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By Linn from Canada
Yeppers, the Marines taught my son the same thing. Worked much better too, since his "suitcase" was a duffel.
When making a trip and you need to stop for one night, pack a overnight bag with the things you will need that night. Also, pack one set of clean clothes for the next day for self and other family members. I also include basic toiletries.
That way you only need to take in the one bag and you won't have to unpack the whole trunk as everything you need will be in the one bag.
Also, pack a laundry stain remover, that way you can use it on stains before they set. Once you get home, the stains come out easily when washed.
By Dorothy from New Creek, WV
This is a great tip, I do the same thing. Makes it a whole lot easier than having everyone lug a bag into the room & back to the vehicle!
I found that I can put a lot more in my suitcase using the vacuum bags sold for food. I ran out of those and bought the XL zip locks and just rolled the air out and it worked just as well. I always bring too many clothes when I travel and this helps me fit about twice as many in the suitcase.
By Kathlee from Portland, ME
For each day you'll be away, pack a full set of clothes: top, pants, underwear, socks in a zippy bag. This keeps your suitcase neat, and it avoids the hassle of digging through clothes at your destination, or even deciding what to wear!
If you are flying, NEVER put a laptop, camera or other fragile items near the top of a suitcase. Because most suitcases nowadays have little wheels on the bottom, which could help a suitcase to roll off a conveyor, they are always slammed onto the conveyor with the soft top side down, and the wheels up. By DearWebby