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Suitcase Secrets: Packing Tips & Trends

A stamp-filled passport is a desire any free spirit yearns for. There’s nothing quite as magical as ascending into the clouds, filled with ambition, and smiling down on your new destination from the window seat. Exploring a foreign place is one of the grandest joys we can allow ourselves, expanding our curiosities and wisdom with scents and sounds. We’d hate to pop this proverbial wanderlust bubble but if there’s one thorn in the side of any traveler, it’s the chore of packing—a poking reminder that journeying the world isn’t always as easy as it looks on Instagram.

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Photo via TUMI

We’ve learned a thing or two about packing the right way, so we’re sharing our suitcase secrets to get you through a summer of ambitious adventures. Who’s ready for a trendy takeoff?

Pick the Perfect Luggage

One thing you won’t see on any Instagram star’s feed is the behind-the-scenes trek from destination to destination. They may have an envy-inducing photo in front of the Taj Mahal, but we doubt they’d share the difficulty of lugging multiple suitcases in a tiny rickshaw, India’s three-wheeled passenger cart, across New Delhi. Rather than inconveniently dragging an entire set of luggage abroad, opt for a suitcase that has everything you need in one.

TUMI’s International Expandable Carry-On in Gallery Floral is just as cute as it is TSA-friendly. The polycarbonate exterior will keep your suitcase sturdy throughout your trip.

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International Expandable Carry-On at TUMI, $525

Rock Wrinkle-Free Fabrics

Do you really want to spend time on your trip fidgeting with the hotel’s ironing board? We didn’t think so. Choose lightweight and wrinkle-free fabrics that are both compact and convenient. Stock up on dresses and jumpsuits in comfortable jersey, rayon, viscose, and nylon. Emilio Pucci’s collection is a great place to start. The patterned maxi dress is fun for a day in a colorful city yet elegant enough to take the town.

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Long Dress by Emilio Pucci, $2,575

Incorporate Nude Accessories to Match with Any Look

Forget about patterned espadrilles and brightly-hued pumps, a pair of classic nude shoes will take you further than any heel in your reservoir of footwear. Boasting a stately block heel and simple nude hue, the Burberry buckle patent leather shoes make the perfect pair to get you from point A to point B.

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Buckle Detail Patent Leather Shoes at Burberry, $525

Keep Your Jewels Safe and Sparkling

Gone are the days of tangled chains and broken charms. Protect your baubles and gilded adornments safe and sparkling in Louis Vuitton’s foldable jewelry pouch. The Damier Azur canvas bag is a chic travel companion that you can trust. From protective pouches to petite pockets, the jewelry roll will hold your necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings in harmony.

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Foldable Jewelry Pouch at Louis Vuitton, $970

Captivate with a Bold Carry-On

Find a carry-on that fits your personality and, more importantly, your belongings. The Le Pliage Cuir bag at Longchamp is spacious enough to carry your medications, books, tablets, and tech essentials without needing to be hauled in the overhead bin. This vibrant leather bag will keep your air travel style game strong, while still fitting snuggly under the seat in front of you for easy access. The Metis leather foldaway bag is easy to transport on any occasion. Pro tip: if you don’t need a carry-on, pack away the Le Pliage Cuir in your suitcase for extra storage during your trip—we know you’ll be shopping in whatever destination you discover.

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Le Pliage Cuir in Cherry at Longchamp, $775

Prepare Your Travel Soundtrack

When traveling, diving into a bag of tangled wires is less than appealing. While we love Beats’ original over-ear headphones, we couldn’t pass up on the glam Beats/Balmain collaboration. These wireless headphones are lightweight and luxurious, barely taking up space in your carry-on. The Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones are styled with a metallic gold finish, coming packaged in a matching suede case adorned with Balmain’s plaque and symbolic coin zipper pull. The wireless headphones will stay charged up to 12 hours, have dynamic dual-driver acoustics, and are made to fit seamlessly in your ear. These comfortable earbuds will keep you cozy and relaxed as you listen to your favorite music or podcasts—who knew ergonomics could look so good?

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Powerbeats3 Wireless Balmain Special Edition Earphones at Apple, $249.95

Find Two-in-One Tech

Consolidate your tech supplies by opting for versatile equipment. Microsoft’s Surface Pro converts easily from a touchscreen tablet to a computer with a convertible, compact keyboard. From streaming Netflix to typing away for your travel blog, this portable tablet is packed with power.

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Surface Pro Intel Core m3 Tablet at Microsoft, $799

Keep Your Skin on Cloud 9

Moving from different climates can wreak havoc on your skin. Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir has a cult following, taking up a full page in the proverbial beauty bible of makeup artists and celebrities alike. Inspired by Queen Isabella of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this powerful plant based complexion treatment will smooth away fine lines, minimizes pores and give your skin an instant boost of radiance.
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30 ml Travel-sized Beauty Elixir at Caudalie, $18

Ditch the Extra Baggage

Let’s be clear: the only bags you should be checking this summer should be suitcases. Vacation is a time to relax and rejuvenate. Leave the stress, puffy eyes and dark circles home with much-needed restoration. Tarte’s Pack Your Bags 911 Under-eye Rescue Patches are a must-have. Plane, train, automobile—however you travel, these little commodities will pamper you with a refreshing chill. Don’t let exhaustion weigh you down—pop on a set of patches and let go of unnecessary baggage.


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Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Under-eye Rescue Patches at Sephora, $22

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