7 space-saving packing tricks every traveller should know

November 12, 2014

Packing for a trip takes skill. When done well, it feels good; when done poorly, it's a pain. Here are seven space-saving packing tricks every traveller should know.

7 space-saving packing tricks every traveller should know

Start by making a list

You're a way more efficient grocery shopper when you have a list, right? Well, the same goes for packing your suitcase. Start making notes on your phone or an always-accessible pad of paper. Whenever you remember something you need to pack, jot it down.

  • Write down what you WILL need for each occasion on your trip, not what you think you MIGHT need.
  • Make a list of not only the clothing for your various events, but any accessories, toiletries and electronics that must come with you.
  • Having that list when you actually start packing means you can focus on the task of packing and not frantically deciding what to pack.

Buy some packing cubes

Mesh packing cubes, available at most travel stores and online, can be a packer’s best friend. These soft, fabric zippered containers can divide your shirts from your socks and help save space in the suitcase.

  • When you get to your destination, they'll also keep your suitcase from instantly exploding into a mess of random clothing.

Try these seven space-saving tricks

Now that you’ve selected on your list what needs to be packed, you actually have to pack it. Some folks swear by rolling and some are adamant that folding and lying items flat is the best. Frankly, a little bit of both will probably be the most efficient. Here's what you should do:

  1. Open your suitcase so it’s flat on your bed. You don’t want to do a lot of needless bending.
  2. Put your shoes on the bottom layer. Stuff as many socks as you can into them to save space.
  3. Now roll your heavy jeans, slacks, sweaters, jackets, etc. as tight as possible and create a second layer. Remember, the tighter you roll these items, the more space you’ll save and the less likely they’ll expand during travel.
  4. Roll lighter, wrinkle-proof items like t-shirts, tights, extra socks, scarves and mitts. Then, squeeze them into any available spaces.
  5. If you’ve put underwear, bras or socks into packing cubes, they can easily be added to any layer.
  6. Fold your shirts and blouses carefully to avoid wrinkles. Gently place them on top of the t-shirt layer.
  7. Put your toiletry bag and your pyjamas on the very top so they’re the easiest to access when you get to your location. If the first thing you want to do is have a shower and go to bed, then having those items at your fingertips will make your travel-weary soul very happy!
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