Our top picks will help you stay stress-free now and later.
If getting everything you need into a suitcase before the big trip is the only thing stopping you from entering into full-on vacation mode, you’re not alone. As many travelers can attest, finding ways to keep your items organized and wrinkle-free without adding extra weight to your suitcase is a daunting task. From keeping your dirty shoes and clean clothes separate, to helping you find exactly what you need upon arrival, we’ve curated a list of items that will make packing (and unpacking) a cinch throughout your entire journey.
eBags Ultralight Packing Cubes - 5pc Set
Ever open your carefully packed suitcase only to find it a hot mess after touchdown? Packing cubes will organize all of your essentials and help keep them that way—even as your luggage is jostled to and fro en route to its final destination. As an added bonus, these mesh ones allow you to see what’s in each compartment, so you won’t have to tear apart your entire suitcase looking for that one thing you need before checking your bag at the airport.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
Plastic Garment Bags
When poolside lounging and piña coladas are this close, the last thing you want to worry about is ironing your rumpled cover-up once you reach your locale. To prevent silks and cottons from getting wrinkled in your suitcase, try packing them in plastic garment bags—plastic reduces friction, which causes those stubborn creases and lines. Better yet, you can buy garment bags in bulk for next to nothing, or simply use one you’ve had lying around from the dry cleaners at no extra charge.
To buy: $2 each; ebay.com.
Coghlan's Three Piece Mesh Ditty Bag Set
Mesh bags are extremely versatile, making them a go-to packing accessory. Use them to stow your delicates, group toiletries together, and even separate your dirty laundry.
To buy: $5; amazon.com.
Jetset Travel Polyester Shoe Bag
Since you probably won’t be bringing a brand new pair of shoes with you (because the less worn-in they are, the more likely you are to get blisters), your favorite well-worn pair may end up transferring dirt to your clean clothes—unless you pack them the right way, that is. This polyester shoe bag will prevent that from happening, while offering a more stylish and durable alternative to flimsy grocery bags.
To buy: $4; amazon.com.
Bysn Makeup Case
No need to cry over spilled foundation—this hard-shell makeup case not only features multiple compartments for storing all your brushes and cosmetics, it will keep any unfortunate leaks fully contained. Plus, it’s super lightweight, so you won’t have to worry about it weighing down your arm or suitcase, however you choose to transport it.
To buy: $40; amazon.com.