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Travel Hack: How to Maximize Your Holiday Luggage

One of the hardest parts of going on a vacation is packing your luggage. You have to stuff everything you need in a suitcase, and hope that your clothes won’t come out wrinkled. You also need to leave space for souvenirs you might want to take home from your trip. Even people who travel regularly dread having to pack their suitcases before going on a trip. Luckily, there are ways to make our luggage more travel-friendly, and make life a little easier for all of us.

Here are just some tips:

• Shoes as storage spaces

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Shoes take up a lot of space in one’s luggage, but you can use them to pack your socks and products in small plastic bottles or containers like shampoo, hair gel, and the like. Just don’t forget to tape the lids of these containers so they don’t accidentally open and spill their contents inside your shoes.

• Use travel friendly toiletries

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If you’re not going to be gone for too long, there’s no use for full tubes of toothpaste or entire bottles of shampoo. There are travel kits available that have miniature bottles for you to put your personal care products in. If you can’t leave home without your blow drier, make sure you buy a compact version for traveling.

• Pack irregularly shaped items first

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You’ve placed all your clothes in your suitcase, now where do you put your shoes? Your blow drier? Your snorkel and goggles? It’s best to put them in first and then use the remaining space for your clothes. The spaces left in between them are perfect for small items like underwear, bathing suits, and socks.

• Roll instead of folding

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When it comes to packing clothes, the best way to maximize space and keep them from getting wrinkled is to sort them (shirts on one pile, tank tops on another, etc…) stack them on top of each other, roll them in one bundle, and then put them into your suitcase.

• Bulky clothes go on your body

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If you need to bring jeans, a jacket or anything that would take up a lot of space in your suitcase, you can just wear them to and from your destination. This saves you luggage space without having to leave your favorite pair of jeans or your warmest jacket at home.

• Consider your carry-on

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If you have a carry-on bag, think of what you can place in there to make room in your luggage. Just make sure that the items you put in your carry-on bag would not attract the attention of airport security.

• Lastly, don’t wait until the last minute

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Rush packing can result to over-packed luggage and important things being left at home. If you have time to consider what to bring and what not to take along, you will be able to pack your bags properly.

Traveling light doesn’t mean you have to leave home without all the things you need. You just need to learn these simple tricks so that you won’t feel harassed before your holiday trip.