Living Out of Your Carry-On: Compact Travel Tips


When packing for a trip, most of us try to pack as light as possible. While that’s not always the easiest task, there are a few ways to pack exactly what you need in your carry-on. Here are some tips and tricks to get everything you need in one small bag.

Hygiene Essentials

Think about the type of sleeping arrangement you have booked for this trip. If you are staying with a friend, ask ahead of time if you can use their bathroom toiletries so you don’t have to bring your own. If you’re going to a hostel, however, you will most likely need to bring everything, as they rarely provide it for you. If that’s the case, consider these packing hacks for your toiletries. Hotels provide quite a few hygiene items; most rooms will come with soap, shampoo and conditioner, and upon request, you can probably get a complimentary razor. This leaves you to bring your toothbrush. No matter where you travel or what your sleeping arrangements are, always bring your own toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste. If you have sensitive skin, bring your own soap. Check out more running essentials at runner click.


Gone are the days where you had to bring along magazines, books, movies and more when you had a long trip. With just one technological device, you can download everything you need. You may think that a laptop would be the best option, but this can be bulky and difficult to lug around. Opt for a smaller device with a larger screen instead, the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone. While it’s small enough to fit in your pocket, the screen is large enough to view with ease and its memory is powerful. Download apps for reading magazines and eBooks; load it up with your favorite music and movies that you can watch whenever you want. By condensing all of your entertainment to one device, you are cutting down on the bulk of other devices, their chargers and any other accessories you might need.


Many people tend to overpack when it comes to clothing for trips. A simple way to avoid this is to plan outfits for each day of your trip. Lay out a top and bottom for each day and roll them together. Rolling is the most compact way of folding your clothes, and it also keeps them organized so you can just pull out an outfit with ease. Once you have all your outfits picked, think of what you may need in emergencies, such as a backup dress or an extra sweatshirt. Instead of rolling bulky pieces, like jackets and sweatshirts, consider wearing them during your travel so they don’t take up space. Outerwear can be bulky, so if you just wear it during your plane rides, you can save valuable room in your bag.
Living out of your suitcase doesn’t mean traveling with limited choices. Knowing the best way to pack your clothing, entertainment and personal hygiene products will allow you to bring everything you need to be comfortable.

Olivia Watson

Olivia is a world traveler who has been to 27 countries in just over 15 years. She loves to share her knowledge of traveling to help others travel safer, cheaper and have more fun.
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