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

3 Simple Steps for Packing Shoes

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There is a definite method to packing shoes for a trip. Here are three. 

1. If you are not using a shoe bag then keep the soles towards heaven or facing away from your clothes, for obvious reasons; soles are dirty!

2. Shoes are one of the heavier items you will have in your bag so give lots of thought to taking too many. Chose a pair that can be worn in a variety of situations. Along with the one you are wearing, you’ll have enough.

3. Use the edges and corners of your suitcase to ensure every crack and crevice are used.

—Mimi Lombardo

How to Pack a Suitcase

3 Simple Steps for Packing Shoes

There is a definite method to packing shoes for a trip. Here are three. 

1. If you are not using a shoe bag then keep the soles towards heaven or facing away from your clothes, for obvious reasons; soles are dirty!

2. Shoes are one of the heavier items you will have in your bag so give lots of thought to taking too many. Chose a pair that can be worn in a variety of situations. Along with the one you are wearing, you’ll have enough.

3. Use the edges and corners of your suitcase to ensure every crack and crevice are used.

—Mimi Lombardo

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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