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Going on vacation is the best! Not so fun? Trying to cram your cutest outfits into your suitcase. Indeed, the anxiety of figuring out what to pack (and how to make it all fit) can put a damper on the pre-getaway excitement. Thanks to the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, we have these savvy packing tips for you. Whether you're someone who starts packing a week ahead of time or waits until the last minute, these hacks will ensure that your favorite dress doesn't get wrinkled and you have plenty of room for souvenirs.
Roll clothes and pack them first
The best way to prevent creases and make the most of your space is to use the roll method. Lay tops facedown, fold in the sleeves and roll from the bottom up. For pants, put the legs together and roll from the waist down. Once you’ve rolled everything, place pants and tops in your suitcase before shoes and accessories; then, fit in other oddly shaped items.
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Choose travel-friendly fabrics
The textile pros at Good Housekeeping recommend opting for knits and stretchy fabrics. Even when these fabrics wrinkle, the crease will fall out when you hang them up. Whereas woven fabrics like linen and cotton twill are more prone to wrinkling.
Pack the first outfit you want to wear on top
If you know that you will be getting straight off the plane and going to dinner or a meeting, plan your outfit and put it in your suitcase last. They way, when you arrive you won’t have to dig through everything else to find it. Plus, this strategy forces you to think about what you will be wearing in advance.
Layer plastic dry-cleaning bags between clothes
The next time that you pick up your dry cleaning save the plastic bags. You can use them to protect delicate items from accidental pulls by layering them between your clothes. They help you clothes to slide (not snag) when your bag gets jostled and they help reduce wrinkling.
Avoid under or over packing
While you might be tempted to leave space for souvenirs, extra room means items can shift and crumple and break. Simply fill empty space with dry cleaner bags. It is important not to over pack either, since that is a surefire way to create crease marks and can make it extra-tricky to repack.
Get an extra tote for souvenirs
This is my very favorite travel packing hack that I recently employed with great success. Since you will most likely shop while on your trip, bring along a foldable bag to use as a carry on. Many of these bags fold into a very small pouch and will not take up much room in your suitcase. But how great is that you can now fill this extra bag with almost anything you buy on your travels?!
Your friends at Simply Amazing Boutique want to wish you safe and happy travels… And look AMAZING while you're out there!