Though many would consider it a chore best left to the last minute, packing is a delicate blend of art and science. It takes an impressive degree of skill to roll a shirt so perfectly that it unfurls with barely the slightest hint of a wrinkled thread. Not to mention staying within the guidelines that airlines have laid out concerning baggage size and weight limitations.
Experienced travelers display an almost wizard-like quality in their uncanny spatial intelligence. They could be heading off on a month-long multinational trek and you’d never know it because all they have with them is a chic little carry-on bag that looks as though it has room to spare. And while it might seem impossible for you to go away for the weekend with anything less than Winnebago-sized trunk, you too can become a packing pro after you start incorporating a few of these tips.
12. Use the Right Piece of Luggage
This might mean it’s time for you to give up the matching leopard print suitcases with the frayed edges and shopping cart wheels. Most modern luggage designs include a variety divided sections, extra pouches, compression straps, 360-degree wheels and even digital tracking tags should they happen to become lost or stolen.
If you plan on bringing carry-on bags, make sure they’re not too big or too heavy since many airlines have recently started tightening their belts with the size and weight restrictions.