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Travel Week: 5 Bags to Help You Pack More Efficiently

Travel Week: Packing Helpers

Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of what I’ve dubbed “packing helpers,” aka items that help you pack more efficiently. The 5 bags/cubes above are all items that I own and use depending on the type of trip I’m taking.

Essential Packing Helpers

Shoe Bags

It doesn’t matter if I’m leaving my house on an overnight trip. If I plan on bringing more than one pair of shoes (and I almost always bring more than one pair), I bring a shoe bag along. The thought of the dirty soles of my shoes brushing up against my clean clothing just grosses me out. I own the Ame & Lulu¬†Drawstring Shoe Bag¬†($36*). I purchased 3 of these bags a couple of years ago, and while I generally don’t need 3 for myself, I make my husband use one as well. Generally I can fit 2 pairs of shoes, sole to sole, in each drawstring bag. The drawstring closes tight, keeping all shoe smells and any debris off of my clothing.

Similar bags: Embroided Shoe Bag ($14 at Last Call) // Monogrammed Floral Shoe Bag ($18.67 at Horchow) // Set of 2 Shoe Bags ($24 at Henri Bendel) // Purple Shoe Bag ($17.99 at eBags) // Set of 2 Peekaboo Shoe Bags ($29.45 at

In a pinch, use a plastic bag!

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