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If you’re like me when you travel, you’re a maintenance freak.
You will get your suitcase and pack that thing with every single object that you think there is a slight possibility that maybe you could potentially need / want (maybe).
Could be. Your once strong vocabulary is now reduced to speech. All is could be. That long sleeve you want to wear even if you are going to a tropical island? Could be. You may be cold! Or what about that extra pair of sunglasses with red frames that are actually just fine with a dress? Could be. You could wear that dress one day!
For people like us, packing is as excruciating as it is certainly to look at. The look on the face of a friend or loved one while we pack could be the objects are of pure agony (perhaps with a touch of moral superiority). Of course, we could talk about how could be our dependence on packaging all those could be the articles have something to do with our deep problems with commitment, but this is not therapy! So we will do our best to show you how you can make the most of the suitcase space so you don’t have to leave all your favorite maybes.
Choose the right size suitcase
The first thing to do is consider what kind of suitcase you need. If you are taking a shorter trip, we recommend that you use a smaller suitcase, however difficult it may be. You will also need to decide if you want a rigid suitcase or a softside suitcase. Rigid luggage will be more voluminous, but it should offer better protection from the elements (and if the suitcase should accidentally fall in the event of a fall). A suitcase on the softside will not give you the same level of protection, but it is more malleable, which is useful when you need to store it. You may also be able to pack others could be objects in it. Before purchasing your suitcase, check the airline size restrictions (specific to each airline) to make sure that the size of your baggage is not a problem.
How to pack a suitcase and save space
Starting from make a list of what you need packing is always a good idea. It helps you stay organized and helps you see which elements are absolutely essential and which you can leave behind. In fact, there are people who keep a general, general-purpose packaging list to make things easier. You may want to become one of these people. You may also want to check off the items on your list as you pack them. In this way, you will know that you have not forgotten anything when it is time to leave. Be sure to check the weather for your destinationeven if it is necessary to give priority to a raincoat, a winter jacket, snow boots, etc.
Pack first coats, jackets and other large clothing items. Does this make sense. They’re taking up most of the space, so put them in first so you can see how much room you have left to work and go from there. It also helps me lay those things on the bottom so they don’t take up too much space on one side.
Bonus: if you can, use the resealable bags for larger items, which will help them compress them so they don’t take up the same space.
Time to throw the rest of the clothes away. There are a few different paths that you can take here. Rolling clothes is a great way to save space. It’s fairly standard advice, but damn it, if it doesn’t work like a charm. Make your way, get dressed. I’m taking the long sleeve to Hawaii.
You can also use a second technique: packing the clown car. Fold the shirts around your pants and then put it all in there. It works, but you have to want it.
Third technique: double-sided packaging. Just roll up the double-sided clothes, stacking them vertically in the suitcase (like a filing cabinet).
The fourth technique? Packing cubes! Roll or fold the clothes inside. Organize them by size and arrive at their destination in total relaxation knowing where everything is.
If your suitcase has them, put your underwear and socks in the zipped compartments. They don’t take up too much space and you won’t want to fumble, dig through your clothes to find a pair of underpants. OR, if you are packing your shoes, fold the socks and put them in there. Your shoes have space in them. Why waste it? You can also pack random shoes, belts, ties and toiletries bags for shoes to avoid dirt and grime. Ew.
If you want to bring travel lacquer, perfume / cologne, lotion, etc., you could put them in a small Ziploc bag so that they don’t ruin your clothes if they open. A small but useful trick to pack it, though, is making sure all the air is out of the bag before you zip it up. In this way, the bag itself no longer occupies “empty space”.
Resealable bags are also a good idea for small odds and ends, such as jewelry. But if that’s not your thing, you can do it use rolls of jewelry to prevent everything from getting tangled.
You can place the resealable bags between the small pockets of the space where your clothes are located. Part of packaging efficiently is to use all that little remaining space, and that’s another way to do it.
If you are running out of space and looking for something else could be items to pack, consider this: you could you also want to get a souvenir from any place you are visiting. It could be a shirt, a magnet, a figurine, a bottle of alcohol from the airport, Two bottles of alcohol from the airport … anything. Everyone goes on vacation differently. Instead of adding last minute ones could be items, leave that extra room for a potential souvenir you will have could be I want to take home with you.
We’re almost done. Once you think you have everything you have could you want in your suitcase, you still have to do what can be the most difficult part of the whole process, a challenge that I had to face literally many times: to close the suitcase. You have to hug him. You have to squeeze it. Sit on that asshole if you have to. Part of the battle is pure determination, so be sure to face it with the right attitude. If you have someone available to help you, push them down on the suitcase while you zip (or vice versa). Sometimes a little teamwork is enough. No shame. And now, you’re ready to start the road. You’ll travel. And there is not could be by the way.
Post scriptum Don’t forget your phone charger.