29+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 15 colors).

    4. A packing list pad that'll make sure you're packing everything you need and not 876 ballgowns, because apparently when you're on vacation you become the type of person who goes to galas?

    The "Pack This!" list on a table

    Promising review: "I hate packing — I mean, I really hate packing! I am always afraid I am going to forget something and the entire ordeal is a stressful one for me. Since I have to travel a lot, this is a game-changer for me. No more guessing if I forgot my underwear — everything I need is on this list. I am thinking of just keeping one bag totally packed, filled with the items on the list, and just add my suit in when I am ready to travel. :)" —Dr. Oceanfront

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    5. A digital luggage scale so you can measure your big ol' bag before you check it in and avoid that bajillion dollar overweight luggage fee.

    The luggage scale

    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so convenient, lightweight, and easy to use. I no longer worry about my bag being overweight and having to rearrange my packing in the middle of the airport. The times I've used this, I make sure my bag is two pounds under the weight limit and have never had an issue!" —Sadie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.29+ (available in two options).

    6. A washable and inflatable headrest you can roll up and store away — no more pillow necklaces for you, only diamond ones from now on.


    Promising review: "Just took this on a 14-hour flight to Australia. As someone who has great trouble sleeping upright, this definitely made the journey much more pleasant. I also used it on a bunch of short three- to four-hour flights, and it worked great as a chin rest or side pillow while I watched TV and read. It inflates and deflates MUCH quicker than the other travel pillows I have. I also didn't have the problem of falling forward when dozing off." —David

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in four colors).

    7. A genius little Pocket Palette — it includes mascara, BB cream, and blush/lip tint that'll have you looking fly without having to carry your entire makeup bag around.

    A photo of someone holding up the Pocket Palette

    Promising review: "I travel often for work, and it’s so much easier to pack a few Pocket Palettes than tote my regular makeup — they’re super carry-on bag/airport-friendly! I love my Lancôme but I’d much rather not tote around heavy glass bottles, so I keep a palette at the ready for the gym, in my purse, at my desk at work, etc. — they’re that convenient. For the makeup itself, the quality of the BB cream is great. It’s light, feels and looks natural, you can get at least two full uses out of the quantity. The lip/cheek color amount is also generous. I personally go for a darker lip generally, but this is good for blush and will last me a while. I love how handy the mascara applicator is, so fun-sized. For someone on the go, who isn't soooo makeup savvy that I'm contouring all the time, this product is really practical!" —Maureen

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two shades).

    8. And while you're at it get your toiletries in a super portable kit that includes everything from your toothpaste, face wash wipes, deodorant wipes, perfume wipes, to hand sanitizer wipes — all designed so you don't even need to be near a bathroom to use them.

    The kit laid out on a table showing everything you get
    Eqwipt 2 Go on Etsy

    Each kit includes four of each of the products.

    Eqwipt 2 Go is a Parker, Colorado-based Etsy shop specializing in travel-friendly toiletries to help you freshen up without needing a restroom.

    Get it from Eqwipt 2 Go on Etsy for $10

    9. A collapsible water bottle you can take through security empty, fill up at a water fountain, and have enough water to stay hydrated throughout your flight.,

    Promising review: "We purchased two of these for our trip abroad and I have only one thing to say about it — it was the best purchase we made for the trip. They flattened down and fit into our backpack just fine. The minute we made it through the TSA checkpoint, we filled it up. It holds quite a bit of liquid, so we didn't have to fill up every five minutes during the trip like with some smaller-capacity bottles." —Sheryl

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95 (available in eight colors).

    10. A pack of travel-friendly laundry detergent that'll make traveling with fewer clothes way easier — now you can just wash what you bring.

    The box and packets of Sink Suds detergent

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

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon $9.30.

    11. A water-resistant backpack designed with a USB charging port, more than a dozen pockets in multiple sizes, and an anti-theft lock to help keep your stuff safe., Amazon

    Promising review: "Great backpack for travel. I can comfortably fit my 15" laptop, water bottle, a small pair of flat shoes, a course reader, and a bunch of other little things (agenda, iPad, journal, pens, pencils, iPhone.) Really an awesome backpack that looks professional, clean, and holds a LOT. I use it for my frequent travel (airplane) and it fits perfectly under the seat." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69+ (available in six colors and two sizes).

