Packing Tips & Tricks

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Packing for a trip is always a bit of a daunting task. On the one hand, you’re trying to make sure you’ve covered all of the essentials, and on the other, trying to avoid lugging around more than you really need.

Needless to say, when it comes to packing, space is always of the essence.

Next time you’re packing for a trip, packing for your next visit to InTown Suites, or maybe even packing up your place to move, keep some of these handy tips in mind.

Roll your clothing.

Rolled clothing tends to take up less space than folded clothing, and still avoids unnecessary wrinkles. You’ll be able to fit more into your suitcase or moving box using this clothing storage method.

Avoid tangles & lost jewellery.

Longer jewellery and necklaces often become quite tangled in a suitcase or box. To prevent this, thread a straw with the chain of your necklace, or, lay necklaces out on a piece of material (fabric placements work well!), and then roll the mat and tie with a ribbon.

To avoid losing loose earrings and backs, grab a spare button and poke the stems of your earrings through the holes, ensuring matching sets stay together.

Capitalize on available space.

Getting creative with where you pack things (and how) will help you get the most out of your suitcase, tote, or box. Look for opportunities to fit more in, like:

  1. Putting socks or products that need a tiny bit of cushioning inside your shoes
  2. Placing a coiled up belt in the collar of your shirt
  3. Ditch the containers most beauty or bath products come in and replace them with smaller packages. Use old pill bottles, contact lens cases, and Tic Tac dispensers to store things like cotton swabs, hair pins, lip balm and concealer
  4. Place cords and cables inside a glasses case to keep them tangle-free and organized
  5. Opt to pack the most versatile versions of the products you love – like foldable water bottles that take up almost no room when not in use

Pack a few plastic bags.

It never hurts to have a couple grocery or ziplock bags around. You never know what you might need them for, but they sure do come in handy for things like shoes (and keeping dirt off the rest of the items in your suitcase), wet bathing suits, laundry that needs to be washed, and so on.

Prevent leaks.

With any toiletries (shampoos, gels, and other liquid-type makeup), be sure to place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening of the bottle. This will help prevent possible spills and leaks on your other packed items – especially on toiletry items that have a push top.

Freshen up.

Whether you’re traveling or packing to move, there’s nothing worse than the musty smell your belongings acquire after being stowed away. Keep things smelling fresh by placing a dryer sheet or lavender sachet at the bottom of your suitcase or box.

We hope these packing tips and tricks make preparing for your next trip or move a breeze. For more tips on moving, check out:

What are your favorite packing tips?

Visit Minneapolis On a Budget

(Photo c/o TripAdvisor.com)

(Photo c/o TripAdvisor.com)

The largest city in the state of Minnesota, Minneapolis is a fantastic place to visit. A city known to be abundantly rich in water (there are 20 lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks, and more), Minneapolis is a truly beautiful city.

If you’re planning a trip to Minneapolis and are looking for ways to keep costs in check, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out how we recommend touring the city without blowing the budget.

Accommodations

If you’re willing to stay outside the downtown core, finding affordable accommodations in Minneapolis is easy! At InTown Suites, we have two properties in the Metro Minneapolis area, including Burnsville and Coon Rapids.

Our prices start at just $279.99 for the week!

Getting Around

To save big on your trip budget, don’t rely solely on taxis to get around the city. Walking is of course a great option to take in more of the sights and sounds, but for maximum efficiency, we recommend taking advantage of the Minneapolis Metro Transit system.

Choose from either the bus routes or the trains, and take advantage of a daily pass that provides 24 hours of unlimited rides on all buses and metro lines for only $6.

For help in determining how to get from one location to another, use the Metro Transit trip planner tool.

Cheap Eats

You won’t go hungry in Minneapolis – that much we know for sure! Roam around the city to discover a wealth of delicious, cheap eats inspired by tastes from around the globe.

  1. For a taste of Italy, check out Fat Lorenzo’s – an award-winning, nationally recognized locally owned Twin Cities favorite. Stop in for famous pizza, pasta, hoagies, and gelato.
  2. Enjoy fresh Vietnamese dishes at the lovely Lotus To Go Go for a filling, cheap lunch (most entrees and lunch items are under $10).
  3. Devour one of the best burgers in the city at the home of the original Jucy Lucy, Matt’s Bar. A Minneapolis landmark, a pint and a burger at Matt’s is a must. You’ll love the relaxed atmosphere and the tasty treats!
  4. Get your fill of local, organic goodness – with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options – at the lovely Birchwood Cafe. Birchwood offers fresh, unique food with a down-home appeal that’s sure to please.

Attractions

As with any city that’s new to you, it’s a great idea to start your explorations simply by walking around! Get out for an adventure and see what there is to see – it’ll help you become more familiar with the city, as well as identify a few of your own ‘must-see’ destinations you can work into the rest of your trip.

While on your walk, be sure to check out some of Minneapolis’ notable parks, including city gems like Gold Medal Park and Minnehaha Park.

We also recommend taking in a few of the city’s well known landmarks, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Target Field, the Riverview Theater and the Mill City Museum.


What are some of your favorite tips for visiting Minneapolis on a budget?

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