I’m a big fan of plastic sandwich bags. They’ve been my go-to organizational tool for decades, particularly when I travel. I put my tickets and passport in one big plastic baggie, my toiletries in another, and my earphones and cords in another. But there’s a better (and more eco-friendly) way to keep your travel necessities organized. We scoured the internet and found five of the most beloved travel organizers on the market. Here are our picks to keep your next trip in order.
Matador FlatPak Bottles ($35 for 3)
Matador uses waterproof Cordura fabric to build these little pouches designed to hold shampoo, lotion, or whatever liquids and gels you need to take on the road with you. They’re leakproof, TSA-approved, and easier to pack than the tiny sample bottles of shampoo you get at Target.
Bond Travel Wallet ($34)
Keep your passport, tickets, cards, and money organized in this RFID-blocking wallet made from water-resistant nylon. There are also spots for your pen and flashlight or other everyday carry essential, as well as room for your headphones or a small charger. It even comes with its own pocket notebook.
Arc’teryx Index Dopp Kit ($35)
Think of the Index as a really, really nice plastic bag. This Dopp kit is built for airline travel, with compartments that are designed to house 3.4-ounce travel containers and a see-through exterior so you don’t have to pull out all your toiletries when you’re going through security. The handle buckles so you can hang it from a towel rack or shower curtain rod.
Cargo Works EDC Molle Case ($50)
Big fan of EDC? Chances are you’re carrying more than your humble pockets can handle, especially if you’re traveling and want to be prepared for anything. This Cargo Works EDC case is built to keep your stuff in order, with pockets, slots, and straps that hold notebooks, knives, pens, flashlights, carabiners, cards, and more.
Cocoon Grid-It Organizer ($25)
So many cords. So many chargers. Your tech life is messy, but the Grid-It wants to bring order to the chaos. The flat panel has a series of taut straps that hold headphones, cords, chargers, thumb drives, small speakers, and hard drives. It’s a customizable system that you can arrange and rearrange to fit your tech life. It also has a padded slot for an iPad and a zipper pocket for cash or cards.