You may be dreading it, but packing to travel abroad can actually be sort of a blast. Trying on outfits, playing with jewelry, hitting the mall for those last-minute must-haves—it’s your first memory of your transnational trek.
But the experience can also be frustrating, since cramming flight favorites into limited luggage space often clouds our judgment in terms of what we actually need. You want to look fabulous, stay organized, and be prepared for anything…all while packing light enough to avoid those pesky overweight baggage fees and future shoulder aches. So what should make the cut when it’s crunch time?
As luck would have it, our jet-setting adventures have taught us how to pack exactly what we need. These 12 travel accessories will keep you going from Rome to Rio de Janeiro, and every single one fits comfortably in your carry-on. Click through and start stocking up—trust us, you’ll want to be prepared for the best summer of your life.