Whether you’re going for a long weekend or a two-week trip, packing efficiently is one of the most important things for any traveler. This is especially true, given the multiple airlines that charge more and more for each piece of luggage.
Fortunately, there are a variety of things you can do to save on space and de-stress. Start here:
Start with a list. Before you put anything in a suitcase, put together a checklist of what you’ll really need. This will prevent you from over packing while ensuring you don’t forget anything important.
Know the bag policy. Airlines often change how much they charge for bags without notifying customers. Review your airline’s policy closely before you get to the airport to eliminate surprises.
Don’t slow your roll, but roll your clothes. Seriously, rolling clothes will help save incredible amounts of space, and that comes in very handy on longer trips.
Pack one extra outfit. Be prepared for surprises. If you get a stain on a piece of clothing without having the ability to clean it right away, having an extra outfit can help you avoid stress.
Keep your liquids separate. Not only do you keep compliant with TSA guidelines, keeping your liquids in a separate compartment of your suitcase will prevent any accidental spills that would leave you with the unhappiest of surprises.
Wear bulky layers on the plane. This comes in handy when you’re traveling during the winter. Wear those gigantic boots on the plane, don’t try and stuff them into the suitcase. If you know you’ll need a big winter coat, bring wear it too. That saves space (and allows you plenty of pockets for terminal snacks).
Dryer sheets. To keep your clothes from smelling weird — who knows what’s in those baggage compartments of a plane — have a few dryer sheets spread throughout your luggage.