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15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

By Kerry Nenn, Wide Open Country

Vacation starts tomorrow. You can’t put off packing any longer.

You’ve made the packing list. You’ve gathered your favorite belongings around your suitcase. Now comes the hard part. Getting it all in there. Is this mission impossible? Need some packing tips?

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a three-week road trip, these packing hacks will help you fit, fold, and fool your suitcase into holding everything you need.

15. Kick the cat out of the bag

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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Even if it’s simply adorable…

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

14. Transform straws into tangle savers by stringing necklaces through and clasping

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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13. Protect your clothes from dirty shoes by putting each pair in a shower cap

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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12. Stuff your shoes with socks or other small items

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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No…like this…

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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 11. Roll ’em up instead of folding your clothes. You’ll be surprised at the space it saves

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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Plus it helps prevent wrinkles, too.

 10. Keep belts coiled and collars sharp in one easy step

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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9. Re-purpose mint or gum containers to pack small items like earrings

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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This can help you keep track of tiny treasures…and hide them from others.

8. Stop wrinkles with dry cleaning bags

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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Lay clothing inside the bag, then fold. The plastic prevents permanent creases.

7. Nestle q-tips in an empty medicine bottle

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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6. Use a contact lens case to hold just enough lotion or makeup for a short trip

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

5. Seal your leakables with plastic wrap

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips

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4. Create a mini-pharmacy out of an old glasses case

15 Packing Tips for Your Summer Trips
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