View Full Version : If you could choose ONE accessory for your travel bag, which one?

03-25-2019, 11:39 AM
So here I am and I can't right now buy TB accessories but I'm pretty handy with a sewing machine. If you were me, what ONE accessory would you choose to try to make? What's been most useful to you on your travels and why?

03-25-2019, 12:21 PM
food bag, because food is life ;) (more seriously, easily pack snack like nuts and dried fruits without taking too much room once empty is a win-win)

03-25-2019, 12:31 PM
Gotta be the Travel Tray - it's great as a bedside companion, cable wrangler, snack chamber, stuff sack for puffy jacket, or airplane amenity kit.

Runner up: Snake Charmer. It makes a great dopp kit or clean/dirty packing cube.

03-25-2019, 12:35 PM
What does your food bag look like?

03-25-2019, 12:57 PM
Maybe the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, because it is... a packing cube and a shoulder bag! I nearly always use them instead of my regular packing cubes because I like how colorful they are and how easy it is to tell them apart. (I have one in each of many different colors.)

03-25-2019, 01:26 PM
My most versatile accessory is a 3DOC. I have one for snacks, one for chargers, etc. But I think I appreciate my Deluxe Spiff Kit more because I have used so many toiletry kits over the years and I love this one. It fits so nicely in even my smallest travel bags!

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03-25-2019, 01:59 PM
If I could only have one total, it's be a 3DOc, because it holds a lot and is versatile. Can be mini toiletry kit, or small purse in a pinch. If I could only have one type of organizer, but could have multiples of that one type, then it'd be a ghost whale. I have like 4 of them I'm carrying in my edc, with another 2 slated for travel.

03-25-2019, 03:38 PM
Key strap

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03-25-2019, 04:22 PM
What does your food bag look like?

Right now, it is a "closing" cup, but I intent to sew an actual food pouch

03-25-2019, 04:27 PM
This is a dangerous thread. Some of the aforementioned items are ones I do not own, and now I'm wondering why. :)

For me, it's probably the PCSB for travel. I do use it for its intended purpose -- as a packing cube and then as my purse at a destination. I like that it will hold my sweater and my camera if need be, but otherwise, is super lightweight and stays compact.

03-25-2019, 11:04 PM
PCSB and 3DOC running neck and neck at two votes each! Anyone else?

I'm really loving my self-sewn pocket pouch and can see more of these in my future...


03-25-2019, 11:32 PM
PCSB and 3DOC running neck and neck at two votes each! Anyone else?

I'm really loving my self-sewn pocket pouch and can see more of these in my future...


They are so similar, just one is bigger and has a front pocket. Over the years, some people have asked for a 3DOC with an inside pocket. You could make one of those! :-)

03-26-2019, 12:08 AM
I think the laundry stuffsack is my favorite accessory because it's so damn useful. After that, packing cubes, then laptop cache, then travel tray.

In terms of imaginary accessories, I'd like a cache that can double as a super minimal laptop bag.

03-26-2019, 12:32 AM
Kind of like a field journal for laptops... (or tablets). Doesn't the daylight briefcase kind of do that? I must admit I just throw my padded laptop sleeve in my backpack and don't worry about the cache things.

Laundry stuff sack and travel tray are kind of on my list because I find their construction interesting. 3DOC isn't really because it's just a clear packing cube and I don't get what's great about that (pocket or not). PCSB on the other hand I can see a use for, apart from that I basically use my packing cubes to have suitcases in a suitcase so as to separate my clothes from other people's clothes and/or from work stuff, so I can't see that I'd want to unpack it to have a bag? Much more likely to take a lightweight packable bag. But if you are going somewhere you can properly unpack then sure.

03-26-2019, 02:20 AM
3DOC doesn't have to be clear - I prefer the all fabric one for versatility. Before the travel cubelet, it was my summer just-the-essentials purse. It's also been my cords and chargers bag, and a small bits and bobs bag.

