I love having a cable organizer in my carry on because it keeps all my charging cords, headphones, and adapters organized and easy to find. While it obviously keeps everything organized, it also saves me money because my chargers and headphones don’t get lost or broken nearly as much when they’re all neatly folded in one place. (and I am notorious for having done this before.)
USE GOOGLE MAPS TO PLAN EACH DAY
Drop pins on Google Maps to mark your itinerary for the day so you can see clear directions before you leave your hotel. It’s great because you can still see the map and the directions without wifi while you’re walking around and you can use it as a GPS to avoid getting lost between destinations.
BUY A TRANSPARENT TOILETRIES ORGANIZER
I love a cute solid toiletries bag just as much as the next person but they’re not practical for some destinations. In some parts of the world your cosmetics have to be in a transparent case. If you carry on rather than check, consider buying one that’s TSA accessible on all your travels.
PACK LIQUIDS INSIDE ZIPLOC BAGS
If you prefer to check your cosmetics you may not need a transparent case but I’d still put them inside ziploc bags to protect everything else in your bag. One time I had a bottle of shampoo explode inside my bag and soaked everything with sticky liquid on the way to my destination. I had to get all my clothes washed by the hotel which was expensive and time consuming but it also ruined several paper items I had packed. Don’t risk it – just pack them inside sealable ziplocs and protect your sanity. (on my last trip, I had a bottle of aloe leak – fortunately, inside the ziploc, nothing was ruined.)