Greensboro, NC -- Most people try and cram all their stuff into a carry-on so you don't have to pay a baggage fee. You're hoping and praying for that big trip that your luggage is under 50 pounds. 2 Wants To Know turned to Chris Ricci at Mori Luggage and Gifts who showed us the perfect way to pack.
She said packing is like building a lasagna, you pack in layers. So on her first layers, she packs everything that's heavy. A major tip: try not to put more than three pair of shoes in the bag. "That would be a pair of dress shoes, a pair of flats and a pair of walking shoes." Ricci also suggested wearing whichever pair of shoes is heaviest. You may have to take them off at security, but they won't take up that valuable space in your bag. But Ricci said it doesn't stop with putting the shoes in the bag. Once they're in, she said you need to stuff them. Put small things, such as socks, underwear, scarves, t-shirts, etc, inside of the shoes and in any spaces they create. "Use your shoes because it's an enormous amount of space that you're wasting if you don't stuff them."
Once you start adding your clothes, the key is to roll them. Ricci said the Boy Scouts and members of the military use the rolling method, so we know it works! "Roll everything from bottom to the top and start stuffing. My rule generally is, if I have room for my fingers, there's room for another piece of clothing in the bag." She said by the time shes finished with the bottom layer, there shouldn't be any room in the bottom of the bag.
Ricci's second layer is a combination of folding in the packing envelope and rolling outfits as well. The packing envelope or packing folder is a product that helps prevent wrinkles while keeping clothes organized. It's compact and if you put clothes in the packing folder and then into the suitcase, you also have room in the bag at the sides and at the corner. After you put in the packing envelope, you can roll more clothes and finish out the layer.
Ricci said her third layer tends to be items she needs to access quickly once she reaches her destination, like a sweater or coat.
Ricci also offered a piece of general advice when she said, "Try to minimize what you're taking. Those who carry a great many bags end up exhausted at the end of the trip just by carrying multiple bags."
The tips on how to pack are just the beginning of the packing advice Chris offered. She also talks about the basics of what to pack, gives more insight on the packing envelope, and even the perfect way to fold a jacket to avoid wrinkles!
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