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Expand your suitcase with these simple tips

Expand your suitcase with these simple tips  

Packing for a globe-trotting vacation can be tricky. While the travel mantra is usually "pack less," that can be a challenge when you're preparing for some adventure travel or plan on jet-setting to various foreign lands with varying climates and attractions. Also, you cannot forget about those inevitable fashion emergencies.

If you find yourself sitting on your suitcase to get it to close properly, it might be time to rethink your packing methods. Consider these helpful tips to get the most out of your suitcase.

Increase your compartments

Your suitcase may be full of interior pockets, but those aren't the only places to store small or fragile items. Instead, try turning your shoes, which tend to take up a lot of space in a suitcase, into hidden compartments. Place delicate and easy-to-lose items, like pieces of jewelry, hair scrunchies and barrettes, or travel-sized bottles of lotion in plastic baggies before stowing them away in the toe areas of your shoes. Essential yet tiny garments, such as underwear, socks, thin scarves and ties, can also be tucked away in your shoes.  

Bundle up

Another quick yet efficient way to save space in your suitcase is by giving that tote bag, purse or backpack you were planning on bringing another role. Fill the bag with socks, undergarments, T-shirts and tank tops, then wrap a larger piece of clothing, such as a sweatshirt, jacket or dress, around the pouch, creating a soft bundle. Not only does this method provide your suitcase with more room, but it also protects your garments from wrinkles and creases. Once you have your initial bundle, you can always layer more on top of it. Items that do not wrinkle easily, such as shorts or knits, should be at the core of the bundle, while garments like dresses and jackets should complete its outer layers.
 

Get it rolling

Those who have worked in retail know that the secret to maximizing any garment holder is by rolling the clothes. Start by folding your garments, then gently roll them until the ends meet. The best clothes to roll are ones that are less prone to wrinkling, primarily those made out of synthetic fibers like nylon.  

Softer the better

You might swear by your hard suitcase, but it may be in your best interest to invest in a soft-side suitcase, which can expand more than its firmer counterpart. While hard-sided suitcases are beneficial for carrying fragile items that need extra protection, the soft-sided bag is perfect for those who are only taking along clothes and shoes.