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Do you know anyone who absolutely loves to pack? Neither do we. But we do have techniques to make the process easier.

The Layer Cake: Steps

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1. Layer dry-cleaner plastic or tissue between items.

2. Leave blouses and dresses on hangers for easy unpacking.

3. Fill suitcase, tucking belts and accessories into corners.

—Mimi Lombardo

 

How to Pack a Suitcase

The Layer Cake: Steps

1. Layer dry-cleaner plastic or tissue between items.

2. Leave blouses and dresses on hangers for easy unpacking.

3. Fill suitcase, tucking belts and accessories into corners.

—Mimi Lombardo

 

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How to Pack a Suitcase

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.

—Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

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