A few months ago I stumbled across yet another entry into the packing aid arena. A series of elastic straps called Grid-It allow you to organize whatever it is you need to organize, however you want to organize it. I quickly became mesmerized by their promotional video of strangers approached in New York City and challenged to organize their bag, so I ordered myself a couple to see how I would fare. I've been using them for a few months now and as I was packing my gear up to head to Hawaii on Friday, I thought it was high time that I shared them with you.
As you can see it's easy to pack them in a variety of ways. Sometimes I toss it in a bag for taking notes
They are super thin and have a zippered pouch on the back (which is bulging right now from having a pair of socks and eye mask tucked in for my flight on friday.)
And, the biggest of the bunch has let me keep all my cables and cords and hard drives and card readers and anything else I might need in one easy to find spot.
My only caveat; these aren't necessarily space savers. In fact, having my gadget gear packed like this may make it more difficult to stash into my backpack rather than in several zippered pouches. But when I'm unloading my bag to sit down and do some work this weekend in the hotel, I'll be glad I made the extra room.