Packing for a vacation doesn’t have to be a nightmare, but often it is when you’re trying to remember items and save space. To ensure that you have enough space for everything you need to bring along, check out these packing tips to save space.
Packing Tips to Save Space
Make a list of clothing you’d like to wear and match up outfits before you pack them. This will ensure you don’t pack too many clothes and that you have an idea of everything you need to bring. When planning outfits, choose items that can be worn multiple times, such as jeans or cardigans. Pick outfits that can easily go from day-to-evening with just a few accessory changes.
Place heavy items, like jeans, corduroy, and wool in first. Add lighter items toward the top. Make sure clothes are folded as small and flat as they can be, or use the rolling technique that allows you to roll clothing into small balls that will fit next to one another. Don’t pack items that will wrinkle easily if you can help it. Use underwear and socks as fillers by jamming them in anywhere they’ll fit.
Stick to one color palate to get the most of your accessories and so that you can bring enough of them without taking up too much space. For example, this would include a black belt, black shoes, and a black purse, or some other color scheme.
- For women- bring just one evening bag and one day bag to carry items.
- Place earrings, necklaces, and bracelets all in their own bags.
- Choose just one perfume/cologne to bring with you and place it inside a pair of socks for safekeeping.
- One of the best accessories you can take is a silk scarf or two, which can dress up plain outfits and don’t take up too much space.
- Wrap shoes in plastic shopping bags and place them between clothing.
Toiletries should go in a separate bag or tote in case they spill, or you can place them in a plastic bag (or two) and put it in the middle of your suitcase with your clothing to protect it from falls.
- Buy 2-in-1 items when you can to reduce the amount of bottles in your bag.
- Buy travel-sized and mini containers to save space.
- Bring items that won’t take you too long to use. For example you can air dry your hair instead of bringing your hair-dryer along.
- Minimize makeup to just the basics and use all-purpose makeup where you can.
- Stick to the basics of hygiene. A toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razor, shave cream, shampoo, conditioner, and hair gel is generally all you’ll need.
- Leave your library at home and look into carrying just one or two books, or even an electronic reader.
- Make sure electronics are secure, but stash them inside your bags anywhere you can.
- If you need a hair dryer, curling iron, and clothing iron buy portables and place them with your electronics in larger suitcases.
- Always bring a small first-aid kit and pack it in your purse or carry-on.
- Pack snacks in a small bag in your carry-on or purse.
- Like items should always be placed near one another for easy access.
To Buy Once There
Remember, you can buy toiletries once you arrive, and you can rent irons and hair dryers from the hotel where you’ll stay. Food can always be purchased during travel, as can books and magazines. It’s sometimes easier to wait until you’re settled to add more items to your bags, especially when you know you may not bring the item back (like travel sized toiletries).