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TIPS TO PACK LUGGAGE SMARTLY AND TRAVEL LIGHT

Packing is surely a daunting task and this I realize every time whenever we go on a vacation. Earlier, I never used to travel light and had to put in so much efforts to pack a suitcase. But over time, I have learned the trick to pack our stuff smartly. Rather I have become quite a pro at packing smartly. haha. In my today’s post, I am going to tell you some tips regarding how to pack your luggage like a pro which means packing light, yet carrying all the things you will need on the trip. I guarantee you that the below mentioned tips are surely going to help you a lot.

But before you start packing…

  • Check the weather situation at your vacation destination as this way you will get a vague idea about what clothes to pack. I always spend ten to fifteen minutes on internet before I start packing and google about the weather conditions during day, and night of the destination place and then start packing accordingly.
  • Now take a pen and paper and make a checklist of all the things you will need and as you pack each item, cross it off your list. This way you won’t forgot to pack something vital and at the same time, you won’t pack something which is not required on the trip.

Now let’s start packing in the best possible manner to save space inside the suitcase:

1. Do you roll or fold : Next time onwards, instead of folding, try rolling your clothes before keeping them in the suitcase. This will not only helps in saving lots of space in the suitcase but also gives your suitcase a neat look. Another benefit is that you will find the clothes much more easily during your vacation.

TIPS TO PACK LUGGAGE SMARTLY AND TRAVEL LIGHT

Now you must be thinking about how to roll the clothes properly? Well, first fold each piece in half and then roll tightly. If you want, you can also put a light tissue paper inside the cloth and then roll them to keep your cloth crease free and wrinkle free. You can also use plastic bags to fold and put your clothes in. The plastic bag will keep your clothes crease free.

Always place heavier clothes like jeans, jackets and other heavy items like shoes, hair dryers, hair straighteners at the bottom of your suitcase by the wheels. Keeping them at the bottom of the suitcase will make the suitcase much easier to roll and protect the suitcase from tipping over. While place lightweight and delicate fabrics that are prone to wrinkling, such as linen, thin cotton, satin, and silk at the top layer of your luggage.

2. Pack a spare big plastic bag for dirty laundry: Make sure to carry an empty plastic bag to store all your dirty clothes during your trip. 

3. Pack your underwear in a separate plastic bag: First fold all your underwear and then roll it and pack them in a separate plastic Zip lock bag. 

4.  Protect your Bras: Maintain the shape of your bras by first stacking your bras on top of each other and then fold them in half and then tuck your few underwear inside it. When you stuff your underwear inside the bras, then the cups will be prevented  from folding inwards and your bras will remain safe.  After that, put it inside a ziplock bag or cloth bag. 

5. Use the space inside the shoes: Use the space inside the shoes by placing your socks, belts, trinkets, chargers, perfumes, jewelry, gloves, hankey inside them. This will save you oodles of space and also keep your shoes in shape as well as other delicate items safe. If you don’t want to keep these stuff inside the shoes, then you have another option which is to keep all these stuffs in the sides once the packing is done.

6. Shoes/Boots:  Girls, you should pack one pair of slip-ons which you can wear to some evening out, one pair of sports shoes if you are going to hilly areas, you can also wear sports shoes while traveling too. The rule is that if you want to carry five footwear, then wear the heaviest one and pack the rest. Pack your slip-ons, sandals, stilettos and wear sneakers or shoes or boots. Also, take a shower cap and put your shoes in it to keep the dirty soles of your shoes away from the clothes in the suitcase.

7. Protect your perfumes: Since, perfumes come in glass bottles so you need to carry them safely in your luggage. Just tuck your perfume bottles inside your socks or fold them inside your jeans. This way they will remain safe. Also, keep in mind to pack fragile items in the center of your suitcase. 

8. Prevent spills from liquid products: To prevent liquids from spilling out of the bottle inside your suitcase, just take a small piece of plastic and unscrew the lid, place it on the mouth and screw back the lid. 

9. Toiletries: I always keep my travel size toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, small bottle of hand wash and sanitizer, earbuds, body lotion, sunscreen, travel size shampoo, conditioner, and serum in one clear Ziploc bag. If it’s ok with you, then you can further reduce your luggage weight by buying toiletries on arrival. That means not carrying any toiletries with you and buy them from any local shop there when you reach the destination . Though, as far as I am concerned, I prefer to carry it in my luggage.

10.Mobile and Laptop Chargers: Use elastic bands, wire twists or even hair bands to keep your mobile and laptop chargers neat and tightly bundled. After that, keep them in a transparent net bag.

travel gears

11.Other medical essentials: Carry a small first aid kit which has band aid strips, cotton, stomach soother medicine, pain killers for emergency situations. 

12. Carry on Handbag: Keep your important documents, passport, PAN Card, credit and debit cards, boarding passes/tickets, itinerary in a ziplock bag or clutch and then keep it in your handbag. Also, keep your sunglasses, eye sleep mask, bandaid, keys of the house, mobile/tablet and charger, headphones, Camera, eye mask, pen, a small santizer bottle, wet wipes, creams.  I always carry a scarf as it is a perfect travel companion. It keeps me warm on the plane.

carry on essentials

13. E-books: Instead of carrying books which are bulky and contributes to weight, you can download an e-book and other reading material in your phone/tab for your trip. Also, download map of destination city, translation apps, travel guides etc.

Happy Travels!

