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    23 Perfectly Packable Things You Probably Need For Your Next Trip

    Less room needed for this stuff, more room available for souvenirs.

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    1. A set of packing cubes to keep you from shelling out cash on checking a bag when you can't quit your over-packing ways. You can fit these (and the tons of clothes compressed inside) right in your carry-on!

    It comes with a laundry bag to separate your dirty clothes on your way back, and the cubes have mesh tops so you can see what's inside!

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 10 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "These packing cubes exceeded my expectations!!!! I was able to pack for a seven-day cruise: seven day outfits, seven evening dresses, six swimsuits and six swim cover ups. Along with 10 pairs of undergarments, four PJ sets, and three bras. It was crazy. I highly recommend! I used a Vera Bradly weekend tote to fit my packing cubes and then a separate bag for shoes, toiletries, etc. worked perfectly! Very happy with my purchase." β€”Elias Zuloaga

    2. A petite handheld steamer, because wrinkles are NOT CUTE in your vacay #OOTD. It heats up in 25 seconds so you can get the creases out and get on with your day in no time flat.


    Get it from Amazon for $39.90.

    Promising review: "I ordered this because I've been traveling a lot more for work and needed a small but effective way to unwrinkle my clothes after shoving them in my luggage. This product works great! It heats up and is steaming in under 30 seconds, and it fits perfectly in my luggage. Essential." β€”Aaron

    3. A water-resistant backpack that'll fold up into a little teeny pouch so you don't have to waste suitcase space. But when you get to your destination? It'll hold eeeeverything you need.

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    Get it from BuzzFeed for $12.81 (available in 11 colors, plus another size/style).

    Promising review: "I needed a packable, waterproof backpack for my trip to Brazil and this was perfect! I wore it while hiking through the jungle in Iguassu Falls, where weather was unpredictable, and it kept all my belongings dry. At one point, I was able to fit a change of clothes, sunscreen, towel, and a bunch of other items. I liked the smaller pockets for items that needed to be easily accessible. The price point is great and it didn't take up any room in my luggage. I also used it later in my trip as an extra bag for souvenirs! Definitely recommend!" β€”LindsayNK9

    A BuzzFeed editor swore by this on a recent trip to Greece; check out her review for all the deets!

    4. A compact luggage scale you can keep in your suitcase pocket for an unobtrusive way to make sure everything you've crammed in your packing cubes or space saving bags hasn't gotten TOO HEAVY. No one likes an overweight baggage fee.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "If you're a frequent traveler and need to check the status of your luggage, especially when travelling back to the states; this is a good option. I have definitely spent extra money on packing when i could have just taken my shoes or other items out of the luggage. When doing so, it would have saved me $25 in baggage fees. Overall, it works just fine and the handle is sleek. This can fit in a small pocket. No issues about the quality as it seems accurate and also made of good materials." β€”Cathie Huber

    5. A memory foam neck pillow with unusually tall sides to prevent the dreaded head bob β€” and the best part? It easily squashes down into a teensy drawstring pouch when you've arrived at your destination.


    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 $60 (available in three colors).

    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." β€”Patrick

    6. A set of TSA-friendly travel bottles and jars you can fill (and refill) with your favorite products when they don't make travel size. Can't skip your fave skin and hair products when you're away!


    Get the set of four bottles and two jars from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    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 β€” 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." β€”Ahvienda Kotura

    7. And/or a Neogen Real Fresh green tea cleansing stick to make taking care of your skin while traveling so much easier. No suitcase spills, no taking up tons of carry-on room. Just swipe the stick all over damp skin, and the blend of 13 natural oils will breakdown cosmetics while the bits of green tea leaf gently exfoliate. Hello brighter, clearer skin!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    Promising review: "I use this whenever my Neogen Real Fresh Foam (Green Tea) is out AND found that products like this (cleansers that come in a stick form) work perfectly for trips and packaging. You don't have to worry about the bottle exploding or estimating on how much you're going to need. I have oily-acne prone skin and after using this my skin feels so rejuvenated and clean. There are actual chunks of green tea leaves in the cleanser stick. The smell is an added bonus." β€”H. Friel

    8. A fold-up duffel you can bring on vacation when you KNOW you'll be bringing back more than you came with. It folds into a teensy pouch when not in use, is tear- and water-resistant, and even has a separate side pocket for shoes.


    Fold-up duffels like these are my GO-TO when going on a vacation I know will be shopping heavy. And then you can bring your new finds on the plane to ensure they don't get lost.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in 10 colors and four sizes).

