It might sound kind of nerdy, but packing for a trip can actually be super fun. You get to plan out all of the cute outfits you’re going to wear and think about all the fun adventures you’re going to go on, which ultimately gets you SUPER excited for the trip you’re about to take!
Whether you’re going to Amsterdam, Seattle or somewhere completely different, packing your suitcase the right way is crucial to having a stress-free vacation. Airplane rules are super strict and it’s easy to get slapped with extra fees out of seemingly nowhere. Not to mention, TSA agents aren’t known for being particularly delicate with your belongings. If you want to save money and space, all while protecting your precious cargo, read on for 10 packing hacks that will make traveling so much easier!
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Bundle Your Clothes
You’ve probably heard the tip to roll your clothes instead of folding them when you go away, but an even better way to pack your items is to bundle them! Group them by outfit, then wrap all of the pieces you plan on wearing in the biggest item of clothing, such as a jacket or shirt. This will not only keep you organized when you get to your destination, but also save you lots of space in your suitace as you travel there.
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Store Lotions and Creams in a Contact Case
Those airport liquid rules can be pesky, so avoid them altogether by putting small amounts of whatever lotions or creams you need into a contact case. That way you’ll save space and you won’t have to worry about getting your items confiscated by airport security.
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Guard Your Razor with a Binder Clip
Throwing a razor in your bag without proper protection is a recipe for disaster. To avoid any potential cuts, clip a binder clip onto the head of the razor for extra safety.
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Put Small or Breakable Items in Your Shoes
Shoes are probably the most annoying items to pack. They’re big, bulky and weigh a lot, but you can use them to your advantage. Stick your small and/or breakable items into your shoes to keep them safe and maximize the space!
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Save Space with Compression Bags
Compression bags are truly one of the best inventions — and a packing godsend! — of modern time. These babies will save you a
ton of space and free up room for more stuff. But be careful to make sure your bag isn’t overweight, though. While this hack saves space, it doesn’t make you clothes weigh less.
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Protect Powder Compacts with a Cotton Pad
You no longer have to suffer the tragedy of a broken compact when you travel. Simply stick a cotton pad or ball into whatever makeup item you’re traveling with, and it will protect it from shattering, even with your bag being thrown around by TSA.
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Keep Necklaces Untangled with a Straw
We don’t know how necklaces always manage to get tangled up while traveling, but it’s annoying AF! There’s an easy way to prevent it, though. Just loop your necklace through a straw and close the clasp to keep it tangle-free even when it gets squished in the pocket of your suitcase.
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Store Dirty Clothes in a Plastic Bag
Everybody has at least one plastic bag lying around their house, so put it to good use by packing it in your suitcase. Plastic bags are great for storing dirty/wet shoes and clothes so that the rest of your items stay nice and clean. Plus, it’ll save you a lot of hassle when you get home, as you can simply grab the bag and throw everything inside in the laundry!
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Prevent Leaking Bottles with Plastic Wrap
We’ve all been there — you open up your bag only to find that one of your liquids has leaked
everywhere, even though you swore that you closed the lid tight! By putting a piece of plastic wrap between the bottle and the cap, you can add an extra layer of protection to ensure that this annoyance never happens again.
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Pack Your Own Snacks
Anyone who’s been to an airport before knows that the food there is
crazy expensive. Don’t waste your money paying for overpriced eats when you can bring your own! Make a trail mix out of your favorite nuts, dried fruits and candy, or go savory by combining your favorite chips, pretzels, crackers and nuts. The best part about making your own snacks is that they’re totally customizable (and delicious!).