Use Hats for Storage
There are several objects that may be used as storage for other goods when packing. Hats, of course, have a place for where your head will ultimately sit, so you may fill that area with various bits and pieces. Try shoving your socks, underpants, or anything else that is banging around in there.
The nicest part about this packing trick is that you’ll be safeguarding your hat by filling it. After all, no one wants a sunhat that has been crushed or a fedora that has been damaged.
Use Pill Boxes for Jewelry
Another brilliant packing tip to avoid losing valuable jewels. Nobody wants to spend the first several days of their trip looking for the back of an earring. Instead of storing your jewelry in a bag, which can become twisted or loose in your case, store it in a pillbox.
Pillboxes are the perfect size for earrings and rings, and certain bracelets and necklaces may be slipped inside gently. Superb!
Put Shoes in Shower Caps
When we’re stuffing our shoes into a bag, it’s easy to overlook how filthy they are. We know we need our favorite shoes or that well-worn pair of sandals, but we can overlook the fact that they’re coated in filth, grime, and other unknown evils.
Cover your unclean shoes with a shower hat instead of letting them touch your wonderful holiday clothing. Shower caps make excellent shoe coverings because of their flexibility, and they keep shoes together.
Pack Heavy Items Near Wheels
When we pack luggage, most of us conceive of it as a flat rectangle since that’s how we see it most of the time. When we’re stuffing items into our cases, we often forget that they’ll end up upright. As a result, it’s recommended to keep your heavier stuff close to the suitcase wheels.
Instead, as you zip up your luggage and stand it upright, your hefty shoes may crush the delicate stuff beneath. That’s something no one wants.
Make a Mega Bundle
Okay, this is an uncommon packing hack, but it works and might be a viable answer for some packers. If you don’t have the discipline to fold all of your garments meticulously following the KonMari method, try this alternative.
To form a huge bundle, stack all of your clothing on top of one another and then fold them into one enormous pile. The bundle may then be placed in your case, and further goods can be added later. This also makes unpacking a breeze!
Shirt and Underwear Stuffed Socks
The Skivvy roll, invented by the US marines, is a method of wrapping your stuff into a burrito-like roll, similar to the gigantic bundle pictured above. One shirt and a pair of underpants are folded together and tucked inside a pair of socks in this illustration. This obviously saves a significant amount of space.
Look for a video of a Skivvy roll, because the socks must be arranged in a specific way in order to roll everything inside of them. Turns out the military had some pretty good ideas.
Pack Clothes Inside Out
One of the most dangerous aspects of traveling with luggage (apart from it becoming misplaced) is that something will leak inside. Bottles or packets might bust open and spill shampoo, toothpaste, or suntan lotion all over your holiday gear due to air pressure, a thoughtless baggage handler, or improper packing.
There are several methods to avoid this (more on that later), but one simple approach is to pack your clothes inside out. This means there’s less possibility of a stain damaging your attire.
Put Glass Inside a Sock
Of course, while preparing for a trip, you may bring something fragile or breakable. When packing these goods, keep in mind that heavier objects should go near the wheels and more fragile items should go on top. When it comes to glass, though, you’ll want to take extra precautions.
Tuck a glass container, such as a perfume bottle, into a sock if you’re traveling with it. As an added precaution, if the bottle does shatter, there will be no glass all over your case.
Use the Marie Kondo Method
Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing expert, has sold millions of copies of her books, including the phenomenally successful The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in 2011. Kondo’s Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo popularized the KonMari technique, and folding hasn’t been the same since.
To make the initial fold, the KonMari method is to fold the bottom of a shirt up slightly, fold it in half, and then roll. Fold until you have a self-contained bundle that can stand upright.
Hot Tools in an Oven Mitt
Some individuals avoid using flat irons or curling tongs while on vacation, but others just do not have the option. While beachy waves look lovely on the beaches in Cancun, they aren’t appropriate for a business conference in Chicago. So, how do you put them together?
Some hair household appliances come with their own heat-resistant mat; if not, simply place them in an oven mitt or pot stand. It shields your belongings and provides a heat-resistant surface.
Protect Compacts With Cotton Pads
Makeup enthusiasts are well aware that traveling with cosmetics may be hazardous. Nothing is worse than getting at your destination and unpacking your toiletry only to discover that your Urban Decay Naked palette has become a jumbled mess with a shattered mirror.
