Learning how to pack efficiently is a travel necessity. Whether it’s for a carry-on or a full on suitcase, making the most out of your luggage space is one of the keys to traveling. Airline luggage fees can be expensive, which is why many people try their best to pack light and opt for just a carry-on. If you’re having a hard time stuffing your last few items into your suitcase, you need to know some of the best space-saving items for your carry-on that will help you pack like a travel pro.
Collapsible Water Bottle
If you’re someone who likes to have your water bottle with you at all times — even at the expense of your precious luggage space — pack a collapsible water bottle. Sure, there might be more stylish water bottles, but a collapsible water bottle can help free up some space in your carry-on. For example, the que Bottle is specifically designed to accommodate your travel needs. A 20-ounce bottle shrinks down to 4.8 inches tall. In addition, the bottle is lightweight and compact; it weighs six ounces when empty. Collapse the bottle before you board, and then fill up as needed when you land. The bottle also fits into smaller personal items, so you can bring it in your backpack or purse when you’re out and about.
Purchase your own que Bottle for $25.95 on Amazon.
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For some people, packing electronics means stuffing your phone charger in an available front pocket on your luggage. But there is a better way to use your carry-on space. Try getting an electronics organizer. The BAGSMART Electronic Organizer keeps your phone, charger, headphones, USB drives and SD cards all in one place so you don’t have to needlessly take up other real estate in your luggage.
“I finally have a great organizer for all my cables and drives!” one Amazon reviewer said. “No longer are they all tangled up in a bag. Really great for when I travel. I have [an] iPad, iPhone, 2 thumb drives, a small external drive, a small Jackery charger, apple ear phones (sic) and a wall plug. It has two zippered pockets and everything fits perfectly.”
This Amazon best-seller is available for $17.99.
Packable cubes can help make any traveler’s life easier, especially if you have a hard time divvying up your luggage space or trimming down your wardrobe so you can save money by just taking a carry-on. The next time you take a vacation, make the Mossio 7-Set Packing Cubes part of your travel checklist. The set includes three regular packing cubes, three packing cubes for your laundry and a shoe bag. The bags come in small, medium and large sizes to accommodate the different items you might bring on your trip, such as small toiletries. You can order this travel set on Amazon for $15.99.
EBags Pack-It-Flat Hanging Toiletry Kit
You might think it’s wise to have a separate bag for your bath items and a separate bag for your skincare products, but your carry-on might not have the capacity to fit both. Instead, you can combine the two with the eBags Pack-it-Flat Hanging Toiletry Kit. The bag contains several different compartments, two of them with mesh lining. You can use it for your shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and other basic traveling essentials, but the best part is that it hangs once out of your suitcase.
Score this kit on Amazon for $29.99.
Stowaway Foldable Backpack
Backpacks can take up space in your carry-on, so many travelers just end up wearing one on the plane. But you can bring an extra backpack with you thanks to the Stowaway Foldable Backpack. The 12-inch wide, six-inch deep backpack collapses into its front pocket so you can easily pack it into your carry-on luggage. Then, once you arrive at your travel destination, the bag is perfect for toting around your personal items when you’re out and about or for storing your gift purchases and souvenirs. The backpack is available on Scoutbags.com for $54.
Space Saver Bags
Space saver bags are specifically designed to help you make the most out of your carry-on space. For example, the 15-Pack Travel Luggage Space Saver Bags by StoragePro claims to shrink your luggage down by 75 percent without using a vacuum. How does it work?
Pack your clothes into the bags, and roll them up to eliminate the excess air. These bags are available for purchase on Amazon for $29.99.
When traveling, try your best to get travel-size toiletries. This will allow you to fit more items into your toiletry bag. So, instead of trying to find a place in your luggage for that 21-ounce bottle of Jergens lotion, go with the 2-ounce travel size jar you pick up at Target. You can sort through a wide selection of travel size items at major retailers like Target and Walmart to accommodate your travel needs. Price varies depending on toiletry item.
Travel-Size Makeup Products
Instead of lugging your home makeup studio around with you, invest in some travel-size products of your favorite beauty brands. You don’t have to buy all new makeup products, which can get expensive. Instead, find out what you can switch out for the travel-size version. You can find many travel-size items at beauty brands like Sephora and Mac Cosmetics. For example, you can shop Mac’s travel-size cosmetics, and get a mini version of its signature Prep + Prime Fix+ setting spray for $14.
Bic Disposable Razors
If you have a regular grooming routine, it’s best to pack a set of Bic disposable razors. These razors not only tend to be less bulky, but they can be thrown out when you’re finished using them. As a result, that helps save some space in your toiletry bag. You can pick up a pack of Bic disposable razors for men and women at Target for around $2 to $5 depending on razor count.
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Garnier 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner
Another way to save space in your carry-on is to consolidate your bath products. Consider getting a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner instead of packing two separate items. You can purchase the Garnier Fructis Daily Care 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner on Amazon for $9.68. The product received four out of five stars on Amazon customer reviews.
Scrubba Wash Bag
You might not think about laundry when packing for a trip, which is why the Scrubba Wash Bag is a traveler’s life saver. It not only works as a portable laundry bag, but it also serves as a portable washing machine that fits in the palm of your hand. You add liquid inside the bag, and begin to scrub. Then, dozens of tiny nodules work together to wash your clothes. When empty, the bag weighs about 5 ounces. You can order the Scrubba Wash Bag on Amazon for $49.95.
Shoes can be some of the most difficult things to pack. They’re big and bulky. And depending on how long your trip lasts, you might end up with a few shoes in your luggage. To make that process easier, get some shoe bags. For example, you can get a 12-piece set of bags from Kimiandy on Amazon for $10.99. The bags come with a partial clear covering so you can see which shoes are in the bag. Most importantly, they have a drawstring so you can eliminate excess air and secure the bag.
Instead of taking your 30-pill bottle of ibuprofen from your medicine cabinet on your trip, invest in a medicine dispenser. With a medicine dispenser, you can have all your medicines and supplement tablets in one spot which you can easily toss into your carry-on bag, backpack or purse. This can help eliminate the excess medicine bottles in your toiletry bag. The TSF Travel Pill Vitamin Medication Holder Dispenser has six large compartments and is available on Amazon for $9.97.
Briggs and Riley Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright Bag
In order to get the most out of your carry-on luggage space, it starts with getting the right carry-on bag. The Briggs and Riley Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright Bag can expand by 25 percent when you need more packing room. It weighs about 9 pounds and stands 22 inches tall. Not only that, but the company website says that its carry-on bag will fit in most airline overhead compartments. This item will cost you $569.
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A great way to save space in your carry-on luggage is to use travel bottles for your toiletries. You can take a portion of your lotion at home, and place it into one of the bottles to use later on your trip. You can do the same for your makeup creams. You can buy these color coordinated silicone Oursunshine Travel Bottles to pack in your carry-on. They are listed as an Amazon Choice item and are available for purchase for $9.99.
It’s no secret that most people can’t travel without their phone. That’s why it’s important to take a portable charger. The Anker PowerCore 20,000 mAh Portable Charger is small in size and works up to 80 percent faster than most conventional chargers. The Anker charger also has more than 95 percent positive customer reviews on BestBuy.com, where it’s available for $49.99.
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