If you’ve never felt stressed out while doing your last-minute holiday packing, you’re either an emotionless robot or you prefer to travel carrying nothing but a small duty-free bag.
We at Bright Side tend to suffer from pre-holiday anxiety as well, so we’ve compiled a list of simple rules for organizing one’s suitcase.
By following these easy-to-memorize examples, you will always stay in control of the situation and make the best use of even the smallest of suitcases!
1. Don’t stack your clothes — store them rolled up!
A great way to save suitcase space and make sure that your clothes don’t crease is to store them in tight rolls instead of stacking them on top of each other.
This way, even a cramped suitcase can easily house 3 pairs of shorts, 3 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of jeans, 1 skirt, 2 swimsuits, 3 summer sweaters, 10 jerseys, 5 shirts, and 4 dresses.
2. Use vacuum bags
Vacuum compression bags are invaluable for packing bulky objects such as jackets, children’s clothes, soft toys, and bed linen. Such a method of packing will save you some serious space.
And when the time comes to pack for home, vacuum bags will prove handy once again — for storing dirty laundry.
3. Employ the ’pyramid’ principle
First, pack your shoes by arranging them along the suitcase walls. Next, pack large clothes, such as pants and skirts. Don’t roll them up — lying spread out at the bottom of the suitcase, these clothes will serve as wrapping for the rest of your things. Now, roll up your noncreasing clothes — they will form the middle layer of the ’pyramid.’ After that, roll up and pack the lighter/easily creased items.
Finally, pack the highly creasable things, cosmetics, accessories, documents, and small fragile objects — place them at the top of the ’pyramid.’
4. Say ’No’ to the umbrella
If you happen to own a large umbrella — leave it at home! Pack a raincoat instead, because it’ll take up much less room in your suitcase. In fact, we advise you to buy several disposable raincoats before going on holiday to give you enough protection from bad weather. And once the rain is over you can simply throw it away!
5. Buy travel-size cosmetics
All of us feel the temptation to pack our holiday suitcase with as many tubes and jars as possible. However, you’d be wise to resist this urge in favor of taking more useful things. While on holiday, try to make do with travel-size versions of your favorite cosmetic products.
6. Pack small things the right way
When it comes to packing small objects such as USB memory sticks, pocketbooks, hairpins, tights, socks, sunglasses, and reading glasses, place them inside packed shoes, cosmetics boxes, document folders, and suitcase pockets. As for your jewelry items, you can store them inside a pillbox.
7. Use coat hangers
When transporting valuable pieces of clothing (such as classic shirts, business suits, tuxedos, and cocktail dresses), rolling them up inside your suitcase just won’t do. To ensure that these items reach your holiday destination in wearable condition, put them inside holdalls without removing the coat hangers. This way, you can easily make use of wall-mounted hooks available inside train compartments and on planes.
8. Don’t pack more medicine than necessary
There’s no point in trying to fit the entire contents of your medicine cabinet into your holiday suitcase. Choose a more sensible approach by selecting only the most essential drugs. Don’t pack more than one pill sheet of each type of medicine — this will suffice to deal with any emergency.
To keep your medicines safe, put them inside sandwich bags and place the bags inside the packed shoes.
9. Don’t leave empty spaces
When packing suitcases, you might decide to leave some room for any souvenirs you might acquire during your holidays. Such a decision could cause your packed clothes to become seriously creased during the journey.
To prevent this, you should fill the empty spaces with small items of clothing or lumps of wrapping paper.