How to Pack

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Filling a Suitcase

The goal in packing a suitcase is to fill it completely so that clothes don't slide over one another and cause wrinkling. If you're planning on taking home a fair load of souvenirs, consider leaving space in your bag and filling the gaps with crumpled tissue paper. Two other options: Buy an expandable suitcase or pack a lightweight foldable bag to tote your stuff home.

The Right Way to Pack

Put pants and dresses
in first, then fold over
atop other clothes.

  • Lay dresses or slacks inside the suitcase with the lower portions draped over the edges. Line the sides of the suitcase with belts.
  • Place a layer of folded items that can be allowed to wrinkle (such as sweatshirts and T-shirts) on top of the first layer.
  • Bagged items and a toiletry kit go in next.
  • Layers of folded shirts, blouses, sweaters, shorts, and the like rest atop the bagged goods. If you are packing a tailored jacket, turn it inside-out. Fold it lengthwise first, then into thirds.
  • Finally, fold pant legs over clothes in the case. Put bagged shoes and other hard items (like the steamer shown here) along the outside edge of the case.

Continued on page 4:  Packing a Duffle

 

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