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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.

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With our trip now almost a month away I’m going to be reviewing some of the items I’ve purchased to take along with us. In this first review I’m going to be talking about some organizational items, which I’m a nut about! There’s not much use for fanfare so on we go!

TravelOn Set of 2 Lightweight Packing Cubes

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The Details

  • Purchased from:
    • Target instore but available online
  • Price:
    • $9.99

So with this purchase I was looking for something to keep my portable charger and cords. I normally use an Ipsy bag but with all we’re needing one bag wouldn’t do and I couldn’t find another bag I already had that would work. So if I was going to buy something new I was going to look around to find something that would work but also not cost that much. That’s when I saw these bad boys. Now I did walk past these about 10 times on various trips so I was able to think about it for some time before leaping in. I’m so glad that I went for it and purchased these bags!

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The Larger Bag

Both bags are fashioned from polyester and they both feature a mesh front which allows for quick identification of what’s inside. They both have zip closures which is nice since it allows for more space and gives you the ability to cram more in then a clasp would. Now in the larger bag I have my bulkier items which are; our converter, one additional plug adapter, a single USB plug and then another 6 USB plug with its plug. I love that all of these items fit and I won’t have random USB adapters roaming around my purse. While it does contain my necessities I will be putting this in my carry on which will live in the cubbies above me during the flight.

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The Smaller Bag

This little bag it bigger than it looks. Here I have my Halo portable charger, my FitBit charger, my phone cord, and 3 additional micro-USB cords for use with other items that will need charging. Even though the Halo looks like it will take up all the space here that’s not the case thanks to the mesh and zipper. All of these items fit nicely with room for even more cords should I need them. This pouch is compact and is a tad larger than the palm of my hand, the larger bag is about 7 inches by 5 and this bag is about 2 inches smaller. This bag will live in my purse (it lives there now anyway) so when I’m traveling this is all I need on the go.

Verdict

Love them, glad I bought them. Have no clue why I waited so long to ‘invest’ the $10 on them. I will say Target doesn’t usually have coupons for travel, but you might be able to get them at a discount during the summer when they have those spend $$ and get $ off types of deals.

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