Seven Easy Packing Tips That Will Change The Way You Travel + A Big Giveaway with Mark & Graham

Use these simple tricks the next time you pack up your suitcase or carry on bag
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Happy Friday!  We’re ending the week on a high note with a great roundup of easy travel packing tips that will help even the over-packers reading this.  Plus we’re hosting a fun giveaway that we’ve been itching to announce with our friends at Mark & Graham.  See that gorgeous white luggage in the photos?!  The monogramed carry-on suitcase can be yours; keep reading! 

I’m an over-packer.  There’s no ifs-ands-or-buts about it.  And when a work trip or vacation has me packing a small carry-on suitcase—or large suitcase, I always find myself packing and stuffing the thing until its overweight.  But recently I’ve been studying up and working on a few key, easy travel packing tips that help me maximize that coveted space. 

The most game-changing of all the travel packing tips I’ve picked up being the use of dry cleaning bags to eliminate wrinkles caused from folding clothes and them shuffling around in transit.  Plastic is our friend with packing, people. 

So as I’m literally gearing up to hit the road again today—see you soon, Ponte Vedra!—I’ll be implementing these seven easy travel packing tips I’ve outlined below.  

On a side note, I am utterly obsessed with the look of this gorgeous white carry-on suitcase, and can’t wait to put it to use on my trip.  Thanks to Mark & Graham, one of our lucky readers can win it and begin implementing our tips asap!  

Simply enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below, and stay tuned for a great transitional flying outfit post on Monday!  Truly, MKR



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Tip #1: Avoid letting your hat get squished by stuffing a shirt in the inside of it, then fold and layer clothes around the brim so the brim stays peaking out.

Callie Platform Oxfords

Loeffler Randall, $395

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Tip #2: Save space in your suitcase by stuffing your shoes with electronic cords, socks, jewelry, etc. Otherwise, that’s wasted space inside those shoes!

Concourse 2-in-1 Cosmetic Case

Mark & Graham, $99

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Tip #3: Pack travel size everything when it comes to beauty and personal care products…samples are great for these situations!  And buy a pill case so that you can leave your pill bottles at home too; they take up too much room and this way you can pack only the amount you need. 

Boyfriend Belt

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Tip #4: Eliminate unnecessary space-hogging mistakes, like rolled belts!  Instead, snake your belts around the inside border of the suitcase. 

Lingerie Bag Set

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Tip #5: Put all of your lingerie and undergarments in your delicates laundry bag.  Then, as you wear an item, you can put it in the to-be-washed bag, and just throw it in the laundry when you get home.

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Tip #6: Layer appropriately.  Think of it like a cake; first layer should be rollable items that won’t get wrinkled like jeans, leggings, t-shirts, pajamas.  Next, layer the folded items on top. 

Dry Cleaning Bags

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Tip #7: Between your layers as we mentioned in tip #6, lay down plastic bags or dry cleaning bags between folded layers of clothes.  Since friction causes wrinkling, plastic reduces friction.  If possible, pack all of your hanger items in individual plastic bags…they’ll arrive perfect and ready-to-wear! 


Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Mark & Graham, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

As pictured: Carry-on Suitcase | Cosmetic Bag | Hat | Shoes | Shirt | Necklace (similar) | Bedding | Throw Blanket | Nail polish 

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  • Lisa Brown / 03.24.2017

    I would like to travel to the Shepherd Islands

  • lucy / 03.24.2017

    SO PRETTY!! love it all.

  • H. Grace / 03.24.2017

    I am dreaming of traveling around Europe and seeing beautiful places, eating delicious food, and taking way too many pictures.

  • Susan L / 03.24.2017

    We are planning our honeymoon to the Azores right now!

  • Allison / 03.24.2017

    My husband and I were lucky enough to travel to Paris last summer and I’ve been dying to go back!

  • Laura I / 03.24.2017


  • Elena / 03.24.2017

    Israel is high up on my list right now.

  • Steve Weber / 03.24.2017

    I’m dreaming of traveling to Las Vegas.

  • LaTanya / 03.24.2017

    To the Bahamas

  • I’m dreaming of traveling to Bora Bora. I’d love to stay in an overwater bungalow and just decompress for 2 weeks!

  • Hannah Mann / 03.24.2017

    Dreaming of sunny Sanibel Island; toes will be in the sand in 2 weeks and 2 days! Lovely packing shots and giveaway! Xo, Hannah

  • Alina / 03.24.2017

    I’d love to go back to Italy. So gorgeous!

  • bernardina sims / 03.24.2017

    I’m dreaming of going on a South Africa awesome Safari someday!

  • Audrey Stewart / 03.24.2017

    I am dreaming of traveling to the mountains in Montana.

  • Lina / 03.24.2017

    Daydreaming about my trip to the Canary Islands this upcoming September!

  • gloria hamllton / 03.24.2017

    I would love to travel to Coronado Island with my husband..

  • Robin / 03.24.2017

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! I’m dreaming of my July trip to Japan!!!!!

  • Sj Dc / 03.24.2017

    Eastern Europe

  • Tammy Shelton / 03.24.2017

    A little visit to Texas to visit my Sis.

  • Kenya F / 03.24.2017

    I’ve been dreaming of traveling to Exuma! I went there 3 years ago and it was absolutely beautiful and relaxing. I can use some relaxation in my life right now.

  • Rachel / 03.24.2017

    I’m dreaming of traveling to New Zealand.

  • Cynthia Roach / 03.24.2017

    I am dreaming up vacationing in Cape Hatteras with my family.

  • Tara / 03.24.2017

    I wish I could take a trip. Maybe if I have good luggage the opportunity will happen.

