The Home Edit shares 3 packing tips for a stress-free trip

  • Joanna Teplin co-founded The Home Edit, a lifestyle brand and home organization company.
  • Teplin revealed her secrets to staying organized on the road in an interview with Insider.
  • Teplin’s advice works for solo travelers, large families, and even young children.

Whether it’s a 10-day cruise or a two-day business trip, Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit knows it’s hard to pack, let alone keep your bags spotless during of his travels.

So we asked her for her secrets as a professional organizer.

Teplin, alongside Clea Shearer, founded lifestyle brand and home organization company The Home Edit, which combines traditional organization and interior design. The couple started the business in 2015 and grew the brand to huge success in seven years.

The Home Edit made headlines for helping celebrities like Khloe Kardashian organize her infamous walk-in pantry – twice – and was acquired by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine in February this year. In addition to their


series, “Get Organized with the Home Edit”, the couple has written books, including “The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals”.

Teplin shared her favorite packing tips during a chat with Insider this month.

Teplin starts by making a list of what she needs for a trip.

When it comes to organizing luggage, packing to the brim can be more stressful than helpful. Teplin admits she still struggles with overpacking, like many travelers.

“We can all be guilty of [overpacking]but the best thing you can do is to be streamlined when thinking about your trip,” Teplin told Insider. She added that the goal is to avoid extra clutter in your bag.

Woman trying to close the suitcase.

Joanna Teplin said she also struggled with overpacking.

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For each trip, Teplin makes a detailed list of the items she needs. Whatever comes into his head can stay at home.

“I have a list of notes and I check that I have everything,” Teplin said. “It’s easy to forget something as simple as socks if you don’t have a list in front of you.”

Teplin suggests using packing cubes and squares to organize luggage

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Joanna Teplin suggested using packing cubes to stay organized while traveling.

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According to Teplin, organizing the packing cubes into different categories — like “shirts” or “underwear” — helps on any trip.

“We love – and support – packing cubes of all shapes and sizes,” Teplin said, referring to his Home Edit team. “With each square of packaging, you can identify it by day of the week or by activity.”

Teplin explained that one packing cube can hold your Saturday outfit, while another holds your wellness items like medicine or Nature Made Wellblends.

“Having everything separated helps you with packing but also unpacking when you arrive at the hotel,” Teplin said.

She added that bringing a packing cube dedicated to used clothes or a laundry bag is a plus for the ride home.

Packing cubes are also great for teens and kids to teach personal organization.

Woman and child with their luggage in a hotel.

Packing cubes are a great way to teach kids personal organization, she added.

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Teplin, a mother of two, said packing cubes have another benefit: they allow kids and teens to pack themselves. She explained that they were practicing organizing their own luggage and in doing so, it took some stress off the parents.

“I love having the travel squares for each person in the family, so everyone is accountable,” Teplin told Insider. “My kids know how to best pack them, so everyone can stay organized on the trip.”

Teplin explained that you could even nip the overwrap in the bud. Encourage children to use these good tools throughout their lives, she said.

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