Organizing Your Suitcase & Hotel Room For a Long Vacation

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I’m sharing with you today a genius way to organize your hotel room for a long stay! GENIUS!  For our long vacation, here’s what I packed! For me, this is totally extreme! I usually travel with one small carry-on bag for the kids & I (plus a backpack that I carry, the kids’ backpacks, and one totebag). But just one carry-on suitcase. We take the Metro (subway) to the airport, and after I have done all of the work getting the suitcase there, you’d better believe I’m not paying someone to stick it under the plane for me! As we generally travel at least once a month, it adds up!  But this trip, I have a free suitcase (actually 3), and a week+ stay. I’m taking a big one!

So what are we taking? Basically everything! Here’s a shot of the toiletries I set out to pack!


As you can see, I’ve thought of everything! And to be honest, most everything here will not be coming home with us. It’s either going to be used up at the end of the trip or the half-empty containers will be left with a friend. But this is a lot of stuff. And how will we ever keep it organized in our hotel room?

The Umbra Little Black Dress Accessory Organizer to the rescue!

It holds everything, minus a few items (see closeups the black dresses of my Ipsy medicine bag and what I take as my “liquids” bag) below! You can get the Little Black Dress accessory organizer at Umbra for $10 each. Shipping is $5 and you can use code SAVE10 to save 10%. (If it doesn’t work, register on the site, put it in your cart, and wait). The Jewelry organizer is great (I have one of those too), but you need the accessory organizer. It’s half the price and totally made for this job.   If you just want the jewelry organizer you can pick one up on Amazon without shipping. For some reason, the accessory organizer is $20 on Amazon, so go straight to Umbra. The shipping is fairly quick. And yes… you’re right, I use this organizer for my beauty sample organization too!
organizing your hotel room

Once you’ve packed all your items, slip out the hanger rod, fold it in half, and slip it into a giant Ziploc bag! I use the Ziploc XL bag and you can add one on your subscribe & save order. A few items will invariably wiggle their way out of the pockets, so just carefully unfold, tuck them back in, and you’re all set. I organize all like items together so it’s easy to put everything back where it belongs and my hotel room won’t look like a nightmare every day. I slipped an extra XL Ziploc bag into my suitcase for the laundry.


When you return home, all you have to do is hang it back up on your towel rod and unpack at your leisure. Easy. And no getting stressed that you haven’t put all your travel items away.

Click for closeups!

This basically holds all our “medicine” items for the trip! I take lots of stomach things so nobody gets stinky.

My airplane liquids bag: eye goo, hand goo, some lotion, sunblock, and face sprays. The face sprays keep our faces moist and the kids busy!IMG_0068 Tada!IMG_0064 This is only one organizer? Did I mention that? It has two sides!IMG_0063


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