We favor compact pieces of carry-on luggage with expandable, built-in compartments for toiletries, shoes and clothing. Pack clean socks and undergarments inside footwear to save space and preserve the shape of the shoes. Pack functional gear, including electronic devices, in the smallest sizes available. Look for universal earphones and battery chargers to downsize your packing list. Eliminate bulky reading material by using your smart phone or laptop to enjoy your favorite books and articles. Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.net) has an extensive list of free literary downloads. Thousands of free podcasts are available at www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/. Above: The Pack-Flat Back-Up Bag by Travelon is a blowfish of a polyester bag that zips shut to less than an inch thick for easy packing in your luggage.
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