17 Travel Packing Hacks to Change the Way You Pack - Hippie In Heels (2022)

I am very type-A when it comes to packing. I must have things SO organized and always want to have lots of room to shop, so I never over pack. I have gotten pretty good at packing and wanted to share my travel packing hacks with you!

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1. When going carry-on, wear the heavy thing as part of your travel outfit

Kind of common sense, but if you’re taking boots or sneakers wear them on the flight. Keep your jacket with you on the flight (not in your carry-on). Just those two things take so much space in a rolling carry-on bag. Taking a sweater? Wear it at the airport. It’s cold anyway!

PS: Yes, you do want to include a nice airplane pillow, like the new TRTL pillow, as part of your travel outfit. You don’t have to wear it the whole time, but don’t forget it!

2. Sarongs

Turkish towel, lungi, sarong, whatever you want to bring… bring two! They are amazing for travel. You can cover up on a flight, in a cold airport, cover your shoulders at religious monuments, and use them at the pool and beach. I can’t go anywhere without my Indian lungis.

3. Leave the hair tools at home

I know some people think they need curlers and straighteners, but I swear natural hair always looks so nice. Instead of that, try out surf spray. My favorite is the [easyazon_link identifier=”B008FVQNSE” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]Bumble & Bumble travel size[/easyazon_link]. What I do is spray it on flip my hair upside down and put it in a loose bun. I just sleep like that. It saves me so much time to never have to do my hair.

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4. PACKING CUBES

I cannot believe I only got [easyazon_link identifier=”B00ZQ3LE1A” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]ebags packing cubes[/easyazon_link] this summer! It’s INSANE how much I love them. I actually have two sets so that I can organize even better. Once you try these, you’ll never be able to pack without them.

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5. Use the KonMari Method for Organizing

You can use this even without packing cubes! Marie recommends a very specific way of folding so you’re not stacking everything on top of each other and can see each piece of folding. I wrote a whole guide on how to apply her famous book [easyazon_link identifier=”1607747308″ locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up[/easyazon_link],so check here on how to use KonMari for packing.

6. Keep your shoes enclosed

I cannot bear to see dirty travel shoes thrown into luggage. I use old cotton purse bags (the bags that purses come in when you buy them). I use the same for my dirty laundry. When the trip is over I turn them inside out and wash them with the rest of the laundry.

Don’t have anything for your shoes and got them all muddy? Take a couple shower caps from the hotel bathroom and put your shoes in them.

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7. PLAN your outfits

I used to just pack all my favorite things: my favorite jeans, shorts, few favorite tanks tops, favorite dresses…. etc. But I would forget the tank top I needed for a certain top or the slip that came with a dress. It was annoying. I ALWAYS set each outfit out now when it’s a 10 day or less trip. Here’s an example of packing for 10 days in Jordan. When I go for a month I set out enough for 10 days then do mix and match

  • Try to stick to a color scheme to make it easier (notice my neutral color scheme for Morocco)
  • Never take something you “might” wear that you’ve never worn before

8. Use my beauty travel hacks

I wrote a post about all my beauty travel hacks and put all my favorite tiny makeups and how to get free perfume to travel with. Check it out: travel beauty hacks, so you can see how to take fewer toiletries and keep your luggage fresh!

9.Extra purses…

I try not to take an extra purse, but often want to so I can have a variety of color. If you take a very soft leather bag just flatten it. If you are taking a structured bag it is best to fill it with things and let it take up space. I usually put in my extra sunglasses, and toiletries that won’t fit in my toiletry bag (usually mini shampoo and conditioner).

10. Don’t pack soap

I used to take either a mini shower gel or a bar of soap inside a plastic baggie. But, now I just don’t bother. Every hotel I have stayed at has soap! The only time I take some now is when I’m traveling in India in the mountains or staying at homestays. I mean, if I were to camp, I’d take soap haha but that hasn’t happened in a while.

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11. Deal with your cords and chargers

Don’t just throw these in please :) Especially with Mac chargers, it’s very important to treat them well as they are known for breaking at the seam of the cord to that big white surge protector on the cord. You should also wrap up your cords gently and store them.