    12. A versatile ruched crew-neck T-shirt dress that'll look amazing dressed up with heels or down with your favorite sneakers — it's basically a million outfits in one.

    A model wearing the dress in black

    FYI, this jacket is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Ok, EVERYONE NEEDS THIS DRESS. It’s so flattering, but more importantly SO comfortable. It reminds me of the Leith dress from Nordstrom but it's half the price and way better quality, in my opinion. I’m wearing a medium and I have a little room to move around so it’s not skin tight." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 34 colors).

    13. A reversible vegan-leather travel tote that'll hold everything you might need at a moment's notice — or in the event your luggage doesn't make it.,

    Promising review: "I bought this bag for a trip I recently took and am extremely pleased with it. The versatility of being reversible (dark to light) was a plus, getting two for the price of one. It is soft and supple and holds a ton of stuff! My 13" laptop/tablet fit perfectly and there was still room for a lot of other travel stuff. The magnet that holds the flaps together was strong, too. I would definitely purchase this product again and will use it on future trips!" —D. Webb

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 17 colors).

    14. And a multi-pocketed handbag organizer to help you keep your purse from turning into a black pit of despair.,

    Promising review: "I have always purchased handbags with lots of pockets and sections because I hate having to dig around trying to find something in the gaping hole of purses with no sections. But I have passed up so many cute bags because of this and I was frustrated with having to do so. I purchased this medium size organizer and I couldn't be happier!! It is very well made and it has so many great pockets to organize everything I need. THE BEST PART is, I can easily lift it out of one purse and put it into another one and I always know where everything can be found. I wish I had gotten one of these years ago. When I first ordered this organizer I didn't realize it had two zipper compartments on each side and I was tickled to discover even MORE storage!!! With all the fun colors and patterns it was hard to select one, but I've always been partial to polka dots. I love it and can't imagine anyone not being has pleased with this as I am!" —Ronna

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–L and in 27 colors).

    15. An adorable mini travel hair straightener, so that you'll always look flawless, even after a 20-hour flight.


    Basically, you'll be Beyoncé. Minus the private jet.

    Promising review: "My wife needed a hair straightener solution for a trip to New York in which she was only packing one carry-on and her purse. We found this for her and ordered it. Very good price plus Prime shipping! She received it and promptly she tried it — she was happy with it! I am amazed at how tiny it is, which was the intention, but the amazement was that it works well regardless of its tiny size. I saw her use it every day of the five days we were in NYC, and it didn't seem to slow down her normal getting ready routine at all, I'd say it's a little champion. I asked her a couple of different times if she likes it and she said that it's great. So, for us, it worked well and took very little space, which was at a premium for this trip." —James Stapp

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two colors).

    16. And while you're at it, an investment-worthy T3 folding hair dryer designed to be totally lightweight and portable while still holding the same power and providing the same results as your favorite full-sized T3 products. Honestly, it's so great you could probably use it as your regular hairdryer, no need to buy two.


    Promising review: "Love it! I thought it wasn't going to be powerful enough to dry my hair but found that it dried it much faster than normal. I now travel with it, which I never took a dryer with me! I also purchased the flat iron which heats up in seconds." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $144.27.

    17. A waterproof travel organizer that'll help you keep all your cords, chargers, batteries, flash drives, and cables completely organized.

    Promising review: "Great for holding all my cords. Everything stays organized and it's easy to slide into my briefcase. Glad I have it!" —Rochelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 11 colors).

    18. Or if you're looking for a way to store your valuables, a discreet and foldable jewelry case that can hold your rings, stud earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches... you name it!

    The jewelry case in gray showing what it looks like unfolded and then how compact it is folded
    Buzzy B Design on Etsy

    Buzzy B Design is a Fairfield, California-based, husband and wife Etsy shop.

    Get it from Buzzy B Design on Etsy for $15.99 (available in eight colors). 

