8 Packing Hacks To Make Your Getaways SO Much Easier

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You’ve just landed in Barcelona for your much-anticipated 10-day vacay with your special someone. You arrive at your Airbnb and unzip your neatly packed suitcase only to discover that your $40 bottle of conditioner exploded all over the vintage silk dress you borrowed from your friend. Insert panic attack.

Or how about this:

You and your friends are getting dressed for a night out in the Hamptons. You’re wearing your new palm-print jumpsuit and a pair of strappy sandals. All you need is a statement necklace and boom! You guys are out the door and off to drink rosé. Except that when you go to grab the necklace, you find that it’s in an intimate tangle with the rest of your jewelry. You and your friends take turns trying to get the knot out, a fight starts, and you end up breaking the necklace. Night ruined.

If you’re picking up what we’re putting down, packing disasters can wreak havoc on a vacation. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We have several hacks to prevent such travel catastrophes. As for whether or not you spill wine on your dress? Well, that’s on you.


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Use an extra sunglasses case and/or the box they came in to neatly store cuffs and bracelets.
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If you want to pack an extra purse or clutch, utilize their storage space by stashing your loose cords, chargers, and headphones inside.
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Avoid the catastrophic necklace tangle by wrapping each separately in Saran wrap. Then lay them flat inside a manila folder and place it into your suitcase.
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The problem with cosmetic cases is that they so often get mucked up from the leftover makeup on your brushes. To prevent this, stick your brushes in a plastic toothbrush container so that they’re still easy to locate but won’t ruin the lining.

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Never subject your clothing to a lotion explosion again! Unscrew the cap of your bottles, place a layer of plastic wrap over the opening, and seal it by putting the cap back on.

(Expert tip: Make sure to hold on to this wrap during your vacation so there’s no leaking on your way back!)

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Shoe bags may seem like a frivolous thing to hold on to, but they’re ideal for traveling. Along with preventing your shoes from spreading dirt, they can be used to hold your delicates inside so that they’re all together — no flying undies over here, please! — as well as easy to locate. Then, when you go home, you’ll also have a place to store your dirty laundry.
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People don’t travel with hat boxes anymore. They just don’t. But that doesn’t mean we’ve given up on the idea of traveling with hats. If you don’t feel like adding a Panama hat to your airport style, stuff some small T-shirts and/or scarves into the crown of the hat to keep it from getting smooshed.
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It’s the oldest trick in the book, but we can’t stress it enough: Lay your silk items inside plastic laundry bags (or a garbage bag!) to keep them from getting wrinkled. It may not look pretty inside the suitcase, but who’s looking?

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