Having a personal assistant is a great help, especially if you travel frequently. With someone to help you prepare for your trip, you can avoid missing important items and ensure that you’ll reach your destination on time and without too much of a problem. But whether you have an assistant or not, it’s a good idea to know how to pack a suitcase efficiently. This way, you can avoid over packing and getting your clothes wrinkled and all messed up.
Here are some nifty suitcase packing tips to help you get started.
• Plan ahead
Give yourself enough time to plan what you’ll wear for each day that you’ll be gone. Once you’re done planning, you should list them down so you won’t forget anything. To make sure that you won’t bring more than you can carry, try packing clothes that can serve double-duty. For instance, yoga pants can serve as pajamas, while a sarong can also be used as a wrap.
• Start with the bottom
Shoes and other heavy and bulky items should always go to the bottom of your suitcase. If you’ll be carrying the suitcase, heavy items should be placed right next to the hinge that attaches the lid. On the other hand, if your suitcase is one that has wheels, the heavy bits should be right above the wheels.
• Roll and fold
Rolling your clothes is a great way to maximize space inside your luggage. However, contrary to popular belief, not every piece of clothing should be rolled up. Softer, wrinkle-resistant garments like T-shirts, cotton pants and jeans should be rolled and placed along the base of the suitcase. Starched cotton shirts, blazers, and other articles of clothing that are prone to wrinkles should be folded and placed on top of the rolled clothes.
For longer items like skirts and pants, they should be folded in half. Then, fill the length of your suitcase with them, making sure to alternate waists with hems at the ends. To save space, consider wearing bulkier items on the plane or in the car.
• Use padded fabric case for delicate items
Place fragile and delicate items inside a padded fabric case, then keep the case in the center of your suitcase. Use a Zip Loc bag for storing small bottles of perfume, cologne, or lotion so they won’t leak into your clothes. If you’re flying, ensure that any liquids or gels are in your checked-in baggage, not in your carry-on.
• Use a shower cap for your shoes
When packing an extra pair of shoes, place them in a shower cap first so the dirt under the soles won’t get into your clothes. If you’re low on packing space, stuff the shoes with socks and other items that won’t burst.