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Avoid Rookie Packing Mistakes: 10 Items Every Traveler Should Have on Standby

by Berit Baugher

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Squeezing a week's worth of clothing and personal items into a suitcase is no small feat. Blouses get wrinkled, earrings get lost, and the blowdryer you lugged over won't work without an adapter. Here are a few tricks for avoiding rookie mistakes.

Paravel Packing Cube Trio

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Save space and stay organized with a set of handsome packing cubes that allow you to categorize and separate items — and find them in a pinch. ($55)

Flight 001 5-in-1 Universal Travel Adapter

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This handy set of color-coded plugs has two USB ports for powering electronics in over 150 countries. ($25)

Truffle Clarity Clutch and Card Case Duo

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A collection of pouches in different shapes in sizes is essential to staying organized. Something clear allows you to see the contents inside without opening anything up. ($55)

PurSteam Travel Steamer

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Light, compact, and quick to heat up, it is one of the best items a traveler can invest in and the only way to guarantee wrinkle-free clothing on the road. ($22) 

Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Carry On Travel Kit

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Stash your toiletries in a herringbone twill bag with a waterproof compartment for liquids and a front storage pocket for other odds and ends. ($48)

GoToob 3-Pack

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When the hotel shampoo and conditioner won't do, pack your favorite products in these soft silicone travel bottles that are easy to fill and clean. ($20)

Muslin Drawstring Shoe Bags

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There's nothing more cringe-worthy than a pair of dirty shoes packed along with clean clothing. Keep a set of cotton bags in your luggage for easy separation. ($11 for 12)

Mele & Co Travel Jewelry Case

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Ensure the safety of smaller pieces with a pretty and practical storage case lined in suede. ($15)

Baggu Reusable Tote

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The one item you'll never regret packing. Use it to tote home your souvenirs or stash dirty laundry. ($10)

Anker PowerCore 10000 External Battery

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One of the smallest and lightest portable models on the market, the credit card-sized phone charger is a lifesaver. ($26)


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