“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Unknown
Whether you’re trying to avoid the high prices of airline baggage fees, or attempting to fit the entire family’s luggage into your economy car, chances are, you could use a few stress-free packing tips for your next trip.
Travel is stressful enough without worrying about overfilled suitcases, spilled liquids, or rumpled clothing. Take it from a Jacksonville Lifestyle expert, I’ve got you covered with these tried-and-true organizational packing tips:
1. Leave one third of your suitcase empty
According to Bethaney, from Flashpacker Family, keeping one third of your suitcase empty is a smart plan. After all, you never know what souvenirs or unexpected items you’ll end up purchasing on your trip.
Kids, especially, tend to overpack, thinking they need to take their entire bedroom with them. Show your children how to roll, fold, and lay their clothes neatly inside their suitcases—with plenty of room for fun souvenirs.
2. Measure your carry-on to be sure it will stow overhead
I am constantly surprised at the gigantic suitcases people bring as carry-ons these days. Fortunately, the airlines have an efficient way of handling it, by allowing people to check them at the gate.
However, if you have a tight connection, you’ll want to keep your carry-on with you. Measure your bag carefully to ensure it will fit nicely in the overhead bin. Pack it with every essential you’ll need for your trip.
3. Take mix-and-match outfits
You can always re-wear jeans, pants, and skirts if you have fresh underclothes and shirts. Preferably, pack clothes in the same color scheme for easy mix-and-match styles.
This also makes it easier to decide on what accessories to pack. A set of silver hoop earrings will go with everything. A neutral-colored scarf will pair nicely with most blouses and jackets.
Keep in mind that most accessories can be tucked away conveniently. For instance, socks can be stored inside shoes and underwear can be nestled into bra cups—a place for everything and everything in its place!
4. Consider using packing cubes
Packing cubes may very well be one of the best ideas in the history of travel! These different sized cases make it super easy to compartmentalize your shoes, pants, shirts, and undergarments. Surprisingly, you can fit more items into these cubes than you imagine!
The best part is, you won’t need to unpack the whole suitcase just to find the one thing you need. If, for some reason, airport security needs to see what’s at the bottom of your bag, you can get to it quickly and efficiently.
5. Know when to roll, fold, or lay flat
There are many opinions about whether to roll, fold, or lay clothes flat when packing. Here is the low-down on what to do. Generally, you can roll clothes such as knits and wrinkle-free items. For bulkier clothes, you’ll want to fold them or lay them flat. In any case, you’ll want to ensure your clothes come out as wrinkle free as possible. Soon, you’ll be organized, stress-free, and packing like a pro!
If you need some extra help getting organized, give the Jacksonville organizing experts at Jean’s Clean Team a call at 904.619.8952.
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