How Not To Pack
Does your suitcase often seem as hard to pack as the one pictured? If so, take heart. Our photo gallery highlights some great packing strategies and products that make getting ready for your next trip a cinch. Packing efficiently doesn't just save space—reduced baggage is a great way to avoid the airlines' new first- and second-checked-bag fees, too. And best yet, you can apply these techniques for any trip, whether you're taking a full suitcase or just a carry-on bag.
What's wrong with this picture? Lots, of course—the traveler has no organization method, brought along impractical shoes, and made overall very poor use of space. She needs to consolidate, eliminate unnecessary clothes and footwear, and leave a bit of room for toiletries and other ancillary items. Click to the next photo to see a better packing method.