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Much Love, Neha

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I am Neha, a Travel, Fashion and a Lifestyle Blogger based out of Bengaluru, India. I am a Fashionable soul, a compulsive Traveler, a foodie and a Cat Lover.

(55) Comments

  1. Lubna says:

    Great tips! I always run out of space in my suitcase…usually because I pack too many high heels 😛
    Lubna

  2. Fabulous tips Neha and in my case always needed lol

    xx Tamara Chloé

    http://www.TcStyleClues.com

  3. Thanks for your luggage tips,i really need it

  4. perfect tips on packaging light 🙂 I follow most of these and would incorporate other as well..

  5. It’s a very good tip to roll your clothes instead of folding them(: and also carry extra plastic bag for laundary etc… also shoes pack in shower cap… I put them in plastic bag and wrap in newspaper.

  6. Martina says:

    Amazing post
    LA BORSA DI MARTINA

  7. These are such great tips! I always roll the clothes and try to make everyone do the same 😀
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

  8. Beautiful post! Amazing tips! Thanks for sharing! I always make a checklist in advanced, it really helps.

    Happy rest of the week beautiful!
    Rita | http://styleroundtheclock.com

  9. Great tips Neha. I always make a checklist. It makes packing super easy.

  10. I am so lucky that my husband is a very neat and organized person so I leave all the clothes that I want to take with me and he packs it. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  11. These are very useful tips. Great post Neha 🙂

  12. Great tips for packing. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  13. Great tips this was really helpful.

  14. Great post and loved all your tips! Thank you for sharing Neha! <3

  15. Great tips! Will keep them in mind 🙂

  16. Great tips thanks for sharing.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  17. Awesome tips! I also like to keep most things in zip lock bags to protect them, but need to start rolling my clothes.

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

  18. These are great packing tips
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  19. Such great tips and tricks! Thanks for sharing darling.

    ❤︎
    Dakota D.
    http://fannypacksandvisors.com
    Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter: @missdsquared413

  20. Great post! Never tho of using the space from the shoes. x

    Happy weekend,
    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

  21. Great idea to use the space in shoes. Loved this post !!:) Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. Great tips, now that the holiday season is on, I am sure I will be coming back to this post for reference.
    Wishing you a wonderful day !
    Cheers
    Saabri

  23. Great tips! Thanks for sharing beautiful 🙂
    xoxo

    http://www.myinfinitystyle.com

  24. Miss Sweet & Chic says:

    Omg this was the best post coz I’m leaving on vacay soon!!! Loved the tips I’ve never rolled clothes before but I’ll try it this time 🙂 Thank you my darling!! Xoxoxo

  25. I get to learn soooo many important things about travelling from you dear….you really have a great blog 🙂

  26. I always pack wayyy too much stuff – thank you for these helpful tips!
    April xx

    | APRIL ROSE PENGILLY |

  27. Great tips. Suitcases fill up so fast haha 🙂

  28. We’re leaving on holiday tomorrow morning and I’m almost done packing, just need to throw in the toiletries and that’s it. I don’t like packing though. My suitcase always fills up soooo fast, haha.

  29. Great tips! I’ll definitely use some of them for my next packing session 🙂
    xx
    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

  30. Great great tips! So helpful for travelers! Thanks for sharing! =)

    – Cielo
    http://www.mermaidinheels.com

  31. It’s such a good idea to use the space in your shoes! I consider myself an excellent packer and have developed techniques too. But that one is new to me! Definitely using it in the future. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  32. Using the space inside shoes is such a great idea!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  33. Like the first picture 🙂
    Maria V,

  34. These are such great tips for packing! I love your idea for preventing spills (I have had a perfume leakage before now!) and rolling is such a good idea!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  35. I read it just on time, couple of weeks before my flight. Thanks for the great tips!

    http://www.lauramacij.com/2016/07/when-life-gives-you-lemons-wear-them.html

  36. Rolling clothes is the trick I never tried when packing. I always check the weather forecast before the travel but sometimes it can’t be accurate too. Anyway, these are great tips! 🙂

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    http://www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

  37. Amazing ideas!

  38. Those are actually great tips for packing! I’m usually the worst for that! I’ll try it this way! xo, Sophia

  39. This is such a helpful great post, It is always a good idea to pack smart and light, Thanks for sharing !! x

  40. This is a very helpful post, loving the fact that you have explained everything in detail with pictures.
    Have a beautiful day !

  41. I´ve had to pack so many times for traveling and rolling the clothes and putting everything in ziplocks is just the best!

    Have a gorgeous day, xx

    My Vogue Style

  42. Great tips for packing babe. Have a nice day.
    Xo, Christianne

  43. Great post, I love using pouches while packing too 🙂

  44. Rolling the clothes is genius! And an e-book instead of regular is also so good, have to remember this! Xx

  45. Diya Mehra says:

    Seriously a great post. Bookmarked it. Always love your detailed and informative posts.

  46. Loved this post, so helpful 🙂

  47. This is such a great, helpful post! I don’t do nearly half of the suggestions you’ve shared here when traveling, so I’ll definitely be referencing this post when packing for my next trip; what a difference rolling makes! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  48. I’ve gotta try rolling my clothes- it looks like it saves so much space!

    -Ashley

  49. I love this post so much! Such a helpful tips! Thanks for sharing ^^ This makes me excited to travel soon x

  50. Very informative post Neha!

  51. Excellent tips dear! bookmarked!

  52. Fantastic tips and post! I’m always looking for travel tips and this is helpful

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