Packing strategically for any destination can be quite the challenge; what to bring and what to leave behind can not only be stressful, but also difficult.
We’ve come up with some simple tips and tricks to help you strategically pack your suitcase and ensure you are prepared, safe, and comfortable on your next trip.
Here are our tips below:
Rummage through your closet and gather every piece of clothing you think you will need.
Once you have collected everything you would like to bring, here comes the hard part: deciding what is a necessity and what you can live without. Every piece of clothing should only earn a spot in your suitcase if it’s versatile and can play double duty. For example, a pair of leggings are comfy enough to be worn on the plane, during the day while you’re sightseeing or at night while you’re exploring the city.
Roll and fold all of your clothing before placing the items inside your suitcase.
It’s important to pack your suitcase strategically and efficiently by using every pocket and space available. In saying that, be sure to roll softer garments and fold stiffer ones (this will allow you to pack more and fit extra pieces within your suitcase). Not sure what to pack and what to fold? All you need to remember is that jeans, sweats, T-shirts, cotton pants, and knitwear won’t wrinkle – so roll ‘em up! Everything else should be folded.
Fill your suitcase by placing the items in neat layers.
Think of your suitcase as a sandwich: the luggage itself is the bread, the rolled items are the meat and the folded items are the sandwich toppings. Place all of your rolled pieces of clothing into the bottom of the suitcase, and then add the folded items on top. Finish off by tucking small items, such as socks, accessories or toiletries into the corners of your suitcase, or along the perimeters of the rolled clothing.
But wait, your work isn’t done just yet….
Before you toss in the towel, take a look at the contents of your suitcase; these items are most likely your favorite pieces of clothing and the ones that you wear most often. Now, take a long hard look at the leftover items in your closet. What do you see? If your closet is full of items that you haven’t worn in the past six months (with the exception of seasonal items) then it’s definitely time to start purging!
Cleaning out your closet and can be a daunting task. To make it a little easier, we recommend creating three piles: what to keep, what to toss, and what to give away. Then, ask yourself the following:
- Do I love it?
- Do I wear it on a consistent basis?
- When will I wear it again?
- Will I bring it with me on my next trip?
Cleaning out your closet can make a huge difference to local charities, the environment and those in need. But the best part of all? When you come back from your getaway, you will come home to a clean and newly organized wardrobe! It doesn’t get much better than that! Bon voyage.
Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.
Do you have any secret tips for packing your suitcase or decluttering your wardrobe? We would love to hear them! Feel free to comment below.