Too much to pack your suitcase? When packing your clothes, you don’t want to neatly fold them individually. If you do, they will crease when compressed. Here are a few alternatives:
1. Rolling Clothes:
Backpackers swear by this method. Rolling works well with pants, skirts and sports shirts. Lay the item face down, fold back the sleeves and then roll from the bottom up.
2. Folding Clothes Together:
Take two or more garments, for example trousers, and lay half of one pair on top of the other. Fold the one on the bottom over the pair on the top. Then take the other and fold it on the top. This gives each pair some cushion where you’ve folded it so it’s less likely to crease or wrinkle in the folds.
3. Tissue Paper:
For delicate items, try tissue paper. Lay the item face down and place tissue paper on top. Fold it up with the tissue paper inside. Use additional layers of paper as you fold the garment so it is completely wrapped in and around paper. This is easy enough the first time you pack, but becomes a pain if you have to keep repacking. We only use this approach for evening clothes that we don’t want to crush.
4. Packing Tips for Air Travelers
You may not pack liquid or gel substances in your carry-on unless they are in individual containers of 3.4 ounces or less and enclosed in one clear, quart-size, plastic, zip-top bag per passenger. Any larger containers of liquids and gels must be packed in your checked luggage. Shop now for travel bottles.
Be aware of restrictions on the size and number of bags you may bring onto your flight. Many airlines now charge a fee for every checked bag or have lowered the maximum permitted weight limits for checked luggage. Therefore, you should use a luggage scale to weight your luggages before going out. In case you may have extra things, you may bring up a lightweight foldable bag or backpack.
Do not lock your checked bags except with TSA-approved locks; otherwise, if your bag is selected for random screening, agents will have to break the lock to get inside. Shop now for a TSA luggage belt/lock.
Do not overpack your bag. Screeners will have a difficult time closing your luggage if selected for inspection, which will only lead to wrinkles and the potential for lost articles.
Place any packed belongings you don’t feel comfortable with strangers handling in clear plastic bags.
Do not stack books and other documents on top of each other; instead, spread them out throughout your bag. Shop now for a foldable bag.