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Tips For Packing Luggage

By Edited Jan 15, 2016 0 5

How To Optimize Your Luggage Space

tips for packing luggage
Take it from a guy who has done a lot of travelling, you need the best tips for packing luggage to efficiently use space in your bags. Having way too much luggage can ruin a holiday or backpacking experience. There are many ninja tricks and tips for packing luggage effectively. You can get all of your stuff into a really tiny space if you take the time. There are two elements to using your luggage space wisely, bringing only things that you will need and learning how to pack what you have effectively.

To determine what you actually need to bring you will have to do some research on the place you are travelling to. If you go to Hawaii or Australia, you will need a very different wardrobe than if you are travelling to Germany in January. Consider carefully how much of each thing you will actually use. Hoodies for example, are one item that I seem to always over pack. If you're travelling and especially if you're backpacking, you are not going to need 4 hoodies. I recommend starting with two of everything and going from there. You will likely want more underwear and less jackets by the time you're finished.

Now that you have figured out what you actually want to bring, make sure to check it against a list of common items to bring travelling. Here is how you make it all fit.

1. Roll everything

You will fit way more clothing into your bag when it is rolled instead of folded. You may have some wrinkled stuff when you arrive but who cares? You're on vacation! Start in one corner and work your way across the bag or backpack pushing everything as tightly into the corner as you possibly can. If you can't fit it all, see the next tip.

2. Wear more

If you can't fit your favorite jacket into your bag, just wear it out! If you know you're going to a place you're going to need it just throw it on or sling it over your arm and bring it on the plane with you. That precious space you save inside your luggage will be used for something else

3. Consider buying some stuff when you arrive

If you are travelling someplace where things are affordable, consider just buying stuff when you arrive. This is especially useful if you're staying for a while as you will likely find that you'll need many different things than you arrived with anyway...why not just plan for that? You can buy clothes one item at a time and that way you'll know whether or not it will fit in your bag. This alone can mean the difference between taking one bag or three.

When you're travelling for any length of time, your needs will change as you go. You will always find that some of the stuff you brought is useless to you and other things are so over used that they will need replacing. Leave for your adventure expecting to be surprised. I have found that bringing a little extra cash in lieu of stuff and planning to buy when I arrive creates less headache and backache as I can travel much lighter. 

Do you have any tricks or tips for packing luggage? Share them in the comments below!



Oct 26, 2012 3:17am
Great read!
I traveled recently and managed not to go overboard with all my stuff and didn't needed to
check in my bag. I was very happy about that.
Will copy your tips for the future.

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Jan 6, 2013 2:12pm
You managed not to go overboard? Good for you! We almost always overpack and end up ditching things along the way.
Oct 29, 2012 1:26pm
Also putting stuff into carrier bags inside your luggage can be an idea if you are going somewhere tropical and/or off the beaten track - sometimes you don't know when / if your luggage may be on top of a car or get wet when it's taken off the plane. After having an issue with this a number of years ago it's saved me a couple of times since
Oct 31, 2012 10:33pm
Rolling your clothes is a great tip. I've found it works really well and if you do it carefully, your clothes actually seem to have less creases than if you pack normally. Roashpatel, the carrier bag idea is a good one, thanks for that.
Jan 2, 2013 10:29pm
Thanks for reading everybody. I have seen vacuum sealed bags as well and have considered them but I'd be worried if you got stuck unable to re-seal them and have more stuff than you can fit!
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