This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and a lot of you are going to be traveling home for the holidays either this week or soon for other winter holidays. Unfortunately, Adam and I won’t be heading to our homes until Christmas but we still have your back. Today’s post is all about packing! Before you even start to put clothes in your suitcase we have a few items to check off so you don’t end up having to sit on your luggage to close it.
First, you should look at the weather for your destination. That way you’ll know what type of clothing to pack. Now I know you aren’t going to like this part but I highly suggest making a packing list. This will ensure that you won’t forget any essentials. Try to plan your outfits ahead of time and pick items that could be used in multiple looks. Go through your list and cross off anything you don’t really need. Pack light and pack smart. Reusing clothes like pants will be your secret to saving space and nobody will really notice.
It’s finally time to start packing the suitcase! But do you fold, roll, layer, or bundle your clothes? I think a good combination of rolling, layering, and folding is your best bet. Roll smaller items like t-shirts, shorts, tank tops and socks. Fold the shirts etc. in half and then roll tightly. Place your rolled items in the bottom of the suitcase first. You’ll create a nice and mostly flat first layer which you can build on.
Next, layer larger items like sweaters or jeans. Place them flat in your suitcase and fold where necessary to fit the sleeves or legs inside. Continue layering these items as flat as you can. Fold items that might easily wrinkle like button ups or slacks. Make sure to fold along the existing creases to avoid any unnecessary ironing at your destination. Place your folded items on top of your layered clothes.
For your final top layer put your shoes, socks, undergarments, and toiletries. Your shoes can take up a lot of space but they can act like little containers. Put socks, watches, and some undergarments inside your shoes! You’ll be surprised how much space is there. Place your shoes as close to the bottom and outside of your suitcase as possible. This will help prevent your luggage from toppling over when it’s resting. Try to wear bulkier shoes on the plane rather than packing them. The time spent taking your shoes off will be worth it for the luggage space you gain.
When packing toiletries, it’s best to buy travel sized containers for things like shampoo and body wash if you must take them. Save empty containers so you can refill them with your preferred products from home. Most hotels will provide basic toiletries though so avoid bringing them unless you can’t live without them. Don’t forget to check airline restrictions on size.
What about my computer?! Don’t worry, most airlines allow one carry-on and one personal item. Utilize that personal item too! It usually has to fit under your seat but a lot can fit in that space. I like having a backpack that I can put my electronics, book, snacks, etc. in. That way they are always with me and those items aren’t taking up valuable space in my suitcase. Be careful not to go too big with that personal item though, the airline might make you check it. Look on your airline’s website for their specific luggage dimension restrictions.
You did it! You’re all packed and ready to travel. At first you may regret not packing some things but by only having one suitcase and one backpack sized bag you’ll save yourself time and effort. No waiting at the baggage claim or lugging more than you can take alone. This is very handy if you are going to be moving locations a lot on your travels. Now if only there was something we could do about those airport lines….