Whether you’re a frequent traveler or frequent forgetter – or both – this tip will help: Have three Go Bags of essentials always ready to go! When you’re ready to pack, just grab them and go. No fuss, no forgetting, no running late.
Bag #1: Toiletries
If you unpack your toiletry kit after every trip, you’re wasting tons of time. The TSA’s 3-ounce rule is not likely to change any time soon, so either get yourself some travel sizes of your favorites, or a few refillable 3-ounce bottles. At the end of every trip, top them off or replace them as needed, and put them right back in the bag. Have a second set of toiletry tools, too. Toothbrush, comb, tweezers, clippers; whatever you usually pack for a trip, have one set just for traveling, and keep them in your toiletry bag. When it’s time for another trip, your essentials will be ready to grab and go!
Bag #2: Gadgets & Gizmos
How many times have you raced around the house searching for a charging cable to pack? Or worse, left the house without one? Make a grab’n’go Gadget Bag, and that’s not a problem anymore. Invest in a charging cable for every gadget that needs one: Smartphone, tablet, camera, other camera, rechargeable battery, LED selfie light, selfie stick, other smartphone…you get the idea. Grab some cord tacos to keep them organized, and stash them in your bag. Toss in a plug for every one, or invest in a cube that will accommodate many. If you travel internationally, add your converters, too. If your bag is big enough, you can store your extra battery pack, selfie stick, etc., in there as well. Now you’re ready to run and stay powered up.
Bag #3: Airplane / Road Trip Essentials
What goes in this bag is as individual as you are. The idea is to have everything you need to relax and enjoy the ride always at the ready. Headphones, eye mask, neck pillow, and a scarf are good starters. Make sure the bag is big enough to hold books or electronics you’ll want en route, too. Consider small touches of luxury: a toothbrush/paste, essential oils, comfy socks, and a moisturizing lotion are all good additions. One recent addition to ours: pre-packaged Clean Kits for every flight. At the last minute, add snacks, and you’re set to jet. Pack this one in an outside pocket of your carry-on so it’s easy to take out and leave in your seat. (Just don’t forget to pick it back up when you get out!)
We have accumulated more than our fair share of bags over the years. We’ve tried dozens, and kept a few. Here’s a roundup of some that we really like. Most are small and inexpensive, but you’ll find more in the TravelLatte Store.
What’s Your Bag?
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