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So you’ve booked your ticket and you’re ready to start packing for your trip. Awesome! But then you realize something: you have no idea how to pack a backpack or carry-on! Well I’m here to help. After four years of traveling all the time, and struggling to find the best way to pack everything, I’ve learned how to pack a backpack and carry-on and got it down to a science. So, I want to share with you my 24 steps to pack a backpack (plus 7 steps to pack a carry-on) so you can pack like a boss! Keep reading to find out how.
Related: Wondering what to pack in your backpack and carry-on? Read my ultimate backpacking packing list for summer in Europe and never need another packing list again! Even for traveling during other seasons, most sections are the same and will work well. ?
The Step-by-Step Guide: How to Pack a Backpack and Carry-on Like a Boss
Before you learn how to pack a backpack, of course, you’re going to need a backpack! These hiking backpacks are perfect for traveling. They are super functional and easier to carry around where wheels don’t go (I’m looking at you, pretty European cobblestones). Every avid traveler owns a travel backpack because they’re just easier than suitcases. Why do you think they call them backpackers?!
Buying the Osprey Kyte 36 was one of the best investments I ever made in my travels – seriously! Two years after buying it and taking it to 28 countries, it’s still going strong. Because of this, this guide is written specifically for the Osprey Kyte 36. However, if you’d like a slightly different backpack design and/or a little bit more room, the Osprey Fairview 40 and Farpoint 40 are also widely used and recommended by travelers. They don’t differ too much, if at all, from the design of the Osprey Kyte 36. So you should be able to use this guide just fine for other backpacks!
An important note: Even if you’re going on a three-month trip, I still recommend getting a backpack that’s no more than 40 liters.
Because we all tend to overpack. And you need way less stuff than you think. Especially if you make sure to mindfully create a quality, multifunctional wardrobe, re-wearing pieces for different occasions in different climates is easy.
Related: Mindfully create that quality, multifunctional wardrobe with my clothing recommendations in my ultimate backpacking packing list for summer in Europe!
If you haven’t already seen me singing the magical praises of packing cubes, then you’re about to hear it now!
Seriously, gals. Do not continue to travel without these bad boys! Most importantly because they make this guide on how to pack a backpack and carry-on kind of impossible. The medium 4-piece set is the best one I think. You get a variety of shapes that are perfect for separating different types of clothing. In this post, I’ll detail exactly what type of clothes I put into each packing cube to make packing a breeze!
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3. 30-liter-ish day pack (I use a dry bag backpack)
In earlier packing lists that I’ve published, I’ve recommended an 18-liter Ortovox day pack or similar. However, lately, I’ve opted for using a 30-liter dry bag backpack instead. This is for two reasons:
- Obviously, there’s more space inside, which makes it more flexible whether for shorter or longer trips.
- When you start visiting a lot of countries in places like Southeast Asia, Central America, and parts of Europe where you’re doing a lot of island hopping on small boats, you will be SO happy that you have a dry bag. Then you don’t have to worry about keeping your valuables safe and dry.
I found this dry bag backpack on Amazon and it’s the most affordable and the best one I’ve found! Instead of being a single compartment bag without proper straps, like most dry bags, this dry bag also functions as a real backpack for hiking and day trips. The back and straps are padded with a nice mesh for proper ventilation. And I love that it has side mesh pockets for a water bottle, plus a front zipper pocket for my phone and wallet!
This will serve as your “personal item” on the plane. Or, if you travel carry-on-only and the dry bag/day pack ends up being your personal item, you can pack the purse at the bottom of one of your bags. In any case, this purse will be perfect for small, important items as you travel like your passport, phone, and wallet. I find it’s a lot easier to travel with these things in a purse than having to dig through backpack pockets to get them out.
My beloved cross-body L.L. Bean canvas purse is unfortunately no longer sold, but here’s a comparable one on Amazon. Alternatively, if you’d like a nicer bag that’s also specially designed to hold a camera, you should check out this gorgeous leather camera messenger bag.
How to Pack a Backpack and Carry-On: The Backpack
1. Select and lay out your clothes and shoes
The first step on how to pack a backpack is to finally make your bed (ugh, I know). I’m only kind of joking – make your bed so that you can lay out all of your clothes in one place on the bed (the floor works too if that’s better). That way, you can look at all of your clothes together and get a better idea of what outfits you can create.
