1. Packing cubes
Thin, lightweight packing cubes can help you to compress and organize what you have to create more space for other belongings, making it easier to get what you need out of your bag and allowing you to squeeze a little more in.
2. Hand washing what you carry
Carry less pants and socks, and save room for more stylish items! Hand washing underwear and socks in sinks and drying them on radiators in cold countries or outside in warm countries will dramatically reduce the space you need for them.
The magic of a beautiful piece of fabric known no ends. Watch you tube tutorials to learn how to turn it into trousers, skirts, dresses, tops, head scarfs or simply throw it over your shoulders to keep warm. Also useful in places where it is polite to cover up and it can double up as a towel, saving even more space!
4. Utilize technology
Minimize what you carry by switching to multi-purpose electronics. One smart phone is a great replacement for music players, point and shoot cameras, tablets, kindles and much more. Carry e-tickets when possible on a smart phone and use e-reading apps instead of books.
5. Don’t carry toiletries, pick them up as you go
When flying between places you can’t carry liquids on board anyway. Basic toiletries aren’t difficult to come across all over the world, save space for fashion items and pick up basics locally instead of carrying them with you.