I am about to embark on a two-week holiday across three countries (five if you count airport layovers). The hardest thing about travelling is ALWAYS packing your suitcase, so I thought I would share some of my favourite tips to pack successfully!
1. Suitcase Within a Suitcase
At first glance, you may think these seems silly, since the suitcase itself takes up a lot of space, but I promise it is really helpful. As soon as you get to your destination, you can readjust all your belongings into the large suitcase. Then, as you wear your clothes, your smaller suitcase is an automatic laundry hamper. At the end of your holiday, you can just put the now full small case back into the now empty large one, and voilà! You are good to go. The suitcase within a suitcase is also super helpful if you are planning on doing a lot of shopping or just have some things you want to bring back from your destination. Since airlines are often charging for even just one carry on bag, it will save you money by only having to check both bags going in one direction.
2. Roll Your Clothing
This saves SO much space! I cannot possibly explain the logic behind why rolling your clothes takes less space than folding them, but you can see from the photos how much of a difference it makes. In both photos, I packed six pairs of pants. In the photo where my pants are folded, I could probably fit one more pair of pants if I squished them down really tightly. In the photo where they are rolled, I could fit four or five more pairs easily in the same amount of space.
3. Use Space Between Suitcases for Liquids
More than once, I have had a bottle of sunscreen or shampoo somehow explode while my suitcase was in flight, leaving me scrambling to find a place to do laundry when I get to my destination. The beauty of the double suitcase is that you have an entire suitcase separating your clothing and papers from your liquids, so if something does go awry, the things that are supposed to be dry will stay dry! It’s also a great place to stash shoes, so your clothing won’t get dirty.