Used to be, I could pack my suitcase for a three-week trip in about half an hour and I could fit everything I needed into a small carry-on suitcase. But ever since I had a baby, my carry-on only days are over! I recently traveled with my son for the first time and OMG I had a lot of stuff with me. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was going to need a strategy and some simple tools to help me stay organized. Hands down, the most useful thing I used was a set of four packing cubes. I’d never used them before but in an attempt to keep my things separate from my son’s so that my suitcase didn’t turn into a black hole where we’d never find anything, I decided to haul them out and put them to the test. They were a lifesaver! I was able to keep everything neatly compartmentalized and whenever I took anything out, I zipped the cube back up so that everything stayed in its place. I’m not sure but I also think I was able to fit way more stuff in my suitcase this way!
I also used lots of other organizing tools, like a makeup bag from Target to keep all of my son’s ‘toiletries’ in one easy-to-find place (nose drops, aspirator, wipes, nail clip, nail file, etc). And another had an assortment of toys that I could quickly and easily locate whenever I needed it.
An unruly suitcase can be completely frustrating, especially when you’re traveling for a long stretch of time (we were on the road for about a month) but simple organizing tools can make all the difference. Here are some of my favourite packing organizers:
1 Royce New York Set of 4 Packing Cubes | 2 Dabney Lee Makeup Bags | 3 Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Travel Jewelry Case | 4 Brilliant – Carbon Stripe Tech Case | 5 Kate Spade Rambling Roses Souk Kaley | 6 Linen Shoe Bag | 7 Kate Spade Wash and Wear Laundry Bags | 8 Mochi Essential Pouch Collection
Do you use packing organizers when you travel? Leave a comment below and tell me the tips, tricks and tools you use!