10 Genius Packing Hacks from Travel Experts

No matter the length of the trip, you'll need to pack a bag, and you'll want to pack it right. The editors at Travel + Leisure are here to share their best secrets for keeping your cosmetics spill-proof, souvenirs safe, and clothes wrinkle-free.

1

Roll, Don’t Fold

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“I am a roll-don't-fold devotee. I also never check a bag, unless I’m taking my snowboard with me. Even then, only the snowboard gets checked, not the suitcase.” —Laura Teusink, Managing Editor

2

Bring on the Rain

"My favorite tip is to waterproof my bag using what I’m already bringing with me. I line my suitcase with water-resistant things: wellies on the bottom, for example, zip-locked toiletries and makeup bag on the sides, and a rain jacket on top. Voila: instant weather-tight luggage." —Melanie Lieberman, Assistant Digital Editor

3

Check the Closet

“In the closet of most high-end hotel rooms, you’ll find draw-string fabric bags for laundry and shoes. They’re semi-disposable, but fantastic for packing. Trust me, using them to separate shoes and dirty laundry will totally transform your return-journey packing experience.” —Flora Stubbs, Articles Editor



4

Freshen Up

“Put Bounce dryer sheets between items of clothing in your suitcase to keep everything fresh.” —Jesse Ashlock, Features Director

5

Smooth Over

“No matter what I do, I always seem to arrive at my destination with at least one item of clothing wrinkled—most recently a silk shirt I needed to wear to a conference in Las Vegas. Rather than travel with a mini-steamer (since hanging things in a steamy bathroom never seems to work for me), I now pack the three-ounce spray bottle of Downy's new Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Just make sure to use it 30 minutes or so before you need to get dressed so your clothes have time to dry and de-wrinkle (and it may require a few rounds of sprays, depending on the condition of the garment).” —Brooke Porter Katz, Travel and Food Editor

6

Bottom Heavy

“I always pack the heaviest items closest to the wheels of a rolly suitcase, so that the weight is distributed to the bottom and makes it easier to roll.” —Katie James, Assistant Editor



7

Double Stuffed

“I stuff socks, underwear, and charging cords in my husband's size 13 shoes! I also always pack a plastic grocery bag—or steal the shower cap from the hotel if I forget—to stash a wet bathing suit in for the return home. That way, we get to enjoy every last second on the beach.” —Jacqueline Gifford, Senior Editor, Travel & Beauty

8

A Shoe-In

“I always travel with a shoehorn. It’s very helpful, particularly for getting shoes back on when you’ve taken them off on a plane. (Since the cabin pressure generally makes your feet bloat a bit.) I also have a small zippered pouch that I always put in my carry-on bag—in it I stash all the things that I want to keep with me on a flight (headphones, earplugs, EmergenC, phone, wallet, etc.) so that when I board I can just pull that pouch out, toss it into my seat, and then place my carry-on in the overhead bin, quickly and efficiently.” —Nathan Lump, Editor

9

Happy as a Clam

“I’m a big fan of the clamshell suitcase—I use the ultra-light Rimowa Salsa Air—especially when I’m going on a trip that involves more than one destination. If I’m visiting both a beach and a city, I’ll keep what I need for each on different sides of the suitcase, so I only need to unpack (and repack) one side at a time. Plus, when I’m carrying the suitcase on the plane, sometimes I’ll slide my laptop between the two halves if I don’t need it during the flight—between the hard shell and layers of clothing, it’s pretty much protected from any type of destruction.” —Stephanie Wu, Senior Editor



10

Air Your Dirty Laundry

“Bring a mesh or collapsible laundry bag with you. When you're traveling to your destination, you can lay it over all your clothes to keep things in place. During your trip it helps keep your clothes off hotel floor and on the way home, it helps separate dirty clothes from clean—easy to grab and do your wash after a trip too!” —Lindsey Campbell, Associate Editor, Audience Engagement

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