Travel Tip | Bags in Bags


The guys at Valet put together a travel feature with tips from frequent travelers about how they pack and the bags that they use. I chimed in to talk about the way in which I organize my stuff when I am on the road. Specifically, I spoke about these small Kelty x Beams zip bags that I picked up last fall in Tokyo.

I use the big one as my “International Economy” bag (which I only bring when I am flying a redeye to Europe or to Asia in steerage). It holds a travel pillow, Nalgene bottle and a pair of Muji travel slippers (because you don’t want to hit the highly trafficked economy bathroom in socks). It can also be used to pack a pair of shoes or hold dirty laundry on your return. The middle-sized bag is for electronic accessories—chargers, an international power converter and even a spare memory card reader. If I didn’t always leave everything in this bag, I’d inevitably forget something.

When you travel drink lots of water, use a Rimowa, bring along a power strip and pack bags in bags for very specific uses. [VALET: BAG CHECK]


Comments on “Travel Tip | Bags in Bags

    Original Feeton May 22, 2013 @ 10:11 AM:

    Nice succulents.

    Nate Hopkinson May 23, 2013 @ 8:41 AM:

    Just picked up a True Wind duffle and tote for travel to Croatia. Love that these are US made with a lifetime warranty. One other feature that I really appreciate is that the TW bags are very lightweight. New sailcloth is so much more durable than that recycled crap. Highly recommend!

    Macon May 24, 2013 @ 2:26 PM:

    Anyone know where to find those bags in the US? Grazie.

    dannoon May 25, 2013 @ 2:46 AM:


    Muji has something similar, but not in the awesome orange. i can’t travel without them. perfect for organizing the little things that easily get away.

    Nickon May 25, 2013 @ 7:55 AM:

    Or, anyone know something similar in the US? Lots of options for the toiletry size bag, but looking for a nice set of different sizes like the Kelty one.


    Michael Williamson May 25, 2013 @ 9:21 AM:

    Muji makes nice travel stuff all around. Their hard side suitcases are great too.

    Macon May 27, 2013 @ 9:45 AM:

    Thanks guys. Will check the muji stuff out.

    Panagiotison May 28, 2013 @ 4:24 AM:

    Design-wise Muji is great although they feel a liiiitle expensive given the quality. Although i’ve had no real complaints to speak of, they don’t feel very durable. Maybe the material is too thin to inspire confidence…
    That said, the Muji small pouches/wallets etc. are extremely useful. :)

    jcon May 28, 2013 @ 5:51 PM:

    Eagle Creek packing cubes

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