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January 5, 2015



 I never knew how travel life would change with the help of a great bathroom bag.  When I finally splurged the big $40 on one, I thought ‘this better be worth it.’ 5 years later, I can’t believe I travelled for 15 years without….


Here are some of my finds on hanging toiletry kits.



vertical toiletry bag.

I’ve been using this for 5 years now. It has every little pocket for every little thing. Razor? Check. Lip Balm? Check. Shampoo? Check. Paddle Brush? Check. It holds a lot of stuff, and it’s made to take a spill with easy clean up, and has heavy duty construction. This is the ultimate bathroom travel bag that easily hangs up anywhere in the bathroom ready to use with ease and – which tends to be a complaint with hangers is that it does sit up perfectly when set on a counter. LOVE.


LuG Vertical Toiletry BAG




Buy the LUG toiletry bag here!



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When I lived in England, I would pass by this shop with the most beautiful leathered goods but particullarly I always had my eye on the bathroom bags – but only my eye. At a big price, you have to really like your bathroom bags.


Buy here.



If you are going out for a hike and will be staying over night in your tent or at a hut, you may want to consider the lightest option for a toiletry kit. Sea to Summit has come up with the solution. Superlight, strong and water resistant UltraSil®fabric made with Cordura® yarn.  This also has a mirror, and unless you’re really good at seeing your reflection in a lake, you may like this extra touch to this bag.

Sea to Sky

DAKINE for the Teen

Dakine is a great and inexpensive company that make reliable gear.  Geared for the young teenager, or just the young at heart  it’s fun prints, soft fabric and it’s removable clear vinyl interior bag to keep everything organized are a step in the right direction for that youngster.




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Look here for more info on the Dakine bag.



Simple and hardy with a kick of style.  Hand made in San Diego by ZB Savoy Bowtie Co.


Dopp Kit (Bathroom Bag)



A long standing company established in 1974, these leather toiletry bags are looking good and functional. The only thing is that it has velcro, were as the Lug has a magnet which won’t catch on clothes.

Deluxe Toiletry Bag is a bag for all the families needs. One bag = space saver.

A neat case that features 3 zippered compartments. The middle compartment opens like a flap. Inside you will find a hang hook, 2 mesh compartments with a small zippered pocket. Two lateral compartments for additional storage on the outstide make of this a well groomed case.






With this sweet design – the removable pouch kit lets you put your shower items into the shower for no hassle set up. I’m liking that idea!   It’s generously showered with great features, like a top grain Nappa leather exterior, waterproof lining and outside handle.  Inside you’ll find a hang hook, two zippered compartments, elastic loops and a removable net pouch.  Three travel size bottles included.

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More info here



I hope you find a smart bag for yourself here, and here’s to many years of great and organized travel. Bon voyage!

Katie ; )

March 29, 2012


This black, sleek and sexy Dakine Jetsetter Roller Bag has the look of a rockstar for a dirt-cheap price. Do you hear a Joan Jett song coming on?

I’ve owned Dakine products in the past. They are durable and solid; worthy of every penny you’ve spent.

This bag rocks out the cow-hide and nylon – mooovalous!


  • Embroidery details
  • Custom metal hardware
  • Exterior zippered pockets
  • Retractable handle
  • Legal carry on size for most airlines
  • Replaceable urethane wheels
  • Printed nylon lining
  • Clear window ID holder on back panel

This is a bag that will be perfect for ice axes, ski boots, helmets, tents,

 bear hides, moose antlers…

Durable and water resistant – not only can it be rolled and lifted with ease, it will find a happy home

tied up

 on the top of any jeep .

We took a few of these on our trip through Norway all the way from Britain. They strapped down nicely on the top of the Audi.

With burly fabrics, welded alloy frames, large in-line skate wheels and a steel axle that runs all way through the frame, these bags roll over anything in their path. Made using our PVC-free HardWear Tarp and tough, durable 1000D high tenacity nylon. Dimensions: 32″Lx16″Wx14″H Features

  • TIG welded alloy frame is lightweight and super strong
  • 100mm diameter urethane skate wheels with ABEC 5 sealed bearings for a smooth, quiet roll on almost any surface
  • 16” steel thru-axle holds wheels securely to frame – won’t break like common molded-plastic designs with independent axles for each wheel
  • Pull-out handle with molded grip
  • Dual side daisy chains for lashing to jeeps, buses and various beasts of burden
  • HardWear Tarp top panel sheds weather and protects contents
  • Two removable accessory pouches and two zippered depth pockets under top lid
  • Removable inner pocket/laundry bag can be used to check overweight goods at airporInternal compression straps help close the bag when fully loaded, reducing strain on zipper

Are you a green Eco-warrior? Did the bag that you tried to salvage of 20 years finally loose all of it’s buckles and wheels? Well, practice your good karma and consider this — Dakine’s Wheeled Duffle – LG.

