Travel Tip from a Wide World Books and Maps Employee

Reduce your clothing load with these fresh techniques and useful device.

By Allyson Marrs June 16, 2011

The Packing Folder: It allows you to cram in both your little black dresses.
Photo Courtesy Eagle Creek

The Adviser Terrell Aldredge of Wide World Books and Maps in Wallingford has been at the store for more than five years and has traveled abroad at least once a year for the past thirty-three years. That’s a lot of frequent flyer miles.

The Advice "People enjoy their travels much more when they don’t take so much stuff with them. And probably the best way to do that is to take little laundry things with you: a laundry line, some kind of soap, and always take a sink stopper because many hotels around the world don’t have one.

Along the same lines, there’s a packing aid from Eagle Creek that is my favorite thing and I never travel without. It’s very simple. It has four wings with Velcro attachments. You fold up a stack of clothes and then you use the Velcro tabs to pull in, and as you pull in, it shrinks the stack (see photo above). It makes it much more compact. And it keeps your clothes all nicely folded. It’s a very useful way to both make your stack of clothes more compact and organized."

And if you just don’t feel like taking the time to wash: “A little baking soda will help. Roll your clothes up in a towel with some baking soda and let it sit for a minute then shake it out. That will get rid of a lot of oils and smells.”

Just promise us you’ll only use the baking soda trick once—or maybe twice—then move onto the sink wash.

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