The travel accessories you need to pack like a pro this holiday season

Whether you’re hitting the road for vacation, traveling for work, or just planning your dream post-vaccination vacation, packing properly is of the utmost importance.

Overpacking, spilled toiletries, and lack of organization can add stress and boredom to travel, but finding the right packing items and accessories ahead of time can feel like an unnecessary chore. We decided to help you out by asking two people who make a living on the road for their top tips and tricks.

The two travel professionals we spoke to insisted on one thing: organization is the key to a successful packing experience. And if that means investing in accessories like packing cubes, it’s worth it. Traveling is chaotic enough, so why add unnecessary mess to it?

Nicole Kleist is a freelance travel writer who often has to hit the road at all times to follow a story. “I lean heavily on the packing cubes because they keep my suitcase from looking like a tornado torn up,” she said. “I especially like to use them for my dirty shoes and underwear.”

In an effort to keep things simple, she tries to plan her outfits for each day in advance. “It saves me from over-packing and also makes dressing throughout the trip less of a hassle,” she explained. If that sounds like too much work, she suggests “packing neutral colors so you can mix and match whatever you bring.”

Kleist’s biggest tip? “Don’t overload the shoes!” It’s the easiest way to lighten your load and you won’t end up wearing them all.

As a professional musician on tour, Drew Lemon echoes Kleist’s advice on organization. “I keep my show looks in a garment bag completely separate from my hotel and travel clothes,” she said. “It’s about compartmentalizing what I need when I need it, so I use separate bags for separate things.”

Citron’s best advice: pack more underwear than you think you need. “I pack all the underwear I own – that way I know if we don’t have the ability to do laundry I’ll be good on that front,” she said. You never know what challenges the road will bring, and running out of underwear is never good.

Keep reading for some of the best packing cube options, garment bags, tech travel solutions, accessories and more. If you approach packaging as if it were a game of Tetris, you might even enjoy it.

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A set of squeeze cubes

Double your space with BeeNesting’s Leakproof Squeeze Packing Cubes. This set of four uses double zippers to smooth out your clothes so you can maximize suitcase space. They are perfect when you want to use hand luggage for a long trip.

Get it on Amazon starting at $42.

A travel underwear organizer

How awesome is that? This travel underwear organizer from JJ Power, available in a variety of colors, is the perfect addition to your packing cube collection.

Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

A universal international adapter

Keep this Saunorch plug adapter handy whenever you find yourself on the road. You don’t want to be caught without and pay exorbitant prices at the airport.

Get it on Amazon for $18.99.

A set of refillable toiletry containers

Save yourself the agony of losing an entire bottle of expensive moisturizer in a travel disaster and decant your liquid cosmetics and skincare items into refillable containers. This set from Meacolia includes a pump bottle, two squeeze tubes, a spray bottle, a pump bottle with valve, three cream jars, a spatula and a funnel, and a travel bag. That’s a lot for a pretty low price.

Get it on Amazon for $7.49.

A set of five packing cubes

Calpak’s five-piece packing cube set comes in a variety of fun colors and fun designs and includes a water-resistant envelope pouch.

Get it from Calpack for $65.

A practical technical case

Traveling with laptops and other tech items is pretty much unavoidable these days, and Away’s tech case makes it easier to store everything. Laptop chargers and larger accessories store in the lower mesh zippered compartment, while top elastic loops organize headphones, phone charger pads and extra cords.

Get it from Away for $45.

A beauty bag

Glossier’s toiletry bag is tall enough for bottles to stand up, has a removable red interior pouch and four small side pockets so you don’t have to reach for your treats. Best of all, it’s as cute as it is functional.

Get it at Glossier for $28.

A shoe packing bag

Calpak’s Compakt Shoe Bag comes in a set of two, is made of water resistant, easy to clean ripstop nylon and has a carry handle. Choose from three beautiful colors to match your personal aesthetic.

Get it from Calpak for $28.

A chic set of packing cubes

Few travel better than Away, and their packing cubes compress and organize everything in a suitcase, even the bulkiest items. They’re made from water-resistant nylon with a mesh panel that makes it easy to find everything.

Get it from Away for $65.

A mobile phone and computer charger

Don’t get lost in a tangle of wires. This Q brand portable external phone charger is compatible with multiple smartphones and can be plugged directly into the wall.

Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

A garment bag suitable for travel

Simple Houseware’s garment bag is perfect for suits, dresses and winter coats, and it even has a pocket for shoes. It has two handles and an eyelet, which makes it easy to carry and fold into a suitcase.

Get it on Amazon for $14.87.

A sturdy, weatherproof packing cube

Are you going camping? You’re going to need this Eagle Creak packing cube. It’s extremely durable and water repellent, making it perfect for protecting clothing, tech or outdoor gear.

Get it at Eagle Creak starting at $37.46.

A foldable travel laundry bag

Put your dirty laundry in a nylon bag so it doesn’t mix with your clean clothes. EzPacking’s option is lightweight, fits in your suitcase, and folds up to save space when not in use.

Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

A stylish dopp kit

Pack your toiletries in this stylish, simple and compact dopp toiletry bag from West Elm. The handle adds another level of functionality, along with an interior mesh pocket.

Get it from West Elm for $28.

A super comfortable travel pillow

We’d be remiss not to include Citron’s beloved travel neck pillow. The Cabeau Evolution memory foam neck pillow is perfect for planes and long car journeys and can be easily clipped onto your luggage for easy transport.

Get it on Amazon for $29.99.

A reusable water bottle

Investing in a high-quality reusable water bottle is key to making travel more enjoyable. A slim, insulated water bottle like these from S’well not only keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot longer, it can easily be stowed in your carry-on.

Get it on Amazon starting at $26.

A pack of antibacterial wipes

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