One of my cardinal rules for how to pack a backpack and carry-on is to know thyself. Since I’ve been packing a lot for many years, I know I don’t have a tendency to overpack. However, if you haven’t traveled quite enough to know that you use everything you bring, the general rule is to take away 1/3 of what you originally laid out to pack. I would say that most people who aren’t really experienced travelers should heed this rule. I know, it’s easy to imagine now that you’ll wear that super cute skirt every day of the week when you’re in Europe.
But ask yourself this: Do I wear it often at home when the conditions are right?
If the answer is “no” to this question, then chances are you won’t wear it on your trip, either!
Above all, your top focuses when you choose clothes should be versatility and comfort. Bring lots of thin layers, especially for shoulder-season weather (the brief periods of time before or after the high tourist season) and/or trips with multiple climates. And don’t pack something that isn’t comfortable to sit in and move around in all day. Trust me – comfort is everything. You’ll thank yourself later.
Related: Visiting the Middle East or other conservative regions of the world during hot weather? Check out my clothing recommendations in my article The Best Clothes for Hot Weather in the Middle East!
2. Gather your accessories and tech
There tend to be a lot of small, miscellaneous gadgets you need to pack when you travel. The second step for how to pack a backpack is to lay all of these out too so you have them all in one place. Then you can quickly grab them when you pack them down.
Related: Wondering about the best camera gear to take with you traveling? Get some ideas from my guide to the best camera and camera accessories for beginning travel photographers!
PRO TRAVELER TIP!
Put all of your charging cables, SD cards, batteries, action camera, small camera accessories, etc. into one reusable silicone Ziploc bag to keep everything together and mess-free! And if you get this kit, say no to plastic straws by packing one of the metal straws that comes in the kit too! The adorable sea turtles will thank you for not using single-use plastic. ??
EXTRA PRO TIP: Use the rest of the reusable silicone bags in the kit you just got for environmentally-friendly, plastic-free food storage in your kitchen!
3. Put as many pairs of shoes in the bottom compartment as possible (usually two pairs)
One of the things I love about the Osprey Kyte 36 is that it has a separate bottom compartment meant for a sleeping bag. But for our purposes, it’s a shoe compartment! That way, you can always keep your clothes separate and clean away from your shoes.
The shoes I bring: For each trip that doesn’t involve snow, I typically bring at least hiking boots, sneakers, and flip-flops/shower shoes. If I’m hiking in warm places, I’ll often also bring my beloved Teva hiking sandals. During a summer trip to Europe, I’ll bring a pair of flat leather gladiator sandals. And if it’s a winter trip involving snow, I ditch the hiking boots and wear my Thinsulate-lined, Gortex-covered L.L. Bean boots while traveling.
How to pack them: First for how to pack a backpack, if a backpack rain cover comes with your backpack as it does with the Kyte 36, chances are that it’s stored in a zipper compartment underneath our shoe compartment. The rain cover doesn’t need to be here and takes up space, so take out the rain cover and set it aside for later.
With the Kyte 36, typically a pair of sandals and a pair of sneakers fit well into the bottom “sleeping bag” compartment. If your sandals and/or sneakers are particularly slim, you might be able to slip your flip-flops/shower shoes in there. Otherwise, if you have another pair of sandals, they’ll fit well at the bottom of the main compartment, or in your day pack carry-on. Later I’ll also tell you where to put your hiking boots if they don’t fit in the shoe compartment and you’re not wearing them in transit.
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4. Pack shorts, tops, and some underwear and socks in the regular medium packing cube
First, fold and place on the bottom of the packing cube any shorts or tops that can’t be rolled. Then, roll the rest of your shorts and tops and arrange them on top. Shove some underwear and socks that can fit around the edges and cracks. Pack it full! Then zip the packing cube shut.
5. Pack bras, bathing suits, and some socks in the skinny medium packing cube
Lay out your bras and bathing suits stacked on top of each other and place them in the skinny medium packing cube. This packing cube is the perfect width for these types of items! Put some more socks and/or underwear around edges, if they can fit. Then zip the packing cube shut.
