Best Travel Tips for Packing Light, Tight & Saving Money

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We’ve all been there: staring down at all the things we laid out for a trip and trying to figure out how in the world we are going to get it all to fit in our bag.

Our travel tips work for packing both suitcases and backpacks. Due to baggage limitations and for ease of getting around on public transportation, we have been trying to only bring one small carry-on each, our backpacks, when we fly. Since we usually walk when we can, we are also concerned with weight and try to pack as light as possible.  Thriftiness is part of our DNA but now that we are traveling more, we are especially concerned with saving money and the travel tips below are some of the ways we do that.

Reuse Travel Size Bottles

We both have reusable shampoo and conditioner bottles, but for years I would buy travel size toothpaste and contact solution. Then one day, we realized we could snap off the top (with a little effort) of the solution and refill it. We also found out we could squeeze a larger tube of toothpaste into our travel size tube. And guess what? It works and it’s not that hard to do!

Utilize Contact Lens Cases

These handy items cut down on many unnecessary bottles of product. I now carry two extra with me that I use for my face lotion, sun screen, makeup concealer, and flyaway hair crème. Men can benefit too. They can use it for hair product, sunscreen or face lotion. Even though the lens case is small, it provides an ideal space for travel size product. It works perfect even for longer trips.

Contact Lens Travel Tip

Throw a Dryer Sheet in your Bag

I’ve pulled out a shirt too many times, sniffed, and thought, that’s a mysterious smell…

Refillable Perfume Dispenser

Obviously this is unnecessary for a hiking or adventure trip, but on a weekend city escape it is perfect. Travel size perfume can be pricey and usually comes in a glass bottle. Don’t buy it anymore, just refill this small spray bottle.

Makeshift Sunglasses Case

I don’t know about you, but we don’t buy expensive sunglasses that come with a fancy case. They come in all shapes and sizes anyway so the one case I do have from years ago doesn’t work with all of my glasses. We reuse a container that our flavored water packets come in. It fits perfectly on the side of our backpack as well.

Travel Tips Case in Backpack

Ladies, Pack a Scarf

They are so versatile. Use it as a shawl, pillow, blanket or something to spice up an outfit.

Use Packing Cubes and/or Roll your Clothes

Packing cubes are great to keep your belongings organized and rolling really does save space.

Utilize your Socks

If you have a glass bottle of some sort or something needing protection, stuff your socks with it as a protective layer. Then for another protective layer, place it inside a shoe your packing.

Stuff your Shoes

Shove your underwear, bras, and socks in shoes to save space.

Travel Tips Suitcase

Bring a Reusable Collapsible Water Flask

As long as it is empty, you can bring a water bottle or pouch through airport security. Save money your whole trip by refilling it everywhere you go. We like the collapsible ones so we can pack them in our bags if need be.

Bring Earplugs on Every Trip

Baby crying on the plane? Spouse that snores? Trying to catch a cat nap on the train? Sleeping in a hostel? They are so small and light yet work for so many different situations.

Do you have any other travel tips? Leave them in the comments below.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi, am very curious about how you fill a travel size toothpaste, ‘we could squeeze a larger tube of toothpaste into our travel size tube’. please explain, thank you.

    • We just push the two toothpaste nozzles together (travel size and regular) and squeeze the regular/home toothpaste and it fills up the travel size one.

  2. Thank you; I will concentrate on my powers of not squeezing it out over the edges and give this a try!

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