More is never better when it comes to packing. Try these savvy ways to steal more space in your carryall for that extra pair of stilettos.
It’s the weekend, you gotta be ready for anything, right? That’s true if you’re flying private or traveling by limo. But if you’re like most of us, you’re stuffing and schlepping bags, which means paring down and packing smart. These 9 tips will get you there.
1. Plan it. Think about your trip itinerary and make a list of what to pack. Have a fashion show to determine which clothes are interchangeable and make sure you’ll wear everything you bring. Top priority? Double-duty styles. Dresses that go from day to night by switching jewelry or a pair of jeans that match every top.
2. Roll it. By now, we know folding is old school. Rolling and stacking vertically makes more room and prevents wrinkles. Take a tip from the pros and roll them in dry cleaning plastic so the fabric slides rather than wrinkles in your bag.
3. Stuff it. Anything hollow — shoes, booties, sun hats and evening bags — can easily fit undies, socks, tanks and more. You’ll save space and keep the shape of your wardrobe faves.
4. Bag it. Organize items in pouches, zip baggies and folding packs. Separate them into outfits or by garments (shirts, skirts, LBDs) to save time, too. If you’re feeling like a pro, use a vacuum to suck the air out of the bag and compress them.
5. Re-pack it. We’re not math goddesses, but we’re into doubling space. After packing everything on your wish list, remove what you don’t need to bring — that’s about half of what you’ve stuffed inside. By sorting with a mindset of want versus need, you’ll realize it’s not necessary to schlep a ball gown to your beach getaway.
6. Wear it. Want a sweater, jacket, bangles or a necklace? Layer and stack them with your travel outfit. The more you wear, the less you pack, even if you’re slightly over-accessorized while you get out of town.
7. Maneuver it. You know all those yummy summer dresses and tops in fabrics that are naturally crush- and crinkle-proof? Pack those last and work them in and around open spots in your bag.
8. Claim it. This might be considered cheating, but if you’re vaycaying with a partner, take advantage of his or her bag and pop a few of your must-haves in their space. Sharing is caring!
9. Snowball it. We like to call this extreme packing, but if you’re really going the minimalist route, this tip’s for you. Take only the basics — we’re talking underwear, bras and one outfit — in a relatively empty suitcase, and then buy what you need as you travel. This technique is the perfect excuse to shop, but you def need to be prepared to spend money and come home with a full bag.