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6. Pack the large packing cube with jeans, sweaters, nice clothing, and whatever else didn’t fit in the other packing cubes
On the bottom of the large packing cube, place jeans folded in half and folded sweaters and nice tops that wrinkle. Roll the rest of your clothes and put them on top. Finally – maybe you’re seeing a pattern here – shove socks, underwear, and anything else that wouldn’t fit in the other packing cubes around the edges and cracks in the large packing cube. Then zip it shut!
7. Put the regular medium packing cube on the bottom of the bag
Place the regular medium packing cube, bottom side down, on the bottom of the backpack in the main compartment.
8. Put your important documents folder and travel towel inside, upright against the back
Before this, of course, you need to put together an important documents folder. See my ultimate backpacking packing list for summer in Europe under “The Accessories” section to read about what should go in that important documents folder. Don’t skip this step!
Once you’ve prepared your folder, place it inside the main compartment against the back of the backpack like you would in any other backpack. Then place your travel towel inside its zipper bag upright in front of the folder.
9. Place the large packing cube upright against the back of the backpack
Put the large packing cube against the back of the backpack in front of the travel towel and important documents folder. The short side of the packing cube will be facing downwards.
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10. Shove the skinny medium packing cube at the bottom of the backpack in front of the large packing cube
Shove the skinny medium in front of the large packing cube all the way at the bottom of the main compartment. The long side of the packing cube should be facing downwards so that the top mesh of the packing cube faces towards the front of the backpack.
11. Place small going out purse/fanny pack on top of skinny medium packing cube
Take whichever type of bag you prefer and shove it on top of the skinny medium packing cube in front of the large packing cube. This is why an unstructured bag is better – you can really shove it down in your backpack as much as possible.
Related: Get down to the essentials with my 13 travel essentials that will change your life – I know they changed mine!
12. Shove any styling tools (blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc.) on one side of the large packing cube
First of all, I’m a proponent of being as minimalistic as possible when it comes to hair styling and styling tools while traveling. Because I have bangs, I bring a small travel blowdryer with me, but that’s it. When I didn’t have bangs, I didn’t bring any styling tools at all.
Besides just not being a master hair-styler and being too impatient to actually style my hair with tools most days, the number 1 reason not to bring styling tools with you is this:
- Most styling tools for the United States don’t work in other outlets across the world. This is because the amount of voltage U.S. sockets deliver isn’t the same as sockets in other countries.
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT try to use a U.S. curling iron, straightener, blow dryer, etc. in another country!! It will at the very least blow a fuse, and at most burn the entire house down. I’m not kidding – U.S. styling tools have been known to very commonly catch on fire and/or explode when used in European outlets, for example.
The solution? If you absolutely must bring one, get a styling tool that’s dual-voltage. This (usually) means you can use it in other countries besides the U.S.! By flipping a switch on the appliance, you can change the amount of voltage that gets delivered to it. I love my collapsible, dual-voltage Conair miniPRO hair dryer for traveling. People also seem to love this 2-in-1 dual-voltage curling iron and straightener combo for traveling!
How to pack your styling tools: Shove them down along the side of the large packing cube in the main compartment.
PRO TRAVELER TIP!
Get a hair styling tool that’s dual-voltage! This (usually) means you can use it in other countries besides the U.S. By flipping a switch on the appliance, you can change the amount of voltage that gets delivered to it. I love my collapsible, dual-voltage Conair miniPRO hair dryer when I travel! People also seem to love this 2-in-1 dual-voltage curling iron and straightener combo for traveling!
13. Shove makeup wipes, computer cords, misc. socks, etc. on the other side of the large packing cube
I like to travel with makeup wipes because they’re so easy, convenient, and mess-free to use. They’re especially great for washing/refreshing your face on a plane! I love Neutrogena’s makeup remover cleansing towelettes. I always get the twin pack because I will definitely be using all of those wipes when I travel.
So take your makeup wipes, any miscellaneous cords (I have a cord extension for my MacBook charger), any extra socks, etc. that didn’t fit anywhere else so far and shove them on the other side of the large packing cube. This way, styling tools are on one side, and miscellaneous stuff is on the other.
