A (very) well-travelled mum has revealed a handy hack for saving time on packing and unpacking suitcases – place holiday outfits in a wardrobe divider.
Lora McLaughlin Peterson shared the ‘one-step pack and unpack travel hack’ in a viral TikTok video, which shows her filling a wardrobe divider with folded clothes and collapsing it into her carry-on suitcase. When she arrives at her destination, she simply takes out the divider and hangs it up.
The 52-year-old former CBS news correspondent, who lives in Los Angeles, tells MailOnline Travel that she shot the video when she was travelling to Recent York – a spot she often visits together with her family.
In a viral TikTok video, Lora McLaughlin Peterson, who travels everywhere in the world together with her family, has revealed a handy hack for saving time on unpacking clothes – using a wardrobe divider to maintain them organised
The video shows the previous CBS news correspondent filling a wardrobe divider with folded clothes and collapsing it into her suitcase
Mum-of-three Lora explains that the thought got here to her when her eldest daughter brought home a ‘Shelfpack’ suitcase – ‘which is largely a suitcase with a built-in pop-up of shelving on your clothing’.
Lora, who has built up a following on social media as a ‘hack expert’, says: ‘My way is the much cheaper option that does not leave you committed to everlasting shelves in your luggage. You employ it if you need it.’
Within the video, which has now racked up 120,000 views on TikTok, Lora explains that she’s placing an outfit for every day of the week on a unique shelf of the wardrobe divider. ‘Once you arrive at your destination, pull it out and hang it up,’ she tells the camera.
When she arrives at her destination, Lora simply takes the divider out of her suitcase and hangs it up. ‘I can get so much in there: jeans, pyjamas, underwear, socks, sweaters, anything that might be folded,’ she says
‘[The clothes divider] works with any suitcase, as you may buy the dimensions that matches the bags you already own,’ Lora says
Travellers won’t lose out on suitcase space, based on Lora, who says: ‘I can get so much in there: jeans, pyjamas, underwear, socks, sweaters, anything that might be folded.’
She has since used it when packing for trips to London and the Bahamas.
What has the response been like on TikTok? ‘Overwhelming positive,’ Lora, who has amassed 177,000 TikTok followers so far, reveals.
She notes that a wardrobe divider is ‘one in all those things that all of us have access to and it’s budget-friendly’.
‘It really works with any suitcase, as you may buy the dimensions that matches the bags you already own,’ she says.
Lora has used the hack when packing for trips to London and the Bahamas. She has built up a fan base on social media as a ‘hack expert’, amassing 177,000 TikTok followers so far
Nonetheless, there’s one downside to the hack, Lora admits, saying: ‘When you do not have a variety of folded items, this will likely be tricky.’
Packing aside, Lora – who also previously worked as a reporter for CNN, Court TV and KABC – has one other nifty travel tip up her sleeve. She says: ‘My best advice to anyone anywhere on this planet is to “go left”.
‘Since many of the world is right-handed, folks are likely to favour the lines on the appropriate, whether it’s for the safety checkpoint on the airport, an escalator line, a line on the food market or museum, all the time go to your left, it pays off the overwhelming majority of the time.’
‘[It] works wonders at Disneyland,’ she adds.