By Natalie Matthews, Lucky magazine
Deciding what to pack for wherever you're going on vacation-African safaris, French Riviera beaches, sleepy New England towns, Las Vegas nightclubs-is stressful enough. But getting that stuff in your bag can really push you to the breaking point.
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With these tips, though, it shouldn't be too big of a deal. Below, how to conquer the packing problem (without using any of those ugly, strangely space-eating, vacuum-packed bags you see on those infomercials):
Start with shoes. Pick two or three pairs, then build your outfits around them. They're the biggest space suck and often one of the heaviest items (weight-wise, I'd bet those flatforms trump the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Not that you'd be reading it anywhere other than your Kindle.) Then, use the dead space inside those shoes to hold sunglasses, socks, bras, phone chargers: whatever you want, just something other than air.
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