Over the river and through the woods would be a heck of a lot easier if you were carrying only one suitcase. That’s why we rounded up seven tips to help you pack more efficiently and arrive in (wrinkle-free) style.
The 7 Secrets of Super-Smart Packers
Shower caps and pill packs, y'all
Use Handbag Dusters To Organize Outfits
Make getting dressed easy by planning outfits ahead of time and rolling them up in pretty handbag dusters--like the one that came with the purse you just bought. Then stuff the pre-packed satchels in your suitcase for ready-to-wear vacation outfits. (Don’t have a handbag duster? Start collecting luxe laundry bags during hotel stays--they’re free!)
Commit To A Color Scheme
Cut down on bulk by limiting yourself to a uniform palette, which means every outfit can be mixed and matched. A good rule of thumb: In addition to neutrals, allow yourself only two complimentary colors.
Reduce Wrinkles With Grocery Bags
Instead of stuffing your silk dress in your suitcase, use plastic grocery (or dry cleaner) bags to help prevent creases in transit. When you’re packing, just lay the bag on the bed, then put the dress on top of it and fold it like you normally would, picking up the plastic with every fold. Hang your wrinkle-free dress when you arrive and you’re good to go.
Use Plastic Wrap Over Bottle Caps
Avoid the dreaded exploding shampoo container by covering the top of the bottle with Saran Wrap and securing it with a rubber band. This way, even if the cap pops open, your clothes will be safe from spillage.
Use Shower Caps As Shoe Covers
Do you really want the sneakers you wore all over New York City touching the dress you’re wearing to dinner? We didn’t think so. Place them in a shower cap to keep dirt and grime off your nice clothes.
Sort Your Jewelry In A Pillbox
Tangled necklaces are the worst. A pillbox--which costs all of $3--will keep your precious baubles (earrings, rings, necklaces) organized and easy to throw on fast.
Replace Material Items With Apps
The most efficient way to lighten your load? Go digital. Replace your moleskin notebook with Day One (an app that makes it easy to take notes and record your travels), your magazines with Texture (a digital subscription service that gives you unlimited access to periodicals) and your guidebooks with smart travel apps (for example, Detour uses GPS to pinpoint your location, then offers recommendations based on what’s nearby). Whoa, you just lost ten pounds.