When you travel, so do your shoes. Duh. Many use shoe bags to protect their footwear but for those who don't, there's another solution. It's highly important to cover your shoes because the dirt they carry from the streets can rub off and ruin the clothes in your luggage. Not to mention wear and tear on your shoes.
To find out how to protect your traveling shoes for free,
Ladies, you're looking at a Plastic Shower Cap ($2) — stuff your footwear in them! Next time you're at a hotel, take the complimentary shower caps and use them to cover your shoes before stuffing your luggage. They're easier on the wallet and get the job done just as well. Use this tip in emergency situations or to completely replace shoes bags with shower caps. Your call.