03-26-2019, 04:36 AM
Oh! OH! I've been looking at the wrong thing. The 3doc all fabric looks supremely useful! I want one in Viridian and one in Dawn, please. Too bad I don't have those materials. I do have a lot of denim, though, which is also classic and tough.

03-26-2019, 05:45 AM
Laundry cubes. I love the floating divider, so the bag is always the same size, but I can move items from one side to the other as they are used.

03-26-2019, 09:51 AM
Very difficult decision! But after pondering for a while I would also vote for 3DOC either clear or full fabric (Parapack!!) and the Laudry cubes for my A45 (ok, this is two items but that was difficult enough....)

03-26-2019, 10:07 AM
Is champagne a bag accessory? Asking for a friend...

03-26-2019, 12:33 PM
I would say champagne is a perfect bag accessory.

03-26-2019, 01:00 PM
Won't work with Champagne because of the carbonation, but you could make one of these, a bag that has a hidden 1.5L insulated wine bladder in it.

PortoVino Beach Wine Tote

03-26-2019, 05:04 PM
Definitely the PCSB first with the SE a very close second :)

03-26-2019, 06:36 PM
clear 3DOC as my 311, A30 laundry cubes, small Snake Charmer

sorry, can't seem to count today... :)

03-26-2019, 06:48 PM
Definitely the PCSB first with the SE a very close second :)

PCSB is my clear favorite, followed by SE then large Travel Tray.

03-27-2019, 01:08 AM
I am not very much closer to picking which accessory to make, I'm afraid, although the "party pouch" for champagne is up there. Maybe I'll continue making pouches for a bit until it becomes clear.

03-27-2019, 02:53 PM
Travel Stuff Sacks...Iíve used them as a packing cubes as well as knitting bowls, snack holder and numerous other things. Close second is a tie between the Side Effect and Travel Tray.

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03-28-2019, 04:13 PM
Zebralight SC52... AA Flashlight. Unbelievably small, lightweight, relatively powerful, reliable, takes AA Alkalines, Eneloops, 14500 rechargeable batteries. In all my travels, I've always needed a flashlight and this one is my go to choice, always.

03-28-2019, 07:10 PM
Packing cube side bag all the way, itís gone on every trip. After that it would be a snake charmer.

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03-28-2019, 08:07 PM
Hands down, All Fabric 3DOC. Horizontal configuration that can be stored vertically too, slips into almost any bag, and serves as a mini purse.

I have almost every color and I use every single one of them for specific things. They are a "grab and go" kind of bag. The hook inside the bag also helps when travelling.

04-03-2019, 12:52 PM
Packing cubes, side effect, and travel trays. In that order. Packing cubes for organizing my luggage (though I prefer compression cubes over the TB cubes). The side effect doubles as my purse and waist pack depending on the activity. And the travel tray is a great way to pack my toiletries, which I then use as a bedside organizer (for cords, phone, jewelry and doodads) at hotels after I unpack it.

04-26-2019, 10:47 AM
Bringing this thread back to agree with all stuff sack love from some previous posters. While doing a test pack last night I was just so impressed by how useful they are- they really fit anywhere and keep little things from getting lost! I bought two more this morning. Definitely my #1 accessory.

04-27-2019, 12:18 PM
I think I've probably purchased at least one of every TB organizational accessory by now. And the ones I keep going back to are the A30 small packing cubes (fit perfectly into the A30, a GoRuck GR1, or a Rimowa cabin depending on what I'm traveling with), the laundry stuff sack, and the Side Effect (domestic travel dopp kit) or clear 3DOC (international dopp kit).

Lot of interest around the PCSB, but I actually haven't used mine since buying it...perhaps because I realized I wouldn't ever use it as a shoulder bag and there are other packing cube alternatives.

04-27-2019, 02:10 PM
My original reply was pcsb, but I have to say that the ghost whales are now closely approaching the number one favorite spot.

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