Make it easy on yourself and the TSA
What: Nalgene Medium Travel Kit
For: Travel-size bottles and containers guaranteed to be leakproof for shampoos, lotions, gels and other items that must be in checked luggage.
Where to buy: Most area travel stores, including Distant Lands, www.distantlands.com, and Magellan’s, www.magellans.com.
What: Eagle Creek mesh see-through packing cubes that hold clothing and other items.
For: Not only do they organize, they also might streamline a search if Transportation Security Administration agents decide to open your bags.
Cost: $10 to $22, depending on size.
Where to buy: Travel stores, including Magellan’s and Distant Lands.
What: Polystyrene foam bottle molds.
For: To protect bottles from breakage in checked luggage.
Cost: $2.50 to $10.
Where to buy: Shipping supply companies. Also Woodland Hills Wine Co., 22622 Ventura Blvd; (818) 222-1111, www.whwc.com. Wally’s, 2107 Westwood Blvd.; (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine.com.
What: Dry sacks. Waterproof, leakproof sacks in a variety of sizes used to stash and protect gear in water activities.
For: To store liquids, gels and other messy items inside your checked luggage.
Cost: $10 to $50, depending on size.
Where to buy: Travel and adventure gear stores, including REI, (800) 426-4840, www.rei.com.
What: PlaneWrap Feet Wrap disposable slippers
For: To keep your feet clean when you have to remove your shoes and shuffle through airport security checkpoints. They come in medium and large, fitting shoe sizes from women’s 4 to men’s 13. Packages contain 10 pairs.
Where to buy: Magellan’s.