Search online and you’ll find plenty of good ideas when packing for a trip out of home. MELANIE VAN ZYL put the cleverest ones to the test – they’ll transform the way you pack (without costing a thing). 60 GEARZONE Packing HACKS Put dirty shoes in shower caps Use the complimentary hotel ones – they are handy for covering shoes to keep clothes clean. Push earrings through buttons This keeps them together. Prevent necklaces knotting by threading them through a flexible straw. Pack heavy items first If you pack shoes and toiletries at the bottom of your luggage (near the wheels) it stops the bag from toppling over at the check-in counter, and it’s much easier to pull. Settle your clothing Close and drop your bag onto the floor from a height of about 10cm a few times. Everything will shift into tighter spots and free up more packing room.
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