Genius Ideas To Make Travel A Lot Easier

Welcome to the 494th Metamorphosis Monday!

I don’t have a typical “Before and After” to share this week, so I thought I’d share some products that could definitely transform the way you travel, making your travels a lot easier.

Recently Zenda left this comment below on this post: My 5 Essentials for Traveling Internationally.

Susan, I wanted to thank you for recommending the anti-theft travel bag. I bought it just before our trip to Scotland in late May. I LOVE this purse. It was the perfect travel companion with enough room for my personal travel items as well as my camera. The crossbody style helped me be comfortable and confident. Thank you again for a great recommendation!

I have two of the anti-theft travel bags and love using them both when traveling. I tend to use the one Zenda was referring to more often because it’s the larger of the two and holds more, including my large Nikon camera. To read more about why I like this bag so much, check out this post: My 5 Essentials for Traveling Internationally. You’ll find this bag available in several colors here: Anti-theft Travel Bag.

Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag for Travel

RFID Blocking Card Holder/Wallet

The bag above has three credit card slots that are RFID protected, meaning if a bad guy walking by tries to scan your handbag to steal your credit card numbers, he will fail. I’ve been thinking of buying some of the individual RFID sleeves for everyday use, but I like this much better. It’s an RFID Blocking Wallet and in addition to holding several cards, it has a spot for your Driver’s License. It also has a center zipper pouch for storing away cash or change. So it will hold everything. If you don’t have a travel purse with built-in, RFID credit card slots, you may want to consider using an RFID card holder/wallet like this one whenever you travel.

You’ll find this wallet with RFID blocking technology available in several colors here: Wallet.

RFID Blocking Wallet, Perfect for Travel


Earbud Storage

Do you carry your own earbuds when you travel? Or, perhaps you keep them available in your handbag for whenever you may need them. This has to be one of the most clever ways for storing earbuds and keeping them tangle-free! I wish I had thought of this!

To store your earbuds, you simply wrap them around as pictured in the lower photo, then once you have them wrapped around the center section, you flip up the bottom and they are all tucked away inside their own little storage container.

Easy Headphone Cord Storage for Travel or Purse

Then you just drop them into your bag. Love this! They would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas.

You’ll find them available in a bunch of different colors here: Tangle-free Earbud/Earphone Storage System.

Earphone Earbud Storage


I just purchased one of these pretty travel jewelry boxes for my daughter-in-law this evening. I would have purchased one for me but I have already have  a travel jewelry box purchased a while back. I love this one because it includes a mirror. The mirror actually serves two purposes because it holds everything in place when the lid is closed.

This jewelry box comes in several colors and in a couple of more styles/configurations. You can see those all here: Jewelry Box.

I also like THIS ONE that has little tabs across the back for securing necklaces. I really liked them all and had trouble choosing which style to get.

Travel Jewelry Box



Make-up Bag That Let’s You See All Your Makeup At Once

A Vlogger I follow on YouTube shared this awesome bag recently and I’m seriously thinking of ordering one. I think this would be much better for carrying makeup than how I currently carry it when traveling. The way it works is–you put all your makeup inside the bag.

Travel Makeup Bag


Then when you arrive at the place you’re traveling and you’re ready to put on your makeup, you just open the bag up on the bathroom counter and you can see everything all at once. There’s no digging around inside a bag to find what you need. There are little elastic sections in the center for holding mascara, make-up brushes, etc… There’s even a little zipper pocket for stashing away smaller items. When you’re done, you just close up the bag as it was before.

I definitely want to try this bag. I think it will be much more convenient than the bag I”m currently using. I love how it opens up completely so you can see everything at once! I think it would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys traveling, too. You’ll find this travel bag available in 14+ colors here: Travel System for Make-up.

Makeup Travel Bag, So easy to access Makeup


The final thing I wanted to share isn’t exactly travel related, but I love the idea! I have an Infusion Pitcher and I really enjoy using it. This is an Infusion Water Bottle. I drink a lot of water during the day so I think it would be fun to have a water bottle that functions the same way as an infusion pitcher. It also comes with an insulated sleeve that keeps the water cold. You’ll find this Water Bottle Infuser in a bunch of different colors here: Water Bottle.


Water Bottle Fruit Infuser for Daily Water Tracking


This is a second one that I was also tempted by…like them both! This one is available here: Water Bottle.

By the way, today is Prime Day at Amazon. So if you’re a Prime Member, you may want to scope out the sales that will be running for the next 24 hours. I’m sure there are going to be some amazing ones!

Water Bottle Infuser, Add Fruit


Looking forward to all the great Before and Afters for this week’s Metamorphosis Monday!


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  1. Susan, I also want to thank you for recommending the anti-theft travel bag as it took the guesswork out of which one to choose. I bought it for our trip to Northern Italy in mid September.

    • Oh, you will love Italy! I used a Travelon bag when I was in Italy and it worked great. One tip I would like to recommend is to never take off your bag, even when eating in a restaurant or paying for something. I made that hard & fast rule for myself the day I left for Italy. That way, it can’t be snatched from a table or chair back and you won’t accidentally walk away from it for a moment. The only time I took mine off was when I was back in my hotel room.

  2. So smart to make this post in time for Prime Monday. And to think I couldn’t think of anything I really needed……lol
    Thank you, Susan. Have a great week.

  3. You are a dear to share these “tips” and I’d better get in gear!! Makes those preliminaries less stressful…franki

  4. I had a wallet that has built in RFID protection from Fossil but then I bought a new one that doesn’t. I should invest in the individual sleeves. The travel bag looks like a great idea especially when on vacations.

    • Amazon has those little sleeves. If you have trouble finding them, let me know Liz and I’ll look, too. I bet they are still on there.

  5. Love all your travel tips….I was hoping you would share the vlogger you mentioned so I could watch how she uses her makeup pouch….thank you Susan!

  6. My thanks as well for the post about the Travelon bags a few years ago. I ordered one of the crossbody bags right after seeing your description and I still love my bag. After years of use it still looks new. Thank you for sharing about these great products. Now I need to get the water bottle and makeup bag! Hope you have those pretty dresses you showed a few days ago ordered and a party in the works to show one off. Enjoy your week!

    • You are so right, whatever type of fabric they use for their travel bags really does last. It cleans well, too. I got a stain on mine on my last trip and it washed right out with just a washcloth. Thanks, Mary!

  7. Thanks so much for hosting each week!!

  8. Peggy W Nodine says

    Hey Susan, I have this make-up bag, and I love it, not only for traveling, but using everyday. Never have to dig around looking for anything. I loved it so much I gave both my granddaughters one, and two of their friends who are close to me as well. All these young people love it and rave about how much they like using it. Thanks for all your tips and happy shopping on Amazon today. Look out credit card here I come. Thanks again, Peggy

    • What a wonderful gift to get! Good to hear how much they loved it. I’m going to remember this bag when I start my Christmas shopping. Thanks, Peggy! Love these “Prime” days!

  9. Again, thanks for your travel (and many other) tips! Your recommendations are based on your own experiences and I do appreciate them!

  10. Cyndi Raines says

    Like that cosmetic bag and the little travel jewel box. All of the items that you posted are really helpful and make great gift ideas. Thanks Susan. Hope you have a great week. Stay cool with these high temps and high humidity!

  11. Love that earbud storage case! You always are so organized!!

  12. Love the travel bag tips.
    Thanks for hosting, Susan.

  13. I could have used these last week! Great tips!

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