I maximize space in my carry-on with these 7 Amazon Travel Finds

In just a week, I’ll board a flight to Europe and embark on an 18-night journey with five stops in three countries – and I’m determined to do it all with nothing but carry-on luggage.

Since my trip will involve unpacking and repacking in four hotels and a friend’s guest room, I want to keep my belongings as organized (and edited) as possible. In my quest to streamline my suitcase, I dug deep into Amazon’s best-selling travel gear list to browse the site’s most popular organizers and accessories.

I found seven highlights, including a set of compression packing cubes, a small but mighty makeup bag, and a super compact hanging toiletry bag—and they all cost less than $30.

Amazon’s Best Selling Travel Gear Under $30

Eneteck 3-pair travel shoe bag, $13 (save 10%)


This travel shoe bag is hands down my favorite discovery. It fits three pairs of shoes in a neat package measuring 12″ x 9″ (30.5 x 23.5 cm), which is about the size of a piece of printer paper, and once zipped up it’s only 7″ (17.5 cm) high.

One reviewer confirmed that this was the “perfect size” for two pairs of shoes and sandals, and another shopper called it a “lifesaver” for fitting a pair of running shoes, walking shoes and sandals. This is perfect for me because I plan to wear my largest shoes when traveling (chunky loafers), and I will use this to pack a pair of ballet flats, heels, and my trusty Adidas sambas.

Bagail 4 set compression packing cubes, $17 with Prime


I know from experience that packing cubes are a game changer. Compressive packing cubes?! This is the next level, and I want to participate. These are designed with a second zipper that packs the cubes into neat little packages. They come in sets of four, five or six and in many colors and patterns, as well as transparent.

The packing cubes have received more than 14,500 five-star ratings from shoppers, so I feel confident picking them up, and they’re currently just $17. One reviewer who bought them also got a “more expensive set” to go with it to compare, and when they made a ‘practice pack’ they said these packing cubes ‘won hands down’.

And another reviewer, who traveled internationally with the packing cubes, wrote: “When customs opened my suitcase, my belongings remained neat, covered and not exposed to dirt or germs.” But most importantly, the compression blocks helped them get ‘a lot more’ into their suitcase.

Purevave Compact Hanging Toiletry Bag, $19 with Prime


The hanging toiletry bag I have now is great, but huge. This compact version is only 25 by 5 by 9.5 centimeters when closed and large enough for the essentials. It also has nice design details, like a center pocket designed specifically for a toothbrush and toothpaste and elastic bands to keep liquid items in place.

If you also have some travel planned for the summer, check out Amazon’s best-selling travel gear chart for products that can streamline your packing. And keep scrolling to see more of what my precious carry-on has yielded.

Cubetastic small travel makeup bag


Apple World Traveler adapter set


Repel Portable Travel Umbrella, $29 (Save 17%)


Umetass 8-pack travel size squeeze bottles