These things aren’t free, guys! To preserve the substance below, insert a cotton pad inside your compacts. Use several palettes for bigger palettes. This packing technique is basic, but it works.
Seal Your Jeans
Of course, the same holds true when it comes to folding pants. Marie Kondo recommends laying the jeans flat in front of you, folding the left leg over the right, and folding in the crotch. Then, leaving an inch of room, fold the bottom of the jeans toward the waist.
While the KonMari technique may appear to be difficult, it is really doable if you’ve seen a schematic or video. Importantly, it results in really nice luggage. Lastly, fold the jeans inward until they stand erect.
Use a Straw for Untangling
Nothing is worse than grabbing for a necklace to complete an ensemble only to discover it is twisted and wrapped up in knots. Who wants to sit and pick at their jewels right before they leave? Not with us!
A drinking straw, on the other hand, is a novel solution to avoid this. Thread your necklace through the straw and secure the clasp on the other end. This way, it won’t become twisted and ruin your evening.
Use Buttons for Earrings
We’ve already recommended pillboxes for packing with jewelry, but this travel tip is designed particularly for storing pairs of earrings together. While many people don’t bother with buttons anymore, the handy fasteners are a terrific way to travel earrings.
Simply thread your earrings through the two openings in the middle of a button, and you’ll never have to worry about losing an earring again. Furthermore, most apparel comes with an extra button, so you should have several on hand.
Try Packing Cubes
You must have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of packing cubes. Packing cubes are essentially zip-up pouches that come in a variety of sizes. The goal is to divide stuff into distinct cubes, resulting in luggage that functions more like a chest of drawers.
Large cubes can hold pants or sweaters, medium cubes can hold shirts, and the tiniest cubes can hold socks. This way, you can get what you need without having to go through everything.
Use Contact Cases
For many people, liquid size limits are an annoyance and a restricting factor when traveling. How does one carry their numerous lotions and potions when they can’t just toss everything into their bag?
That is exactly what this packing trick solves. We’ve seen travel-friendly bottles and travel items, which can all be useful. Contact lens bags, on the other hand, are the ideal size for transporting liquid cosmetic items. Simply spray some in, and they’ll be protected!
Keep Liquids Together
Liquid limitations may be challenging when flying, and no one wants to be caught at the end of a long security queue with the wrong amount of moisturizer — how humiliating! Rather of bringing all of your liquids on board, put everything in one location in your main suitcase.
When it comes to airport security, you just remove your shoes, unhook your jewelry, and go through. On an aircraft, who really needs face wash? You can easily pack all of those things together and just wait for your arrival to get to them again.
Wear Your Heaviest Items
We’ve discussed placing large goods at the bottom of a bag, but there are additional options for dealing with bulky items. Wear your heaviest articles of clothes during the flight itself, depending on the length of your travel and your degree of comfort.
This looks great with big jackets, thick boots, or sneakers. Wearing your FILA Disruptors on the plane is simple, and it saves a lot of space in your backpack. Just keep in mind that security may take a bit longer.
Pack Based on Itinerary
Obviously, while packing for a trip, it’s wise to consider the activities you’ll be doing once you arrive. One way for packing is to look at your schedule (or create one for yourself) and carry clothing for each unique event.
This means you’d have clothing and alternatives ready for excursions, meals, and days spent visiting the surrounding town. This also implies that you will not carry any extra products that do not fit into your holiday plans. It’s as simple as pie.
Use Cloth Bags for Delicates
When you buy a really good pair of shoes or a pocketbook, it comes with its own cloth bag. Instead of tossing these away, save them for your next vacation. These fabric bags may be used as packing cubes and are especially useful for keeping delicate goods such as underwear.
These bags are also available in eco-friendly materials such as cotton, muslin, and linen. Many people have bags like this laying around their homes, so why not put them to good use? It’s not like you’re doing anything else with them.
Use a Packing Checklist
Using a list is one of the most important packing hacks of all. There are several packing lists accessible online, as well as tangible list pads that you can purchase and check off as you pack.
