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Ode to Pouches, Stuff Sacks, Cubes, & Other Organizational Bits

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  • G42
    Adding in a shout-out to the Grab Bags... I ended up getting quite a few of them as they fit my general preference for minimal organization (they have none) and similarity to the Snake Charmer aspect ratio. And I'm a sucker for some of the funky colour & fabric combos. I've ended up liking the suppleness of the pack cloth, the squish of the vinyl and neoprene, and of course some of the halcyons.

    I've been using them in a variety of ways... one of them holds my Bucky Minnie travel neck pillow perfectly! Several are in use for some of my bead supplies and they fit well on end in a Pop Tote. When open, they are easy to 'work out of'.
    During my cross country travel, one held random extra toiletries and misc bits and bobs.
    I have more than I need, but I keep finding uses for them and it's fun to rotate through colours.

    This puts the GB into high preference/useage occasion, along with my E/TC traveling office and the SSC/clear3DOC set I use for toiletries.

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  • polarium
    After selling my Western Flyer and flirting with the AER Travel Pack 2, I’m glad to say that I’ll be back with a Synik 30!

    So what worked for me is the:
    1. WF Large Packing Cube: Perfect for my style of organization (flat packing instead of rolled up), and was so ideal when I used the WF, but I read that this PC fits into the S30, so we’ll see other than that. Can’t travel without it.

    2. A30 Laundry Stuff Sack: Honestly my most used organization pack. Packs my socks and undies, and easily stores dirty laundry. Small, efficient, amazing.

    Buying the Large Travel Tray to see how it’ll be, but I’d probably say it’ll workout as I do love to place my watch, phone, and wallet scattered throughout the room, and this will help me organize better.

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  • moriond
    Since many new forum members have been posting with questions about how to organize their new Tom BIHN bags, it seems like a good time to revive this thread, where it’s possible to see which accessories various users like, in a context of different usage preferences.


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  • user292372
    Until recently my TB pouch/organization acquisitions have been focused on the knitting pouches, which I like for the ability to easily see small tools I use when traveling. BUT I love the large travel tray as a single skein project bag and it almost always contains my WIP sock project. Folded down it's a soft-sided yarn bowl and when I'm done knitting, it's straightened and cinched and returned to my knitting bag (usually a swift). I tend to keep the pattern, a small pen/pencil (for noting project status), and any notions (usually stitch markers) for the project in the bottom of the bag and I really like the ease of access when the bag is in yarn bowl mode.

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  • G42
    Originally posted by G42 View Post

    Packing Cube Shoulder Bag - This is an organizer/bag that I want to love, as it seems so logical... and yet I rarely use one of the (too many) that I own. If I want a bag about that size I usually use a Side Kick or Daylight Briefcase. For switching during travel between two uses, it's usually the Daylight Briefcase or the Everyday/Travel Cubelet for me. I do now have the new Cerylon DL-PCSB, so I'm leaving it out by my front door so that I'll take more opportunity to use and evaluate it.

    I have deliberately used the Cerylon DL-PCSB several times over the past couple of months and am warming up to it (the bag, not the colour - the colour/fabric are lovely). My vaccine appointments were in the city, so for the first time in a long long time I walked a mile or so in downtown. I put my Microlite water bottle, extra mask, Kindle, tissues, etc. in the PCSB and carried it crossbody; it worked out well.

    ETA: in my head, I'm thinking of the PCSB like the Paragon - sort of a dump & run, black hole of a bag with minimal organization and minimal structure.
    Last edited by G42; 04-14-2021, 04:34 PM.

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  • twosandalz
    Originally posted by melminimalist View Post
    usually I stay away from vertical bags as I find everything just collects in the bottom
    Same! It's the only vertical bag that has worked for me. I think it's because the stuff I carry in it are similar height and the pouch isn't wide enough for anything to rotate and slip under the rest. But if I didn't pack very small things (tape measure, lip balm, etc) in a mini OP, they would collect at the bottom and I'd end up unpacking it whenever I wanted to fish them out.

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  • twosandalz
    Before my fandom gets rolling, I want to share how nice it is for me to have wide variety of colors. It takes me forever to find things when the pouches in my bag are the same color.

    And let me heap some love on O rings and clips. They keep things secure. For example:

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    My favorites are Cubelets and fabric 3DOCs. They're in constant use and I have lots. They're the right size and shape for the stuff I want organized. A few ways I've used them: cables, a camera, base layer gloves and socks, a scarf, to corral the odds and ends I like to have out on a motorcycle ride, hold my hand sanitizing supplies, feminine hygiene supplies (srsly why is it so hard to find good pouches for this??), knitting cables, and on and on and on.

    The only way to improve these pouches is to put the GW zipper on them.

