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Whether you’re headed for a weekend beach getaway or a monthlong tour through Europe, packing is never easy. You definitely don’t want to lug too much stuff around with you—but you don’t want to bring too little, either. Luckily, we found a few tricks that maximize suitcase space and minimize stress. Here, 12 of the most genius packing hacks we’ve encountered in our travels.
Rolling your clothes in a pillowcase not only compresses your garments but also keeps them wrinkle-free. Win-win.
Bringing presents with you? TSA reserves the right to tear open your beautifully wrapped gifts. Play it safe with festive bags and some tissue paper.
TSA PreCheck is so, so worth it. You’ll be speeding through security—shoes on and laptop in bag—in more than 150 U.S. airports. Seriously, no one has ever regretted it.
It ensures a balanced distribution of weight. Your arm will thank you.
If your hotel (or, uh, parents’ house) has one, there’s no need to bring the extra bulk.
Protect your clothes from the dirt of your shoes by tucking them inside a shower cap, then placing the whole thing inside your bag.
Tangled headphones means spending time detangling the wires instead of catching up on Westworld. Try this wrapping trick instead.
Like cold cream. It’s moisturizing and it removes makeup like whoa.
Airlines jack up their prices based on your Web history. So beat them at their game.
We’re not ones to get all fancy at the airport, but a dress with pockets is stylish and practical when you need to take out your ID a million times. Safe travels!
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