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By Linn from Canada
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
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
When we arrived at my brother's, he could not believe when it came back to life and full size right before our eyes. Little Catherine loves it and now I have an empty piece of luggage to fill with shopping goodies from my trip to take back home.
By Aunt Peg from Cortland, OH
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!
Although I started this for my kids, now I do it for myself. It's easy to put a tee-shirt, pair of shorts, underwear, and socks in a bag, if the items are bulky, you can use shopping bags and simply tape them shut.
Less time fussing with clothes = more time to enjoy your trip. Happy travels!
By Natalie from Boston, MA
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.