Pack Clothes Like a Pro: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Space

Are you looking for ways to pack your clothes more efficiently and take up less space? You've come to the right place! Packing cubes, rolling clothes, and DIY packaging are just some of the tips and tricks you can use to maximize the space in your suitcase or travel backpack. Packing cubes are a great way to organize your suitcase. They keep your clothes wrinkle-free and make it easier to find what you need. Start by packing a layer of rolled clothing stored as vertical tubes.

This is the most efficient use of space. Then, place the folded clothes (those heavier and easily creased fabrics) on top of your rollies. To make sure everything stays in place, fold the end of the garment, roll it up, and use the cuff to fix it firmly. Most of the time, you'll save a lot of space by rolling up clothes instead of folding them.

Rolling clothes keeps them even and can be packed tightly. You'll notice this more with a conventional hiking backpack in which layers of items, if packaged incorrectly, can create pockets of unused space everywhere. Then place smaller items, as it will be easier to find space for them once you have a holistic idea of what your packaging looks like. You can also create DIY packaging cubes with Ziploc plastic bags, helping you save space while being more organized.

When packing carry-on baggage, most of the time I wear my clothes flat, unless I wear them to protect something valuable or know it will wrinkle. Fold the stiffest fabric pants and skirts and the most crease-prone dress shirts and pack them into the spaces left by the rolled clothes. Combine this with other tips mentioned above and you'll optimize your packing space in no time. If your clothes are wrinkled when you pack them, they will wrinkle when you take them out of the bag.

If you're packing a suitcase or travel backpack, stack the rolled items on top of and around the folded pieces. In the middle, stack your packing cubes, shoes and accessories to create a clean and organized suitcase. The point is, it's much more efficient to pack a small pill bottle than to carry the whole box of cotton swabs. Although this post is mostly about how to pack clothes to save space, don't forget to leave room for other items such as shoes, toiletry bags, souvenirs, etc. Nobody likes taking things out of their bag but a good packing strategy is to start by packing your non-negotiable items - those that you're 100% sure you'll want or need. There have been so many times that I couldn't decide if I should pack a shirt or a pair of shoes. As a frequent traveler, I've found some tips and tricks that help me pack my bags more efficiently and I thought I'd share them with you.

Polly Amescua
Polly Amescua

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