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14. Put small miscellaneous items in the inside top compartment
The moment I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for has now arrived. Here’s the exact list of everything I put in the inside top compartment of my backpack:
- Razor (BTW men’s razors work way better than women’s razors and they’re cheaper – it’s not fair, I know)
- Bikini-line trimming razor (I use the Schick TrimStyle dual-side razor)
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- Small scissors
- Extra plug converters
- Padlock (be smarter than I am and get a padlock without a key so there’s no risk of losing it)
- Compeed blister plasters (they’re British, they’re awesome, and they are the best solution to save your feet from painful blisters!)
- Sticky no-show nipple concealer petals (if I’m bringing tops that I wear braless but still need to cover up a little bit)
- Cotton elastic bandage (because it doesn’t fit well into the first-aid kit)
Shove all this stuff in the inside top mesh compartment of the Kyte 36 (or just the top somewhere if you’re using a backpack with a top inside compartment – get creative and improvise). It doesn’t need to look pretty, it all just needs to fit.
A special note: Make sure not to pack small miscellaneous items, like your Tangle Teezer compact hairbrush, in your backpack that you need with you on the plane! Unless, of course, you’re bringing your backpack as your carry-on, in which case you can ignore this note.
15. Place your bag of liquids, if any, on top of everything
If you’re checking your backpack, chances are that you’ll have larger liquids that you can’t pack in your carry-on. Put these larger liquids in another one of your reusable silicone storage bags and place them on top of everything in your backpack.
PRO TRAVELER TIP!
Save room in your liquids bag(s) by bringing shampoo and conditioner bars instead! Just like a regular bar of soap, it’s a solid bar of shampoo or conditioner that you lather on your head before rinsing like usual. Using just one of these is the equivalent of using three plastic shampoo bottles, so you’ll also save the environment by using them! I love these Aspen Kay Naturals shampoo and conditioner bars which are sulfate-free, cruelty-free, and vegan and are packaged in metal tins – perfect for traveling!
16. Close the top (drawstring) of the backpack
If your backpack has a top drawstring like the Kyte 36, close this now. Close the drawstring by holding the plastic piece with the Osprey symbol on it with one hand and pulling the strings towards you with the other hand. Close it as tight as possible.
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17. Put your hat in the front mesh pocket
If you’re bringing a hat, shove it into the front mesh pocket of the backpack. If your backpack doesn’t have a front mesh pocket, put the hat in another front/side pocket outside of the main compartment if it doesn’t fit in the main compartment.
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18. Tighten the bottom side compression straps
Now, these next few steps are important. Tightening the compression straps in the right order is essential in order to get your backpack down to the smallest size possible. This is especially important if you’re bringing your backpack as a carry-on.
The first step for the compressions straps for how to pack a backpack is to tighten the bottom side straps first. Buckle the straps and pull tightly to compress as much as possible. Then buckle and tighten the other side.
19. Tighten the top side compression straps
Do the same buckling and tightening of the side compression straps near the top of the backpack.
20. Place tall, cylindrical things in the side mesh pockets (like a pee funnel)
I’m not sure exactly what you’re bringing (unless you follow my ultimate backpacking packing list), but chances are you’ll have a few cylindrically-shaped items. For example, I bring a small round brush to style my bangs when I travel and this handy pee funnel if I’m going hiking (it’s a life-saver, ladies!!). I also bring my Lifestraw filtered water bottle to filter questionable water so that I never have to buy plastic water bottles.
You see? These are all cylindrically-shaped items. And they all fit perfectly in the side mesh pockets of your backpack. So practice your best Tetris skills if they haven’t been put to work already, and put them in those side pockets.
21. Place any bulky, wouldn’t-fit items on top of the closed drawstring (if needed)
Sometimes things like a wrap skirt for the beach or a raincoat won’t fit in your backpack, carry-on, or on you when you travel. Fold these things up and place them on top of the closed drawstring instead.
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22. Fasten the top of the backpack, tightening the compression straps
Now, flip the top of the backpack over the closed drawstring (if applicable) and buckle and pull the compression straps tight.