Nevertheless, for other people, making your own list is a wonderful idea since it forces you to think about what you need to bring with you. Include sub-lists for electronics, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Have fun packing!
Don’t Forget Your Backpack’s Coat
So far, we’ve mostly spoken about suitcase packing tricks. However, many people travel with only a backpack and utilize that one bag for a variety of purposes. Of course, these folks require streamlined baggage and well-packaged items.
We recommend investing in a rain cover regardless of how you chose to stuff your bag. It’s well worth buying or renting one to prevent getting all of your valuable items drenched during a particularly heavy downpour.
Bring a Laundry Bag
In the excitement of preparing for a vacation, we sometimes forget that we’ll eventually wind up with a mountain of dirty laundry. Nobody likes their new vacation gear rubbing up against their filthy old swimwear, so bring a wash bag with you.
To avoid taking up too much room, use a mesh or canvas bag that can be folded flat on the way there. Simply toss whatever you’ve worn on your vacation into the washing bag.
Use Matching Luggage Tags
When traveling, many individuals use baggage tags to help them locate and identify their luggage if it becomes misplaced. Another tip is to use the same baggage tags as your traveling companions so you can readily identify everyone’s bags at the luggage carousel.
If you’re feeling very crafty, you might even make your own by sewing some brightly colored tags and embellishing them with stitching, glitter, or decorations. A hack and a craft project — seems like a good time!
Belts to Keep Shirts Square
This is a fantastic packing tip for folks who travel with button-down shirts. Maybe it’s for a meeting, or possibly it’s for a job interview – in any case, you’ll want to make sure your attire is smooth and wrinkle-free. One method is to square fold your button-down like they do in stores.
When your shirt is folded and flat, insert one or two belts inside the collar to keep it firm and erect. With this packing hack, you won’t have to worry about not having a place to iron your shirts when you arrive at your destination.
Pack a Dryer Sheet
Many individuals use dryer sheets to make their clothes softer, less staticky and smell nice. But did you know that dryer sheets have a variety of purposes, including a packing hack?
By putting a dryer sheet inside your baggage, your clothing will stay fresh for the duration of their voyage. When you unzip your bag, everything will feel like it just came out of the dryer. Dryer sheets, it turns out, may also be used for cleaning and pest control! Who would have guessed?
A Frozen Sponge for Fresh Snacks
Some individuals enjoy snacking when traveling, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re all aware that airports and aircraft are costly places to eat, so why not pack your own sandwiches? You can make sure that it’s all the ingredients you love without spending a ton.
Packing a frozen sponge in a Ziploc bag is a convenient method to keep your food fresh. You may either put your snack in the sponge bag or use a tiny lunchbox. In any case, everything will be as new as a daisy.
Always Pack a Pen
Even if you don’t think you’ll need one, bringing a pen with you on your trip is usually a smart idea. Keep a pen in your carry-on luggage in case you need to fill out a visa or customs form while you’re still on the plane.
Nobody likes to be begging for a pen from a fellow passenger or flight attendant with only 10 minutes to landing. In addition, if you grow bored, you may always pull out your pen and draw.
Keep Bottles Firmly Closed
Even travel-friendly bottles are susceptible to leaking, so fortify your bottles before embarking on any journey. Cover the top of a bottle with a thin sheet of plastic – either a bag or a piece of Saran wrap – and screw on the lid. Even if the air pressure is raised, everything should be secure within the container.
To be extra cautious, store your liquids in their own bag, so everything stays dry and in one readily accessible spot. Regardless of what’s in the bottle, we’re willing to bet that you don’t want it to spill all over everything else in the suitcase.
The Half Rule
“Before you leave the home, look in the mirror and take one item off,” fashion designer Coco Chanel reportedly said. This approach should also be utilized while packing for a trip since most individuals tend to carry way too much.
After you’ve prepared a list and put out everything you want to bring, look through everything again and cut it in half. You’ll have plenty of room to carry home keepsakes if you choose this strategy.
Consider Compression Bags
There is a lively and ongoing discussion concerning the advantages of compression bags over packing cubes. While packing cubes might help you arrange your belongings, compression bags can help you save a lot of space within your baggage.
One disadvantage of utilizing compression bags is that your clothing becomes wrinkled by the time you reach your destination. Compression bags, on the other hand, are a terrific alternative if you want to pack a lot of goods and have ironing facilities.
