Packing organizers make useful gifts for frequent travelers too, so with the holiday season fast approaching we’ve come up with some of our favorites from various brands for you to consider. They all cost under $50 and do their job well.
The Shacke Pak Travel Packing Cubes
There are quite a few brands that make packing cube sets in various colors, but our new favorite for 2014 is the Shacke Pak set of 4 cubes with a laundry bag. Packing cubes are most useful if two or more people share the same suitcase and you don’t want everyone’s things mixed up. Some goes for an extended trip and you have to take enough clothes for the entire duration.
One of the common complaints about some other brands, is that they make the medium and small cubes too small to really be useful and that they don’t fully utilize the packing space in a suitcase. The Shacke Pak’s cubes come in 4 different sizes with each being suitable for different types of clothing and each is deeper than most other cubes so you really can fit in a stack of clothes in each. You also get a waterproof drawstring laundry bag to keep your soiled clothes separate or you can even use it for your accessories, gadget cords, etc.
The zippers are YKK and the double stitching is reinforced. The material is tough nylon with see through mesh corners. The design prevents the cubes from over-stretching even when packed to the brim.
Travelon Folding Jewelry Organizer for Travel
We definitely love the silk printed jewelry rolls we featured here, but for something that will hold a lot of different types and sizes of jewelry, this organizer from Travelon is great. It’s available in black, steel blue and berry pink with a circular quilted design on the entire flap closure.
The three-flap fold-over design makes it compact so that it can fit in neatly in a handbag or carry on. There are 5 clear zippered pockets on the inside – 3 horizontal ones all along the vertical flap and 1 vertical one on each side flap. These are perfect for necklaces, watches, bracelets, cuffs and hoop earrings. There is also a snap button flap strap with holes for 8 pairs of earrings and a snap button padded ring holder. Once everything is packed, just fold the side flaps inwards and then the top flap over them and snap it shut using the main button.
Amy Butler Ruby Shoe Keeper
Most shoe bags for travel are plain nondescript drawstring bags in polyester but there’s no reason why your shoes can’t travel in style too! These pretty printed Amy Butler shoe bags are made of 100% pure organic cotton and feature a woven trim and a pull cord opening. The inside is in a contrast print and has one slide pocket to keep any small accessories like a pair of socks or pantyhose. Each bag will hold a pair of wedges or ankle boots or two pairs of flip flops and the substantial fabric better protects your shoes than most other shoe bags.
Of course, you don’t have to use it only for your shoes. It’s so pretty that you can use it for your other travel accessories or gift it to someone as well.
Sakroots Artist Circle Hanging Cosmetic Travel Bag
A nice makeup bag is essential on the road, especially one that you can hang up on your hotel door hook or shower rod. There are various sizes available and most can also serve as a toiletry bag.
All the prints on this Sakroots polyvinyl cosmetic travel case are quite unique. The lining is polyester and there are three clear zippered compartments to keep your things organized and easily identifiable. The three fold bag is zippered shut and has a carry handle that drops 4″. It measures 8″ high, 11.5″ wide, and 3″ thick and can hold enough toiletries and cosmetics for at least 3 days. When opened, there’s an S-shaped hook at the top that will hang from any shower rod or door hook.
Pack-It Garment Folders
To keep your clothes as wrinkle-free as possible, Eagle Creek has Pack-It garment folders to help you fold and pack your formals into a compact and secure stack for minimizing creases. Take a look at how this method works.
Vera Bradley Tablet Sleeve
For those who don’t like using their iPads with an attached cover, the solution is to protect it in a tablet sleeve while on the go and use it as is or with a Smart Cover otherwise. A sleeve will fit into a big enough handbag, laptop bag, backpack or any other carry-on bag.
Most iPads (even with a Smart Cover) and other tablets will fit into this well padded Vera Bradley tablet sleeve. There are lots of pretty and colorful prints to choose from. Of course, this makes a great gift, as do all Vera Bradley products. The opening is L-shaped over the top and one side and zippered for easy access. There are no pockets, except for one for an ID card.
Fintie Passport Holder Travel Wallet
Sometimes all you need to take with you for dinner in a travel destination is your passport, your cards and a little bit of cash. Travel light with a passport holder but make sure it looks nice to place on the table. Of course, at all other times you can just slip it into your handbag!
This cool Fintie synthetic leather passport holder in a fold over wallet design features an antique world map print – perfect for travel. There are 3 other prints to choose from. Inside is a slip pocket to hold your passport, and various slots for a boarding pass, a few currency notes and credit cards. It measures 5.8 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches when closed.
If you’re concerned about identity theft while traveling, take a look at some other nice RFID blocking passport wallets.
Do you have any cool travel packing organizers you’d like to share with us? Please do so in the comments section below!