Don’t just throw your stuff in a bag. Get it together with this list of the best travel accessories, according to true travel pros. (Photo: Getty Images)
There are really two types of packers: those who throw caution to the wind as they throw random stuff into a bag, and those who believe that organization is the key to a comfortable and confident journey. For the latter group, places like The Container Store are an organized traveler’s nirvana, a shoppable smorgasboard of gadgets, packs and hacks to get you where you’re going in smooth, easy style.
A recent survey of in-the-know Marriott Rewards Insiders, conducted by TownePlace Suites by Marriott, revealed five of their top won’t-leave-home-without-it items, found at The Container Store.
Hopi Touring Bag by reisenthel
Lightweight, compact, roomy. Need we say more? This is a great bag to serve as your classic carry-on or to fold up and take along as an extra option when the shopping bug bites and you’re bringing home more than you brought.
Eagle Creek Specter Pack-it Compression Set
Pack it, zip it, zip it again and voila, you can pack more in less space when you want to travel small or avoid checking a bag. Plus, this great packing system is made from water- and stain-resistant material similar to parachutes so it’s super lightweight.
JetBag Bottle Protector
Let’s face it, those four-ounce liquid limits has made bringing home that fabulous bottle of Chianti, first-pressed olive oil and best BBQ sauce ever a precarious experience. This lightweight pouch has a reusable zip-seal closure and ultra-absorbent lining to ensure that if there is a leak, it won’t wreak havoc in your suitcase.
Stackers Cosmetic & Jewelry Bag
This cool little organizer is a two-in-one workhorse. At the top, a roomy zippered, easy-to-clean cosmetics compartment keeps contents secure and stable. The zippered lower compartment protects jewelry with a soft, velvet-like lining and loops to secure things. Talk about keeping it together.
Seat Pak Organizer
You’ve got a bag in the overhead, one stuffed below your seat. Having the things you want at your fingertips while in-flight is a no-brainer with this great compartmentalized organizer that latches to the tray table in front of you. You’ll never have to search for those headphones again.
Editor’s Pick: 2-Handed Luggage Scale
Don’t let the weight of your luggage weigh on your mind by packing this hand-held luggage scale, which allows you to make adjustments to the contents of your bags before your airline assesses an excess weight fee at check-in. Plus, this model is cleverly designed with a two-handed grip so it’s easier to lift large or heavy bags.
Sure, travel can be messy and choppy sometimes. But with tips like these from those who are constantly on the move, it’s smooth sailing.