    Other frequently used pouches: mini and super mini GWs, Q Kits, and stuff sacks. I have one or two of each and they are in regular rotation. the Q-Kit is my favorite for knitting notions.

    Shout out to the PCSB. It use it like a flat pack stuff sack. I carry knitting projects, my swim kit (bathing suit, sandals, towel), and during ski season a change of clothes. I have other bags that (used to) serve the same purpose, but none does it so well.

    Other accessories with less common use A large snake charmer holds my camping rope. Rope on one side, bungies and clothes pins on the other. It's an expensive solution but it's the most enjoyable rope organizer I've used in 20+ years of camping.

    YSS as a lunch pouch.

    eta: MCB FS organizes my Swift. Pens, crochet hooks, ruler, notes, patterns, notions, a book light, tissues, swatches, stitch markers etc are always at hand. I no longer have to unpack the bag the dig them out.

    Didn't work out
    Travel trays. I tried both sizes. I adored the color on my large TT (monarch) and it held moisturizer on my dresser where I could admire it. I eventually sold it to another monarch fan.

    A5 GW. It's always a smidge too small or waaay too big.

    Knitting accessory pouches. I prefer the Q-Kit and gave mine to a friend.

    OPs. I carry few flat items. One holds my DPN knitting needles, which it's ok at. But solar so you'll be prying it out of my cold dead hands. Another is dedicated to my unruly laptop cable. And a mini holds a few flat things in my EDC. I'm ready to sell my others because the cubelets or GWs work better.

    COW. I found it awkward. I prefer a super thin bifold for my wallet.

    Clear 3DOC. Things stick to the plastic, which drives me nuts. I tried it for toiletries, but a box style pouch works better for me.

    eta: Freudian Slips - The SCB was a bit too small. The Swift one didn't have the right pocket configuration.
    Last edited by twosandalz; 12-21-2020, 08:44 PM. Reason: Fixing image crazy

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  • labrain
    Fun thread!

    At Home: My favorite organizer is the CQPC (may it rest in peace). Currently the 4 that I own are holding my merino tops, and cashmere scarves, and protecting them from moths, which is an issue where I live.
    I love OPs, and use them all over the place.... in the glovebox of my car, to hold important documents, and to store some silver jewelry with anti-tarnishing cloth. I've got a HLT1 filled with emergency items that I throw in my larger bags whenever I'm heading out for a hike, or something of that ilk. I'm using a TT for my masks.

    Travel: Small GWs fit so nicely in the FS that I have in my DLBP. It makes for the perfect carry on for me. I've got sunglasses, small toiletries, and various other bits and bobbles in them. I use a size 4 TSS for dirty clothes. I have the other sizes, but don't use them all that much. I use a 3DCPC for my 3-1-1 bag, and a 3DFPC for my dry bathroom items. My SSC doesn't get a lot of use, but I'm glad that I have it around just in case.

    My Wishes: I'm really hoping that larger pouches, of all varieties, are stocked soon. I'm also in search for a strategy to keep my small TT from tipping over. That's the only reason I don't use it for more drop items.

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  • G42
    Welcome to the Forums Boaz - great first post... I love this bit! It's those weird/important/don't forget where you put it safely but not lost types of things

    Originally posted by Boaz View Post
    one for various items I collect that are important but don’t yet have a better home

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  • sturbridge
    I started out with the flat mini pouches, as those were one of the few accessories available at the time. This is probably used the least now since Ghost Whales came out, although I keep a small DOP for travel- itinerary in front, receipts in the back.

    I use all 3 sizes of ghost whales- super mini for earbuds, mini for FAK and other kits, small for sunglasses.

    The quarter cube I tried to use as a toiletries bag but couldn't. I tried to sell it a couple of times, but realized it wouldn't sell with the now cloudy urethane. Then I tried it as a knitting organizer- bingo!- one side has needles, the other side has the other stuff like scissors, stitch counters etc.

    I have several 3DOC but am using them less these days. Same with travel trays. Perhaps when free travel becomes a thing again, they'll get more use.

    I tried stuff sacks and they mostly don't work for my style of packing, but I do keep the smallest one as a mini travel tray. It has those items I might need in the middle of the night and goes with me everywhere. It works for camping as well as hotels and other people's houses.

    I used the Snake Charmer as a breakfast bag for a while but have since sold it. Tea, coffee on one side and oatmeal and collapsible bowls on the other.

    I have a pouchkin tethered in my Pop Tote (overnight bag) as an earring holder.

    Spiff kit didn't work for me. Neither did the organizing wallet.

    The tiny Qkit holds my phone charger, the larger qkit holds an immersion heater for making hot water.

