5 Things to Keep Packed in Your Suitcase
I travel a lot and am often asked what to pack or the best ways to pack. Hands down the best way to pack and stay organized are in packing cubes. What to pack really depends upon where you are going. However, no matter what part of the world I am traveling to next, in addition to a good book, these are a few things that I keep in my suitcase at all times.
How many times have you wished for more hooks in your hotel room or cruise ship cabin? One in the bathroom is never enough. For that reason, I often find myself draping my things over the back a chair or on a doorknob. To solve this problem I now travel with a set of over the door hooks in my suitcase. They easily hang right over any door, no mounting hardware needed. Now my jackets, scarves, bags and even the last shirt I wore all have a neat place to be stored in my temporary room.
Reusable Shopping Bag
These pocket-sized bags by Flip and Tumble are my favorite. Not only are you helping the environment when you use them (say no to plastic please) but these bags double as a beach tote, gym bag, or shopping carryall. I like this reusable bag in particular because it has a single strap with a shoulder pad, making your load feel a little lighter. Plus this style makes it a bit more modern looking. It takes just a few seconds to roll it up into the internal stretchy pouch sewn into the side of the bag. It leaves you with a compact ball you can put in your pocket or throw in your purse. And it is machine washable.
Climates and dress codes are always changing. You never know when you might be cold, need protection from the sun or just something to dress up an outfit. I always keep a solid lightweight scarf packed in my suitcase to use as a sunshade, wrap or even a blanket.
High-Speed Portable Charger
Almost the same size as an iPhone X, this ultra slim portable charger is so thin it easily fits into your pocket. I love that this compact power bank comes with two USB ports. Perfect for charging two phones, or a phone and an iPad, at the same time. It offers high-speed charging capabilities and also has an LED Flashlight. You can order it in gold, black or silver and it comes in a padded carrying case. Note that this cannot go in a checked bag, carry-on only.
Extra Long Power Cord
Not all hotel room power outlets are strategically placed for charging your phone. Therefore a 3 ft cord isn’t going to cut it when you just want to lay in bed and scroll through your email. I keep a high-quality, nylon braided 10 ft long cord with me for just this reason. It is extremely flexible and more durable than the plastic coated ones.
Toss any of these items in your suitcase and leave them there. You will be all set for your next trip. What do you always keep packed in your suitcase? I’d love to know.