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Suitcase Secrets: 8 Great Travel Tips and Tricks

Updated on July 14, 2014

What to pack? Where are you going?

Your first priority when packing for a summer business or vacation excursion is considering where you are going. What kind of weather do you expect? What mode of transportation are you using? How long is your visit? What activities will you enjoy? Are you traveling to a foreign country? Once you have made a list of the items you need to take you can begin to think in terms of outfits and accessories for your trip.

Outfits over multiple garments

When packing practically choose outfits over multiple mismatched tops and bottoms. This takes time and pre planning but is well worth the effort. Coordinate your favorite shorts and tops but make sure they can be used to create other outfits with your wardrobe staples.

Neutrals with a pop of color.

In order to increase the number of outfits and clothing options for your vacation keep in mind you can never go wrong with neutral colors such as black, navy, khaki, and white. Add a pop of color such as a red t shirt, orange scarf or green sweater. Neutral colors always work. Neutral colored suites and dresses are always appropriate for business, casual or formal affairs. Classic colors are crisp, clean and modern.

Don't Forget Accessories

Scarves, neckties, small handbags. necklaces, and bracelets take up little space and can make a repeat outfit look totally new. Men and women can add a sassy straw fedora or favorite cap.

What's on your feet?

Follow the basic rule of shoe packing. Wear your heaviest shoes and pack the rest. Once again, pack shoes that are neutral in color such as black, brown and white. Neutral shoes will match with more outfits so you will not have to pack as many shoes resulting in a much lighter suitcase. Try to pack shoes that can cross over between dressy and casual, such as strappy sandals or leather loafers. Walking and sightseeing require a comfy pair of shoes.

Double Duty Items

Bring items that do double duty. At many tourist destinations you just need to add heels and a blouse to your hiking shorts and you look appropriate for a dinner out. A giant scarf doubles as a shawl on a chilly night or as a beach sarong. Men should bring along at least one sporty casual jacket for dinner or cool weather.

Resealable bags

Resealable bags are not just for airport security. You'll want to take them for wet clothes if packing in a rush from the beach or as insurance from a shampoo or body lotion luggage leak. Keep camera and cell phone accessories safe. Also keep in mind that that most hotels supply shampoo, conditioner and soap and many sell small sized bottles which help to keep spills and suitcase weight down. Ladies, keep the cosmetics, hair styling products, toiletries and curling irons to a minimum. A fresh face is always beautiful. You are on vacation to relax.

Where are you going?

Toss in a laundry bag

To keep your dirty clothes from mingling with the clean ones toss a little laundry bag into your suitcase.

Document Holder

Find a sporty or chic little pouch to store your passport, tickets, etc. Clear plastic sports lanyards work well. Enjoy more time doing what you love and worry less. Isn't that what we all want every time we travel?

Excellent Packing Tips and Tricks


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  • LKMore01 profile image

    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the comment, Au fait. Be safe and happy traveling wherever you may go.

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    This is the time of year when this advice can be especially useful, but then anytime a person has to travel it's good to know where to start. Saves time and makes a trip go a lot nicer. Voted up and useful and will share with followers.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for reading and commenting Vinaya. Happy travels and peace to you always.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    I love traveling, however I'm always frustrated while packing. These tips will surely help me. Cheers

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    LKMore01 4 years ago


    Your comment means a lot coming from someone who travels for a living! Thank you for reading and commenting!


    Thank you so much for your comment. I think we can all sympathize with the "better safe than sorry" issue. Thank you for stopping by.

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    rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    This is such a great and useful article! You have provided some great tips. I, unfortunately, have a terrible habit of packing everything except the kitchen sink every time I travel, lol. I just can't help it, I have the "better safe than sorry" mentality and as a result I end up packing things I really don't need. Oh well, what's a girl to do? Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Awesome hub! Love the practical tips. I rolled up my clothes when packing and since I like to travel light, I really don't have much trouble trying to squeeze in stuff. Great video clips.

    Voting up and sharing.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Rachel. You are absolutely correct that it takes practice and I am still learning from other people. Best of traveling to you.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you reading, Anna. Happy traveling to you.

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    Rachel Horon 4 years ago from Indiana

    Nice Hub! It takes practice to pack well regardless of the length of travel. I traveled with a tour leader who took a few items that she could throw away or leave behind when she was done, such as old wash clothes for removing makeup. It made more room for her souvenirs as well.

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    Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

    Full of good information LKMoreo1. I always take way too much stuff on holiday for everyone and then I have to haul it all back again!

    I will keep your tips in mind and hopefully minimise our packing this year!

    Voted up and very useful!

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you, Darrylmdavis, vickiw ,kidcrafts, stepahnieb27, anndango. Thank you for taking your time to read and comment. May all of your journeys be safe and may your travel adventures this summer be relaxing calm and stress free.

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    anndango 4 years ago

    A very useful hub, LK! I like to keep my packing to a minimum so your tips are helpful. Hope you are taking a great vacation or two this summer! Voted up, useful and sharing. Wait, where did the share button go??

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    stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

    This sounds like what I have done to minimize my wardrobe! Great hub and very helpful! We are doing local trips this summer (Amtrak ride to visit my brother and my in-laws lakehouse) so very low-key. :)

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Great hub about being ready without too much stress for holidays! I remember that a few times, 5 minutes before preparing to go to Europe, I was still running through the house trying to do a million things at once.... and still packing! What a nightmare!

    Since a few years, I have prepared a standard list that I modify depending of the destination and duration! So I am becoming better with that kind of sport ;-)

    Last year, I started to pack almost everythin at least one week before... but I was still running a little bit at the last minute!

    So we will see with your extra help and starting really on time, I can pack and be relaxed at the same time :-)

    Thanks for sharing! Very useful!

    Enjoy your day!

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    lKMore01, great hub for travel preparation, and your tips make wonderful sense. I shall bear this in mind next time I pack !

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    Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

    Neat hub. And despite the way it was illustrated, I would say - as someone who travels a lot for both business and pleasure - most of this not restricted to a particular gender. Well done :-)

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    LKMore01 4 years ago


    Your support means the world to me. Thank you for reading and commenting. You deserve to take a break but your readers would miss you too much.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you so much, Joe. That is a wonderful comment to read. My HUB contributions have been limited this past month and your comments are so valued and appreciated. I will be back in a few more weeks. Aloha, Joe! You are the best!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well, let's see. I haven't had a vacation in four years, and when I do travel I toss stuff in a backpack. LOL In other words, I just stopped by to say hello and give you a little billybuc support.

    Hope you are well my friend. Great suggestions for the travelers out there.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Awesome hub that just about everyone can use, whether traveling out of the country or spending the night at a bed and breakfast in town. I like how you adeptly and immediately addressed the topic posed in your title and made economic use of your word count and great images. The video at the end tied everything together so nicely. This, Lisa, was a wonderful hub example for both Hub newbies and veterans alike. Thank you so much for sharing, and--if it applies--bon voyage! Aloha!