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21 Clever Packing Tricks That Will Make Your Trip So Much Easier

♪ All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...♫

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1. Put cling wrap under the lid of your toiletries to keep them from leaking all over your suitcase.

Read the full tutorial here.

2. Or if you want to carry smaller bottles of toiletries, use empty prescription bottles.

Learn more here.

3. Keep your razor (and your fingers) safe with an oversized binder clip.

4. Prevent your jewelry from tangling with cling film.

Cling film is basically Press 'N' Seal, but of course you don't have to go for a specific ~brand~. Learn more here.

5. And string more delicate necklaces through a straw.

6. Use a shower cap to keep your shoes off of the rest of your clothes.

If your shoes have lots of dirt on them, pack 'em in a plastic bag. But if they don't have any dirt that will dislodge during transit, a plastic shower cap will do. Learn more here.

7. Fold a shirt and put it in the inside of a hat to keep your hat from getting squished.

8. Put your earrings through the holes in a button to keep each pair together.

9. Or use a pill box to keep your earrings from getting scratched during transit.

10. Roll delicate dresses between two sheets of white tissue paper.

You don't need to do this for ALL of your clothes, of course, but this gives your one or two nice dresses an extra layer of protection. Learn more here.

11. And roll the rest of your clothes so they take up less space.

See the full tutorial here.

12. Try a set of "packing cubes" to help you compartmentalize your suitcase.

They make it easy to find something without having to unpack the whole bag — read a review of them here. You can get them for $26.99 here.

13. Or simply use laundry bags made for washing your delicates to hold all of your small rolled tees.

Learn how to pack the rest of your suitcase like this here.

14. Keep your charger, cord, and earphones in an old sunglasses case.

15. Squirt small amounts of makeup, lotions, or soap into contact cases.

Great for the TSA bag in your carryon just in case your luggage is delayed, or for shorter trips. Learn more here.

16. Use an empty tube of chapstick to make a secret money stash.

Just don't lose it. Get the how-to here.

17. Pack heavy shoes and toiletries close to the wheels, and lighter clothes close to the top of your bag.

That way, when you stand your bag up, the shoes don't weigh down and wrinkle the clothes. Learn more here.

18. Put your hair ties on a carabiner to keep them all in one place and easy to grab.

Also a good tip for every day life. Learn more here.

19. And keep bobby pins together in an empty Tic Tac container.

Pretty polka dots are cute, but optional. Here's the tutorial.

20. Layer dryer sheets between your clothes to keep them smelling fresh, and slip in an empty pillow case for dirty laundry.

21. Or make it super easy on yourself and pick up a set of packable shelves.

These are $30.78 and work in most suitcases.

Happy packing!


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