Do You Have a Travel Drawer?

by Janis on March 1, 2017

Travel Drawers

Do you have a travel drawer?

We actually have two of them.

While it might look like a messy “junk” drawer, a travel drawer is a designated place to store things you only use when traveling.

We’ve learned through years of experience that we don’t want to have to search all over the condo for the power converter for Germany or the special tube that keeps hair gel from exploding all over our suitcase, or the little packets of lens cleaner that don’t set off security. Or the Oyster card that we bought 3 years ago on a trip to London, and need now for another trip that includes London. Or that stash of 50 Australian dollars  left over from a 2010 trip – that we can use on this trip, IF ONLY we could find them.

Can you relate?

Finding these random “use-it-rarely-but-need-it-for-this-trip” items can add to last-minute packing and/or pre-departure stress.

Our Solution: The Travel Drawer (s)

It’s a designated place for the stuff you use only when you travel. By putting everything in this category in our Travel Drawers, we never have to search far to find the things we need for a trip.

Plus,when we are back home unpacking from a trip, it is easy to put away this stuff in the designated drawers.

Some Things in our Travel Drawer (s)

1. A lightweight, portable scale to weigh our luggage during our travels.

EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale w/ 110 lb. Capacity & SmartGrip

We always carry this little scale with us to easily weigh our bags to make sure that they haven’t “gained” weight during our travels that will cause the bag to be over the airline’s weight limit for checked luggage. (Generally it is 50 pounds per bag, and we’ve been known to have a bag that weighs 49.5.)

You just hook this strap on your bag, turn on the scale in the handle, and lift the bag. It clicks and lists the weight.

2.  Gotoob bottles for liquids and gels (in a 3 ounce size)


A pack of 3 Gotoob 3-Ounce Travel Bottles

3.  Melatonin to fight jet lag

Nature Made Melatonin Tablets

4. A power strip with multiple outlets


Tripp Lite 3 Outlet Portable Surge Protector with 2 USB Charging Ports

This is essential for our cruises, but comes in handy for travel anywhere that doesn’t have enough plugs

5. Universal Power Converter


Surge Protector All in One Universal Travel Wall Charger AC Power AU UK US EU Plug Adapter

One charger that works in many countries.

6. Tubes of Travel-Size Toothpaste


Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpaste 1 oz ( Pack of 12)

We love Amazon Prime, so we buy items like little tubes of toothpaste by the dozen.

7. Folding Travel Toothbrushes


Colgate Value Travel Toothbrush (Pack of 6)

The same for these toothbrushes that fold up completely so they easily fit in your quart bag.

8. Lens Cleaning Wipes


Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Wipes 400 Count

We use these to clean eyeglasses, sunglasses, camera lens and our iPads and iPhone screens. Since they are in individual foil packets, you can slip a couple in your purse, briefcase or backpack.

Do you have a travel drawer? 

What items do you use only when you travel?

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