Written By Millie Fuller
We've all been there. You're packing for a much-needed break, and you're trying to fit everything into your luggage. You try and try, but it's just not happening. You have to squeeze everything in, and then you feel like you're going to break something if you put any more pressure on it.
It's enough to make you want to throw in the towel - but don't. We've got some tips that'll help you pack your suitcase like a pro.
Keep a packing list
Writing a list and ticking off each item one-by-one is a simple strategy, but it can make a big difference. It can save time, reduce stress and reduce the risk of forgetting items. Plus, it’s incredibly satisfying.
Pack in layers
The next time you head off on holiday, think about using the principle of layering. That’s right, we said layer your clothing in the suitcase.
Have a layer of jumpers or tops, trousers or leggings, underwear, and socks, and so on. This way, when you come to unpack, everything is all together and ready.
Create a travel capsule wardrobe
Pack outfits, not single pieces of clothing. A travel capsule wardrobe is a set of clothes that you can mix and match to create several outfits. It’s a great way to pack light while still looking stylish.
The key is to choose neutral pieces that are versatile enough to be worn in a variety of settings. For example, a pair of well-fitting jeans, a black blazer and a dress that can styled up or down with different shoes.
Wear your bulkiest items on the plane
Before you start packing, take a look at the clothes you plan to bring and pick the bulkiest items. This might be your favourite thick knit jumper, your padded coat, or a pair of boots. Wear these while travelling and save room in your suitcase.
You can also strategically layer. For example, if you're traveling to a colder climate, you could wear a vest under a long-sleeved t-shirt, and then wear a jumper over the top.
Put shoes at the bottom of your suitcase
Put shoes at the bottom of your suitcase because they’re heavy and will shift the rest of your clothes around if at the top. This is especially important if you’ve got delicate clothing that you don’t want to get creased and wrinkled. It will also protect your clothes from any dirt on the soles and help to better distribute the weight of your suitcase, saving your arms.
Roll, don’t fold
When it comes to packing your suitcase, efficiency is everything. And there's no more efficient way to pack than by rolling your clothes instead of folding them. Rolling clothes saves space, prevents wrinkles and allows you to see all of your clothing at once so you can find what you need quickly. Give it a go and you can thank us later.
Put socks in shoes
By filling your shoes with socks, you’re able to use the space inside that would otherwise be empty. This helps to maximise the use of space in your suitcase and pack more efficiently.
As an added bonus to saving space, using socks to fill your shoes helps to maintain the shape of them and prevent them from becoming misshapen during travel.
Pack the heaviest items on the bottom
Placing heavier items at the bottom of a suitcase can create a stable base, preventing your precious baggage from toppling. It also protects the lighter, more delicate items when they’re stacked on top of each other, so the weight of the items above doesn’t crush those below.
By packing the lightest items on top, you can also open your suitcase and grab what you need, all without having to dig through heavier things.
Toiletries at the top
Packing your toiletries at the top of your luggage in its own carry case means you can not only quickly access them when needed but it avoids spills. Can you imagine digging a toothpaste out of your bag that has been crushed and jostled? Well, now you don’t have to.
Invest in a good suitcase
When it comes to purchasing a suitcase, you may be tempted to opt for a cheaper option. But, trust us, investing in a high-quality suitcase can actually save you money in the long run and offer a range of benefits that a cheaper suitcase simply doesn’t provide.
A high-quality suitcase should be made from durable materials and constructed with sturdy zippers, handles, and wheels that can withstand the wear and tear of travel. This means that it will last longer and need to be replaced less often than a cheaper suitcase.
A well-designed suitcase will also offer better protection for your belongings. Reinforced corners and water-resistant materials keep your items safe and dry during transit.
Style or substance? Substance or style? Why not both?
Investing in a good-looking suitcase is part of the pleasure of planning your holiday and a way to show off your personality. Not only that, but a stylish suitcase can also make it easier on a crowded baggage carousel.
Millie Fuller, Creative Copywriter