Lists: One way to ensure that you are packing everything you’ll need for your trip is to make a list ahead of time. The more organized the list the better. Divide your list into categories such as toiletries, clothes, last minute, etc. Check the weather ahead of time so you’ll know what type of clothing to pack. Check off each item as you pack it.

Quality Luggage: One of the best packing tips is to buy quality luggage. When you travel you don’t want to have to stress about your luggage falling apart throughout your travels. You want to make sure that you have a reliable piece of luggage that isn’t going to break or rip so that your belongings don’t fall out or get stolen. You also want luggage that will keep your belongings organized and in good condition. A garment bag is a good idea for business travelers. Garment bags help keep your clothing wrinkle free as you travel. Quality luggage is a great investment because it lasts. Don’t waste your money on one way luggage that will just fall apart after one trip– invest in quality luggage that can provide you with comfort and security no matter where your travels take you.

Protection: Protect your clothing by packaging your toiletries and liquids carefully. Use sealable plastic bags to pack anything that may spill to protect both your clothing and your luggage. You may also want to pack your shoes in a shoe bags so that they do not ruin your other clothing.

Airport Rules: Make sure you’re aware of the airport rules at the time you’re traveling. This will help you plan your packing. If you’re not checking any luggage, try to buy travel sized liquid items that are 3 ounces or less. Put all liquids and gels in a clear plastic quart size bag and have it easily accessible so that you can pull it out of your carry-on at the security checkpoint. If you are checking a bag, try to pack all of your liquids in the bag you’ll be checking. Contact the airport ahead of time for any additional security regulations.

Neatness: This may not seem like a packing tip, but it’s an important one. The neater you are when you pack, the less likely your contents will be damaged. Be aware of how much you need to bring. If you choose a piece of luggage that’s too large for your things, they’ll shift around during travel. If you choose a piece that’s too small, you risk overstuffing and potentially breaking your luggage. Try rolling your underwear, socks and t-shirts and putting them in the creases of your luggage. This will also help keep the rest of your belongings secure so they don’t shift as much. Socks can also be placed in your packed shoes, which not only saves space, but also can prevent your shoes from getting flattened during transit.

Packing: There are a few things to keep in mind as you’re packing. Try to check the weather ahead of time and plan out what you’re going to wear. You can also try packing pieces of clothing that can be mixed and matched for more variety without taking up too much space. Try bringing only one or two pairs of neutral colored shoes that coordinate with multiple outfits and are suitable for more than one activity. If you don’t have a garment bag you should try to pack clothes that are less likely to wrinkle. For instance, knit shirts, cotton/polyester and cotton/spandex blend clothing are less wrinkle-prone than 100% cotton.

If you want to pack the minimal amount of clothing, you can call the hotel where you’re staying to find out if they offer a laundry service. The best packing tip in this case is just try to plan as much as possible.

Valuables: One of the most important packing tips is to pack your valuables in your carry-on. Avoid packing money, cameras, medications, electronics or fragile items in your checked luggage. The exception to this is if your camera uses film – in that case, you’re better off checking it because the security scanners can damage the film. If you wear contacts, pack your glasses in your carry-on as well as a case with solution in it. Try to keep in your carry-on anything that you absolutely would not be able to be without for a day should your luggage get lost in travel. Make sure you have your ID on you at all times – this is your most valuable item in an airport!

Distinction: A lot of pieces of luggage look similar, especially when you have a popular brand of luggage. To avoid confusing your luggage with someone else’s or vise-versa, clearly label every piece of luggage you travel with. Put your name, telephone number and e-mail address on each piece. Another way you can make your luggage stand out as being different than everyone else’s is to put something on it that will distinguish it. Used colored tags around the handle, we suggest Big Tags or Hanz Off Tags – anything that will make your bag stand out when the luggage carousel comes around at baggage claim.