Packing Tips & Tricks

Testing Packing Hacks: Do They Work?

November 15, 2016

#6 Hide valuables in your lip balm tube: FAIL

Hiding valuables in Chapstick tubes does not work

Nope! Not trying this anytime soon! Taken by Tiara Chiaramonte

As if all that work you just put in to scoop the last little bit of product out of the tube and clean it completely wasn’t enough, now you run the major risk of dropping, or even accidentally throwing away that tiny little insignificant tube. Do yourself a favour: put your money in a wallet, or a pocket, or your phone case, or anywhere but in a tube of lip balm.

#7 Use a binder clip to protect your razor: PASS

Razor with a binder clip over the blades

Yep! From The Krazy Coupon Lady

Though most of the time I don’t bring a razor with me because I try to travel with only carry-on luggage, and the TSA has recognized the distinct possibility that someone could shave someone else to death, this hack is pretty useful, especially when I fear that my razor might slice through my clumsy fingers.

#8 Coat Q-tips with eyeshadow: FAIL

Q tips in a Ziplock bag with eyeshadow on the tips

Nope! Taken by Kathleen Kamphausen

I had trouble packing on enough eyeshadow on a Q-tip to even cover one eye. Then, the product began falling off everywhere before I could even seal them in a bag. Talk about some serious fallout issues! When I took them back out, I couldn’t, for the life of me, get enough pigment to transfer from the Q-tip to my face. Maybe Q-tips just aren’t meant to be used to transfer powder makeup.

#9 Roll, don’t fold: PASS

Rolling your clothes for packing works!

Yay! Taken by Kathleen Kamphausen

With the help of my extensive scientific measurement (really just a pen and paper), I tested out both methods of packing, and did find that I fit a few more articles of clothing into my suitcase when rolling. The downside? It took longer to roll the clothes, and they probably do turn out more wrinkly in the end.

#10 Seal your jewellery between plastic wrap: PASS, BUT SO WASTEFUL

Jewellery sealed in plastic wrap

Why waste so much plastic wrap? From The Krazy Coupon Lady

The principle behind this is that the plastic wrap will prevent the jewellery from tangling up. And, needless to say, it works! And it totally fits with my life philosophy: waste as much stuff as possible! Just kidding, please don’t actually believe that. I’m trying to live a minimalist, sustainable, ethical, money-savvy, and eco-friendly life. I’m trying to cut down to a zero-waste lifestyle, which this totally does not help. As well, I travel light, to prevent theft, exhaustion, and overweight fees, so bringing jewellery is not something I want to do often. My advice? If jewellery sparks joy in your life (#mariekondo2k16), pack it on yourself. A necklace, a pair of studs, and maybe a ring or two is plenty.

In conclusion…

I will be using some of those hacks on my future travels, but definitely not the others! Did you enjoy this post? If so, leave us a comment below telling us what hacks work for you! Are there any we missed?

Happy travels!



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  • Reply Melanie and Todd November 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    These are genius ideas! Always looking for easy things like this! Thanks for the share!!

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  • Reply Carola March 6, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Ha! 🙂 Thanks for doing this reality check!
    I would add zip-lock bags to store pretty much everything: I even got rid of my packing cubes because the zip-locks are more convenient (different sizes, see-through, compress better, shape better to fill holes in my packing) and cheaper.

    Happy continued travels!

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