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25 Tips for Perfect Packing

I tend to dread packing so much that I hold it off until the very last second – sometimes that means 3AM as I’m running to get into the airport shuttle. Since I’ve discovered these 25 Tips for Perfect Packing, packing has been a breeze. Simple changes, like packing clothes in a similar color scheme, have made such a difference. Even the kids have started to do their part by packing outfits into individual plastic baggies for each day of the trip. Before you pull your hair out while packing for your next family vaycay, check out these 25 Tips for Perfect Packing to help you along the way…

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    25 Tips for Perfect Packing

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  • Roll Don’t Fold 2 of 26
    01

    You can fit way more clothes into your suitcase by rolling it up.
    Find out more at Newly Antique.

  • Color Scheme 3 of 26
    02

    Stay within the same range of colors to easily mix and match.
    Find out more at SImple Mom.

  • Shower Cap for Shoes 4 of 26
    03

    Keep your shoes from getting your clothes dirty by packing them into a shower cap.
    Find out more at Real Simple.

  • Individually Pack Outfits 5 of 26
    04

    Pack your child's oufit in separate plastic bags.
    Find out more at Money Saving Mom.

  • Earrings in a Pill Box 6 of 26
    05

    Store your earrings in a pill box to keep them from getting lost.
    Find out more at Ma Petite Maison Verte.

  • Cotton Balls for Makeup 7 of 26
    compacts

    Put a cotton ball into eyeshadow compacts to keep them from breaking.
    Find out more at Miss Natty's Beauty Diary.

  • Wrist Watch for Earrings 8 of 26
    07

    Keep earrings stored in the notches of a wrist watch.
    Find out more at Real Simple.

  • Makeup Samples 9 of 26
    08

    Ask for sample sizes when you buy skincare to use for travel.
    Find out more at How Does She.

  • Q-Tip in Pill Bottle 10 of 26
    09

    Store your Q-tips in a pill bottle to keep them in a confined space.
    Find out more at The Beauty Blog.

  • Plastic Wrap for Bottles 11 of 26
    10

    Keep your bottles from spilling by making sure they are sealed tight with plastic wrap.
    Find out more at Select Study Abroad.

  • Stuff Your Shoes 12 of 26
    11

    Save space by stuffing your heels with small items like bathing suits and socks.
    Find out more at Good Housekeeping.

  • Dirty Laundry Bag 13 of 26
    12

    Use a dry-cleaning back to keep clothes from getting wrinkled on the way out and as a hamper for the way back.
    Find out more at Good Housekeeping.

  • Straws for Necklaces 14 of 26
    13

    Thread a necklace through a straw to keep it from getting tangled.
    Check it out at Sew Many Ways.

  • Eye Glasses Case for Toiletries 15 of 26
    14

    Put your toiletries inside a sturdy glasses case.
    Find out more at Pacsafe.

  • Swim Floaties for Wine 16 of 26
    15

    Inflate a child's floaties to use to keep a wine bottle from breaking.
    Find out more at Real Simple.

  • Flat Iron in a Pot Holder 17 of 26
    16

    Keep your flat iron in a pot holder, even if it's still warm.
    Find out more at Your Creative Juices.

  • Sunglasses Case for Chargers 18 of 26
    17

    Store your chargers in a glasses case.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.

  • Hair Ties on a Carabiner 19 of 26
    18

    You won't lose track of them now.
    Find out more at Lifehacker.

  • Camera in Soap Container 20 of 26
    19

    Keep your digital camera secure in a soap container.
    Find out more at Real Simple.

  • Travel Lap Tray 21 of 26
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    Use a lap tray to store your child's toys and have it also second as a pillow.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.

  • All in a Baggie 22 of 26
    21

    Cut down on toiletries by packing it down into one plastic baggie.
    Find out more at Rubbermaid.

  • Money and Chapstick 23 of 26
    22

    Hide money into a chapstick container to also conserve space.
    Find out more at Chet Pourciau Design.

  • Keep Coats Out 24 of 26
    23

    Wear big clothing, like your giant coats, instead of packing them up.
    Image via Free People.

  • Top Heavy 25 of 26
    24

    Pack more tops than bottoms, you can re-wear bottoms.
    Find out more at House to Home.

  • Don’t Go Bigger 26 of 26
    25

    Start by packing a smaller bag and then having to go bigger, than starting with a much bigger suitcase.
    Image via Everyday Minimalist.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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