Over time on my blog I’ve shared a lot about different aspects of my travels and packing, from packing lists to how to pack individual items like beauty goodies. I’ve been asked a few times to share how exactly I pack my suitcase, so today I’m sharing how I pack my suitcase.
Research & gather items.
I usually follow the weather in where I’ll be for a week or two beforehand, then check it again the day I’m packing. I also start to gather some items I know I might need so they’re ready for my trip. I begin packing by laying all items out on my bed, and then organize them in columns and rows by day and activity. I always use the same system, I call my travel grid to lay my items out by day and outfit. It makes it really easy to see exactly what you’re packing and what items you may be missing (especially pajamas and intimates!).
Plan outfits ahead of time.
Next, I lay my outfits out to make sure that they look good, and match the activity and weather planned for that day. Obviously plans and the weather can change, but it helps me to see it visually so I’m not rummaging around my suitcase later or taking longer than I need to get ready for the day.
Use an organizer.
I alternate between using basic packing cubes and a flat-pack clothing organizer to keep all of my clothes neatly stacked, in order of when I’ll wear them, and in one place. It also helps so that if you have to open your bag later, your clothes don’t fly out everywhere or make a mess. Sometimes I have my little ones share a suitcase, so packing cubes also helps to keep their clothing separate.
I prefer to pack these separately from my other clothing, and with as often as I travel, I have a few go-to favorites for my travels. I don’t go to great lengths to make sure they aren’t smushed, but I can’t imagine how embarrassing it would be to have them all spill out when I open my suitcase, so I pack them in a zipper bag.
Pack other items.
I pack my electronics in their own bag, and my beauty items too (makeup in one, liquids in one, and other accessories in another). Anything else goes loose in my suitcase or personal item, but there are very few items that don’t fit into the above categories.
My method might not be perfect for you, but it’s worked really well for me. Over time you’ll be able to find your own packing groove and learn what works best for you.
Do you have a special way to pack your suitcase? I’d love to hear any shortcuts or helpful tips you might have to share.