Air travelers tackling the dilemma of how to keep frequently needed items handy have an ally in the

Nirvana Organizer Bag

from Zen Class Travel.

Just stash your reading glasses, iPod, newspaper, or whatever in the nylon shoulder bag's 11 pockets and pouches, fold over and zip shut. Onboard, unzip the bag, open it like a book, and slide the upside-down pocket on the back of the bag over your upright tray. Voilà, a vertical organizer.

This is a much better idea than stuffing items into the magazine pouch or constantly digging into a carry-on bag at your feet. The bag measures about 12 inches high by 19 inches wide when open; about half the width when closed.

Nirvana Organizer Bag is $39.99 at www.zenclasstravel.com; 1-800-818-0381.

- Judi Dash