Strap Your Stuff Up
We’ll agree that this packing trick may appear straightforward, but you’d be shocked how few people use their suitcase’s built-in internal straps. For some reason, many of us neglect luggage straps, preferring to just stuff everything inside and seal the lid.
So, the next time you pack a bag, remember to properly strap everything in once you’re ready to seal it. The straps will keep your valuables from sliding around within the case.
Save Some Space!
Many of these packing tricks have been about saving room or making the most of what little space you have. But, when most individuals go on vacation, what do they do? They go shopping! And where would all those gifts for your family go if your bag is full of shoes and curling irons?
When you’re getting ready to go, remember to leave some room for future purchases. You never know what might catch your eye when you’re traveling abroad. Furthermore, the baggage weight restriction is not a goal!
Invest in Shampoo Bars
Shifting from liquid shampoo to shampoo bars is an excellent ecologically responsible approach to saving baggage space. Lush sells organic shampoo bars that are either entirely naked (thus reducing the need for cumbersome and polluting plastics) or come in a convenient travel tin.
You will not only be saving the environment by using a shampoo bar, but you will also not have to fret about airport liquid limitations or bothersome spills. They also come with a conditioner so you can have everything for your haircare in one place!
Stuff Your Shoes
We’ve already advised filling your caps with smaller objects as an amazing packing tip, and now we’re here to say the same thing about shoes. Because of their form, shoes have a lot of empty space inside them that begs to be filled.
The most apparent solution is to stuff your shoes with socks or undergarments, but you may also store smaller objects in there. Wrap the entire product in a shower cap, and you’ve integrated two packing tricks into one.
Avoid Bent Books
Packing a suitcase entails more than just clothing and cosmetics; it also includes books, keepsakes, and electronics. While most people will take a book in their carry-on, others may additionally bring an extra novel or notebook. What they don’t want is a book that has been tossed around and broken along the way.
To prevent this, employ rubber bands to retain your book in its proper form. To keep everything flat, place one lengthwise and one across the breadth. Whether it’s your book or one you borrowed from a friend, you’ll be happy you kept it in shape.
Take Photos of Your Documents
When traveling, there is a lot of crucial information to keep in mind. There’s information on your trip, luggage labels, potential immigration papers, and where you’ll stay when you arrive. Keeping everything straight can be straight-up stressful.
We are fortunate in this day and age to be able to carry all of that information on a single compact gadget. Take photographs of your documents before traveling so you have them on hand at all times. Just remember to bring your phone charger and perhaps a phone bank.
Pack Plenty of Neutrals
When it comes to particular products to carry on vacation, everyone’s preferences will vary. Travel attire is determined by the nature and location of the journey, and everyone has different tastes and preferences. Nonetheless, it’s a good rule of thumb to include enough neutral-colored goods.
According to where you’re going, this may be black, white, tan, or grey essentials. Packing your baggage in this manner allows you to quickly mix and match your holiday clothing. You’ll never have to worry about what matches with something else.
Keep Cords Safe
When it comes to tangles, no one wants their numerous cords and wires to become knotted up during the packaging process. Sadly, straws will not work as a phone charger, however, a sunglasses case can. Before you go, coil up your numerous leads and gently store them in a sunglasses case or a small handbag.
This way, when it comes time to put your electric toothbrush into your universal converter, you’ll know where to look and won’t waste time untangling cables. This can be a serious time-saver in the morning when you’re ready to hit the road and see everything.
Don’t Bring Everything
It is critical not to overpack while preparing for a trip. This does not only apply to apparel, however it is a waste to carry a plethora of outfits that you would never use. However, aside from clothing, don’t feel obligated to pack every single product you use at home.
Other nations and areas do, in fact, have soap, shower gel, and toothpaste. You may simply get such items when you arrive. Furthermore, grocery shops in foreign nations are the most entertaining so you can check out everything in there.
Bring a Power Strip
Let’s face it: going overseas is unquestionably one of the most thrilling experiences. While you may expect to have the fun of your life, there are a few items you should bring with you to have the finest experience possible.
Rather than purchasing a plethora of adapters for your equipment, why not purchase a single power strip and one adapter to go with it? This way, you’re not only carrying less, but you can also charge many devices at once, such as your camera, phone, or laptop.
Saran Wrap for Jewelry
You don’t have a pillbox in which to store your jewelry? Don’t worry, we’ve got just the packing trick for you! You can safeguard your valuable diamonds from becoming wrapped up using plastic (or saran) wrap.
Simply lay down a layer of plastic wrap, then lay out your jewelry and cover it with a second sheet of plastic wrap. To keep everything distinct, compress these two layers together around your necklace. Fold or roll your wrapped jewelry gently to make a tiny, packable bundle.
Pill Bottle for Bobby Pins
Anyone who has ever used a bobby pin understands how frustrating it is to lose it seconds after removing it from your hair. While recovering it in your own house might be aggravating, picture dropping the pin while on vacation — and what if that’s the only one you have?!
Rather than throwing bobby pins in a bag and praying for the best, why not put a few of them in a pill bottle? There’s little question that you’ll save a lot of time and irritation by using this technique.
Keyring for Hair Ties
While we’re on the topic of accidentally dropping hair accessories, how about we talk about hair ties? That’s correct, all you individuals with hair out there completely understand what it’s like to misplace the one scrunchie you have sitting around the home.
Fortunately, whether you’re at home or on vacation, this trick will come in handy. Simply put all of your ponytail holders on a key ring, and you’ll never lose one again…unless you lose the keyring, of course. Try not to do that.
Don’t Cut Your Fingers!
If you’re going on a long-term trip, it’s likely that you’ll bring a razor with you. Men and women alike need to use razors so this tip is for everyone. And if that’s the case, you’ll be interested in the following hack.
Nothing beats going through your baggage after a long journey and cutting your fingers on the open-face razor you stowed at the bottom of your bag. You may safeguard your fingers from serious injury by using a larger clip to shield the razor head.
Perfumed Tissue Paper
Tissue paper, believe it or not, may become the best packing companion for any and all of your excursions. We’re all used to wrinkled clothes, particularly after it’s been sitting in a bag for hours.
To limit the possibility of creases, fold your garments with tissue paper in the center. The paper’s texture will decrease friction on the cloth. As an extra bonus, spritz the tissue paper with perfume and you’ll have the most fragrant luggage you’ve ever packed!
Traveling with a large sum of cash might be dangerous if you’re worried about muggers. If you don’t feel completely comfortable carrying all of your cash in your wallet on your trips or flight, why not attempt this fantastic hack?
All you have to do is grab one of your old (and empty) deodorant containers and conceal your money inside! Just don’t forget about this secret hiding location, because it would be a shame to throw out the container with all that money buried within.
Bring Along a First Aid Kit
We think it’s fairly obvious that bringing a first aid kit is usually a good idea. So, why not bring a travel kit with you on your vacation? You’ll be grateful if your child falls and splits his knee, or if you have allergies as a result of weather changes.
Whether you construct your own personalized first aid kit or buy a pre-packaged one, we assure you won’t be sorry if you carry it on your vacation. You never know what might happen and it is always better to be prepared for anything.
Keep Those Cables Organized
Glasses and sunglasses cases may be used for far more than merely keeping your eyewear, whether you’ve considered it or not. Take, for example, wires and cords. Sure, you can put such items in a plastic bag or use an eyeglass case alternatively!
If you wear glasses frequently, you’ll need to bring that bag anyhow, so you may as well make use of it by keeping your wires throughout your trip or excursions.
The Rolling Method
So far, we’ve covered a variety of packing methods on this list, ranging from packing cubes to a gigantic bundle and even Marie Kondo’s method. However, if none of those solutions appeal to you, you may attempt the rolling approach.
If you roll your clothing to store them, you’ll be one step closer to becoming a wise traveler and packing expert! Simply place your garments on a level surface, face down, and roll away!
When it concerns packing, there are several methods. Some folks construct a list and make certain that everything is neatly arranged therein. Others wait till the last minute to pack their belongings and dump everything into their luggage. Some people are prone to forgetting their toothbrushes or socks. There are also some that bring five pieces of baggage with them on a weekend trip. So, with these game-changing packing techniques from flight attendants, we’re here to assist. Have fun packing!