So, are you a roller or a folder?

Some swear that rolling your clothes saves more space than folding. Just to be fair and balanced, here’s a totally unscientific test that Condé Nast did.

For the rollers, here’s what Hacks Unlimited came up with. I think the video is mis-titled because they actually roll the clothes. Well, first they fold them. I’m so confused!

Pack less.
If you’re like me, you always bring too much stuff. A good rule of thumb is to lay out all the clothes and shoes you want to bring and then ask somebody else to remove half of it.

Wash bag.
If you like spending your time in laundromats in unfamiliar places, or paying the hotel a small fortune to wash your clothes, ignore this. A wash bag like this is small and lightweight. I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap for everything. Shampoo, shower, dishes, and laundry. A little goes a long way. Seriously, just a couple of drops. I take a small 3 ounce plastic screw top bottle and refill it at home from the big 32 ounce bottle before every trip. Saves a lot of space. They sell small travel size bottles, but I don’t like the flip tops they use because they can easily leak. It never hurts to bring a clothes line with you, either.

Crying babies, loud talkers, garbage trucks, the disco across the street that doesn’t close until sunrise. How often have you wished you had earplugs? If you don’t have some, go to a drug store and get a box of the wax or silicone type. You can form them into any shape you like. The foam rubber ones are fine, too, but wax is a better seal. These are good. A good pair of over the ear headphones aren’t as great as earplugs, but at least they dampen some of the din.

Make a list.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Some people leave a pad of paper lying around and they make notes as they think of the stuff they want to bring with them. Rick Steves has made it even easier with a printable packing list. There’s also a PDF file that you can download, print, and use for every trip.

Duct tape.
Like a Swiss Army knife, duct tape has myriad practical uses. But unlike a Swiss Army knife, you can take it on a plane. Smarter Travel says use the tape to put things back together if your suitcase gets ripped by rough-and-tumble baggage handlers, thus saving you from having to spend money on a new bag during your trip. If you’re heading to a place with an unfavorable exchange rate, purchasing a big-ticket item like a new suitcase could really eat up your budget. Other creative uses for duct tape include covering blisters on feet, removing lint from clothing, and creating a makeshift hotel-room safe by taping your wallet and jewelry to the underside of the bed.

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