Welcome to Day 23 of 30 Days to Packing a Better Bag.
You’ve gone through the whole shebang so far this month – yes, the packing list prep, the paring down, the multipurpose items and so forth – and now it’s time to finally put it all together into your suitcase.
As all packing lists and trips vary, so will this section, but there are some tips that we think all suitcase packers should know:
1. Keep the items at an equal height and dispersed across the entire area of the suitcase. This will better ensure that your items don’t slide and move about during transit. If you can’t fit your items tightly across the area of your suitcase then the suitcase is too big.
2. Don’t pack extremely heavy items at one end of the suitcase. Instead, place heavier items in the middle with something soft and sturdy at the bottom end of the suitcase (when it is being pulled). This ensures your suitcase doesn’t become top-heavy or get drawn to one end when being tossed around the baggage carousel.
3. Never pack breakable and valuable items in your checked suitcases! When a suitcase is out of your sight, you have no real guarantee it will end up with you at your destination. You also have no control over how the bag is treated in transit.
4. Don’t overfill. Filling a suitcase too full can put stress on the zippers and often leads to luggage explosions when tossed around the baggage claim section.
How to Pack a Suitcase
When packing your suitcase, it is always wise to compartmentalize your belongings so no loose bits are floating around. This also helps organization and repacking time.
Let’s Pack ANOTHER Suitcase
Let’s see that example with another pair of shoes! YES, another!
You CAN Pack Light
There are a lot of clothes in this suitcase, and that doesn’t even contain the outfit and shoes you are already wearing! With that number of items, you could piece together dozens of different looks.
Just how much clothing is that?
1 Black Quick-drying Pants
1 Pair of Capri Pants
1 Black Pencil Skirt
1 Black Silkbody Dress
1 Dressy Top
1 Light Wool Cardigan
1 Light Summer Cardigan
1 Quick-drying Cute Top
1 3/4 Sleeve Black Top
3 Tanks (1 Silkbody)
1 Merrell Shoes
1 Fold-up Flip Flops
Socks, Underwear, Bra
Further reading: Backpack Alternatives for Female Travelers.
Take Action: Tame Your Suitcase Beast
If you haven’t done so already, downsize your luggage! After going through all the previous posts about compartmentalizing and packing versatile pieces, put it all together into your suitcase. Go ahead, give it a go. You might be surprised at how much you can fit into a smaller bag.