Video: Learn how to efficiently pack a suitcase, and maybe cry while you’re at it. This touching stop-motion short, based on a piece of flash fiction by author Ron Koertge, is about family and loss and how to fit everything into your luggage.
“Negative Space” opens with these packing hacks:
My dad taught me to pack: Lay out everything. Put back half. Roll things that roll. Wrinkle-prone things on top of cotton things. Then pants, waist-to-hem. Nooks and crannies for socks. Belts around the sides like snakes. Plastic over that. Add shoes. Wear heavy stuff on the plane.
It illustrates these elements in stop-motion, which is beautiful to watch and, more prosaically, will help you remember the tips next time you’re going on a trip.
But if you have kids, this short will also give you “Cat’s in the Cradle” vibes. That’s what happens when you learn life hacks from fiction.