If you’re anything like me, you overpack. By a lot.
In fact, this tweet about sums it up:
[normal life]— jonny sun (@jonnysun) July 5, 2016
ive worn the same shirt everyday for a week
[packing for vacation]
hmmm. i'll prob change a few times a day so thats…32 shirts
Whhhhhyyyyy am I like this?
The obvious solution is to pack less stuff, but screw that! What if the Killers just so happen to do a spontaneous show in Granada and I’m left without my personalized tee. Then what?!
Next idea: stuff that folds. Saves you space so you can, I dunno, bring a wedding dress or two. Do you.
Everything I’m about to mention folds down in some way shape or form to fit neatly inside your luggage alongside your 12 pairs of shoes that you brought for your weekend excursion. Bless.
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Table of Contents
1. Hydrapak Stash Water Bottle
And here we all were using regular water bottles like cowards! Not only will the Hydrapak save you some much needed space where you decide to stash (lol) it, it’ll also keep you from buying disposable plastic water bottles. Just refill this little guy at your hotel/restaurant/wherever, and you’re set!
2. Dekava Portable Collapsible Reusable Drinking Straws
Y’all are gonna think I’m on an eco kick… and you’re right! These collapsible straws come with little containers, so you can toss it in your purse or your pocket and be on your way. Or, if you really want to communicate that you are all about saving the planet, there’s a key ring so you can loop it on your belt.
3. Space bags
Does this technically fit the foldable theme we’re on? I think we’re close enough here… right? Anyways, I love these things. Specifically in regards to the aforementioned tweet, I love having more shirts with me than one human could ever possibly wear in 9 days. Space bags enable this tendency, and I’m not even mad. Sometimes it’s nice to have options.
4. Nice C Ultralight Sleeping Pad
This is really supposed to be used for camping, but… have you ever stayed in a hostel where the mattress felt like concrete? And all you wanted in this world was something soft and billowy to put between you and this hateful nightmare so you could actually get more than 2 hours of sleep?
No? Just me? Fine, use it for camping then.
5. Totes Hooded Pullover Rain Poncho with Side Snaps
I have very frequently made the mistake of miscalculating the weather when I travel. This usually means I have to fork over some cash for an overpriced poncho that, no matter how much I try, will not fit back into my suitcase. I’ll give the vendors credit, they know their market well.
The Totes Poncho will save you in this regard. You won’t have to pay oodles of cash out of desperation, and it’ll all fit neatly back into it’s bag. Win-win.
6. Modoker Convertible Garment Bag with Shoulder Strap
This next rec is less of a “fun travel” need and more of a “red eye flight for a serious, job-related business type” need. The kind of work trip where you’ll need your suit/suit equivalent, and you’ll need to keep it looking nice whilst getting there.
This is why I love Modoker for this exact purpose. It’s a PITA to haul a long, 60-something inch garment bag around airports and hotels in addition to your luggage. Here, you can roll it up, stick your nice shoes in along with it, and sling it over your shoulder, knowing that it’ll still arrive in perfect condition.
7. BLUBOON Women Ladies Canvas Weekender Bag Overnight Carry-on Tote
Back to the fun stuff. This bag is perfect for those of us who got sick and tired of trying to balance a purse/backpack/bags/whatever on a rolling luggage. Same thing always happens, right? Despite the best engineering efforts, stuff keeps falling off. Enter, this bag. It sits perfectly on top of a carryon, and you can stash all of my liquids, laptop, and whatever else needs to immediately come out during a TSA check. It’s just… so convenient. *tears up*
And cute too. Get the striped one.
Is there anything foldable you bring along with you so you can be a packrat? Lemme know in the comments!