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    30 Things For People Who'd Rather Cancel Their Flight Than Check A Bag

    ::smugly rolls bag past checked bag counters, around folks struggling with their bags on trains and ferries, and around other tourists on European cobblestone streets::

    1. An on-the-go Gillette razor that'll spare you some precious space in your bag without sacrificing quality.

    compact razor in carrying case

    2. Tide sink packets with the perfect amount of detergent for a sink wash to help lighten your clothing load. Seriously, it's time to get over packing an outfit for every freaking day of your trip. No one cares.

    person dumping packet of clothes detergent in a sink full of water

    3. A pair of elastic band sneakers you can easily slip on and off for TSA security *plus* comfortably walk around at your destination.

    white sneakers

    4. And a pair of ~flexible~ flat sandals that'll pack very easily and look nice enough for when you don't wanna bother with sneakers.

    reviewer wearing flat sandals with strap across toes and ankle strap

    5. A compact travel adaptor so you won't be caught with the wrong adaptor or with no adaptor at all to juice up your phone. No need to pester a trip mate for an adaptor!

    universal travel adaptor with two cords plugged into it

    6. A Dagne Dover carryall duffle bag with a TON of devoted fans for good reason. It helps you stay *very* organized and fit in a lot of items in a super tiny space that's even small enough to shove under an airplane seat.

    7. Or! A compression carry-on backpack I just saw a friend carrying on a month-long European trip to lots of success. She had lots of cute outfits all packed into this beaut!

    8. A clear TSA-approved toiletry bag so you can Lego-fit all your liquid and spreadable bbs in there with ease.

    clear bag with toiletries inside

    9. A set of silicone travel bottles to keep your go-tos at the ready without checking a bag.

    person squeezing conditioner out of bottle.

    10. A solid hair conditioner bar so you aren't stuck with the subpar hotel conditioner for all your exotic photo ops.

    11. A set of compression bags if you're not beholden to carry-on weight limits (v much more of a thing for European flying these days) and tend to overpack. Here's your sweet spot ;).

    12. Or a collection of compression packing cubes you can use over and over again without having to remember to pack a pump for sucking out the air.

    13. A multipurpose passport-holding wallet with RFID-blocking technology so you'll have all your stuff in one place while you're en route. And once you're where you're going, you can split up your important docs, cards, and cash amongst your belongings to deter pickpockets.

    large wallet with passport, credit cards, and more

    14. A stylish quilted cross-body bag you can easily dig out of your carry-on when it's time to buy a meal or go go go once you get to your destination. Reviewers say it fits a surprising amount!

    15. A makeup-removing cloth to gently help erase the day instead of dirtying up hotel washcloths with your waterproof mascara.

    16. A travel-sized bottle of Poo-Pouri you can keep in your pocket or under-seat bag to help you more comfortably do the deed on a plane or in public. This spray stops toilet smells before they can start.

    bottle of PooPourri

    17. A mini two-in-one hair tool to help you get your mane how you like it without your regular space-hogging hair tools.

    18. A wheeled carry-on bag small enough to qualify as a personal item on super stringent airlines. It can fit underneath an airplane seat!

    19. A collapsible silicone water bottle that'll make sure you stay hydrated (drink water on that flight!) without making you sacrifice other things in your bag.

    20. A folding toothbrush to earn you a few extra inches and make it that much easier to reach for at the end of a long-haul flight.

    21. A pair of cushioned ballet flats will easily fit in your bag and keep you well (un)heeled on your adventures.

    person wearing ballet flats with skinny jeans

    22. A Kindle Paperwhite so you can tote around a whole dang bookshelf of titles in an extremely slim device. (I take my Kindle everywhere.)

    person holding kindle with water dripping off it

    23. A lightweight, waterproof raincoat because showers do happen and you've gotta be prepared.

    model wearing rain jacket

    24. A pair of tall compression socks to help prevent mid-flight swelling and also keep you from walking barefoot through airport security (GROSS).

    25. An infinity scarf with two secret pockets for your valuables you'll be glad you have to keep warm on the plane *and* when you're out and about, taking in the sights.

    person wearing looped scarf with pocket for passport and phone

    26. A cosmetic travel bag to corral makeup brushes, dry toiletries, and other odds 'n' ends.

    27. A foldable jewelry organizer that'll easily fit in your bag and make sure you can find *those* earrings to wear with *that* dress.

    envelope-like jewelry case with several compartments

    28. A mini steamer in case the shower steaming method has failed you a few too many times on past trips.

    person holding small steamer in one hand

    29. An inflatable neck travel pillow so you can get some mid-air rest and hit the ground raring to go once you land.

    30. A packing list to make sure you get in every last thing you need.


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