Is it almost time to go on vacation, but the thought of packing all your stuff into one suitcase seems daunting? Don’t let the thought of packing stress you out. Here are some tips for packing like a pro that every traveler should learn.

Whether you’re sticking to a carry-on or using larger check-in bags, remember “Bring half of what you plan to pack and twice as much money as you think you’ll need.”

Maximise Space

Try to avoid over-packing

1. Make a packing list to make sure you don’t forget stuff or overpack

2. Roll, don’t fold, your clothes to save space and avoid wrinkles

3. Using a small bag will stop you overpacking

4. Stuff socks and small items inside your shoes and hats to optimize space

5. Use packing cubes to fit more clothes and organize them better

Making a list helps you organize

6. Pack versatile items of clothing that can be used in multiple outfits (but try to fit in one nice outfit, just in case)

7. For longer trips take laundry detergent so you can wash your clothes in the hotel sink or bathtub

8. For babies and toddlers, separate clothes for each day in large ziploc bags

9. Always leave space to pack any souvenirs you may bring back

10. Most airlines allow one personal item (like a purse or a laptop bag) make the most of this

Make the most of your handbag or purse

Protect Your Stuff

11. Keep a couple of dryer sheets or a bag of potpourri among your clothes so that they always smell fresh 

12. To prevent makeup from cracking, put a cotton pad between the powder and the lid

13. Carry small jewelry like rings or earrings in contact lens cases or pill organizers, and thread delicate necklaces through straws to keep them from getting tangled

14. Put your shoes in an old shower cap so they don’t get your clothes dirty

15. Pack jewelry in clingfilm to prevent it from moving around and tangling

A rolled up belt will keep shirt collars stiff

16. A layer of clingfilm over the opening of liquid bottles helps prevent leaking

17. Stick a rolled up belt inside the collar of your shirts so that they stay stiff and don’t lose their shape

18. Take along a mini sewing kit

19. Use a binder clip to cover sharp razor blades

20. Pack your liquids in a separate ziploc bag so they won’t leak on your clothes(if they’re in your carry-on, each bottle must be less than 100ml, and placed in a 20cm x 20cm bag)

Don’t fold your clothes, roll them

21. Using soap and shampoo bars instead of liquids will save space in your liquids bag

22. Use an old glasses case or another ziploc bag to separate cables, chargers, and headphones

Avoiding Excess Fees

23. Check the baggage policy of your airline, including the weight limits and excess fees

24. Wear your bulkiest items on the plane as extra layers

25. Use ebook readers so you don’t have to carry multiple books; also try to avoid taking too many electronic devices

Don’t pack essential items in check-in baggage

26. Bring an empty water bottle to the airport and fill it after you pass security 

27. Weigh your bags before you leave to avoid unexpected charges

28. Use the right suitcase – one that is lightweight and meets the size regulations

29. When searching or booking flights online, use incognito tabs, so that sites won’t increase prices based on search history

General Safety

30. Always check what is and isn’t allowed in cabin baggage

Weigh your suitcase before you leave

31. Make sure your suitcase locks comply with regulations, or they will be forcibly opened

32. Avoid checking-in essentials and valuable items such as jewelry and electronics in case your suitcase is lost

33. Scan your passport, ID, and tickets and email them to yourself in the event of loss or theft

34. Use bright, colorful identifiers, such as ribbons, stickers, and tags to easily identify your suitcase

35. Label your suitcase with your name, destination, and ticket details

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