When getting ready to go on any trip, if you’re like many travelers, you won’t be able to fully relax and get excited about your upcoming adventure until you’re all packed. While we may love traveling, packing can be a stressful part of it.

But when you know how to pack a suitcase efficiently, you won’t have to worry about
overpacking or forgetting travel essentials. To help you not dread (and maybe even
somewhat enjoy) the necessary packing that comes along with traveling, we’re
providing our top space-saving packing hacks so you can avoid the stress of packing and get excited about your trip. You’re welcome!

Maximize Packing Carry-On Luggage

Wondering how to save space packing carry-on luggage? While it can be a bit tricky, it
can be done with these tips that will have you confidently knowing how to pack a suitcase to maximize space:

Use empty spaces wisely: Rolling and folding clothing can result in gaps, so using packing cubes is an effective way to solve this problem and keep your suitcase organized. Other ways to fill in inefficient gaps are stuffing your shoes with your socks and storing small items, like chargers, in an old sunglasses case.

Know when to fold: Even though rolling your clothing is the most effective way to cut down on creases, it can actually wrinkle some items more than others. Rolling is best for small items made of synthetic fibers such as nylon, like shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops. Folding is more effectivefor bulky items like jeans, sweaters, and button-down shirts.

Only Bring the Toiletries You Need: Pack your essential toiletries in small reusable silicone bottles and pick up the rest when you get to your destination.

Maximize Packing Checked Luggage

Use our tips below for the best way to pack a suitcase you’ll be checking in.

Use packing cubes:
Packing cubes are a game changer when looking for how to pack clothes to save space. As simple as they are, packing cubes keep your suitcase organized and efficiently packed.

Learn the best ways to fold clothes:
Most of the time, you will save a lot of space by rolling your clothing rather than folding it, and almost always guarantees you’ll be able to fit more. One great rolling method is packing a “burrito”: rolling 3 shirts and 3 bottoms that can be mixed and matched, resulting in 9 outfits! However, fabrics that are prone to wrinkling, chunky sweaters, and thick coats should be folded rather than rolled.

Maximize Packing Travel Backpacks

The first step to save space packing a travel backpack is to choose one that’s spacious enough to handle your travel essentials. Just be sure it’s also compliant with your airline’s carry-on requirements.

Ideally, you want a backpack with multiple interior and exterior pockets, making organizing your gear a breeze. If traveling with your laptop and other electronic devices, choose a backpack with a dedicated compartment for your laptop and tablet. If you want to bring your camera or other gadgets on your trip, use a camera case and a tech pouch for cables, SD cards, chargers, and other accessories. Keeping your electronics together and in a dedicated space in your backpack will help you easily find what you need when you need it.

Maximize Packing Personal Items

In addition to a carry-on, most airlines allow you to bring one personal item, such as a
laptop bag, weekend bag, or purse. Pack any items you’ll need to access quickly and easily at any point during your travels, such as medicine, your phone, and your wallet. Choose a personal item with a back panel sleeve that can attach to your main roller luggage for effortless transportation.

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