There are so many different things to prepare before you go travelling, especially nowadays. Most of us bring multiple devices away such as phones, tablets, laptops, power banks and cameras, but carrying all of this inevitably means taking more cables to keep the gadgets up and running. This is where tech accessory travel organisers can be invaluable.
Whether large or small, a well-designed cable storage bag or case will keep your electric cords and other extras in one easy-to-find place, so you'll never be left digging around at the bottom of your bag only to realise the cable has separated from the plug. Read on for our optimum organisation tips and ten best buys from Amazon and John Lewis.
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The first feature to consider is the number of storage options the organiser has. The sections come in many forms, with elastic strap bands, small or large pockets, mesh pockets, SD card holders and even padded compartments for more expensive and fragile equipment.
How many you require will largely be down to what equipment you plan on taking away with you. Thus, it’s worth considering what devices and cables they require before you purchase anything. The number of storage options can vary from six or seven in smaller organisers to over 20 in the larger ones.
It’s worth mentioning that in our spec table, we mention the number of compartments. To deduce this, we have chosen to include each separate entity, such as elastic straps or SD holders, as one storage section. Therefore, if you need specific types of storage, then we would recommend checking the picture of the product for a more conclusive view.
One thing with having plenty of storage compartments is that they can give you a false impression of how much space there actually is. The easiest way to be doubly sure that there is enough capacity to store what you need is to check the dimensions.
Sure, you might be able to wind up cables, and your AirPods aren’t that big anyway, but what if you want to store your tablet, laptop or even your camera? Generally speaking, most travel organisers range between 20-30 cm in width and 10-25 cm in depth. So, if you have a large device, it might be worth buying a separate case.
While electronics are continuously getting better in terms of what they can achieve and how much smaller and lighter they are, they still have one kryptonite – water. For this reason, you’ll want to check that the organiser you purchase is at least water-repellent, as this will keep out any small spillages or water-related accidents.
There are fully waterproof options to be found if you want to be extra protected. However, chances are that your backpack, suitcase or luggage carrier will have some waterproof/water-repellent qualities as well, so your cable case should never be exposed to too much fluid. It's up to you, though it's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to valuable tech!
Last but not least, you should consider whether you want a single organiser or a pack. While having a single organiser is helpful because everything is in one place, they can be rather bulky and take up a lot of space in your bag. If you prefer to pack lightly or you're only heading away for a short time, this might not be the best option.
Instead, you might want to consider a set of bags that allow you to split your cables up. They won't be as clunky and they also have the advantage of dividing your device equipment. For example, you can put camera gear in one and phone gear in another. Not only that, but some even come colour coordinated, so it’s easy to remember what equipment is where.
If you are only just taking a few electrical items packing cubes are a great alternative for keeping your suitcase organised and items easily accessible and in one place.
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When it came to picking our number one product, there was a clear winner today. This beast from BUBM comes with dimensions that are neither too big nor too small yet it offers plenty of different storage options over two levels.
Not only that, but the material is completely waterproof, so there's no fear of any accidents damaging your equipment. It comes in three different colours, too. Our favourite part? Even with all this, it's reasonably priced, making it a fantastic all-rounder to order for your next trip.
The perfect stylish solution to stowing away all your essentials whilst you are on the go. Carefully considered yet simple in design this canvas bag with leather trim and waterproof zip, protects, stores and organises your cables, chargers, sim cards and other bits and pieces so that they are all easily accessible.
There are elastic loops, elasticated pockets, an internal and external zipped pocket to keep items safe, with a soft cotton interior to protect your items. Available in an array of colours this case is a must for those work or leisure trips.
With various straps and pockets for a range of different goods from phones to power banks and hard drives, this organiser will keep all you need in one easy-to-access place. The elastic straps also offer a little more security as they're fitted with a rubber lining on the inside to stop your belongings from slipping.
Furthermore, as far as organisers go, this is one of the lightest, meaning that you won't have to worry as much if you have a particular weight limit to adhere to with your luggage. It's also available in three different colours, should the blue not be your thing.
With this cable organiser, we see a slightly different closing system than many others. Instead of folding in two like a lunch box, this one rolls up and is then closed with a drawstring packed around the outside.
We imagine this limits wasted space, so it could be better for those who like to keep their luggage light. Although it's on the smaller side, there are still plenty of compartments, and the material is completely water-resistant so you won't need to worry if you have to pack shampoo or a drink in your bag.
An excellent choice if you're after something to take on the train or plane, this triple-layered case will keep everything you need to hand. The first layer has an 11-inch tablet slot (suitable for iPad Pro, Air and Mini 2), while the second can hold your Kindle or eReader.
This is also one of our larger recommendations, measuring in at 31 x 23.5 x 13 cm, and there are plenty of secure compartments. Therefore, if you like to carry lots of bits and bobs whether for work or play, this will be right up your street.
If you're a keen photographer, then this travel accessory case might be for you. It won't fit your camera in, but it will have space for the cables, plus it has four elasticated sections that are the perfect size for SD cards. All you'll have to do is remember which are full and which are empty!
For everyone else, this still has plenty to offer. There are seven compartments in the form of elastic straps and a large mesh pocket. It's all made from the highly regarded material EVA too, which is water-repellent and hardy.
While this is primarily a laptop bag, it does contain extra pockets for cables and equipment. Therefore, if you're planning on carrying your computer, this could be the perfect piece of kit to kill two birds with one stone. Within the three external pockets that you can see, there are two more elastic straps within the larger one.
Additionally, it comes with a strap so that you can carry it separately to all your other luggage or just for use during day to day life. One feature people don't rate too highly is the zippers, which seem to be of lesser quality than the rest of the bag.
Here we have a more specialist pack of cable organisers. There are three sizes of small, medium and large, all of which have the same structure inside. This format is one large mesh pocket on the back, then dividers on the bottom to create various sections. The advantage of the dividers is that the setup can be changed and moved to fit your goods.
Moreover, the cases include an 8 mm foam padding throughout, ensuring greater safety for more expensive equipment and just better protection in general. However, they might be a little bulky to take all at once, particularly if you're someone who likes to pack light and only use a carry-on.
Chic, professional and sturdy, this offering from Stackers is available in several colours all made from durable PU leather for a long lifespan. Along with the multiple storage spaces, there's a deep pocket on the inside and a quick access exterior pouch for things you'd like to keep handy such as headphones.
Although its material makes it very stylish, there are no claims of protection against water or fluids. Otherwise, it would have found itself much higher up the list. That said, if you're a steady eddy and conscious of packing, then this might not be such a deal-breaker.
First up, we have these travel organisers from Sea Team. Now, while they might not be marketed as what we're shopping for, that doesn't mean they couldn't do a brilliant job at it. After all, these six separate bags all have zip locks and can be used for multiple things alongside your chargers and cables.
They're not going to provide much in terms of protection, but when it comes to organising, we think they'll do more than a grand job. One other thing worth pointing out is that they are a little smaller than most other options, so perhaps are better for those travelling light.
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