November 23, 2022

Why can’t I travel without him

As a travel writer, I basically live off my luggage. Since I’m constantly on the road, having the right gear is key to getting from point A to point B as quickly and easily as possible. My current on-the-go essential is my beloved Cotopaxi handbag, which I discovered through a travel writer friend. I wanted to return the favor by presenting him with some incredible baggage. The problem? He already has the best bags out there.

But travel essentials go far beyond totes and weekend bags. For example, how do you store what’s inside? So I decided to send my friend something else: the Stow-N-Go Small Travel Luggage Organizer, a portable packing cube and space saver that has become a necessity for me on my backpacking trips. Across the country.

The good news is that it’s only $27. The best news is that you don’t have to be a travel writer to benefit.

You know those products that make you say, “Wow, why didn’t I think of that?” Well, this is one of them. Simply put, the Stow-N-Go Small Travel Luggage Organizer is a collapsible storage cube with shelves. Although I’m a huge fan of packing cubes, what sets this organizer apart from similar products is its efficiency. Not only can it easily store your clothes, but it’s also designed to fit in most luggage and features steel hooks for hanging in a closet.

It takes the pain away from wrapping

My Cotopaxi hand luggage has a handy internal storage space. But the biggest compartment, at least half of the bag, is overwhelming. This is where I tend to throw everything away, which means when I get to my destination, everything is a mess. But with the Stow-N-Go, everything stays in place. And thanks to the loops, it can compress, so it is quite compact.

Katie Jackson's Packed Luggage Overhead
Courtesy of Katie Jackson

It has compartments for everything

The first time I used my Stow-N-Go was for a business and pleasure trip to a dog-friendly hotel in Montana with an open pool and fitness center. So, in addition to the things I normally travel with, I packed a bathing suit, training gear, and everything else I needed for my dog. As you can imagine, there were a few elements that I preferred to keep separate from each other. Knowing that I had the Stow-N-Go in my corner to help was a huge relief.

Stow-N-Go shelves and pockets kept everything organized. I had designated spaces for shirts, bottoms, and workout clothes, as well as pockets for socks and lingerie. The organizer even has a zippered storage compartment, which turned out to be the perfect place to store my new Kengos. They are durable sneakers made from plants, so they have a distinct scent that I didn’t want to mix with my clothes. Although the organizer is not “smell proof”, it did a surprisingly good job of protecting my luggage from unwanted odors. For those of you who don’t have smelly shoes, this compartment is also useful for storing wet bathing suits and dirty laundry.

Katie Jackson hangs up her luggage system in the closet
Courtesy of Katie Jackson

Hang on and go

What I love most about my Stow-N-Go is that it hangs in the closet. Everything I need is in one place. Thanks to the three-tier shelving system, I never have to spend time unpacking or, more importantly, touching dirty hotel drawers or cupboards. As soon as I undo the loops of the Stow-N-Go, it expands, leaving my neatly stacked clothes wrinkle-free and easy to access.

Planning your next trip? For me, the Stow-N-Go organizer made packing easier, but Amazon has similar top-notch items you can buy to help keep your luggage tidy and save space in your luggage at hand.

Bagail Compression Packing Cubes & Organizers

Nishel Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag Organizer

Amazon Basics Travel Organizer Cube Set

I’ve always viewed packing stress as another rite of passage – part of the travel experience. But now I’m not so sure. What’s wrong with making my life a little easier so I can invest my precious time, space, and energy elsewhere? What I know for sure is that none of these expenses will go towards repacking a week’s worth of clothes.

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