Change your travel life by using packing cubes

Packing cubes

If you haven’t yet discovered the beauty of travelling with packing cubes, then you’re missing out. I used to dismiss them as frivolous extras, but started using them a few years ago and will never go back.

With packing cubes, you can keep all of your stuff organized which makes it easy to find things without having to unpack and repack your luggage every time you want something.

You can also use them to keep dirty clothes separate from clean clothes, keeping them fresher longer.

Another advantage is that you can pack things into them more tightly, making it possible to cram more into your bag which is especially advantageous if you’re travelling with carry-on only. 

Here are some packing cubes that I like:

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Bagsmart Packing Cubes

Bagsmart packing cubesThis six-piece set of hard-sided packing cubes are surrounded by sturdy wire frames that help them hold their shape while you pack your clothes which makes packing easier. There are large, medium and small cubes in the set which let configure the cubes to fit your weekender bag and backpack or even use them for storage at home.

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Itzy Ritzy Packing Cubes

Itzy Ritzy packing cubesA lot of packing cubes are kind of boring, but this set from Itzy Ritzy comes in a variety of colourful designs to better reflect your personal style. A mesh top panel makes it easy to view contents and identify what is in each cube and their built-in handles simplify how you organize them in your bag, luggage or purse.

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Eagle Creek Half-Cube Packing Set

Eagle Creek packing cubesI’m a fan of Eagle Creek and use one of their backpacks as my go-to bag when I fly which is why I like these packing cubes. Eagle Creek products are rugged which is why these packing cubes come with a lifetime warranty. These are half-cubes, so they are smaller than some of the other cubes listed above, but that makes them handy for smaller bags, like backpacks or carry-ons. 

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Protect your passport with one of these stylish and practical passport holders

passport

I’m a big believer in passport holders mostly because your passport is an irreplaceable travel document that needs special care. A good case will help keep it safe and dry and, depending on the style, can help increase your fashion quotient.

Here are three designs that I recommend. If you’re in the market for an upgraded passport holder, you’re sure to find one here that you’ll like:

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Phone charging passport holder

phone-charging passport holderReducing the number of items you have to carry when travelling is a god-send which is why this passport holder that includes a built-in power pack appeals to me. There’s room for your passport, some credit cards and cash and a slim 4000 mAh battery that can charge your phone or your wireless earphones with ease.

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Personalized leather passport holder

Personalized leather passport holder

Give a loved one the gift of one of these personalized leather passport holders so they can carry a piece of you wherever they travel. There are designs and colours aimed at different demographics and room for you to add your own heart-felt message to make a truly unique keepsake.

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Walnew RFID blocking passport holder

Passport holder

This slim and lightweight cover has some nice touches that you don’t see in other passport holders like a slot for your boarding pass, credit cards, a pen and even a place to store your phone’s international SIM cards.

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Get some actual sleep on your next flight with one of these popular travel pillows

travel pillow

It’s not often I get to travel in first class or business class, but when I do, I am in heaven because it means I might actually get a decent night’s sleep on a long-haul flight., something that’s rare when I’m more typically flying in economy.

The odds of actually getting some shut-eye increase drastically if I’m using a travel pillow. If you have the same problem sleeping on planes as I do, then I recommend you invest in a good-quality travel pillow. You can buy one of those horseshoe-shaped ones at your local drugstore for a few bucks, but there are better travel pillows that will do a better job of supporting your head so that you can fall asleep comfortably. Here are three examples that are highly-rated by travellers for you to consider and, as usual, I’ve given you a cheap, mid-price and top-end option. The choice is yours.

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trtl Pillow Plus, Fully Adjustable Travel Pillow

trtl travel pillow

Trtl has several styles and models of pillows and accessories designed to help you sleep in comfort in an uncomfortable location.  It’s essentially an improved version of their original Trtl pillow which is designed for taking on an airplane, car or bus ride, the train or even for using at home. It began as a Kickstarter project that was fully funded in just six hours. It’s differentiating feature is an adjustable strap that gives your neck perfect support.

