Some Packing Secrets

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I consider packing an art form sometimes. It takes time and energy to really get your suitcase ready for upcoming adventures, especially if it's a long trip or if you'll be visiting places with multiple climate changes.

Because packing can be a challenge, I've picked up and learned secrets over the years that have made my packing for trips so much easier. Today, I want to share those tips with you. :)

1. Write out your packing list in advance.

Planning out what you're going to pack can be tedious, but the sooner you plan things out, the better, especially if you're traveling internationally. Plus, if you think of something else, you can quickly jot it down on paper or your phone to remember for later (or pick up at the store).

The best help I've had with creating packing lists (especially with destinations I've never visited) has come from lurking Pinterest. If you search "[Insert Place Here] Packing", chances are good that you'll be able to find a packing list specific to the place you're going.

As far as what to pack is concerned, some people create a color scheme of clothes to wear; others pack by planning each outfit for each day. Pack in the way that's easiest for you. (I've created some packing lists on this blog, too, if you need ideas! :] )

Here are some things to keep in mind when creating your packing list:
  • How many days you'll be staying
  • What the weather will be like in your destination
  • What activities you'll be participating in (especially if you're going to a conference, workshop, or doing any sort of physical activity)
  • If you need to dress up for any reason (Church, nice dinner, etc.)

2. Roll your clothes instead of folding them.

This is an old trick that I've been using for a LONG time (probably since I went to England for the first time when I was 13 years old. I'm 23 now).

All you do is fold your clothes longways, then literally roll them up. The finished product should resemble a cinnamon roll. You can then stick your rolled-up clothing items into your suitcase. Rolling your clothes can free up a TON of space in your suitcase; you can set them on top of folded larger items, or be able to double your space by packing lightweight shirts, dresses, and knit items.

If you want to take it a step further and make sure your clothes don't come undone, you can wrap tiny rubber bands around the rolls. (You can find tiny bands in the hair and beauty section of drugstores or larger stores, like Target.)

3. Compartmentalize if possible (especially your smaller or fragile items).

Compartmentalizing is a great idea if you want to be as organized as possible. The idea is that you place items into bags, then place those bags into your suitcase or carry-on for easy access.

Here are some ideas for compartmentalizing:
  • Packing cubes for thinner clothing items or underclothes
  • Cosmetic bags or zip-loc bags for jewelry and (of course) cosmetics
  • Individual pouches or zip-loc bags for larger pieces of jewelry or necklaces that tangle easily
  • Tote bags for pairs of shoes
  • Quarter-sized zip-loc bags for toiletries (especially if you're carrying them on)

How do you like to pack for trips? Do you have any specific ways to make packing easier for you? Let me know! :)


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  2. These are some amazing tips! Whenever I pack, I always end up having to sit on the luggage or hold down the bag coz I just have so much stuff, and I always tend to forget little things here and there and it's really frustrating. I'll definitely be using every single one of these fantabulous tips!

    The Life of Little Me

    1. Thanks so much, M! :D I've done the sitting-on-the-luggage thing, too...ha! I'm glad you like these tips so much! I may do a part 2 if I think of some more.