Best Bet: Keep Calm, Carry On

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Though we like to think of ourselves as efficient packers, somehow we always devolve into a mess once we hit JFK, holding up lines as we dig frantically for our e-ticket or mournfully watching a security guard paw through our toiletries. This smart duffel divvies up space into six side pockets, so you can separate your iPod from your contraband moisturizer, your wallet from your overpriced airport snacks. The smallest of the six provides an accessible spot for your I.D. and boarding pass, and the main compartment is roomy enough for a weekend wardrobe. Plus, the hands-free cross-body strap makes it easier to maneuver through security or sprint to your gate.

Six-pocket duffel (in tan or black), $95 at Dalaga.