The Travel Shelf: Stay Organized At Home

As you may know if you’ve checked out our About Us section, M. and I are both expats living far away from our own countries in Australia. With the lives we’ve chosen comes a lot of long-haul international travel, whether it’s on vacation or on a trip home to see our families.

Like most people, we’re usually trying to do a million and one things just before we travel. It only took me a few trips to realize that having a place to store all the things I need for travel would save me a lot of time and stress.

And that’s when my travel shelf began.

I’m lucky to have ample storage space in my current closet, but even in past houses I always made a spot for my travel gear. It all squishes into the small space you see above, but that small space manages to hold all my little travel things– basically everything except my suitcases and backpacks (which are stored in the garage), my noise-cancelling headphones (which are on a hook beside my bed for daily use), my camping gear (also the garage), and my trekking boots (a different shelf in the same closet).

So what items do I deem useful to have on hand for easy travel whenever I need it?

Here’s the full round-up:

The big things: bags, wallets, packing cubes.

The big things: bags, wallets, packing cubes.

Pouches & small bags.

Pouches & small bags.

What's inside the above Airplane Survival Kit - I keep this within easy reach in my carry-on.

What’s inside the above Airplane Survival Kit – I keep this within easy reach in my carry-on.

Tiny toiletries.

Tiny toiletries.

Medical items.

Medical items.

My large collection of adaptors.

My large collection of adaptors.

Currencies from various countries.

Currencies from various countries.

Miscellaneous travel items.

Miscellaneous travel items.

The key to a travel shelf is to remember to stock up AFTER a trip, instead of before. When I return home from travelling, I take stock of what I’ve used up and try to replace it right away. That way I can just assume that I have just about everything when I’m packing for somewhere new and save myself one more errand before I go.

Odds are, you probably have a lot of similar stuff lying around your own house that you end up searching for before a trip. Why not collect it all and make a travel shelf, or at least a travel box or bag? It’ll make your life easier and prove that you’re a true traveller!

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