23. Attach and tighten your tripod to the bottom front shoe compartment compression straps
So for the astute of you who were wondering, there’s a reason you haven’t tightened the compression straps over the shoe compartment yet. The reason? You’ll use these to attach your tripod to your backpack. I always bring a tripod with me when I travel. Even if you’re not an enthusiastic photographer, there’s no better way to take pictures of yourself while solo traveling. Right now I use a tripod from RadioShack because I had to pick one up in a pinch in Costa Rica, but the Rangers ultra-lightweight and compact 55-inch tripod is an affordable, decent tripod that I would recommend. If you really want a tripod that will last a lifetime though, invest in this Manfrotto tripod specially made for traveling!
How to pack it: Put your tripod in its carrying case and hold the tripod, long side down, while weaving the compression straps through the tripod case’s carrying strap. Make sure to weave them in such a way that the case is actually kept from slipping. You can see in the picture down below that I put the compression strap between two layers of the carrying case strap, thereby ensuring that it won’t slip.
PRO TRAVELER TIP!
If I’m not wearing my hiking boots while traveling, for example, they might not fit in my backpack. Oh no! What to do, what to do?
Tie those boots or whatever other bulky items don’t fit in your bags onto the outside of your backpack, of course! The Kyte 36 and most other backpacks have little loops on the outside where you can hang things from. However, you can even hang things from your closed compression straps in a pinch!
24. Cover the backpack with your rain cover
Don’t worry, rain cover, we didn’t forget about you!
The last step for how to pack a backpack is to take your backpack rain cover that you set aside earlier and stretch it across the whole front of your backpack. This will not only make sure everything attached to the outside of your backpack (like your tripod or hiking boots) stays put, but will also keep your bag dry in case it’s in a wet place.
How to Pack a Backpack and Carry-On: The Carry-On
1. Place laptop in laptop sleeve and put upright against the back of the carry-on backpack
I love my 13-inch MacBook Air for travel. It’s lightweight, thin, and powerful for the graphic design and word processing that I need it for. And ever since traveling on some smaller boats in the rain in Central America, I use not only a dry bag day backpack to store my laptop inside of but also this 100% waterproof laptop sleeve. There is no way I’m letting any moisture into my laptop, and neither should you! Especially after the humidity of Central America literally shorted out my motherboard and I had to get it completely replaced… Yeah, that happened. ??
2. Pack carry-on liquids into TSA-approved, reusable liquids bag
Be thoughtful about the liquids you bring on board with you. Only take liquids on board that you either need for the night or next day (like toothpaste, face moisturizer, etc.) or are important medicine.
What I put in my overnight flight carry-on liquids bag:
- Hand sanitizer (the number 1 way to prevent getting sick on germ-filled flights!)
- Toothpaste (travel-size)
- Pimple cream
- My daytime moisturizer: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect Face Moisturizer SPF 30 (I’ll use it on the plane at night too just to save room in my liquids bag)
- My holy grail glow makeup:
- M.A.C. Strobe Cream (great as a moisturizing, glowy primer; travel-size)
- No. 7 Stay Perfect liquid foundation (buttery-smooth, medium coverage, incredibly natural-looking)
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Liquid Highlighter (put it on top of your liquid foundation and OH MY GOD it’s beautiful)
- M.A.C. Fix+ Goldlite Prep+Prime spray (gives that final glowy touch while fixing your makeup in place; I put it in a travel-size spray bottle since this kind doesn’t come in a travel size)
Remember the 3-1-1 rule: Each liquid bottle you bring on board can be up to 3.4 fl. oz. (100 mL); brought in 1 quart-size, clear, zip-top plastic bag; and only 1 bag per passenger is allowed.
3. Place clothes for tonight and/or tomorrow (if needed) on bottom of the bag in the main compartment
If you’re taking an overnight flight and want PJ’s for the night and/or a fresh change of clothes for tomorrow, take these clothes and place them at the bottom of your day bag.
4. Place big things on top of clothes
For my electronics bag, I pack all of my smaller gadgets and accessories into a reusable plastic bag. Here are some suggestions for what an electronics bag could contain:
5. Place smaller things around bigger things in main compartment
These smaller things could include:
- A hairbrush (I love my Tangle Teezer compact hairbrush – it works even better than my full-size brush at home!)
- Sunglasses (I love my sturdy ones from Cassette Eyewear)
- External hard drive (a necessity for backing up your computer data and storing extra pictures!)
- Makeup wipes
- Cotton rounds
- Hair accessories (like a hair scarf – my favorite versatile hair accessory!)
