With Airlines charging for everything these days, packing efficiently for your next trip can help save significant money in baggage fees. Here are a few of our favorite travel hacks to packing like a professional.
THE ROLLING TECHNIQUE
Save packing by ditching the old method of folding your clothes square and flat. Instead take each article of clothing and roll them into a perfect little cylinder to neatly stack in your suitcase for extra space!
KEEP IT FRESH
If you don’t have enough space for different areas to store dirty laundry and fresh clothing, keep a zip lock bag of dryer sheets. When you need to keep things smelling clean, place one dryer sheet between your articles of clothing.
When packing a roller-board suitcase, pack the heavier items toward the bottom of the suitcase near the wheels. This will help distribute the center of gravity to the bottom half of your suitcase making it easier to balance and roll smoothly when rushing to that connecting flight.
FILL THE VOIDS
Keep an eye out for empty spaces that can be filled with other items. If you are packing multiple pairs of shoes, keep socks or charging cables inside them to maximize your packing space.
CLEAR FOR BOARDING
One of the biggest headaches if you are traveling with carry-on luggage is packing something that isn’t TSA approved. Know and understand the rules so you don’t get caught holding up the line. For liquids and toilettes, purchase pre-sized bottles to store the allowed amounts for each. Remember not to fill them too the brim to allow for expanding at 30,000 ft!
Every trip is bound to produce some souvenirs, extra clothing, or something that isn’t going to fit in your original luggage. Before you leave, make room for a small empty duffle bag in your luggage so at the end of the trip you can use this bag for any excess items to bring carry-on.