10 Packing Hacks That Will Transform The Way You Travel
Between the bleary-eyed sprints to the gate and the horror of being squeezed between two snoring strangers when you finally make it onto the plane, there’s enough stress in traveling without having to worry about packing. So why don’t you start your vacation off on the right foot with a few of these packing hacks in your back pocket.
1. Roll your clothes instead of folding them—you’ll be surprised at how much space you’ll save.
2. Alternatively, you can vacuum your clothes in an extremely compact, airtight plastic wrapper. But don’t let all the extra space go to your head—it may save room in your suitcase, but it certainly won’t save weight.
3. Speaking of weight, we all get that dreaded pit in our stomach when the scales at the airport tell us we’re overweight. Anticipate the problem by investing in portable scales that let you weigh your luggage before you’ve even left the house.
4. Hate it when you let go of your suitcase for a split-second and by the time you’ve turned around it’s on the floor? Us, too. Pack your heaviest items at the bottom of your suitcase so that it’s easier to roll and doesn’t topple over.
5. There’s nothing more awkward than having to disturb your aisle seat neighbor so you can fish out your headphones. Make a grab bag filled with everything you’ll need for the flight, so you don’t have to keep removing your carry-on from the overhead storage.
6. Transporting your precious headgear without it getting misshapen is a struggle. Stuff clothes in the bowls of your hats to keep them in shape and to save space. You can also do this with socks inside shoes, underwear inside bras and belts inside shirt collars.
7. We don’t want to label ourselves as germaphobes, but even a basic sense of hygiene dictates that it’s probably not the best idea to just throw our shoes into our suitcase. Put shower caps over your shoes to keep them quarantined from your clean clothes.
8. Your baby pink razor may look cute and harmless, but your nick-covered legs could testify otherwise. Place a binder clip over a razor blade head to avoid slicing your fingertips too, when you’re rummage around in your toiletry bag.
9. You never want to open your suitcase after a long flight only to find everything covered in shampoo sludge. So wrap plastic over the openings of your bottles and firmly close the lids on top of it, for a spill-free trip.
10. And last but not least, our favorite tip of all. If you’re tired of your bath towel taking up so much precious space in your suitcase, invest in microfiber travel towels that are sheet-thin, super lightweight and can hold up to four times their weight in moisture.