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Huzi Infinity Travel Pillow

Huzi infinity travel pillow

Sleeping on an airplane involves a lot of shifting to get comfortable. This infinity pillow comes in a loop shape that lets you configure it in an infinite number of ways so that you can find that sweet spot without  having to contort yourself to do it.

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MLVOC Pure Memory Foam Travel Pillow

memory foam travel pillowThe horseshoe-shaped travel pillow is a standard, but the most inexpensive ones use cheap filler which might seem nice when you touch them in the store, but in the real world get crushed by the weight of your head, rendering them less than useful. This product uses memory foam that fits to the shape of your head and retains its shape so that you remain comfortable through the night.

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Get your travelling dad a quality toiletry kit this Father’s Day

Man shaving

Don’t look now, but Father’s Day is just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking of a gift to mark the occasion.

If your dad is a traveller, then you can’t go wrong with a quality dopp kit. Men can get quite attached to their shaving kits so  check to see if he’s already got a battered toiletry bag that he’s been hauling around over the years. If not, then give him one that he’ll never want to replace.

That means getting something that is high quality, likely made from leather. Here is a range of highly-rated choices to consider:

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Aaron Leather Goods Leather Toiletry Bag

Aaron Leather Goods Toiletry kitYour father will love this stylish leather toiletry bag with its distressed buffalo leather design. Spacious with a double zipper closure to organize all his essentials, it also includes an external zippered pocket and a durable waterproof lining to keep special items protected. The bag features metal studs on the bottom to prevent slippage and protects the bag from getting scratched. Aaron Leather Goods enforces strict quality standards for its handcrafted products as they are stitched and finished.

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Genuine Buffalo Leather Toiletry Bag

Buffalo leather toiletry kitHandcrafted by experienced craftsmen, these bags are made from the finest full grain buffalo leather that make them durable and handsome. A water-resistant lining protects the interior and contains spills.  Measuring 9.3 x 5.0 x 4.3 inches, this bag features plenty of room for your dad’s toiletries and even has an external zippered pocket for smaller items. It’s a must-have for any traveller.

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Digital Camouflage Travel Toiletry Bag

digital camo toiletry kitThis toiletry bag isn’t made of leather, but oxford cloth, which makes it much more affordable. The digital camouflage pattern gives it character and military chic that dads love. Measuring 38 cm length by 16 cm width, this high-quality dopp kit offers an amazing capacity to store all the toiletries your dad needs on his travels and then some. 

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Are you securing your hotel doors with any of these portable travel locks?

hotel door lock

Do you ever wonder for your personal safety when you travel? Maybe you don’t trust the shoddy lock on the door of your hotel or worry that someone else has a key to your Airbnb and can let themselves in while you’re sleeping. 

It’s not an uncommon fear which is why there are numerous travel locks designed to secure your room from the inside so that no one can get in through the door unless you want them to.

Here are three of the most highly-recommended options to consider, with models for every budget:

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DoorJammer Lockdown

Doorjammer LockdownThis portable, industrial strength door-security device can be fit to any standard doors in seconds without the use of any tools in order to prevent unwanted entry. The only way anyone can get through the door would be to break it down and unless you’re an incredibly heavy sleeper, you’re likely to notice that.

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Home and Travel Safety Lock

home and travel safety lockThis stainless steel lock slides into the door frame and sits over the existing lock bolt so that it remains locked from the inside of your room. You can use it to secure your hotel room’s front door, your bathroom door and it’s especially welcome in a setting like a B&B or Airbnb where you have no idea who has access to your room.

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Portable Door Travel Lock

Portable travel lockSimilar in operation to the previous travel lock, this model is made from thicker steel which makes it stronger than its competitors. Slip it over the existing lock bolt and it remains secure from the inside and you can rest easy that your room is safe.

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