8 IKEA Finds That Do Double Duty as Travel Essentials

updated Sep 11, 2019
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These IKEA finds may be designed for use in the kitchen, but they’re actually pretty handy when you’re on the road. They’re also super affordable, and they’ll keep you — and your things — ultra organized.

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  1. RAJTAN mini-spice jars, $4 for four: Intended for your spice rack, these mini glass jars can also be used to organize and protect your jewelry. Not only are they easy to stash in your luggage, but they’ll also keep your rings, earrings, and necklaces neat and untangled.
  2. IRIS oven mitt, $3: Some might see oven mitts and think their use is exclusively tied to the kitchen. Not true! Stuff your fancy shoes in a pair to protect them from scratches and spills. They also provide padded protection for gifts and trinkets you want to bring home.
  3. CHOSIGT funnel, $1 for two: These plastic funnels are mostly used for funneling oils and batters into bottles, but they also make pouring lotions, potions, and soaps into mini travel bottles a breeze. And they’re dishwasher-safe, which makes cleanup a snap.
  4. DIMPA large storage bag, $1: This plastic storage bag with zippers does double duty as a makeshift hamper. Easy to pack, it helps to hide your mess, which is great if you don’t want your dirty clothes spilling all over your car’s backseat.
  5. SKUBB boxes, $7 for six: If you think about it, a drawer and a suitcase aren’t all that different, which means these organizers can be used in a suitcase. The best part? You can lay them flat at the bottom of your bag if you no longer need them for the trip back.
  6. RISSLA boxes, $15 for three: One of the more annoying parts of traveling for work is keeping track of your receipts for reimbursement. Stop stuffing receipts in your wallet! Stash receipts, business cards, and documents organized in these handy, attractive boxes. The magnetic seal keeps the lid closed and helps you stay you organized.
  7. ERFORDERLIG lunch bag, $6: Use this bright lunch sack as a cosmetics case. It’s wide, so you can easily see what’s in the bag, and it’s deep, so it can carry brushes, combs, hairsprays, and other tall items. Plus, it’s way cheaper than your options at the makeup counter.
  8. IKEA 365+ pot holder, $2: While these pot holders are fabulous for handling casseroles, they also make great oversized cord keepers, which means you can fit all your chargers inside.

What kitchen items have you used for double duty when traveling? Tell us in the comments!