When I pack my suitcase, I use pouches to organise the content better (see my holiday packing post here). While socks can be used to stuff in the little holes that appear between the larger items, other small clothing end up in a pouch so they’re easier to find. A couple of years ago I came across DAY Birger et Mikkelsen’s travel section and purchased several of the colourful large pouches called Gweneth both for myself and as Christmas gifts. One holds all my computer and camera cable, while my knickers and bras have one each. DAY has since expanded the collection and now Gweneth is available in a range of patterns, colours and sizes.
Longchamp pink handbag // Prada purple pouch (top) // Longchamp purple makeup bag (left) // DAY purple pouch (middle) // Clinique pink makeup bag (right)
Everyone close to me knows that I have a rather extensive collection of handbags – I’m surprised nobody refers to me as bag lady, especially when travelling. The fact that my co-workers called me Carrie might be enough, though.
In addition to loving well-made handbags and caring for them like they were living organisms, I also have a big thing for pouches to organise whatever I put inside said handbags. The pouches don’t have to be a particular brand or colour – though purple, black or pink are always welcome – they just need to be practical. They get extra points if they can double as a clutch, which makes packing for holidays more efficient.
In my everyday handbag, I always use 2-3 pouches to organise the content. Nothing is worse than having to rummage through all the content of your handbag to find that toothpick or pocket mirror! And let me not get started on having rubbish lying around in your bag…
The only lose items I have in my bag are my wallet, packets of tissues, reuseable shopping bags and sunglasses/glasses. In the bag’s pocket I carry my car keys, a pen and the lip colour I’m wearing that day.
Longchamp mauve satchel // Prada wallet // Unknown brand gloves
I used to fly quite frequently in my previous jobs and I always carried my liquids in a small ziplock bag from the airport, as I couldn’t find a pouch that airport security would approve of. Luck would have it that one day that I was shopping at the airport beauty shop, Clinique offered a free gift with purchase. The gift happened to be a pink nylon see-through makeup bag, perfectly sized and see-throughed for security. Ever since, this pink pouch has held my Avene facial mist (a must for long flights or tired faces), Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Burt’s Bees coloured lipbalm, Aveda hand cream, glasses cleanser, painkillers, Nuxe lip balm, hand sanitizer gel and anything else I deem necessary to survive the day.
Other bits and bobs, like blotting papers, pocket mirror, handbag hook, tooth picks (individually packed, “borrowed” from restaurants) and the nail file, are kept in a trio of attachable pouches from Furla, bought at Kastrup airport. Yes, airports are a haven for impulse shopping…
Mac blotting papers // Coach pink leather mirror (best gift ever)
With all three snapped together, they work as a clutch for going out. I can also choose to take with me one, two or three, depending on where I’m going and the size of my handbag.
So, now I’ve told you about how nerdy I am when it comes to compartementalising my life. How do you stay organised?