Pack smart and travel light



Pack smart and travel light

Whether you’re going for a weekend away or holiday trip, packing can be a bit of a struggle.This is especially true when you’re using a small suitcase - getting all of your stuff into the bag tends to be an issue.

Sure, we could tell you to just pack less, but sometimes you need to have wardrobe options when you travel. Whether it's for unexpected weather changes or fashion emergency issues.

Fortunately, there are ways to fit all of your essentials into a small suitcase without it bursting at the seams. Think it’s impossible? Try these 11 packing strategies and travel stress-free.


1. Plan ahead

Make sure you have a packing list with all of the things you need to take with you. After all, you don't want to be worried about leaving something essential behind. If you are not certain about what to pack you can always search for a list of holiday essentials online and add your own personal items to it.


2. Roll baby, roll

Rolling clothes into compact pieces allows for much tighter packing. This enables you to fit more items into the suitcase instead of just folding them. Rolling clothes is one of the best-known suitcase packing tips, not only does it conserve space but it also reduces wrinkling, making it easier to find clothes in your suitcase.


3. Be realistic

The idea of going on holiday is exciting and you might even imagine yourself going for a morning jog on the beach, but guess what? If it isn't already part of your daily routine then chances are you probably won't do it while you’re on vacation. So rather save space, pack realistically, and be honest with yourself about what you’re likely to be doing/wearing on your vacation.


4. The 5-4-3-2-1 rule

The 5-4-3-2-1 packing method is designed to make sure that everything fits in your hand luggage. This is how it works: You pack five tops, four bottoms, three dresses/rompers, three pairs of shoes, two purses, and one set of bikini/hat/accessories. This list can always be modified to suit  your needs and the nature of your trip.


5. Wear your bulky items

The easiest way to make space in your suitcase is to simply wear the bulkiest of your items during your flight. Of course, you’ll need to account for weather when you’re departing and arriving at your destination.

Puffy jackets, boots, and hats shouldn't be stuffed into your small suitcase. Rather wear them and leave more space. Dressing like a hiker on a plane means you have enough space for all of the chic ensembles you will get to wear at your destination.


6. Put items in your shoes

We all know that shoes take up a lot of space inside a suitcase. Why not make them do double duty by stuffing them full of small items such as jewellery (in a zip-lock bag) and underwear.


7. Vacuum pack

Roll up your clothes and place them in vacuum compression bags. This will save space and prevent any creases, which means there will be no ironing required upon arrival.

Vacuum compression bags are invaluable for packing bulky objects such as jackets, children’s clothes, soft toys, and bed linen. When the time comes to pack for home, vacuum bags will prove handy once again for storing dirty laundry.


8. Invest in travel gear

Organise your carry-on and consider it an emergency kit in case you lose your luggage or get stuck at an airport. You will still have all the stuff you need with you to enjoy your trip.

Here are some items you could consider adding to your carry-on:

  • Prescribed medication and painkillers
  • Prescription glasses and sunglasses
  • Ointment, bug spray etc
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Books/magazines
  • Cash/I.D.

You will need to be aware of carry-on luggage laws for different countries and airlines, such as restrictions on liquids in hand luggage.


9. Packing delicates

The very top layer of your luggage should consist of delicate, lightweight fabrics that are prone to wrinkling. This includes linen, thin cotton, satin, and silk. If you want to be a bit more careful you can wrap these items in tissue paper in order to protect them from any damage.


10. Use coat hangers

If you are transporting valuable pieces of clothing, such as business suits, cocktail dresses etc, rolling them up inside the suitcase just won't do. suggests that you put them inside the suitcase without removing the coathangers, this way your clothes will reach your holiday destination in wearable condition.


11. Pack multiple use items

A shirt that only goes with one pair of pants isn't worth packing if you’re trying to save space. Also, Instead of packing a beach towel and shower towel try packing a travel towel because the less the items, the more space and the lighter the bag.


By keeping all of these tips in mind, and adhering to a few, you will be able to pack all of your essential items, regardless of how large your luggage is. Of course, you may also want to invest in larger bags as well.