- Toothbrush + case (these bamboo toothbrushes with bamboo cases are plastic-free and biodegradable!)
- Plug converters
6. Roll/zip day bag shut; tighten compression straps, if any
If you have a dry bag, roll it down as far as it can go before buckling and tightening the compression straps on either side. If you have a different day pack, zip/fasten it to close it and tighten any compression straps.
7. Put empty, rolled up Vapur water bottle in the side mesh pocket
The 1-liter Vapur water bottle is awesome: it’s flexible, foldable, and still stands up on its own. It’s perfect for traveling because you can roll it up small when empty and fit it in weird spaces because of its flexible material. I use it every time I go on a trip and don’t leave home without it!
So as a final step, empty your water bottle (since you can’t take it through security full of water), roll it up, put the carabiner around the roll to keep it rolled up, and put the water bottle in the side mesh pocket of your day bag. After you’re through security, you can easily take it out and fill it up!
How to Pack a Backpack and Carry-On: The Purse/Personal Item
1. Place passport, important prescriptions, and any small important things in a safe inside zipper pocket
One of the reasons I love my cross-body canvas bag is that it has an interior zipper pocket. This is perfect for my passport, important prescription medication, and a little Ziploc bag with my Android SIM card remover tool and a foreign SIM card if I need/have it. I make sure to put my passport in a cover to keep it protected from whipping it out so much – I love this cute “Adventure Awaits” cover!
A special note: Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months after your return date! I cannot stress this enough!! I was baffled by the number of people who somehow ended up in Europe with expired passports and couldn’t get out when I was working at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. Don’t be one of these people – make sure your passport is valid well past your return!
2. Place camera with your wide-angle lens attached + pancake portrait lens in the main compartment
My Canon 760D fits perfectly on its side with my 10-18mm wide-angle lens attached in the main compartment of my purse bag. Then, I place my 24mm prime portrait lens inside its lens pouch and put it in the remaining space next to my camera. Your purse probably isn’t exactly the same, so position your camera as best you can for your purse. The important thing is that your camera is right on you – not in an unattended bag that’s going to get thrown onto the plane by someone who probably doesn’t care about the delicate contents inside.
Related: Wondering about the best photography equipment to bring on your travels? Check out my post on the best camera, photography accessories, and more to get for travel photography!
3. Put any plug converters, sleep mask, and phone charger in the main compartment (or other compartments)
Now is the time to start putting small miscellaneous items in the compartments where they happen to fit. I keep a small one- or two-plug converter inside my purse in case I need it in an airplane or airport before I have access to my backpack. Usually, I get this converter from my larger Travel Smart by Conair all-in-one international converter. I also put my total light-blocking sleep mask in the back pocket of my purse – seriously, this thing is amazing. It actually blocks out all the light and is perfect for actually getting some shut-eye on the plane. Finally, I put my phone charger in the main compartment on top of my camera equipment.
Related: Sleeping will be only one of your battles on your overnight flight. Survive it all with my top 10 tips for flying internationally!
4. Put phone, sunglasses, credit card wallet, change purse/wallet, portable batteries, pen, earbuds, and any extra USB/charging cables in front compartment of bag
- Polarized, 100% UVA/UVB-blocking sunglasses
- RFID-blocking trigger credit card wallet
- Change purse/wallet
- Portable batteries for charging your phone/devices
- At least one pen
- Earbuds (I’m not kidding you, these Panasonic in-ear earbuds are some of the cheapest earbuds you’ll ever find but they’re better than much, much higher end earbuds!! When you could spend $200+ on high-quality earbuds, don’t spend more than $10 – yes, they’re that good!)
- Any extra charging cables you need on you
5. Pack small packing cube as a first-aid kit and place in the main compartment on top of your camera
We also didn’t forget about the small packing cube in your eBags 4-piece packing cube kit!
This packing cube will serve as your own little first-aid kit. Trust me – you want to have a well-stocked kit. It’s something you hope you’ll never need but will be so glad that you have it when you do.
You can read about what should be in the perfect first-aid kit in my ultimate backpacking packing list article.
Once you’ve prepared your travel first-aid kit, place it on top of your camera stuff in the main compartment of your bag before zipping it all up.
6. Zip everything up
Finally, close it all up! And you’re done!
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