Packing and Travel

The North Face Base Camp Duffel – Large

The North Face is one of very few logos that I can look out without getting an allergic reaction (anybody read Pattern Recognition by William Gibson?). This bag actually looks pretty sleek, which seems unlikely considering it’s a duffel coated with polyurethane, but there you go. It looks decent.

“Main compartment features a D-shaped zippered opening for high visibility of entire interior, plus an internal mesh pocket for organization; Shoulder straps with an alpine cut for comfortable, easy hauling as a backpack; Constructed of waterproof, tear-proof and abrasion-resistant 1000-denier polyester; coated with PVC on the inside and polyurethane on the outside.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $120
Availability: Buy The North Face Base Camp Duffel – Large here

F1 Carry-on Bottle Set

This would reduce all the bottle bulk that goes along with traveling with toiletries.

Set includes 7 empty travel sized bottles in a variety of sizes, all under 3oz. Packaged in a reusable transparent quart-size zip pouch.

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World Traveler’s Plug Set

These make adapting your electrical devices look fun- maybe because they look kind of puzzle-ish?

“These five lightweight and compact adaptor plugs accommodate plug sizes in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Made of high-impact plastic. For use with electrical appliances that suit or are switchable to suit the foreign wall outlet voltage.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy World Traveler’s Plug Set here

DIY hand sanitizer

When you’re traveling, anti-bacterial hand washes are great to have because more often than not, you’re eating on the run. My good friend D. over at Less is More Balanced has come up with a recipe to make your own hand sanitizer which not only smells amazing and really works, but also is a genius way to keep all those little bottles out of the landfills.

Make a solution of 60% of alcohol and 40% distilled water and then add a dash of your favorite essential oil. Peppermint smells amazing, but I’m sure any oil would work just as well. Since it is liquid, you will want to put it in an atomizer or spray bottle (I like the one’s sold by Muji) because that will make application easier.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy DIY hand sanitizer here

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Hideo Trolley/Luggage

All three of these would be completely suitable to be seen with while jet-setting. I especially like the white with the mirror finish, though I don’t know how it would look after a few trips…all three feature functional innovations such as ABS shell, for lightweight supreme protection, and silent moving soft wheels.

(on right)Shown in Orange- Hideo Wakamatsu Mirror Finish 20″ carry-on trolley. Zipper closure. 10lbs., $210, 13in X 20in X 9in.

(middle) Shown in Blue- Hideo Wakamatsu 20” carry-on sized trolley from their Wave collection. Interior features mesh organizing panel with zippered pockets. Combination lock. $210,14.5in X 20in X 8in.

(on left) Shown in White- Hideo Wakamatsu Mirror Finish 26 ” check in trolley. Large capacity trolley features…smooth magnetic locks, [and] a “top spin” to allow tilt pull. 15lbs. $300,18in X 26in X 9in.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $210-$300
Availability: Buy Hideo Trolley/Luggage here

Personal Valet Pouches (set of 5)

I wouldn’t say the graphics are ‘fun’, I’d say they’re essential when waking up in a strange place with jet lag and a fuzzy brain.

“Stay organized with our unique Personal Valet Pouches (set of 5). Each set comes with 5 different pouches perfectly sized with fun, bold graphics for organizing everyday personal items. Also a great gift for the world traveler. Handy locking drawstring closure. Machine wash and dry. 6″L x 4″W to 23″L x 18″W. Polyester, Nylon. [posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Personal Valet Pouches (set of 5) here

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Hostel Sheet

If you ever stay in hotels or motels or hostels with questionable cleanliness standards, and you fear the results of a black light test, you may sleep better in the hostel sheet, which is essentially a sheet sewn into a sleeping bag shape. It packs neatly into your luggage and weighs 14 ounces.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Hostel Sheet here


The buckle on this toiletry case adds that certain je nais se quoi.

Made in Paris

Interior features zippered pocket and 4 elastic compartments and folds down flat. Water resistant. Zipper closure with silver buckle. Made from a durable and extremely lightweight nylon.
12in X 5.5in 5in

Purchase Information:

Price: $72
Availability: Buy SEQUOIA TOILETRY BAG here

Compact Paper Soap Pod

This whole “no-liquids-on-the-plane” thing has really put a kink in my packing procedures. I used to be an all carry-on, all the time, type of girl. If I couldn’t carry it with me, I probably didn’t need it…and packing all my toiletries in a ziplock baggie to show everyone in line at security leaves me a little non-plussed. Anyway, I like the idea of this paper soap. Each little compact comes with 50 wafer thin soap leaves which disolve with a little water.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Availability: Buy Compact Paper Soap Pod here

Marc Newson Scope Carry-on Suitcase

This is a thing of beauty…Exterior in expanded foam, interior in polyester, with aluminum hardware, heat-laminated with 600 denier polyester webbing.

notes: Capacity of the case is 2604 cubic inches. Comes with telescoping handle and optional side handle, combination lock and detachable interior zipper pockets and a 10 year warranty.

dimensions: 15.75″ wide 21.75″ long 8″ deep
weighs 8 lbs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Availability: Buy Marc Newson Scope Carry-on Suitcase here

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These ingenious tags reunite lost luggage with their owners. The barcode can read by all airline systems, or if found by an individual, it can be reported found worldwide by email, web, or phone.

$15.99 for two tags with a free year for a subscription for both. $4.99 for each additional year per tag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.99
Availability: Buy I-Trak here

Luggage tag

This luggage tag attaches to your suitcase with steel wire, and reveals your name through a little window, thereby concealing your address and phone number.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.95
Availability: Buy Luggage tag here

Toiletry Travel Case/Caddy

Ah, now this is something that would be well worth the cost. Quite a smart design…

“This lightweight, hard-shelled travel case transforms into a caddy for organizing toiletries when the lid is opened and inverted. Stand it, or use the carrying cord to hang it in the shower and conserve space in the bathroom. Made of polypropylene with a polyester-coated rubber cord. Dishwasher safe.”

8.25h x 6w x 3″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Toiletry Travel Case/Caddy here

Spacepak Clothes Bag

I’ve always been a sucker for clever packing solutions. This one allows you to keep all your clothes in the same bag without mixing the clean and dirty with an inner wall that is flexible and adjusts depending on the amount of clothes you have in each section.

Dimensions: 16in X 11.25in X 4.25in

Purchase Information:

Price: $42
Availability: Buy Spacepak Clothes Bag here

Marcel Wanders Cool Case

Marcel Wanders recently reduced a collection for “people who hate camping” as part of a new concept collection by Puma. It’s all based on luxury and lounging…a more urban vaction experience.

“Our interpretation of a cooler, this modern case is insulated with cooling properties to keep your champagne chilled and your gourmet food intact for that lazy summer picnic. It also doubles as a stylish alternative to your weekender bag. The multi functional case also has easy mountable wheels for all terrain usage.”