Learning how to travel light is one life skill that comes in handy for a lifetime. You don’t need a full and heavy suitcase for every trip that you take. To show you quite the opposite, these tips for maximizing the space in your suitcase will minimize inconveniences in your journey.
Tips for Maximizing the Space in Your Suitcase
You’ll probably agree that the least exciting thing about taking trips is packing your suitcase. How is anyone really supposed to effectively pack for a trip when you have to fit an entire week’s worth of clothes, toiletries, and accessories in one tiny rolling bag?
1. Bring Versatile Undergarments
The first step in packing light when it comes to your clothes is to start with your undergarments. While you’ll want to bring enough pairs of underwear to have a new one each day, be smart about the bras or undershirts you bring! Assuming you don’t engage in activities that cause you to sweat a profuse amount, you can wear these pieces 2-3 days before they need to be washed.
When it comes to actually picking out undershirts and bras to pack, look for ones that are neutral colors and can be worn under multiple outfits. Bras that provide all day comfort and lift are key (or if you prefer a lightweight bralette, those work well too!).
2. Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are like bag organizers for your suitcase, and they are life changing! These rectangular bags come in different sizes and help to maximize the overall space in your suitcase. In addition to this, it helps keep everything in your bag extremely organized!
Rather than having jeans, shirts, and pajamas all intermixed, you can have each packing cube be for a specific type of clothing. This can help limit the number of articles of clothing you bring, because once a cube is full, you know that’s the maximum.
3. Mix and Match Outfits
Mixing and matching outfits is an effective method to minimize the clothes in your suitcase. It entails repeating some clothes. However, by strategically pairing them, you can create many different looks and outfits!
While you may think all-in-one outfits like dresses and jumpsuits save space, bringing tops and bottoms that can all match with each other is a more space-saving technique to pack light. This way, you’re only packing a few clothes in your suitcase, but the number of outfits you can create with them is multiplied to last all the days of your trip.
4. Limit the Number of Shoes
Shoes have the capacity to make or break an outfit. Just as you bring versatile undergarments and clothes that can match multiple outfits, the same method should be applied to the shoes you bring.
If you have two good solid pairs, that’s all you’ll need to complement almost all the outfits you’ve packed. One should be casual shoes for walking around and exploring places in, while the other can be a fancier or cuter pair for dressier occasions and your more extravagant outfits.
5. Only bring necessary toiletries
Most hotels and accommodations provide some basic toiletries like bath and oral care products. You can leave those behind and bring only the essential toiletries that are customized to your own personal use. Additionally, the front desk often times has more complimentary toiletries than what you see in your room. Items like razors, sewing kits, mini deodorant, and combs can sometimes be available!
Some personal toiletries like skincare products are the exception to this that you should bring yourself. If you are going on a trip to a place where the weather conditions are pretty different than you’re used to, having your reliable skincare system with you will help keep your skin looking good.
Traveling, especially by air, is already taxing in itself and the stress could start even before your trip does. If you’re trying to fit in too much than your suitcase can handle, you might get frustrated while you’re still packing. Apply these tips to maximize the space in your suitcase and packing light will be a breeze.