Travel editor and frequent flyer Angus Kidman has revealed the six Reject Shop items he never flies without – and they are sure to simplify your next trip.
Packing a suitcase can be a difficult experience, thanks to weight limits, organisation and the feeling something has always been left out.
But with the help of these six items under $10 each, you will always be organised and ready for anything.
Travel guru Angus Kidman is a frequent flyer and said these six items are an essential when flying
Digital Luggage Scale – $9
According to Angus, the most important item to include in your suitcase is a pocket sized digital scale.
He explained on Escape that weight limits are taken very seriously at airports, and this $9 item could potentially save flyers a considerable amount of money in extra baggage fees.
Other examples can be found on Ebay for an even cheaper $8.77 with free postage, but most retailers offer them for upwards of $12.
A digital luggage scale can save travellers lots in extra baggage charges while maximising your luggage space
Packing cubes can be useful to help organise your luggage and can normally fold up into almost nothing
Foldable Packing Cubes – $3
Packing cubes come in a range of sizes from the $3 one shown above to larger ones that can be used to separate anything in your luggage from toiletries to dirty clothes.
Angus recommends shopping around and notes they can be purchased cheap in bulk but that will often result in receiving larger sizes that are not as useful.
Shoe pouches are found in a range of sizes and can help keeping dirt off your clean clothes
Travel Shoe Pouch – $3
A shoe pouch is a great way to organise your baggage if you need to bring more than one pair of shoes on holiday – while keeping your clothes free from dirt.
‘(You’re) better off paying for a sturdier model than relying on a flimsy plastic bag,’ Angus said.
Amazon offers a range of specific options for different shoe types, while The Reject Shop has travel shoe pouches available for just $3 each.
Ponchos are cheap, take up no room and are very effective at keeping the rain off your clothes
Emergency Ponchos – $3.50
Another cheap necessity when travelling to new locations is a poncho.
‘I’m not going to claim these are a positive fashion statement, but they weigh practically nothing and I always have one stashed in my travel bag in case of an unexpected downpour,’ Angus said.
The Reject Shop’s Poncho costs just $3.50 – and does not weigh much but folds down easily.
Not so much for travelling but rather when you get home, utilise the space in your suitcases with one of these cheap packing bags
Jumbo Bag – $3
Angus suggests people use these $3 jumbo bags for storing stuff inside your larger suitcases.
‘When you need the case, you can easily just lift out the jumbo bag, rather than dealing with junk sprawled everywhere,’ he said.
Travel specific shoulder bags can be found everywhere in a range of sizes and take up very little space when not used
Travel Shoulder Bag – $6
The versatility of a shoulder bag is well known, but Angus said this Reject shop addition is extremely effective for keeping your electronic devices organised and readily accessible.
The travel guru said the three different pockets allow for him to protect the screen of his Kindle while also providing room for earphones, charges and any additional cables.
How to pack the ultimate minimalist carry-on for an international trip
Travelling overseas with only carry-on luggage without sacrificing essentials might sound unrealistic – but it can be done.
Daily Mail Australia’s FEMAIL reporter Cindy Tran took up the challenge to fit nine days worth of holiday essentials into her luggage for an overseas trip to Japan – and was surprised at how easy it was.
Using a small leather bag and a series of space saving secrets she was able to effectively use her limited space.
Reporter reveals space-saving secrets to pack nine days worth of holiday essentials under 7kg
What she packed inside her carry-on baggage
Six outfits: Three dresses, two skirts, one pair of pants, a t-shirt and top
Toiletries (All skincare products transferred into travel-safe containers)
Pyjamas – top and shorts
Travelling light for a holiday has many benefits: You save on baggage costs, you don’t have to wait around for your checked-in suitcase or stress about it getting lost in transit, and you won’t be weighed down by heavy luggage while trying to navigate a new location.
For her trip to Tokyo, Ms Tran opted against checked-in luggage because she didn’t want to bring unnecessary weight to a city where she was planning on a massive shopping spree.
How to fit everything you need into one bag: By using packing cubes, you save so much space
To shrink her holiday wardrobe into the carry-on bag, she packed clothes for Tokyo’s warm summer which naturally took up less space.
She then utilised three packing cubes to store my everyday essentials – and it saved her a lot of space inside my carry-on bag.
In the largest cube, she squeezed a surprising amount of clothes into it. Rolling up six different outfits into the cube: Three dresses, two skirts (short and midi), one pair of pants, a white t-shirt and a black sleeveless blouse.
Ms Tran said she made sure to pack pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. ie, white t-shirt with two different skirts or pants, or black top with either skirt or pants.
In the second cube, she packed all underwear, a swimsuit and a bra.
Ms Tran used three packing cubes to store my everyday essentials: outfits, toiletries and underwear
In her smallest cube, she packed all her toiletries and skincare products, which included moisturisers, body lotion, two razors, cleanser, dental floss, mouthwash, toothbrush, makeup remover, band aid and cotton pads.
To downsize some of my beauty products, I poured my toner and hydrating mist into two separate 30mL bottles. I also put anything with liquid into a zip lock bag in case of any spillage during the long-haul flight.
In her makeup bag, Ms Tran included a 30mL foundation, bronzer, highlighter, face powder, mini 4g mascara, 5mL face cream, two makeup brushes and a sponge.
She also packed a tiny backpack, which included a passport wallet, purse, a 300g Canon camera and an iPhone.