The list author says: "After traveling in Europe, N & S America, N, S & W Africa and Asia, for work, for fun, with partner & kids and without, I know how I like to pack: preferably 1 bag I can carry-on; durable, lightweight, & versatile, with just enough gadgets to stay in touch. I also look for environmentally friendly, low-waste options & ANYthing that can ease going through TSA-style security (see my other Listmaina List: "TSA-Friendly, Convenient & Environmentally Friendly Travel Toiletries," "What's on my Keychain," and "Travel-friendly Tech Gadgets")"
"6.3 oz. silk-cotton blend, super comfortable, folds to compact 5"x4"x2", washes/dries quickly; built-in pillow case; great as tropical sleeping bag, clean sleep spot in hostels or sketchy hotels, or extra warmth; save 1-2 oz. w/ standard or long model. I wish they made this in a double."
"5.6 oz. backpack folds into 6.5"x7" pouch; useful for shopping, in-flight, day trips and more. And it's made of recycled bottles. Shopping bags are 1.5 oz; I bring 2-3 and they double as packing organizers. Update: I'm now using nylon squares and Furoshiki"
"I don't usually like single-serve packages, but these are ultra convenient backup caffeine; fresh, organic & cheaper than Starbuck's Via. Also pack your favorite tea bags. (Save $$$: ask any Starbucks or other café to fill your mug w/ hot water; be sure to leave a tip). Note: International Nescafe is better than US Nescafe, so that works, too."
"28 grams (1 oz). 10 cm (4 in). Writes at any angle, anywhere. Cap attaches to keychain – pop it off to write. Replaceable pressurized ink cartridge. A bit long for a keychain, but maybe a bit short for big hands – a compromise I can live with. Alternative: Inka Travel Pen"
"Clear duct tape – I roll 15-30 feet around an old disposable pen tube, cut to size; indispensable for emergency repairs to anything from shoes to luggage to books and more. I put sewing needles inside the pen tube and stopper it with an eraser."
"I bring 20'-100' of paracord and use it for laundry lines, attaching stuff to luggage, repairs, etc. Learn your knots. Make paracord into bracelets that you can unravel when needed. Paracord is super strong; the inner strands can even be used for sewing. See paracord on instructables.com for more ideas – even how to turn your beach towel into a hammock chair!"
"An eBook I downloaded to my iPhone for one cent! Each of the 25 languages offers really basic phrases, background on pronunciation, grammar and idiosyncrasies. Can't beat the price, and as an eBook, it takes no extra space. On our last trip alone, we consulted French, Spanish, Arabic, Indonesian and Korean..."
"I have about 3-4 pairs of these and they hand- and machine-wash quite well and dry quickly. They've been my daily undies at home and on the road, and they last (my newest pair is over 2 years old). The black ones even doubled as a bikini bottom when my suit wore out while traveling."
"Small & light compared to liquids, TSA/security friendly, and no plastic throwaway bottle. One bar lasts for weeks, if you keep it dry. Cut to size for the length of your trip. Many brands: Liggett's, NaturOli, Chagrin Valley, Camamu (my favorite)"
"Can't be beat for how small it folds, but most of these are made in China and can break easily if you have long, thick or tangled hair. Short hair? You're good to go. Note: some reviews say some of these have a bad rubber/plastic odor. About 4" long"
"I make my own tooth powder with bentonite clay, baking soda, sea salt, xylitol and spearmint essential oils, plus a bit of tea tree oil; lightweight, a little goes a long way, and one less liquid/gel for TSA/security checkpoints. Leaves your teeth shiny clean"
"Unbreakable, cheap & compact; Jala neti (nasal irrigation) clears your nose after dusty rides and keeps colds or sinus infections at bay. I carry along sea salt (with a little baking soda and xylitol thrown in). www.healthandyoga.com for more info on jala neti"
"TSA-friendly: new passports and credit cards now store your personal data on radio frequency tags ('RFIDs') that are easily read by anyone with a simple gadget; lined cases like this protect your privacy until you open it at security checks. Packable: Put any item with an RFID in a blocking wallet like this."
"TSA-friendly: an RFID blocking wallet small enough for your front pocket, for credit-card sized items - one window pocket + 3 other slots. FYI, RFID-style credit cards and transit passes are the norm in most of the world, especially Europe and parts of Asia, and can be read from a distance, whether for your convenience or without you even knowing."
"2 oz. I pack my own sewing kit in a small Rx bottle. I wrap my own quality thread in 1-3 colors; add needles, buttons, safety pins, snaps, 6-12" each of ribbon and elastic. I wrap 10-30' of duct tape around the bottle. No need for scissors – use nail clippers instead."
"Very compact 4-outlet power strip means you only need one type of adapter even if you have multiple things to plug in. But if I'm only bringing iPhone &/or iPad, I stick with my Zagg battery & dual charger. Newer versions by Monster include USB, so you can leave another brick at home and just include your cables."
"5.6 oz, folds into a 6 x 7.5" pouch; holds up to 25 lbs; outer drinking bottle pouches; made from 95% recycled content including 100% recycled PET (plastic drinking bottles) ripstop fabric, 100% recycled PET webbing, 100% recycled polypropylene airmesh, and a 97% recycled aluminum carabiner. I'd get the low-key black color."
"One yard of ripstop cloth and a bit of sewing will net you two awesome Furoshiki squares (36 x 36" and . Learn to tie Furoshiki and you'll be able to create shopping bags and packaging for almost anything, plus these double as table cloths, covers or something to sit on, and weigh almost nothing."
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Sea to Summit Premium Blend Silk/Cotton Traveler Travel Liner with Pillowcase
Recycled PET Lightweight Backpack and Reusable Shopping Bag Set