More Packing Tips from Jody Victor

Check out these tips for stress-free holiday traveling…

Are you going over the hills and through the woods to grandmother’s house for the holidays? Well, you might as well stay a few days! But like many of us, you may love to go – but just hate packing. So here’s a few suitcase organizing instructions and packing tips to make getting ready to go a breeze.

  1. Distribute weight intelligently – Put heavier items on the bottom of your suitcase. This includes shoes (in shoe bags), rolled jeans, and blazers (folded into drycleaner bags). Lighter pieces go at the top.
  2. Use bags to organize – Ziplocs are great for small accessories and toiletries. If you’re not checking, make sure cosmetics are on the top of your backed suitcase, for easy access as you go through security. To protect undergarments from damage (and pruing TSA agents), place them in a lingerie bag.
  3. Roll your casual clothes – This approach minimizes creasing and maximizes space. It’s best for lighter-weight pieces – cotton shirts, khakis, jeans – not bulkier items like sweaters. Put compactly rolled pieces in organization cubes to create extra room. Roll smaller items (yoga pants, socks) and use them to fill in spaces.
  4. Fold sweaters and delicate items – Bulky articles should be folded and placed in compression sacks, like the Spacepak Bags from Flight 001. Delicate pieces can be protected from wrinkles by using tissue paper and dry-cleaner bags. Dress shirts and skirts should be folded and separated by tissue paper.
  5. Don’t forget the laundry – Bring a laundry sack (or extra-large Siploc) and stuff it with a few dryer sheets to keep everything smelling fresh. Put it at the back of the suitcase, so that clean clothes are easily accessible during the trip.

These tips work well whether you are flying or driving. It’s always nice to look your best no matter where you are going. Have a great trip!