    Promising review: "A great purchase for us. I needed an extra bag for all our souvenirs at the end of our vacation. It was easy to unfold and refold. It was sturdy enough to survive check-in for an international flight! I love that I can take it with me any time we travel now because it folds up neatly into a small packet- it’s light and takes up no space at all! Very good value for money." β€”Efy Herr

    9. A two-in-one straightener and curling iron so you only have to bring *one* tool, no matter how you want to wear your hair. It has dual voltage for international trips, too.


    It has a swiveling, tangle-free cord, too.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (also available in white).

    Promising review: "I bought this for a trip to Italy, as I didn't have a dual-voltage iron (and you can't just use a converter-adapter combination with things that heat up). I liked that it was a flat iron and curling iron combo, so I could change things up as I desired. It worked beautifully on our trip--I look nice in all my selfies ;) -- and continues to work beautifully at home. In fact, I've replaced my old flat iron with this because of the versatility and now use this one every day. Btw, in case you are wondering, it automatically switches to the appropriate voltage, no looking for a switch or anything. You don't need to do anything but plug it in! Great product!" β€”Diane Field

    10. And a silicone travel mat that wraps up neatly around your favorite hot tool so you can pack it not toooooo long after turning it off. No scorched clothes for you.


    Get it from Amazon for $11.04+ (also available in grey and in a pouch).

    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!" β€”IDesign

    11. A packable rain coat so you can stay securely dry without having to leave your favorite, more fashionable pieces at home when the forecast is looking questionable. This packs down into a teensy drawstring bag. You can even keep it in your purse.


    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–2X and eight colors). If you're looking for plus-size options, get a top-rated on from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes 16–24 and two colors).

    Promising review: "Very lightweight raincoat! Easy to fold and carry. I took it with me to Niagara Falls couple days ago and raincoat made good job. SO CONVENIENT! Perfect for traveling because doesn't need a lot of space and easily helps you to stay dry while raining." β€”Bohdan

    There are tonnnnns of packable puffer coat options in men's and women's styles on Amazon too!

    12. A stylish and perfectly sized jewelry organizer with three compartments for the key pieces you need to bring to complete your looks. Just stand it (pictured below) so you can keep what you brought at a glance for effortless accessorizing.


    It's lined with velvet to protect your jewelry from getting tangled or damaged.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "Love this! I can fit numerous earrings, necklaces, rings etc into this. Why didn’t I buy this sooner?! UPDATE: I have used this for four different trips and even the TSA agent thought it was cute. It fits easily in my carryon (never check jewelry) and stays closed well." β€”Phxgirl

    13. A foldable handheld fan to bring a surprising amount of cooling power on the go. Or to pretend your hair is being blown back in a photo shoot β€” totally up to you!


    It's under four inches long (aka it can fit in your pocket or purse), has two speed settings, and can be charged by USB or powered by batteries!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three colors, or with two fan heads for $13.99).

    Promising review: "I liked it so much I got a second! I had gotten one for my girlfriend because she wanted to make sure her makeup doesn't come off during humid days, but I started using the fan and the fan is amazing. I thought it was going to be one of those cheap ones that break or have weak wind power but this is so strong. It has two settings normal and high, as if normal power wasn't strong enough. I am someone who sweats a lot so after walking a long day and I sit in the park somewhere, I just use this to cool off. I have been using it for a week now. It's USB charged so I don't have to go out and buy new batteries. A full battery life lasts a couple of hours so I can literally use it from morning to night. I highly recommend this!" β€”Mitchell

    14. A revamped version of the original Kindle (it now has a built-in Paperwhite-like front light) so you can bring a whole library of books with you on your next journey, without all that weight.


    I love my Kindle so much ::wipes away tear:: With it and a library card, I've gone from reading a handful of books a year to reading 50-60 a year β€” back to my bookworm kid days.

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (also available in white).

    Promising review: "I've always been one of those people who judged those with eReaders, but the Kindle has converted me. It's so light that reading in any position is comfortable. It easy to travel with and convenient to take with you to work, on vacation, etc. I find that I'm reading more because I always have a few good books with me." β€”Jason Melander

    15. A gorgeous textured travel wallet that'll store your cash, boarding pass, passport, credit cards, and more β€” all while looking like a chic mini clutch. Just toss it in your carry-on when you're through security!


    Just a touch of first class style, at an economy price. It's made of Rfid-blocking material too.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 35 colors).

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this wallet. I needed a new travel wallet, and 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 (Β₯), which are larger. I didn’t use the zippered pocket for coins as I much prefer a separate coin purse for that sort of thing. I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot!" β€”Anthony Luu

    16. Individual Purell wipes so you can sanitize on the go (no leaking) β€” especially when you reach your plane seat. Gross!


