10 tips to pack smarter

Whether you start way ahead of time or wait until the last minute, packing for a trip is nerve-wracking.

Do I have enough shoes? Do I have the right kind of shoes? It’s even harder if you’re crossing seasons and need cool- and warm-weather gear.

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My rolled clothes from the pile at the top of this post.

Fresh from preparing for a long trip, here are 10 tips I’ve learned over the years to help make packing easier:

1) Place everything you think you want to take on a flat surface, such as a bed, so you can see it all together. (See photo above.) You’ll see what matches and what doesn’t, and if you have too many items.

2) Mix and match clothing so items can be used interchangeably. You may find you pack fewer items. Pack fast-drying fabrics, such as silk or spandex, which can be washed in a sink.

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