LUGGAGE and accessories:
My luggage carries everything I own. Below are the luggage and accessories that keep me streamlined and ready for just about anything. To the right, you can see them in action.
I absolutely love being organized, but I know it isn't always easy to figure out. I hope this page helps others. I update this page as necessary, so please check back for any changes. XO
Convertible Backpack | Travelon Signature Convertible Backpack
This locking, RFID, and anti-slash bag is used as my backpack, purse, computer bag, and even my carry-on. It fits my 11" computer/tablet, power cords, my glasses, snacks and emergency supplies. BONUS: When the bathroom is a hike way, this can fit all my regular sized bath products, bath gloves, towel, a small change of clean clothing, and cell phone. I love its flexible practicality!
Crossbody | Pacsafe Vibe 325 Anti-Theft Sling Pack
I had no idea how valuable this Pacsafe would be, or how much I would love it, until I tried it on (because, initially, I was not drawn to it at all). In addition to having all the RFID, locking, and anti-slash features, it fits close to the body, can whip around to rest on my front or back (without removing it), and fits all my camera gear (or 11" laptop). Critically, it's been allowed where we find backpacks are not (museums, shops, etc.), as a purse/man purse, while out and about. I prefer wearing it on my front side (easy access and allows room on my back for my carry-on, when on planes). BONUS: After boarding, I pull it down over my shoulder, so it can rest against my belly (like a fanny pack), and I drape my sweater over it, so I can have everything at my fingertips, in flight. This has been, hands down, one of the best tools for the road. TIP: To keep it ultra comfortable, I wrap a padded cover around its strap.
Makeup Bags | Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wristlets
These wristlet bags allow me to pack makeup with confidence. I can carry the wristlets on their own or toss them into another bag. I place makeup in the large bag and makeup brushes in the small bag. Due to a sale price, I bought them in black, even though I wanted the white. However, they've grown on me and I love the black! BONUS: Eagle Creek's style is back and the interior is a lighter color!
Travel Wallet/Organizer | Pacsafe V150 Anti-Theft
I love this travel wallet because it holds everything securely internally and externally. Internally, the cards are held snug enough that nothing falls out (my old travel wallet sent cards flying). It's also small enough to be a wallet, yet large enough to fit a passport (my checkbook even fits inside, vertically, without its cover). Externally, it zips open/closed, with a long strap and tiny sturdy clasps that allow it to also be used as an around-the-neck money belt or securely attach it to the inside of a bag or jacket. I keep mine hooked to the inside of my backpack or crossbody (both above) for secure yet easy access.
Lojel Cubo Suitcase | Medium
I adore this roller bag. I love, love, love it! It's tamper-proof and perfect for weeks/months on the road. It's beautifully stout/squared, creating a low center of gravity. The best part is: while standing upright on all four wheels, its front (door) opens like a "front door!" This allows packing cubes to be stacked flat, and remain flat inside, like drawers. Meaning, it acts like an old fashioned clothing wardrobe one need never unpack (nice in tiny rooms). This is a tremendous help in airports and train stations, too, when one needs to reach in and find something without all falling out. I also love how hard suitcases better survive stacking, weather, and doubling as a chair. BONUS: There was no plastic smell when my Lojel arrived and my laundry line can act as a "bungee" to hold the door securely open.
Packing Cinch Sac | for Underwear
I wanted these thin packing sacs, to keep underthings tightly secure, so I could easily slip them into any corner of my luggage. This packing sac takes up little space and is small, so I have two. One holds all of my socks. The other holds 8 pair of underwear and 5 bras. I love this, as it allows me to only do laundry once a week. For those of us who live nomadically, full-time, this is a luxury to be enjoyed.
Bath Bag | Lewis N Clark Electrolight Toiletry Kit
I wanted this thin bath bag, to keep toiletries tightly secure, so I could easily slip them into any corner of my luggage. This toiletry kit takes up little space and is small, so I have two. One holds everything I need while showering. The other holds everything I need after showering (including my hair dryer). My regular-sized products fit just fine (so I spend less time searching for gluten-free goods while traveling).
Packing Cube | for Clothing
These cheerfully bright, yet still transparent, packing cubes make it easy to see, find, and keep clothing organized inside an often dark suitcase. I use six of these identical packing cubes (for stacking stability). Lightweight and quick-drying, they've been a life-changer.
Shoe Covers | by Lewis N Clark
These shoe covers keep my luggage and its contents clean. Lightweight and stretchy, they are so much easier to use than stiff shoe covers. They do not smell, they take up minimal space, and can be doubled up if need be. When it's time for a good cleaning, they are tossed in the wash with dark colors. TIP: the first time I washed them, they bled. So I would only wash them with like colors.
This is the smallest daypack I've ever owned. Surprisingly, it's enough. I keep it folded in a corner of my suitcase, so its always ready for the next day hike. BONUS: It doubles as a small laundry/grocery bag.
Travel Clothes Line | by Travelon
I've used one of these clothesline for years, due to its high quality. It's been the perfect size and weight for just about everything. Because even when I machine wash my clothes, there are items I prefer to hang dry. I also dry my travel towel on it, after showering. BONUS: It does double duty as a "bungee," keeping the front door of my suitcase open whenever I want easy access.
I never thought I would travel with a pillow. But after encountering severely stained pillows (and cases too thin to act as a safe barrier), I'm sold. I also bought its Organic Barrier Pillow Protector ("Travel w/ Zip Cover"), to use as my travel pillowcase. There's just enough room in my luggage to stuff it in. Phew! TIP: When ordering, verify that the correct travel pillow and cover are selected.