    19. A machine-washable Trtl neck pillow that's soft and flexible to not only fit you perfectly but fit into any tiny space you have available.

    A model wearing the neck pillow while sleeping on an airplace seat

    Promising review: "I used it for an 18-hour flight and it worked great. That being said, you have to find the sweet spot when wrapping it around your neck. If you just slap it on, it won’t be in the proper position and won’t give you the support you need. First get the upper edge area aligned comfortably with your jaw bone (this area is where your chin will be resting while asleep) then while holding in place with one hand, relax your neck/head like you're sleeping — at this point wrap the fleece around and lock into place. Find the right tightness for your comfort — super snug didn’t work for me, so mine was more relaxed. I would alternate between sides depending on the angle I wanted my head at. I wore it when awake as a scarf because it was chilly on the plane. My friend used it as neck support in a place we were staying by just placing it on the bed. I used it for a phone prop to watch videos and a neck support to read my book while laying down. It has become a surprisingly universal tool for me and I have no regrets about purchasing it." —B. Everson

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in five colors and in adult and children sizes).

    20. A dual-voltage travel steam iron that is so small, it'll fit anywhere — plus its a great way to freshen up your clothes that, maybe, you're wearing more than once between washes.


    Just because you're backpacking through Europe doesn't mean you have to look like it.

    Promising review: "Perfect for travel! We bought it since we travel a lot and it fits well in luggage and is so light. Weight is important with airlines charging for luggage. Works well too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    21. A super-fast drying microfiber travel towel for anyone hitting the open road sans fancy hotels.

    The towel in mint gray

    Promising review: "Definitely the softest and lightest towel I have ever owned. I bought it for backpacking and also travel overseas when I don't want to bring a checked bag with tons of stuff and just bring a carry-on. It dries crazy fast and doesn't smell after a few uses. If you're wondering what size to get, I would not recommend the size I got. I have a 30-inch waist and got the 20X40 size and it just barely covers me up, but I wanted the lightest and smallest size I could get. If I bought this again I would probably buy one size bigger just so it covered me a little better, but this towel is still awesome. Holds up well!" —Nathaniel Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes and in 10 colors).

    22. A vaccine card leather holder — it also has a key ring for safe travels in the event you need to bring it with you somewhere.

    A person holding all the color options of the vaccine card holder
    Familiar Paws on Etsy

    Familiar Paws specializes in personalized leather dog collars and other accessories.

    Get it from Familiar Paws on Etsy for $12.99+ (available in eight colors and personalization options).

    23. A Bluetooth foldable keyboard to help turn any of your smart devices into a makeshift laptop — meaning you don't actually have to bring yours.


    Promising review: "Full-size keyboard, easy to set up. This was great to use with my larger Kindle. I need it for giving notes at speech and debate tournaments and to travel light." —Pam Alster

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two options).

    24. An adorable set of compact makeup brushes so you can travel with a full face and an empty suitcase.

    The set of pink makeup brushes
    Shop Sweat Pretty on Etsy

    Shop Sweat Pretty is a vegan, cruelty- and gluten-free beauty line on Etsy. 

    Get the eight piece set from Shop Sweat Pretty on Etsy for $10

    25. A pack of refillable perfume bottles, because packing light is no excuse for stinking up the place.


    Promising review: "I bought these to use when traveling and they work perfectly! They are easy to fill with the little funnel included. The different colors make it easy to differentiate which scent is in each. Also, you can slide the bottom metal outer case off to see how much is left in each. Easy to carry in a purse or carry-on bag when flying so you don't have to put your full-size scents in a checked bag. If you won't use this many, they would be a great little stocking stuffer! Great product at a great price!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six bottles from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. And if you're traveling somewhere weed-friendly, a compact and sturdy honeycomb silicone smoking pipe (with glass bowl), grinder, and stash bag so you always have the tools you need.

    The kits in all the color options laid out on a table
    Jadesola ULTD on Etsy

    Jadesola ULTD is a Chicago-based Etsy shop.

    Get it from Jadesola ULTD on Etsy for $20 (available in seven colors). 

    No more big-ol' bags for you my friend!

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