Room-Saving Tips for Packing Your Suitcase

Your big trip is almost underway, but you still need to pack. Whether you're going on a small vacation, a fancy excursion, or a business trip, packing can be a hassle, especially when you have limitations on suitcases and carry-ons.  Here are a few tips to help you maximize your luggage space for your future trip:

Know Your Essentials

Planning ahead is important when it comes to packing. Make a list of essentials or set them aside somewhere so that you know they're your priority. If there's anything you wanted to bring that isn't necessary and is expendable, leave it behind. There's also a lesser chance of you misplacing or forgetting it.

Limit Your Shoes

Many suggest only packing two pairs of shoes: one comfortable everyday pair for walking around and one nicer pair for evenings and dinners. Shoes are awkwardly shaped and are often inflexible, which make them difficult to pack. If you're headed to the beach, odds are you can just pick up a pair of flip flops while on your journey.

Wear Your Heaviest Items

This was particularly pertinent to me when I was living in Ohio while attending college in Chicago. I made sure to wear my heavy winter coat, heavy boots, and a bulky scarf every time I flew back and forth. The same can be said for any time of the year. Wearing your bulkier items also lessens the weight of your suitcase, which is a big limitation for some.

Roll Your Clothes

Folding your clothes and placing them in your suitcase causes wrinkles. Furthermore, it causes your clothing to take up more space. Try rolling your shirts and other items from the bottom up. It will save a ton of room and leave fewer wrinkles by far.

Be Prepared For Souvenirs

It's inevitable that when you travel, you're going to bring something back. Whether you're buying something for yourself or gathering little trinkets for friends and family, take this into account when packing. Try to leave excess room for the things you'll be bringing back with you.The tickets are booked, the car's all fueled up, and the hotel awaits. All you need to do is plan ahead, and you'll have packing stress no more.