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Last minute packing is not for the faint of heart. That’s why I was especially proud of how efficiently I packed my only carry-on for a two-week trip to Europe a few years ago. Sometimes I pack in a panic because the trip itself isn’t set until the 11th hour. Other times, well, life just gets in the way, right?
Packing in a hurry can mean leaving out things that can make or break a trip. You may already own a pair of comfy sandals or packing cubes—but what about a spare pair of prescription sunglasses? Or a self-cleaning water bottle? These 10 last-minute summer travel lifesavers might not be on your radar, but they’re worth serious consideration. Even if you’re leaving in a few days, everything on this list can be ordered and delivered before you open the door.
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