Take it from me, I’ve traveled…a lot. And every time you travel, you find a new way to cram as many items as possible into a suitcase so I’ve come up with a quick guide to help make prepping for vacation just a little bit easier.
ONE: Space saver – roll, don’t fold.
Rolling your clothes instead of folding them is a GREAT space-saver and even helps to better prevent wrinkles! Give it a try! You’d be surprised at how many more outfits can be fit into a suitcase…believe me, I know us girls have trouble with these decisions.
TWO: Sort clothes by outfits.
Instead of choosing individuals items of clothing to pack, try putting together outfits prior to filling your suitcase. I don’t ever bring a skirt unless I know I have packed a blouse and shoes to go with it. There is nothing worse than getting to your destination and realizing you only packed mix/match outfits or remembering that you haven’t worn half the packed clothes in over a year. I always think of my planned activities prior to deciding what to bring – it would be useless bringing multiple dresses on a trip that involves lots of outdoor activities.
THREE: Packing cubes.
For me, organized clothes within my suitcase are a must-have. Packing cubes do just that! Examples of packing cubes can be found here.
FOUR: Utilize shower caps to pack shoes.
Dirty shoes? No problem. Pack your dirty shoes in a shower cap at the bottom of your suitcase to prevent staining your clothes.
FIVE: Cling wrap prevents spills.
Open your large bottles of liquid and cover the opening with a layer of cling wrap before replacing the cap. This will prevent the liquid from spilling into your suitcase. If you want extra protection, try placing the cling wrapped bottle into a large zip-locked freezer bag.
SIX: Use an extra glasses case to hold loose cables/earphones.
This is an easy way to keep track of all your earphones or charging cables, instead of them being a tangled mess at the bottom of your bag.
SEVEN: Place socks inside shoes.
Let’s face it, shoes can easily be weighed down and smashed by all the clothes. Place pairs of socks within your shoes prior to packing, this will save space and help them to retain their shape.
EIGHT: Clear pouch essentials.
Always be sure to pack your inflight essentials in a clear pouch, separate from your larger toiletries. This includes travel sized shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, soap, sanitizer, etc. It is also easiest to have this pouch in your carry-on suitcase/backpack. It will also ensure an easier trip through airport security (clear pouches allow each item to be seen at first glance).
NINE: Always be prepared.
No ever has a perfect traveling experience, no one I’ve met anyway but if you have then please teach me your ways. I have traveled a great deal in my lifetime and have suffered terrible bug bites, cuts and scrapes. Foreign pharmacies can be very difficult to navigate sometimes so I have found it easiest to keep a small first-aid kit in my bag, stocked with BandAids, Neosporin, pain relievers, itching ointment, etc.
TEN: Bra maintenance.
Ladies, this one is for you! To simultaneously conserve space and retain the shape of your bras, stack them inside each other then fold in half and tuck your underwear inside. Folding them is a big space saver and by tucking your underwear inside you are preserving the integrity of your bras, therefore extending their lifespan.