Bring on the baggies
One packing mistake you shouldn’t make: Putting your liquids straight into your suitcase or toiletries bag. Even if you’re checking luggage, use plastic bags with zip-lock seals to keep suntan lotion, shampoo, and conditioner, face wash, or any other liquids spill-proof on the road. (We’re loving these reusable, sealable silicone bags from Stasher—they even go in the dishwasher!) Baggies are also how to pack a suitcase for the trip home; they’re a great way to isolate wet, dirty, or sandy clothes. Throw a few extra zip-top bags in your carry-on luggage too, to organize small toys (hello tiny Legos) and souvenirs (like shells), stash away garbage, and/or carry snacks.
Originally published as These 6 Household Items Will Totally Change How You Pack a Suitcase on ReadersDigest.com.