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Ahhhhhh staying organized while traveling. What a fun challenge.
I’ll admit that, when it comes to my home, I am a bit of a messy Bessie. But when it comes to my luggage, it’s like day and night. I own a set of color-coordinated luggage outfitted with a variety of organizational cubes, zipper sections, and even folders, haha. I know where everything is an any given time so that, in a pinch, I only have to take apart a small section of my luggage to find what I need. And I sure as heck am not mixing my precious clean clothes with my two-week-old dirty underwear.
This obsessive organization of my luggage has come about as part of my philosophy of making the most of my time and experiences when I’m out traveling. Who wants to take apart their entire luggage to look for the left sock, when they could be out seeing the Colosseum? And when you only get laundry every once in a while, don’t you want everything to get washed at once? And if you’ve got one pair of headphones, and the earpiece gets lost somewhere in your bag, doesn’t that suck? If ya hear me, you might want to check out some of these products that will help you keep your luggage suuuper organized while traveling.
Packing cubes are a great way to maximize the space in your bag. They can also help you save time by keeping everything organized into separate compartments, so you don’t have to rummage through everything to find a single item. Eagle Creek has amazing sets of packing cubes that are wonderful quality. They’re water repellant, they have mesh tops, and a handle. Each cube also has a double zipper which makes it easier for you to compress your clothing. This way, you can make sure that you’re using all of the space in your luggage to the fullest. I’m lookin’ at you, carry-on-only people!
Dirty Laundry Bag
I used to be the type of traveler who could recycle the same stinky clothes for two weeks on end before deciding to splurge on a washing machine. Those days are long gone, and now I don’t even want my dirty stuff to touch my pristine clean clothes in my suitcase. Enter the dirty laundry bag for travel. This little bag starts out small but expands to hold all of the dirty laundry within your suitcase. This way, you’ll make no mistake about which items are clean and which ones aren’t.
Vumos Leak-Proof Travel Bottles
Fill these leak-proof soft silicone polymer bottles with your favorite shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, or whatever helps you feel fresh when you’re on the road. Labels and 4 totally different colors help determine the contents, and their TSA-approved size and clear quart bag make them carry-on convenient.
Travel Toiletry Bag
If you have never had a bottle of shampoo spill into your luggage and ruin everything, I bow down to you, O Lucky One. Liquids are hard to manage when they’re in your checked baggage, so it’s always a good idea to have them contained within their own section. That way, if they do spill, they will not make a huge mess.
This travel toiletry bag is great because it has several zippered sections that fold together to create a copact carrying case. It’s even better than a toiletry bag; it’s like 4 toiletry bags in one!
Your passport is kind of a big deal when it comes to international travel. So why wouldn’t you take special care of it? This cute travel wallet has a pocket for your passport and a variety of IDs and credit cards, plus a zip pocket for that cash money. It even holds your boarding pass. Plus, I love the variety of bright and fun colors it comes in.
Having a travel backpack is essential, because it will help you organize your most-used items into a smaller bag for a day trip or for easy grab-and-go during a flight. Of course, it all depends on what type of trip you’re going on and how long your stay is going to be. I am currently planning a three month backpacking trip in South America, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on different travel backpacks. I’ve been looking at sizes, prices, and quality. I just bought the Amazon Basics Carry On Backpack, and I have to stay it is one of the best options out there.
I love how many different pockets, zippers and holders it has, as well as the fact that you can carry it like a backpack, purse, or roller luggage. I wish the interior were a more neutral color, but I’ll take it for the convenience.
Another thing I like to avoid whenever possible is opening up my bag to find a tangle of electrical cords. This electrical cord organizer helps with that, and it will let you reach into your bag and know exactly where to find your European electrical adapter or kindle charger.
You seriously need this in your life if you’re trying to pack light. Patagonia has a jacket that is water-resistant, windproof, and warm. And it’s made out of recycled polyester, so it’s also good for the environment. Not only does this lightweight jacket do all that, but it can also crumple up into the size of your fist. Perfect for saving space! Get yours HERE.
You’re on a once in a lifetime trip and you’re not going to document it?! Obviously you can take pictures, but it’s fun to remember your thoughts, feelings, and specific details. I also think it’s important to reflect while on your trip.
The Moleskine Traveler’s Journal is the perfect journal to bring with you! It comes with tips, a section for the planning portion of the trip, and sections for travel memories and more. Basically this journal organizes everything for you, all you have to do is write! You can even turn it into a scrapbook and store all of your photos and mementos from your adventures.
I hope that these items made planning for your trip a little easier and more organized. It’s so nice to not have to fuss with the organization of your bag while you’re out exploring. Safe travels!
Who Wrote This?
I’m Renee Hyde and I’ve been a digital nomad freelance writer since 2012. So far I’ve visited 60+ countries and counting! On this blog I share tips about dreamy travel destinations, travel hacks, ways to work remotely and travel, and advice for living your best nomadic life!