Saving suitcase space when holiday packing was one of the things I was impatient with! I just used to shove everything in, literally. And whenever I would pack for a holiday to a cold destination, space wasn’t even an option. The bombers, sweaters, knitwear, oh my god just thinking about it makes me annoyed! I guess because I like to be organised and the old me was just, well, careless and impatient!
- Keep your makeup in one bag (I like to split my eye makeup and face/lip makeup in another).
- Hair accessories and bracelets in one
- Necklaces in other, or if you have any delicate jewellery (Check out this post to stop them from intertwining with each other)
After you’ve organised the small thingy-majigs, keep all these bags in one bigger bag and there you have it! This is a pointer for ‘save suitcase space’. An organised vanity! I love this trick because it’s easy to look for exactly what you want rather than just tearing the whole bag apart! Sometimes you’ll have some extra space and you could use it for perfumes or shampoos.
This was an amazing trick I learnt from Pinterest and added in my own tricks. You may have noticed, rather experienced, that just shoving a hat in the suitcase can cause it to flatten and have creases. This trick will help you keep your hat’s shape. Before you pack anything else, roll up some light clothes (such as your camisoles or socks), put them inside the hat(s) and place it in the middle of the suitcase. From here, pack around the hat and avoid placing anything heavy on the top. This trick will help you keep your hat’s shape.
Alright the main thing! Their two ways how you can save suitcase space but if your carrying bulky sweaters and jackets, I suggest the second method;
- They see me rolling, they hatin’! Roll roll roll and roll! That easy! For trousers/pants, fold them in half length wise and then roll
- Open up the clothes and keep piling them on each other.
- For flats, place one in another and tuck them in the sides.
- For sneakers, place them sole to sole so they don’t dirty any clothes and pack them after you’ve finished piling on clothes.
- For boots, place them at the bottom of your suitcase before packing anything else as shown below and then start to place your clothes.
- For heels, place them on the top after everything is packed.
What I usually do is pick a smaller separate suitcase/bag for my shoes, it’s just easier.PS: Pack your shoes last except boots to save suitcase space.
Bras – gather them together and place them in the zip on the inside of the suitcase so their out of the way and don’t crumple up.
Some other tricks and tips
For maxi dresses, fold them in half and lay them in the suitcase as rolling them up will form creases and you won’t have to iron it. Fold shawls about 3 times and place them in the zip at the top of your suitcase. For muddy/dirty sneakers, place them in clear plastic bags. Aaaaaand you’re welcome! 😉 Hope these tricks and tips will help your next ‘holiday packing chaos’ ease down!
I love traveling but I hate packing, I admire how well packed your suitcases are, mine are always a mess! Many tips to take away, have a great vacation.
Haha 😀 always looks good when I leave, but when I come back, it’s a mess
This is really helpful advice! I plan on doing a little bit of traveling soon and I’ve never had to pack a suitcase so this was super helpful!
Glad it’s helpful! Where are you travelling? 😍
Thx for your article, now I understand some different point of view about luggage
Maybe useful next time you travel? 😉 Happy National Day btw
Raneil Sokhi says
Thank you so much for having me Ruxandra!! 🙂
Thank *you*! 💕💕
Elle Mystique says
This is absolutely helpful especially to travelers that has lotsss of stuffs. Even though I travel with the lightest/fewest things possible, i know there’ll come a time that i’ll be needing all these tips and tricks, especially when traveling international. Thank you so much for this post! will bookmark this, for sure! 🙂
Thank you for your lovely words! For sure helps when travelling for a longer time and you want to pack light
I’ve tried the rolling thing but I think I save more space just piling the folded clothes up! maybe I should do smaller rolls!
I really squeeze the material when I roll. For some things, I feel like I can arrange them better in the suitcase
This is such a great post! SO many helpful hints. I wish I knew about your recomendations on how to pack maxi dresses earlier…Mine always end up so scrunched and creating more work for myself!
Indeed! I don’t wear maxi dresses but I feel like buying some. Packing them properly would be a good idea 😀
Jasmin N says
Loved the post & oh my goodness how accurate this is for me now! I’m leaving for a vacation on Saturday and I can’t wait to get to our destination!
♥: Jasmin N
Little Things With Jassy
This is so cool! Hope you’ll enjoy Spain and can’t wait for photos too 😃
Amy | Toothbrush Travels says
That hat trick was the best thing for me and it’s amazing how many of us didn’t realise until pinterest! Packing cubes are also a great way to keep everything organised and compact xo
Never used packing cubes! 😀 I just roll my clothes and play a tetris game with them 😂
Melissa Rose says
Greta post, I shall keep the tips in mind for my next trip.
For sure! Can make it a bit easier 👌
I actually love packing, only because it means I’m traveling! 🙂
These are great tips, I pack for 5 now so could use all the useful tips.
Yes, me too! Otherwise, I am not so excited about it 😧
Oh gosh I hate packing for vacations! These are amazing tips, I’m definitely trying all of these out and maybe I won’t dread packing so much!
xo, alice / T Y P E N U
I both love and hate packing 😃 these tips surely help!
Great ideas. The bagging trick is so helpful! I honestly wonder how I never thought of it before I did.
x, Tyler | http://tinymisstyler.com
bags inside of bags – so smart!