Want to keep your luggage more organized? Sick of dealing with wrinkly clothes once you reach your destination? Learn the best way to pack a suitcase to make your next travel experience as smooth as possible.
Use a Packing System
Before you put anything in your suitcase, start by organizing your clothes into individual packing compartments. With our Spacepak System from Flight 001, it's easy to create separate bags for shirts, pants, socks, and other clothing and accessories. Another way to use these bags is to place individual outfits inside each one so you have a complete ensemble ready for each day. Either way, you'll be able to quickly reach in and find what you need from your suitcase throughout your trip. These bags also keep your clean clothes separated from your dirty clothes for a fresher feel when you get dressed.
In addition to keeping your belongings neater and more organized, a packing system also allows you to make the most of your luggage space. The tidy compartments can compress flat-packed clothing so you fit more inside your suitcase. To reduce wrinkles when packing, fold shirts and pants with a piece of tissue paper in the middle.
Place Heavy Items at the Bottom
You don't want your suitcase to tip over once you stand it up. To avoid this, put the heaviest items at the bottom of the bag near the wheels. This is usually where you'll want to place your shoes. Stuff them with socks or other small items to make sure there is no wasted space in your bag. Place shoes in a separate packing bag or cover them with shower caps to keep other items in your bag clean.
Store Liquids Safely
Many travelers like to bring along their own shampoo, conditioner, and other liquid toiletries. However, a spill or leak could prove disastrous for the rest of the items inside your suitcase. To avoid this, place a small piece of plastic wrap over the bottle opening. Screw the cap on over this plastic wrap, then place the items inside one of our durable toiletry bags.
If any liquids are going to be placed in a carry-on suitcase, make sure they comply with TSA guidelines. Generally, this means that any liquids must be stored in 3.4-ounce (100-milliliter) bottles or smaller and placed inside a clear, quart-size bag. Keep the bag in an easily accessible part of your bag so you can get through airport security faster.
Use Exterior Pockets Wisely
The outer pockets on your suitcase should be used for any items you need to quickly grab while you're on the go. That might include the sleepwear for the first night of your trip or a copy of the directions to your hotel. If the bag is a carry-on, you may want to stash a book or headphones in these pockets so you can quickly grab them before placing the bag in the overhead compartment. Just remember that no valuables should be placed in the exterior pockets since it makes them more vulnerable to theft.
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