You’re excited to be jetting off on a new adventure. But before you can go, you face the dreaded dilemma: how to best pack your suitcase. Rolling your items saves space but causes wrinkles and creates disorganization. Bundling reduces wrinkles but hinders easy access to items. Compressor bags save space and can also be used to store dirty laundry but you risk wrinkled clothes.
Packing cubes take up space but allow for rolling clothes and keeping outfits and toiletries organized together.
No matter which options you choose or combine, there are ways you can avoid wrinkles, stay organized, and maximize your suitcase’s space.
Many travelers are prone to over packing. Avoid this by putting back about half of the items you plan to pack. The same pair of pants can be worn multiple times, so pack fewer pants than shirts. A five-day trip probably requires five shirts and two pairs of pants plus a dressier outfit. Keep in mind that the universally accepted carry-on luggage size for a domestic flights (within the U.S.) is 22″ x 14″ x 9″ and can fit approximately three sweaters, two dresses, five shirts, and a couple of pairs of jeans.
Always try to pack fabrics that are wrinkle-resistant. Garments that are composed of stiffer fabrics need careful folding to avoid wrinkles. Wrinkle-resistant items can be tightly rolled and placed as the bottom layer of your suitcase. The next layer should be composed of your longer garments like dresses and pants. Remember to alternate waists and hems to maximize space. Another effective trick is to use dry cleaner bags. A slippery bag placed over your clothes stops them from staying in one place long enough to form wrinkles. Bags can also be placed between layers with the ends of the bag sticking out to act as handles for pulling a layer easily out of the suitcase.
The top layer of your suitcase should be the clothes you will need when you first arrive at your destination. Belts should be put around the edge of the suitcase so they take up virtually no space.
Plan for needing three pairs of shoes: a casual pair, an evening pair, and sneakers. Wear the bulkiest shoes and pack the other two pairs in one-gallon resealable bags placed in the sides of the suitcase. Items such as sunglasses and chargers can be packed inside your shoes. Valuable jewelry should be worn while inexpensive jewelry like rings, earrings and hair accessories can be organized into a multi-day pill container.
Cosmetics should be travel-sized or alternatively choose to decant your favourite shampoo into a travel bottle.
Containers should only be filled three-quarters full to avoid overflow. Similar products should be grouped together, and bags can be placed in the outer zippered pockets of the suitcase.
Keep these tips in mind as you pack for your travels. Also remember to check with your airline about details regarding suitcase weights and sizes as well as restrictions on traveling with certain items.