In this article I will show you 6 easy tricks to pack a perfect suitcase, maximizing space and leaving nothing behind. Forget about carrying a heavy suitcase you can barely drag around… with these simple tricks you will get to put in a carry-on suitcase everything you need for your trip.
Getting the “perfect suitcase” implies a technique. It comprises a combination of folding and organization methods that save a lot of space and unnecessary weight.
THE CARRY-ON SUITCASE
For many years, I have been traveling only with a carry-on suitcase; I like the fact that I can take care of my own luggage in any situation and also … not have to go through the check-in counter.
That is to say, whether it’s a getaway , a week’s trip, or a one month’s trip, I invariably carry the same carry-on luggage. On a side note: For a one-month trip I take also a 20-liter backpack.
My favorite suitcase is the one as simple as possible, with no compartments or zippers inside, which allows me to design its space just as I need it.
Regardless of the container, the important thing is the way you organize it.
SOME ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELING LIGHT
Traveling light makes your trip a lot easier, in brief, the top advantages you will find are:
1. To begin with you save money since you don’t have to pay overweight for excess baggage.
2. Besides, you don’t have to carry a heavy suitcase during the journey.
3. At the airport, you save valuable time because you don’t have to check in any luggage. You can check in online and go directly through the Security Control.
4. And definitely, peace of mind.You know you won’t lose your suitcase.
6 tricks to pack a perfect suitcase
Before diving into packing the perfect suitcase, it’s advisable that we review certain information that, although it seems basic, should not be taken for granted.
♦ The airline’s luggage conditions. Here I check their specifications: luggage allowance, weight, number of items, etc.
In addition, in order to avoid problems at the airport of destination, I usually confirm if there is any prohibited object or food.
♦ To optimize the clothes I’m going to wear, I first take a look at the destination’s weather. It seems obvious, but winter or summer clothes don’t take the same space.
I see this information here and here.
♦ Something that I always keep in mind regarding the length of the trip is this: From 7 days on I will have to do the laundry, either by hand or in local laundries. Therefore, I take clothes for 7- 10 days (no more).
Now let’s dive in the 6 tricks to make the perfect suitcase, with them not only save space but your mind will be at ease knowing that you forget nothing essential for your trip.
1 – Use a Travel List
For me, it’s essential to make a travel list in order to organize myself more efficiently by knowing in advance if I need to buy something, don’t have to wait until the last minute. And besides, by writing it down you don’t feel the stress of being forced to remember the ideas that come up on the fly.
For that reason, I created a travel list some time ago that I have been updating and make use of it for any destination.
You can download my Travel List for free and adapt it to your own preferences.
2 – Vacuum packing your Clothes
The best trick to pack your travel suitcase and maximize your space is vacuum packing the clothes. I use compression bags without a valve and no vacuum cleaner required.
To do this, you just have to stack a few very well-stretched clothes, put them in a compressor bag, close it with the zip and remove the air by rolling it up.
You can organize the clothes you will wear in different bags, depending on type (sweaters, bikinis, underwear, pants), by outfits, … So, when you want to use any clothing, you see it in a quick glance. Just open up the bag you need!
Another good use for these compression bags: to hold your dirty laundry on the way back. For that, I use a large compression bag and thus avoid unpleasant odors in the suitcase.
3 – Don’t fold the clothes, roll them up!
Rolling the clothes is one of the best suitcase-packing tips along with the vacuum packing one. The best thing about rolling clothes is that preserves space in the suitcase, and in addition, the clothes do not get wrinkled, or the wrinkles are minimal. Since I learned this trick, I use it often. It is very useful to avoid ironing.
4 – Packing Cubes
These packing cubes do not save space in your suitcase, but they are great to keep it well-organized, especially combined with the vacuum packing technique.
My favorite compression packing cubes are lightweight material (doesn’t add unnecessary weight) as well as waterproof, if possible.
5 – Fill The Holes Inside Your Shoes
Another great tip to maximize every space available in the suitcase is to stuff things inside your shoes or a pair of sneakers. You can fill the holes inside your shoes with something more fragile, chargers, a rolled up belt or just socks.
6 – Choose lightweight and compact products
I mean those products which work the same as the standard size ones, but are space-saving.
1. Microfiber Towel
I like it because is lightweight, compact and absorbs water as a regular towel. Besides, it also dries yourself fast and dries much faster than standard towels, so you can reuse it again and again.
2. Toiletry Bag
When preparing the toiletry bag, my advice is to reduce as much as possible, the products “just in case”. Take small packages with the essential hygiene products and think about whether you will find them at the destination place.
I travel with a lightweight, foldable toiletry bag with a hook, so I can hang it up if needed. Its compact design takes up very little room in the luggage.
3. Foldable and Waterproof Backpack
It comes in handy to take a foldable backpack in your suitcase, so at your destination you will have an extra bag to carry around when you go on excursions, take a boat trip, go shopping… or just in case it rains.
I hope these tricks on how to pack a perfect suitcase will help and inspire you when organizing your own for your next trip.
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