Every road warrior’s woe: having to cram everything you need into one teeny suitcase. And then mysteriously not being able to re-cram it back in again at the end of your trip. The next time you wage war with your suitcase zipper, consider this: Like you, we love a good shortcut, especially when it comes to making travel easier and more fun. So we snooped around to bring you packing tips that will help you save space, travel smarter and stay sane.
1. Put shoes in a shower cap.
No shoe bag? No problem. This quick and easy travel hack prevents your shoes’ dirt from flying around. PS: Always put shoes on the bottom of your bag when it’s standing upright – it’s better for weight distribution.
2. Stick a few dryer sheets in your suitcase.
This won’t save you any space, but will leave your air-stifled clothes smelling clean and fresh. Another bonus: They’ll eliminate static.
3. Use contact lens cases creatively.
Don’t wear contact lenses? You can still use this tip. The drugstore find (usually just $3) can save you so much space when you fill them with your beauty must-haves. Think shampoo, conditioner and even foundation. Squeeze in just enough to last you for your quick trip and leave the bulky bottles at home.
4. Line your suitcase circumference with belts.
Rolling belts into spirals takes up space and could actually press down on and wrinkle the clothes that surround them. Instead, line your suitcase with the belts.
5. Pack jewelry in eyeglass cases.
They’re sturdy and compact — the perfect combo for keeping necklaces or cuff links in check.
6. Snap pics for outfit inspiration.
If you’re going to be gone for a week or more and don’t have a lot of suitcase room, set aside a few key pieces (pants, shirts, sweaters, skirts) and experiment with mixing and matching. Once you settle on a week’s worth of looks, snap pictures of them so you have outfit inspiration at the ready every day.
7. Pack your wine in pool floaties.
Crazy but true. While it won’t save you space, it will help prevent breakage.
8. Buy a vacuum-packed suitcase
Okay, so this little wonder isn’t available for sale yet. But let’s fast forward to the future, when hopefully the Yanko Designs invention is a real thing. It comes with a pump that helps compress clothes and aims to reduce the volume of your luggage by 70 percent. Hey, a traveler can dream, right?
What are YOUR packing tips? Share them with us in the Comments!