Packing for vacation never seems to get easier, especially because
you often have to pay to check luggage these days. Even if you've
taken several transatlantic flights, you may still struggle to fit all
of the clothes you need for international travel in one bag.
To perfect your packing method before your next journey, check
out these travel tips and tricks.
New uses for old things
- Don't spend 30 minutes digging around the bottom of your bag
for that pair of earrings you wanted to wear to dinner. Use a daily
medicine container to keep your jewelry sorted, safe and secure.
With at least seven separate squares to hold various accessories,
you'll be able to get gussied up in a flash.
- With limits on
how much liquid you can bring in your carry-on bag, packing all of
the necessary cosmetics might seem impossible. Instead of toting
bottles or tubes of foundation and concealer around on your trip,
squeeze some into an old contacts case. Depending on the length of
your trip, that should be the perfect amount of makeup so you look
fresh the whole time.
- Keep the dirt and germs on your shoes
away from the rest of your belongings with a shower cap. Simply
place your shoes in a disposable cap with the soles facing down so
any grime that comes loose during travel is isolated in the shower
- Avoid cutting your fingers on the razor you threw in
your bag with a binder clip. Fasten the clip around the head of your
razor so the blades are covered when you aren't using them.
- Wrap your chargers up and secure them in an old sunglasses case.
This will keep all of your device necessities in one place and
prevent the cords from becoming tangled in your bag.
- If you
have delicate necklaces that you're worried will end up in knots,
slide pieces of plastic straws on either side of the clasp. Once you
latch the necklace, the chain will have a sturdy buffer from the
rest of your luggage.
- Buy a pack of Tic-Tac ® then eat the
entire thing so you can store bobby pins and hair elastics in it.
Your hair accessories will all be in one place and you've made your
own bobby pin dispenser. Wrap hair elastics around the container so
they're easy to find when you're getting ready in the morning.
- You can bring your hair straightener or curling iron along for
the trip and keep it safe in a modified pot holder. You won't have
to wait for the hot styling tools to cool down before throwing them
back in your suitcase if they're wrapped in the insulated
- Instead of folding your clothes, try rolling them. This will
take up less space in your bag and prevent them from getting too
- Stuff all of your socks in the shoes you pack to
take advantage of the room.
- To keep your bra cups from
getting crushed, stack them together and place folded pairs of
underwear in the cups to fill them out.
- When you plan which
clothes to bring, find pieces that can be mixed and matched to
create an array of outfits. While shirts may become dirty or sweaty
in a day, you can likely wear pants more than once.
- Consider using vacuum-sealed bags to compress your clothes in a
Additional packing hacks
- If you anticipate a lot of souvenir shopping, make sure you
leave room in your bags to tote your purchases back home.
- Pack an extra pair of clothes and the essentials in your
carry-on bag in case the checked luggage gets lost. You don't want
to be stuck without your glasses or medicine if you have to wait a
day to receive your suitcase.
- Even if you think you know
every item you need, make a thorough and detailed packing list to
ensure that nothing is forgotten.
- Have a plan for isolating
your dirty clothes, especially if you're heading out for adventure
travel. A garbage bag for those outfits and a few dryer sheets can
make your luggage smell fresh regardless.
- To prevent
liquids from spilling in your bags, place a piece of plastic wrap
inside the caps and screw them on tightly. This additional seal will
keep shampoo and conditioner from soaking into your clothes.
- Make sure powdered makeup and cosmetics don't crack and spill
when they're banged around en route. Put cotton balls inside all of
the products before you leave so they have a protective