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9 packing hacks to make your next getaway more enjoyable

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Over-stuffed bags, wrinkled clothing, and leaky liquids can turn what should be a relaxing getaway into a hassle. But you don’t have to forsake your favourite comforts for a neat and organized suitcase. Employing these simple packing hacks before you leave for the cottage can reduce the stress once you arrive.

Here are 9 ways to make your next outing a little easier:

1. Pack your shoes in a shower cap to prevent dirt and dust from spreading to your clean clothes. You can maximize space even more by stuffing socks or small tubes of liquid, such as travel-sized hairspray, inside the shoe.



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2. Avoid folds, creases, and wrinkles by rolling your clothes like a burrito. This packing method also maximizes space.

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3. Put a dryer sheet in your suitcase to absorb any odours and keep clean clothes smelling fresh.

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4. Air-compression plastic bags will save you space but can also lead to wrinkles. Use one to keep dirty or damp clothes separate from others if you’re in a rush—and add a laundry sheet to keep those items from smelling up the rest of your suitcase.

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5. Prevent leaks by placing pieces of plastic wrap between the bottle and the lid of your toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, and liquid soap.

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6. If you’re missing the cover, store your razor in a binder clip to prevent it from nicking other items.

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7. Wrap up your cables and cords and store them in a glasses case to prevent them from getting tangled with other items in your suitcase.

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8. Keep your necklaces tangle-free by stringing the chains through straws. Pack them in a zip-up pencil case or small makeup pouch.

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9. Use an old pill container to pack Q-tips. The container is also useful for carrying around a day’s worth of sunscreen rather than a super-sized bottle.

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