Items You Need to Have if You’re Only Going To be Taking a Carry-On To Your Trip

Way back when airlines used to allow all passengers to take a large suitcase or bag on their trip in the plane’s cargo unit for free. These days are long gone, unfortunately. Today, one of the main things that could make your airline ticket more expensive is adding the right to carry a large bag on your trip. If you still want to pay the reduced ticket price, which doesn’t allow you to bring along a large bag, but you want to ensure you have everything you need for your trip, you’re going to want to get these items before you travel!

Compression Cubes

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These are going to be your best friends when you’re trying to fit a decent amount of clothes into a smaller bag. In a sense, what you can do with these is put particularly clothes in the cubes and then remove the air from the pouch to make sure that it takes up less space in the bag. The obvious issue is that your clothes are going to be all shriveled up when you arrive at your destination. Make sure that the hotel or home you’re staying at has an ironing service!

Waterproof Pouch

Mobile phone encased in a clear plastic waterproof case for protection against water
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This can be a dual-purpose item that you’ll want to carry. You want to put things like your passport and certain electronic items in here. This is not only going to keep them from getting wet on the journey, which could happen just due to issues in the overhead bin or whatever it may be. It’s also going to help you keep those items dry while on the trip. If you’re headed to a beach or any place where it’s really wet, you’re going to be thankful you brought this along.

A Money Belt or Some Type of Fanny Pack

Happy female tourist with suitcase at Ito train station in Japan.
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Remember, you need to find as many storage spaces as you can. If you can find someplace to put your wallet or other larger items so that they don’t take up space in your bag, you’re golden! Sure, you may not be making the biggest fashion statement by wearing one of these. Yet, you’re going to appreciate the added storage space. The only thing you want to keep an eye out for is not leaving this in the tray at the checkpoint. You want to be very mindful of that.


Gray bag, charger handbag, cables, flesh driver, power bank organizer for road trip, work vacation, business trip on wooden table.
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Again, this is another element that can go directly within your bag to help you create more space. Some people would argue that organizers actually take up more space than they save. This is somewhat debatable. What they really do is help you pack. When you put things in a decent order, you’re bound to be able to fit more items into your bag. That’s even if the organizers, technically speaking, take up space that you could use for more clothes!

Perfume Atomizers

Travel friendly refillable bottle to bring perfume.
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Taking your entire perfume bottle on a trip is not going to be a great way to save space. Atomizers are, without a doubt, the best way to take these items on your trip while saving space. By the way, these can be one of the items that you put in the waterproof pouch as well, just in case you have a spill while on the journey.

TSA-Approved Cases for Personal Hygiene Items

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For some years, certain personal hygiene items were not allowed in the cabin. Liquids have been an issue in general since the 2000s. Now, the TSA is allowing some of these items to be on board. The best way to ensure that they’re able to come on the trip is to pack them accordingly. One of the issues with this item, though, is that not all of the cases that say they are TSA-approved are TSA-approved. You’ll want to keep an eye out for that!

Luggage Strap

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A luggage strap is also going to help you carry other items that are just too big to fit in the bag. The perfect example is a jacket or a hoodie. You don’t want those to be taking up a ton of space in your carry-on. One of the best ways to get around that is, of course, to have it on you when you board. If you need to remove it at some point, these straps are a perfect way to make sure you’re not carrying them.

Mario Perez

Author: Mario Perez


Mario is a seasoned journalist who’s worked with multiple publications over the years. He has a passion for looking for that story within the story itself. When he’s not actively looking for breaking news, he enjoys playing and watching sports.

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