My husband thinks I’m weird because I love to pack. It’s my own personal challenge to fit more into my suitcase than it looks like it can hold.
Here are a few tricks for turning several commonly-packed items into double agents – that is, an item that looks like it serves one purpose but is secretly used for another…
** Double Agent #1 – Shoes
Shoes take up a lot of space… but they can also save space if you use them as organizers and protectors. Wrap perfume or cologne bottles in socks and stick them in your shoes for protection. Or fill your shoes with loose cords and small electronics.
* Pro Tip: Put your shoes into a shower cap before you pack them. It’ll allow them to breathe, while protecting your clothes from the soles.
** Double Agent #2 – Wrist Watch or Belt
Ladies can keep earrings organized by putting the posts through the holes in a wrist watch and snapping the backs on the other side. Men can try the same with cufflinks in belt holes.
** Double Agent #3 – Jewelry Bag
Choose a small bag for your jewelry that can double as a purse or clutch. No need to pack an extra bag. Guys can pack socks and boxers in a shoulder bag.
** Double Agent #4 – Water Bottle
Slip your small shampoo, soap, and lotion bottles into a hard, wide-mouthed water bottle, such as a Nalgene, and twist the lid closed. Your liquids won’t get squished… and if one springs a leak, it’ll be contained in the bottle. When you arrive, wash out the water bottle and use it for drinking.
** Double Agent #5 – Rain Jacket
If you’re going somewhere rainy and you need to bring a parka, lay it on top of everything and tuck it into the edges of your suitcase before you zip it closed. It’ll be nice and flat, saving room… and it’ll add an extra layer of rain protection, in case your bag sits on the tarmac.
Director, Great Escape Publishing
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