Travel Aids You Can Buy Or Fashion for Yourself
Some travel specialty products available through catalogue companies and stores are packing lifesavers. Others are extraneous pieces that serve no purpose except to take up precious real estate in a suitcase. Here are some products that aid packing, plus comparable budget options.
-- Elissa Leibowitz Poma
· Eagle Creek Pack-It Folders
Follow the directions to fold a shirt or other items around a stiff plastic insert, and clothes will be packed neatly and compactly and generally without wrinkles. The mesh sides of the envelope-like folders allow inspectors to check them out without opening them.
Budget alternative: Wrap clothing in dry cleaner bags to reduce friction (a cause of wrinkles).
· Magellan's Mesh Cubes
Perfectionists can count on their bags staying mega-organized, regardless of how their luggage is treated behind the scenes.
Budget alternative: If you don't want your socks fraternizing with your polo shirts, consider using zip-lock bags.
· Pack-Mate compression bags