I use this both for travel and at home. It helps keep those little items like change, pocket knife, jewelry, lip balms, hand cream, and phone charge together and not scattered all over the place. I also use one in the cupboard to keep supplements and medications together. When I want to travel, I can just cinch it up, throw it in my bag, and go. It can squish up to fit in a pack, but stays stable when opened and put on a table or nightstand. When I was a kid, my dad kept a tray on his dresser to put things in when he got ready for bed - his pocket knife, change, wallet, watch, harmonica, wedding ring, etc. This is the modern-day "dad tray." I've had mine for several years and it still looks new - they hold up really well.