By the end of the 1950s, flying had become comfortable and convenient enough that it was viewed as the height of travel, so much so that passengers boarding a plane did so decked out in their finest. Of course, with flying a relatively new experience, people were so enthralled by looking out the windows that they didn’t need much more entertainment.
These days, travel is viewed as more of a hassle than a treat, and most passengers simply want to pass the time. This often involves a bevy of technologies designed to distract and entertain, from cell phones and MP3 players, to tablets and laptops. When you travel with so many devices, plus chargers, thumb drives, and other peripherals, however, you’ll need a way to keep everything organized, and we’re happy to help with a slew of the best tech organizers to keep every cable corralled.
Peak Design Tech Pouch
This soft, expandable pouch in 200D nylon is like an accordion file that just happens to be weatherproof. The origami-style innards consist of three centrally-opening pockets interspersed with pockets that are sown down the middle (opening wider at the sides) for a total of seven pockets (three large and four half-size). There are also zippered pockets throughout the bag. Plus, the bookends of the bag feature six smaller, periphery pockets perfect for chargers and wound cables. Handy pen loops are also included, as is a passthrough for convenient device charging.
Native Union Stow Organizer
At dimensions of roughly 9”x 6” x 2.5”, this tiny bag could pass for a shaving kit or cosmetics bag, but instead, the durable canvas pouch is outfitted with pockets and loops designed to house electronics and accessories. Two pockets punctuate one side with enough room for an iPod and wound charging cables, along with a pen loop for your stylus. The other side features three thick, elastic straps (one large, two small) to secure chargers, cables, and more. Coated canvas and a waterproof zipper keep the elements at bay and a flat, outer pocket is perfect for your passport.
Harber London Tech Dopp Kit
This tech pouch in premium, full-grain, vegetable-tanned cowhide leather is beautiful to behold, if a bit steeply priced, but that’s not surprising when you consider it was handmade by expert craftsman in Spain. A large, central pocket is flanked by two half-sized pockets and a small card caddy, making for a compact arrangement that can fit up to an A6 Notepad, along with charger, mouse, cords, ear pods, and so on. Soft fabric lining keeps electronics safe from scratches and jostling.
Cargo Works EDC Tech Kit
This kit was designed with EDC in mind, so you know utility is at the top of the list. At just over 9” x 6” x 4”, it’s deeper than many competitors, but the advantage is you can easily fit a laptop brick, GoPro, and folding headphones in the main pocket, along with a mouse and charging cables in the facing mesh pockets, not to mention more cables in the zippered pocket behind. Then there’s the 4” x 5” MOLLE grids on the 1050D nylon exterior (front and back) with dual Velcro strips to extend your carry capacity.
Ted Baker Cable Tidy Bag
Tech organizers can be anything from a fancy pouch to a Ziploc bag. This vegan leather and polyester pack in rich navy with tawny accents, a burgundy interior, and chunky metal hardware leans more toward the luxe end. Open the flap to find four elastic loops you can easily slide coiled cables into, as well as a top zippered edge to hold other flat items. Then pop open the two-button pocket to stow chargers, a mouse, folding headphones, or other large items in style.
Bellroy Tech Kit
Tiny tech kits don’t get much better than this diminutive beauty, featuring pockets galore. It zips open flat for easy packing and access, with one side offering a magnetic slip pocket (plus two smaller pockets within for dongles) fronted by a floating wall with an elastic strap separated into two large and three small loops. Two stretch mesh pockets dominate the other side, with enough give to easily fit larger items like a mouse, bulky tablet charger, or external hard drive. A pen loop rests in the fold. Made from recycled woven fabric and backed by a 3-year warranty.
Baboon to the Moon Go-Kit
You can choose from traditional black, crocodile green, or creamsicle canvas, but of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. You won’t have to worry about items slipping out of place, thanks to stacked zippered pockets (closed bottom pocket, mesh top pocket) on one side and three smaller slips on the other side, along with two elastic loops for cables or pens. Plus, there’s an external stash pocket and a water-repellent coating to protect it all. Curiously, the last listed feature is a “mystery message inside,” which is probably part of what makes this brand a cult fave among travelers.
Shinola Leather Tech Portfolio
This slim, zippered pouch in rich, brown leather will fit right in with your favorite wallet or manly dopp kit for toiletries. The zip-around closure allows it to open flat, exposing two side-by-side slip pockets on one face and tandem slip pockets on the other (with four-pocket card caddy on the front), perfect for flat-ish items like your passport, smartphone, tablet, and so on. Three pen loops and a cable loop round out interior storage. Made in the USA.
L.L. Bean Tech Tote
This monolithic tote features comparatively massive dimensions, at roughly 15” x 11” x 2”, but unlike other tech organizers, it can fit up to a 15-inch laptop in it’s rugged, nylon body. In addition to a laptop slide, it has pockets sized for a 10-inch tablet, a smartphone, and sundry chargers, cords, earbuds, and electronic accessories. A top-carry handle makes it easy to tote or pull from your pack.
AER Cable Kit 2
This little kit is like two zippered pouches in one, adding versatility to your hectic travel schedule. One side is a flat-open zip-around, offering easy access to a bevy of smaller stretch and mesh pockets within. The other side is a top-open zip with a main slip and smaller pouches, as well as an external zip on the side. At a fairly compact 9” x 6” x 3”, this tiny tote in 840D nylon and 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon fits in any pack with ease, but still holds a ton of stuff.
Cocoon Grid-It Organizer
Masters of practical Tetris-ing are going to love the opportunities for customization offered by this complex, 12” x 8”, flat panel grid. It comes complete with a maze of latticed, rubberized elastics that allow for practically unlimited configurations of confined chargers, cables, and small electronics, or alternately, snacks, toiletries, and anything else you might want to transport. There’s even a zippered pocket on the back side. Pack it up and slide it into a large pocket in your luggage or knapsack.
ProCase Organizer Bag
If you happen to work in a tech field and you need a little (or a lot) more storage than the average traveler, ProCase delivers with a 10” x 7” x 1” bag that has more pockets than you can shake a memory stick at. It starts with two zip-around, flat-open compartments, one featuring two open mesh and one zippered mesh pocket, as well as eight SD/SIM slips. The other compartment offers eight elastic loop channels (five paired with a bottom mesh pocket for longer cables or chargers), plus a small, zippered mesh pouch. If you can’t store every cable and device, you probably have too many.
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