Travel Packing Tips

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Do you love to travel but hate to pack for it? We’ve all been there! While packing isn’t an enjoyable task for many travelers, it’s the necessary start to any trip. Make packing for your next vacation or business trip a breeze with these helpful tips.

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1. Choose your suitcase size carefully

The size of your suitcase can be a very important aspect of your trip, particularly if you’re flying to your destination. Before you start packing for a flight, decide whether you want to carry your bag with you on the plane or check it to pick up at baggage claim when you arrive. If you’re driving to your destination, you’ll need to consider the space available in the vehicle, as well as the number of passengers riding with you. Five people might fit in your car, but that doesn’t mean that all of your luggage will fit in the trunk!

2. Lay out all of the items you plan to bring before packing them

Packing shouldn’t mean throwing clothes and other items you think you’ll need into a suitcase and hoping that you remembered everything. Adding some organization to your packing process can help you pack more efficiently and ensure that you have the right items for your trip. Start by laying out all of the items that you think you’ll need – you can organize by day, by outfit, by clothing type, or however else you prefer! Once everything is laid out and you’ve ensured that you’re not missing anything, start to take items away. Many clothing items, such as jeans, jackets, and sweaters, can be repurposed for multiple outfits. Cutting down the number of items you pack may allow you to bring a smaller bag or other items you thought you would have to leave behind.

3. Choose one base color to coordinate your outfits around

In addition to repurposing items of clothing for multiple uses, you can also cut down on the amount that you pack by choosing one base clothing color for your trip. If you’ve packed a brown-based outfit and a black-based outfit, you’re likely going to have to pack an extra pair of shoes, extra jacket, or extra bag to make up for the difference, and that can add up quickly. Choose to base your packing around one color – brown or black often work best, but you can choose whichever color you’d like – so you don’t have to switch out footwear and accessories every time you change clothes.

4. Roll your clothes instead of folding

While many people pack their clothes by folding them, there is a more efficient method that will save you space in your bag. Rolling your clothes, both individually and in groups of similar garments, will allow you to tightly pack your items into your suitcase. This method can also help prevent wrinkles, as clothes are not compressed together as tightly as when folded.

5. Make use of small spaces

You’ve selected your clothing carefully and rolled everything up into your suitcase, but you still have a few small items that are left out, such as socks, belts, and electronics chargers. You could just pack them all on top of what you’ve already packed, but there’s a better way! Make use of the small spaces that are left when packing – you can easily save space by packing things into the shoes you’re bringing or in the small pockets and compartments of your bag or suitcase. Every little space can be used efficiently!

 Are you an expert at packing for a trip? What tips do you have to make the most use of the space in your suitcase?