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Packing 101

Tips for packing your suitcase for vacation.
BY LINDA MILLER Modified: May 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm •  Published: May 1, 2012

Some people have packing down to an art. For others, their suitcase is always a mess. Here are some tips from Good Housekeeping:

Minimize wrinkles by rolling, not folding, three to four pieces together, with knits on the inside. For even better results, wrap the bundle in a dry-cleaning bag.

Slip chunk necklaces and bracelets into socks, and then tuck them inside your shoes. Pack footwear with soles turned outward, away from your clothes. When flying, wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane to leave room for that extra set of strappy sandals.

Use a pill organizer as a carrier for delicate rings, earrings, watches and necklaces. The small compartments will keep jewelry from banging around or getting tangled.

Keep a ready-to-tote toiletry bag in your luggage at all times. Include travel-friendly makeup, such as solid fragrance or pressed powder, as well as mini bottles for liquids. Make sure they're only three-quarters full to prevent leaks caused by air-pressure shifts during flights.

Save plastic dry-cleaning bags. Draped over every other item in your hanging bag or used to separate packed pieces, they prevent fabrics from forming hard creases and wrinkles. Later in the trip, knot the end of one bag to create an instant sack for dirty clothing.