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Packing the Perfect Ladies Travel Bag   January 18, 2016 14:29

Being away from home often exposes how it is the little things in life make our lives comfortable and cozy. It’s often frustrating to travel and find yourself without some comforts and conveniences as you play "planes, trains, and automobiles" within a 16 hour travel day.  A comfy neck pillow on a long flight is often a coveted item within the travel entourage. A little comfort when you cannot a single comfortable position to sleep, as you’re head bobs up and down, is like finding gold.  Having backup phone power when your phone dies in the middle of a movie is worth its weight in gold as well. At SmartGirl Bags, we recommend putting together a packing checklist that includes what to pack in your carry on travel bag for a long day of travel. You may not want to bring all of these items or you may have more to add to this list, but this list is our idea of a nice comfortable entertained flight.

Booties (for going barefoot when you remove flip-flops or sandals at security in summer – EWWW fungus)

Headphones (need we say more)

SmartGirl Bags SmartPack-Backup power banks (or two) to charge dying in-flight electronics


Tablet PC – to play games/movies

Pen/paper or journal (the best ideas can come when traveling)

Neck blowup pillow (for comfort with sitting up and sleeping)

Phone a/c cord (for those extra-long days and convenient power stations that some airports now have)

Coffee mug (empty) This is also great for using at your hotel  - grab a nice large cup of coffee and bring it to your room while you get ready

Snacks  (who doesn’t regret not buying food before a 3 hour flight? – get prepared)

Laptop/power cord/mouse/mousepad


One-two day dosage of important medications

Brush or comb

Makeup emergency kit

Scarf – for those freezing flights

Gloves - (in winter)

And of course  - all this in your SmartGirl Bag with its 11 pockets inside and out that fit nicely under every airline seat! Get your perfect organizer tote - shop now


Let us know in the comments below what else you’d add!





Creating A Great Travel Packing Checklist October 12, 2015 17:09

I am one of those people who has a list for a list. My son’s friend once came over and was reading my to-do list. He laughed hysterically. I asked what he was laughing at. He said, “You have a list for your list – see here you say Christmas shop ‘see list.’” His perception was that my list making had gone overboard. In my life, I’ve reflected on that – I now firmly believe list making has created organization and saved me time. It has also prevented countless times of frustration of forgetting things. I will be sharing various lists I’ve created over the next few blog entries. We’ll start today with my favorite and most used list – the Travel Packing list.

  1. Travel Packing List – I use Excel to create a packing list that is truly repeatable for every trip.
    1. Pre-trip actions – Here I list actions that should be done before I start packing…perhaps days in advance…..for instance, pause newspaper service, get to the ATM, refill medicine, book a pet sitter, print travel documents etc etc
    2. What to pack – I keep a full comprehensive list – whether I’m traveling by car or plane may dictate what I bring. If I don’t need something, I just cross it off the list for that trip.
      1. This section is broken down checklist style by these categories. These are just mine – you might have others.
        1. Electronics – GPS, phone charger, camera/charger, Laptop and charger, Music dock/speaker, Headphone charger, backup phone power (SmartGirl Bags sells one!)
        2. Toiletry items – makeup, shampoo/conditioner, hair spray, makeup, hair clips, brush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste etc
        3. Workout Gear – SmartGirl Gym Bag (sold here), Workout outfits, workout bra, running shoes, headbands, socks, water belt, jacket
        4. Beach/Pool gear (if applic) – Bathing suits, cover-up, pool shoes, flip flops, beach towels, sunglasses, snorkel mask/fins, sunblock, bug repellent
        5. Daily dress stuff – shoes, sandals, bathrobe, light jacket, pj’s, sweats, baseball cap, shorts, skirts/dresses, slip, pantyhose, tops, undies, bras, jewelry
        6. Entertainment – books, magazines, journal
        7. Doggy Stuff – dog food, leashes, crate, dog toys, baby gate, bowls, bones
        8. Snack Foods – protein bars, crackers/cheese, nuts,
        9. Medications – vitamins and medicines, ibuprofen, cold meds
        10. Work Stuff – laptop and charger, mouse, keyboard, mousepad, wireless headset, markers, notebooks, pens                                       

The idea is that before every trip, you print your list and use it to prepare and pack quickly so that you forget nothing. Evernote is a great place to keep your list – so it’s accessible all the time from anywhere or any type of cloud storage such as Dropbox, My Google Drive, OneDrive etc. Don't forget that SmartGirl Bags also make wonderful travel bags - with 5 exterior pockets to put everything you need in and 6 internal compartments, you're all set - whether car or plane!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list. Would love your comments!