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Our Favorite Packing Tip

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Thank you to Travel Clever for sponsoring this post about our favorite packing tip.


When we set off to travel for half the year, I imagined a fairy tale like existence. Like we would float in and out of our house, hop on planes and land in beautiful locations. The last part has turned out to be true. We have been to some amazingly beautiful locations, but the rest of it hasn't been as carefree as I thought it would be. Travel takes work, but there is one tip I have learned that has really helped to make packing and traveling itself so much easier!


Ready for our favorite packing tip? 

It is quite easy… use the right travel accessories and make sure they all match. We learned this back when we started traveling. Back then, we had mismatched accessories that we just pieced together. I was even using a cosmetics bag to hold our passports. The worst part was that nobody could remember who's was who's so we wasted so much time finding everything and sorting it before we even started packing. That has totally changed.

Now everyone in the family has different colored travel accessories and we practically just grab them and go! We are heading out again in the morning, so I took some pictures to show you how easy it is to pack now.


Starting with our toiletry bags. I know that the blue/black one is Pete's so as he uses everything in the morning, he adds it to his bag. That takes just a couple seconds to pack since he is just putting it into the bad instead of back on the counter.

Pete also keeps all of our passports, but we all have other important documents with us like boarding passes and wallets, so it is important for us to have a dedicated place to keep them all when we are on the go. I struggled for awhile to find the best solution for us, and then we found Travel Clever and their selection of Passport Holder Wallet and Bags. For Pete, the wallet was perfect. The girls and I all like the bags. 

Being organized every step of the way on our travels makes the experience even better!


Travel Clever has accessories in a bunch of different colors so that everyone in the family can have a different one. The red/wine colored one is my favorite. You can see it in the video below. The thing we liked most about Travel Clever was that all of their products are very well made, are a good value for the price, and they look good too! 


Another tip we dismissed in the past that we were told a few times in the past was about compression socks. I've been feeling sore muscles the past few times we flew, and I just accepted it as an after effect from chasing after Emmy in the airport and carrying her bag everywhere. But I am ready to start using compression socks from Travel Clever for some relief.

I love that Travel Clever makes so many travel products so that we can save time and money buying them all together. 


Travel Clever sent us a huge box filled with some of their awesome products which we talk about more in this video:

I can't wait to incorporate even more of their accessories into our travels!

Learn more about Travel Clever and see their full line of travel related products on their website and shop for their products on Amazon.

What are your favorite travel tips?

Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. There are some mega cool compartments in these bags. I love traveling with everything important in one easy to find place.

  2. My husband travels a lot for his business and this could be a wonderful tip that he could make use of. I agree that using the right travel accessories is important and staying organized will make sure to have peaceful journey anytime!

  3. One thing I’ve noticed is that the selections of affordable luggage and travel accessories have increased. I pack light, and pretty much how my grandpa taught me- like they do in the military. Thanks for sharing your tip.

  4. That’s smart to make items a matching set. It does get confusing when everyone has the same kinds of things packed in mixmatched bags.

  5. I try to stay as organized as possible while traveling. I am always scared to lose something. This is awesome and perfect for me.

  6. I will have to keep this in mind when I ever get the chance to travel… some day! Great tips for anyone about to travel for the holidays, like my brother and sister-in-law… I’ll have to share this with them before they come visit : )

  7. Pack light is my favorite tip. Pack clothes that have multiple uses. I also don’t mess around with toiletries, it’s less hassle to just get them at your destination.

  8. I am all about organization – especially when it comes to travelling. Looks like a great kit to keep everything together in a neat and tidy manner.

  9. My friend is going to be doing a ton of traveling in 2017. These bags would be a fantastic Christmas gift for her.

  10. These are all great tips for packing for a trip. I love the idea of putting things in the travel bag after you use them the morning you are traveling. Travel Clever is indeed a site I will have to share with my sister and brother in law because they travel a few times a year. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  11. Keeping up with passports and travel itineraries is so important. I think keeping them all together in a small bag would make keeping up with those important items so much easier.

  12. Love the idea of everyone having their own color accessory. That will make things so much easier, especially when traveling with two girls.

  13. I travel a lot too and it makes it so much easy to have all the important documents and items in one place. I will check out this company and see if I can get one of the purses

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