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The Complete Guide to Packing
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The Complete Guide to Packing

If your packing skills are feeling a bit rusty, you've come to the right place.

Fold it, roll it, stuff it in, and hope for the best—everyone has their own personal packing strategy. It gets even more complicated when you layer in checked bag fees, liquid regulations, and inconsistent TSA line rules. Being smart about what you bring (and what you carry it in) goes way beyond just filling your suitcase with a week’s worth of clothes. Leaving for vacation with one little carry-on? Better make sure your beauty essentials are travel-size. Going on a trip that spans the beach, a city, and a safari? Invest in some packing cubes. Can’t live without your smart bag? Don’t leave for the airport without making sure the battery can pop out easily.

As we start to dust off our suitcases and plan trips in earnest once again, we've updated this guide to help get you back into the swing of things with a solution for every packing scenario we could think of. (Tell us what we missed! And then we’ll add that, too.) We’ll help you find the best weekender bag for a three-day getaway, the carry-on that can magically fit 10 days’ worth of clothing, or the perfect travel wallet to keep all your documents in one place. We’ve also rounded up our favorite hold-everything Dopp kits, sheet masks to try at 30,000 feet and products to sooth your mask-weary skin, and neck pillows that actually help you sleep. Finally, we talked to the jet set about what they pack, and organizational experts like Marie Kondo and The Home Edit team about how to pack. When it doubt, roll it up—and leave behind anything that doesn't spark joy. —Lale Arikoglu and Madison Flager

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