Do a double take:
Consider bringing expandable or convertible luggage, just in case you get lots gifts and souvenirs. This will save you some serious overweight charges at the check-in counter, using the expandable or convertible luggage gives you the flexibility to just unzip the bag and check in two separate bags. Genius.
Turn your bland outfit into super chic by adding accessories, such as belts, jewelry and scarves. These accessories won’t take up too much room in your suitcase plus, they do add a little charm to your outfit. Kelly Vrtis, an organizational travel spokeswoman for The Container Store relies on a lightweight Pashmina shawl as her go-to accessory while traveling. “You can use it over the shoulder, around your elbows or even wear it as a scarf.”
Scale back on shoes:
I know, this one breaks my heart too but it’s crucial! Brown only packs one pair of flats and one pair of heels for every trip. “Both can be used to make pants, shorts or a dress casual or dressy,” she says. When you’re packing, place the shoes toe-to-heel in the bottom of your luggage along the edge, and make the most of the empty spaces inside your footwear by filling them with fragile items wrapped in socks.
Make sure your clothes stay put:
There are specific items you can get that will help keep your clothes from shifting and rubbing one another in your suitcase, this cuts down the chances of your clothes getting wrinkled. There are numerous products that accommodate everything from socks to sports coats, ‘The Container Store’ offers the Eagle Creek Pack-It line, which sports a great collection of organizer tubes, cubes and folders. Flight 001, a store that specializes in innovative travel products, also has an organizational packing system called SpacePak. Most of these systems have mesh panels or see-through sides so you (and security) can easily and quickly see what’s inside. “Packing envelopes and cubes are extremely efficient and have allowed me to actually add more to my luggage,” Brown says.