Friday, November 15, 2013

My Favorite Travel Buddies

Sorry peeps, I've got no outfit for you today and for the next few days.  I either didn't have time to take outfit pics while it was still daylight or I was wearing shorts and an Everlane tee since it was so oddly hot this week.

Since I've got no outfit for you, I want to share my favorite travel buddies.  The holiday season usually means lots of traveling, and since I travel often through out the year I have found a few things that make packing much more enjoyable for me.

While I still don't loooove the act of packing, I do love posts on packing.  Why is that?  No idea.  Anyway, here are some of my favorite travel buddies:

1.  Packing Cubes - Hands down our best packing gear purchase ever.  This might sound like an exaggeration because how amazing can some cubes be?  To me, functionality is amazing.  These things organize your suitcase so that your clothes aren't spilling out everywhere.  Instead of digging out piles of clothes to find something, all of my stuff is separated into neat little cubes.  They come in different sizes, or you can buy packages of identical sizes.  One of the medium cubes (middle cube) fills half of the base of my carry-on perfectly.  

2.  GoToobs - I've gone through LOTS of different types of squeeze tubes over the years, and these are definitely my favorite travel tubes.  I used to use hard plastic squeeze tubes from Target and got really, really, REALLY annoyed that they either cracked or were hard to get contents out of.  GoToobs are a little expensive, but they are the BEST.  They're made of soft silicone so you can squeeze out every drop of liquid.  When you untwist the lid the opening is big which makes for easy pouring or really easy washing compared to other bottles I've tried.  They come in different sizes, primarily 1.25oz and 3oz.  I use a bunch of the 1.25oz so I can fit more in my quart-sized liquids bag.

I also want to try GoTubbs (not shown) for things like pills or gels that don't need a whole squeeze bottle.  Right now I have things like them but cheaper versions, and they've been cracking.  Time to try these!

You can find them on Amazon or even at places like Marshall's, TJMaxx, and Kohl's at a discount.

3.  Hanging Organizer - I just got this adorable Orla Kiely makeup case from Target to pack my makeup.  The middle section is great for brushes and the hanging hook makes it easy to access all of the makeup. We'll see if I keep it, though.  Right now I use something that's 2/3 of that size, which is preferable, but I was thinking I could fit other things into this besides makeup.  It's just so darn cute!

4.  Sleeping Mask and Earplugs - I'm sure there are cuter sleeping masks out there, but I just use whatever my husband buys.  And he's a tech geek, soooo there you have it.  No chevron print for that man--what's his deal?  :)

What I like about this eye mask is that while most masks have a closed elastic strap to keep it on your head, this strap is velcro and adjustable.  When it's a closed elastic band it usually feels too tight around my head and tends to gets uncomfortable.  With this one I can adjust it to perfectly fit my head without squeezing me into a headache.  It also has bumps over the eyes so that your eyes are covered but the mask is not squishing your eyes.  Comes with the earplugs and small carrying pouch.

5.  Cosmetic Cube - Another freaking cute Orla Kiely cosmetic bag from Target.  I have several bags like this to pack things like large necklaces, small electronics (phone chargers, USB drive, etc.), and belts...but let's be honest, they're mostly for my many statement necklaces!  I used to use ziplock bags, but having cute bags really helps make packing more enjoyable.

6.  Jewelry Roll - I don't have this exact roll, but I can't find anything remotely close to the one I have.  Mine is from H&M and I love it!  You can see it here (along with my ziplock bags from years ago...).  I mostly use it for smaller things like earrings or delicate necklaces, but it's nice to have one that compartmentalizes all those little pieces.

7.  Revlon Travel Dryer - Honestly, not the most amazing hair dryer ever.  I have yet to find a travel dryer that is.  But this one gets the job done.

8.  Pencil Pouch - I can't find my exact pencil pouch, but this is more or less what I use.  I find them in the cosmetic bag section at Target.  I'm a fiend for office supplies, so I always bring them with me when I travel.  A cute pouch makes me even more nuts for office supplies!

