No matter who you are or where you’re going, one thing is certain: you will need to pack. Some travelers plan what they’re taking weeks in advance; others are more harried, tossing a few things in a bag at the last minute.
To make the process more manageable for everyone, we turned to our in-house packing master, Travel + Leisure’s fashion director, Mimi Lombardo, for her hard-won tips.
Two favorite ways to pack: the roll-up squeeze—coiling your clothes for maximum space—and the layer cake technique of stacking your clothing items between sheets of tissue to prevent wrinkling.
“If I’m traveling with family I definitely do the roll, because it’s casual,” says Lombardo. “But when I’m traveling for business or fashion shows, it’s all about the layer cake!”
She shares step-by-step instructions, as well as products that will give you more wiggle room, in our packing slideshow.