Maximize your mini suitcase
Avoid under-packing as much as over-packing: Clothes get wrinkly if they shift around.
Wear your bulkiest layers on the plane—they won't eat up space, and you'll need them when the cabin gets chilly.
Cotton-blend cardigan, $76, 525america.com
Stuff the toes of packed shoes with small items like jewelry, socks or toiletries.
Roll, don't fold, jeans, PJ's and T-shirts. This means fewer creases and more space.
A leather pouch does double duty as a delicates bag and evening clutch.
Studded leather "Cosmo" pouch, $106, Rebecca Minkoff, amazon.com
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Use clear plastic bags to safeguard anything snag-prone or leaky.
Separate your lights, brights and darks to prevent any colors from spreading. Be extra careful with suede shoes.
Pick a palette—two neutrals plus one standout shade—to make mixing and matching a total breeze.
Cotton T-shirt, $78, LNA, lnaclothing.com, knotted leather "Lila" sandals, $295, loefflerrandall.com, silk drawstring skirt, $200, margarita saplala. Arboretum apparel, healdsburg, ca, 707-433-7033
Keep a toiletry bag perennially packed with travel-size toothpaste and mini shampoo bottles—so you're not forced to toss in full-size containers at the last minute.