How to Become a Packing Pro

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How to Become a Packing Pro

Make a packing List

Starting with a plan will make the process much easier – plus you can double check it to avoid the “forgotten underwear” crisis. Don’t forget to check the weather in your destination as you prepare, so you throw in a rain jacket or shorts as needed.

Pack Shoes First

First, limit the amount of shoes you bring. One pair of boots or sneakers to wear on the plane, a pair of flip flops or flats, and one pair of dress shoes should you get you through your travels.

Put those at the bottom of your suit case to then pack around.

Roll, don’t fold

Rolled up clothes take up less space than folded ones, and can be shoved into all the empty spots in your suitcase. Plus, rolling leaves your clothes less prone to deep wrinkles from fold creases.

Bring the right bags

A personal item – aka the item you can put under the seat in front of you – is typically defined as a purse, laptop bag, or backpack. Bring a bigger bag than you need (but that still fits the size requirements) for extra storage space. This could be for snacks on the plane, and to ensure you have room for all the souvenirs you pick up on your journey.

Do Laundry on the Road

If you’re staying in a vacation rental, you’ll likely have access to free laundry facilities. Just bring a few outfits, and you can wash them throughout your trip. If you’re staying in a hotel, all ahead to see if they offer laundry and how much it costs. If the laundry is expensive, bring or buy a small bottle of laundry detergent and wash in the sink. You can even purchase portable laundry-drying lines at travel supply stores.


First, your traveling wardrobe should feature different layers to accommodate warm trains and cold planes. This also ensures you wear your bulkier items, leaving your suitcase more empty.

Airport security also advises you pack your suitcase in layers, so the security agents can get a clear sense of what’s in your bag. Shoes at one layer, clothes next, then electronics is a good way to go.

Always Carry On Your Essentials

Your passport, identification, money, credit cards, jewelry, electronics, and other valuables should always be brought onto the plane with you. Checking luggage with important and essential items can cause big problems if it gets lost or stolen.