Travel Tips

Pack Like A Pro

Whether you’re going away for one week or one year, smart packing will make your life easier while you’re on the go.  Here are some simple suggestions to help you pack like a pro!

  • Fold clothes normally, and then roll them up to save space.
Rolled up clothes take up less space.  Stuff sacks can help you squish your clothes down even more

Rolled up clothes take up less space.  Stuff sacks can help you squish your clothes down even more.

 

  • Put socks inside of shoes before you pack the shoes.  You’ll utilize otherwise wasted space, and when you’re ready to wear the shoes you’ll know exactly where to find your socks!
Socks in shoes, so simple and you'll be happy you did this later

Socks in shoes, so simple and you’ll be happy you did this later

 

  • Use bags or stuff sacks to sort your items in some way that makes sense to you.  You can also use the pockets in your backpack/luggage to help organize items.  Bring a few extra bags for dirty/wet clothes or to rearrange your stuff later on.
One bag for shirts, one for pants, one for skirts/dresses, and one for underwear

One bag for shirts, one for pants, one for skirts/dresses, and one for underwear.

 

  • Place the heaviest items at the bottom of your backpack/luggage (as much as possible, if you need to access something daily leave it closer to the top).  Rarely used items (for me this is my snorkel mask) should also go near the bottom of your pack.
Who take a snorkel around the world?  THIS GIRL!

Who takes a snorkel around the world?  THIS GIRL!

 

  • Keep prescriptions in their original packaging, otherwise you may look like a pill smuggler/drug mule and have your medicines confiscated.  If your prescriptions will be in your checked luggage, keep a few days worth of your medications in one small pill bottle in your carry on.
Don't get mistaken for a drug mule!  As much space as it wastes, keep your medicines in their original packaging with their prescription label

Don’t get mistaken for a drug mule!  As much space as it wastes, keep your medicines in their original packaging with their prescription label or risk having them confiscated.

 

  • Follow the international standard for carrying liquids on board: bottles no bigger than 3oz/100mL; bottles together in a clear, resealable bag (ziploc type bag); have clear bag accessible at security.  Carry an empty, reusable water bottle through security and then fill it at the water fountains after security to save a few dollars on buying bottled water after security.
These aren't the brands I use at home, but are the biggest bottles I could find that would fit the international requirements.  I'll refill them along the trip if possible.

These aren’t the brands I use at home, but are the biggest bottles I could find that would fit the international requirements.  I’ll refill them along the trip if possible.

 

  • Whenever possible, carry your pack/luggage with you to avoid theft or the airline losing your bag.  Check the rules for the airline you’ll be flying ahead of time to see if you luggage will be able to be carried on.  If you must check your bag, try to bring one change of clothes in your carry on just in case your checked bag doesn’t arrive when you do.

    Children are somewhat fragile and should not be packed in your suitcase.  Note: My parents did not put me in this suitcase at 18 months old.  My brilliant, toddler self decided that sitting in a suitcase was the best way to get home after falling and getting a bloody nose ;)

    Children are somewhat fragile and should definitely not be packed in your checked luggage.  Note: My parents did not put me in this suitcase at 18 months old.  My brilliant, toddler self decided that sitting in a suitcase was the best way to get home after falling and getting a bloody nose 😉

 

 

Have any expert packing tips you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear them!  Comment below!

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3 thoughts on “Pack Like A Pro

  1. Very nice hints (especially the one with the socks, I did not yet think about that trick…)

    I may recommed buying 70-100 ml bottles (empty) for your hand luggage. You can easily fill them with all the stuff you use at home. That’s not really working for things like styling gel, “volume blast” and stuff but is pretty good if you are about to take shampoo or shower gel with you 🙂

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  2. I always did the rolled clothes trick until I saw some guy on YouTube post a video where you basically lie everything out flat one by one in your suitcase packing one edge flat and into the corners and leaving the opposide side hanging out over the edge – – and then alternating around the perimiter with each new piece. Once everything is smushed in you fold the four corners in overtop. It doesn’t sound like it would work, but it really uses up every little space around those edges and corners. I did this on our last trip to Disney and got more than enough clothes/shoes/plus toilettries, etc. for a family of 4 for 9 days into 3 carry-on bags!!

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