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Luggage Packing Tips

Tip #1: Pack your clothing tightly without over-stuffing your suitcase. Tight packing means no loss of space and fewer wrinkles. There are three basic ways to pack efficiently: (1) The Rolling Method: Roll clothing, especially garments like turtlenecks, pajamas sweaters, slacks, etc. By wrapping a rubber band around each item, they stay rolled up; (2) The Interweave Method: This works best with longer items such as dresses, pants, etc. Start with the longest items first, placing them in the bottom of the suitcase, with the ends hanging over the case. Then place smaller items on top of the longer ones. Finally, when the suitcase is filled, fold the hangover on top. This will prevent sharp creases on your long garments; (3) The Bundling Method: Like the interweave method; bundling is accomplished by folding longer items around smaller items. However, bundling is done by outfit. In other words, if you plan to wear a particular shirt with a particular pair of pants, you bundle them together. Starting with socks and underwear, you then wrap the shirt and finally the pants. The advantage of this method is that each outfit is together and easily accessible. If you then put the complete bundle in a zip-lock bag and expel all of the air out of it, you have a fairly wrinkle free outfit at your fingertips. With longer garments, however, a garment bag or a suitcase with a suitor is best of all to prevent wrinkles.

Tip #5: Traveling with a friend or your family? Consider ³cross packing². Pack essential items of each person in each other¹s bags. That way, if a suitcase is lost, everyone will still be able to enjoy their trip until the bag is found.

Tip #6: Place jewelry, medicines, contact lenses, and other valuable or irreplaceable items in your carry-on. Also consider packing a change of socks and underwear in your carry-on (see Tip #5).

Tip #7: Unpack as soon as you arrive at your destination. Doing so will keep your clothes as wrinkle free as possible.

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The travel sized space bags. They hold a lot!

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My favorite makeup to bring when traveling is:

Clinique's "almost powder makeup" it covers great, but doesn't look like makeup. It has SPF 15 - for sun protection, and is small and compact which makes it easy to pack. Also, because it's not a liquid - it does not have to go into your 3-1-1 bag for air travel.

Another makeup basic I like is:
Clinique's "true bronze" pressed power bronzer. I'ts good for all the same reasons above.


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I noticed there are no PJ's. It assumes you wear 1 pair of white jeans, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of lounge pants, a day dress 3 times each. The swimsuit can be washed daily and hung to dry.

Any how I am using this to compare to what I packing for Mexico. I have to lighten up on the makeup and I am trying different hair styles so I don't take 'the rollers' which take up a huge amount of space.

I just looked it up in Wiki, but I don't think it's as good.

www.wikihow.com/Travel-With-One-Bag

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Wow, I just checked out your link from O magazine on what to pack for a 12 day cruise .... now that's packing light!

I wonder if I could be happy in just 1 pair of white jeans, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of lounge pants, a day dress, a long dress, 3 camisole tops and a bathing suit... I guess you could use the oversized white button down shirt they suggested for a bathing suit cover-up to use as a top, to go with the white jeans... and then of course there is the outfit you actually wear on the first day - which is not packed....hmmm.

I think I could do it; I'm ready to go on a cruise and try!


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I just found the site I copied the packing list from.
I am shocked it says this is for 12 days on a cruise!

www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/2009
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I have never heard of the sheets before. They sound great!

I am trying some different ways to style my hair so I don't have to take a lot of products or big rollers. Shampoo, conditioner, mousse, brush, comb, spray, rollers, hair elastics.

Also, my makeup is bulky.

I have a sarong for a swimsuit coverup so that is quite compact.

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If you are considering doing laundry on your next trip, and have a washer/dryer available to you...

I recommend using "Purex complete 3 in 1 laundry sheets". They work great, because there is soap, fabric softener, and a dryer sheet - all put together in one.

They pack easily, because they are about the size of a regular dryer sheet. Plus - no weight, or mess One of my fav must haves!



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Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.


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That is a terrific list Kaliswalker. I'm going to save it to my computer for next trip time. Thanks for sharing it.

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I came across this list I saved from a long time ago. I added the last 3 things. How many days would you assume?

• Three cotton camisoles (black, white, gray) for layering
• Cardigan or hoodie
• Zip-up jacket and lounge pants
• White jeans
• A pair of Bermuda shorts
• Long dress for dinners; short jersey day dress
• Swimsuit and sarong (or an oversize men's white shirt to be worn as a cover-up)
• Straw hat (you might find one at a local market) or canvas fisherman's hat
• Flip-flops, wedge sandals, and sneakers
• Sunglasses
• Straw beach bag for day, small purse for night
• A scarf to use around neck or as a head wrap or belt
• Underwear
• Accessories
• Toiletries

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I collect and travel with the free samples sachets of lotions potions shampoo etc for preferred brands, use friends' or hotel's supplies for things that don't matter too much. Also do a spreadsheet of what I'll wear with drawings - co-ordinate!! Travel in heaviest/bulkiest shoes, and walk barefoot too. Can do 10days with a 15lb bag PLUS overstuffed handbag of course :))

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Good point about doing laundry. I haven't done it before but if I took laundry soap I could in a pinch. I think I would like to give it a try.

