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The tickets are bought, the travel insurance is set and all that’s left to do is pack your suitcase. But if you’re likely to leave this last important step until the last minute, you might find the process stressful and, well, just plain annoying. Well, you can take all the stress out of the whole process by taking notes from English TV host, Rachel Grant. Not only is she a former Bond girl, but she sure knows how to pack a carry-on suitcase.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make the most of this travel hack:
- Elastic bands
- Zip-lock bags
- 1x carry-on suitcase
- Packing cubes
- Clothing and shoes
Here’s the step-by-step guide about how to pack efficiently with only a carry-on bag.
1. Roll your clothes
This is a space-saving technique that leaves more room in your suitcase than if you neatly folded each and every item. It also leaves your clothing less wrinkled, too.
2. Pop them into zip-lock bags
By using zip-lock bags you’re able to remove as much air from your clothing as possible, leaving you much more room in your suitcase for other important things like souvenirs when you return.
3. Stuff your shoes with your socks and smaller items
There is a whole lot of space just waiting to be stuffed inside your shoes. Don’t waste it, use this area to pop your socks and other small items.
4. Use rubber bands to hold your shoes together
To make sure your shoes don’t move all over the place inside your suitcase, wrap them together with rubber bands.
5. Keep similar clothing together
When folding your clothes, Rachel suggests pairing similar items together. This means you fold particular materials as well as similarly-sized clothing together.
6. Packing cubes will keep your clothing compressed
Rachel suggests using packing cubes because they compress your clothing as you pack them.
7. Heavier items on the bottom
And don’t forget to pop all your bulkier items like jackets and jeans on the bottom of your suitcase, that way you have more room to cram and stuff your smaller items to make sure it all fits.
Watch the video about how you too can pack 100 items into your carry-on: