It’s that time of year when things warm up, school is out, vacations are planned, and you are always on the go. By now you’ve probably dug out the old suitcase and are beginning to question if you can just fit everything into a few carry-ons instead of checking your bag. To pack with a purpose, use these tips to help you make the most of your luggage space for any trip ahead.
Don’t Wait till the Last Minute
Instead of waiting until the last minute, it is best to start packing at least 3 days ahead of time. Need some motivation? Create a packing playlist to get you moving and jam out while you organize your suitcase and toiletries.
Come Prepared with a Plan
When you wait till the last minute or pack without a plan, you’re more likely to throw things in there you don’t really need. Decide your bag limit (a couple carry ons, a big checked bag and a carry on, etc.), make a list of how many essential items you need based on the amount of days you’ll be traveling, and eliminate any items you’re unsure of before you place anything in the bag.
Pick Versatile Clothing Items
Pack neutral colors that can be mixed and matched. Use small accessories like vests and scarves to change up what feels like repeated outfits. Lightly worn clothing items can be reworn, and reuse clothing items to avoid a bulging suitcase. Utilize hotel laundry services.
- Have any clothing items you are preparing to donate? Bring all these clothing items on your trip for one last hurrah and donate them in the city you are visiting for an almost empty suitcase to fill with souvenirs for the return trip.
- Traveling across countries with no laundry services and need to make room in your suitcase? Consider using disposable clothing items such as socks and underwear. Every bit of space may count.
- Wear your bulkiest clothing items on the plane instead of packing in your suitcase. These can be taken off and stored in the overhead bins while flying and may save you the need to check a bag.
To create more room in your suitcase, roll your clothing items instead of folding. This method allows for ultimate space utilization. Tuck socks and jewelry inside your shoes. Put your items and clothes you will need first access to upon arrival on top.
If you’re traveling for a long road trip, get standard size moving boxes from your local storage facility in which to put all your items. They will stack perfectly in the back of your vehicle and keep things from shifting around while driving.
If you are flying, instead of squeezing shampoo and liquid soap from larger bottles, just purchase travel size toiletries created specifically for travel and avoid a size mishap through security. Call to hotels ahead of time or check their website for complimentary amenities–you may not even need to bring certain toiletries which will save you space and hassle. If on a road trip with a group, have one person pack large bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, etc. and all share the items.
Wherever you are traveling and however you plan on getting there, packing with intention and strategy is a sure fire way to free up extra space. Contact Simply Self Storage for other packing tips and materials for transporting items on your Memorial Day trip.