This comes in 90 litres and 58.


  • U-shaped opening for easy access
  • Zippered end pockets
  • Retractable handle
  • Replaceable urethane wheels
  • Locking zipper cars

This set just simply makes travel a lot more convenient. Oh, and fashionable.


  • 3 Piece Collection
  • Exterior zippered pocket
  • Retractable handle
  • Legal carry on size for most airlines
  • Replaceable urethane wheels
  • Clear window ID holder on back panel
  • Zippered closure
  • Interior zippered pocket
  • Open back panel to slide over travel bag handle
  • Zippered closure
  • Interior hanging hook
  • Interior removable clear vinyl bag
  • Multiple interior zippered mesh pockets

Patagonia’s Mlc Wheelie

Water resistant roller bag that turns into a back pack is just what the adventure traveller ordered.

Many times Tim and I find ourselves waiting for boats on docks or dragging bags up the beach.

This is the perfect pack for those moments and a reason for a trip to Indonesia.

More deets here:

Boarder inspired clothing company Volcom out of California has always caught my eye with their styles. I’ve never used their luggage, but I would buy this just because it’s so great to look at.

Dayhikes to go skiing or boarding? Look no further than the Mountain Hardwear Wayback backpack. LOVE this!

Rugged, stable, and roomy. A tough and highly functional winter pack for day tours in the backcountry.
  • Ski-friendly feature set and front pocket, which can be accessed from top zip
  • Rear panel zipper into main compartment for maximum access and convenient use in the snow
  • Versatile strap system carries skis, snowboards and snowshoes with equal ease
  • Skis can be carried A-frame for long distance or diagonaled either direction for shorter hikes
  • Multiple pockets inside main compartment keeps gear organized
  • Fleece-lined goggle/sunglass easy-access pocket
  • Hydration sleeve with port in main compartment
  • Multiple options for carrying ice axe
  • Zippered pockets on padded waistbelt

1. Travel Pillows.

 11″ x 20″ sized pillow is da bomb for planes. (Er… should never say “bomb” and “plane” in the same sentence! ; ) …especially around the security.

Always book that window seat if you like to sleep, and grab one of these amazing and necessary pillows to make dozing whilst seated — somewhat bearable.

These are handmade pillows from Canada. You can find them here:

Or if you prefer the aisle seats to get up and walk at your own free will  – then this Organic Buckwheat Neck Pillow will most certainly put the sound in your sleep.  (Search Organic Buckwheat neck pillow in Google to see where you can get one.)

In Canada and North America it can be purchased here:

Essential Snacking

I always pack snacks – in case I feel dissatisfied with the food – or have to wait in a massive cue, or the plane gets delayed, or stuck on the tarmac…

While on the topic, if you order a ‘special meal’ while arranging your flight details you can order really great stuff like Asian Vegetarian and get fed first – before anyone else!

What I take:

Dried Mango’s

Tamari Almonds

The best clothes for a long haul flight

I’ve been travelling for so long now, that over time, I’ve put together a system to make 11 hours on a plane comfortable.

Here’s my list of clothing items:


Best thing I’ve ever put on my feet, so thick that they feel like a cushy slipper…and so warm. Can be expensive, but they will last for a long time if you buy good quality ones.


Always have a hoodie to pull over your head = cozy and private when snoozing. This Women’s Pyxis™ Hoody  is like a teddy bear. If you don’t ooze with comfort in this, then you’re mad.


I think jeans suck on long haul flights, they’re stiff, have seams that start to imprint on your skin and they aren’t cozy. The only thing I wear on planes are either:

  • Mountain Hardwear Powerstretch tights (warm fleece amazingness, I actually can’t live without these in the winter…they don’t pill either. Simply the best leggings for cold weather.)

  • Or long leggings of some sort if you want a thinner pair for warmer temps.


Long body shape, so it covers the butt, and light weight.

Like this one from Batwing.


You can put on some nice shoes to make up for the lack of sheik style, like a pair of Naturalisa boots like these –

Or for warmer weather areas try these super comfortable, and height inducing Yoda Fly London shoes.

Other bits and bobs

Most planes have blankets and masks – so there’s no real need to pack your own. But if you have room, and need a blanket for travel plus an eye mask — this is fab.

4. Headphones.

The amount of waist involved in flying is maxed out enough. Down size the enviro-footprint by always carrying your own set of headphones. Any kind will do these days.

5. Cards

6. Toothbrush and small toothpaste