I’m all for packing light when I’m traveling; but, not when I have to sacrifice certain essentials just so I can get my luggage to fit. Today, I’ll provide you with several space-saving tips so you can stuff everything you need in your carry-on. These packing hacks will help you maximize space in your luggage so you’ll no longer leave behind your favs and must-have products again.
1. Roll your clothes
Roll your clothes instead of folding. You’ll save more space this way so it’s definitely worth the extra effort. However, if you have stiffer or easily wrinkled fabrics, like dress shirts, stick to folding and pack them into the spaces left by the rolled clothes.
2. Pick the clothes that you love wearing.
Depending on the occasion, you may be required to have different kinds of outfits. Make up your mind on what you plan to wear before you start packing. Prior decisions help minimize instances where you have to try out clothes after packing to find out what suits you. This not only ends up being a time-waster, but makes you carry excess clothes which you may not even wear.
3. Invent safe ways of packing your jewelery.
The safest way to achieve that is to pad your jewelery in between clothes. Pack your jewelery in plastic wrap to safeguard them while in transit. Go even further and arrange your jewelery in various categories, that is, don’t mix your earrings with your necklaces to avoid mix-ups and entangling. (ok)
4. Keep Luggage Fresh with Dryer Sheets
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When you cram together a bunch of clothes and items in your luggage, things will eventually get a bit musty. You can prevent that from occurring by throwing dryer sheets in between layers of clothes.
5. Use old sunglasses case for carrying fragile belongings.
Just as they keep sunglasses safe, they will offer the same protection to your other perishable belongings. Some of the products that you can keep in the case include earphones, chargers, small-sized cables and much more. The case will also help keep your cables from tangling which is usually the outcome if you just throw them in your handbag or purse.
6. Carry your socks in the shoes that you will be carrying for the trip.
Keeping your socks in their usual environment saves you enormous space. You can pack as many as three pairs in every shoe. Such a packing strategy gives you an easier time to access your socks while dressing. Socks have adapted to the environment within the shoes and it is therefore advisable to always keep them in their natural environment.
7. Use Tic Tac boxes for storing your hairpins
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A Tic Tac box is a clever and safe way to store hairpins. Don’t throw them in a bag or small container that can easily open or you might end up with hair pins all over your suitcase.
8. Use your socks for carrying breakable perfume bottles.
Socks act as very reliable shock absorbers when carrying glass perfume bottles. Protect your breakables by placing them in socks before packing. If you’re carrying perfumes with metallic or plastic packaging, ensure that the nozzle faces upwards to avoid unwanted spills.
9. Protect your powder makeup with cotton pad or ball
Covering your powder makeup products with a cotton pad or ball will keep it from breaking while traveling. Stick a cotton pad or ball inside the compact before putting it in your makeup bag.
10. Use your bras as carriage equipment for your panties.
This tip is purely for the ladies. Stack your bras on top of each other and then make a fold in between the cups. To save on suitcase space, fold your panties neatly and tuck them in between the bra cups, then put them in a strategic space within the suitcase. With this amazing suitcase packing hack, you will prevent your bra cups from folding inwards hence damaging their shape.
11. Carry just a few drops of toothpaste
Instead of carrying the whole tube of toothpaste, just squeeze a few drops in a convenient plastic wrap to save on space. Remember we want you to pack everything you need no matter the size of your suitcase. You can improvise and use a clean eye drops bottle instead for carrying your toothpaste. Always ensure you label it correctly to avoid confusion just in case you want to share with your friends or family.
12. Use plastic wrap to prevent product spillage.
Liquid and creams can very easily stain your clothes making it vital to transport them in a safe way that minimizes spills. To prevent this, cut a small square of plastic wrap, unscrew the product’s lid, set the plastic wrap on top, and screw the lid back on. This is safer than just covering them with a plastic bag and throwing them all over the suitcase.
13. Use plastic to pack your easily creased fabrics
According to research, putting your clothes in plastics folding with the material in between the parts of the fabric helps to minimize wrinkling. Always iron your suit and fold it neatly before placing it in a suitcase. Avoid excessive stacking of such items as it can make the clothes get unnecessary lines and wrinkles.
Dry cleaner bags are a very important addition when it comes to packing. They will help lessen the chance of your suit getting creases because of their slippery surface. The surface helps straighten the fabric once you fold your clothes.
14. Cover your razor blade with a binder clip.
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If you plan on bringing a razor blade, protect yourself and your clothes by covering the razor end with a binder clip. They’re super convenient and easy to remove.
15. Carry your liquid makeup in a contact case
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If you’re going on a quick trip, there’s no need to bring a ton of makeup products especially when it’s in bulky packaging. You can save space by pouring a little bit of your liquid makeup or moisturizer in a clean contact case.
16. Wear your heavy clothes and pack the light ones
Some people tend to wear light sweaters and dresses then put the heavy ones in the suitcase. Well, after going through these suitcase packing hacks, you will learn the advantage of keeping heavy fabrics out of your suitcase. For example, you can cover yourself with your scarf and save space for carrying other items in the suitcase.
17. Pack the heaviest and the less urgent items at bottom of your suitcase
This will make it very easy for you to unpack your suitcase. You will have enough space on the top to pack your light clothes. Besides space, it also saves the time of unpacking everything when looking for pajamas at the bottom of your traveling bag.
I hope you enjoy my space saving tips for packing! Happy travels!
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