By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Whenever I pack luggage for overseas travel, I always seem to pack more than I should. And when I get there, my clothes are so wrinkly. I know that there must be some ways to pack better. Can you provide any suggestions?

A: Getting prepared for that big trip overseas can be overwhelming, especially when trying to pack clothing. Once you've narrowed down the season and destination, things do start to get easier.

As a rule of thumb, it's always best to display all your clothes a few days before departure and then literally half that amount. So, if you've got four sweaters, take two. Choose items in the solid color family. Sensible walking shoes are always recommended along with a spare because your feet often need to take a breather from the ones you've been schlepping around in.

If you've picked your hotel, contact them ahead and see if they have in-house laundering services.

Since you'll be on the road, you'll want to separate the clean clothes from the dirty ones and a good method to ensure this is to pack a couple of plastic bags. Packing shoes in old socks or shoe bags protect your clothes from any dirt. Travel with clothing that's less likely to wrinkle. Hang wrinkled items in the bathroom while you shower to help steam out the wrinkles.

When it comes to toiletries, pack sample-sized items and avoid taking the full bottle of shampoo as hotels will accommodate you with this item anyway.


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