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I use a cute Indian bag I have or sometimes a small packing cube. I keep all my tech stuff in one small bag. PS if your charger is starting to come apart at the plastic covering the wires use the rubber self-setting goo I’ve tried on my old charger! You just wrap it around the cord where it’s breaking and leave it to set for a few minutes. It works like a charm and is really cheap. I take a small squeezy of it in my tech kit.

12. Start with lightweight luggage

The best way to prevent paying overweight fees is to start with luggage that’s lightweight. IT Luggage is one of the most lightweight out there and I can vouch it’s really good luggage. Old luggage your grandparents passed down might as well be thrown out, it’s SO heavy! I love my Delsey the most but I also have a list of 10 different brands if you want to compare. You might also want to use a backpack instead, in which case here’s a post to compare suitcases and backpacks.

I look for lightweight luggage, that looks good, is expandable, has 4-wheel spinners, and the design has taken organization into account.

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13. Liquids stay together

I know you might want to put your mini contact solution and lotion in your purse, maybe some face wash and face lotion to freshen up in the side pocket of your carry-on… but at the security line, it’s a pain to not have things together and easily accessible. Think about these things while you are packing to save stress and annoyance.

14. Laptop safety

You shouldn’t put your laptop in a soft carry-on bag and throw it up in the overhead bins. People aren’t careful when they put their things up and turbulence can cause things to move and fall when they open. I have a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00BXDPF7G” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]Delsey 19 inch carry-on[/easyazon_link] hardshell that has a special place for laptops. Of all the carry-on luggage I’ve ever had, this is the BEST I’ve ever found and if it ever breaks, I’ll be re-buying it.

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15. The heavy things go near the wheels

When you pack your bag lying down, you may not keep in mind what will happen when you stand it up on the wheels. Keep the heavy things near the wheels and even angle things to stay upright when it’s rolling, and no upside down.

16. Invest in a luggage scale

I fly at least a couple of times a month. I use my little [easyazon_link keywords=”luggage scale” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]luggage scale[/easyazon_link] every single time. It’s so easy to just slip the hook on your luggage, lift the luggage up, and see exactly the weight rather than stand on a scale and weigh it and subtract your own weight. You could be a couple of pounds off doing it that way, whereas this scale is exact. I have an old school one, but they make electronic ones now.

17. Keep necklaces untangled

The hack you see on Pinterest of puttingyour necklaces through a straw? It actually works. I usually only bring one necklace and do this for it. If you have a few you travel with, it’s a great option!

That’s my travel packing hacks!Want to know what products I’m packing using all these tips? I have a whole section on the blog for packing tips. Just click hereto see a list of articles I’ve written like my favorite camera bags for travel or where I shop for my travel clothes. There are probably a hundred articles on packing, including specific lists for certain destinations.

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What are some packing hacks? ›

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  • Pack an Extra Change of Clothes in Your Carry-On in a Ziploc. ...
  • Roll Your Clothes. ...
  • Use a Hotel Shower Cap to Cover Dirty Shoes and Wet Bathing Suits. ...
  • Stash Items in Shoes. ...
  • Help Shoes Pull Double-Duty. ...
  • Put Plastic Wrap Under Toiletry Lids. ...
  • Keep Your Belt in Your Collar.
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What do most people forget when packing? ›

10 Essential Things People Always Forget to Pack
  • Phone charger… This is first on the list for a reason — because it's SO easy to forget! ...
  • 2. … and laptop charger. ...
  • Laptop. ...
  • Luggage tags and locks. ...
  • First-aid kit. ...
  • Prescription medication. ...
  • Glasses and contact lenses. ...
  • Umbrella and raincoat.
29 Jun 2022

What can be the best way of packing your luggage for your journey? ›

Here are a few general suitcase-packing rules you should follow to speed up the process:
  1. Narrow Down Your Must-Haves.
  2. Arrange Your Clothes Carefully Using Your Favorite Packing Technique.
  3. Pack Wrinkle-Resistant Fabric.
  4. Keep Clothes in Place with Dry Cleaning Bags.
  5. Toss in an Extra Bag for Laundry.
  6. Respect the Rule of Threes.
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How can I carry 3 bags alone? ›

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One belt is usually enough for strapping two or three suitcases together by the top handles. Just make sure to tighten the belt as tightly as possible so that the bags don't move around.

