Traveling light is hard, especially when you need to bring along formal wear. Don't get stuck lugging a garment bag around the airport, follow these simple tips to pack your cocktail dress in a carry-on suitcase without running the risk of ruining it.

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1) Lay the dress flat and wrap it in a plastic dry-cleaning bag.

2) Lay flat again and fold the dress, pay attention to its natural shape.

3) Pack the dress last, placing it on top of other belongings.