If there’s one thing I’ve become a master at over the years- it’s packing. I have
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These days, I always travel with my ROAM carry-on and a large tote bag (this large one from Mark and Graham is a current favorite). For a short haul flight, long international flights and even for long road trips, these are the basic building blocks of my system.
Inside my ROAM carry-on, I now use the #10 OTG247 bags for my clothes. All of my travel clothes need to do double duty and go with more than one outfit so organizing them by outfit just won’t work. I organize by type. One bag holds bottoms, two hold tops, one holds underthings and night clothes, etc.
These all fit, stacked so nicely on one side of my carry-on. The “Nudie” Collection (clear on one side) is a dream for packing because you can easily see what you’re looking for without having to take everything out! You guys……I’m able to fit 5-6 cool weather outfits all on one side of my carry-on this way! You could definitel fit even more when packing lighter weight, summer items.
On this side of the carry-on, I use the cute #2 OTG247 bag to pack all of my jewelry. If you keep your earrings on the cards that you purchase them
I use the straps on my Roam luggage to tighten everything down nicely on that side.
On the opposite side, I have room for 2 (maybe even 3 depending on the shoe!) pair of shoes. I use the OTG#4 and #5 bags to pack things like my hair brushes, clips, elastics, dry shampoo
I use the straps and tighten it all down. There are a few more pockets inside my Roam luggage that I can stash small, last minute items- which always seems to happen. I will use the ample extra space beside the OTG247 bags to place curling wands or my hairdryer.
Everything else has to go inside my tote bag! I keep this under the seat in front of me on the plane so that I have easy access. I used to put everything in it and then have to dig through the entire contents-of the bag every single time I needed something. I KNOW you know what I’m talking about. No more
Let’s begin with US TSA regulations. All of the liquids that you intend to carry on the plane with you need to be easily accessible in a clear, zipped pouch. You’ll have to place this in one of the bins to be
Into the big tote it goes.
Next, I always have my
What about all of your cords, pens, batteries, ear phones, note pad, etc? I categorize those items as my “tech” and they all go into the OTG247 #3. And down into the big tote it goes.
My important documents go into the #1 bag and this is the bag I will always have with me while we travel. Drivers License, Credit cards, passport, 1 pen and my glasses all go into this bag. It comes with both a long, crossbody strap as well as a wristlet, and I like to use the wristlet to attach it to the inside of the tote when we are hustling through airports and train stations. Not only does that secure it to my bag, but I’m able to quickly grab it to make a coffee run, while my husband waits with our luggage.
The OTG247 #6 bag holds all the rest of my makeup pallets, foundation
When we travel around Europe, we try to economize on breakfast and lunches. We save any splurges for dinners out. The OTG247 #7 “Foodie” bag, comes with a detachable crossbody strap and you guys…… this one is insulated! I usually use this for my
Because we have a lot of business meetings in our upcoming travel, I will also slip the OTG247 #9 “Techie”down in my tote as well. I use this as more of a chic briefcase. It will hold my laptop and all the other things that I will need for any meeting. I slip the #1 bag in here and attach a crossbody strap and we are ready to go. This bag can hold a lot for packing as well, so if you have extra items that you’ve forgotten, you can easily slip them into this bag before it goes into your large tote. I’m carrying an extra pair of pants in here for our upcoming trip for a quick change after we deplane and before we catch the train to our first meeting.
This is what my tote looks like when I’m finished. Everything is accessible and in it’s place. Not one loose item is floating around in that bag! (If I am carrying my larger camera, I will place it down inside the bag on
I’m dying over how pulled together I am! The different patterns and colors help me to grab the item that I need with just a glance. The bags are very high quality and the ZIPPERS NEVER STICK! I tell you I’m obsessed! And look how much more I’m able to have on the plane with me!! Not saying I don’t trust the airlines with my luggage…………but I don’t trust the airlines with my luggage.
Packing this way ensures that you can save your checked bag for bulky items like coats, thick sweaters, and shoes. And IF the airlines DO lose your luggage, you have the most important things with you so you can carry on with your trip while they get that sorted.
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PRO TIP: I am signed up with the subscription club at OTG247 and it is my most looked forward to monthly subscription! For $27, you will receive a different bag each month and the first one after you sign up is always a #10 (the big ones in my carry-on)! This is an excellent way to build your collection as none of the bags cost less than $48! Highly recommend.
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Off to Europe in a few days, so be sure to follow along on Instagram Stories and Facebook. I’ll do a separate post on flight essentials, but I really wanted to show you how this incredible system can make your travel life so much easier. After years of traveling, I’m completely sold and I will never be without OTG247 when I travel.
There are loads of options for colors and patterns so do check them out at OTG247 and don’t forget to use code LASHES for a 10% discount.
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