- ROLL YOUR CLOTHES IN TISSUE PAPER
Delicate dresses and tops are prone to wrinkles when squeezed into a compact suitcase. To avoid unsightly creases, sandwich pieces of clothing around large pieces of tissue paper, then roll them up like pieces of sushi. Neat.
- PACK YOUR UNDERGARMENTS TOGETHER
This is the ultimate packing double-play: put your underwear in the cups of your bras to help your bras keep their shape and prevent your underwear from ending up all over your suitcase.
- USE PLASTIC BAGS TO ORGANIZE OUTFITS BY DAY
Yep, this strategy will help you pre-schedule what you’ll be wearing each day (and help you save time getting ready in the morning). But what we love even more is that it provides a place for you to store worn clothes when you're done wearing them.
- PUT LIQUID MAKEUP IN CONTACT LENS CASES
All you need for a smooth complexion is a contact case with moisturizer on the left and foundation on the right. Not on vacation? No problem. Stash this holder in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups.
- STORE JEWELRY IN PILL COMPARTMENTS
The smallest pieces of jewelry in your collection (like rings and earrings) will stay safe when you snuggle them in a pill organizer's individual compartments. The best part? You can plan your jewelry in advance, packing each item based on what day you want to wear it.
- JEWELRY TANGLE ELIMINATOR
Press 'n Seal plastic wrap sticks together. Place your necklaces between two pieces, then press on top of it, and your jewelry won't budge. Then, you can fold up the material and stow it all in a pocket in your suitcase without a worry in the world.
- KEEP CHARGERS IN A SUNGLASSES CASE
These snap-shut (and protective) containers prevent cords from getting tangled or damaged in already-full bags — especially handy for those of us with just about every kind of device (and charger) there is.
- MAKE OLD MEDICINE BOTTLES WORK FOR YOU
Empty medicine bottles are small so you can store liquids in 'em when flying and the screw-on lid means you don't have to worry about spills. Fill these nifty bottles with moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, or face wash.
- USE A POT HOLDER FOR YOUR HAIR GEAR
Think about it: Pot holders are meant to withstand heat, which makes them the perfect material to wrap around a hot straightener or curling iron when you're in a rush and can't wait for them to cool down before packing up and shipping out.
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