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7 Best Travel Tips and Tricks

Does the thought of packing for your summer vacation scare you? Whether it's to Europe or California, these simple tips and tricks will save you from your packing headache.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
June 7, 2017

7 Best Travel Packing Tips and TricksPrevent Packing Creases

Save those empty paper towel rolls, and use them while you’re packing your suitcase for vacation! Roll your clothes around the paper towel rolls, and you’ll help prevent creases. You’ll also have a handy spot inside the roll for storing small items like socks and underwear.

Do-Ahead Souvenir Saver

Protect fragile items, like souvenirs, by thinking ahead before you pack. Fill a few Ziploc bags with packing peanuts or leftover bubble wrap, and toss them in your suitcase. They won’t add much weight to the bag, and you’ll be really glad you brought them once you find that one-of-a-kind vase or other fragile trinket during your travels.

DIY Jewelry Holder

Repurpose a plastic daily vitamin/pill container into a jewelry container that’s perfect for trips. Rings, earrings, and even necklaces fit perfectly inside, and it will make sure you’re accessorized for each day you’re away!

Stop Suitcase Spills

When you’re packing for a trip, keep some plastic wrap nearby. Before you pack shampoo, sunscreen, or other toiletries, take off the caps, place a layer of plastic wrap over the mouth of the container, and twist the cap back on. The plastic wrap with give you double the protection against suitcase spills.

See also: 29 Tips for Stress-Free Air Travel

Shoe Covers

When you get plastic shower caps at hotels, save them for your suitcase. They make the perfect covers for dirty shoes!

Freshen Smelly Suitcases

Is your suitcase is a bit musty? The night before packing, pour a cup of baking soda in it, close it and shake. In the morning, vacuum up the baking soda and the smell should be gone.

For Fresh-Smelling Luggage

When you return home from your vacation, throw a few dryer sheets in your suitcases before you put them away. The sheets will prevent any musty odors from festering while the bags are stored.

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