    I am a late convert to the HLT- I thought it was overkill when it came out and didn't read the reviews etc. As someone who containerizes (maybe excessively) I had a lot of overlap on various kits and sometimes found myself without the kit I needed. So everything I normally would find handy is all in one place: personal care items, eating utensils, small repair items, a towel, and a PocketMod I made of games in case I'm around small children who are bored or need distraction. Note: Pocketmod is an app that makes a small folded 8 page booklet out of a sheet of paper.
    Last edited by sturbridge; 12-20-2020, 07:00 AM.

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  • Boaz
    I love the Ghost Whale pouches. I use all 4 sizes every day. I have one Super Mini clipped inside the Snake Charmer that holds SD cards, dongles, and a USB stick. I use another (in 525) to hold my keys inside my pants pocket because I hate the sharp feeling against my leg. I have a third to hold quarters, clipped inside the Synapse center pocket.

    I use the Mini as a corona purse with a backup mask, a tiny bottle of sanitizer, and a couple alcohol wipes. I dedicate a second to holding a couple torches and some other cigar-related accessories, and a third to hold Joy Con controllers for the Nintendo.

    I love the Small size because it fits perfectly in my pants pocket and clips to my belt loop. I use one or 2 to secure the contents of my pockets on days I will be biking. They are also great for organizing electronics for a short trip where a full setup is not required. I have one living in a drawer full-time, holding Apple Watch bands.

    I have a few A5s in various colors also living in a drawer, organizing various items: one for masks, one for math stuff, one for various items I collect that are important but don’t yet have a better home, and one that holds a small notebook and a couple writing utensils.

    I really like the Travel Trays as well, I use a large on my desk to catch all the clutter, and a small on my nightstand for the same purpose. The small one travels with me. I also use a large one as my toiletries organizer for both home and travel. I wish I had 10 of these, I hate clutter and they are an extremely satisfying solution. Huge thank you to TB for helping me stay neat and organized.

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  • b1gsky
    I have a few pouches I keep but use rarely and very few I use regularly.

    Small Snake Charmer - This is permanently out on a sideboard in my flat and it holds all the cables, chargers and stuff I need regularly. I don’t travel with it as often, because when I just need a few bits and pieces I like to put them into a smaller organizer or I just throw them into the bag.

    Small GWOP - lives in the front pocket of my Café bags. The mini GWOP I have gets used the least, I use the super mini for headphones from time to time and one is in my SSC and holds an USB-Stick and SD-card. The medium GWOP gets used sometimes as an organiser in the zipped end pocket of my RB36.

    Q-Kit - I have a regular sized one which permanently houses some headphones. Sometimes I use it for my chargers instead.

    Organizer pouches - I have two small OP that I use to keep bits and pieces together in the front pockets of the DLBP and PCSB. Got a mini OP as a gift but haven’t used it much.

    (Deluxe) Spiff Kit - I have both sizes and use them as intended as toiletry bags. Which size I take depends on the trip.

    Everyday Cubelet - I love my Dawn EC, but I only ever use it as a bag.

    PCSB - I love the dual purpose thing. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of my Design Lab PCSB.

    Laundry Packing Cubes - I love those. I have one small A30 for the end pocket of the RB36 and two small A45 for the main compartment of the RB36. I also use them in my Yeoman Duffels.

    Travel Tray - Never got used to using it, but I’m keeping it because I love the color (Fjord!).

    Clear Organizer Wallet - this was my “bare necessities wallet” I used in my EC when I went to concerts etc. Maybe again after COVID?

    Items I sold because they didn’t work for me:
    Clear 3DOC
    Large OP

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  • Wanderlust77
    My absolute favorite is the EC/TC! I have almost all of the colors. In normal times I use them inside larger bags to colorfully organize. Aubergine is my pandemic essential carry when I have to go out (I bought a backup Aubergine in case I ruin this one from cleaning it so often). #4 TSS for the times when the YSS isn’t quite big enough. 3 Mini Q-Kit: one used as a key case in my normal carry, one in my crochet bag, and one in my cross-stitch/embroidery bag. A Small Q-Kit is perfect for my travel sewing kit. I like the HLT1&2, but I’m still working on how best to use them. I love the GWOPs, all sizes!

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  • backpack
    I looove my Clear Quarter Packing Cubes!

    I am lobbying for their return in Ballistic fabrics.

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  • experimentjon
    - Small Snake Charmer - comes on every trip packed with electronics essentials
    - Clear 3DOC - comes on every international flight as a 311 bag (haven't found a real use for the mesh or solid)
    - Side Effect - awesome EDC organizational pouch
    - Stuff Sacks (Size 3) - 1 and 2 are too small for my needs, but I haven't yet tried a 4
    - A30 packing cube - these are just the right size

    Wish: the ability to select colors for the clear small organizer pouches

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