Expert packing tips on how to travel like a pro this summer

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Expert tips on how to pack like a pro this travel season. (Photo: Amazon, Walmart, Nordstrom, Art: Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration)Expert tips on how to pack like a pro this travel season. (Photo: Amazon, Walmart, Nordstrom, Art: Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration)

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Expert tips on how to pack like a pro this travel season. (Photo: Amazon, Walmart, Nordstrom, Art: Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration)
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="As we head into&nbsp;summer&nbsp;travel season, we consulted two expert packers to help guide us this year before we jet off. We wanted to find out everything there is to know about how to pack smartly — from the best suitcases to the must-have travel accessories we all should bring with us.” data-reactid=”31″>As we head into summer travel season, we consulted two expert packers to help guide us this year before we jet off. We wanted to find out everything there is to know about how to pack smartly — from the best suitcases to the must-have travel accessories we all should bring with us.

Here’s your expert travel guide to packing like a pro.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Cindy Kowalewski&nbsp;is a seasoned private flight attendant who has traveled to 89 countries, including Sri Lanka, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Monaco and many more.” data-reactid=”34″>Cindy Kowalewski is a seasoned private flight attendant who has traveled to 89 countries, including Sri Lanka, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Monaco and many more.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Lesley Murphy&nbsp;is a travel journalist and TV personality. You might recognize her from Sean Lowe’s season of “The Bachelor” and the inaugural “Bachelor Winter Games.” However, over the past five years she’s been dedicated to running her travel site, The Road Les Traveled. Murphy is usually traveling two-thirds of the year and has been to more than 60 countries. A snapshot of Murphy’s passport includes stamps from China, Greece, Vietnam, India, Argentina and more.” data-reactid=”36″>Lesley Murphy is a travel journalist and TV personality. You might recognize her from Sean Lowe’s season of “The Bachelor” and the inaugural “Bachelor Winter Games.” However, over the past five years she’s been dedicated to running her travel site, The Road Les Traveled. Murphy is usually traveling two-thirds of the year and has been to more than 60 countries. A snapshot of Murphy’s passport includes stamps from China, Greece, Vietnam, India, Argentina and more.

Away The Carry-on Suitcase (Photo: Away)Away The Carry-on Suitcase (Photo: Away)

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Away The Carry-on Suitcase (Photo: Away)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“I currently have 10 suitcases sitting in my room. My favorites are&nbsp;Away&nbsp;and Tumi at the moment,” Murphy tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “They’re both sturdy as hell and good looking luggage. If you can walk the line between functional and fashionable, that’s great in my book.”” data-reactid=”59″>“I currently have 10 suitcases sitting in my room. My favorites are Away and Tumi at the moment,” Murphy tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “They’re both sturdy as hell and good looking luggage. If you can walk the line between functional and fashionable, that’s great in my book.”

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Ricardo Beverly Hills Seriamente 26” Spinner Upright Suitcase (Photo: Amazon) Ricardo Beverly Hills Seriamente 26” Spinner Upright Suitcase (Photo: Amazon)

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Ricardo Beverly Hills Seriamente 26” Spinner Upright Suitcase (Photo: Amazon)

“I use a Ricardo Beverly Hills suitcase,” says Kowalewski. “It opens up like a book and zips closed on one side, helping to further organize items.”

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Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes (Photo: Amazon) Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes (Photo: Amazon)

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Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes (Photo: Amazon)

“I can’t live without packing cubes, dividing my tops in one or bottoms in another. You can find a variety of sizes and colors on Amazon,” Kowalewski tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Having everything compartmentalized keeps everything tidy, organized and easy to find.”

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MaaMgic Large Soft Cashmere-Like Wrap Scarf (Photo: Amazon) MaaMgic Large Soft Cashmere-Like Wrap Scarf (Photo: Amazon)

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MaaMgic Large Soft Cashmere-Like Wrap Scarf (Photo: Amazon)

“I always carry a scarf because it can turn into just about anything — a blanket, a pillow, an eye mask, etc,” says Murphy.

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Havaianas Slim Flip Flops (Photo: Zappos) Havaianas Slim Flip Flops (Photo: Zappos)

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Havaianas Slim Flip Flops (Photo: Zappos)

“I also never leave home without a swimsuit, running shoes and flips flips,” says Murphy. “You never know when a pool or running route will present itself.”

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On Running Cloudflow (Photo: Zappos)On Running Cloudflow (Photo: Zappos)

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On Running Cloudflow (Photo: Zappos)

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Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote (Photo: Nordstrom) Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote (Photo: Nordstrom)

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Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote (Photo: Nordstrom)

“I always carry around my Longchamp tote — it’s lightweight, waterproof and doesn’t take up space in a suitcase if i need to store it,” says Kowalewski.

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Zoppen Multi-Purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet (Photo: Amazon)Zoppen Multi-Purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet (Photo: Amazon)

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Zoppen Multi-Purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet (Photo: Amazon)

Additionally, “I have a pouch for my travel documents, such as my passport and vaccine records, and a power bank, chargers, headsets and adapters in another. If everything is separated into different bags, it will be quicker to find.”

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AirComfy Inflatable Neck Travel Pillow (Photo: Amazon) AirComfy Inflatable Neck Travel Pillow (Photo: Amazon)

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AirComfy Inflatable Neck Travel Pillow (Photo: Amazon)

For Kowalewski, “I can’t travel without my inflatable travel pillow and a warm thick scarf to double up as a blanket because planes are so cold!”

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Shout Wipe and Go Wipes (12 Count - 3 Pack) (Photo: Walmart)Shout Wipe and Go Wipes (12 Count - 3 Pack) (Photo: Walmart)

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Shout Wipe and Go Wipes (12 Count – 3 Pack) (Photo: Walmart)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Further, “I have multiple small pouches to keep everything organized. One is for my eye mask,&nbsp;melatonin, earplugs. I have one with hand sanitizer, wet wipes,&nbsp;Clorox wipes,&nbsp;Shout wipes&nbsp;(they get out every stain) and&nbsp;mini Lysol spray. Thank God for&nbsp;Target’s travel section! Airplanes can be so filthy and hotels don’t always have the best cleaning.”” data-reactid=”263″>Further, “I have multiple small pouches to keep everything organized. One is for my eye mask, melatonin, earplugs. I have one with hand sanitizer, wet wipes, Clorox wipesShout wipes (they get out every stain) and mini Lysol spray. Thank God for Target’s travel section! Airplanes can be so filthy and hotels don’t always have the best cleaning.”

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Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask (Photo: Amazon) Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask (Photo: Amazon)

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Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask (Photo: Amazon)

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Anker PowerCore Portable Charger (Photo: Amazon) Anker PowerCore Portable Charger (Photo: Amazon)

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Anker PowerCore Portable Charger (Photo: Amazon)

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A “portable phone charger is a must because my phone always dies before noon from the amount of time I’m either on Google Maps or using my camera,” says Murphy, adding, “A worldwide adapter is imperative.”

Orei 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set (Photo: Amazon)Orei 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set (Photo: Amazon)

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Orei 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set (Photo: Amazon)

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Unconventional tips

“Baby powder can double up as dry shampoo, deodorant, and shoe powder to eliminate odors,” says Kowalewski. Additionally, “Shower caps can be used as shoe bags or a hotel laundry bag for dirty clothes and shoes.” Genius!

Bottom line

Murphy suggests, “Take a backpack or carry-on for overspill. Dress in pieces: reuse, recycle, rewear different pieces to make new outfits.”

For Kowalewski,“I pack everything in advance. Then the night or morning before my trip I have one more look at my clothing, and make myself take out at least two items.”

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