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10 Things To Pack That Will Save You Money

Costs add up fast when you are traveling but there are a lot of little ways you can save before you even get on the plane. What you pack in your luggage could save you quite a bit of cash that you can use for other things down the line.

1. Travel size containers. 

GoToob 3 Pack of 2 oz Silicone Travel Bottles

These can be used over and over again and they will save you money. Sometimes hostels don’t have any soap at all or simply they do not have your favorite lotion of shampoo. The same can be said for any nice hotel. Bringing these little tubes allows you to bring your favorite products on the road.

These GoToob bottles cost a little more but they are a lot better quality than those $1 tubes you find a Target. I have had those leak in my dopp kit which is never a pleasant surprise.

2. Sunscreen Stick

Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen Stick

Another little thing that is not cheap when you get to your destination. Most likely you won’t be able to bring enough for the duration of the trip but having some for the first couple of days doesn’t hurt. This is easy to get through security and good travelers on the go.

3. Luggage Scale

Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale

We all know baggage fees are getting out of hand today which is why I usually don’t check my bag. However, there are times when it is necessary and an overweight bag can cost your a lot of money. Often when returning home from a vacation you will find your bag has increased in weight due to gifts you may have purchased. With a little scale you can be sure you are underweight before you get to the check-in counter.

4. Snacks for the flight

Clif Bar Builder’s Bar

I don’t think I ever board a flight without some snacks. Usually they are nuts or low-sugar protein bars. These are not only great for the flight but for on the go snacks during your vacation. I always back a few in my carry-on.

5. Space Saving Packing Cubes

eBags Packing Cubes

I try to fit everything into one carry-on bag when I travel. That can be difficult to organize and to fit inside one bag. These packing cubes help with both of those needs. They compress your luggage and save you space. I recommend them for any type of traveler.

6. eReader


These are not for everyone and honestly not even for me but I do think they are great for some people. If you are a big reader they will save you a lot of space in your bag and eventually some money too. Upfront you may be spending $79 to own one but in the long run you can save on books and valuable space in your bag.

7. Water Bottle (empty)

Polar Insulated Water Bottle

I never leave home without my water bottle. This is the exact one I carry and I like it because of the added insulation it has. I carry it through security empty and fill it up on the other side. This is one of my favorite ways to save when I travel. It is an easy one that I don’t see a lot of people taking advantage of.

8. Laundry Soap Sheets

Laundry Soap Sheets

For anyone who is traveling for an extended period of time these can be very useful. First of all, they can be carried on the plane since they are sheets. Second, they are great for making one bag of clothes last weeks on end. If you are backpacking or simply on an extended vacation these sheets can be your friend. You can pack less and stay longer with clean clothes.

9. Security Clothes

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Underwear with hidden pockets

The Clever Travel Companion makes a variety of clothes that help keep your stuff safe. Whether its cash, credit cards, or your passport there is a place to stash them. These won’t save you money right away but they can help prevent you from losing any along the way. Check out the full collection from Clever Travel Companion.

10. Bring Your Own Medicine 

Benadryl Allergy Ultratabs

Bringing a little kit with some meds can go along way on vacation. You never know what you will need. I always bring some allergy relief medicine such a benadryl, along with Ibuprofen, pepto tabs, and maybe some Dayquil just in case. Hopefully, you will not need any of these but if you bring a small supply of each it will save you money and keep your vacation alive and well.

I have been traveling to over 100 countries by using the methods I share on this site. My goal is to maximize every trip and make the most of my adventures. Join me on Instagram.