Life Hacks: Packing for Travel

There are countless problems you encounter on a daily basis that can put a little speed bump in your day. Life hacks are those “a-ha!” moments where you find the simplest solution to your daily problems, often using items immediately at your disposal. Each month this column will take you through some creative hacks to use in all different areas of your life to make your day to day as simple as possible. Vacation season is upon us, and this month we’ll explore some hacks that will take your packing game to the next level.

Invest in some good quality re-sealable plastic baggies. Depending on your wardrobe plans, you’ll probably want to invest in the gallon size bags. Most of us have heard that rolling your clothes is the best way to pack efficiently and you’ll definitely be using those rolling skills to pack in your baggies. Sit on the bags to push out as much air as you can and seal. Label each bag with its respective day. Pack each outfit into a baggie but don’t worry about your undies, we’ll get to those later. These bags are great because they also give you a bag to put your dirty clothes into without dirtying up the rest of your suitcase.

Accessorizing your outfits is nearly as important as having the outfit to begin with. To keep with the daily outfit packing theme, grab a daily pill organizer from your medicine cabinet and use it to store your jewelry for each day’s outfits. This keeps your dainty accessories from getting tangled and keeps you from having to search through a mound of jewelry each day while getting ready.

Your shoes take up a lot of space in your suitcase, and not much can be done to change that, but you can utilize as much space as possible. Pack away toiletries or roll up undies and socks and tuck inside tennis shoes. Once you have your shoes all packed, grab a shower cap or two from the dollar store and place the shoes inside to protect your clothes and keep your shoes from tumbling around in your bag.

If you’re on a business trip and need to pack your nice collared shirts, it can be a challenge keeping them in wearable shape until you reach your destination. Trying coiling your belt into the collar of your shirt to keep it crisp and neat.

Packing makeup can be a challenge depending on your trip. Your daily makeup bag may take up too much room for the length of your trip, or you may need more makeup than conservative packing can afford you. Luckily we have a hack for both. If you’re going for compact, use a contact lens case to hold liquid items – you won’t need much of items like face moisturizer, liquid foundation, sunscreen, or other liquids. If you need to carry full-size makeup items that could be broken, like eye shadow, blushes or powder foundation, place a cotton ball or cotton pad inside the case to keep the impact from destroying your product.

Your final packing hack will take care of the rest of your unmentionables. Stack your bras tucking the straps and hooks into the cups as you stack. Roll up your undies and tuck inside the cups of the top bra in the stack and then fold over to keep everything contained and folded.