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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 Porta-Pockets

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A few separate inner pouches make finding your accessories, undergarments, and sleepwear a cinch—plus, they can be moved seamlessly from suitcase to hotel drawer. Our pick: the Pack-It Specter Cube Set from Eagle Creek ($38 for a set of three; shown).

—Mimi Lombardo

How to Pack a Suitcase

The Porta-Pockets

A few separate inner pouches make finding your accessories, undergarments, and sleepwear a cinch—plus, they can be moved seamlessly from suitcase to hotel drawer. Our pick: the Pack-It Specter Cube Set from Eagle Creek ($38 for a set of three; shown).

—Mimi Lombardo

Courtesy of Eagle Creek

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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