12 Travel Hair Dryers that Will Comfortably Fit in Your Carry-On

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Your travel plans are officially a go (finally). Now that you have some trips booked, it’s time to start packing. You’ll want to be savvy about saving space in your luggage (so you can pack more outfits obviously).

One easy way to do this? Swapping your regular hair dryer for a travel sized one. Blow dryers take up way too much space in your bag and they shouldn’t considering they’re only used once a day—at most. Instead look for one that’s foldable or small enough to slide into any compartment of your bag, but still has the power of a regular blow dryer. These 12 travel-friendly hair dryers will help you save room without sacrificing on style. You’re welcome.

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1. drybar Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer

Best Overall

This portable dryer isn’t the smallest of the bunch, but it does fold at the handle for easy packing. We love that it evenly distributes the heat to your hair for a quick drying experience.


2. eva Nyc Mini Healthy Heat Pro-power Dryer

Best for Frizz

The far-infrared heat in this dryer is gentle on all hair types, but where this petite pick truly shines is its frizz fighting powers. With a healthy heat technology that emits negative ions, it smooths the cuticle to deliver the sleekest finish.


3. mermade Hair Mermade Compact Dryer

Best Design

We love the soft pink shade of this dryer and its super small size for easy transport. (It’s about the size of a small journal.) Toss it in your gym bag or suitcase without having to worry about adding bulk; the aesthetically pleasing design makes us smile every time we use it.

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4. yiiho Lightweight Blow Dryer

Most Lightweight

This dryer is so small you could even toss it into your purse. It's a little longer than an iPhone 11 and weighs in at just one and a half pounds, making a tired arm while drying a thing of the past. Tip: Slide it into one of your shoes if you are super tight on space in your suitcase.


5. chi 1875 Advanced Ionic Compact Dryer

Best for Quick Drying

Thanks to the built-in ion generator, this dries your hair especially fast because it breaks down the water molecules and makes them evaporate faster than your run-of-the-mill blow dryer.


6. t3 Fit Compact Hair Dryer

Best for All Hair Types

This dryer has a shorter nozzle, which makes it easier to pack away (not to mention, the handle folds down, too). It’s no slouch in performance either. The wide airstream covers more hair at once so you can dry quickly if you’re in a pinch.

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7. ribivaul Travel Hair Dryer

Most Affordable

Coming in at just $20, this dryer comes with three different attachments to style your locks. Choose from two speeds and three heat settings (plus a cool shot setting) so you can adjust the temperature and airflow to your liking.

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8. 24k Gold Mx Goldpro Travel Dryer

Best for Dry Hair

Who knew a hair dryer can also hydrate your hair? This one uses a special proprietary mineral complex to ensure that moisture is locked into your follicles while they dry.


9. amika The Ceo 360 Lightweight Powerhouse Hair Dryer

Best for Volume

This portable pick uses both negative and positive ions to break down water molecules in your hair to speed up dry time. The fun color patterns make the tool super cute to look at, too.


10. ghd Flight Travel Dryer

Best for Heat Protection

This dryer has safeguard technology that will automatically turn it off when you get too close to your head to prevent any heat damage. How cool is that? It also has a powerful airflow that reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit for the ideal temp to dry your hair without too much heat exposure.


11. conair Worldwide Travel Dryer

Most Universal

If you’re headed out of the country, this is the dryer to take. It has smart voltage technology that auto-adjusts to the foreign electric current. Plus, the ceramic technology in the nozzle protects hair from heat damage.

12. Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

Quietest Blow Dryer

Some blow dryers are super loud, which can be a burden to you and anyone who is traveling with you. This one hums quietly (or as quietly as a blow dryer can anyway) thanks to the motor, which is tuned to a lower frequency. Another bonus? The negative ions help reduce static in your hair.

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