I use mesh bags every time I pack for a trip. They keep me organized when packing and they make it easy to stay organized in hotel rooms or ship cabins. Here are the bags I used on this summer's European tour:
I got the Lenovo Ultrabook just before the trip. I'd used a Mac in Alaska, but it was heavier and bulkier and -- worst of all -- it proved to be too much of a new trick for this old Windows dog. The Lenovo was a better choice for me . . . once FedEx delivered the cord I'd forgotten to our Paris apartment.
Speaking of cords, the two mesh bags at left show how the electronic age has changed my packing habits. I no longer stash paperback books in my bag. Instead, I put the Kindle in my carry-on (with my digital camera and iPhone). But the space I save not packing books is taken up instead by cords, plugs, adapters, and battery chargers for the electronics. The blue bag at left contains the battery charger, other camera gear, and adapter plugs for various European countries. The black bag contains cords and chargers for the Ultrabook, Kindle, camera, and iPhone. The two bags on the right are for pills and toiletries. I like being able to just toss these bags on the bathroom counter in the hotel or ship's cabin.
Pill Organizer Choices
Other Travel Aids
Here are several other items that found their way into my luggage for the European trip:
As it turned out, I didn't use the collapsible cane in Europe, since we walked mostly on easy, level city streets. I put it to good use three years ago in Turkey, where I often explored on difficult, uneven terrain.
I've become obsessive about monitoring my blood pressure. Readings have warned me when my medications are starting to cause a problem, or when something else is affecting my health. The little wrist blood pressure monitor isn't as accurate as a more cumbersome upper arm device, but it packs easily and allows me to indulge my compulsion while I'm on the road.
The little red container is a sunscreen spray. The size of a pen, it requires almost no precious suitcase space. I just wish I could remember where I got it! My local CVS doesn't stock it, and a quick internet search proved unsuccessful.