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Wouldn’t it be nice to arrive at your destination to find a zen garden of neatly rolled chinos and T’s in your suitcase – rather than it looking like a tornado stormed through your bag, covering everything with gunk from your toiletries bag? The act of traveling is stressful enough, especially when there’s in-laws waiting for you on the other end. You don’t need the hassle of having to re-organize your stuff when you hit the hotel, where it’s time to de-stress. So while traveling can bring about a whole lot of unexpected stresses that are out of your control, what you can do is bring a sense of calm with you on your trip. And that starts with your suitcase – something that’s totally in your control. Don’t get us wrong, packing the perfect suitcase is definitely an art. And that’s why we’re here to help you with these 10 simple tips to master the art of packing, creating a bag that’s just as worth of an Instagram “like” as the rest of your vacation photos are.
Lay It All Out. Edit It Down
As tempting as it is to stuff your case to the brim before you go, you’ll be much better off if you take the time to lay everything out in advance. This way you can vette things like duplicates, clothes that wrinkle easy, or things you simply don’t really need before packing. You know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Or is it, “better to be safe than sorry?” You get the idea.
Solve The Case
So you just bought one of those cordovan leather carryalls. You spent a fortune and have been waiting for just the perfect trip to unleash its coolness on. But remember, practicality over fashion. So don’t neglect your trusty structured suitcase with wheels. It’ll not only make packing infinitely easier, but also traveling with it too.
Master The Roll
… without forgetting the fold. Don’t listen to those packing lunatics that claim there’s only one way to compress your clothes. Casual pieces like jeans, T-shirts, and sweaters can totally be rolled, while collared shirts and jackets are best to fold.
Origami Your Suits
The piece de resistance of all your pieces is your suit. This is the one item that requires the most care, as you don’t want to look like a disheveled bum when it’s time to put it on. So the best way to deal with your suit is to either fold it in half while it’s still in its dry cleaning bag, or pop the shoulders inside-out, folding it in half until the lapels meet, then folding it in half again so it compresses tightly.
Use The Small On The Unused
Folded clothes make a square. But your suitcase is round (in the corners anyway). So to make sure everything is tight and stays in place, roll your underwear, socks, and fill up the sides of the case with them, Then take your ties and stuff them inside your dress shoes – which should be placed at the bottom of your case right by the wheels.
… everything that could spread dirt, get tangled, or explode. Ziplock bags are your best friend when it comes to packing, as they’re perfect for keeping cords tied, along with your toiletries from spilling. Also, here’s where your shoe bags will come in super handy, as you’ll want to keep them looking new and free from any scuffs that make occur while the airport attendees toss around your bag while on transit.
Buy Travel Sized Toiletries
It always amazes me how so many people ignore the travel section in the drug store. That aisle is your best friend as they make all your toiletries in less than half the size. I mean, why bring a month’s supply of toothpaste, when you’re only staying for a week. Buy travel sized everything. You won’t believe how much space you’ll save.
Compress With Space Packs
Going snowboarding? Well if you can’t get around to packing up those bulky items such as your snowboarding pants and heavy sweaters, then get yourself some compression packs. They’ll reduce the bulk by half.
Get Dressed And Carry-On
When it comes to packing, it’s not just about space, but also weight. You know the airport will charge you more for bags that are overweight. So instead, wear your heaviest shoes, your biggest jacket, and your coziest sweaters on the plane. You’ll not only save space, but you’ll be comfortable on the plane should the flight get too cold.
Leave Room For Souvenirs
Someone in your family, or a friend, will force you to bring something back for them. They always do. That’s why as tempting as it is to pack your suitcase up to the gills, make sure to leave a bit of space for those souvenirs.