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I'm a recent convert to 1 carry-on bag traveling. I like the simple, less is more, and what I don't have, I can always buy attitude, when packing for a trip. However, not all trips afford the shopping convenience factor... but...

I've always hated over packing - not wearing everything, at least one time seemed dumb. Now I do laundry if needed, mid trip - to allow for my smart but sensibly sized wardrobe fit in my 1 carry on bag.

True, I'm forced to edit my packing, and mix & match pieces. I know I can't bring everything... and of course, I rely on a cute scarf of some sort, for my piece of flare, & color for any outfit.

I always check the extended weather forecast, so I know what kind of clothes to bring. Spring & Summer are always easier, because there are less bulky cloths to pack.

I've started using the 2 gallon jumbo ziplock bags as "compression" bags for packing sweaters - they work great. Simple packing = happy traveling!



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I know one reason I pack so much, is I fantacize about the wonderful night life I will have while we are away. The reality is at the end of a busy day, we may go to a nice restaurant but dress casually.

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I always try to limit when I pack but have yet to figure out the whole 1 bag trick.

I would think buying small bottles & containers to pack shampoo and other cosmetics in so you don't have to carry the full size containers would help tremendously.

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If I am flying I weigh my bag to stay within limit.

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What helps me is actually writing out a list of what I'll be wearing...in similar colors.

That way I can switch pieces easily.

Ziploc bags are a god send....squeeze them to get as much air out as possible and items fit better.

I limit my jewelery to plain pieces that go with everything.

I wear my sneakers on the plane instead of packing them.

Roll items really really tightly...and in more than one layer.

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I haven't done the photo thing yet but I will do it this week. If I don't have 'the clothes', I need to order them from the Sears catalogue (cruise wear). Part of the problem is when I am staying in a hotel, there are huge full length mirrors and I see the outfit in more detail. That is when I decide I don't want to wear a item.

I over pack, because I am at the beach during the day unless I am on an outing, so I don't need as many clothes, but should have more swim suits. So this year I am really challenging myself to wear every single thing I pack.

I love using baggies, as they can be wedged in and conserve space. Also the small net laundry bags are great for socks and underwear - all together and easy to grab. I attach my flip flops together with elastics.

I roll the clothes to be more compact and not wrinkle. Good idea about a color theme. Shoes are so bulky so I wear my running shoes while I travel.

Edited by: KALISWALKER at: 10/20/2009 (19:28)
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Congrats on your trip at Christmas - I bet it will be good to get away from the cold weather, as I understand you live in snow & bear country.

Taking pictures of you in each outfit with accessories - sounds like some effort... but it may just help me because I'm a visual type person. I guess you could keep the pics and add to them, for future trips. Heck, you could have a deck of picture cards of sorts for reference.

Do you take the pictures with you in your suitcase, for those times when you can't find anything to wear.

I try to keep a basic color theme going, and add color in accessories. I usually wear one scarf with my outfit on day 1, on the plane. And usually buy another scarf on the trip as a souviner - fun to wear and easy to pack.


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I am catching up on emails. We are going to Mexico for 1 or 2 weeks at Christmas. Any time we travel by car or air, I try not to take things I won't use, but there are always a few excess clothes and accessories. My plan is to try on each outfit, complete with accessories then photograph myself. I can critique the outfit and change it up if need. Then when I pack, I know what goes with what and hopefully avoid taking any excess. Also, it will speed up how long it takes me to change to go out.

It's taken a long time to acknowledge I don't read books or magazines any more. I read things on the internet or listen to audio books. I am going to take ONE book only, which I will buy at the airport.

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9/28/09 6:54 A

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Ziploc bags of various sizes and those space bags.

Quite often I find the big ziplocs do the trick though!I stuff things in ANY cavity....jewelry goes into the socks... socks go in shoes...

I also write down what I'm going to wear...and when....I then make sure they are the same color scheme and that pieces can be interchanged. This helps to cut down on the accessories and the shoes.

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Packing.... shoes vs. clothes / weather = what to bring. How do you pack to coordinate and extend your wardrobe while on a 4day - 3night trip

Edited by: NANCEG123 at: 9/27/2009 (23:29)
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I've been enjoying traveling with only one bag - it's been a joy not having to check the bag at the airport. But it forces me to totally ruthless in my choices that I take. What helps you to stay organized when you travel.

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