Packing and Travel

Isaac Reina Dopp Kit

What do you buy when you’re design conscious, travel often, and have loads of money? An Isaac Reina Dopp Kit, that’s what. The square box-like shape converts handily into 2-compartment tray with the convertible snaps at the bottom, making all your toiletries organized and easily accessible. And, if you’re scoffing at those numbers in the price tag, consider the fact that Isaac Reina has worked in the Parisian house of Hermes, and his bags and accessories are only available in “select directional boutiques”.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $462.00 - 578.00
Available from: Luminaire

Swivel Spork And Knife Set

Well, if the MoMA Store is carrying a Spork, then you know it’s an acceptable utensil to have in your everyday bag, camping backpack, or travel carry-on. Should you see anyone turn up their nose at your use of an orange, swiveling Spork and/or Knife, simply inform them that Wei Young designed the set in 2012 out of BPA-Free plastic and metal. Or just smirk in self-satisfaction at your preparedness: you have an eating utensil, after all, and it’s clean. Or flip them the bird, it’s up to you.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Kammok Thylacine

If you’ve ever been cold on a camping trip, you know the importance of an appropriate sleeping bag. You don’t want something too bulky or heavy to carry around all day, nor do you want to spend the night shivering and mentally kicking yourself that you didn’t bring a warmer option. Kammok’s Thylacine™ line is a great solution to this problem, as their bags offer a patent-pending Variable Warmth Technology™ (which translates into an ‘interchangeable baffle system’) and Customfit™ size adjustments (you can tighten areas to prevent cold spots). Watch the video below or visit Kammock’s Kickstarter page for more info.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Roll-Up by Winter Session

How to carry your various pens and pencils and tools? In an organized fashion, of course. This Roll-up, designed by Winter Session, is the perfect size for small tools and accessories. Maybe your drawing tools will be at home nestled away in the waxed cotton canvas, or maybe your bicycle tools or makeup brushes, it’s your Roll-up, so you decide.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: The Vitrine

Kuvert Bag

Do you see the interesting pattern on the back side of these pouches/bags? It creates a sort of elastic mesh that accommodates all sorts of odds and ends that you carry around for travel- cables, adapters, or even your passport and other important documents. I picked up the smaller size for the cable/adapter storage purpose from a retailer in Sweden, and, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any stateside store that has them in stock. So, get used to the idea of extra shipping fees or start bugging your favorite retailer to order a few.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €29.00
Available from: Authentics

Trakdot

If you’ve ever lost luggage while flying, you know it’s beyond annoying. How do you fix that problem? Put the Trakdot™ inside your bag to ensure that never happens again- you’ll know exactly where it is when you take off and land. The Trakdot uses micro-electronics to connect to local cellular networks and gives you a text message to report the location. Learn more at Trakdot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Availability: Buy Trakdot here

Source: Netted

Isoline Travel Set

If you have half a grand to spare, then you’ll probably want to spend it on a travel pillow and blanket, because, hey, why not? In reality, if you are actually in the market for a travel set, you’ll definitely be able to find several that are in the two digit price range, but I’d wager you’ll not find many that have such a pleasing geometric pattern. There’s also a pocket inside the blanket for your phone or eye mask- clearly that warrants the extra few hundred, right? Perhaps add it to your list of things to buy when you get your next raise/promotion/winning lottery ticket.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $495.00
Available from: HORNE

The Scrubba™ Wash Bag

So smart! If you travel often, you know how difficult it can be to pack light and keep your clothes clean, but, now, thanks to this wash bag, you’ll be able to do your laundry quick as can be. Add water and a little detergent to the Scrubba bag with your dirty clothes, close the bag, and ‘scrub’ the bag back and forth. Hundreds of small nodules on the inside of the wash bag efficiently clean your clothes in just a few minutes. The Scrubba folds to pocket-size and weighs less than 180 kg (0.4 lb). Video below with demonstration.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $64.95
Available from: The Scrubba Wash Bag

Hello My Name Is Luggage Tag

Sure, it’s fine to look all cool when traveling, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a tiny bit of humor to distinguish your bags from others on the baggage carousel. Inspired by the ubiquitous “Hello My Name Is” nametag design, this tag has an I.D. window on its reverse.

Material: PVC

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Now that the holiday season has passed, it’s time to focus on escaping for ski trips or warmer climes. And what will you need to distinguish your bag from all the other black cases at the airport? How about a custom leather tag hand stamped with your name, phone number, and email address? (Skip your address, for safety concerns and/or just in case you move house.) On a personal note, I watched someone receive his very own custom tag on Christmas morning, and that someone (a frequent flyer) looked like Ralphie with a Red Ryder BB gun.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred

Portable Body Scale

If you hadn’t seen the title, would you have guessed what this was? At first glance, it sort of looks like a new tablet device, or very huge smart phone. Or a pice of plastic that reads your weight by scanning your irises. All those exciting things are unfortunately incorrect, as it is a portable body scale. However, if you’re a tad fanatical about losing some of those pounds, you will be excited, because now you can weigh yourself wherever you want. Have a small bathroom? It’s only 8.27″ x 4.33″, so it’ll fit. Weigh yourself (or your suitcase) when traveling, or pull it out of your bag while you’re waiting in line at the fast food joint.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.99
Available from: ThinkGeek

Go Clean Bags

Don’t let dirty laundry or wet suits get you down when traveling- use these Go Clean Bags to separate and store your items appropriately. There’s quite a few bags to choose from, so you can either purchase the few you need separately, or spring for the Go Clean Set ($58) which includes the Laundry Bag, 2 Shoe Bags and 1 Stuff Bag.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00 and up
Available from: Flight 001

RinserBrush

Here’s a toothbrush that allows you to rinse without the aid of a glass- it has a small channel for water to flow up and outwards to provide you with a fountain of water. And, the bristles may be popped out and replaced so that you can use the toothbrush longer and minimize waste. See video below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00 (presale price)
Available from: Amron Experimental

Digital Travel Scale

Travelers: if you’re often wondering if your bag is over the weight limit, do yourself a favor and carry a travel scale. If it doesn’t encourage you to lighten your load, at least you’ll be prepared for luggage fees. To use, you hook the strap around the carrying handle on your luggage and lift- you’ll get an accurate reading up to 88 pounds. For a non-digital scale, check out Kikkerland’s Travel Luggage Scale ($10).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Unique Nail File

Nail files aren’t a favorite subject in design, for obvious reasons. They’re throw away items that we wouldn’t give a second thought, or at least they were before this little item. It’s made from natural stone from the Pyrenees Mountains and will never wear out. That’s right, never. There’s three smooth sides for finishing and one coarse side for shaping and filing down. Let’s face it, if you have to file your nails, it’d be nice to do the job with this rather than a flimsy pink thingamajig.

Size: 2.75″ L x .375″ W x .375″ H

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: Fitzsu