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Now that I have explained what my taste is luggage is, let’s get into some packing or luggage accessories. I have found that the less I stress before a trip, regardless of length, means I can have a better time on the trip itself. Then while on the trip, the fewer times I have to repack or worry about leaving something behind promotes a more fun trip and just a more relaxing one as well. This means that I have found several items that really help when packing, almost regardless of what you might be taking.

First up with have the common toiletry bag. I have found some variations of them that really help me to stay organized and enable me to get all the items I need into one place AND keep them there. First up is this 3 in 1 version, I used to own this one but gave it to my aunt when she went traveling on her own since it was so handy and nice to have. As you can see there are two major sections with small zippered areas as well. This means you can place your toothbrush and toothpaste in the top smaller section, then your shampoo/conditioner and other showering accessories in the bottom. This way if there is any leakage, your toothbrush is safe. The larger section also allows for hair product placement ie a brush, hairspray, gel, whatever you may need. The best part?? Both sections unbutton so you only have to take what you need into the bathroom! Then when the time comes to leave you will immediately notice if one of the pouches is missing. Bonus points for the strap that keeps it closed doubling up to a loop so you can hang it on a door, or put it on a handle in the bathroom.
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3 in 1 Toiletry Bag
Construction: 3/5 just watch how much you put into the bottom pouch and how hard you pull on the snaps.
Ease of Use: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Recommend: Great for travel as long as you don’t have an involved hair care routine and need a lot of space. Purchase here.

Next up we have a makeup bag, since most of my travel has been for fun, I want to look somewhat presentable while I’m there.
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This bag offers one larger side that is just an empty section, no extra pockets just an open space to put palettes or anything that takes up more space. The middle section it attached to the middle by Velcro so you can place brushes and other longer items in. The back section has two smaller pockets for anything, I usually put powders in there since the pockets allow them to not move so anything pressed will tend to not break. My largest complaint is that the outer package is not well padded so if you’re putting it in your checked bag this will be well protected. If you’re looking to just throw it in a backpack to go on a weekend getaway you might need to add something else around it to protect it.

Makeup Bag
Construction: 2/5 Really wish that there was more padding on this, the lighter construction works for normal travel but not for just throwing in a backpack and going
Ease of Use: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Recommend: If you have limited makeup and the items are not large this is a nice option, not enough padding to make it sustainable for really rough travel. Purchase here.

I am not a petite person so getting all my clothing items in a suitcase can be a struggle. That is until I found packing cubes. You can find many versions of packing cubes, from Eagle Creek branded to generic versions from other retailers. Here are some varieties I have found on Amazon, I honestly can’t remember exactly where I bought mine from, but I can tell you that there are many other versions available now.

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I really love using these cubes to make sure I get all of my clothing into my suitcase. They also help with organizing tops from bottoms so you can easily just take out which cube you need at that time. If you have the ability to bring an empty cube with you then they can double up and bring one for dirty clothes.

Packing Cubes
Construction: 5/5 Nice construction usually multiple zippers help to hold everything in, please note these are not the compression packing cubes
Ease of Use: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Recommend: These are the Amazon links from the photos above. Purchase here or here .

Lastly, we’ve got to keep our electronic items in order and these types of bags really help.
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I love using multiple sized bags to bring my chargers and cables all of those types of things. I tend to bring one that will live in the room and then another with my portable charger and cable to put in my purse while traveling. This enables me to have those cords ready in the room when I need them, but also have my charger with me without having to search through my luggage. These are the best photos I could find, but believe me there are plenty of options available to you.

Packing Cubes 2.0
Construction: 5/5 Many versions of these types of items this is just one version I found
Ease of Use: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Recommend: YES! Anything to help you keep your wires and electronic items ni order. Purchase here.

These are most of the packing accessories I have found I take on each trip I take.

EndNessa

I don’t know why I have a passion for luggage, like I could buy 5 sets and keep looking for more. Right off the bat I will say I am not someone who looks into spending 200$ for one piece; I know there are many ‘advanced’ suitcases out there and several brands make pieces that have like USB chargers and other cool add-ons, but those aren’t in my budget. Now you might ask yourself, ‘hey nessa, you just said you would buy like 5 sets and still look for more, why not spend that money on 1 quality piece?!’ First off, I haven’t purchased 5 sets, I said I could, and I don’t travel for a living (maybe one day, but not now) so my needs are a little different.

My first set of luggage wasn’t a set at all; it was one check in piece and one cross body bag. My mother was sending me on this trip alone and wanted to make sure I had reliable pieces so she bought me an Eddie Bauer set. Well I can’t remember if it was a set, or if we just purchased them together. Image is from google since mine is in the garage in a bag with many things on it. The second cross body bag image is also from google, but that was credited to Pinterest, which was then credited to eBay where it is no longer listed soooo I can’t really link that one for you, I am sorry.

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I’d be lying if I said I remember the exact prices, but let’s say around 200$ for both items. As you can see the check in bag has only two wheels, which at this time in 2005, was the new thing. 4 wheels? Nah, not for a little longer. The wheels and that side handle were the main reason we decided on this bag, well and the name. We figured this would be a nice suitcase and would be able to hold all the items I needed. The crossbody bag would also work as my purse while I was traveling, smart idea, right??? Two for one?! No don’t do this for the love of *bleep*. That bag was so heavy that by the third full day I was shopping for something else. Both items served their purpose however, they got me to Europe and home with all of my belongings. Since I couldn’t find links to purchase these items, I don’t want to go into too much detail, but for the price there are better options.

Eddie Bauer Suitcase Set
Construction: 4/5
Ease of Use: 3/5
Price: 3/5
Recommend: Only if it was given to you or you can buy it inexpensively.

My personal second set of luggage came from WalMart, and is a 4-piece set. My family and I have a rule that all of our luggage/packing items must be in our colors. Ok so it’s not a ‘rule’ just something we came up with to make things easier so we don’t buy the same pieces. This set retails for about 170$ and that’s for all 4 pieces. The smallest bag is perfect size for a carry-on, and the largest is perfect for check-in, just make sure to not overpack it. They all have 4 wheels and a nice front pocket for documents and other items you need to grab quickly. There is a mesh liner inside and straps so that you can make sure to keep all your items in place. With multiple sizes, ease of use and the price point this set is perfect for a person new to travel who has more generic needs, like traveling for fun not business, and for a person who is looking to spend more on the actual trip then on things to get them there.

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Rockland Luggage 4 Piece Impact Softside Spinner Luggage Set
Construction: 3/5 – the long sides tend to bend when there is nothing inside
Ease of Use: 5/5 – they roll easily and are nice for someone who can’t carry a lot
Price: 5/5 – $170 for 4 pieces split evenly is about $43 a piece, not too shabby. Purchase here
Recommend: Highly, these have now gone on three major trips with me and they are still strong with no tears or holes.

This concludes my journey into luggage pieces, but how to organize your items inside or how to keep your soap from spilling? Stay tuned for the next post!

EndNessa

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