Each time I travel home my mother will never fail to impart the benefits of a well-packed bag. After years of rolling, folding and fitting everything into the tightest of nooks, I’m realizing she has a point. (For starters, no one wants to deal with broken Aesop… ever). Consequentially, I’ve acquired a certain skill set that invariably leads to the best arrivals. My five essential packing hacks, below:
1.) Keep it tight: Avoiding cavernous spaces in your suitcase will ensure everything sits snug and stays safe (which is especially important during bumpy trips). If my luggage is looking empty, I’ll add an extra windbreaker or scarf to help fill-in the gaps.
2.) Let’s roll: I love the appeal of a beautifully folded tee, but hate dealing with creases. Rolling your shirts and tees will effectively allow you to pack more, all while dramatically reducing the risk of incurring any seriously deep wrinkles.
3.) Pack smart: I’ve often fallen victim to overpacking (which is actually the worst as it means you’ll have less room for shopping). Take a moment and think, especially about the statement pieces you plan on bringing. What will you actually wear? Also remember a washing machine at your destination is your best friend.
4.) Bulk up: I once wore three winter coats on a flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam, because options are everything. Besides, you may be surprised at your layering prowess (I know I was).
5.) Take the things you ♡: I’ll usually check my luggage as it allows me to pack more, including full-sized toiletries. Long trips are lovely, but bringing a few favorites from home always help keep me sane when I’ve had enough.
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