Summer is a popular time to travel, and with travel comes packing a suitcase. Packing a suitcase may seem self explanatory, but if you want to be a savvy traveler, and travel light, you may need some tips. Hopefully, if you do it right, you can avoid paying extra for checked baggage. Here are some of our best packing tips for this summer:

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The first thing you want to remember is to pack smart. Try to limit what you bring. The great thing about traveling in summer to warm destinations is that summer clothes require less layers and take up less space. You can probably be ok with a light jacket and/or sweatshirt.

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When it comes to clothes, keep all your occasions in mind, and pack things that can be worn from day to night. It often helps to make a list of what you want to bring and sticking to the list. Only pack clothes that you always love to wear. If you don’t love the piece of clothing, you probably won’t wear it on your trip, and should skip it. Jersey dresses are my go to for summer travel. They pack and travel well, don’t wrinkle, and are appropriate from everything to a beach cover up, to a nice dinner. Since jeans can be bulky and require a top, dresses are easier for packing. Try to limit yourself to one pair of jeans unless you know you’ll need more.

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An important thing to pack is a cute shoe that you can walk in. The right shoe can be worn during the day and at night. For women, this may mean packing ballet flats, or flat sandals. The great thing about flats is they take up little space, so you can easily get two pairs in a carry on and still have room for all your items.

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If you’re a man, try to find a good pair of wrinkle resistant trousers. Since you’ll likely need a pair of close toed shoes, think about a pair that can be worn comfortably in the day. Boat shoes and a casual loafer often have a comfortable sole, and can be worn for many occasions.

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Save space with your clothing by utilizing a rolling method. A good rolling method not only saves space, but if done smoothly can help you avoid wrinkles and creases. Stuff socks and underwear inside shoes as a way to save space and prevent the shoe from getting squished, if necessary.

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Invest in travel size bottles for shampoos and bath products. If you’re not checking your bag, remember that airports limit the amount of liquids you can take in carry on luggage.

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Also, click on this link to check out Lisa’s tips from her segment on WKOW 27 with Dani Maxwell:

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