Why does a suitcase seem so huge when you have to lug it around the airport, but so small when you try to cram stuff into it? While packing a suitcase is often challenging, there are measures you can take to make sure the process is as painless as possible. Here are some tips to help you out.
No matter how good you are at making the most of the available space in your suitcase, if you don’t plan ahead, you might end up packing the wrong things. Before you start packing, do the following:
- Plan for the weather at your destination. You likely already have a general idea of the climate where you are going, but when the time to embark draws near, check the forecast just to make sure you’re packing the right clothes.
- Know what is available at your destination. Things like hair dryers and toiletries take up a lot of space. If your hotel has things like hair dryers, shampoo, conditioner, and robes available, consider leaving those things at home.
- Make a list. How many of each type of clothing will you need? A list is especially useful when it comes to remembering to pack little things like your medications and your toothbrush.
Choose the Right Suitcase
The suitcase impacts how easy or difficult packing is, so when you visit the luggage store, keep the following points in mind:
- Nothing hampers the packing process like a broken zipper at the wrong time. Research brands before you buy, and choose one with a good reputation and a solid warranty.
- Choose a lightweight suitcase. It will make adhering to flight regulations easier and it will lessen the worry that you might end up paying extra at the airport.
- While hard-sided suitcases do a great job of protecting your stuff, they tend to weigh more and are more difficult to squeeze into spaces (and it is more difficult to squeeze stuff into them). Unless you feel like your belongings really needs the extra protection, go with a soft-sided suitcase.
Now that you have the right suitcase and you know just what needs to go inside it, it’s time for the fun of making it all fit. The following pointers will help you make the most of available space.
- Put shoes and other heavier items near the wheels. Stuff your socks or other small items inside your shoes.
- Neatly fold and stack your clothes rather than rolling them up. The only exception to this is if you have too much space in your suitcase and need your clothes to take up more room so they don’t get tossed around and wrinkled.
- Place delicate items near the center.
- Pack undergarments and other small items of clothing around the sides.
- Choose mostly neutral colors for your clothes. You can bring just a few accessories that go well with every outfit you pack.
Good preparation saves you the trouble of getting into a wrestling match with your suitcase when the time comes to zip up. Enjoy your trip!