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Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Overpacking


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Compress and Compact
If it won't show, won't wrinkle or won't matter, stuff it in a compression sack and squeeze it down.
If it won't show, won't wrinkle or won't matter, stuff it in a compression sack and squeeze it down.
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Most of the time, you can make more room in your bag without leaving anything behind: Just squeeze. Pick up a few compression sacks. They're usually worth the price, since they make it easy to pack clothes, especially underwear and socks, into a much smaller space. Nobody cares if your dirty laundry gets wrinkled, so a compression sack is the perfect place to stow it later in your trip. 

A compressible option for your nicer pants, skirts and shirts is the packing folder. It saves space with the added bonus of cutting down on wrinkles. 

Once everything's in a compact package, don't forget to use your suitcase's built-in pockets, straps and other compartments to organize your stuff and to take advantage of unused space.


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