Are you planning a girl’s weekend or a major European vacation? Oh what to wear and what to pack?  This is an age old question when preparing for a trip. With airlines imposing impossible fees and restrictions on luggage, the need for increased efficiencies in packing has become ever greater. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to get the most mileage out of your luggage.

Believe it or not, in the spring and summer months, you can pack for a week in Europe with a carry-on bag that fits in the overhead compartment. It is indeed possible, even for shoe lovers, to fit a week’s worth of clothing in a twenty-six piece of hard-side luggage. There are two tricks to achieving this.  Make judicious selections on what to bring (this often means wearing the same jacket or jeans more than once) and being efficient in using very inch of space in the piece of luggage you have selected.

Plan to wear your largest shoes and largest piece of outerwear on the plane. Slide a small day-purse into a larger boho bag to be used as your personal carryon. Make-up, toiletries and jewelry can easily fit into your personal carryon. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon and start collecting the fabulous make-up and toiletry samples offered through Birchbox.  Select a soft toiletry bag that can be rolled or flattened as need when placed in the luggage. Fill shoes with rolled socks and rolled panties. Lay out the garments you’ve selected for your trip lay two similar garments on top of one another, fold the arms in and tightly roll the pieces to place in the luggage. Continue this process with the remainder of your selections. Place shoes in the bottom of the suitcase on either side. Beginning on the perimeter of the suitcase, place the rolled garments snuggly in a pattern until you reach the center. You will actually avoid wrinkles in your clothing by using this method.  You will be amazed at how many pieces will actually fit in a small suitcase using this packing method. Best of luck to you!