When you’re not exactly packing light and want to arrange your clothing and accessories in an organized, efficient way, certain hacks can come in handy. It’s impractical to try and squeeze in lots of clothes you think you will wear. The last thing you want is for your carry-on suitcase to become a burden or burst open during a security check. Once you’ve figured out the items of clothing you absolutely need and then removed a few from those as well and have an ideal mix, consider these packing tips.
A common method is to fold the clothes into rectangles and stack them on top of each other. Though this may work well for t-shirts and thinner, smaller items of clothing, folding larger or thicker items is not space efficient. The alternative is to fold them front to back such that they resemble a stack of files. You can get more clothes in this way and also make the most of the space on the sides of the suitcase. A third technique is to roll your clothes (properly!) to save space and minimize wrinkles. Check the videos on this page to see how to roll shirts, pants and skirts the correct way.
Stacking in order
Your shoes go to the bottom of the suitcase and your innerwear goes into them! This is a classic space-saver, as you can count on your shoes to hold your essential clothing items neatly and securely. Once you’ve packed your undergarments into your shoes, pack your pants, jeans, sweater and/or jacket. On top of this heap go your rolled items such as t-shirts and scarves, and over these you can place some more folded items. You may want to add your pajamas or nightdress at the very top, especially if you will be reaching your hotel room late and plan to crash immediately.
Use the compression straps
Tighten down on the packed clothes with compression straps. The idea is not just to secure your belongings but to also create a bit of extra space where you can stuff any additional small items such as belts or bathing suits.
Consider packing cubes
If your goal is to keep your items organized as opposed to getting as many items in as you reasonably can, packing cubes can help. For one, you can bundle quite a few items of clothing in them. For another, by neatly packing your clothes in these cubes, you can avoid excess wrinkling.
Some more tips:
• Roll up your belt and place it inside the neck opening of your shirt – this will keep your shirt collar stiff.
• Roll your clothes into air-compression plastic bags to minimize wrinkling and pack more items.
• No time to clean your shoes? Cover their soles with shower caps to prevent the dirt from touching other items.
• Wear your bulkiest items when you’re traveling
Author: Josh Hayett
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