Let’s face it, packing well is an art form. No matter if you’re traveling near or far, preparing for a getaway requires a good amount of planning and consideration. Fortunately, a number of commonly used items double for on-the-go travel use—meaning more time to explore and less time to pack.
After a long journey, your jewelry may come back as a sparkly, knotted ball. To prevent delicate chains from tangling, string one end of each necklace through a plastic drinking straw and close the clasp.
Bubble wrap can also help keep jewelry untangled. Lay jewelry on top of a sheet, bubbles face up, and roll vertically, securing with a piece of tape. The plastic wrap can later be used to bring fragile souvenirs home in one piece.
Travelers frequently leave items behind in the airplane’s cavernous seat-back pocket. Before leaving home, label gadgets, books and important items with ready-made or handwritten address labels. If you leave belongings behind, the airline will know where to send them.
There’s nothing worse than getting sand and dirt from the soles of your shoes all over your freshly laundered and packed clothing. To keep this from happening, place each shoe in a plastic shower cap to keep the dirt contained. Take the complimentary shower caps during your hotel stays and keep them on-hand for future trips.
Keep dressy leather shoes from getting scuffed during your travels with some old socks—simply stretch them over any shoes you wish to protect. Tuck all other packed socks inside each shoe to help them keep their shape in transit.
There’s good reason as to why boutiques wrap newly purchased clothing in tissue paper: the material commonly used for wrapping gifts actually minimizes wrinkles in folded fabric. Wrap easily creased items in tissue before packing for fresher-looking clothing upon arrival.
Toilet paper tube
No need to throw away paper tubes when the toilet paper is finished—the familiar brown cylinder is perfect for corralling chargers and other cords for your getaway. Coil each cord around your hand and thread it through the tube to keep it all together.
There’s no doubt that packing light can make traveling easier, but by the end of your tour, your options for clean outfits can be severely limited. Baby shampoo can be used as an on-the-go laundry detergent for hand-washing items in your hotel sink. Just wash at night and hang dry.
What are your travel hacks for items around the house? Share your tips in the comments!