No matter who you are or where you’re going, one thing is certain: you will need to pack. Some travelers plan what they’re taking weeks in advance; others are more harried, tossing a few things in a bag at the last minute.

The Roll-Up Squeeze 

Fold each item in half, then carefully coil it up before placing it in your carry-on and filling all the corners. The payoff: you’ll maximize space in your suitcase. Another perk: your clothes are likely to arrive wrinkle-free.


1. Fold article of clothing lengthwise.

2. Roll tightly, as you would a sleeping bag.

3. Arrange in your bag, with heavier items closer to wheels for balance.

The Layer Cake 

Going on a business trip? This routine is a game-changer. Fold your clothes as you would at home, then place them between sheets of dry-cleaner plastic (or tissue), which helps keep wrinkles away. Also consider leaving items on their hangers so you can just pop them into the hotel closet upon arrival.


1. Layer dry-cleaner plastic or tissue between items.

2. Leave blouses and dresses on hangers for easy unpacking.

3. Fill suitcase, tucking belts and accessories into corners.

3 Simple Steps for Packing Shoes 

There is a definite method to packing shoes for a trip. Here are three.

1. If you are not using a shoe bag then keep the soles towards heaven or facing away from your clothes, for obvious reasons; soles are dirty!

2. Shoes are one of the heavier items you will have in your bag so give lots of thought to taking too many. Chose a pair that can be worn in a variety of situations. Along with the one you are wearing, you’ll have enough.

3. Use the edges and corners of your suitcase to ensure every crack and crevice are used.