How to pack a suitcase for a long weekend

I have packing for a long weekend down to a science.

And it’s really not rocket science. My general move is to place small, thin items on the bottom. Think socks, underwear and scarves. Then, I fold stiffer items like pants on top. My next move? Roll t-shirts and place on top of pants. If you intermix stuff like jeans and cotton tees too much, I find the shirts get wrinkled. My shoes go in last, and I always put them on top with the sole side up. Who wants the bottom of their dirty shoes messing up their clothes? Not me!

If I have a bulky sweater or coat, I’ll often just wear it as to not take up precious packing space. If you get too hot, you can always ditch heavier clothing items in the overhead bin.

It’s important to really think about what activities you’ll be partaking in on the trip and pack accordingly. Unless you’re traveling to Paris Fashion Week, you really don’t need a completely different outfit for every day. Select all your stuff from the same color pallet and mix and match. That way, you’ll still have plenty of space for souvenirs and whatever else you may want to bring back with you.

What are some of your best tips for packing?

Travel expert Samantha Brown shares how to pack a suitcase for a long weekend.

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