Maybe it’s the warmer weather or the longer days, but summer always seems to be the time of year to get away and go on vacation. And with travel comes packing, which can be the bane of any fashionista’s existence. How will you fit all those shoes?! I have an upcoming vacation to Bora Bora, and only a very small suitcase in which to fit all my tropical outfits in. With that in mind, for my first “We Tried It” piece, I will pack ten days worth of beach-ware into one tiny suitcase.
I have always been of the mind that’s it’s best to check your bags when flying, no matter how long the trip. After one ill-fated vacation where my bag was lost and I had to buy a whole week’s worth of clothes from Wal-Mart, I want to keep my suitcase as close to me as possible. This is even more important on trips, like my upcoming one, where you are taking multiple connecting flights before reaching your destination. But checking your bag also brings the stress of fitting everything you need into one place. So I did some research into various methods before making my final decision. Here are my tips for making the most of every inch of your summer suitcase…
This seemed a little overzealous to me, but it really did help me organize my thoughts and make sure I had everything I wanted, without adding things I didn’t necessarily need. Planning also helped me create outfits where I could mix and match, like with the bathing suits above, to help maximize my options. Remember to always throw in a light sweater and at least one pair of socks no matter where you go (you never know when it might get cool) as well as extra bras and underwear. It’s better to be safe than sorry on necessities like that.
Check it twice
This actually is one I have discovered from personal experience. Even if you’re sure you have everything mapped out perfectly, have someone else look at your packing list. Every time I go on a trip, I always ask at least one of my roommates and my mom, “Tell me what I’m forgetting.” And every time, they remind me of something I missed! But they are also the ones who tell me to cut things out (no, I guess I didn’t need all those shoes)
Lay it flat
There are many schools of thought on getting the most of the room in your suitcase, from rolling everything into balls to putting each day’s complete outfit into a plastic baggy. After trying a number of them, the best is still simply to keep everything as flat as possible. Alternate what side of the suitcase the fold lies on to increase space efficiency. And less folding also keep wrinkles to a minimum!
Use every nook and cranny
The extra space at the bottom layer of wheely suitcases is perfect for for underwear and bras, and you should use the corners of the suitcase for the heels of your shoes or balled up socks. Flat sandals can be slid in last, right along the edges of bag, where clothes rarely reach. Make it all count!
Emergencies on top
Put your “red flag” things like any liquids, razors, makeup and more at the top of the pile. That way, if there are any issues at security, it’ll be very easy to address. Also keep “must have” items like medication and chargers in your carry on bag so you physically have them with you, just in case. It’s all about having what you need at hand and easy to reach without bulking down your bags.
Now I’m all packed up! See you in June!