Travel Packing Tips from Travel Pros
There are so many techniques for trying to get the most into your tiny suitcase. But, which way actually works? So, after many hundreds of trips, and thousands of miles traveling with backpacks, suitcases, and more- we’ve found some great travel packing strategies to pack efficiently and get the most out of your trip. So, we are big fans of this simple travel packing tip that we use it every time we hit the road! Hence, lets go through each step.
Step 1: Lay out pairs of pants (or leggings) flat and out to the side. With the luggage open and empty, lay out your pairs of pants across the bottom with the leg part sticking out (image bottom left).
Step 2: Pack rolled clothing to fill in the first layer of your luggage. Hence, rolling helps make all clothes fit better and appear to be the same size which is good in this scenario because you are making a tiny puzzle. (And there’s a lot of pieces to fit!) It also helps to reduce wrinkles.
Side note: Putting together and rolling multiple tank tops or other small garments together helps save space!
Step 3: Repeat step 2 on a the second layer. Also, add shoes as necessary.
Side note: Use your empty shoes. Stuff socks, underwear, or personal items inside of the shoes. Also, this helps to make sure your shoes don’t lose their shape after being suffocated for the long hours of your trip.
Step 4: Lay down any other big items you may have on top of layer 2.
Step 5: Fold the ends of the pant legs over the top of these 3 layers.
Step 6: VACUUM SPACE SAVING BAGS WORK and they are amazing. Also, we have found that Eagle Creek makes great travel organizers and compression sacks.
Side note: Vacuum bags tend to add density to the overall weight of the luggage, so only use maybe 1 or 2 of these in your luggage if weight is an issue.
Things to Remember:
1. Size matters! Be sure not to go over your weight limit because there are some hefty charges!
2. Use up every space possible! That means stuffing your shoes full as well.
3. You can include a few new dyer sheets inside the luggage! This is a nice, fresh surprise when you unpack.
Remember to always grab your passport. This vital document is one of the most important things to remember for every international trip. Also, remember to check your passport validity. You need at least 6 months of validity AFTER the last day of your international trip. Keep your passport somewhere safe where you can easily access it without pulling out all of your stuff. Your passport should be packed in a safe place that will also protect it from damage.
So tell us, what are some of your favorite travel packing tips?