When it comes to packing for a trip, the more items you can squeeze into your suitcase, the better. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough. If you’re looking for ways to fit even more into your luggage, read on.
Roll your Clothes
One tried-and-true method is to roll your clothes. This will help you fit more items in and also prevent them from wrinkling as much.
Use Packing Cubes
Another great way to save space is to use packing cubes. These are small fabric sacks that you can fill with clothes, shoes, and other items. Not only do they help you organize your belongings, but they also take up less space than if you just threw everything into your suitcase haphazardly.
Heavier to Lighter
Another way to save space is to pack heavier items on the bottom of your suitcase and lighter items on top. This will help keep your clothes from getting wrinkled.
Versatility Goes a Long Way
You can also try packing clothes that are versatile and can be worn in more than one way. For example, a black dress can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Use Travel Space Bags
You’ve probably seen the infomercials for the magical space-saving bags that can shrink bulky clothing (like sweaters and jackets) into a small, compact unit. Get the travel version of these bags and you’ll save space and keep your clothes organized and wrinkle-free. These Travel Space Bags don’t need a vacuum to operate. Normal zip-lock bags in various sizes can also be used to achieve a similar effect for much less money.
Traveling with Electronics
If you’re traveling with electronic items, try to pack them all in one bag. This will help keep them from getting tangled together.
Use an Expendable Bag
Okay, this might be cheating a little, but the best way to fit more into your bag is to have a suitcase that grows with your packing needs. Expandable suitcases double as two bags in one, often starting out carry-on size but expanding to a larger bag when needed.
Finally, if you’re really pushed for space, consider packing less clothing and bringing along a few accessories, such as a scarf or a belt. With a little creativity, you can make many different outfits using just a few pieces of clothing.
Put Things Inside Shoes
Shoes take up a lot of space inside a suitcase. Make them do double duty by stuffing them full of small items like jewelry (in a zip-lock bag), ties (rolled up), or socks and underwear (in a plastic bag). Pack your shoes on their sides to maximize space.
Zip and Add
Have a few overflow items that just don’t seem like they’ll fit? Try closing and zipping your suitcase completely (even if you have to sit on it to make it work). Then reopen your bag and try adding the items in any available spots (think corners, spaces between larger items, etc.). Often, once you’ve compressed the bag by zipping it shut, you’ll find just a bit more room once you open it again.
So, if you’re looking for ways to fit more into your luggage, try some of these tips. You’ll be glad you did!