5 Helpful Packing Strategies for your Suitcase
If you’re anything like the average student, your method of packing a suitcase probably involves blindly piling your things into a bag and sitting on top of it

5 Helpful Packing Strategies for your Suitcase


If you are anything like the average student, your method of packing a suitcase probably involves blindly piling your things into a bag and sitting on top of it to pull the zipper all the way across. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

Although this is probably the most low-effort packing method, it’s also the most inefficient. The following tips will help you pack efficiently, making the most of the space in your suitcase.

1. Step back and strategize

Before you put even one shirt in that suitcase, stop! If you’re packing as you take things out of the closet, you’re going to pack yourself into a corner. You need to plan. Lay out all the clothes and other items you intend to pack so you can step back and think about how you’re going to approach this. Do you have any large, oddly shaped items that need to be packed around?

2. Establish order

Once you’ve assessed the situation, create a hierarchy for your suitcase. What goes in first? What can be shoved in at the last minute? Typically it’s best to place shoes and larger garments in your suitcase first. Then you can squeeze in smaller garments like underwear and socks.

3. Rolling

If you’ve been packing your clothes flat and folded this whole time, it’s time to change things up. Rolling is probably one of the most efficient packing techniques out there when it comes to clothes.

The way to do it is pretty self-explanatory. Just lay your garment(s) flat and role them up instead of folding them. They may appear to take up more space than they would if they were folded normally, but if all of your clothes are rolled, it makes it much easier to strategically pack all of your belongings into one suitcase.

You can either roll your clothes individually, or as outfits. Making outfit roles is ideal for shorter trips where you don’t want to worry about making outfits during the trip. Rolling outfits also helps conserve space the best.

4. Protect fragile objects

Assuming you’re packing more than just clothes in your suitcase, you likely have a few items on the delicate side. If there’s no room for bubble rap, place your more delicate items in between layers of clothes. It doesn’t offer guaranteed protection, but your much better putting that mug in between two sweaters than on the top of the pile.

5. Pull out all the stops

When packing your suitcase, you have to work with all that it gives you. Not only does that mean using the above strategies, but taking advantage of the suitcase’s design as well. Those who are using a hard-shell suitcase are out of luck here, but those using soft-shells have a few more options to exploit: • Use and fill all available side and top pockets • Unzip the expander to make more room • Empty interior pockets to make more room

Author: Tanner Hackney
Author Bio: Mr. Hackney is a Junior Journalism and Marketing student at American University. His travels have taken him to England, France, Germany, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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