You’ve probably heard this well-worn piece of packing advice: Gather together everything you want to take, divide it in two, leave one half at home and take twice as much money. Good advice for those who don’t mind washing their T-shirts in a hotel sink. For the rest of us, here are some packing aids and organizers that will help clients put every inch of luggage space to good use.
Look Ma, no wrinkles!
Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Folders prevent wrinkling; just wrap clothes around the folding board inside. In three sizes — the smallest folder holds about seven dress shirts and fits into most briefcases and carry-ons; larger folders are good for blazers, suits, dresses and pants. $22-$28. www.eaglecreek.com
They’re a shoe-in
Even your clients’ super high heels will fit inside these pretty Shubi shoe bags, made of machine-washable cotton and lined with a complementary-colored fabric. Each bag closes with grosgrain-ribbon drawstrings. 15 inches by 8 inches. $38 per pair. www.flight001.com
This lightweight Pack-It Half Tube Cube from Eagle Creek is great for organizing all those small items like socks and scarves that tend to get squeezed into the empty spaces in your luggage. $10.
Pack it in
Tired of digging around in your luggage for clean undies on day 13 of a two-week trip? Flight 001’s Underwear Spacepak features two, clearly labeled compartments for clean and worn undergarments. The large zipper pull makes it easy to compress lots of items into a compact space. 13 by 9½ by 3 inches. $38.
Ideal for airport inspections, Magellan’s see-through Mesh Pockets keep your carry-on necessities at arm’s reach. The durable, 100 percent polyester bags come as a set of three, ranging in size from 7 inches by 5½ inches to about 14 inches by 10 inches. $11.85 per set.