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    17 Genius Packing Tips That Will Save You Space And Your Sanity

    Store your toothbrush in an empty water bottle and pack snacks in a craft box.

    1. Store your toothbrush in a used water bottle if you realize last minute that you don't have a case.

    Unlike a travel toothbrush case, the water bottle keeps your toothbrush upright so it can dry off right! Leave the cap off while you're not traveling so the bottle can air out. Learn more here.

    2. Roll your clothing to pack way more outfit options with way fewer wrinkles.

    Just fold, roll, and tuck to keep all of your shirts compact. You'll be able to sort through them without ruining all of your hard work to look for one shirt. Use packing cubes to separate the items by day or clothing type. Learn more here.

    Get a set of four packing cubes and a laundry bag from Amazon for $22.99 (available in eight colors).

    3. And save the bags your sheets or curtains came in to use as packing cubes.

    These bags will be more water-resistant than store-bought fabric packing cubes and they're basically the same size. Plus, you're reducing plastic waste and creating more space in your bag! Learn more here.

    4. Make a jewelry roll out of a placemat so you aren't unknotting a giant ball of tiny chains when you arrive.

    To make this jewelry roll, install button snaps on short pieces of ribbon and sew them onto the placemat. Sew a string onto one end of the mat so that you can tie the roll. Even if you don't use the ribbon button snaps, tightly rolling the jewelry in the placemat will still prevent those tiny chains from getting tangled. Learn more here.

    5. Cover a razor blade with a binder clip so it doesn't slice your fingers when you're shuffling through your toiletries.

    The blade fits perfectly! Learn more here.

    6. Bring a silica bag along on your trip in case you have to pack a damp swimsuit.

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    Those little baggies that come with your new shoes deodorize and absorb moisture, so definitely hold onto them. Learn more here.

    7. Fold your hot iron in a potholder so you can pack it even if it's still warm.

    You don't want to risk leaving your hair tools behind in some random hotel. The potholder will protect any heat-sensitive items in your luggage so you can pack your flatiron or curling iron the second you're done using it. Sew the potholder into a pocket like the one above, or just wrap the cord around the potholder to hold it in place. Learn more here.

    8. And keep all of your electronic cords in a sunglasses case so you don't have to go digging around your bag for the right one.

    9. Pack everything you need in an emergency in a pill bottle.

    Traveling can be rough, so it's always good to be prepared! A pill bottle can fit everything from a few bandaids and ibuprofen to safety pins and cash. Learn more here.

    10. Take a travel clothesline with you so you can pack less stuff and wash clothes on the road.

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    It won't take much effort, and you'll be able to get away with packing half as much as you'd planned.

    Get a portable clothesline from Amazon for $8.59.

    11. Cover shoes with a shower cap so you aren't leaving dirt in your luggage.

    12. Use contact cases to bring your entire skin care regimen in your carry on.

    13. And pack a near-empty bottle of shampoo instead of spending money on travel bottles.

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    For whatever reason, travel-sized products are pretty overpriced. Obviously this trick only works if you're road-tripping or have checked baggage, but if you want to try it out, stick a square of cling wrap over the opening and screw the cap over it. The plastic will keep the product from leaking into your bags. Learn more here.

    14. Keep a dryer sheet in your bag to keep everything smelling fresh.

    The dryer sheet will absorb any sweat and cover that musty luggage stench with the scent of clean laundry. Learn more here. And see more clever ways to use dryer sheets here.

    15. If you get your period, consider trying out a menstrual cup so you don't have to factor a whole bunch of pads or tampons into your limited space.

    16. Stuff your entire wardrobe into compression bags if you like to travel with a bunch of backup outfits.

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    This'll only really work if you don't have to pack and unpack a bunch, but compression bags will flatten 20 shirts so they only take up the space of five. Learn more here.

    Get a 5-pack of compression bags and a travel-sized pump from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three sizes).

    17. And turn a craft box into a snack pack so you can bring an assortment without wasting a bunch of plastic Ziploc bags.

    Whether you're road tripping or just have a long flight ahead of you, these craft boxes are perfect for anticipating any craving you may have. The sections are great for packing a bunch of small portions, and the airtight lid will stop the snacks from getting stale. Learn more here.

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