Travel Gear That I Really Love

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Are you a thoughtful and methodical packer or someone that waits until the last minute to throw some of your favorite things in a suitcase and hope you don’t forget anything? I’m more of the latter though I’ve streamlined my process a bit so I don’t wind up forgetting important things as often!

The most important thing for making packing and traveling easier is to have the right gear. For years I used a gallon ziplock bag to pack my liquid or aerosol toiletries and inevitably the end would tear or something would poke through the bag and I would need to replace it for the next trip. I received a Truffle large pouch in a media package for a different brand and was so impressed with quality, size, and function that I immediately transferred all my travel items into it. I’ve since also added a smaller pouch and a clarity clutch into the mix so I have the right size for my needs.

The Truffle bags are certainly at a higher price point than most travel bags, there is no denying that, and I’ve seen a few other brands that have similar options if you want to find something at a lower cost.

Sonia Kashuk (my go-to brand for makeup brushes!) makes a few smaller sized clear pouches. I have one and it’s worked very well for my needs. I wish there was a large option in the mix!

Mark and Graham has a beautiful clear pouch with a monogram option. This is on the higher end of the cost spectrum and would also make for a really nice gift!

This looks like a great set at a very low price point! It would be nice to have a variety of sizes like this set offers. And if you prefer cases, these look really sturdy and roomy.

When I’m packing, I like to organize my “routine”. So all my morning products go in one bag, and my evening essentials go in another. A toothbrush and toothpaste would go in a “general” bag. My hair products all stick together as well in their own bag. I also have a travel bag that I never unpack and replace empty items as necessary. I keep extra contact lenses, solution, cases, medicine, q-tips, and other must-have hygiene and personal products in it. It stays fully packed in my travel bag stash so I can just toss it in my suitcase when I’m packing.

As far as suitcases go, I can’t even tell you how close I’ve been to buying the Away suitcase. It looks great and my mom and sister speak very highly of theirs! I wanted to try a lower priced option and I have been very happy with my Swissgear 19 inch Carry On. The reviews gave me pause, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway. It’s been on a handful of trips with me and I haven’t had a single problem. It’s actually quite roomy for a hard-sided suitcase and I love the divided section and all the mesh pouches inside.

Mark and Graham makes a highly reviewed suitcase that you can catch on sale! If I needed to replace my larger suitcase, I’d be inclined to try this one just for the sake of comparing it to what I’ve seen or tried myself!

More than anything, staying organized while packing, for any length of travel, is key to making sure you have everything you need. The clear bags and suitcase with dividers helps me a lot and it may help you as well!

P.S. We recently traveled to Disney World, you can read about that trip here!


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 09.30.19

Your luggage is the cutest! Thanks for sharing! ❤️✨

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Angela says · 09.30.19

It sounds like are packing routines are the same! Love the idea of these pouches to easily store everything and the monogrammed option would be a great gift idea for my grandma who travels year round – thanks!

Angela at Blush & Pearls

Nicole says · 09.30.19

What do you suggest for a carryon for snacks, purse essentials, book, etc? I’m on the fence between a crossbody and a backpack. A tote bag is my other option

Lisa says · 09.30.19

What do you use for your make up when you travel?

B says · 09.30.19

I love the idea of a morning, night, and general toiletry bag. Thank you!

Daniela says · 09.30.19

These are some great recommendations! I need to buy a new carry-on that will be compatible with most airlines so I will definitely take a look at your suggestions!! Thank you!

Marilyn says · 10.01.19

Can you show what goes in each of your pouches? Do you check your bag or carry on? If you carry on how do you divide into morning/evening?

diana says · 10.01.19

What do you do with all your liquids when flying and carrying on? I love love love this idea of separate pouches for routines and would totally do this if checking a back or travelling by car, but this seems impractical for TSA and I’d love to know if you have other tips for that scenario.

Kate Lately says · 10.09.19

I love reading about travel gear – you can always upgrade your collection!! Travel gear is somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me 🙂

K A T E L A T E L Y //×30-october-challenge/

Sarah says · 11.30.19

Hi Kate!

Please help me with my Truffle’s. I have 5 and all but one are super cloudy. I got the truffle cleaner and it doesn’t seem to help at all. I don’t carry much in cosmetics in them so it’s not product that has leaked.

Each time you talk about them I want more but then remind myself that I’m not using the ones I have bc they look a mess.

Any advice?

Appreciate you!

Kate says · 11.30.19

Strange! None of mine are cloudy. Where are you storing them? I wonder if it’s too hot or moist where they are being stored?

Elizabeth McNeel says · 12.21.21

My daughter will be traveling to Paris next Christmas so this post is very helpful. Thank you.