Tips for Packing a Suitcase

Sometimes packing for a trip can be the most daunting aspect. It doesn’t have to be! The following tips will help you pack most efficiently.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to packing your clothes into your luggage: folding and rolling. While folded clothes are less likely to get wrinkled, they do take up more space. Conversely, rolled clothes will wrinkle but they take up a fraction of the space as when folded. There is no rule saying that you cannot use both methods, and in fact, you should.

First you need to decide what you want to pack. Lay everything you want to take out on your bed or the floor. Once you see it all, eliminate about one third. We tend to overestimate how much we will actually need on our trip, so go ahead and take out items that you may not need.

Now that you have everything laid out, you can begin placing the items into your suitcase. Start with your shoes. Stuff underwear and socks inside. Use this as the foundation of your suitcase. This holds the shape of your shoe and uses every square inch of space. Then fill awkward gaps with soft items like tee shirts, tights. If you can roll the items, even better. Try to create an even layer on the bottom.

For bulkier items like dresses, skirts or suits, lay them out on top of your suitcase first. Then fold them into Throw a bag from the dry cleaner on top of your clothing. Add things like cameras, toiletries and belts to the middle of your suitcase.

The Return Trip

The last thing anyone wants to do on the last day of vacation is search for a pair of matching socks. Instead of wasting your last few hours of vacation searching through your clothes trying to figure out what is clean and what’s dirty, simply toss your dirty clothes in a compressor bag throughout the trip. Add a dryer sheet to combat the smell. When you’re ready to leave, simply vacuum up your compressor bag and the content’s volume will be reduced by up to eighty percent. You can now use your suitcase to pack souvenirs, gifts or clothing you bought on the trip.

Now that you know the most effective ways to pack, you don’t have to stress anymore! The better you get at packing, the less you will dread it!

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