Packing Tips So Crazy They Just Might Work

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    Weird works—trust us. Some of the most unusual and creative advice is also the best, even when it comes to packing. So with the help of some of our well-traveled readers, as well as our social media friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook, we've compiled a list of nine outlandish packing strategies that are as practical as they are unusual, from sending luggage through the mail to giving up luggage altogether.

    Mail Your Stuff There
    Pack your bags and ship them off to your hotel a few days before you depart; this technique won't seem so crazy once you weigh the airlines' bag fees against shipping costs. Consider this: It costs $39 to ship a 15-pound package from Boston to Los Angeles if you use an Express Mail Flat Rate Box from U.S.P.S. Comparatively, a third checked bag on a domestic flight can cost as much as $150 (that's how much American charges).
    If you're nervous about your airline losing your bag, going the postal route could provide a greater sense of security. And you won't have to drag your things through the airport, either.

    Mail Your Stuff Back Home
    Or, more specifically, mail back the part of your luggage that you've already used: your dirty clothes. Madelyn Tyson Cruise Planners explains: "I took a 13-day cruise tour to Alaska … but mailed my dirty laundry home in a $9.95 Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (now $11.35). No checked baggage, no luggage fees, and a few AK souvenirs! Whoo! Hoo!"

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