9.  GoRuck Backpack - OKAY, I know you might be like, "Audrey, WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?"  I almost didn't want to show you because I feel like as a style blogger all of your stuff is supposed to be cute, but I already threw in that not-so-cute eye mask, so I might as well show you the rest.  And yes, I have cute little totes that I carry around day-to-day, but when I'm traveling, this backpack is my BFF.

These are military-grade backpacks (found by my husband of course) and they look a little hardcore and masculine, and they're like a million dollars ($230 really) but I needed it.  I have major back and shoulder problems, including having had scoliosis surgery, so I need to take care of my back.  My husband just wasn't gonna let me lug 10-15 lbs of laptop, water, books, and who knows what else in a tote on one shoulder through airports anymore.

Besides being of impeccable quality, GoRucks are designed to distribute weight very, very, very well.  I tried a handful of other big name backpacks that were cuter and cost less and though they felt fine for the first 5-10 minutes, once it got to 15-20 min I could totally feel the pressure on my shoulders.  Not with GoRucks.  I can carry a full load in this thing all day without feeling the strain on my muscles or back.  At one camp my supervisor kept making fun of me because I had this on during meals, walking around, at free time...I just kept forgetting I had it on!

Anyway, this is NOT supposed to be an advertisement for GoRuck.  Like, as if a military-grade backpack company cares about a style blog haha!

Hopefully this helps you plan for your trips a little.  If you have any packing questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.

What are some of YOUR favorite travel buddies?

Other posts on packing:

For Bloglovin readers: yesterday's outfit post is having major issues publishing on Bloglovin.  If you missed it, check here.


  1. Some great pieces to make packing so much easier. Thanks for sharing

    X x

  2. Thanks for the ideas. I always like great travel pieces because they really do make it easier. Packing cubes are awesome. I tried them for the first time a couple months ago. We usually share a suitcase (husband, 2 kids & myself). This was the first trip we could find everyone's clothes without messing up the whole suitcase. Even my husband has become a convert to them.

  3. Thanks for sharing, lots of ideas for how to pack for my sunday flight now! One thing I would add, although it's more of a traveling tips: always pack medications, tooth brush and the essentials (underwear, one tshirt or similar) in you hand luggage. My luggage has been lost so many times and being without clean underwear is horrible ....

  4. I love the packing cubes. We have had some for a little over 4 years & they do make travel so much easier (especially with 3 kids!) I was using a plastic organizer box for make-up jewelry. Now I have something similar to your hanging bag. The thing I like about the plastic is that nothing gets smushed. The downside is that it takes up more space for the same amount of stuff. My #1 travel tip would be to echo what Eliza said about having the essentials in your carry-on when flying. You just never know. I almost panicked at my last flight when they said my carry on had to go under the plane- tiny plane with tiny overhead luggage bins. I did get it back, though. :)

  5. Love this post - I've heard so many people singing the praises of packing cubes lately. I'll have to add them to my Christmas list. You should definitely try to GoTubb, just as amazing as the GoTubes! I use them to carry meds in my purse.

  6. I've been packing my jewelry in sandwich baggies! It so does not look cute! I need some of these Target cases.

  7. Janet @ Unique IndieFriday, November 15, 2013

    I recently got a backpack myself! So worth it for my back when I'm doing a ton of walking/laptop lugging!

  8. I'm a big fan of Muji's travel-sized toiletry containers. They have a lot of tall, thin ones that help you fit more in your carry-on liquid bag. I find the GoTubes are a bit too large sometimes.

  9. Ohmigoodness, my husband and I both LOVE Muji. But, we only discovered them earlier this year!

  10. Ahaha I KNOW, right? Something about sandwich bags just doesn't do it for me. (As if that's a surprise.)

  11. I showed my husband GoTubbs just now and he said, "Ooooh, we should add those to the Christmas list!" I use something like this right now: http://www.muji.us/store/travel/packing/cream-case-10g.html which sometimes crack to lots and lots of pieces. It's awkward to pull out pieces of plastic from your hair serum!

