4 Great Packing Tips
Packing is not a fun activity. Whether it’s for a well-deserved vacation or a last-minute business trip, packing can cause massive anxiety for almost anyone. For me, it’s not the act of folding clothes that I hate so passionately, it’s the “selection” process that gets me – or should I call it, the “process of elimination.” The idea that somehow, in some way, one of my beloved articles of clothing may need to be left behind is more stressful than I’d typically care to admit.
See, like most women I know who like to travel, I prefer to do so in style, but let’s be real—not even one pair of Manolos goes famously with every outfit. Flats however, are much more versatile – and comfortable! And while having style dictates that you can’t wear the same outfit all day every day, slight variations are perfectly acceptable.
With so many airline-imposed limitations on luggage these days, long gone are the days of checking five bags without paying handsomely. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather forgo a kidney than wait at baggage claim. Not to mention that $60 baggage fee I saved will buy me a few glasses of champagne when I arrive. While they blame inflated gas prices, I’m convinced the airlines are simply tangled in some conspiracy against fashionable travelers.
So how do you beat the system? Here are a few tricks I’ve learned over the past few years that can help you pack way more in less space no matter where you’re going:
1. Separate Shoes
If you can bear it, try to only bring a pair or two of flats. Choose colors that go with all your outfits. If it’s winter, wear your boots and pack your flats. If you absolutely must bring heels, they should always stay at the very bottom of your bag, or in a separate bag altogether. If you place boots or heels on their sides lengthwise at the very bottom of the bag, you’re less likely to soil your clothes – particularly if you use a Shag Bag to keep items isolated.
2. Coordinate Colors
Pick a couple of colors and one metal & jewelry tone, and try to coordinate everything based on that. This way, all your tops will go with all your bottoms, and you can mix and match. It also helps limit the number of shoes, bags and jewelry you’ll need.
3. Roll & Tuck
Once your shoes are in their rightful place, you can move on to the secondary essentials. These include smaller items such as socks and undergarments, which can be shoved into your shoes. Any nightgowns or club dresses, if you’re that kind of girl, can then be rolled up and tucked separately, and neatly stacked on top of the foundation of shoes.
4. Zip-lock Toiletries
Nobody cares how cute your fancy toiletries bag is. What matters more, is making your essential toiletries as flat as possible in that suitcase so you can fit your trio of blazers, that extra pair of ballet flats, and another pair of your favorite jeans. Zip-lock bags not only help keep liquids contained, but also give you more flexibility to lay items flatter than you could if they were in a harder-shelled bag.
By following these four easy steps, you’ll get almost double the space and certainly lessen the stress at the airport’s baggage claim. And remember, sacrificing style is your choice – not the airlines.
What are other ways you’ve had luck with creating more space in your suitcase?