How do you pack easy? ›

Here are some packing tips to get you started:
  1. Use small boxes for heavy items. Heavy items (like books, pots, and pans) go in smaller boxes to make them easier to lift.
  2. Use larger boxes for light items. ...
  3. Put heavy items on the bottom. ...
  4. Fill in empty spaces. ...
  5. Tape boxes securely. ...
  6. Invest in specialty moving boxes.
1 Jul 2022

What are common things people forget? ›

Here are the ten most common things we forget...
  • Our passwords.
  • What we need at the grocery store.
  • Where our keys are.
  • Walking into a room, and forgetting why you walked in there.
  • People's names after you've been introduced.
  • Having a word on the tip of your tongue, and you can't remember it.
30 Jun 2020

What should I do the night before vacation? ›

Read on to see how you can prepare the night before vacation.
  • Do a final run through your checklist. ...
  • Check wallet for credit cards + cash. ...
  • Check for IDs/Passports (updated and valid). ...
  • Lay out anything you'll be using the next day. ...
  • Charge your electronics. ...
  • Double-check your itinerary. ...
  • Do a home check.
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What can you not carry in your carry on? ›

Restricted Items NOT Allowed on a Plane in Your Carry-On
  • Sharp objects. ...
  • Sporting goods and athletic equipment. ...
  • Self defense items. ...
  • Gel-type candles. ...
  • Large quantities of alcohol (more than 3.4 ounces) ...
  • Guns and ammunition.
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How do you pack a woman's suitcase? ›

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How do you pack shoes in a suitcase? ›

Place shoes heel to toe with soles facing outward, like in a shoe box, place them in shoe bags for protection, and line them up in the zippered compartment side of your luggage – starting at the bottom. If your shoes don't fill up the whole compartment, pack clothes in between to keep everything in place.

How do you pack a suitcase like a pro? ›

Tips To Pack Your Suitcase Like A Pro
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  2. Lay out everything you think you'll need then walk away. ...
  3. Invest in travel size toiletry bottles and a dedicated travel toiletry bag. ...
  4. Utilize the inside and outside luggage pockets. ...
  5. If you're having issues fitting everything, try vacuum seal bags.

How do you not overpack? ›

How to Avoid Overpacking
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  2. 02 of 10. Don't Go into "Survival" Mode. ...
  3. 03 of 10. Understand Your Destination. ...
  4. 04 of 10. Make Several Passes at Packing. ...
  5. 05 of 10. Don't Add Last-Minute Items. ...
  6. 06 of 10. Choose a Smaller Bag. ...
  7. 07 of 10. Take Smaller Sizes. ...
  8. 08 of 10. Don't Waste Space.
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How do you fit a lot of clothes in a small bag? ›

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How do you pack clothes for travel and save space? ›

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What is the strap on top of my luggage for? ›

The Luggage Strap is used to connect two items of luggage as one. Fix a second bag, your coat, laptop case or any other item to your wheeled travel luggage and keep it secure and compact.

How do you walk with 2 suitcases? ›

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Can I fly with an empty suitcase? ›

You can fly with as many suitcases as you would like. If you are over the free allowable number, you would need to pay excess charges. The airlines don't care of they are full or empty as long as you are under the weight limit. It's perfectly legal and it is done all the time.

What are the top 3 reasons we forget? ›

Why We Forget
  • Negative self-concept: we think of ourselves forgetting things.
  • We have not learned the material well.
  • Psychological reasons: defensive forgetting.
  • Disuse.
  • Interference due to emotional problems, anxieties, distractions, intense concentration on something else, and intellectual interference.
  • Changed Cues.

How many things do we forget a day? ›

According to a new study, the average person forgets an average of FOUR things every day. That's 1,460 every year.

What do people forget when they move? ›

These include dental records, medical records, veterinarian, and birth certificates. Valuables - Jewelry and other valuable items are sometimes forgotten as they are usually placed in hidden or well protected areas. Make sure that you have all of your expensive and valuable items packed before you begin your move.

How can I wake up at 4am for a flight? ›

But as long as you follow these tips, you'll be able to survive that early morning flight like a true pro.
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  2. Think Twice About Caffeine. ...
  3. Get Comfortable. ...
  4. Don't Overstimulate Yourself.
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Should you turn off water when on vacation? ›

It is always advisable to turn off your water supply before leaving for a vacation. Shutting off the water is crucial for protecting your home from water damage through leaks or burst pipes. The last thing you want is to find the house flooded and with a foul smell when you return.

