How to pack a suitcase...this is our favorite way.

I know how to pack a suitcase. Looking back over the years of packing for a trip I have made lots of mistakes but now I am very efficient. I keep an eye out for travel packing tips of course and I am always open to trying a new idea.

Get out your vacation packing list before you start so that you don’t forget anything.

After you have gone through your basic travel wardrobe, made sure that your clothes are colour coordinated for mix and match, checked the weather, added and deleted for your vacation destination, have your travel papers in order, got your suitcase and carry on luggage purchased you can start packing a suitcase.

I get my toiletry bag ready. I pick out my lovely women’s comfort shoes and my travel purse. I usually pack my travel purse; makeup kit and my carryon luggage first. Then I pack my suitcase.

I have a big mesh compartment in my suitcase and I put my special blow drier there ( if I m taking it ), my toiletry bag, vitamins, aspirin and any non-prescription drugs. I also put any books I will not need on the plane. I put a paper with my travel itinerary and name and address info inside, where it can be seen easily. If I take anything that might harm my clothes like an evening bag I will put those in the pocket also. I also put extra plastic bags in there; you never know when you can use one, also some duck tape.

In the main suitcase compartment

I put my clothing. When you think about how to pack a suitcase of course right away you think about things like the best way to pack so as to not get your clothes too wrinkled. I like to use the roll method.

I like little plastic bags for many reasons with the zip lock top. Use separate bags. Use one each with your dark tops, dark bottoms, dark sweaters, dark jackets. Then one each with your light ones and one with your colour items. One with lingerie in it. One with your swimsuits in it. One with your extra pair of shoes and flip flops for the beach.

Take all of your clothing bags and put them into  one large clear garbage bag

Place it in your suitcase. ( optional, but I started doing this when every got wet one time) Push some of your small bags of clothes into the corners to disperse everything evenly and not waste space.

Make sure your bag with your shoes is in the garbage bag but on top of everything so that if they want to inspect at the airport screening they will not have to root around through all your clothes.

Things like socks can be stuffed into your shoes to save space. Never put valuables or prescription drugs in your checked luggage. Anything like jewellery, money, passports, tickets and hotel confirmations should go in your carry-on bag.

How to pack a suitcase would also include making sure that you lock your checked suitcase with a TSA approved lock. 

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