I know it’s not your life’s work to heal humanity one safety pin at a time – you can leave that to me. Today, Olga is here to save you from falling victim to one of life’s more embarrassing displays of “not having it together” with Olga-ism number 66: A plastic bag is not a purse or a suitcase or a hat - so why on earth would you ever think it was a travel accessory?

C’mon people! Nothing screams amateur more than a lack of preparation. So sit yourself down, grab a tea, and let Olga fix you right up.

Traveling is hard. Whether you travel for work or for pleasure or you are just headed to the gym; the process of thinking about what you need to bring and assembling it into a bag can be cumbersome. The worst outcome is you arrive at your destination only to find you’ve forgotten your favorite lipstick or toothbrush. Or underwear. Or brought only one shoe. Ahem, that’s never happened to me, but I imagine it is a harrowing circumstance, nonetheless.

There are ways to prevent this from occurring and here are some of my faves:

  • Make a list. As you pack each item in your bag, cross it off the list.
  • Pack your items in packing cubes. Put like things together (all shirts) or group outfits together to make them easy to retrieve from your bag.
  • Bring only what you need. Don’t let the extras force out the essentials.
  • Start using a case for your daily routine. Of course, I love me some ORGO - a force of good in the fight against disorder! The point here is that all the stuff you need is in one place, whether you are getting ready at home, the gym, or some random hotel in Belize.

What doesn’t work? Pitching all your crap in a plastic shopping bag. Do I need to tell you why? People, please.