  • Stafford / 03.24.2017

    I would use this for my upcoming trip to St. Thomas. Woohoo looking forward to a few days of relaxation in a couple of months.

  • Kim S / 03.24.2017

    Going on safari next month!

  • Stefanie G / 03.24.2017

    I would love to travel to a beach right now, somewhere with warm weather

  • Maree Sperle / 03.24.2017

    Love to travel to Prague. I have heard it is an amazing city.

  • Rhonda P / 03.24.2017

    I’m dreaming of The Amalfi Coast!

  • Dana Rodriguez / 03.24.2017

    Wwe are going back to Long Island late summer and I am really looking forward to it! Beautiful luggage!

  • Michele Cupp / 03.24.2017

    I’m dreaming of traveling to Australia

  • carol clark / 03.24.2017

    i dream of traveling to some caves and going metal detecting

  • Lisa David Carr / 03.24.2017

    I would love to go to Venice someday!

  • alicia szemon / 03.24.2017

    I want to travel to the caribbean right now!

  • I really want to travel to Colorado.

  • Sean / 03.24.2017

    I’d love to use the luggage to go on a trip to Spain.

  • Kara / 03.24.2017

    Planning our upcoming trip to Europe!

  • Jennifer Essad / 03.24.2017

    Belize, the Greek Isles, somewhere where the water is turquoise blue

  • Colette / 03.25.2017

    I am so dreaming of traveling to Key West right now!!! I need some sunshine and a beach!

  • Gloria Medrano / 03.25.2017

    I love reading your blog. Great tips and advice! On this particular one I thought the hat tip was genius!

  • Kim Pincombe-Cole / 03.25.2017

    I just booked a weeklong trip to Cabo ~ I’ve never been!

  • Mahdi Martin / 03.25.2017

    I’ve wanted to go to Okinawa for many years. I would like to stop in Tokyo on the way there.

  • ANGELA MASON / 03.25.2017

    I plan on a wonderful trip to Hawaii, I’m not really sure where the best island is to visit and I’m concerned about the price. Has any of you been there? Where’s the cheapest, but best place to be. If you know please feel free to leave a replay. The review was well written. Loved the pictues! Thank you for the opportunity & Enjoy your weekend!

  • Deborah Lorenzen / 03.26.2017

    Dreaming of a little pied-a-terre in Paris.

  • Lizzy / 03.26.2017

    Ugh LOVE the carry on suitcase! Currently dreaming of escaping to Charleston and Napa for a few days! <3

  • Elyse K / 03.26.2017

    Right now I am dreaming of a trip to Italy! *fingers crossed*

  • Katt Lewis / 03.26.2017

    I will probably always dream of Key West, it was always awesome for Xmas and other holidays.

  • We are headed to Hawaii in May. Great advice!!

  • Suzy / 03.26.2017

    I would like to go to Hawaii.

  • Cheryl B / 03.26.2017

    I am dreaming of a trip to the Florida Keys.

  • noelani meirowsky / 03.26.2017

    Paris always!!!

  • Marci / 03.26.2017


  • Gabrielle / 03.26.2017

    I am dreaming of going to London. I have friends there I’d love to visit.

  • Vickie / 03.27.2017

    Several trips planned.
    Annual beach trip to west coast of Florida in April
    Trip to outside Highland, NC.
    And, hoping to forage for morels in Pennsylvania in May

  • Erin Will / 03.27.2017

    It’s my dream to go visit Ireland but right now I really need my feet in the sand. Hoping to head on a tropical vacation this Summer

  • Tina Williams / 03.27.2017

    Palm Springs Baby!!

  • Emily Rabbitt / 03.27.2017

    South America!!! I have had such an urge to travel there right now.

  • Natalie / 03.27.2017

    Right now I would love to travel to Colorado to see my brother and baby niece.

  • I travel regularly for work and am continuously working to master the packing for short trips that only require a carry on. Would love to win t his!

  • Laura / 03.27.2017

    Bermuda or St. Lucia

  • Cindy A. / 03.27.2017

    I love to travel to France and Scotland.

  • Glenda Gordon / 03.27.2017

    I would love to win this carryon. It would be perfect to use when my husband and I travel.

  • Brittany / 03.27.2017

    I would LOVE to go to Cuba!

  • judyo / 03.27.2017

    going to brooklyn to see my two grandchildren–AFTER i get over this awful pneumonia–thanks for this chance

  • JoleneS / 03.27.2017

    I’d love to go back to California and travel up the coast to Oregon…or Cuba

  • Laurajj / 03.27.2017

    Oh I am dreaming of some place nice and warm! Sandy beaches….sunshine…short weather…oh would be so nice!

  • Dreaming of anywhere it’s not 120 degrees this summer! It’s Winter in Australia, right??

  • Elizabeth W / 03.28.2017

    I’d love to go to Greece and Portugal right now!

  • Peggy Johnson / 03.28.2017

    I am dreaming of traveling through Europe with some beautiful luggage

  • Danielle / 03.28.2017

    I dream of traveling to Bora Bora.

  • Girl you KNOW this post makes me so happy! I always need better packing tips as I’m getting to travel more often for work! Thank you for sharing – per usual, I’m obsessed.

  • HilLesha / 03.28.2017

    It’s a dream of mine to explore the medieval city of Bruges.

  • Ellie Wright / 03.29.2017

    I would love to go to Greece one day.

  • Naomi Pradhan / 03.30.2017

    Dreaming of Fiji.

  • Rust / 03.30.2017

    I’m dreaming of a romantic spring trip to New Orleans.

  • nickie / 03.30.2017

    I would love to travel to Hawaii

  • Virginia / 03.31.2017

    I would like to go to Fiji!

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