I hope you enjoyed last month’s packing hack on different ways to travel with toothpaste. This time we’re talking about unusual storage methods you may not have thought of before. They keep those small items and assorted knick-knacks from getting lost in the bottom of your bag. Most of these can be found around your home or purchased from the dollar store right before your trip, saving you time, money and frustration.
Looking for a solution to store your electronics cords? While we’re partial to the Grid-It, which bundles them up in elastic bands, you can also try a pencil or old glasses case. It will protect them from getting crushed and tangled. Plus, you’ll always know where to find them. Glasses cases can also become a DIY manicure set, where you store your nail clippers, scissors and polish.
For petite pairs of earrings like studs, store them in contacts cases or daily pill cases to ensure they don’t get lost. Alternatively, you can store pills in old contacts cases if you don’t need the entire “day of the week” container. Tupperware containers also serve this purpose, as do mint tins from Altoids.
Metal tea tins are great for storing items you don’t want to get crushed, like makeup. I like to use my old tea tins to store assorted bags of tea and other snacks to bring with me on my trip.
Plastic easter eggs also work great for snacks, hair ties and other small items. Tic Tac containers store Bobby pins and clips perfectly. And in terms of protecting your valuables, you can use an empty sunscreen bottle to store other items like your money and credit cards while at the beach.
Old pill bottles are the perfect size for Q-Tips. Water bottles have hundreds of uses, including protection of breakable items. You can also store your toothbrush in it to keep it from getting dirty.