Avoid these pitfalls for a smoother trip. 

By Melissa Locker
December 07, 2016

This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.

While you won’t be seeing anything about it at the Met or the Louvre anytime soon, packing a suitcase is a true art form. Mastering any skill requires practice and a lot of trial and error—not to mention plenty of mistakes. Unfortunately, when you’re learning the correct way to pack a suitcase—and what to pack in it—it can mean spending your Aspen ski vacation wearing shorts. Luckily, unlike photo-realistic painting or textile sculpting, everyone can learn to pack a bag properly.

Ahead: nine of the most common packing mistakes that everyone makes, and how to fix them.

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