Baggage restrictions can make packing one of the most dreaded tasks when it comes to traveling abroad. Squeezing everything from shoes and clothing to accessories and toiletries may seem impossible with tight dimensions and weight requirements, but there are some clever ways to get it all in without paying extra. Here are five of the best trip hacks you need to know to help you pack everything you need and more in just one suitcase.
Packing too much is something many of us are guilty of when we travel, but it can be an expensive habit to have while traveling abroad.
Fortunately, there are plenty of small changes you can make while loading your suitcase to make sure you have everything you need without going over the weight limit.
Table of Contents
Stick to a color scheme
Whether you choose bold orange or stick to neutrals like white or black, planning your garments around one color is the best way to condense your wardrobe.
Choose the color of your basic items and plan multifunctional outfits that you can mix and match to avoid overpacking.
Accessories are the best way to make re-worn outfits look different – just choose lightweight scarves, jewelry, bags and hats to alternate monotonous fabrics.
Use the one week rule
While it may seem strange to pack just a week’s worth of clothes for a longer trip, there’s an easy way to make sure your clothes last the entire vacation.
All you have to do is pack for a week and make sure to wash your clothes while you’re gone.
Whether you’re doing a quick hand wash in a hotel room sink or taking advantage of a laundry service, it’s much cheaper to do this than foot the bill for excess baggage.
This simple hack is best suited for warm destinations where lightweight fabrics can be easily washed and dried without proper laundry facilities.
Use the rule of three for shoes
Although shoes come in pairs, it’s best to stick to the rule of three to save space in your suitcase.
Set up to three pairs that work for more than one activity.
To free up even more space in your luggage, place thin footwear such as slippers inside larger shoes such as boots and use packing cubes to separate them from your clothing.
You should always pack shoes at the bottom of your suitcase near the wheels to distribute the weight evenly and reduce the strain on your back and shoulders.
Separate items into ‘fold’ and ‘roll’ stacks
Rolling up your clothes in a compact tube may seem like a useful way to make room, but it’s not always the best thing for your fabrics.
It is important to think about which garments to roll and fold to decide whether it is worth taking them with you.
If you have a lot of large jackets or shirts that can’t be rolled up neatly without creasing, it’s best to narrow down your options further.
Cotton shirts and similar fabrics should be kept flat, while synthetic materials can be twisted tight without wrinkling.