If You think pocking is a pain. join the clubs Some people Just hate to pack, considering it the worst part of the trip. I should know — I’m married to one such reluctant packer. David complains, procrastinates, threatens to stay home, and begs me to help (translate that to do it all). I packed his bags when he was the harried traveling executive, but another person can’t do It all. He is the only one who can make the decisions about which items work best for his trip. So, there comes the time when you must buck up and scan packing your own bags! Take my ideas and tailor them to fit your travel plans.
Assemble Your Packing Tools
Before packing, you’ll want several tools to make the Job easier Following are items I assemble in Packing Central to keep things organized, clean, and wrinkle-free.
I. Self-sealing plastic bags In several sizes: I use two-gallon, ono-gallon, quart, and pint sizes for grouping items so they won’t get lost. This Is a great way to keep categories or things together in one place — a bag for socks, a bag for underwear, etc. Sheila uses zippered mesh laundry bags In various sizes to hold tee-shirts and underwear
2 Plastic dry cleaners bags: These protect your clothing and prevent wrinkles by trapping air between layers. I once bought a roll of at least one million from my dry cleaner and am still using them. YOU can also save the ones that come from the cleaners. Some say the ink on printed plastic bags may come off on clothing but I have never had that problem. If this wor. des you, turn the bags inside out.
3. Tissue paper: I don’t use much, but it does come in handy for stuffing the sleeves of a delicate jacket, for instance
4. Clothes dryer softener sheets: Tuck one Into your suitcase to keep the contents sweet smelling. You can also use it in the dryer at the self-service Laundry.
5. Bags for shoes: I prefer clear plastic bags from the grocery produce department so I can see the shoe Inside. Other choices are old socks or purchased shoe bags. One shoe per bag allows for more flexible packing. Susan H. uses a clear plastic hotel shower cap for each shoe.
6. Vacuum cleaner: Use the edge-cleaner tool to vacuum the lint and sand from the last trip out of the bottom of the suitcase.
7 Solid-color bed sheet: Place a clean sheet on top of the bedspread so road dirt and dust on 11w suitcase won’t soil the spread. The solid-color helps me find small items that may get lost In the design of my printed bedspread.
8 Nylon zip-top tote: a bag that fits in the bottom of your main suitcase to be used as an ‘overflow bag” for shipping home dirty laundry or accumulated treasures.
9. Bubble wrap: Packing a bag completely full minimizes shifting of contents and wrinkling. Items shill toward the bottom, which can change depending on how the bag is carried or rolled. If your bag is not quite full, add sheets of bubble wrap. Toss the bubble wrap as you add purchases and the contents expand. Or, keep the bubble wrap to use for packing fragile items you And along the way.