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11 Packing Hacks That Will Change the Way You Travel

06/18/2015 02:30 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2016

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The worst aspect of traveling is packing your bags. And with the mounting fees being imposed by greedy airline executives, the art of efficiently fitting a bunch of clothes into a confined space is invaluable as ever. So whether you're a classic over-packer who throws a handful of stuff in the bag six hours before your flight, or the type of person who keeps a detailed spreadsheet of what you need, the eleven hacks below will forever change the way you travel.

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1. Wrap it up (and over)
What you need: Plastic wrap.
What it does: Keeps your liquids, creams, gels, etc. from leaking.
Uncap all of your products, place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the bottles, and then screw the caps back on. The result will ensure that all the fluids stay where they belong.

2. Simple packing solution
What you need: Clothing.
What it does: Ensures that you have enough clothing for your trip.

If you're not the type of person who lays out each outfit/a few outfits beforehand, just pack three tops for every bottom. You can re-wear jeans, chinos, etc., but you're going to have to switch up shirts every day.

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3. Find your folding, rolling, and stuffing balance
What you need: Clothing.
What it does: Makes use of every last inch of space available in your suitcase.

Roll items such as t-shirts, underwear, and even jeans. Cram 'em into the small crevices on the sides of your suitcase to maximize carrying capacity. For everything else, do not overfold. The thicker an item is, the less room you'll end up with in your bag. Also remember that your shoes are mostly empty space, so stuff them with socks, underwear, bottles of cologne, grooming products, etc. Those three moves will maximize room in your luggage.

4. Smuggle drugs (and cufflinks) past TSA
What you need: A pill box.
What it does: Holds jewelry, suiting accessories, etc.

Store small items such as rings, necklaces, earrings, tie bars, cufflinks, bracelets, etc. in a pill box to keep everything secure and in one place.

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5. Cap your razor
What you need: A binder clip.
What it does: Safely covers your razor.

If you don't use a straight razor, and rather not cut yourself when you reach into your medicine bag at night while jet-lagged/sleep deprived, cover it with a binder clip.

6. Take a tip from the military
What you need: A t-shirt, underwear, and a pair of socks.
What it does: Results in the most space efficient packing method possible.

Known as the skivvy roll, the technique was perfected by the Marines and essentially creates a small burrito containing a t-shirt, one pair of underwear, and one pair of socks. If you're packing a bug out bag for a day trip or have serious spatial restrictions, this is your new go-to packing move.

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