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Fly Another Day: 5 Genius Packing Hacks, From a Former Bond Girl

by Laura Ratliff 11:56 AM, December 19, 2017

Aired December 20, 2017

Rolling your clothes is just the beginning.

Actress (and former "Bond" girl from "Die Another Day" with Pierce Brosnan) Rachel Grant spends a lot of time on the road and she’s got packing down to a “T.”

Rachel is famous on YouTube for fitting 132 (!!!) items into a carry-on bag! Watch the CRAZY video below and then read on for her favorite tips on maximizing your packing room.

 


Here are her five tried-and-true packing tips that you have to see to believe.

REPURPOSE CONTACT LENS CASES FOR LIQUIDS
It’s not like you need your full 12-oz. tube of toothpaste for a quick trip. Rachel’s genius hack: fill inexpensive contact lens cases with whatever liquids you need for your travels.

Whether it’s concealer, sunscreen, lotion or toothpaste, these handy plastic cases hold a surprising amount!

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AN OVEN MITT DOES DOUBLE-DUTY FOR HOT HAIR TOOLS
What do you when you’re in a rush but need to pack your piping-hot curling iron? An oven mitt to the rescue! (It’s also handy for avoiding damage to countertops and furniture.)

For extra packing space, wrap the mitt with a rubber band before putting it in your luggage.

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NO MORE TANGLED NECKLACES
The secret to packing jewelry is lurking in your kitchen! Tear off a sheet of cling wrap and lay it adhesive side up. Lay each necklace on the wrap and then press another sheet of wrap on top of it, pressing to seal. Then, cut each out.

“You are brilliant!” says Rach.

(P.S. You can also use this tip for packing pills, earrings, and even your toothbrush!)

STASH YOUR CASH IN A LIP BALM TUBE
Recycle an empty lip balm tube and put it to good use as a mini-piggy bank. Roll up a few bills and put the cap on the tube -- no one will ever know!

Having extra cash stowed away is always a smart move when traveling, especially if you’re in a busy city or market where pickpockets might be lurking!

NO MORE LEAKY PUMPS
A simple rubber band will stop those pesky leaky pump bottles! Everyone’s opened their suitcase to find a lotion explosion, but Rachel’s tip solves that problem. Simply twist a rubber band around the neck of the dispenser

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