Travel Tips: The Organized Suitcase
Summer travel season is in high gear, and an organized suitcase is a great way to get off to a good start.
There are a million ways to organize a suitcase. Some swear by rolling clothes and others swear by careful accordion folding. Either way, you need to get from point A to point B with everything you need intact, as wrinkle-free as possible, and with as much crammed in as you can possibly fit. Before you can even begin with the intricacies of folding and storage, these travel tips will help you start with an organized suitcase.
A list is the sure-fire way to make sure that you have everything you need for your travels, ready to be arranged in the suitcase. Decide before you’re digging through closets how many outfits you’ll need and how many spare socks you want to have. This will save you from wondering if you really did pack the essentials, while staring at a full suitcase.
Plan Around Shoes
You can only fit so many things in a suitcase, and shoes take up a lot of space – especially if different outfits require a different shoe. Pick one or two pairs of comfortable shoes and plan your outfits around those selections. This saves space and ensures that you’ll have what you need for different occasions.
Packing cubes can be helpful for creating an organized suitcase, but you still have to organize the cubes. If it’s too overwhelming, just focus on the suitcase itself. If you do use cubes, you can pack for individual people or separate your clothes into daytime and evening outfits. Packing cubes can be designated for smaller clothing items whereas bigger items can be folded neatly. How you use a packing cube is up to you, but there is no doubt that they can help keep things organized.
A toiletry bag (waterproof, plastic, see-through if you’re flying) is great for keeping all your shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and more in a separate container. Leaks do happen, unfortunately, and you’d rather all those items be kept away from your clothing. This is also the perfect space to store razors, toothbrushes, hair-products, and other travel necessities.
Dirty Laundry Plan
Rarely is dirty laundry considered in the packing plans, because it doesn’t exist yet. You just don’t want dirty laundry mixing in with clean clothes during your trip, or even on your way home. A separate packing cube can be folded and stored in your suitcase for later use. Packing a couple large trash bags can keep the clean away from what’s dirty. No matter what you choose to use, have a plan for laundry.
If you start with an organized suitcase, you’ll be confident that your suitcase contains everything you need.