  12. Wow, I can't even imagine packing with kids, but thank God for packing cubes. And I definitely agree with that travel tip. I usually try to only pack in a carry-on anyway because my luggage has gotten lost a time or two and that's never fun.

  13. The eBags packing cubes are THE best. Love them! I recently picked up the BaBylissPro
    travel hair dryer, the little red one at Bed Bath & Beyond (target has them too). THE BEST travel hair dryer ever. It's a little pricey (about $30), but it's way better than the hotel hair dryers, and it may be better than my current Conair full-sized hair dryer. Love your blog, btw! I always come here to get outfit inspiration! :-)

  14. WHAAAT, that dryer looks amazing! 446 reviews on Amazon and 4 stars! I think that's unheard of for a travel dryer. Now I want to see if I can return my current travel dryer hahaha.

  15. I always pack a laundry bag with a zipper..the one I use to wash delicates. I use it to keep my dirty laundry separate from clean during the trip. Sounds weird, but we travel alot in 3rd world countries and tend to be on the go living out of my suitcase. When I find a place to do laundry or a laundry service it is all packed up ready to go.

  16. This is going to sound weird, but I put all my underwear & socks in a large Ziploc bag. Then, I set something heavy on top of the bag to squeeze all the excess air out & seal it. It basically makes all your underthings flat and is a huge space saver. Plus, you don't have to waste money on one of those air-sucking-out-doohickeys.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

  17. Wow, lots of great tips from everyone! Just wanted to second (or third) the GoTubes. I got one at Target this summer when I was trying to figure out how to safely transport my face cleansing oil on the plane to Brazil. It was easy to fill and use, and the rubber or silicone is so thick and soft I wasn't at all worried about it.

  18. Great post! As someone who travels weekly, all of these things are great. I have a jewelry roll I got for Christmas last year and it is a life saver. My overnight kit holds my bathroom stuff, and I have a super cute Kate Spade makeup bag.


  19. Haha, I have 2 sets of almost everything bathroom wise. That's the key! :-)

  20. I think you should!! Looks like Amazon has a great price for it. About the same at BB&B with the 20% off coupon.

  21. Thanks for the great post! I'll be going on my honeymoon in January so I'm looking for all sorts of great packing tips-especially when it comes to organizing your bag! As kind of an organized obsessed person I'm super excited to try those packing cubes!


  22. Thanks for the post! My sister travels a couple times a month for work, so I have some Christmas ideas for her now. I also use a military backpack, stolen from my husband, and it is the best. I use it as my carry-on when traveling and as a running bag when I'm home. It definitely lacks in the cuteness department, but is THE BEST when you have to lug a laptop around.

  23. I'm looking for a new travel backpack.. mine hurts my shoulders something awful (they are bony and I have back problems and slight scoliosis as well. Do you have the Radio Ruck? I'm only 5'5".. I think the other sizes would be too big.

  24. Hi Beth! Yes, I have the Radio Ruck. I'm 5'6", so not too far off from you. My husband has the one that's a size larger, and I actually liked that one too, but it also felt like an overkill on me.

  25. check out the amika travel hair dryer. I was so impressed I went and got the full-size for everyday use at home. The travel one is much smaller than any other I have had too. That small directional flow nozzle (or the volumizing one) can be popped off easily and tucked where ever it fits in your suitcase. http://loveamika.com/catalog/product/view/id/99/s/mini-ionic-dryer/category/44/

  26. I adore packing cubes! My favorite are the slim packing cubes. I'm doing carry-on only for my 4 week trip through Europe and 3 slim packing cubes fit most of my clothing into half my suitcase. I love having all my bottoms, tops, and dresses in their own separate spaces.


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