    Yes, I AM that person who sits down in her seat on a plane and immediately sanitizes the seatbelt, tray table, screen (when you even HAVE one), etc. I am NOT GETTING SICK ON VACATION!

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $8.99.

    Promising review: "I love that these are individually wrapped and I can throw a bunch in my bag without taking up any space. I use them for my hands and various surfaces while traveling. They are always very wet and unfold to a larger size than I expected - a nice surprise. They're great to have on hand for any emergency or situation." β€”Shannon

    17. A set of space-saver bags specifically designed for travel. Over-packers? These are for you. No vacuum required, just pop in your stuff and roll to release the pesky extra air through the valves.


    ::Cough, me studying abroad, couch::

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $17.95.

    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." β€”Amazon Customer

    18. And a space-saving laundry bag designed to help you *compress* those dirty clothes into a compact bag so they're out of sight, out of mind until you're home....and fiiiiiinally unpack.


    Just stuff them in and squeeze to release the extra air!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    Promising review: "I travel for work, and I’m always trying to stuff dirty clothes in the cheap plastic bags the hotels leave in the closet, but those never do the trick: this laundry bag is extra durable, can really be compressed well, and I don’t worry about ripping or breaking it. Huge problem solved. Update: also works great for workout clothes or swim clothes keeping other items dry and separate from my other clothes. So good. 5 stars. GIFT IDEA for those that travel...YES!" β€”Matthew Katrina

    19. A palm-size white noise machine with seven non-looping sound recordings and a run time of 10 hours so you can get right to sleep in unfamiliar environments and enjoy your *next* day of vacation β€” without sacrificing suitcase space.

    It weighs less than three ounces too. Sounds include white noise, rain, wind, stream, summer night, bird, and dryer sounds. It also has a headphone jack in case your sleeping partner can't stand white noise, and charges via USB!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Promising review: "I was surprised with the size if the product and I am pleased with the sound clarity and the ease at which it helped me to go to sleep. It’s a nice travel companion as I usually struggle to sleep in a new environment and this helped me in my previous travel. I would strongly suggest this product for some one like me who struggles to sleep while they are traveling." β€”Suresh

    20. A collapsible water bottle, because it's incredibly easy to get dehydrated on a long-haul flight, and airport water is expensive! This rolls up into a compact size so you can fill it up whenever you get a chance.


    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in eight colors).

    Promising review: "Great water bottle for travel. It is durable, compact when not in use and versatile. One of the main reasons I like this collapsible bottle over others is the sliding band on it. It allows you to hold it firmly without squeezing the bottle and squirting the contents out of the top and all over the place. I bought mine and a friend liked it so much, she bought one." β€”Vivian

    21. A teeny tiny umbrella so a few rain showers don't get in the way of an otherwise perfect day. It's so small, you can just keep it in your purse or backpack just in case the weather takes a turn.

    It opens with the push of a button, and stays sturdy, thanks to the eight ribs inside.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 19 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "This is the best umbrella!!! Super small when put away! Easy for travel! Seriously love the starry night pattern! Easy to open and close! Great quality! Keeps us dry and is very fashionable! Super light! Great purchase!" β€”Brady S.

    22. A multi-section toiletry bag to keep all your beauty products neatly organized. Just hang it upon arrival, and *nothing* will get jumbled up, even on lengthy trips abroad.


    It's waterproof to keep your clothes free from spills, too!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 31 colors and styles).

    Promising review: "When it comes to staying organized, clean, and prepared for trips or events, I am Lemon Breeland (Hart of Dixie)....For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, all the above things are important to me in every aspect of my life. Staying organized alleviates any unnecessary stress or anxiety - especially since I travel so much! My beauty regimen is also kind of intense, and considering that I'm always prepared, I didn't think I'd be able to find a travel bag that fit my lifestyle. However, I was SO EXCITED to be able to FIT EVERYTHING I NEED IN ONE BAG! That has never happened before! There's even extra room, which also never happens. Haha yes I'm dramatic but I'm also a happy customer, so there. Overall, the light pink case with the lil cacti is super cute (my lighting isn't); it's not bulky, thus fits easily in my duffle bag or suitcase; the zipper AND hanging hook is smooth & stays out of the way; and the velcro is not a hassle to use. 10/10 recommend!" β€”D. Pro

    23. Individual laundry detergent packets for a quick wash in your hotel sink or bathtub on longer trips, or just in case you run out of undies. These are particularly great for beach trips where you want to wear the same swimsuit a couple of times!


    Get a box of eight packets from Amazon for $8.99.

    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." β€”iheartmmp

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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