Because we can’t wiggle our nose and have our wardrobe magically transported to our destination, making the most of the precious space in our suitcase is essential. Fortunately, a new crop of innovative bags and organizers allows us to fold, roll, and squeeze our clothes for maximum space-efficiency, making longer getaways less of a hassle.
“When packing for an extended vacation, we recommend making a list of activities that you’ll be doing and packing your most versatile items,” says Jessica Dodson, a packing expert from travel outfitter Eagle Creek. “And if you’re packing for more than one person in the same bag, we recommend using different color organizers to keep clear whose is whose.”
Portable organizers and media pouches tuck gear away tightly into duffels and small rollers, while compression sacks and packing cubes maximize space in your checked bags. The only thing left is the unpacking upon arrival. But hey, at least everything will be neatly folded. Here are seven favorite tools for managing packables like a pro.
1. Packing Cubes by Rule #5
2. Everyday Backpack by Peak Design
3. Pack-It Specter Garment Folder by Eagle Creek
4. Ultralight Compression Sack by ZipVac
5. Stow-N-Go Portable Luggage System by Grand Fusion
6. TechAway Travel Roll by Great Useful Stuff
7. Professional Travel Kit by Will Leather Goods
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