Easy Way to Pack Charging Cords

I know that every single person reading this has had to pack their charging cords when they leave for a day, or longer. When I go on longer trip it’s a minimum of 4 cords. I have finally found the easy way to pack them so that when I pull 1 cord out of my bag it isnt’t a  jumbled tangle of cords that has a knot in the worst possible place.

Here’s what you need:
scotch tape
freezer size ziploc bag

Start by gathering the cord in the middle and wind it back and forth. I’m going to use my iPod cord as an example (below). Start by deciding how much slack you want to plug into the wall, and how much you want connecting to the device. Then you wind back and forth as you would any cord. Put a rubber band around the middle of the wound part, and you now have a shorter cord. It will look like this:

Easy Way to Pack Electronic Charging Cords

Next you’re going to want to take a piece of paper and tape. I used my label maker, but not everyone has one. Write the name of the device on a small piece of the paper. Fold the piece in half, and place it overlapping the cord closest to the wall part. Take a piece of tape and wrap it around that piece of paper to secure it onto the cord tightly.  Label each one of your cords, it will help you locate each cord quickly. It will look like this:

Easy Way to Pack Electronic Charging Cords

Don’t use a name that will have you wondering what the heck the cord is for. I didn’t name my blue tooth headset “Plantronics” which is the name of the brand, because I would never remember that was my headset. OK maybe I would, but you get what I mean.

Lather, rinse, repeat. In other words do this for every single one of your cords. Now you don’t have a jumbled mess of cords that you can never locate which is which.

Easy Way to Pack Electronic Charging Cords

Once you have done all of the cords you intend to take put them in a ziploc bag, so that they aren’t hard to find (i.e. at the bottom of your bag). I use the Clearly Organized Bags (previous review) to put them in, but honestly any old bag will do. I do recommend that it be clear so that it will be easy to locate which cord you need.

Easy Way To Pack Charging Cords

Now that I’ve done this I don’t take the rubberbands off at home. It makes charging even at home much easier to handle because I don’t have a wall with an octopus of cords coming out of it.

For those of you attending BlogHer in 2 weeks I cannot express to you how much this will help you keep all of your cords in check.

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Candice is a mom of 3 in Los Angeles, CA, and the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Fashionably Organized. Her obsession with researching products to get the right price, has made her the go-to shopping guru for her friends. Here she writes about fashion, beauty and shares her love for home decor and DIY. In 2012 she began CB Media Solutions her company that offers brands and clients professional virtual assistance and social media consulting.




  1. Amy (A Million Boxes) says:

    LOVE this. My cords are always driving me crazy. Only thing I would add, put your name on the cord too. So easy to get cords mixed up with roomates at a conference!

    • Nice call! I figure that since I have colored rubberbands and my super duper label maker tag it will be easier to find, but definitely something to add to the list.

  2. Ahhh, these are great! Every time I pack for travel, my cords get stuck everywhere and/or tangled. It annoys me so much!


  3. Next, I want to know how you remember all the cords/chargers you need. I always forget one.

    • Every time I add something to my bag while I’m packing I put the cord in my Clearly Organized bag. The other thing is that you could always write a checklist to make sure you have all of the cords. The best part about conferences is that someone will have the right cord you can borrow, if you forget yours.

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