15 Packing Hacks that’ll Absolutely Change the Way You Travel

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Ready to take off? Not so fast. You’ve got to get packed first. Here are 15 super-easy packing tips to help you travel like a pro.

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TIP #1: PRE-PLAN YOUR OUTFITS

You think you’ve packed all the clothes you need and you’re feeling pretty good. Until you arrive and realize you packed only a few looks for an extended vacation. Oops! This can be prevented with a little pre-planning. Want to get more looks with less? Try sticking to a single color scheme – that way everything automatically matches. Or give separates a go. You can easily multiply looks with coordinated tops, skirts, shorts, denim and more.


TIP #2: BAG IT

Bring an additional bag for dirty clothes to keep ‘em separate from clean garments. Bonus: when you return home, just grab the bag and head straight to the washer.

TIP #3: SO LONG TANGLES

Bringing a necklace? Slip one end of the chain through a straw and secure the clasp. No more knots or tangles.

TIP #4: PUT A CAP ON IT

Wrap shoes in a shower cap before packing so dirty soles never touch clean clothes.

TIP #5: STAY IN SHAPE

Help bras maintain their shape by stacking them on top of each other. Then fold in half and tuck underwear inside to prevent the cups from falling inward.

TIP #6: H2GO

Don’t waste your cash buying water at the airport. Instead, bring an empty water bottle to fill up after you pass security.

TIP #7: MAKE YOUR CASE

Want just a small amount of concealer or lotions? Put them in contact lens cases. Way better than bringing a full-size bottle you don't need. Great for carry-ons and shorter trips.

TIP #8: SKIP THE SQUISH

Roll up scarves or fold a shirt and place inside your hat so it keeps its shape and looks great on arrival.

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TIP #9: BRIGHT THIS WAY

Grab a suitcase in a bright color. Not only is it more fun, but you’ll also be able to quickly spot it on that luggage carousel.

TIP #10: SOCK IT TO YA

Ever arrive at your destination to find that your perfume or cologne has now scented your entire suitcase? Put fragrances and breakables inside a sock first to avoid spillages and breakage.

TIP #11: GO HEAVY TO LIGHT

With your heavy items packed at the base of your luggage, you’ll get a clearer view of your items at the top without too much sifting. Plus, heavy shoes and toiletries won't weigh down and wrinkle your clothes.

TIP #12: ALL TIED UP

It never fails – you need a hair tie and your stash has magically disappeared. Park your hair ties on a carabiner to keep them all in one place and easy to grab.

TIP #13: STOP THE DROPS

No one enjoys a shampoo spill in his or her suitcase. Put cling wrap under the lid of your toiletries before you close shut to keep them from leaking in transit.

TIP #14: ROLL WITH IT

Short on space? Rolling clothes makes it easier to stack & pack into a tiny bag or suitcase.

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TIP #15: READY FOR ANYTHING

Fill a small makeup bag with the essentials like bandages, medications and travel-size sunscreen and toss in your handbag. That way everything’s just a reach away and you’re totally prepared for whatever is ahead.

Whether you’re heading out for a weekend away or longer stay, Burlington has the vacation essentials you need to make this your best trip ever – at up to 65% off other retailers’ prices every day.

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