I Have A Confession To Make:
I’m a horrible packer. As a travel blogger this is definitely a faux pas. Travel bloggers are often seen as glamorous jet setters who have packed and unpacked so many times. If you were writing a resume it would say: Has extensive packing experience. You would think that an experienced travel blogger should know what items to bring, what ones to leave at home. I might even suggest to pull up a chair and listen, as YOU the traveler can learn from my experiences. Unfortunately…I’m no subject matter expert on packing. When I travel I want to bring EVERYTHING.
But “What Happens If”….
I’m what you call a worst-scenario type of person. I bring my rain jacket in case it rains, as I had this one trip where I paid $120 for a rain jacket and vowed I’d never be without one again. I bring eye drops, not because I wear contacts, but because the plane might be dry or someone else might need some. I gave away a bottle to my coworker on our last trip. I bring ear drops, as one time when I was in Jamaica I had a horrible ear infection. I bring multiple outfits, as who knows what you might be doing when you get to the destination and want to look stylish. I bring EXTRAS of everything “Just-In-Case.”
Here Are My Main Suitcase Problems
Yes, I just called it “Suitcase Problems.” I think we just created a new hashtag here, I shall call thee #suitcaseproblems. Here are my main issues:
- My suitcase is always full and pretty close to being overweight
- I can’t find anything when I open up my suitcase
- I pack last minute as I dread the idea of packing
- When I open my suitcase I lose so much time looking for items that “I know I packed”
- Mid-way into my trip my hotel is a huge mess as I’m trying to keep the clean and dirty items separate
- Cleaning up my suitcase to go home requires setting aside time to do this
- If I pick up any souvenirs on my trip, I have to play a game of Jenga to get my suitcase closed – Making use of that extension zipper (If I haven’t already used it)
- I always end up paying baggage fees to check my bags just so I don’t have to deal with the hassle of pulling everything out at security
Let’s Solve This Problem!
So here’s the part where I tell you how my life has changed. And it has…with the help of a few very useful suitcase organizers called “Neat Packs.” They come in 3 sizes: small, medium and large and are very durable. Not all packing cubes are made equal, so remember this before you are buying the cheapest set from a remote place in China.
Neat Packs For The Win
Just so you know, I don’t promote anything I don’t believe in and use myself. I’ve been using the Neat Pack Bags for my last 3 business trips. The best part is that my underwear and socks have been kept together. I also know that if my suitcase is randomly selected to be opened at security, I don’t have to worry about everyone seeing all my unmentionables. Not that they know me personally anyways, but you know.
One of the concerns you might have is that they take up extra room, but I find that with them fitting so well in the suitcase, it becomes easier to stack items and create more room. Neat Pack’s packing cubes are made out of very durable material and they are very thin for when maximizing space is a major concern – but let’s be honest here, you probably have a couple of outfits you can leave at home each trip that won’t get worn anyways.
The best part of the packing cubes is when they aren’t in use, the flexible material is easy to roll up and store out of the way. Packing cubes are also great for using on that long road trip or extended hotel stay as you can pack them into a cupboard so you don’t have that ‘living out of a suitcase’ feeling the whole trip.
Forever Changed? Well Not Quite…
Ready, Set, Pack! Although I’m not completely cured of my #suitcaseproblems, nor am I looking forward to packing for my next trip (who really looks forward to packing), I’m making some progress. Perhaps it’s time to be on the hunt for some more travel-friendly gear in the future.
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did win a contest where I was sent 3 free Neat Packs in the mail. In return I was asked to post a picture of them to Instagram. This blog post was not compensated. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
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