Packing Cables & Chargers | How to Keep Your Electronic Accessories Organized

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, I’m going share with you how I organize my cables and chargers when
traveling. (light chiming music) I love traveling light, but I have to admit that I’ve recently found
myself carrying a lot more stuff than usual, especially when it comes to
electronics. Between my new camera and drone, I’ve added a lot more gear. But
where I noticed it the most is in the amount of cables and chargers that I
carry with me. So, I wanted to show you how I manage all these electronic
accessories and provide you some tips to keep your load nice and light.
Just to start out, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of what I’m currently
carrying. First off are my cameras, which include a Panasonic Lumix GH5, a GoPro
Hero 4, and a DJI Mavic Air drone. I also carry my MacBook Pro 15 inch laptop with
me everywhere. With just this equipment alone, I have to carry all of these
charges with me which really adds a lot of bulk to my bags. This doesn’t even
include the accessories as well, like tripods, card readers, car chargers, and
memory cards. So, the first thing that I do is to segment what I need to carry in
my backpack versus what I can leave in my suitcase. Things that I carry with me
include the phone charging cables, USB charger, spare battery, and laptop charger.
Everything else, like my camera and drone chargers, can stay in my suitcase since
it’s unlikely that I’ll need to charge them while in transit to my destination.
Now the fun begins. To organize the chargers that I carry in my backpack, I
use an electronics organizer. I’ve been using the Travelon Urban Tech
Accessory Organizer, which works great. I like that it’s lightweight and simple.
You basically have two sides with zippered pockets. One side is a larger
zippered pocket meant to carry bigger items, while the other side is a mesh
pocket that’s split into two. What I love about the split design is that it makes
it so much easier to locate smaller items like memory cards or batteries that
can easily get lost in the larger pocket. Lastly, the
middle pockets work great for holding smaller cables like USB or lightning
cables, and earphones. I really like that this keeps the cables separate and neat.
I used to shove all my cables into a backpack pocket and whenever I would
pull them out they would all be tangled. So this is a much better solution for me.
The whole thing folds up neatly and can be adjusted based on how much you’re
carrying. The organizer is really well designed and great quality. For
everything else, which is mostly the bulky camera and drone chargers, I just
used a combination of pouches. It usually ends up being my old Gear Pouches from
WaterField Designs. I have two of these pouches in different sizes, though if
you’re looking for something a little bit cheaper, you can always go with the
Eagle Creek Pac-It Sacs. I use these for non-liquid toiletries, but you can also
use them for chargers. They’re fairly cheap and extremely durable too.
In addition, here are some tips to keep in mind when packing chargers and cables.
Number 1: Look for redundant chargers or cables. Sometimes you can get away
with carrying less chargers or cables. For example, my drone charger has two USB
charging ports in addition to the battery charger itself, which makes it
double as a phone and tablet charger. What would really be awesome though is
if I could find a dual figure-8 power cord. Since my drone and camera
chargers both uses this cable, it would be great to only have to pack one that can
charge both. I saw one advertised in Amazon’s UK site, but it has the UK style
plug. I’ll have to keep looking for one online number. Number 2: Consider using adapters
rather than carrying another cable. If you have devices that charge via USB but
have different connectors, you may want to consider buying a small and cheap
adapter. For example, you can get ones that can convert a micro USB to a USB-C
or lightning connector. This would allow you to carry one cable and adapter
rather than two separate cables. Number 3: Carry a multi-port charger. If you
need to charge multiple devices at once or maybe you’re traveling with others,
then you’ll want to carry a multi-port USB charger. I’ve mentioned my Anker 4-port USB charger in other videos, and I highly recommend
it for charging multiple devices at once, especially while traveling. Plus, you’ll
be a hero at the airport when there aren’t enough plans for everyone to use.
How do you carry your cables and chargers while traveling? Do you have any
tips? If so, please share them in the comment section below.
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13 thoughts on “Packing Cables & Chargers | How to Keep Your Electronic Accessories Organized

  1. Solid video! A++++. I'm a new subscriber to your channel and enjoy your videos tremendously. Thanks so much and keep it up! Looking forward to future content.

  2. That is one really cool system. It is always a headache dealing with all the cables. This video was very handy.

  3. Nice video I am really terrible I just put everything in a bag and then hope and pray that I didn’t leave anything behind 🤣🤣🤔👍

  4. I’ve found that for traveling in a group, especially for international trips, it really helps if you carry one cable for each device and external battery you have. Even if you have multiple USB ports, you don’t want to have to keep track of what needs to be charged next and deciding whether to prioritize charging another person’s phone or a backup battery. It’s even more of an issue if you have only one plug in a different country where a US plug won’t work.

  5. This is SO helpful! Seems so obvious and easy but organizing and keeping up with this stuff on the road is so annoying. Hope all is well!

  6. We featured your video on our blog–great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

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