As the holiday season approaches the well deserved vacation does as well! Whether you're heading out of town for a week or just the weekend, there is something to be said for packing your suitcase in an organized manner. It will save you time, keep items wrinkle free and if done right allow for that extra pair of shoes ;)
One would think as an organizer that I'd have packing down, I don't it can be a struggle for me too - I pack way too much (I may or may not have had to pay the airlines, on numerous occasions, because my luggage exceeded 50lbs) I also think that getting too technical with packing your bag just causes more stress to an already stressful situation.
I have a couple easy tips that I follow that help me stay in check.
Begin by laying your clothes out by outfit, include any
undergarments, shoes & jewelry thus ensuring you don't forget anything. I like to use my bed as the laying ground for all my items as seen here.
Next corral all your toiletries. Place them in designated ziploc bags; hair, skin & cosmetics.
Now the packing begins:
Place your shoes at the bottom of the suitcase, using them as storage for electronic cords and sunglasses.
Next your clothes: take the time to fold them correctly - you can roll underwear, t-shirts, jeans, cotton pants and knitwear as they won't wrinkle. All other items should be folded in the standard manner, keeping the lines clean-cut.
Place your folded items on top of shoes then rolled clothes on top of that.
All toiletry bags should be placed in exterior pockets of your suitcase.
I also like to pack a trash bag or dry cleaning bag to put my dirty clothes in while on vacation. It makes it nice when you arrive back home to have everything dirty already separated and ready to go to the laundry room.
Wherever your travels take you this holiday season be sure to have fun and pack smart :)