What can you not take on a plane 2022? ›

Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible. TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.

Why do you have to remove your laptop at airport security? ›

The rule allows screeners to get an unimpeded look at each computer, which might help them discern whether it contains hidden explosives. And removing a laptop also makes it easier for screeners to see whatever else is in the bag. Computers can be large and dense enough to conceal parts of a suitcase in an X-ray image.

Can I bring toothpaste on a plane? ›

Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols. Common travel items that must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash and lotion.

How do you fold a dress for traveling? ›

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Is it better to roll or fold clothes when packing? ›

Rolling your clothes in your suitcase will generally save space. This is because it squeezes air from between folds and means the most of available space is used. If done correctly, rolling can also ensure less wrinkles in your clothes.

How should a woman pack for travel? ›

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  2. Swap your leather bag for a nylon one. ...
  3. Create a where, what, when checklist. ...
  4. Pick a comfy stylish travel outfit. ...
  5. Pack 12 pieces of clothing total that mix and match. ...
  6. Take fewer shoes and accessories, more underwear. ...
  7. Plan for pieces that multitask.
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How do you pack luxury shoes for travel? ›

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How do you pack high heels for moving? ›

Protect nicer or designer shoes like heels from scuffs by wrapping each shoe with paper or stretch wrap before putting them in a box. Tip: The best way to pack shoes is with plain packing paper, not newspaper. Newspaper print can rub off and leave a mark.

How do you pack shoes efficiently? ›

Clean your shoes and freshen them up. Socks and belts can be stored inside of your shoes to save some space. Now wrap your shoes in wrapping paper or grocery bags by wrapping them in pairs. Make sure to pack each pair heel to toe, with the soles facing opposite directions.

Why is there a zipper in the bottom of my suitcase? ›

Many people use the lining of their suitcase to store their dirty laundry until they get home from their trip. The zippered liner helps provide a barrier between soiled clothing and clean laundry that is ready to be worn on your trip.

What is better soft or hard luggage? ›

You may want to buy hard-shell luggage if you'll be packing breakable items. It could offer better security than soft-sided baggage because it can't be ripped open as easily and usually has integrated locks. Aluminum luggage can be even more secure. It often has metal drawbolt latches instead of zippers.

How much clothes do I need for a 7 day trip? ›

Do the clothing countdown: If you need a mantra to help streamline your wardrobe, use the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule for a weeklong trip: Limit yourself to no more than five sets of socks and underwear, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes and one hat. The list should be adjusted to suit your needs.

Does rolling clothes save space? ›

Rolling your clothes in your suitcase will generally save space. This is because it squeezes air from between folds and means the most of available space is used. If done correctly, rolling can also ensure less wrinkles in your clothes.

What is the easiest way to move hanging clothes? ›

To pack your hanging clothes inside of a trash bag, simply bundle your hangers and clothes together, slip the hanging clothes inside the trash bag while holding onto the hangers, tighten the drawstrings around the hanger hooks, tie and secure with the hooks outside the bag.

How do you roll clothes for packing? ›

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How do you pack shoes in a suitcase? ›

Place shoes heel to toe with soles facing outward, like in a shoe box, place them in shoe bags for protection, and line them up in the zippered compartment side of your luggage – starting at the bottom. If your shoes don't fill up the whole compartment, pack clothes in between to keep everything in place.

Is it better to fold or roll clothes? ›

As a rule of thumb, always fold clothes that are made from natural materials like cotton, linen, and wool. Cotton and linen crease and wrinkle very easily so they benefit from being folded, and woolen-knit items tend to be chunky, meaning that they will take up more space in your pack if you try to roll them.

How do I pack for less wrinkles? ›

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What is flat packing clothes? ›

Find the longest clothing and lay it in first. Pants, then dresses, then tops. Align garments on one end of the suitcase and let everything else drape over the edge of the bag. You'll tend to it later.

How do Army fold clothes? ›

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How do you fold clothes to save space in drawers? ›

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How do you fold pants like the military? ›

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How early should you start packing for a trip? ›

Start your packing process days or even weeks ahead of your departure date; this gives you time to craft a complete list, plus purchase any additional items you might need for your vacation. Creating a packing list is a fail-safe way to ensure that you never, ever forget to bring something important.

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